HEY! YOU! STOP SCROLLING FOR ONE FUCKING SECOND AND LEMME TELL Y'ALL ABOUT THE MIRACLE THAT IS KNOWN AS AFRICAN BLACK SOAP.

YOU SEE, ONCE UPON A TIME, I HAD THE WORST ACNE IN THE FUCKIN WORLD. LIKE, IT WAS LITERALLY PAINFUL. I SHIT YOU NOT,I WAS LITERALLY MORE ACNE THAN ACTUAL FACE. I HAD BOUGHT ALL THE FUCKIN 80$+ ACNE KITS, YOU KNOW THE ONES. YOU SEE EM’ ADVERTISED IN INFOMERCIALS ALL THE GODDAMN TIME BY FOLKS WHO HAVE NEVER HAD ACNE A DAY IN THEIR GODDAMN LIFE. WELL, NONE OF THEM WERE HELPING. AT ALL.

I WAS JUST BEGINNING TO ACCEPT THAT I WAS DOOMED TO BE PIZZA FACE UNTIL MY 30’S WHEN I WAS INTRODUCED TO THIS MIRACLE PRODUCT BY THIS HIPPIE-ASS FUCKER I KNEW. SHE CLAIMED THAT IF I USED IT IN PLACE OF FACE WASH, IT WOULD CLEAR ME RIGHT UP, NO SHIT. NEEDLESS TO SAY, I WAS MORE THAN A BIT SKEPTICAL. AFTER ALL, WE HAD SPENT LITERALLY HUNDREDS ON MIRACLE ACNE REMEDIES THAT DIDN’T FUCKING WORK, SO WHY THE FUCK WOULD THIS SHIT? IT WASN’T EVEN FUCKING MEDICATED! BUT I FIGURED I HAD NOTHING TO LOSE, SO I WENT FOR IT.

WELL, LEMME TELL Y'ALL. I WAS WRONG. SO FUCKING WRONG. 

WITHIN A WEEK, HALF OF MY ACNE WAS GONE. WITHIN THREE, I HAD THE CLEAREST SKIN I’D HAD SINCE I WAS A YOUNG CHILD.

PEOPLE NOW ASK ME ALL THE FUCKING TIME WHAT MY SECRET TO CLEAR SKIN IS, AND I TELL THEM ALL ABOUT THIS BEAUTIFUL SHIT. IT WORKS MIRACLES, AND IT DOESN’T FUCKING BURN YOUR EYES IF YOU GET IT WITHIN TWO INCHES OF THEM, UNLIKE TRADITIONAL ACNE CREAMS DO. AND THE BEST PART? IF YOU ARE LIKE ME AND HAVE SENSITIVE-ASS SKIN, AND/OR IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO A LOT OF THE SHIT OUT THERE, THIS STUFF IS ALL NATURAL, AND SUPER GENTLE. SERIOUSLY. I’M PRETTY SURE YOU COULD RUB THIS SHIT IN YOUR EYES IF YOU REALLY WANTED TO, BUT I HAVEN’T FELT INCLINED TO DO THAT.

WHAT’S THAT? YOU HAVE DANDRUFF AND NONE OF THOSE FANCY-ASS SPECIAL SHAMPOOS HAVE HELPED? WELL, YOU BEAUTIFUL FUCKER, YOU’RE IN LUCK, BECAUSE THIS SHIT CLEARS THAT UP TOO! 

GOT PSORIASIS? ECZEMA? NO PROBLEM!  NEITHER OF THOSE THINGS ARE ANY MATCH FOR THIS SHIT!

WHAT’S THAT? YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE YOU CAN BUY THIS MIRACLE SUBSTANCE? WELL, POP ON OVER HERE AND GO FORTH AND GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS WONDERFUL SHIT, YOU BEAUTIFUL FUCKER!

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As someone who suffers from severe eczema, my body has gone from the color of my face to the dark brown, light brown patches seen in the photo on the right.

One of my good friends said to me one day:
“Your skin looks hand crafted. Reminding me of grandmother Willow from Pocahontas. Since Mother Nature is a black woman, who crafted all of this, including the willow trees… Your skin is the epitome of that. Like pure art”.

Since then. I’ve learned to love my skin.
My eczema scars.
My hyperpigmentation.

I’ve learned to love it all.
I’m like Grandmother Willow. That’s the best compliment if I ever heard.

💛🍃✨

To people who don't have eczema

Here’s a few tips next time you tell someone with eczema what you think.

