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juliiie87
31 January 2013 @ 06:33 pm
Sckoon cup y'all ?
How come we've let that one pass..?!

So apparently there's been testers... I suspect I might *know* some of them from here... anyone willing to give a review ??

http://sckooncup.com/sckoon-cup-1/sckoon-cup/sckoon-cup.html
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Mary Carlasparkle_lite on February 4th, 2013 08:08 am (UTC)
Am I the only one who thinks cups are cute? That one's adorable! I can't wait to read reviews! Thanks for posting it. I'm looking for a backup for my Lunette!
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 4th, 2013 11:23 am (UTC)
It does look very cute I agree, although the flare seems pretty sharp ?

It seems like they have done a whole lot of research for this one, and "took inspiration" from other existing cups, namely Fleurcup & Juju for the cute design at the bottom. The colors are also really refreshing and nice, and no pink!! I seem to remember a poll about colors for a new cup, so that must be it. The aqua is fairly unique and especially pleasant, dark blue and yellow remind me of the first batch of Cuplee, and the red of Fleurcup. Yet its measurments are fairly conventional so overall I'd say it's nothing radically exceptionnal.

Again, I'm fairly sure they've had advice from this comm'...^^
tobilei on February 4th, 2013 09:30 am (UTC)
Nice colours! I want!

Interesting that they let you use it for a cycle and then offer a money back guarantee if you're not happy too.

Edited at 2013-02-04 09:31 am (UTC)
Beanihatepickles on February 4th, 2013 09:40 am (UTC)
I hadn't even noticed that when I clicked the link. That's pretty awesome.
tobilei on February 4th, 2013 09:48 am (UTC)
It is! I want one even more now! (I just got a medium and a small MeLuna that I need to try for at least one cycle first though I think-buying cups is addictive!)
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 4th, 2013 11:24 am (UTC)
Lol, it totally is. ;)
spiderslovemespidersloveme on February 4th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
Made in the USA? As far as I know, the only USA made cups are the Keeper and Keeper Moon Cup! I hope these get into American drug stores. So far the only "pretty" cups are available online so the average American won't really be aware of them unless they happen to stumble across them online. Maybe if the American market had better access to non-medical device looking cups the market for them will expand greatly!
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 4th, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
I don't personnally understand the whole "Made in the USA" thing, although I know it is a big deal for a lor of american folks... But if I lived in the USA, I think I'd rather get a Fleurcup for cheaper than pay 40 bucks for a Diva in Whole Foods. But more to your point, Keeper and KMC are firm, low capacity cups, so the US definitely needs FDA aproved high capacity soft cups ! And all the better if they come in colors, too.
spiderslovemespidersloveme on February 4th, 2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
America is a HUGE consumer base and periods are a higher taboo here than in a lot of other countries. To many people, buying period products is just "go to THAT isle, get what I need, and GTFO". No browsing,no comparing, and certainly no investigation into alternatives. Right now, the only options are the (in my opinion) ugly Keeper, medical device- looking Moon Cup, and the too-long-for-most and clear Diva and only in very, very few stores. To lower the market even more, a lot of the women who brave the alternatives available in their local stores don't work out, they may become TOTALLY discouraged fro cups altogether. They won't look up international options like the Fleurcup, Meluna, ect. What's on American shelves are all that exist by their knowledge. If pretty, colorful, fun, and more appealing alternatives were staring at them in the tampon isle, they will be more aware of them and they will become normalized and less taboo. If the American market can get better on board with cups, there will be a huuuuuuuuge increase in the cup market.

Last edit, I promise! There is a huge culture of "buy only USA products!" here. Foreign products are sometimes seen as lower quality, unpatriotic, or even dangerous to some. Cups made in the USA would appeal to this crowd. It's a depressingly large crowd, at least in the area where I live :(

Edited at 2013-02-05 12:01 am (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 5th, 2013 11:05 am (UTC)
I know what you mean in your last paragraph, the "made in USA" culture, and while I can respect these people's beliefs, I just don't agree with that. I mean, I'm convinced my country produces high quality stuff (and most likely that's also true), and I try to buy local foods to support local farmers and limit transit pollution but if I had to buy only swiss made clothes ? electronic equipment ? that would be CRAZY expensive, not to mention boring (the clothes).

