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After quite a bit of reading on this community page and Melissa's website I finally purchased my first cup and got it in the mail the other day.  I was debating between a MeLuna and Lunette, but decided to go with the Lunette when I saw it go on sale on Green Deals.  The main reason I was interested in MeLuna was the option to get a ball stem or no stem, but the capacity of the small lunette was still much larger than the medium MeLuna so I don't have to empty it all the time.  I can always trim the stem, plus I like the packaging better, it's FDA approved, and they do not test on animals (my furry babies approve!).

Did a dry run today and learned a few things.  First I am *so* glad I went with the small despite Lunette's website sizing guide suggesting I needed a large.  Anything longer than the model 1 lunette would be way too long for me.  I also learned I will need to trim the stem, which doesn't surprise me considering I typically cut off most of the string from tampons because they bother me.  Lastly, I was surprised at how strong the suction was!  It was slightly difficult to remove due to the suction, and pinching the base alone did not do the trick.  I found that bearing down and twisting the cup as I pulled on the base seemed to work.  Is that the right way to do it?  Maybe there's a better trick?

The other thing I'm wondering is what soap people use to wash their cups with.  I have plenty of Johnson's baby wash on hand but I read in a previous post someone had issues using baby wash.  Does anyone use inexpensive soap/wash available at grocery stores or pharmacies (like CVS)?  It's hard to find gentle, perfume free soap in stores these days.  Baby wash is the most gentle product I can think of, but upon reading the label it does have some perfume in it.  
 
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on February 24th, 2012 11:10 am (UTC)
"Anything longer than the model 1 lunette would be way too long for me."

I thought the same when I got mine, but it's actually pretty narrow. I'm able to wear a large ladycup or green donna inside out, they're wide so they sit deeper.

i use johnson's baby shampoo, "no more tears". if it won't hurt a baby's eyes it shouldn't hurt my vagina. haven't had any problems *knock on wood*. in general, anything is okay if you rinse it well. it's better to avoid stuff that suggests residue, like "extra moisture" or "antibacterial protection" (afaiu antibacterial is a bad idea anyway).
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 24th, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
ANY soap is fine as long as you rinse your cup and hands thoroughly.

Some say not to use glycerine or antibacterial but if you rinse it all off, it shouldn't matter.
Master of karate and friendshipbearscanfly on February 24th, 2012 03:55 pm (UTC)
Yep, echoing what has been said already: technically, it really shouldn't matter as long as you rinse it really well. That being said, the purer the soap, the better for your vagina. I only use Dr. Bronner's baby soap with my cup, which I've seen at some grocery stores and pharmacies. (It's definitely available in most all health food stores too.)

Edited at 2012-02-24 03:57 pm (UTC)
silverdoealways on February 24th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
No soap or shampoo containing paraffin(mineral/baby oil), or silicones (stuff ending with 'cone') as those will leave a residue. Most baby products contain mineral oil unfortunately, horrible.

Try a intimate soap as they often contain minimal ingredients & perfumes. But don't use them on your vagina as they kill your natural bacterial flora.
Cenamenhoneypie3251 on February 24th, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
I've used Cetaphil wash on my cups with no problems. I've used different ones before too but just make sure to always rinse really well after using soap so you don't get a yeast infection.
rubykins02rubykins02 on February 24th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
This is what I do too. Works well and I have never had a problem. I am very sensitive to dyes, perfumes etc. but this has worked well. Of course rinsing well is important to

Edited at 2012-02-24 11:43 pm (UTC)
Summers0mmer on February 24th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
I just use my bath soap, right now French milled :) I prefer soap to detergent (ie liquid soap) as it takes less and lathers better. Anything you'd trust on your external genitalia should be fine.
fireaphidfireaphid on February 24th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
I don't use any soap at all because it's not necessary (and I'm allergic to every fragrance known to humanity). Just throwing that out there. I just rinse mine with water when removing/reinserting, and I boil it at the beginning of every cycle to sanitize it, and I've never had any issues. One time when I felt like my cup was getting stained, I left it in sunlight for a couple days and it went back to looking like new.
womaness on September 26th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
Johnson's
Hi!

I have a Lunette Selene as well, and I use Johnson's Natural Foaming Baby Wash. Found here: http://www.johnsonsbaby.com/product/413.

I find that it washes the cup clean. Since it foams right out of the bottle, it is easier to wash off and does not leave residue.