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27 August 2014 @ 12:54 am
Hello everyone!

Straight up question, how would you rate the small Lunette's softness, and does it change over time?

I know this has been answered before but not very clearly, because I have read everything there is to read on this subject and still haven't gotten a satisfying answer. On Melissa's ratings it is a 4, with the large being an 8 and the small Fleurcup being a 2. I own both a large Lunette and a small Fleur and to me they feel almost the same. Not exactly the same but there certainly isn't a 6 point difference! Now I'm not saying Melissa is wrong, that's why I asked if the cup's stiffness varies over time, and maybe that's why every one's answer is different?

I own a small and a large Iriscup and she rated the large Iriscup a 1.7, almost the same as the Fleurcup, but to me the Fleur feels like a brick next to the Iris! (Which is like a sponge)

Then comes the small Iris, which is firmer than the large, and is my goldilocks! If I could change anything about it, it would be the capacity. That's why I'm looking at the Lunette. Looks to me like it is about the same shape and size, but with the holes being higher hopefully making it higher capacity. But is it firmer? Those of you who actually have the small on both of these brands, how would you compare their softness? (Both on the rim and base) and if you have any other brand to compare it to, you're welcome to answer! I own about 6 other cups. Pics are encouraged.

Thank uu!!

Edit: I almost forgot I have a small no name Ebay cup (supposed to be the Green Donna trying not to get sued) that everyone says it's the exact same thing as the small Lunette. Is it? I can tell they used the same mold because the thing is an exact copy, but what about the softness? (Or should I say firmness, it feels pretty hard)

Ps: Melissa, I love u! Pls don't be mad at me lol
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on August 27th, 2014 05:08 am (UTC)
I have both a small Lunette and a small Fleur. They feel equally firm (medium), but the Fleur rim seems to pop more easily. With the Lunette, I sometimes end up fiddling with it for a minute to get it to open. The small Lunette seems pretty uniformly firm throughout. For some reason, the Lunette presses a bit more on my bladder than the small LadyCup (which is quite similar to the small IrisCup); it might be the more flared shape or the firmer consistency throughout the body. It's not too bad, though. My goldilocks higher capacity cup ended up being the large Cuplee. I rarely find myself reaching for either Lunette or Fleur; I rotate between the Meluna mini soft small, small LadyCup, and small Rainbow cup on all but the first day of my cycle, on which the Cuplee gets called into service.
nnm27nnm27 on August 28th, 2014 02:40 am (UTC)
The not being able to get it to pop open and especially the bladder part put me off a little but someone else replied with a video where it looks like the Lunette's body is as soft as the rim of the fleur - or even a bit softer if you look closely. Is that correct? (To me the Fleur seems to be softer on the rim than the base)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on August 28th, 2014 05:30 am (UTC)
That sounds about right to me. The rim of the Fleur (could be the shape more than the firmness) is definitely more willing to pop open. I agree that the base of the Fleur is stiffer than the rim due to the grip rings. Don't get me wrong, the small Lunette isn't a hard cup to get open; it just doesn't open quite as readily as the Fleur. If you're after a soft cup, I wouldn't go for a Lunette. They are right in the middle as far as firmness goes.
jenn4a on August 27th, 2014 03:36 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I'm not the only one that finds the softness rating confusing. *No offense to anyone!*
I'm more confused over the meluna ratings. I have the Medium classic new one. I'm guessing it'd be a 6?

this kind of confuses me for some reason..

Meluna (X large, large, and Small classic, middles are thinner, rims are thick): 6
Medium Original Meluna: 9.5

I'm sorry I cannot help you, but I am also curious. I ordered a small fleurcup and was initially worried that it'd be too soft until I watched some youtube cup comparisons.
this might help you?

edited to add:
Stiffness comparison starts around 2:12

Edited at 2014-08-27 03:41 pm (UTC)
nnm27nnm27 on August 28th, 2014 02:51 am (UTC)
That actually helps a lot! Thank u!
I think if you look reeeeally close you can see the lunette being just a tad softer than the Fleur, which is a lot to say about a cup that has a rep of being on the firmer side, especially if you consider that it was being squeezed against the softest part of the fleur.
I don't know, maybe it's just my subconscious wanting it to be softer so badly, I guess I will have to purchase it to find out :/

And about the Melunas, you are so right! I guess everyone will disagree with the chart to some extent, what I call soft may not be the same as what you call soft, ykwim? Also, all cups may not come out exactly the same even if they come from the same mold and materials.
jenn4a on August 28th, 2014 03:12 am (UTC)
You're right about the factory process. I bet some cups within the same size and brand have a slight difference between batches . It sounds nearly impossible for them to come out exactly the same every time ;). I'm sure they would notice if a batch was very different, but wouldn't necessarily notice minor differences.

You're also right about the personal opinions on softness. Some might find that the variations in material are less stretchy or springy which can influence their opinion. A soft cup can still pop open easily so someone may overlook it being rated as soft. A stiffer cup may be rated softer if it is more springy. I guess it's hard to explain. :/

I'm glad I helped though! :)