My point regarding cups was simply this : the fact that a pretty colourful cup is tagged "made in USA" will NOT magically put cups on the shelves of your local supermarket or on the billboards and TV ads. The problem lies elsewhere. And in my home country, btw, the only cups I've ever heard of in stores are UK Mooncup & Divacup. In my city ? The pharmacist had to look them up in her book and then said they could order it (Mooncup, bleh). I didn't dare ask for the price, but from what I've seen on swiss websites... likely a total rip-off. Which would be exactly the same as me ordering straight from Mooncup or Fleurcup or whatever I think would fit me best. Cause, like you said, one cup (say the Divacup which is most commonly found in US stores, although it's actually Canadian, go figure) doesn't fit everyone.
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on February 23rd, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
The made in the USA culture is a very bad summary of an important issue. It's not that we believe our products are any better, well I'm sure some do, but I think the majority of people who feel that way do so because it's a huge economic problem here.

We starting to purchase and import more than we make and it's a problem of sustainability. When you buy something made here, you feel like you're contributing toward the employment and livelihoods of people who actually live in this country. It's why we get excited about each product that is made here and like the other poster said it's also indicative of changing opinions...obviously it's not automatic, but if a company here thinks there is enough room for another brand that says something. A lot of other countries have higher taxes and laws limiting the exporting of jobs and the importing of foreign products, but we don't and it's a huge problem.


Edited at 2013-02-23 07:40 pm (UTC)
mood_swinger23 on February 4th, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
These look awesome! And yes...they are so cute! I love the color assortment! I DON'T NEED ANOTHER CUP, GOSH DARN IT!!!!! >.<

But seriously-- if they're really made in the USA... I SO hope to see more about them! In drug stores, pamphlets, info at planned parenthood, etc! That would be great!!!!!

andd to be a pain in the butt, Julie, you may want to reword your first sentence/question. Not sure if you have to, but still thought I'd mention it before someone else did!
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 4th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the Mooncup add post ? I thought you'd be interested...

Again I don't think it makes a huge different on the marketing/distribution front if a cup is made in the US or somewhere else, since there is already an american brand. Mooncup's campaigns, on the other hand, feel like a milestone to me in terms of visibility and marketing.

Apparently my post was moderated due to the link, but I don't mind rewording it, any suggestion for an alternative ?
mood_swinger23 on February 4th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
The music one with cups versus tampons? I did!

That's true. Of course Mooncup isn't in my area so I can't really "benefit" from seeing all of their campaign stuff! (I watched the video and could share that with the right people, of course, but I don't see most of their other stuff). In my area I don't even think we have Diva's in stores. I've never seen any advertisements, pamphlets, mention of them, etc. I even went to quite a liberal college! I've looked in one of the 2 Walmarts I go to for Insteads, and can't even find those. Apparently some CVS's may have them, but I've never seen them. Of course I haven't paid extensive attention in those stores either, since I have my other cups.

The link had to be moderated? That seems somewhat silly.

And short of 'cuppers' I have no idea for gender neutral language. Cup addicts? Vagina owners? "To those who bleed month"? I am pretty horrible with wording!
m03m on February 4th, 2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
Folks, comm members, fellow cup users? People? Y'all?
spiderslovemespidersloveme on February 5th, 2013 12:03 am (UTC)
As a southern cupper, I approve of "y'all" ;)
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 5th, 2013 11:12 am (UTC)
Edited. ;)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on February 4th, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
Wow! I'm surprised that one slipped under the radar. The shape looks distinct from other brands, especially the lip and hole placement. It certainly looks like it would pop open easily, and the stem is intriguing. I swore I was done buying cups, but...yep, definitely tempted. They should offer a coupon for this comm to get more reviews for their site!

