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Jennifer Mo
22 January 2013 @ 09:19 am
I recently got a mysterious Jasmine Cup and thought I'd post some photos and details about it. First, though, I have to say that I had a terrible swapping experience with the only person I know who resells Jasmine Cups (user Jolly Lemon, who posts on MC Sales) and strongly recommend against buying from or swapping with her. She sent it in a flat rate Express Mail padded envelope (postage $18.95), but only paid media mail postage on it, so when it arrived, the post office demanded that I pay the balance  ($16) before releasing the parcel to me. She offered to refund me half, then said she had no money to pay even that, so now I am wrangling with the post office to get a refund.

Anyway, the Jasmine Cup comes in a green box with a...hibiscus on it. It claims to be made in Canada, although the information on the sheet inside is in French and the company seems to be based in France. The website listed on the sheet (jasminecup.com) does not work. From what I can tell, the Jasmine Cup is a near-exact copy of the Diva except with a long, flat, Lunette-style stem. I got a size one, which is the smaller size. The measurements on the box are totally off, but I measured it at 42mm wide and about 80mm long, making it slightly narrower than the Diva (44mm by 69mm) and more than 10mm longer. (The Jasmine stem is 25mm long.)

It's made out of frosted silicone with a slight blue tint, and has two small holes (not angled), circular grip rings around the base, measuring lines at 7.5 and 15ml on the inside, and a double rim. 'Jasmine Cup' and 'Made in Canada' are written in small, raised letters on the inside rim.  The bag is green cotton with the Jasmine flower and name printed on it, and almost too small for the cup.
Jasmine Cup and box
I'm not too thrilled with the quality of the Jasmine Cup. The holes were not completely perforated, the seams where the two halves of the mold met are fairly sharp, and there's a rough spot on the cup where the mold was worn or something else was going on. Still, nothing that can't be fixed.

In comparison to the other cups I own, it is on the stiffer side (comparable to a small Lunette) and much, MUCH longer. From left to right, we have the small Jasmine, Natural Mamma, small Fleur, and small LadyCup. Volume-wise, it holds somewhere between the small Fleur (22.5cc) and the Natural Mamma (30cc) -- probably close to what the small Diva holds (27.5cc). I might try to sneak it into the chem lab this semester to check the volume with a graduated cylinder. :-)
Cup comparison: Jasmine, Natural Mamma, Fleur, LadyCup

I was curious, so I tried the Jasmine on a dry run. It is harder for me to pop open because the holes are so small and the cup is so long that my usual tricks for getting my shorter cups to pop open didn't work as well. After I got it in, I realized that I probably didn't need such a long cup. If I wanted to use it as my primary cup, I would trim the stem by at least one notch. However, if the Diva tends to pull a disappearing trick on you, the longer stem of the Jasmine might be perfect for you.

If there's anything else you want to know about the Jasmine, let me know! Edited to place photos behind a cut. Also, mods, can you add a Jasmine Cup tag? Here's a link to a previous poster's entry with the large Jasmine cup (47mm by 82mm, according to the poster's measurements).
mood_swinger23 on January 22nd, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
Beat me to it!

As mentioned in comments on another page--
I also bought a Jasmine from the seller on mc-sales. It seems I was relatively lucky with my transaction, however. (I was very hesitant to buy knowing it had to be some sort of knockoff!)

While I'm not sure about the holes, the seam on my own cup does seem a bit rough, and the stem is kind of perma-bent. Not bent as much as it leans, though. Packaging details are the same (directions, box, bag).
I have yet to try mine but plan on leaving a review myself.

I have separate pictures of my small Lunette, large Fleur, and Jasmine cup which can be located in my LJ album:
Don't mind the cloth pictures-- I was uploading all the pictures of my "new" items I had gotten in one day!

I would also like a Jasmine Cup tag added to see what (if anything) anyone has to say about it (for the little that exists).