“just put lotion it”
-All the lotion in the world could not help

“why do you make that face”
-I’m in pain right now pls stop talking

“I’ve heard cold baths help with that”
-How about YOU try taking a cold ass bath

“What does it feel like”
-you know that one itch you have on your back that you just can’t reach? Imagine that feeling 24/7 all over your body.

“Why don’t you just itch it”
-eczema is known as the “itch that rashes” ITCHING MAKES NOTHING BETTER

“why can’t you use scented lotion”
- k have you ever gotten splashed by boiling water? It’s like that except all over

“It’s cold in here”
-and I am burning

“Ew cover up your eczema so we don’t have to see it”
-I’m so f***ing sorry my eczema is totally ruining your life.

Product Review & Recommendation: Lunette Menstrual Cup

Product recommendations are always products I have found that have helped me reclaim back the areas my life that eczema controls or affects immensely. This product is obviously only for those who experience the lovely thing that is the menstrual cycle. It is plain uncomfortable to extremely painful. I won’t say TMI in this post anywhere because this is our body and how the body works and to be honest it should be discussed more instead of being made this secretive and shameful thing that we have to hide from and avoid talking about.

This doesn’t relate to eczema but it does for me: Periods were dreaded not for only the common reason like cramps, bloating, mood swings and bowel trouble, but I absolutely dreaded my time of the month because it meant pads. The edge of the pads scratched against my legs, my inner thighs to bear exact and my lady parts and irritated. I always ended up scratching it into a bloody mess which made the whole period even worse and it only could heal once my period for that month was over. I don’t know if any other eczema sufferer goes thorough this but in general, pads are annoying, load, at times unhygienic and high maintenance. I do prefer tampons but I also forget about changing them and leaving them in there past two hours is a no no. I found out about the Lunette Cup accidentally by flipping through one of my mums health magazines she steals from various places like the doctor. The article was titled alternatives to conventional products for menstruation. This was the one I was most intrigued by and that stayed in the back of mind with the intention of buying it eventually but I never got round to it. It wasn’t until my battle with Topical Steroid Addiction and Withdrawals that my inner thighs become a inflamed, raw red area so period were made completely unmanageable that I finally had an urgent reason to buy it.

Eczema already makes normal activities and situations uncomfortable or undoable. They made unpleasant activities even worse which no one should have to stand. 

What is the Lunette cup?

How can Lunette make your periods nicer? 

Lunette is healthy. It doesn’t absorb moisture like tampons or cause sweating like pads. Lunette is made of soft medical grade silicone, not of rubber latex. The silicone design is hygienic since it naturally discourages the growth of bacteria. Risk of infection is much less than that of tampons or pads. It’s texture makes it easy to insert and it is reusable for years to come.

Lunette is also an “eco-thing”. No cardboard, cotton, plastic, wrappers or applicators to be thrown away. Since a Lunette is a one-time-purchase, it saves your cash too.

Lunette means security, less change hassle. A cup, by its liquid holding nature is more secure than tampons or pads. You can wear your cup continuously for up to 12 hours. It can also be used while sleeping at night. 

Lead your normal life all month with Lunette. It comes with a small, cute satin pouch that fits discreetly into your handbag. You’ll never have to worry about where to buy tampons or smuggle them up your sleeve on your way to the ladies’ room. You can do all your usual physical activities, like sports.  

What is the Lunette cup?

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The Lunette menstrual cup is a reusable menstrual protection product made in Finland. It is an easy-to-use, safe, and hygienic alternative to pads and tampons. By using the cup, you will help protect the environment, save money, and get peace of mind. 

Just fold, insert like a tampon and it collects blood rather than absorbs it. You empty it rather than change it — a little bit different.

The Lunette cup is:

  • made of medical-grade silicone in Finland
  • hypoallergenic, latex-free, odorless, and safe
  • affordable and environmentally friendly – with proper care it will last for years
  • a sanitary and healthy alternative to disposable tampons and pads
  • easy-to-use, practical, and comfortable. It needs to be emptied only two to four times a day and can be used overnight
  • safe since it is not conducive to dampness, outbreaks of vaginal candidiasis, cystitis or toxic shock syndrome. In fact, TSS has not been linked to the use of menstrual cups
  • suitable to be worn during sports and other physical activities
  • easy to clean and disinfect between periods by boiling briefly in water or washing with rubbing alcohol
  • designed for women of all ages and sizes
  • also designed for women who have not yet engaged in sexual intercourse as well as those who use an IUD or contraceptive ring. However, if you are planning on using Lunette together with an IUD, we recommend discussing it with your doctor
  • enables you to monitor your flow by providing measuring lines on the inside of the cup (5 ml and 13.5 ml in size 1, 7.5 ml and 15 ml in size 2). The lining of the cup is totally smooth and the tab is flat, making cleaning very easy
  • not to be used during post-natal bleeding due to the risk of inflammation
  • not disruptive to the natural lubricating ability of the vagina, nor does it dry out the vaginal mucus membrane

Why use a Lunette?

