NEWS: I now sell menstrual cups at my new store:
My Keeper cup came from the Keeper company itself, as a donation. I emailed them, asking for permission to use their photos for my page, sending them links to my WordPress reviews and my YouTube videos, and they offered to send me a Keeper.
It, like its silicone twin Keeper Moon Cup, came with a blue drawstring cloth pouch. Both came in minimal packaging for protection of the environment (a manila envelope, containing the cup, the cloth pouch, and a 1- page instruction pamphlet (3-fold).
This cup is made out of latex, in a chocolaty-brown color. It is meant for women who do not have sensitivities to latex, and prefer an opaque (not see-through) cup. It is slightly firmer than the silicone version, but other than that, the two are exactly the same. It too has the double spill proof rings on the inside, and six tiny suction release holes under the second rim.
When I tried this cup out, I did need to pinch it a little more than the silicone one, due to the firmness. But the upshot was, the firmness allowed the cup to pop open quite easily. I did use some lube (water-based and glycerin free) for the Keeper, as the feel of the material was a little different. Luckily, the cup arrived right in the middle of my cycle, so I was able to “try it out for real”, instead of with a dry-run. This was the small size, as I am under 30 and have never had children (I was asked to specify in the email). It was quite comfortable even with the stem fully intact, and I experienced no leaks. The C-fold works fine for me, but later I think I will try the punch-down fold… I usually do the punch down with the indented part facing either sideways, or downward. That way you won’t feel it against the bladder when it opens.
For removal, suction was easy to break with the old “pinch the base and tilt from side-to-side” method. And also, as I always say with the smoother cups– if the slickness of the material makes it seem slippery, keep your fingers dry with toilet paper, for better grip.
If you are a little squeamish about seeing the contents, this particular color does hide the appearance of your flow (blood) fairly well. Another plus it, it will not discolor over time, the way the clear ones do. And again, like Keeper Moon Cup, lined up next to other brands, it has the longest overall length (mostly from the stem). But make sure you have no sensitivities to latex first.
Virtually the same as the one that came with my Keeper Moon Cup; but a slightly brighter blue shade, so I’ll be able to tell them apart without opening the pouches. Nice, durable material though, but not abrasive to the cup. And the minimal packaging does make sense, as cups are meant to not only be safer and cleaner, but also more friendly to the environment.
Overall, I would say my experience with this cup has been very pleasant, and I really appreciate the free donation from the company for my educational efforts. I gave them permission to link this review and the YouTube video to their site for potential customers, so I hope it will be helpful to anyone who is curious.