Menstrual Cups

Shenzhen Zhida Xintai Technology Co.

There is a company on AliExpress (http://zdkjsy.en.alibaba.com) who sell a lot of different designs of menstrual cup.  These same designs are some of the ones we see commonly thought to be “rebrandings” (where someone buys a cup and sells it under a different name).  The reason I want to bring this to your attention is because this company are selling the cups for as little as 50c per cup…. whereas cups that appear to be identical and renamed to something else, are being sold for up to $30 each.   So if you are going to buy one of these cups, it would be a lot cheaper to buy from what appears to be the manufacturer.

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The cups they seem to manufacture are these:

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Short stemmed cup with a series of small grip lines just under the rim

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Sold for as little as 50c each, cups with these same design features are being sold under the brand names: “Aneer”, Athena, Blossom Cup, Easy Cups, Charlene, Cup’ax, Dutchess Cup, Femma’s Cup, PlaytamxSure Cycle, Vida Cup.

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Long tab stemmed cup

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Sold for as little as 45c each. There are quite a few brands selling cups with this stem type and same general look, although it is difficult to know which brands may be selling these cups, as the iCare cup (made by Rockbrook) is also very similar in design (really just slight differences in measurements).  Unfortunately there seems to be a lot of different measurements given for cups like this that look to be the same cup – so it’s difficult to tell which are the same.  See my Similar/Rebranded page for a list of cups with this design and their measurements (if known).

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Other Cups

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They also sell the “Bassrose” valve stem cup, and a cup I haven’t seen around much, (which I’m calling the “Embossed heart cup” for the time being), and never given a brand name, which seems to have a thicker solid rounded stem, with a heart shape design on the side of the cup.

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Some of the listings for this company are for bulk (100 cups minimum order), specifically talking about selling them on Amazon and they state that they can provide the boxes for you.  Some pictures also definitely show the Smart Cup packaging and what appears to be the Dutchess Cup packaging (picture below shows a screenshot of the listing that shows bulk packaging with the Smart cup and Dutchess Cup boxes added to show they look to be the same boxes).

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One concern is that the listings for the cups say they are medical grade or food grade, and imply they are FDA approved.  I don’t know if the mention of food-grade silicone is because they use the same materials list for all their silicone products and don’t change it to medical grade for the cup listings (their cup listings claim it’s medical grade in the text).  Or if people can choose to have their bulk lot of cups made in a cheaper foodgrade silicone?

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I would also like to point out that the FDA told me there is no such thing as FDA approved silicone….. and that it is an offense to make misleading statements that would imply your menstrual cups have FDA approval when they don’t (as putting an FDA logo onto pictures of the cups would do, and showing certificates that imply they are giving FDA approval).  So I’m not sure about how accurate a statement on FDA approval on silicone is (See my article on the FDA here)

The company details say: “Certificates: FDA/CE/SGS certified company”  – which may mean the *company* has certification with the FDA, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the menstrual cups or silicone they use is certified/registered/approved by the FDA.  Only cups that are registered with the FDA are supposed to be sold in or to the US, and as of writing this article, none of the brands listed on this page, nor a company with this name appear in the FDA database for registered businesses or products.

This could explain why a lot of the cups that appear to be rebrandings of this cup, claim to be FDA approved or made from FDA approved silicone.  They may be misinterpreting what the FDA certificates actually mean?

 

November 25, 2015 Posted by | news, The Cups | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cup Brands with no details

There are a few “branded” (named) cups available, but who don’t give enough information for me to give them a page of their own. Some of the links to them may no longer be available when they sell out of that listing.  But you can always do a search based on the name.

So until I get more information on them, I’m putting them all here on the same page.  Please note that some of these cups appear to be suspiciously similar to other cups available.  See Similar/Rebranded Cups.

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“Unique” and “Original” Brands
These brands are either the first or the only cups to feature their particular style features.

  • Carrefour (Fairly Unique Design -Wide flat tab, but opaque)
  • Smartcup (Unique Design – Long solid thick stem – different flower/butterfly/leaf designs on the side)

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Suspected “Rebranded” and “Copied” Brands
These brands appear to have taken significant design elements from “original” brands (eg it would be difficult to tell them apart by looking at them), and/or have multiple other brands all sharing what appears to be the same design (eg they appear to be the same design given different brand names).

 

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Ava Loona | Ava Loona | Carrefour | Crystal Cup

ConsciousBotanics continuoncupissima

 ConsciousBotanics | Continuon | Cupissima | Easy Cups

 easycupeasycupsboxdreamlover femmeessentials

Easy Cup | Easy Cups | Dream Lover | Femme Essentials |

COPA INTIMAleasen liscup lola

LMR | Leasen | Lis Cup | Lola Cup

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 MCup | Pixie Cup | Pretty Woman

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Sileu #1 & #2 | Smart Cup #1 | Smart Cup #2

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 Vida Cup | Vijay Cup | Welldone | Xabian

 

The “Continuon” listing was previously was calling them a “Cerene”, but photos in the reviews of people who bought a “Cerene” cup clearly shows “iCare” brand packaging.