Lunette is a liberating alternative to disposable tampons and pads. Once you get a Lunette menstrual cup, you will never be left without menstrual protection again. You can say goodbye to uncomfortable, bulky pads and you don’t have to worry about getting different sized tampons to get through each period.

Easy

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The Lunette menstrual cup is as easy-to-use as a non-applicator tampon. Simply fold and insert. Because a Lunette can hold much more liquid than a tampon, it only needs to be emptied 2 to 4 times per day during normal flow, so the times you have to deal with it are less frequent.

Hygienic & Safe

With tampons, fibers can be caught in the vaginal canal upon removal and its absorpency can dry out the mucous membrane. Pads create a stifling, moist environment that is a breeding ground for yeast infections, bacteria and odor. The cup is more sanitary because it does not disrupt the natural lubricating ability of the vagina or interfere with the natural process of shedding menstrual blood, dead cells and bacteria.

The Lunette menstrual cup has received approval from government health agencies in multiple countries. Not only has Lunette received FDA approval in the United States, it has also been listed with the TGA, Australia’s regulatory agency for drugs and medical devices. In Finland, all Lunette products have received the prestigious Key Flag emblem, a certification for the highest quality of Finnish products. For further piece of mine, there have been no reported cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) in connection with the use of menstrual cups.

Economical

The average woman spends between AUS$120-$200 per year on disposable tampons and pads. The Lunette is a one-time cost that will last for years. That saves you a chunk of money!

Environmentally friendly

A Lunette menstrual cup is an eco-thing. It will last for years and during the cup’s lifespan, there will be no waste to dispose of – no accumulation of plastic applicators, wrappers or bio-waste from used tampons and pads. In fact, the Lunette box and enclosed informational material is made from recycled paper. In Finland, the Lunette menstrual cup is produced in a factory that gives priority to environmental issues.

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Lifestyle Friendly

The Lunette menstrual cup can be worn during sports and other physical activities, just like a tampon. And there are extra benefits to having no strings:  sleeping naked is loads more comfortable, and no risk of a peek-a-boo string at the beach!

Sufficient

The Lunette menstrual cup can be worn at any time in your menstrual cycle, during your heaviest and your lightest flow, day and night. It eliminates the need to have “supplies” on hand at all times during period. No more smuggling tampons up your sleeve or taking your purse to the restroom.

Innovative

The lining of the Lunette menstrual cup is smooth which makes cleaning very easy. Because the tab of the Lunette menstrual cup is flat, it does not collect bacteria. You can disinfect the cup by boiling it briefly in water, using the Lunette disinfecting wipes, or rubbing alcohol.

Did you know?

  • The average woman uses approximately 17,000 tampons, pads or pantyliners in her lifetime.
  • 4.3 billion disposable menstrual protection products (pads, tampons, panty liners) are used per year in the UK.
  • 2.5 million tampons, 1.4 million sanitary towels, and 700, 000 panty liners are flushed down the toilet every day in the UK (2006).
  • 75% of blocked drains are caused by flushing sanitary protection products.

Lunette is an alternative way for women to reduce human impact on the environment — every month.

1. Wash 2. Fold 3. Hold 4. Insert 5. Remove and Rinse 6. Re-use

The Lunette menstrual cup should be emptied on average two to four times a day and can be used during the night, although you should not exceed 12 hours at a time.

First, wash your hands with soap and hot water. You can insert the cup while sitting, standing or squatting; spreading your legs will facilitate insertion. Fold the Lunette menstrual cup in on itself to make flat, then in half. Keep it rolled up and guide it rim-first into the vagina. The cup is held in position by the seal formed with the walls of the vagina and pressure from the vaginal muscles. 

When removing the cup, first wash your hands and relax your muscles. Break the seal by squeezing the bottom part of the cup, until you feel or hear the suction release. Now gently rock the cup from side to side while pulling down. Pull the cup out while pinching the ridged bottom of the cup. Tip the contents into the toilet.

After emptying, rinse the cup in cold water first to avoid the development of odor and discoloration.  Afterwards, clean the cup with hot water and the Lunette Feelbetter Liquid Wash or a mild, perfume-free soap. Then the cup can be re-inserted in the vagina.

See here for more detailed instructions.

