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19 January 2014 @ 07:57 pm
Hi all.-

I'm looking to buy a Sckoon cup and I thought they were made in the USA, but when I went to Amazon to buy, they show up as Sckoon UK cups. Does anyone know why this is? Were they previously made in UK and now they're made in the US and these are older ones? It doesn't matter to me much, I just want to make sure that I'm getting what I expect as the charts I've seen look like this will be a better fit for me (than the Lunette that I have). It's a bit cheaper on Amazon than directly with Sckoon. Where have others bought from (in the US)? It looks like Amazon also sells an "ecocup" version which loses the packaging and comes in a ziploc baggie. I like the idea of less packaging, but coming in just a baggie does not give me peace of mind.

Also just wanted to check in, I've seen a few people comment about using coconut oil as a lube for insertion. I thought that no oils were to be used on the silicone (of course I think that was regarding cleaning). Can someone explain to me what I'm missing?

Thanks everyone! You're insight is so helpful!
tjs77tsa on January 20th, 2014 04:26 am (UTC)
I personally don't know if there is any difference for the one that says sckoon uk but I did find amazon listings for the same price without the uk. The ecopac is still shipped from the Sckoon company it just doesn't have the box so you save some money and reduce the waste you create. My best guess is that not only does it cost less because they don't supply the box but also because without the box it costs them less to ship. Other companies like Fleur (and I can't think of the other one I bought right now that came in just a baggie) but they only offer their cups in a baggie Fleur doesn't even come with a storage pouch you have to buy that separate if you want one. So the ecopac wouldn't bother me if it bothers you that much though then get the box.

ETA: I sent a message to Sckoon asking what exactly the uk in the Amazon listing means.

Edited at 2014-01-20 04:32 am (UTC)
anjubea on January 20th, 2014 02:30 pm (UTC)
Ooh..I didn't notice that the Ecopac came from Sckoon. That makes me feel better about it. Unfortunately they don't seem to have the color I like best in the Ecopac (it figures!) I will be curious to see what they say about the UK. Thanks for making the inquiry. Hadn't thought to do that. ; )
tjs77tsa on January 23rd, 2014 03:56 am (UTC)
This is the response I got

Thank you for contacting SckoonCup.com. All SckoonCups are made in USA. Some are called SckoonCup UK based on the internal distribution structure.
Please let us know if you have more questions!
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on January 20th, 2014 01:46 pm (UTC)
i personally avoid oil, but for example the lunette washing liquid contains eucalyptus oil. and i think the johnson's baby shampoo i use for washing my cups also contains some oil.
afaiu it's just important not to use oil-based or silicone-based lube products, like vaselin or the more fancy stuff. and then glycerin is a bad idea if you are prone to yeast infections or if a glycerin-free lube is as easily available (like if you get it online anyway, for example. the ones available at the local store/farmacy are more likely to contain glycerin, and for many people that's not a problem.)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 20th, 2014 02:48 pm (UTC)
Coconut oil is fine--silicone-based lubes are not, because the silicone-on-silicone will cause the cup materials to break down.
teacupcake89 on January 20th, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
it's latex cups (like the Keeper) and condoms that you shouldn't use coconut oil on

you shouldn't use silicone based lubes on silicone cups because than causes them to degrade
Luighseach: sinfestluighseach on January 20th, 2014 10:31 pm (UTC)
Cup material aside, I wouldn't want to use any oil as a lube for my bits at all.
teacupcake89 on January 21st, 2014 11:45 am (UTC)
coconut 'oil' is safe to use as a thrush/yeast infection prevention or treatment as it's naturally anti-fungal, antibacterial and moisturising, you can use it safely on babies for nappy rash etc. :)
Luighseachluighseach on January 21st, 2014 12:00 pm (UTC)
I guess the reason I get the gut reaction of oh-no is that fat and oils tend not to be good for the sort of skin that isn't really skin (not a native English speaker here, lacking the proper word, sorry about that). I can't really see how coconut oil is different because of those other properties, although I would not hestitate to use it on my daughter's bum (or my own).
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 21st, 2014 01:41 pm (UTC)
I think you meant "mucous membranes"--like your labia and the inside of your lips/cheeks, etc. I've never heard that oils are bad for that area, though. Coconut oil has worked great for me--and as a bonus, I can also use it as a shaving lotion and my reoccurring yeasties have stopped :)

(P.S. Your English is perfect--I have the exact same problem when speaking Spanish, though--forgetting certain words right when I need them!)

Edited at 2014-01-21 01:45 pm (UTC)
Luighseach: sinfestluighseach on January 21st, 2014 02:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you, that sounds right. Coconut oil is magic, I think we can agree there. I'll see if I can find my sources for the fat/oil thing, because I can't remember where I ran into it, it's been years and there are too many sex/body ed books. :P

Also: Yay, perfect(ish) English! My main problems with the language are this occasional lack of vocabulary and concord mistakes - I make an embarrassing amount of those still - there really isn't enough grammatical equivalence between Norwegian and English for those rules to make sense to me yet. Still, it's good to have more than one language to play with, as I'm sure you know too!
elle2013elle2013 on January 21st, 2014 01:38 pm (UTC)
I started using coconut oil at the recommendation of many people on this wonderful site. It's now the only lube I use. I've had no problem with my cups - it has no discernible effect on the material - and I love that it is naturally anti-yeast.
nemesis27nemesis27 on January 22nd, 2014 11:05 am (UTC)
olive oil
sometimes I use olive oil, I know that oil it´s not recommended for cups, I don´t knew that coco oil it´s good for cups...,do you know if olive oil is also good?

sckooncupsckooncup on March 14th, 2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
Hello! We here at SckoonCup just want to clarify any confusion about SckoonCup USA and SckoonCup UK cups. All SckoonCups are made in the USA. "SckoonCup UK" on Amazon is just a name assigned to a UK distributor, but they are coming from the Sckoon brand. ECOPAC is also packaged and shipped from Sckoon's warehouse.