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DivaCup: Review and Giveaway
Cutting Waste and $aving Money, One Month at a Time

October 17, 2011

II wrote about the idea of reusable feminine products before. Sounds interesting right? If you've made any attempt to 'Go Green' in any aspect then hear me out. In the grocery stores you see the switch being made from plastic to canvas. At the dealerships more and more car models have gone electric or hybrid. Appliances are more energy efficient. We can save paper by viewing statements and paying bills online. These are all smart choices right? Here's another one to consider... a reusable menstrual cup. This is not a new idea. In fact it's an 80yr old concept. I received a Model2 DivaCup for the purpose of this review.


About the Concept and Company
DivaCup is a reusable menstrual cup, a concept that was first developed in the 1930's. Back then menstrual cups were made from rubber latex and several companies sold them. The idea seemed to lay dormant until about 15 years ago when Francine and her daughter Carinne single-handedly resurrected the 75 year old menstrual cup concept by reintroducing this product to the world market when it was virtually unknown. They sold this rubber/latex version for 10 years. In 2003 they developed a redesign using soft silicone to eliminate some of the allergic reactions caused by the rubber latex and to meet the needs of today's modern woman launching their own company, Diva International.

Words from both Mother and Daughter...
“With all the state-of-the-art conveniences Western society has developed, it baffles us why outdated feminine products are still being used. We believe that reusable menstrual cups are the next generation of feminine hygiene because they are the most environmentally responsible choice. They are also the most convenient and reliable option available and are not linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Francine Chambers
“Not every woman can afford a hybrid car nor easily convert their home to solar power. Yet, by choosing to use a menstrual cup instead of disposable tampons and pads, any woman is able to make an environmentally responsible choice each month. This is no small matter. In the U.S. alone, billions of tampons and pads are dumped into landfills and the environment each year.”
Carinne Chambers

Are Disposables Health Hazards?
When teaching my girls about products to use once they begin their cycles we won't have to mess around with different absorbency levels, styles, or the fatal TSS, Toxic Shock Syndrome (They say it's so uncommon yet every box has a warning on it). That warning always scared me. Yet I kept on wearing what I thought was the only choice for women.

Most tampons and pads contain surfactants, adhesives and additives. In addition, most pads contain polyethylene plastic whose production is a pollutant. Also, dioxin, a known carcinogen, is a by-product of the bleaching process of tampons containing rayon. In landfills, many of these substances can leach into the environment (groundwater, streams and lakes) causing serious pollution and health concerns. DivaCup to the rescue is right! ...visit to read more about how making the switch affects the environment.

Smart Choices do pay off!
Let's consider the cost and monthly waste we as women contribute to the landfills alone. Many of us spend $150-200 USD a year on disposable feminine hygiene products. I personally have not spent a dime on tampons or pads in over 6months saving my family roughly $60. The DivaCup costs ~ $39.99 so my total savings is $80 a year, just for making a smart choice.

Now calculate your own savings: 
Multiply your monthly disposable cost by 12. Subtract the cost of the DivaCupSave
It's recommended that you replace your cup once a year but this is up to the user as every body's ph is different as well as individual wear and use.

I've just thrown a ton of statistics and numbers at you, now here's what I really think about my cup...

Features I Love!                    Great to Know...
  • You can wear it overnight!
  • It's extremely comfortable.
    I've started my workout challenge
    over at Gymbella and I'm nearly
    working out and running every day.
    You'll never know it's there.
  • It's very easy to use, it came with
    a pouch so it's always ready in
    my purse
  • The DivaWash is a body wash that
    can be used to clean the DivaCup
    specifically designed to protect the
    integrity of the silicone material.
  • I try to wash mine after each potty
    trip but for times when I can not it
    can be worn for up to 12 hours.
  • Silicone is Latex-free, BPA-free,
    plastic-free, and phthalate-free
  • No dyes, colors, or additives

    Choose from 2 sizes
  • model 1:
    women under 30 who've never
    delivered vaginally or by c-section
  • model 2:
    women over 30 and/or women
    who've delivered vaginally or by
Buy in stores: Find a store that sells the DivaCup here.
Or Buy Online from an approved distributor here.
DivaCup can be found on their website, facebook, and twitter.

Win a DivaCup of your OWN!
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The product mentioned in this review were provided by for the purpose of this review and all opinions are 100% mine. This Giveaway is open to residents of the US only and sponsored by  Ends Nove. 1st, 2011 at 12:01pm, EST. A winner will be chosen via The winner will have 24hrs to contact me before a new winner will be chosen.
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