Quality and Standards

Finnish standards

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The Lunette menstrual cup is safe. It is made of medical-grade silicone which is FDA approved for medical use. The cup is manufactured in a Finnish factory that closely monitors the production of each product to guarantee the safety of the materials used. The production of every Lunette menstrual cup can be tracked from the raw material to the finished product.

According to EU legislation, the menstrual cup isn’t a product that is to be controlled by The National Agency for Medicines; however, regular consumer protection laws do apply. This is why the Lunette menstrual cup isn’t able to include any label indicating the approval of the national health authority in Finland.

Lunette products have received the Key Flag emblem, a certification by The Association for Finnish Work for first-class Finnish quality products.

U.S. Standards

The type of silicone used in the Lunette menstrual cup is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This silicone is not the same type that is used in breast implants. The Lunette cup is made of a solid form of silicone like that used in heart valve devices, unlike breast implants which is made of liquid silicone. It is hypoallergenic, toxic-free, durable, and in no way harmful to human tissue. The Lunette cup is made of the best possible quality of medical-grade silicone. You can safely use the Lunette menstrual cup for several years – there is no need to replace it every year. FDA recommends replacing your cup every two or three years.

All Lunette menstrual cups, including our colored cups, are approved by the FDA.

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Australian Standards

Lunette is listed by the TGA, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, an Australian regulatory agency for medical drugs and devices. TGA’s rigorous standards are the reason the selection of menstrual cups available in Australia is very limited. The fact that the Lunette cup was able to obtain TGA approval is proof of its safety and quality.

The colored Lunette cups are not TGA approved. TGA listing is a very long and costly process, and all of our colored cups are limited edition products.

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Trademarks

Our brand names and slogans such as Lunette®, Feelbetter®, Moodsmooth®, “For nicer periods” and “Have the time of your month” are registered trademarks of Lune Group Oy Ltd.

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User Surveys

In an independent customer satisfaction survey, Lunette scored inarguably the highest compared to other menstrual cups. The users were asked which cup(s) they owned and if they were satisfied with it (/them). Lunette cups received the highest percentage of satisfied customers – 95% – compared to other brands.

In a Lunette User Survey from 2008, 165 respondents – the largest group ever studied - provided the Lune Group with important feedback on the cup. 88 % of all respondents believed that their quality of life during menstruation had increased while using the menstrual cup. 97% of respondents would recommend the cup to family and friends.

The respondents were between 17 and 49 years of age and of 19 different nationalities, and the user survey covered their experiences through a total of 1857 menstrual cycles.

Size Guide

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The Lunette menstrual cup model 1:

We recommend model 1 for women with light to moderate flow, younger women or women who have never had intercourse. The diameter is 41 mm (1.6 inches) by 47 mm (1.9 inches) in length. The stem measures 25 mm (1 inch). The volume of the cup is 20 ml (0.85 fl oz).

The Lunette menstrual cup model 2:

Model 2 is recommended for women who have a normal or heavier flow. The diameter is 46 mm (1.8 inches) by 52 mm (2 inches) in length. The stem measures 20 mm (0.8 inches). The volume of the cup is 25 ml (1.0 fl oz). The Lunette menstrual cups are soft and pliable, however, model 1 is made of softer silicone than model 2.

The Lunette menstrual cups are soft and pliable, however, model 1 is made of softer silicone than model 2.

Click here for a detailed sizing guideheavy or light flow or comparison to Tampons.

If you are uncertain of which size to choose, contact info@lunette.com.au

How to get your Lunette cup?

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In Australia, please find your closest retailer in the retailer section.

You can also ask your local pharmacy, drugstore or health food store to become a supplier of Lunette menstrual cups. If you are a bit unsure how to do it, please ask us advice!

Not convinced yet? Read what women have been saying!


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My Experience

I think the benefits have soundly been covered but my number one benefit is that I now no longer get any eczema on my thighs as a directly result of undesirable material. It’s super comfortable and you cannot feel it at all, a problem I had with tampons. You also don’t need to change it several times a day like all other products, I go a good whole day with it and I even forget sometimes and just go to bed without reapplying it. This poses no problem like tampons, when if left in too long causes toxicity and serious health issues so even when I wore tampons and couldn’t change them every two hours like I wanted to, I would be worried the whole time. It is also completely soundless so if you get your period in the middle of work or school, the whole toilet won’t know about it. The cool thing that is if you are in school or at you job, you don’t have to worry about bringing reinforcements and having to go change it. Like mentioned it is extremely cost beneficial, all you do is buy it and you’re good unlike pads and tampons where you have to restock every month or make sure you always have available unless that dreaded time of the month does come at the expected time. 

