Claricup Menstrual Cup – Review

The Claricup Menstrual Cup is a very new brand to the UK and originates from France. It’s made by a company called Claripharm who mostly make products such as menstrual cups, intimate wash and a form of shield to protect the intimate area.

Claripharm sent me both of the sizes for review. The cups come in a box like this:

Claricup Menstrual Cup Box

Claricup Measurements, Capacity & Information

Large:ย  Capacity 27ml | Length inc stem 74mm | External Diameter 46mm

Small: Capacity 18.5ml | Length inc stem 74mm | External Diameter 38.5mm

There are 4 suction release holes that are angled to the side.

The first thing I noticed was how alike it is to the Si-Bell Menstrual Cup that comes from Italy. I held the two brands together and they are identical (The measurements online are different by like 0.5 – 1mm but it’s negligible). The only different is the colour, as the Claricup is indigo in colour. Claricup confirmed that their menstrual cup is made in France.

The Claricup Is Made In France And Is A Lovely Purple Colour

The Claricup has a very unique silicone which contains an anti-microbial product. Due to the vagina being home to bacteria like Staphylococcal, they wanted to make the cup as safe as possible.

The silicone used for the Claricup Menstrual Cup is CE tested, FDA approved and has been tested in the same way as a medically implanted device, such as pacemakers. In other words, this silicone is top notch and has been through some rigorous testing.

The cups come in a little black tub, which is for storage. It also doubles up as a microwave sanitizer for the menstrual cups.

Claricup Comes In A Plastic Case For Travel And Sanitizing

I quite like the tub and the fact that I can sanitize the cup in there, too. There is an air hole to allow air to circulate so that the cup can breathe when being stored (moisture cannot evaporate in a sealed container, which can lead to mould growth and some pretty funky smells!). This air hole also allows for use in the microwave, to allow expansion of the air, and stop water bubbling over.

Both Sizes Of Claricup Side By Side

Here’s the large and small, side by side. Please excuse the water marks on the left. I’d just rinsed the cup and wiped it down after my small human got hold of it.

Using The Claricup Menstrual Cup

The Claricup Menstrual Cup is a soft cup. Perfect for those with sensitive bladders, weak pelvic floor or anyone who loves a soft cup. Despite the softness, the cup pops open with ease when using the punch down fold. I also tried the triangle, seven and labia fold, and it was easy to open using all of those folds.

With removal, I found that I had to slide my finger right up the side to break the seal as the cup had formed a great seal. Once released, I pulled the cup down and out, with minimal folding due to the softness of the cup. No soreness when removing at all.

The drill is the same with every cup. Empty contents down the loo, wipe (or rinse if you’re able) and reinsert. I would have no hesitation having to empty my cup when out, or keeping the Claricup in my bag as an emergency cup. It pops open every single time, without fail.

I left the stems intact on both due to having a high cervix. Normally I cut stems off anyway as I can get cups down relatively easily. However, I almost lost my Si-Bell down the loo due to the smooth base, so I wanted to leave the stem on the Claricup. The stem is super soft, flexible and stretchy. One of the very few stems that don’t irritate me.

The Claricup Menstrual Cup has no measurement markers and is totally smooth inside and out, making for easy cleaning.

Claricup Issues

When examining the menstrual cups upon arrival, I noticed both had some quality issues. The seam on the outside of the cup isn’t smooth/filed back on the large. The suction release holes are unfinished with ‘flaps’ of silicone over them on the outside and inside of the cup, on both sizes. This is quite disappointing.

Issues With Claricup

Final Thoughts

Despite the issues mentioned, I love the Claricup. It’s made from a lovely, luxurious feeling silicone and is easy to use. The cup is also simple to store and sanitize. Due to the softness of the cup, it would be great for people with sensitivity issues and weak pelvic floor muscles.

I would recommend this cup to anyone looking for a soft cup that opens easily.

The Claricup Menstrual Cup is available to purchase from Eco Dreams* – use code ECOFLUFFYMAMA for 12% off.

Visit Claripharm for more information on the company and their products.

 

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10 Comments

  1. teresa
    14th May 2015 / 10:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing the details! Would you say it is similar in flexibility to the Si-bell? I read a review somewhere that said the Claricup was firmer.

    • Tamsin
      16th May 2015 / 3:14 pm

      I’ll take a look later for you and make a mini vid ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. mir
    17th May 2015 / 2:08 pm

    I would be very interested in that video! Looking forward ๐Ÿ™‚ Will you post it here?

    • 20th May 2015 / 7:26 pm

      It is up now ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Snow
    30th November 2015 / 2:56 pm

    i COULD be wrong, but i am pretty sure ( on a side note ) that the hole in the sterilization/storage cup would not be to allow it to “breathe” while the cup is being stored , since if it is cleaned before storage , as it should be, it would have no need to “breathe”. i believe the hole in the top of the container is because when the boiling in microwave method is used to sterilize the cup, the steam needs to escape… most sterilization containers do not come with a hole and so when they dont the instructions will say not to close the lid entirely. in this case i would think you could close the lid since the hole is there for releasing steam ๐Ÿ™‚ i have heard others say that there is a certain “unfinished “sloppiness” to teh seams and holes on this cup unfortunately, which is a shame when so much work seems to be put into the material itself…and is my only hesitation on getting this one. ( also not sure a soft cup is right for me if that is true) . thanx for the review since i am trying to find out more about if this one is right for me!