January 15, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Similar or Rebranded Cups

Now… this isn’t intended to be any accusations of any brands doing the wrong thing.  This is just an observation that there are several cups that that look quite similar (if not exactly the same) to other cups.  So it is mentioned here with the intention to help clear up any confusion for consumers and provide as much information on cup brands as possible.

I would also like to make consumers aware of the possibility of many of these brands being a “rebranding” – where cups can be purchased for as little as 45c each, and then resold as the new brand name for $20-$30.  Click here to see my article on this.

For example here are some listings for the short stem cups that are popular at the moment.  One you can buy for $1.45 each (individually), the other as little as 50c each (in bulk):

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Which appear to be the same design cups as these “branded” cups that retail at anything from about $10-$30

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There are also a lot of these tab stemmed cups on AliExpress for between 45c each (in bulk) or $1.55 individually…

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Which appear to be the same  basic design as brands like these (you can see the Luno and iCare even have similar box art)

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So in the interest of fairness and transparency – and to make sure people have the full information, I’m listing those cups that appear to have very similar (if not the same) design.  So you can make your own determination about which cups you may like to purchase.  For more information on the issue of Rebranding – see my article on that here.

There may be a few reasons that cups may look similar or identical to another brand.   These could be:

  • Re-branding – Where a business may be buying cups from the same supplier as other businesses do and package them with their own brand name.  In some cases they may have the packaging made for them as well (many of the AliExpress and Alibaba listings say they will provide packaging on request)
  • Sharing/Selling Designs – Where one cup business has sold or given the rights to reproduce their cup design, so that another business can sell the same cups with the original creators permission.
  • Copying/stealing designs – Where a business makes an copy (or perhaps a slight variation) of a brand of cup, without the permission of the original designer.

If you want to make sure you are getting a cup that is an “original” rather than a copy, look to see when the brand was established, and look to see how their overall website/business appearance is.  If you’re wanting a cheaper price, then I suggest shopping around – but making sure you look at the listings well to make sure you know what you are getting (cheaper isn’t always better).


Similar looking brands

This is a list of cup brands that have the same specific features and appear to be almost identical.  This is not meant to imply that any of these brands are “Copies” or “Rebrandings” – it is merely a comparison to highlight cups which appear to be the same shape and/or design – for research purposes.

(If you want a listing of all the known cup brands by stem type – look at the MASTER LIST here)

Diameter measurements (Small/Large) for the brands are also given when known, for easier comparison.  The slight (eg 1mm) difference between some brands that otherwise seem identical may be due to measuring errors or rounding up/down (eg a 41.5mm measurement may be rounded up or down by the brand/manufacturer), or may show the cup is actually a different size to another – I don’t know.

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Short thin stems

Cups that feature short rounded “stick” stems, with rings around the base of the cup and rings around the “ridge” area.  Some brands have a smooth stem, some have a grip rings but look otherwise identical:

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Smooth Stem Cups: Aneer | Ava Loona | Blossom | Dutchess | Charlene | Cup’ax | Surecycle

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Grip Stem Cups: Athena | Easy Cups| Lola Cup | Vida Cup

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Short thick stems

Cups that feature grid-like grip lines around the base of the cup with shorter thick stems that have grip rings:

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Aneer | Ava Loona | Eva | Happy Girl

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Narrow Flat Tab stems – “Shiny”

Cups with a tab stem that features 3 grip lines and have very “shiny” looking silicone.  Can be clear or opaque.   Often with a slightly bent stem:

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* different sources give different measurements for this cup brand.

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Narrow Flat Tab stems – “Frosted”

Cups with a tab stem, usually 3 colours (clear, pink and a “purple” that is pretty much pink) and overall look very similar to each other. Have a more “frosted” or “Matt” appearance (though that may be just how they are photographed?), sometimes with a bent stem:

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Wide Flat Tab stems

Cups that have a flat wide-tabbed stem, sometimes with low profile ridge (usually only on the small size) and sometimes without.

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Brands of cup that appear to be this same design:

 

Solid long thick stems

These cups resemble the Yuuki brand of cup

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Other stems

Eco-lybera

Spiral grip line on the stem, both made in Italy, with same measurements and are available in the same clear or pink colour.  I have heard that this is the same cup, just given different names when being sold online or in stores.

 

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Cups that have a long “stick” stem with bumps on it

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Cups that have a long “stick” stem with grip lines on it (unlike the “bumps” of the above cups)

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Cups that have a long thin stem, with “Flower” like grip design on the base

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Cups that are “collapsible” (being able to fold up into a compact form for storage).

January 15, 2015 Posted by | comparisons, news | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments