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selofain
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.
 
yell14 on December 15th, 2014 02:30 pm (UTC)

Hi Selofain,


I'm a little like u, Cup Collector.


now Over The Last Year Or So I Have Gone Through Quite A Few Cups, Started With Meluna, Then Scoon   Then Si-bell N Luv Ur Body.


my Experience With Scoon Was Interesting... Anyhow I Found The Cup Very Soft N Springy, So Popping It Open Was Not An Issue. I Got Small Red Scoon. But Getting It Out (high Cervix) Was Crazy And Very Stressfull, That stretchy Stem Was Ridiculous. My Bag Also Untied By The Second Day. But Overall Quality Of The Cup Was Great, Downfall For Me Was The Removal N Capacity. I Find Si-bell So Much Softer N Lighter N Better Capacity (large Si-bell). Also No Issues With Leaks At Night. Scoon Did Leak. But I Think That Was The Capacity Problem Rather Then Cup Itself.


its A Pity That There Is Sooo Many Issues With Sckoon, Cuz Their Cup Design Is Great, But From Reviews That Ive Read Ur Not The Only Unhappy Customer.


hope Ive Helped :-)

selofainselofain on December 16th, 2014 02:13 am (UTC)
I'm not unhappy, per se, but merely surprised to get a far firmer cup than I was expecting. I've been hesitant to try it due to the possibly of exchanging or returning, but it's not like it's unusable. From past experiences, firm rims are uncomfortable for me during removal is all.

I feel like the only person who likes the stretchy stem, but then again, my cervix is low-ish enough that it's not a problem for me.
trejoytrejoy on December 17th, 2014 06:00 am (UTC)
I'm grateful for the stretchy stem because it's one I don't have to trim (I also have a low cervix). The firmer sckoon should still not be too bad during removal since the sides are smooth to the top and there is no ridge or serious flare at the rim.
selofainselofain on December 18th, 2014 01:38 am (UTC)
After trying it out on a dry run, I can see why people complain about the stem. The bottom part of the stem really stretches out into nothing if that's all you can get a grip on, and it doesn't dislodge the cup at all. I may or may not trim that part off, if only so the excessive stretching doesn't annoy me when I instinctively grab onto the first thing I feel.

Removal wasn't that bad, honestly. The seal's not as easy to break as the Si-bell, but nothing compares to the Si-bell. Its vertical indents make keeping the seal broken so, so easy.

Annoyingly, the soft part of the Sckoon still took a bit of wrangling to fill with air. Luckily, all I had to do was clear an air hole rather than coaxing it to open all the way. I think I'll use a different fold next time. The C-fold is clearly no good even if the cup is only soft around the middle.
trejoytrejoy on December 18th, 2014 03:46 am (UTC)
You're totally right, I forgot about the air hole! I do use the C fold, but I make certain I have a hole in the inner center of the fold, otherwise it doesn't open all the way.
sweetrumbellesweetrumbelle on December 18th, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC)
great tip about keeping one air hole open like that.