    • 30th November 2015 / 5:53 pm

      The air hole in the tub is to allow the air circulation inside the tub, so the cup can ‘breathe’ whilst being stored. This stops growth of any bacteria/mould, and is the same why other cups are stored in cotton pouches; to allow circulation. The hole is ALSO for when being steralised. Both of those points are actually covered in my review, so I am really not sure what this comment aims to achieve. The tub is dual purpose.

      Yes, everyone else I have spoken to that owns this brand, has also said that their cups aren’t finished well either. Which is such a shame as beside from that, the cup is wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks.

      • Snow
        1st December 2015 / 2:40 am

        apologies since if there was another review you made other than what i had read above i hadnt yet seen it, the only thing i saw was the comment about letting it get air ( and not about releasing steam), so i wasnt trying to “achieve anything” by my comment other than to point out the that steam could be released i guess lol. but maybe my comment will still help someone who did not see it mentioned such as myself at least ๐Ÿ™‚ hmm..i just re-read it and now the wording is showing totally different in that section… well no matter, at least it is clearer now so there will be less confusion which is great ๐Ÿ™‚ i am sorry if my wording somehow came off wrong or anything. now it explains about moisture when being stored ( and i had assumed teh cup would be dried before storage,so that is why there was initial confusion for me about it needing air).
        anyway, thank you for reviewing this cup as i am debating to get it! your info is helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Tamsin
          1st December 2015 / 10:54 am

          I’m referring to the comment about airflow and allowing the cup to breathe inside the tub when being stored. Which is what the comment you essentially implied that was I was incorrect regarding the airhole and the cup needing to breathe.

          It was perfectly clear before – I explained that the tub had a hole in to allow airflow when being stored and I also wrote about the tub being used to sterilise.

          I have since added a section about WHY it’s important for the tub to have air circulation whilst the cup is being stored in it. That’s the only thing added. I haven’t changed the original wording about the use of the tub for storage and microwave steralization.

          Yes, ideally the cup would be totally dry prior to storage, but there’s also chance of a small amount of moisture still being present, and why a container or pouch MUST be breatheable. There are plenty of articles online that explain this, should you wish to read further, which will clarify my point and confirm that my post was correct.

          Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Snow
    1st December 2015 / 11:25 am

    ok then…by the way I was not being argumentative or trying to prove you or me as wrong or right. you feel that the original wording was clear, that’s fine, you are entitled to stick to that. i really feel that i have been trying to nicely discuss this and have not been criticizing you. i even apologized , giving the benefit of the doubt that i may have come across the wrong way in my wording. i thanked you for the review and was just discussing it..or so i thought…but to be honest you seem more worried in being “confirmed and proved” right, which i honestly find a bit unsettling and startling since i was not seeing it as a debate. I will read more about it of course as i have been trying to do, but not to “prove” anything… i really do not know how to even respond to you saying the wording wasnt changed though… because i do remember the wording and was only complimenting you on clarifying what was later was clarified… as i do not want this to be turned around on me as if i was trying to cause an issue ( since this unfortunately , truly feels like it is being twisted on me ) and i would not want to take away from the importance of this educational information that women need, so i do not want it to be distracting by seeming to be a debate when there really wasnt one, i guess maybe i will just have to end up un-following the blog i suppose ๐Ÿ™ sadly as i was really just wanting to learn and discuss but am feeling unwelcome to do so… but i do wish you would reflect and come to know how you are really coming across in your responses to anything that may not just be nodding in agreement…

    • 1st December 2015 / 12:25 pm

      Nothing is being twisted. You made a comment which was incorrect. I replied, clarified and explained further, and then added an extra, additional section to the original post, to discuss a particular issue (mould/bacteria growth in a sealed container) in a little more detail. But the original wording was not changed in any way, shape or form.

      Thatโ€™s it – no twisting or anything. To be perfectly honest, it feels like all you want to do is nitpick att my posts โ€“ from moaning about my camera lense focussing on Youtube, to picking holes in this particular post, and now accusing me of ‘twisting’ things, making you feel unwelcome, and insinuating that I argue with people who don’t nod in agreement. Which simply is not true at all, and extremely rude to suggest.

      This post is a review – based on fact and opinion. When I publish a fact about a product, that isn’t open for debate. Because it is fact; supplied by the maker/company about their product. I supplied two facts about a feature of the storage tub, and you essentially told me I was wrong. It wasn’t about me ‘proving’ myself to be right – it’s about clarifying the facts. Nothing more, nothing less.

      There is no malice in my tone. This is a non issue, and it seems you’ve taken offence somewhere along the line, and blown things out of proportion.

      Have a good day ๐Ÿ™‚