With pads, it would never stay in one place especially while I was sleeping. Side sleeping would make blood leak out, the pad would shift upwards, downwards, or fold up completely. The wings would fold onto the pad and not stick to the underwear material so it was pretty much a wingless pad which useless for me at night because I move around a LOT. Scratching, restless feet etc. So as a solution I’d have to wear huge nighttime pads to catch everything while I moved around but even that didn’t work well and it was uncomfortable to feel like you’re wearing a wet nappy while you’re sleeping.

The only con I would say is the application- if you’re not familiar with how to use a tampon then you’re going to have a lot of trouble because this is definitely harder than the average tampon application because it is bigger. Taking it out is also harder and the other con is you do have to wash it each time before you put it back in unlike easily throwing it in the trash. I use baking soda and water. But once you get the hang of it, it seriously is the most convenient thing ever, you’ll feel like you don’t even have your period (after the initial pain and cramps of course) and it’s made periods a breeze for the first time.

I’ve had it for about 4 months now, a clear type 2 model for heavier flow and I will never go back to pads or tampons. Eczema sufferers in general should avoid toxins as much as possible to avoid or minimise flares, not just in foods but environmental toxins that contribute to an overload of toxins which prompts the over active immune response that attacks these toxins and uses your skin as a means of  toxin elimination. 

There are many video reviews on youtube so research it to see if you think it’s right for you. Here is a really good informative review to start you off:

Lunette Menstrual Cup 

 

 

Growing up with eczema

(because everybody thinks all we have to do is put on lots of lotion and not scratch)

  • waking up in pain with blood all over your sheets
  • being afraid to go to sleep because you can’t control your scratching when you’re asleep
  • having to do your laundry all the time because dead skin cells are everywhere
  • everything burns in the shower, even when you use cold water
  • no hot water: no hot showers, no hot tubs, no hot springs
  • not being able to go on sleepovers or travel to certain places because you can’t pack your humidifier or air purifier or the climate will fuck you up or there are just too many allergens there
  • if you ever do feel like going anywhere, having to pack your entire medicine cabinet (gauze and bandages included)
  • having to be careful with anything you put on your skin: makeup, lotions, etc…
  • clothing: as a child, cotton only - no jeans, no polyester, nope
  • when eczema breaks out on your face or any visible part of your body, and people are afraid of being near you for fear of catching some horrible disease. also people just straight up staring at you
  • hiding at home because you feel like the ugliest person in the world
  • not being able to wear short sleeves or shorts because you’re afraid of people seeing your scars
  • the only medications that work have horrible side effects…like topical steroid withdrawal or increasing the risk of skin cancer
  • being the really annoying friend with all the food allergies
  • not being able to exercise when you want to because you’re allergic to your own sweat or your joints are too inflamed to move
  • not being able to cry because your eyelids might break out
  • landing in the hospital because of life-threatening skin infections

…just sorta needed to get this off my chest

one thing that really irks me about eczema and body positivity is that it isn’t really represented within the movement. Why? Because it’s not a “pretty” disorder. You can’t draw cutesy art or take cute, arty photos of your eczema because, simply put, eczema looks disgusting. It weeps, it bleeds, it peels, it scabs, it crusts….it’s pretty damn gross. And because it’s so gross, people are unwilling to be body positive about it. And to those of you in the eczema community who are trying to get us a bigger part in the body positivity movement, I salute you.

shout out to all the people with less-than-perfect skin. i’m talking to all of you people with eczema and acne - those of you who have tried every cream and talked to every doctor and still feel like it makes no difference. those of you who avoid wearing certain types of clothing because it’ll expose unsightly scarring or bumps, those of you whose skin problems are always a topic of conversation. all of you are beautiful, just in case no one told you today. 

Eczema of the cornea, conjunctiva, hairy scalp, lips, and nose

Patient was a delicate boy of 11 years, and had suffered inflammation of the conjunctiva for upwards of 2 years. Condition recently deteriorated to involve the scalp and mucous membranes of the face, as well as the cornea.

Between 15 and 30% of children develop eczema of some form during childhood, with many developing recurrent atopic (a hypersensitivity allergy erupting in an area not directly in contact with the allergen) eczema.

By adulthood, many of those children have outgrown the condition, and only around 5% of adults have an outbreak of atopic dermatitis. Outbreaks generally include large areas of dry, scaly skin, with itchy, inflamed, and occasionally weeping lesions, especially in the flexures of the elbow and knee.

Atlas of the External Diseases of the Eye. Dr. O. Haab, 1899.