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14 December 2014 @ 12:47 am
So I just got my Sckooncup, which I am delighted at, so I will spam you all with pics.

The cup, bag, and the resealable bag they came in (in the Ecopac). Which was weird, because I can think of many things that would benefit from a resealable bag, but I don't know if a cup is one. The cotton bag came with the ends untied, which seemed like a recipe for losing the drawstrings, so I tied them up.

One of the holes was covered in silicone, and another was partially covered. It took me a while to see it, so I'm not surprised it slipped by quality assurance. I didn't even realize that the hole was completely covered until I tried to push a stick a bit further through and found that I kind of couldn't. I cleared both holes as well as I could, but I wish that they used the rounded edge thing for both sides of the hole rather than just the outside.

My current line-up of cups, in the order that I acquired them. Small Yuuki, small Meluna (mini), small Fleurcup, small Lunette, small Si-bell, small Sckooncup. The Fleurcup is actually a pastel purple, which I just realized you can't really tell from these pictures. It got washed out to some grayish thing, yuck.

A close-up of my U-shaped cups.

Squish tests! Thoughts under ponderings cut.

Sckoon and Si-bell

Sckoon and Lunette

I poured water into the Sckoon all the way to the brim (and then some! Water tension is cool) and then poured it into the Lunette and Si-bell.

So, ponderings. I'm wondering whether there are two types of Sckoons floating out there- a super soft one and one that, well, isn't. I've read a lot of reports that the Sckoon is as soft as the Si-bell and large Fleurcup, even by people who actually own both and can compare them. However, I've also seen others that say the Sckoon isn't so soft, more like the small Lunette. Both these people can't be wrong.

Mine is most definitely not the super soft one. It's actually a bit stiffer than my small Lunette and is probably more on par with my old classic Meluna small (mini). It's definitely not as stiff as my old stiff Fleurcup. And no way is this softer than the large Fleurcup. Yeah, I sold them before getting the Sckoon, but I remember very clearly (I think I have pictures to back it up too) that the large Fleurcup and my Si-bell were identical in stiffness- that is, very very soft.

There's a bit in the middle of the cup (between the rim and the rounded bottom) that IS very soft, probably as soft as the Si-bell, but it's sandwiched between two stiff parts and honestly is the least important part of the cup.

I'm also not sure how people are measuring the capacity of this cup, because it in no way is ever a higher capacity than the small Lunette and like. It only, barely, reached the holes in those cups. So even when comparing capacity-to-the-holes (which I don't really like to do, but others do, so), the Sckoon comes up a bit short. Which makes sense, since it's slightly shorter and narrower, but the company uses somebody's photo in official listings that show the Sckoon as being very slightly higher in capacity than the Lunette and Fleurcup, which I think is a bit misleading since it's not actually true.

tl;dr: I think there are two kinds of Sckoons out there, since my Sckoon is stiff like a small Lunette, which I was not expecting. Its capacity is slightly less than Lunettes and Yuukis and Fleurs and Si-bells, which I was expecting.

Don't get me wrong; I'm not disappointed in this cup. It's still a very lovely shaped and colored cup. It's stiffness just threw me off. I wish it was a tad softer- I don't like stiff rims (even the rim of the small Lunette is a bit stiff for my tastes) as they're more uncomfortable to remove.

Is my small (soft, old design) Yuuki unique in that the rim is softer than the body? Because I love love love that design, but even the Si-bell goes the other way. Are there any other cups like this? Is the new soft Yuuki like this still?

Sckooncup owners, chime in! Is yours super soft or not? What color is it and did you buy via Ecopac or regular packaging? I don't think size matters, but let's include it for completeness' sake. Because science. I'd like to get some more info before deciding whether to contact Sckoon and maybe exchange my cup. I think it's weird that this firmness discrepancy exists. There must be a pattern, and if not, well, who wants to play lottery with cup firmness? I didn't like being surprised.

Edit: So it seems like it's mostly the light blue and red cups that are firmer than expected, and even that varies by quite a bit (all the way to meluna classic firmness!). Perhaps it's something in the dye? Who knows. $6.90 to exchange my cup seems pretty steep for something that's really on them, not me. I guess I'll contact them and see how it goes.

Edit2: So I contacted Sckooncup and they had the gall to tell me that their cups were consistent in quality. Ha! Whatever. They don't seem willing to admit to mistakes, and my opinion of them as a company has fallen quite a bit. I won't bother with the hassle of returning. I guess I'll stick it in my purse to be the emergency back-up/show-off cup. At least I'll be able to use its prettiness for something.
blauwemaan on December 14th, 2014 12:27 pm (UTC)
Great post! I own a large darkblue Sckoon that I ordered from a local webshop. I also have a large MCUK, so that's the cup I can compare the Sckoon to.

My Sckoon feels a lot softer than the MCUK, but its softness is both a blessing and a curse: it is really comfortable to wear (more comfortable than the MCUK), but insertion and removal are quite an issue. After having used the Sckoon for a couple of cycles, getting it to pop open is this still a struggle for me. Also, because its stem is equally soft it's absolutely useless, which makes removal challenging (since I have a very high cervix, I really need a stem)... So if I have to go places and I cannot empty and reinsert my cup at home, I resort to my MCUK because that one turns out to be foolproof and never gave me any trouble whatsoever (it's just sligthly less comfortable to wear when compared to the Sckoon).

I am also a bit disappointed by the capacity of the Sckoon. I wanted a large capacity cup because the MCUK cannot hold that much flow, but it turns out that the Sckoon is not much larger. I am hoping for a large Yuuki for Christmas which should have better capacity and better firmness (which I have now come to appreciate as a quality in cups)! :-)

I can second your comment about the untied drawstrings of the Sckoon's pouch - I lost both mine within three days, lol!

Out of curiosity, why do you own so many cups? Are you still searching for your goldilocks cup or are you just curious about all the different brands?
selofain: Yuukiselofain on December 14th, 2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
It's kind of both. All my cups are pretty similar, but they all have some nitpicks that keep me from being 100% happy with them. Also, I'm trying to see if there's a cup out there that won't leak when I get up in the mornings, but it seems I'm doomed to leak if I change positions suddenly.

My closest perfect cup is my old soft Yuuki, but the hollow stem is really big ugh for me (and its holes developed cracks), and I don't know if the new soft design changed more than just the grip rings, so I'm not likely to pick up another.

All my colored cups I own because I saw the color and fell in love. :P
trejoytrejoy on December 14th, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
I run the Sckoon cup under cold water to firm it up for insertion (used to do the same with the soft MeLuna). That could help!
blauwemaan on December 15th, 2014 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I will try that. I am still hoping that I will figure out how the Sckoon works best for me one day, because I really like the design (it looks so pretty!) and once it is up there it is really comfortable :-)