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15 May 2013 @ 05:53 pm
Suuuper long-time lurker, first time poster. This community is amazing, and an absolute wealth of information, so I thought I'd contribute where I can!

I wanted to share my experience with a few different cups. So I've found at least two other posts remarking about the stench that comes from their melunas after barely 4-5 hours use. I've had a Ladycup, a Lunette, and the MINI SOFT MELUNA for a bit, and never had any problems with strong smells. The mini meluna would sometimes require slightly more scrubbing, but it would go away pretty quick. I thought I was safe.


So the mini meluna was great, and I was so impressed with the soft squishy cup and the ball end that I figured I'd order some bigger ones for my heavier days. I also figured they'd be essentially the same cup as my mini, just in a different shape. But it isn't!

I know they list their "main ingredient" as TPE, but I feel like they may have changed something in the new moulds when they released their new line.

I think the minis were/are still using the original line's materials. The inside of my soft mini is very smooth, and feels like silicone. It's REALLY squishy.

When I got my medium soft meluna, it wasn't the same at all. There was a mark along the rim (from the machine, apparently), the cup was stiffer, and the inside isn't smooth. When I run my finger around the inside of the cup, it feels rougher, and I think it has something to do with the material.

Long story short, my mini soft meluna is just fine. I took my medium meluna soft for a run today, and after a single use it smells. Like GOD AWFUL smells. I've tried wiping it down with rubbing alcohol and that seems to have helped it a bit, but I don't think I'll ever be using the damn thing again. I also have a small regular meluna, and I'm now afraid to even go near it.
ant1matterant1matter on May 15th, 2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
I have a large regular meluna and I had the same problem. I left it it for way too long (like almost 24 hours near the end of my period, I kind of forgot it was there :/) and it smelled HORRIFIC when I took it out. I wiped it down with alcohol, which seemed to help a little like you said, and then I boiled it and left it alone until my next period. The smell did come out and I've been using it. I just make sure to empty it on time, wash it with some good soap whenever I empty it at home, and boil it at the end of each cycle.

I don't know what it is about the TPE that hangs on to gnarly smells, but if you've really sterilized the heck out of it - boil it for 10 minutes is the best, if you're able to - I don't see why it would be unsafe to use again.
astronautcot on May 16th, 2013 02:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'll keep it around as a backup emergency cup in case anything happens to my Lunette, but it's not worth the headache for me!
Michellemichelleh324 on May 15th, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
What kind of smell?
astronautcot on May 16th, 2013 02:06 am (UTC)
like...how do I put this nicely. Basically like the bacteria is finding great homes on the inside of the cup and making lots of bacteria families.
trejoytrejoy on May 16th, 2013 12:28 am (UTC)
I boiled my large soft MeLuna for two years and never had any odor. The new soft Mini MeLuna I have doesn't smell either and I tend to be sensitive to scent of any kind. But as you say, maybe they changed something in the capacity optimized cups!?
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 16th, 2013 10:36 am (UTC)
I *think* perhaps my medium Meluna soft smells slightly more than my other cups, but it's nothing terrible, it's the smell of blood and raw meat kind of, and that's if I put my nose on it. But I would totally submit your theory to Meluna and ask if they changed anything.
Zzsomeone on May 18th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
I have 2, both MeLuna Glitter soft, and they never adsorb any smell at all. The newest was bought around the first of this year.
I have no idea why some would be different.
I've worn them up to 24 hours without emptying, for the record. (yes I know I'm not supposed to.)
tjs77tsa on May 22nd, 2013 02:25 am (UTC)
I have had the same problem if you do a google search you will find quite a few people who have. for me it only happens if I leave it in too long and it happens to my mini and my regular there is also a video review on you tube from someone who had it happen to their diva cup. she says something about the smell being like 3 month old collard greens.