About the made in US thing -- being made elsewhere is not a deal breaker for me (none of my cups are US-made right now since I really don't think Keeper would have worked for me) but I try to buy US made because it supports the economy of the country I live in and reduces emissions and fossil fuel use from shipping. It's great that the US now has a pretty, colored alternative to Keeper/MoonCup.
Baby Bloodheartbabybloodheart on February 4th, 2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
Oooo...these do look cute, and Sckoon are a pretty good company from what contact I've had with them (their pads are pretty cool too).
moonhoney925 on February 5th, 2013 06:42 am (UTC)
Ooh I like the look of these cups. I don't need anymore though. I wonder how stiff/soft they are.
m03m on February 5th, 2013 07:04 am (UTC)
Nice and short... but crazy expensive, and all the 'proudly made in the US' talk puts me off. It's a very nice looking cup though. Too bad the capacity isn't higher.
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on February 5th, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
Cool, it's made in the USA (where I live). It looks a little *different* but seems cool. I wish I had money and time to try out more cups, but I love my Fleurcups and they are perfect for me, so until I can afford it, I am going to stick with my Fleurcups, but I love reading and learning about all the different kinds of cups that are already out there & that are newly launched!

To add a little bit to the made in USA thing, a lot of stuff is made (very cheaply for the most part, I might add) in China or something, that is for sale in the USA, and, I hate buying cheap crap from China. I have nothing at all against China, or Chinese people. (A very good friend of mine is from China, in fact, and I love her!) I just don't want to support sweatshop labor, exploitation of people, and I also like well-made stuff (sadly a lot of stuff [but not all] made in China is very cheaply made, toxic chemicals, or something else, or a combo of any of those things).

Not to mention, a lot of American jobs have been shipped over there by cheap-*** companies who want to save themselves money but charge the exact same price for the product when its made in China as when it was made in the USA, and that really irritates me. If you're going to cheapen the product, at least make it cost less??? I don't want to support those companies!

That being said, I have no problem buying things made in other countries. When I buy something, I try to make sure it's NOT made in China, but if it's made in the USA, or the UK, or France, or another country that I know makes quality stuff, I buy it. Being from the USA, I try to support my country first (especially with our faltering economy), but if that isn't an option, I purchase things from other countries, avoiding China-made things. I have some awesome coloured and regular pencils that were made in Germany and the UK, my dental floss is from Ireland.

When I buy something, I look for quality, value, and a good price. It doesn't matter too much where it's made, as long as it is well-made, but I do look for USA made things first, being from the USA, but I won't NOT buy something if it's made in another country.

Sadly, too many things are now made in China, so unfortunately I have to buy some things made in China whether I like it or not because for some products, there aren't many, if any, alternatives.

I hope that that clears some things up for you all on the made in USA portion. :) It is just my opinion/feeling, but, I think that other American's likely share similar feelings.

Edited at 2013-02-05 03:36 pm (UTC)
eatswithforkeatswithfork on February 8th, 2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
It looks like it would be difficult to remove the stem and file it down to make it smooth without completely sawing off the cute flower pattern. I admit, their marketing did a fine job at making me want one (all that stuff about the holes being superior! agh!) but I think the colors are all too primary and gross looking :/ Most companies that make colored cups end up choosing really weird, muted colors, in my opinion. I think so far, only Meluna and Ladycup have the whole color thing all figured out.

All that aside, it looks like they're $3 off for the time being.

Edited at 2013-02-08 05:34 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 9th, 2013 11:31 am (UTC)
I think it's cool that the colors are different, yes they are very primary but also unique in that way... I know a lot of people were crazy about the royal blue and yellow when Cuplee used to make those... now they've gone muted, indeed.

I personnally like the Fleurcup colors from what I've seen : the purple and blue are lighter and discreet, the pink is a very frank baby pink which some people may like (I don't), but the red and green are absolutely gorgeous. My red Fleurcup is a bit lighter than you'd excpect, and it looks like a neon strawberry pink, reminds me of the Ladycup strawberry color.

Yeah unfortunately I think that stem is meant to stay and $3 off I like, but that's still $3 off an expensive price...
cherryb092708cherryb092708 on February 9th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
going to get one after I get my tax refund. I'll give a review after I've tried it.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on February 9th, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
I contacted Sckoon Cup to see if they'd be willing to offer a coupon to the LJ cup community, and got a reply this morning:

"Thank you very much for your suggestions! We are closely working with Melissa, the owner of the site, and will soon offer a coupon when all is ready. Once again, thank you for your support."

Looks like they're just getting started with their marketing. :-)
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 9th, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
Oh cool that's really nice !
How smart of you to have asked, and of them to have agreed ! coupon codes FTW! :)