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melissa569
26 May 2012 @ 08:33 pm
Just showing everyone some interesting things I found on eBay.  First I found the old “Green Donna” cup, once again disguised as “moon cup” in the pink box.  Shaped pretty much exactly like Lunette, here:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ladies-Menstrual-Moon-Cup-Sizes-1-2-available-SALE-SALE-SALE-/110885745291?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19d14e328b

Then I saw one titled “New Women’s Menstrual Cup”, and upon closer examination, I noticed it too looked exactly like Lunette, only a vibrant pink color.  There is also one in a lighter pink in another listing:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Womens-Menstrual-Cup-Size-L-large-Free-Shipping-Purple-Arge-Bag-/180888906012?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a1dd1a91c

But the REALLY interesting one is this one—the Green Donna (disguised as moon cup) packaging, but the cup itself is a replica of the newer “NaturalMamma” cup!  Which is strange, because  I remember the NaturalMamma cup I got as a sample had “green donna” on the pouch tag…  Of course the owner told me there was no connection, but now I’m wondering did someone copy her cup design??  I mean the way they did Lunette?:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Soft-Silicone-Menstrual-Period-Cup-1st-Class-Post-/140753657272?pt=UK_HealthBeauty_Other_RL&var=&hash=item20c5925db8

Just as a reminder, here is the REAL NaturalMamma cup:
 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NaturalMamma-Menstrual-Cup-Design-Made-in-Italy-one-size-menstrual-cup-/190650710410?pt=UK_Health_HealthCare_RL&hash=item2c63aaf98a

What do you all think?  Getting pretty interesting, hm? lol
 
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on May 27th, 2012 09:43 am (UTC)
it's not disguised as a moon cup. the cup on the box is certainly a green donna.
it's just that in some countries they are all called mooncup.

also, lunette=52 mm and great for low cervix. green donna=55 mm, great for a high cervix. try to remain unbiased despite your affiliation with lunette.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 27th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
Whether white, pink or lavender, they've been around for quite a while already. I've been watching these for a couple of years on Chinese wholesale sites such as alibaba.com. Most of them started off as Green Donnas. Apparently many/most of them still are. Are the others over-runs and seconds repackaged into generic packaging? Or are they knock-offs? I don't know.

The older packaging said "Moon Cup" until the Chinese distributors apparently figured out that Moon Cup is a brand name. Then they changed it to "Menstrual Cup." They copy and paste dimensions and instructions from other menstrual cup ads and sites without regard to accuracy.
luxurymoonluxurymoon on May 27th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
I had wondered about the Lithuanian one -I liked her bags anyway:)
luxurymoonluxurymoon on May 27th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
And also Im not surprised to see lets say very similar to Naturalmamma cups coming out of China (as the real Naturalmamma are made there). In your listing there are also Femmecups mentioned. When you look through the Chinese wholesale listings on the internet you always seem to find cups similar to those manufactured for western companies (Femmecup used to be Chinese manufactured but is now manufactured in the UK). I dont know if there is much that Naturalmamma etc can do except bring pressure on the actual company that works for them.
chamekkechamekke on May 30th, 2012 07:24 am (UTC)
This is outstanding detective work, thank you :-)
angelsweep on September 2nd, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
My first (current) cup is a Green Donna, although it was advertised as a Pink Lady. When I got it (approx 2-3 years ago), it came in a pink box with a picture of my cup with green donna on it and a big sticker stuck over the words Moon Cup, (which I still have), on the sticker it says Pink Lady. The instructions it came with, are Moon Cup instructions. On the actual cup was written Green Donna. Everyone says it's a copy of the Lunette, and in the pictures I've seen, that appears to be the case to me too. I've been a bit concerned now, hearing about cheap Chinese sweatshop knockoffs, that use inferior silicone or even plastic.
mood_swinger23 on January 12th, 2013 07:12 am (UTC)
Sorry for sort of necroeing this.
I came across this because I (foolishly?) purchased a "Jasmine cup" from MC-sales (which I'm still waiting on).

I knew that it was basically a mysterious brand with like no info on it and assumed it was some cheap-o brand, but not really a "knock-off" since it's dimensions are different than other cups. After coming across this post, I get the feeling it's probably just a cheap cup out of China? (Although it supposedly says it was made in Canada on it?)

So my question is-- assuming I get the cup-- is it still safe/acceptable to use? Or are there any precautions that I should take?
neetzscheneetzsche on March 9th, 2013 05:15 am (UTC)
Ok I was bored and browsing the tags so I'm gonna necro your necro.

I have heard of "flame testing" items to determine if they are indeed silicone. Silicone is stable up to about 500 degrees F and butane lighters such as bic lighters burn at about 425 degrees. So I did a little experiment:

I placed the chopped-off bits of stem from my fleur and mooncup in a cast-iron skillet and took a lighter to it. It took about 8 seconds for the material to get hot enough to turn to ash. It didn't melt, just turn white and disintegrate. Both of them did exactly the same thing, so they are the same material, consistent with what I know about silicone.

Maybe a bit extreme, but if you're interested, I suppose you could replicate the experiment. If it does the same thing, it's gotta be silicone and safe to use. If it melts or changes instantly, it's something else, but not necessarily unsafe (TPE for example starts to melt at 140 F. That's why you can't boil melunas as long).

There are concerns about long-term use of substances like phthalates found in cheap polymers that are connected with cancer and may be harmful to your health. So I personally wouldn't advise it if it's a mystery substance.