I'm also up for questions!
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on January 22nd, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
My stem leans, too. I've been trying to correct it, but it just wants to kinda hang left. Probably a result of how it was packaged.
Quitteriequitterie on January 23rd, 2013 08:52 am (UTC)
the tags
Great infos about the Jasmine, thanks!
:)) About what you say, Jennifer : "Also, mods, can you add a Jasmine Cup tag?" .. yep, and it'd be cool to be be able to click on the name of all the other 'newer' ones, you know ha...
Green Donna, FreeSiya, Natural Mamma, MamiCup, OrganiCup, LilyCup, FemmyCycle, LilacCup, LunaCup, SckoonCup (unfortunately, the site is off right now), Jasmine etc.
"Lamazuna" : oh well simply another name used for the MeLuna, on one site eff

And maybe a "curiosity" tag (hm or another name uh) for
the Lili cup by a student from Philippine,
Cheers cup, by a student too
& still by a student, why not maybe for the video about the cups made by Vanessa (hm don't remember her complete name, right now, am sorry)
that enigmatic 'chinese cup' -I saw there was a topic about it here ;) err from 2009 I think-

I may be missing some? ;-)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on January 23rd, 2013 03:27 pm (UTC)
Re: the tags
Yeah, there are a whole bunch of new cups! I hope this means that they are getting more culturally acceptable and mainstream. I was browsing eBay the other day and saw another Chinese knock-off that looks like a Lunette with a Natural Mamma stem: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lady-cup-REUSABLE-MENSTRUAL-CUP-SIZE-L-large-BRAND-NEW-Hygienic-Free-Shipping-/261156261774?_trksid=p5197.m1992&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D14%26meid%3D5080112448708119094%26pid%3D100015%26prg%3D1006%26rk%3D1%26sd%3D261156261774%26 .

I think I probably have enough cups, though. Pretty good range of sizes and shapes; getting any more would be borderline obsessive!
m03m on January 23rd, 2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
Re: the tags
Interesting design. Or rather, combination of designs.

"Free, Easy and Comfortable! Every Lady deserve it."
They've certainly freely, easily and comfortably borrowed content from other manufacturer's websites...
Quitteriequitterie on January 23rd, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
Re: the tags
Don't tell me about being obsessive with cups! hee hee.. I'm now getting the FemmyCycle, but then, I think I will calm down too on cups ;o)! ah lala, lol
Oh-oh, really, yet another knock-off ?

'rrr from my country (France), I can't access to the page xD
If ever it is possible and if it doesn't bother you, could you post/download the -picture- of this Chinese cup just here? hep now am very curious, of course ;)

And there's no name for it on the ebay page? Just "menstrual cup", or "Moon cup", I guess...
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on January 23rd, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
Re: the tags
Hmm, here's another link to a less country-specific site. http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Good-help-for-body-for-ladies-menstrual-cup-Medical-silicone-hygiene-cup-soft-cup-NEW/720529392.html If you still can't see it, I can post a pic. Looks like a Lunette body with a Natural Mamma oval tab stem.
Quitteriequitterie on January 23rd, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
Re: the tags
oh thanks!! i'm able to see it ;D
God, absolutely = similar to a Lunette with a stem that looks exactly like the Natural Mamma's one...
hm hum
wish you a nice day! ;)
melissa569melissa569 on January 24th, 2013 05:41 am (UTC)
Re: the tags
Oh this cup is basically a Lunette body and a NaturalMamma stem.
perigrineperigrine on January 24th, 2013 04:55 am (UTC)
interesting. Mine only has two holes, but it does have that 'worn' spot that looks like someone peeled old tape off of. That leany stem is a bugger though! Mine came from the UK via Ebay though, if anyone is wondering if there is a 'difference'.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on January 24th, 2013 05:16 am (UTC)
Re: Jasmine
I just linked to your original post on the Jasmine Cup. I looked at it a lot when I was trying to decide whether I wanted one! Yours has only two holes? That's weird...maybe they changed designs at some point. Everyone so far has had a stem that leans to the side. I don't think it's a design feature, just a result of putting such a long cup in a relatively small box. I'm trying to fix mine, but it keeps reverting!
perigrineperigrine on January 24th, 2013 05:22 am (UTC)
Re: Jasmine
yep, only two holes. Very strange.

