No one wants to talk about periods and products, but we’re gonna. I’m a 28 year old woman. I got my first period when I was 9 and a half, on the Fourth of fucking July. You know, that one holiday where literally half of the population is wearing white pants? Yeah. White capris. It was my lucky day. I’d had talks with my mom about what was going to happen (very reluctantly, she will inform you) and even though I was technically prepared – let me tell you, I was not. I was the first girl in my fourth grade class to start any of this, so I couldn’t talk to my friends about any of it because they thought it was weird and gross. Let’s be honest, it’s pretty gross. At 9, my flow was completely different than it is today. My hormones were completely different than they are today. The products I use are COMPLETELY different than they were then. For the better.
Not to say that whoever chooses to stick with whatever brand they’ve always used is wrong, because hey, we are creatures of habit and I order the same thing every time we go to our favorite breakfast joint and have for the last four years. But this isn’t just breakfast, it’s your inner body health. I spent a lot of time using top name brand pads and tampons, and some were better than others, sure. But on a whim one day while at Target with my boyfriend, a fancy bag with palm leaf print (a weakness, sue me) caught my eye. It was the same price as the brand I normally bought, but it had about 16 more pads in it than the one I used to grab out of habit. Why not try it? I grabbed the bag and threw it in the cart. I haven’t looked back since.
The white bag with the palm leaf and gold bag was a pack of L.’s Chlorine Free Ultra Thin Pads in regular (but not basic) format. What got me initially was the quantity I was getting for the price. 42 for $6.99, that’s unheard of. I mean unless you’re buying your pads and tampons at Costco. When we got home, I started reading the bag a little bit more and it just made me happier about my decision.
“We got you – No pesticides, rayon, fragrances, deodorants or dyes.”
Whaaat. I’d tried the Seventh Generation pads and they were kind of a nightmare for me, so I was hoping this would go more smoothly. I kept reading.
“No harmful chemicals, no exhausted cliches, just the quality you expect and the authenticity you deserve. “
As someone who works for an ethical beauty company and lives as natural, environmentally friendly, and cruelty free of a life I can, this was just getting better by the second. And then…
“Thanks for helping a girl out. We believe that periods should only end sentences, not education and opportunity. In many developing countries, girls miss school due to a lack of access to period products. For every pad you purchase, L. provides one to a girl in need in a developing country.”
Boom. Mind blown. As someone who purchases birth control through a specific source so that less fortunate women can also have birth control, I couldn’t wait to try these so much that I literally went to the bathroom and swapped out right then. I’ve honestly never worn a pad so comfortable, it felt like nothing was even there. I harassed my boyfriend about whether or not he could see any lines in the leggings I was wearing that would indicate I had any such thing on, and he, while laughing at me, assured me there was no evidence that I was wearing a pad. A lot of women associate pads with the “diaper feeling” and while I can totally see where that comes from (my disaster with the Seventh Generation pads) this is something completely different. They use organic cotton and an absorbent bio core made from sustainably sourced and chlorine free wood pulp, which WORKS. In the hot summer of Las Vegas, even while I move around at work all day, there’s no slipping, leaking, or discomfort in between changes.
I love the Regular but Not Basic range of these, but I grabbed a bag of the Super ones to try as a comparison because sometimes at night I get a little heavier. These feel just the same as the original ones and that amazes me. They also work incredibly well, but duh – I knew that was going to happen. They don’t feel thick or bulky and I still can’t seem to find any lines that I’m wearing these.
My next step in this quest of new discovery is to try the tampons, but let’s face it I have about 70 pads to get through between the two bags of massive quantity. The pads come in a beautiful plastic case with sleeves that match the bag designs, palm leaves and waves, and there’s rose gold lining on the case. Honestly, I’ve never seen packaging so beautiful. I’ll honestly never use other feminine hygiene products again. This new love is for life.
This is L. did not pay me to write this, and I purchased all of this myself and this is my actual declaration of true love, but if you want to give them a gander and maybe pick some up, you can click this link to learn more about their message and their product and you can click here to save 15% off your next order!. I couldn’t resist joining their affiliate program, and I only join affiliate programs I believe in. My next mission is to try their condoms, but that’s another post for another time.