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When I was younger, I used to think that boxes of tampons were candles. My friend thought that they were sweets, and my boyfriend grew up thinking they were for cleaning. I actually asked my Mum when was was maybe 9 what they were, and she replied with ‘you do not want to know, trust me’. This struck the fear of life in to me, and I was not happy when I finally learned the ‘diabolical’ truth of what happens once a month when you’re blessed with being a girl. Why we’re all so scared to talk about periods and all the strings attached (no pun intended) I’m not quite sure.
Veeda wants us to talk about it, and they have highlighted an issue that was unknown to me and probably 90% of girls out there, how safe are your tampons?
We all read about Toxic Shock Syndrome in Girl Talk and Sugar when we were ripe little things, and if you’re anything like me you probably freaked out about it for around 10 minutes, and then moved on to the next page. Likely coaching you on how to chat up the ‘super hottie’ you sat next to in class. But it turns out that TSS is still an issue, and it does happen to 1 in 700 girls, with 1 in 5 of these cases leading to death. Yeah, it’s a low figure, but it’s by no means a comforting one.
Two guys in Australia (yes, guys) cottoned on to this issue (again no pun intended), and so began Veeda, the only 100% natural line of sanitary products. They are also 100% biodegradable (and even the plastic wrapper that comes with the towels is biodegradable).
Did you know that tampon companies are not legally required to tell you what goes into their products? That means that we are none the wiser to all the synethetic nasties that are thrown in, and we are also none the wiser to the fact that some of the ingredients have been directly linked to causing TSS. Not good. Veeda products are all 100% cotton, therefore there is no discretion on their ingredients as their is only one. Simple and environmentally friendly, what’s not to like?
Veeda provides all the usual products you would expect from a sanitary line (tampons, tampons with applicators, high absorbency, low absorbency, pads with wings, without, you get the jist), but with a 0% chance of TSS. Price wise, this will set you back roughly the same as the market leader (a pack of 16 regular tampons from Veeda at Boots costs £1.85, a pack of 18 regular Tampax will cost you £2 – it’s six and half a dozen really).They also provide the luxuries we expect from such products, a plastic applicator over a cardboard, they expand to fit your body shape and to reduce leakage, and the packaging is pretty damn cute, too.
Available at Boots store and online, it would be silly not to choose the natural option over the alternatives. It would kind of be like choosing a microwavable spaghetti bolognase over a freshly prepared caprese salad. Kind of.