RE: Creatine Monohydrate vs Creapure
'CreaPure' is the brand name for creatine produced by Degussa BioActives, a Germany company reknowned for it's rigorous quality control and standards of manufacture. The CreaPure range actually includes several different types of creatine including monohydrate, citrate and pyruvate, but it's perhaps the CreaPure creatine monohydrate product that most people are familiar with. As the name suggests, 'CreaPure' creatine consists of 'pure' creatine, it does not contain any sugars or other additives and is said to be 99.9% free of impurities (or 99.99999999999999% depending on where you read it lol).
As said, the CreaPure brand has for many years been regarded as one of the purest forms of creatine available (the CreaPure brand has kind of become a quality kite mark in the supplement industry).
As such it is used by many sports supplement manufacturers in the production of their creatine products. You may have seen several different manufacturers all offering a product labelled 'CreaPure creatine', this simply means all these manufacturers source their creatine from Degussa and use the CrePure brand name in their labelling to signify that it is a high quality product. These creatine products may contain other ingredients alongside the CreaPure including carbs, etc which is where B_light may be getting confused.
Of course Degussa aren't the only manufacturer of creatine, several other manufacturers offer creatine products that are arguably just as high quality as the CreaPure brand.
As with many things, you may find that you pay a little more for products containing CreaPure creatine simply because it is a known brand. The price of CreaPure products may also vary depending on which supplement company has brought them to market (for instance a couple of years ago when I used to use creatine mono, both Reflex and All-in1 sold a pure creatine product that contained CreaPure. Not suprisingly the All-in1 version was a fraction of the price of the Reflex version.
These days I prefer to use CEE, however as far as mono's go, personally knowing that there isn't a great deal of difference between a product labelled Creapure 99.9999% pure creatine and a non-Creapure product claiming to be 99% pure, I'd probably go for the cheaper version. Then again I'm a hater of brand named products anyhow, from creatine to baked beans lol