GIVEAWAY – The Moon Cup

by Kelsey Norwood

in Giveaways

The winner is Tracy (#15), who said, ” I just recently learned about this great alternative. I would like to try the ‘Keeper Moon” cup size A.”

Email me at kelsey[at]vanillajoy[dot]com – THANKS!

PRIZE

keeper and moon cup

One reader will win the original Keeper (latex) or Moon Cup (silicone) menstrual cup!

MY REVIEW

Ladies, say goodbye to tampons and say HELLO to something so much better!

I got to try out both the Keeper and Moon Cup and I love having a more environmentally friendly and medically safer option to get me through Aunt Flow’s regular visits.

Six months ago I didn’t even know you could purchase resuable menstrual cups, and since then I have learned a lot about tampons that I wish I had known sooner.

Environmental/Financial Concerns

For example:


According to waste consultant Franklin Associates, 6.5 billion tampons and 13.5 billion sanitary pads, plus their packaging, ended up in landfills or sewer systems in 1998. And according to the Center for Marine Conservation, over 170,000 tampon applicators were collected along U.S. coastal areas between 1998 and 1999.

You don’t have to be an “environmentalist” to be careful and thoughtful when it comes to use and waste, and these numbers are shocking. A more widespread use of menstrual cups could drastically reduce the amount of waste we produce and pollution from production.

And all that trash costs you good money! If you need some visual persuasion, here it is:

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In 10 years, you could spend $480 on 65 pound of garbage or $35 for one Keeper. That’s $.29 per month as opposed to $4.00.

Health/Safety Concerns

Aside from environmental concerns, did you know that the chemicals used to make tampons could be linked to a frightening list of side effects like cancer, developmental delays, birth defects, hormone disruption and immune cell suppression? Yikes.

From Mercola.com:

There are two basic problems with synthetic menstrual products:

  1. The synthetic materials are often so absorbent that they create a perfect breeding ground for Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), especially in young females who haven’t had time to develop the necessary antibodies; and
  2. The chlorine used in the bleaching process [of tampon production] can release dioxin, a known carcinogen, into a woman’s vagina and uterus.

Those are two pretty good reasons to avoid disposable feminine hygiene products altogether in my book.

Reusable menstrual cups aren’t well known because they’re produced by smaller companies. Today’s giveaway is sponsored by the first company to offer a menstrual cup and they have two kinds – The Keeper, which is latex, and The Moon Cup, which is silicone/non-latex. They have two sizes, A for after childbirth and B for before, so the fit is comfortable and the product is safer and more environmentally friendly.

Aunt Flow is an unpleasant visitor, and a reusable menstrual cup may not always be the most convenient method, but it’s the safest and the cheapest so GO REUSABLE!

GIVEAWAY RULES

  • Visit Keeper.com
  • Make a comment on this post telling me which menstrual cup you’d like to try before midnight Sunday, July 18.
  • A winner will be selected and announced at the top of this post on Monday.
  • Only one comment per person unless you earn extra entries.
  • Giveaway open only to residents of the continental United States…sorry.
  • Winners must email me to claim their prize within 5 days.

EARN EXTRA ENTRIES

You may earn 1 extra entry each for doing the following (make a separate comment for each thing you do):

GOOD LUCK and THANKS!

{This product was provided to Vanilla Joy for review purposes.}

{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

1 FoxyJ July 12, 2010 at 7:17 am

I’ve been really wanting to try one of these for a few years. My sister got one when she spent time with the Peace Corps in a remote area and she loved it. I would like to try the regular Keeper.

2 FoxyJ July 12, 2010 at 7:17 am

I subscribe to your feed.

3 Shauna July 12, 2010 at 8:15 am

This is such a weird give-away, at first I thought it was for a plunger, but I hate tampons and would love to try an alternative!

4 April -Living the Sweet Life July 12, 2010 at 8:28 am

I have never heard of these and surprised I haven’t since I am no stranger to natural organic and alternative products. Good to know. Thanks.

5 AJ DUB July 12, 2010 at 8:52 am

This is definitely something I would like to try. I have a latex allergy so I would get the silicone version (Moon Cup).

6 Ruth M July 12, 2010 at 9:04 am

I think I’d be interested in the moon cup. Fascinating.

