Let’s get serious and frank here for a minute, ladies. We want to chat about one our most important lady bits….our vaginas. We’re just not being nice enough to them and as history has passed it had resulted in infections, irritations and, at worst, diseases and cancers. Sanitary towels of various forms have been around since the 30s. They may not of known what we know now about synthetic chemicals and fabrics – we hope – because back then tampons and pads were made and doused in them. Our vaginas are one of the most absorbent parts of the body. So just think… rayon fibres, chlorine, parabens, perfumes, pesticides, all going right into your blood stream and affecting your immune systems and hormones – like we don’t have enough probs, right!? Why are slowly poisoning are bodies. It’s time to be kinder to our vaginas and there are a slew of natural organic cotton and non toxic products which, also happen to be more eco-friendly, out there so…. no excuses!
Mayah: My usual period coping method is to run to the nearest pharmacy and grab a pack or two of Always. Whilst they have always done the job for me, they are in no way eco…these days that’s a requirement for me. Despite the fact these materials sit right next to your hoo-ha, they have been bleached, doused in fragrance and are made from petrochemicals. Why take that risk on such a sensitive area of your body, not to mention the fact that making these material pollute our environment and leave behind non-biodegrable waste. So next time you’re panic buying down the feminine hygiene aisles of Boots, reach for Veeda instead.
I’ve managed to put both the Ultra Thin Regular Towels and Ultra Thin Night Super/Long Towels* to the test. The first thing I will say when it comes to 100% cotton pads like these is that don’t expect them to have the same absorption rate as conventional products, because they just don’t. Whilst the layers of cotton can hold a surprising amount, it’s just not the same as synthetic foam cores that have been engineered to absorb the most amount of liquid possible. Aside from that, the shape and design were really comfortable, and it was a relief not to smell a whiff of perfume in these – who the heck needs that anyways? Value for money wise, these guys are a great option as they are no more expensive (£2.49 per pack, but can end up on offer too) and have enough pads per pack so you don’t have to worry about running out mid-period, unless your flow is particularly heavy.
Tampons & Liners
Sabrina: Although pads aren’t exactly my bag, when shark week rolls around my methods for picking up a box of tampons and liners were exactly the same as Mayah’s. Of course they did exactly what it said on the tin but it didn’t mention a whole load of other things it would do such as the bleached cotton thing. It doesn’t sound terrible, but it really is. From the bleaching process your regular tampons and liners can include dioxins such as residues from pesticides and herbicides, synthetic toxic chemicals and artificial colours and materials which are much more harsh on such a precious area. Even scarier is fibre loss. Due to most conventional brands using a rayon-cotton (itch much!?) blend which in many tests have proven to promote the production of the bacteria linked to TSS and shed a substantial amount of fibres. The fibres tend to break-off and stay, therefore, increasing the chances of TSS even after the removal of your tampon. With added eco-friendly benefits such as being completely made of all natural and bio-degradable materials, reaching for brands such as Veeda
For a bit of scope I took Veeda’s 100% Natural Regular Tampons* (16) sans applicator (£1.85). To be honest, my first choice isn’t usually no applicator but I started my womanhood journey using them and appreciate it’s still a preference among many. I wasn’t disappointed. Veeda’s 100% natural cotton tampons, free from all chemicals and dyes are designed to expand in width and conform to prevent leaks without compromising your health and environmental impact. Cotton absorbs differently to a cotton-rayon blend, in general, it tends to have a higher absorption rate however, choosing the best tampon for your flow and changing within 4 – 6 hours will save you from any natural disasters….if you know what I mean.
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