Menstrual Cups

ALX

alx_menstrual-cup

http://alexanderlifecare.com

Country of origin: India
Composition: “high quality silicon”
Sizes:  “1” (Small), “2” (large)
Dimensions: 1 =  43mm diameter, 56mm long without stem, 26mm stem  2 = 47mm diameter, 58mm long without stem, 27mm stem.
Capacity: Unknown
Stem:  Flat Tab
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP):  [Currency Converter]
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: Looks to the the same as several other tab stem cups – see Similar/rebranded cups.

February 17, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , | 4 Comments

Amulette

amulette

http://www.amulette.lt  [Translated into English]

Country of origin: France
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes:  S (small), M (large)
DimensionsSize S: 40mm diameter, 47mm length.  27mm stem.  Size M: 45mm diameter, 52mm length. 22mm stem.
CapacitySize S: 20mlSize M: 30ml.
Stem: Long thin “stick”
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP): € 37
Been around since: 2012
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: Looks to be the same as the Si-Bell.  Comes with a fancy bag pouch and a cycle marking chart.

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February 17, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 2 Comments

Blossom Cup

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www.blossomcup.com.   Sold on Amazon.

Country of origin: Sold from the USA, likely made in China
Composition: Silicone (Firstly said”food grade” now says “medical grade”)
Sizes:  “S” (Small) “L” (large)
Dimensions: S = 42mm diameter. 52.2mm length without stem, 62.2mm length total. 10mm stem.
L = 45mm diameter. 55.4mm length without stem, 65.4mm length in total. 10mm stem.

Capacity: S=20ml to airholes,  22.5ml to rim. L=25ml to airholes, 28mls to rim.
Stem: Short Thin “Stick”
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP): $39.99 USD  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2015
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: Available in colors.  They were running a giveaway where they were selling the cup for $1 each to people (US only) in return for an “honest review” on Amazon.  Originally these cups had a smooth stem, but now they appear to have grip lines on the stem.

 

The shape/design of the cup looks very similar to cups being sold as the Aneer, Cup’ax and Dutchess cups.  See Similar/rebranded cups.  Promotional images looks very similar to these cups being sold in bulk.

Their website claims the cup is FDA approved (which is false).

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Their Amazon listing used to say the cup was made from Food-Grade silicone, but has been changed to say medical grade:

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A Chinese cup manufacturer shows an image of the Blossom Cup pouch and instruction booklet on one of their listings, making it appear that this company is the supplier for the Blossom Cup.

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January 26, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 3 Comments

Femalecup

femalecup2b

http://femalecup.com

Country of origin: Unknown
Composition: Medical grade silicone
Sizes: A (small) , B (large)
Dimensions: A= 40m diameter,  70mm length including stem, 25mm stem length.  B= 45mm diameter, 70mm including stem, 20mm stem length.
Capacity:  A= 20mls  B= 25mls
Stem: Wide flat tab
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP): 40.00€ [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2012 (Fb page started 2013)
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: Uses similar pouch to the rebranded/similar cups, so may be a rebranding.  A listing for Female Cups has been spotted, where the image they show is of the Dutchess/Blossom/Charlene etc. style of cup (which may further indicate this cup brand is a rebranding rather than the cups being manufactured by Female Cup)

femalecup2  female-zensite

January 16, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , | 4 Comments

Cup’ax

cupax2

https://www.cupax.co/en

Country of origin: France (Likely made in China)
Composition: Silicone
Sizes: “Regular” or “Large”
Dimensions: Unknown
Capacity: Unknown
Stem: Short “stick”
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP): 20,00 € [Currency Converter]
Been around since: Unknown (2014?)
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: The top of their website shows a completely different cup to the cup they sell.  The cup they actually sell looks identical to a range of cups found on AliExpress for around $6USD (and is also being sold as various other brands).  See Similar and re-branded Cups.

cupaxCup picture featured on the top of their website

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Cup they actually sell

January 15, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , | 3 Comments

Cozy Cup

cozycup

Appears not to have a website, just available on Amazon.

Country of origin: Made in China
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “A” (small), “B” (large)
Dimensions: A= 40mm diameter, 55mm long without stem, 25mm stem, 80mm length total.  B= 45mm diameter, 55mm long without stem, 25mm stem, 80mm length total.
Capacity: Unknown
Stem: Flat tab with heart or moon design on the end.
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP)£9.90 [Currency Converter]
Been around since:  (unknown)
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details:  Looks identical to the cheap cups available on AliExpress, so this may be simply a more expensive rebranded version of what you could buy for around $5USD elsewhere.

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Very similar packaging to cups sold as “comfycup” on AliExpress

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January 15, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , | 1 Comment

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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same_aneer   avaloona2b blossomcup  same_dutchess_th charlene same_cupaxsame_surecycle_th
Smooth Stem Cups: Aneer | Ava Loona | Blossom | Dutchess | Charlene | Cup’ax | Surecycle

same_athena same_easycups  lola same_vidacup

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-grid avaloona3b evaboxed2happygirlcup
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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sibell

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

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amulette

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

Eco-cup

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https://www.coppetta-mestruale.it/en/ecocup.php

Country of origin: Italy
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “1” (small) “2” (large)
Dimensions: 1=42.5mm diameter,  45mm long without stem, 22mm stem. 2=46mm diameter, 45mm long without stem, 22mm stem.
Capacity: 1=17ml to airholes, 21mls to rim. 2=20mls to airholes, 28mls to rim.
Stem: Hollow Tube
Measuring Lines: unknown (no?)
Cost (RRP) € 19,90 [Currency Converter]
Been around since: Unknown
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: Available in clear and magenta.  Both size cups are the same length, the large size is wider.  This cup seems to be the same cup as the Lybera, just with a different name.

ecocup_menstrual_cup_colors

January 11, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Femcup

femcup

http://femcup.gr/shop (Translated into English)

Country of origin: Greece
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “A” (small) & “B” (large)
Dimensions: A=42mm diameter, 52mm long (without stem?), 15mm stem.  B=46mm diameter, 55mm long (without stem?), 16mm long stem.
Capacity: A= 24ml.  B = 28mls
Stem: Flat Tab
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP): 25,00 €  [Currency Converter]
Been around since: Facebook page started Jan 2014, so  2013/2014?
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: Looks very similar to the large number of  Similar/rebranded cups – and the Femcup box has been seen with Sckoon clones.  So this may be a rebranded cup.