7 Lori A. July 12, 2010 at 9:37 am

I have always wanted to try these..not sure why I never have! :)
I would love to try the moon cup.
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8 Lori A. July 12, 2010 at 9:38 am

Follow KeeperCup on twitter
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9 Lori A. July 12, 2010 at 9:39 am

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10 Lori A. July 12, 2010 at 9:40 am

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11 Lori A. July 12, 2010 at 9:55 am

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12 Lori A. July 12, 2010 at 9:56 am

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13 Lori A. July 12, 2010 at 9:57 am

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14 Lori A. July 12, 2010 at 9:58 am

newsletter subscriber
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15 Tracey F July 12, 2010 at 11:12 am

Hi Oh this is so Great I have been looking for a contest for three days on the menstrual cups and best of all I made the dead line! Yay! I just recently learned about this great alternative. I would like to try the ‘Keeper Moon” cup size A. :))

16 Karen July 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I’d love to try the Moon Cup.

17 Karen July 12, 2010 at 1:59 pm

FB FAN of the Keeper: Karen Bridges

18 Karen July 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Following the Keeper on Twitter, also @SCMOMOF2BOYS

19 Karen July 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm

FB FAN Of Vanilla Joy: Karen Bridges

20 Alice July 12, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I would get the keeper.

21 Alice July 12, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I subscribe to your RSS feed.

22 michelle July 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm

My cool hippie aunt has one and just raves about it. I would like to try the moon cup since I have a latex allergy. Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

23 Dawn July 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm

would be interested in the moon cup.

24 Nicole K July 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I have always wanted to try one of these, didn’ t know that they made a silicone one now! Would love the mooncup!

25 Nicole K July 12, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I also subscribe via rss feed :)

26 Keri July 13, 2010 at 8:39 am

Moon cup, size A. All that stuff about tampons IS scary. Yikes.

27 becca July 13, 2010 at 8:48 am

I would like to try the keeper.

28 becca July 13, 2010 at 8:53 am

I am a facebook fan

29 becca July 13, 2010 at 8:54 am

I subscribe to your rss feed

30 Judith July 13, 2010 at 11:13 am

Cheers! I’d love to win one of these. I’d prefer a moon cup! Size B!

31 Judith July 13, 2010 at 11:15 am
32 Judith July 13, 2010 at 11:16 am

I am a fan of The Keeper on Facebook

33 Judith July 13, 2010 at 11:17 am

I followed @KeeperCup on Twitter.com

34 Judith July 13, 2010 at 11:18 am

I followed @vanillajoy on twitter.com

35 Judith July 13, 2010 at 11:21 am

I “facebooked” about the giveaway
http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/judithannebarnes

36 Judith July 13, 2010 at 11:22 am

I subscribed to your YouTube channel username ungratefulowl

37 Judith July 13, 2010 at 11:23 am

i subscribed to your blog feed.

38 Judith July 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I hope I win this! It would be a great birthday present :D

39 Julie B July 15, 2010 at 6:55 am

I would be interested in the Moon Cup. I’ve been wanting to try one of these alternative methods

40 Julie B July 15, 2010 at 6:55 am

I subscribe to your feed via email

41 Julie B July 15, 2010 at 6:56 am

I am subscribed to your newsletter

42 Julie B July 15, 2010 at 6:56 am

I am a facebook fan of Vanilla Joy

43 Amber July 16, 2010 at 6:08 pm

I am a very thrifty and frugil person yet I am never heard of this product but I am very interested in trying it and reducing waste as well.

44 holly July 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I have had heavy aunt flow since my son was born 4 years ago & am tired of driving to work just to realize i need to change clothing. So I would love to give this a try & get rid of the Diaper pads I have to use :)
moon cup size A please

45 sarah July 16, 2010 at 9:17 pm

These looks so great! I just found out about them recently (I’m 30wks preggers) and can’t wait to try the moon cup out after baby!!

46 Heather H. July 17, 2010 at 3:46 am

I would like to try the Moon.
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47 Crystal July 17, 2010 at 8:04 pm

This sounds quite interesting, I think I would like to try the moon cup.

48 Shirley John July 17, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Wow who would have thought of this idea and never marketed it in stores…What a wonderfull item I would use it…moon cup size A

49 rana robinson July 17, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I so want an alternate product and to reduce my global footprint is awesome, looked it up and moon cup style A .

50 rana robinson July 17, 2010 at 9:23 pm

moon cup style A is what i want to try and to have a smalle global foot print to boot is just awesome…

51 Karen July 17, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Subscribed on You Tube
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52 Lisa Knapp July 17, 2010 at 11:08 pm

This looks like a great way to save money and reduce waste – I’d love to try the moon cup one.

53 Stephanie July 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Wow.. I had no idea these existed but I am intrigued to try out the moon cup!

54 Stephanie July 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I became a fan on Facebook and love your tutorials! I appliqued my first onesie today .. prepping to make a special outfit for my daughter’s first birthday. Thanks!

55 Stephanie July 18, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I also subscribed to your feed. I’m excited to see what project you tackle next!

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