Hello my lovely readers,
I am sorry for being so quiet, have a few ongoing things unfortunately leaving me with very little time to write but I still aim to post when I can.
Anyway on to telling you all about this cup o’ blood,that the company were kind enough to ship me in each size. (Though I was sent this product for review I have not been paid and all opinions are genuine)
Firstly the cup comes in super cute woven pouches that are amazing for storing your cup if you don’t have time to fully dry it after rinsing as the material is so breathable, this will also prevent mildew and damp smells, the patterns are extremely pretty. The Pouch is also a fantastic size meaning that you could comftably fit in your cup, a cup spot and a slim liner ready for a day out, I found this particulary hand for when I was due to start my period but unsure when it would finally come as it mean that I had everything I needed in a very compact way.
Another point about the packaging is that the information tags are not only informative with information about sizing, cleaning, insertion etc.. but also completely eco friendly meaning that there is no waste – the tags are ‘plantable’ meaning that there is teeny tiny seeds inside the paper so you can plant the booklet and grow something beautiful! Unfortunately I have no pictures of how these look when the plants grow as I have not yet been able to plant it however I am hoping to do this soon so I will keep you updated on that!
Though I recieved and tried both sizes of the cup, the smaller cup (the bud) was the best fit for me personally as I found the larger version (the bloom) too long for my medium/low cervix, however, this is a personal preference. The cup itself is a pointed V type with a short stick style stem that is fairly firm and solid, it is not a stretchy strem which for me wasn’t an issue as I tend to de-stem my cups anyway as I don’t need them but again, that will depend on preference. The cup its self is fairly soft, for me personally I do a lot of physical activity including pole fitness so I did crush the cup a few times causing leaks, though I do like the softer cup for more lazy days where I would not be doing much as I found it moulded to my body nicely and fit comfortably.
At the base of the cup there are 3 grip rings, these are not very prominent and if I am being honest did not really help at all when taking the cup out as my fingers slipped right off them, however, if you are very sensitivie down there these less prominent rings may be beneficial as they will rub and chafe less than a more prominent ring would. there are also 4 grip rings at the top of the cup which are slightly more prominent than the base grip rings but I still did not notice these inside me, personally I wouldn’t use these grip rings for anything but they may be useful for keeping hold of your cup when insrting or if you grip your cup from a higher point to remove it.
The rim of the cup is quite prominent and is a chunky rounded shape, this meant that the insertion point of the cup did remain quite wide, again this was not an issue for me but may be for some people, I actually quite like a more prominent rim as I feel it helps to prevent leaks but again that is personal preference.
Inside the cup there are capacity markings showing 7.5 ml and 15ml which is quite interesting if you want to monitor your bleeding. You could even turn it into a game, see how much you can bleed into the cup before losing your nerve and removing it, try to beat your personal best and all that, just me? Ok then moving on. 😛
The cup is made of 100% medical grade silicone which feels quite nice and soft – it is currently manufactured in china but packaged and sold from a lovely WAHM in America. At the moment it is only available in clear and is a fairly generic cup however for me the USP is the quirky names and plantable booklet which I thought was a really nice touch. The customer service from this company was fab, she kept me updated on the postage of my parcel and was happy to answer my questions regarding the product (even on a sunday!!) as well as happily chatting about life in genral which put a smile on my face.
Although I personally would prefer a firmer cup, this cup is great for anybody who may want a softer cup and from a service standpoint I would highly recommend this company! They also have a fantastic ethos which you can read about (HERE)
Run my pretties run to the squidgy silicone things that you let the red niagra falls do its thing in.