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January 11, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment

Cerene / Continuon

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Country: Unknown (NZ? though likely made in China)
Composition: “FDA grade Silicone”
Sizes:  “A” (small), “B” (large)
Dimensions:
Capacity: Unknown
Stem: ?  One shows what looks like a flat tab, the other looks like a short solid.
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP):  Unknown
Guarantee: Satisfaction Guarantee
Been around since:  End of Sept 2014
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: No official website found.  The only 2 references I’ve found to buy them online are from Amazon, which had 2 listings for 2 different looking cups (both examples of cheap Chinese Rebranded cups).

The Blue cup listing, which as you can see from the screen shot below, and the photo above, used to have a “Cerene” logo on the product photo, but is now being sold as a “Continuon”.

The green cup listing didn’t have that logo, and is a different shaped cup, but used the “Cerene” name in the product title.

Listing #1 (green) – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MVRMUCQ
Listing #2 (blue) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R5AF89G

There is a review with photos on Amazon, which shows the cup they bought as the blue “Cerene” that was actually an iCare cup – which proves this “Cerene” / “Continuon” isn’t a brand of cup, but rather a rebranding of the iCare cups.

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The Green cup listing lists “Cerene” as the seller.

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A couple of the articles mentioned the contact details for the woman behind the company “Cerene” (heartfeltdryerballs.com), which is a New Zealand business.

January 10, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 5 Comments

La Luna / Mahina

laluna

http://www.mysacredcycle.com  (Previously http://www.lalunacup.com)

Country of origin: Hawaii
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “1” (small) and “2” (large)
Dimensions: Size 1 = 41mm Diameter, 47mm Length. 25mm Stem.  Size 2 = 46mm Diameter, 52mm Length. 20mm Stem.
Capacity: Size 1 = 25ml.  Size 2 = 30ml
Stem: Flat Tab
Measuring Lines: Unknown
Cost (RRP): USD $34
Guarantee: Unknown
Been around since: Unknown (1014?)
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details:  Available in clear or “purple” (pinkish/purple).  Looks the same as the Similar/Rebranded cups.  These cups were previously known as “La Luna” and have been renamed to “Mahina”.

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La Luna site – directing to the Mahina site  &  the Mahina site with a (hopefully accidental) line saying the cup is worn in the womb

(also, it’s a small quibble, but a 10 year lifespan of a cup I wouldn’t consider a “lifetime of freedom” – I’d personally want to hope my lifetime is looooong past that :P)

January 10, 2015 Posted by | The Cups | , , , , | 3 Comments

Daisy Cup

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I can’t find a website for them, and the only place I can find them for sale is on Amazon Here. and Here

Country of origin: ?
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “S″ (small), “L″ (large)
Dimensions:  Unknown
Capacity:  Unknown
Stem:  Unknown
Measuring Lines:  Unknown
Cost (RRP):
Guarantee:
Been around since:
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details:  The older box shows a LadyCup, but the cup that is sold is a flat wide tab cup, similar to the other Similar/rebranded cups available.  There is now newer packaging  (I am assuming they are the same brand).

Youtube video showing the cup

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDUEpK-rDhQ

August 8, 2014 Posted by | The Cups | , | 1 Comment

FemiCup

femicup-s

http://www.femicup.com

Country of origin: Spain
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “S” (small), “M” (large)
Dimensions:
“S” = 47mm long without stem,  70mm including stem.  41mm diameter.
“M” = 52mm long without stem, 70mm including stem.  46mm diameter.
Capacity: S= 25ml total capacity, 20ml to airholes M=35 total capacity, 29 to airholes
Stem: Flat Tab
Measuring Lines:
Cost (RRP): € 25.00
Guarantee:
Been around since: 2013
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details:  Site says it is available in 6 colors: clear, pink, purple, red, blue and green.  However the shopping cart doesn’t appear to give the option to choose colour.  The same style cups with the same style bag and the same style instruction sheet have been seen on Aliexpress (See similar/rebranded cups) – so this may be the original that the others copied, or this may be a rebranding of those cheap cups.

July 17, 2014 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | 3 Comments

Lybera

lybera

http://www.lybera.it

Country of origin: Italy
Composition: Silicone
Sizes:  “1” and “2”
Dimensions:  Size “1”  & Size “2” – Length including stem = 66.5mm, 45mm without stem.  Diameter = 42.5mm.  Size “2”  diameter = 46mm
Capacity:  Size “1” 18mls (to holes) 24mls (to rim?).  Size “2” 20.5ml to airholes, 27.5ml to rim.
Stem: Hollow tube?
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP): € 19.90
Guarantee: ?
Been around since: 2013
Unique Design?: No (There are other cups with similar designs available)
Other Details: Also available in pink I love that their logo is a depiction of a menstrual cup with contents… or a uterus.. (or I guess a flower bud :P)  I believe this cup is the same as the Eco-Cup, just with a different name.

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July 17, 2014 Posted by | The Cups | , , , | Leave a comment