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08 March 2013 @ 09:39 am
Hi all, I got one of the package deals from Fleurcup (one large and one small) in pink. They arrived and when my cycle was due to start then I boiled them. I used the small one when my period started and when I removed it, there was a gross fruity smell, to the point where I was about ready to call the doctor. Then I thought I'd check the large one because it was unused. It also had a faint fruity odor. I cleaned them both with alcohol wipes and reboiled them. The smell is still there. I wrote to Fleurcup and the response just reiterated that it was all medical grade silicon including in the color. No indication that they added any scents. Nothing about whether the smell was normal, not normal, etc. Weird odors to me generally mean bacteria or infection, and irritation - I avoid scented products like the plague. So I switched back to tampons for this cycle (sadly because the cup was much more comfortable) and thought I'd check here to see if anyone has ever noticed an odd smell in a new cup that maybe dissipates with use? It is very faint and fruity; almost strawberryish. It gets much stronger and nastier after being heated up in the body and exposed to menstrual fluids. I searched the archives, but have only found posts relating to after use odors. Has anyone noticed this with any new cups? Thank you!
juliiie87juliiie87 on March 8th, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
Whatever it is, I'm pretty sure cups will cause you less gyn problems than tampons, which are basically warm moist nests for bacteria.

That being said... I especially noticed a smell with some of my Melunas, it was like a "new" plasticy smell, and it went away after I cleaned them and especially after I aired them out for a few days in my bathroom, or better yet on the window sil, if you can. Sunning also has antibacterial properties, of course you'll want to at least rinse it thoroughly before it goes back in your vagina.

Edit : if you don't want to use soap, for fear of upsetting things down there, may I suggest wiping them down with vinegar ? It's vagina friendly and should dissipate the smell somewhat.

Edited at 2013-03-08 04:54 pm (UTC)
Maxine of Arc: Blood Sinmaxineofarc on March 8th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
The one time I ended up with a smelly cup due to having left it in too long, I can only characterize the odor as "indescribable stench" definitely not to be confused with anything fruity. I wouldn't worry too much about a fruity smell being caused by an infection; it's more likely that it's just got something to do with the way the cup was manufactured. Try letting it sit in a sunny window for a few days and see if that helps.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on March 8th, 2013 05:16 pm (UTC)
My Fleur had that smell, too. Kinda reminds me of those fruit-scented plastic erasers I used to have. It didn't really bother me, but seems to have mostly gone away after a few rounds of boiling/sunning/wearing.
neetzscheneetzsche on March 8th, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
They say silicone does not have a smell but in my experience this is not true, especially right out of the box. My lunette's almost a year old and after a thorough cleaning with several methods and not using it in a month, I can smell it a little. And "fruity" is a good description of that silicone smell. Maybe we're supersmellers or something?

Anyway, it seems to be normal. I've tried 4 brands of cups and they've all been that way.
tobilei on March 8th, 2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
Oddly enough my Diva is the same. I thought maybe it had been too close to a perfumed cream or something because of where I kept it but fruity is the right term for it and it's been there as long as I can remember no matter how much I wear it or how many times I boil it. I've never got an infection or anything from it so I figure it's okay.
dhp1001 on March 9th, 2013 01:46 am (UTC)
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the feedback. It makes me feel better. I do have a sharp nose, so maybe that's why the smell seems strong. As long as it's normal and not contamination or scented then all is good. I definitely prefer the cup from the one day I used it. Far, far better than tampons! Now I just wish it hadn't taken me so many years to discover them! :)
neumeindilneumeindil on March 9th, 2013 06:56 am (UTC)
I have green ones coming in the mail pretty much any day now. I'll try to remember to report back when I open them if I notice any smell weirdness. :)
neumeindilneumeindil on April 5th, 2013 06:46 am (UTC)
No weird smell. :)
pascallewest on March 9th, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
I recently received a large pink Fleurcup and have been using it for two days. Mine also has a foul smell, especially after removal. I didn't consider it to be "fruity" until you mentioned this and I went to check. It kind of is. A really gross fruity smell. I thought I had BV or something. Now that I know someone else is having the same issue, maybe it's not just me.
elisamba on September 15th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
My large transparent Fleurcup has just started to smell faintly of strawberries, too! I must admit I haven't followed the directions about aleppo soap, and washed the cup for one cycle with that soap. I wonder if that started to break down the silicone (there was also the slightest oily feel around the rim).