The one listed on Amazon also leans I just noticed.

I try to arrange the stem so it is..um..facing backwards (does that sound right?) or..at least, not into my labia, which seems to help. I'll try it inside out again before lopping the stem off.

Just for curiosities sake which way does your stem lean? mine is towards the ml/made in Canada side.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on January 24th, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Jasmine
I could have sworn mine had four holes, but you're right...there are only two! My stem leans towards the Jasmine text side.
mood_swinger23 on January 24th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Jasmine
I think I thought mind had four as well, but sorry guys, can't check anything right now! It's in use! >.<

(Which by the way is working just fine, I think)...

Am I the only one who thinks that the knockoff combinations are such great ideas, yet that it sucks they are ripping off other designs and companies $? (I mean, how much can one really make on distributing knock offs anyway??)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on January 24th, 2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Jasmine
I'm split on the knockoffs, too. I mean, it sounds like the Diva with a longer stem would be perfect for some people, but it's not an option Diva Cup offers, so I could see why even someone who wanted to support Diva Cup would go for a knock-off Jasmine. If some one came up with a knockoff of LadyCup with real grips and no weird lower holes that reduce capacity, I'd probably be all over that.

I am also hopeful that more knockoffs = menstrual cups are gaining popularity and marketshare. I kinda keep expecting to see one show up at my local Daiso (Japanese $1.50 store)! Since I think cups do a good job of reducing waste, even if you get a couple of them (guilty...), I'd like to see more availability.
melissa569melissa569 on January 24th, 2013 05:33 am (UTC)
It looks like the love child of DivaCup and Lunette :)
questiontyme on March 27th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
Lots of Canada speaks french so it's not surprising that it's in french. Unless it does actually seems to be based there too like you say.

I need something longer than my small lunette (which including the stem is quite long). Do we know knockoff cups are safe? How annoying is the leaning?

Ideally I'd want a cup which won't ride up so high because the only way I know to remove it is by breaking the seal on the rim but I'm not sure if that's possible. :(
Annelie SvenssonAnnelie Svensson on October 3rd, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
Material etc in generic cups
Aren't you guys at all worried about the material of cheaper cups?
I would never put anything inside my body that I was not sure that it doesn't contain anything dangerous (BPA, softeners etc). I believe the risk of the materials in these cups is really worrying.
Also there is the issue of cheaper cups being produced far away with no control over ethical conditions of workers etc.
If the company/website etc is not traceable I would not trust the product.

What are your thoughts on this?
Quitteriequitterie on December 23rd, 2013 10:54 am (UTC)
Hi all :))

Bing gave me this link, apparently in Spanish =
"Jasmine Cup - GreenAppleCup
www.greenapplecup.com/3-jasmine-cup.htmlTalla1: Si eres menor de treinta años, tienes reglas poco abundantes y no has tenido hijos/as por parto natural, esta es tu Jasmine cup Talla 2: Si tienes más de ..."

But then when trying to go on it, I'm said = "2012 Copyright. All Rights Reserved.

The Sponsored Listings displayed above are served automatically by a third party. Neither Parkingcrew nor the domain owner maintain any relationship with the advertisers. In case of trademark issues please contact the domain owner directly (contact information can be found in whois).

Privacy Policy"
= ?? humm

Thus, there's something wrong. Also, I wonder about this name "Green Apple Cup", why the apple? ;o)
Quitteriequitterie on February 13th, 2014 05:47 pm (UTC)
Hi :-)
I thought the cup was from Canada, but the size charts here on LJ say it's Chinese? Hm so where does the Jasmine come from?^