SUSTAINABLE PERIOD PRODUCTS

Sustainable Period Wear.

Disclaimer: This is a Sponsored Post. I received the products from The Period Hub as I write for the website and wanted to use their products before writing about them on my blog.

It’s since the past year, or so, that sustainable period wear has been gaining popularity. The cloth pads and the menstrual cups have been spoken about a lot and for good reason, too. With our environment facing the brunt of our carelessness, it’s a relief that people are awakening to the hazards our products pose.

Alongside, we are also gaining awareness about how certain products that are made for our convenience end up harming our health, namely, the sanitary napkins and tampons that we have been using for so many years now.

The Period Hub is one such place that creates sustainable period wear and intimate care products for the woman of today, who places her wellbeing and also that of her environment above everything.

I used the reusable sanitary napkins, the Intimate wash (Vagina Wash), the Period Roll-On and the Period Balm and this is my review of these products.

Reuable and disposable cloth pads from Period Hub

REUSABLE CLOTH PADS:

The reusable sanitary pads are made from 100% cotton. There is no use of either plastic or chemicals in the pads. The multi-layered pads are built to absorb the flow very well right from the first day of the period.

The pads come in medium and large size. They have flaps at the sides with press buttons to be hooked underneath the panty which keeps the pad from sliding.

Frankly, I was a bit apprehensive before using the pads, but after wearing it for the first time on the first day of my period, I was assured I had made the right choice of switching from readymade pads to cloth pads.

I used one pad for more than 7 hours during the day, and at night for more than 8 hours. Either of the times, there was no staining on my panty.

Being a cloth pad, it didn’t cause the irritating friction that a readymade pad causes. And, as there was no such friction, I did not suffer from itching or any tenderness of the skin on my inner thighs.

Cloth Pads from Period Hub

WASHING INSTRUCTIONS:

There is really nothing icky about washing the pads we use for the simple reason that the blood comes from our body!

Wash the pads under running water and then soak them in detergent water for some time.

Do not use a brush to scrub the pads as after being soaked for some time, the pads come out clean.

Wash and rinse thoroughly so that there remains no trace of the detergent.

Wring it and put it out to dry.

These pads can be used for three years.

 

DISPOSABLE CLOTH PADS:

I also received a disposable pad made of cloth. The top layer is made of 100% cotton fabric and the bottom layer is made of unbleached cotton. These have a vegetable base as a leak-proof layer that prevents leaking. Do wash before disposing of these pads.

If you are not comfortable with the idea of switching to a menstrual cup, then I would suggest you try these cloth pads. They are comfy and snug and so skin-friendly.

 

COST:

REUSABLE PADS:

HEAVY FLOW – RS. 340/pad (it lasts for 3 – 4 years)

MEDIUM FLOW – Rs. 310/pad (lasts for 3 years)

LIGHT FLOW – Rs. 230/pad (lasts 3 years)

DISPOSABLE CLOTH PADS:

MEDIUM FLOW – Rs. 185 for a box of 5 pads

LIGHT FLOW – Rs 155 for a box of 5 pads

 

SKIN-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS FOR HYGIENE:

PERIOD WASH:

Period Wash from Period Hub

Intimate care solutions weren’t heard of a few years back. But, now you will find many such solutions brought to you by different brands. However, the difference is that those use chemicals–the foaming agents present in those will tell you, as well as the ingredients on the label.

The Period Wash by Period Hub is made especially for our intimate areas which have natural bacteria that need to be preserved. The ingredients used are skin-friendly and help to maintain these bacteria.

INGREDIENTS:

White vinegar to restore the pH balance.

Alum for genital tightening

Glycerine which is a good conditioner

Aloe vera for its healing properties

Rose essential oil to keep your skin safe from infections (UTI).

HOW TO USE:

After your shower, take a few drops, or half a capful in your palm. Rub it between your palms and apply to your intimate area, taking care to clean the area from vagina to the anus so that your vagina stays free of any infections.

Our vagina cleans itself and maintains its pH balance naturally. It’s our vulva (the outer organ) that needs to be cleaned every day. The water shouldn’t be too hot, and it’s always better to use a chemical-free intimate wash instead of scented soaps. The rose essential oil of the Period Hub period wash keeps you smelling fresh.

Tip: Make sure to use the period wash twice during your periods. Clean around the vagina and the vulva gently and carefully. Do not apply soap inside the vagina. Rinse it well and pat dry.

Cost: 100 ml for Rs. 165/-

THE ANTI RASH PERIOD BALM:

Period Balm from Period Hub

INGREDIENTS:

Coconut oil, charcoal, beeswax, and essential oils.

A product free of any chemicals, the anti-rash balm comes in handy to keep your intimate area well moisturized and smelling fresh. Because of its moisturizing properties, the balm prevents your skin from getting rashes due to friction that might be caused due to wearing pads all day. And, thanks to the fragrance, you feel fresh all day, even during your periods!

The smell is simply heavenly and the moisturizing balm kept my skin from feeling itchy.

Cost: 20 gm for Rs. 150/-

PERIOD ROLL-ON:

Period Roll-on from Period Hub

INGREDIENTS:

Mediterranian herbs like Lavender, Clare Sage and Starflower, and Borage Oil.

Apply the roll-on around the navel once a day, or after your shower.

It gives relief from menstrual discomfort like irritability, cramps, and tenderness of breasts.

I didn’t find any relief from the tenderness of breasts after using the roll-on, but I did feel a sense of calm during my PMS as well as during periods.

Cost: 10 ml for Rs. 299/-

NOTE:

The above three hygiene products come in glass containers, NOT plastic, and are then packaged in recyclable cardboard material.

I would personally urge you to try the Period Wash and the Anti-rash balm. Both of these are worth the cost and excellent products as far as hygiene is concerned.

CHANGING OLD HABITS:

It’s not easy changing old habits. For years, we have been using the readymade sanitary napkins manufactured by different brands. These pads have been convenient to use, easy to dispose of without having to wash. But, if you pause to think about it, are these pads really easy to dispose of?

The store-bought pads we used all these years take about 500 to 800 years to decompose. Can you imagine the kind of pollution we have created thanks to our lifestyle? Can you imagine the condition of the landfills, and the health risks these pose on innocent animals who chew on these to fill their hungry bellies? Watching stray animals rummaging through the trash cans, pulling out soiled sanitary napkins and then discarding them around after realizing these are not food, is the most pitiful sight if you have witnessed it. 😦

it’s really difficult making the shift from store-bought sanitary napkins to sustainable period wear.  But, it takes just a month to form a new habit. One might feel unpleasant washing the pads, but, just think about it – it’s all a part of our own body, what’s there to find unpleasant?

Just think about the help you are extending to your environment! isn’t it the need of the hour to make a shift, a change in our lifestyle, so that not only is our health taken care of, but also our environment, our planet Earth? it’s all we have to live, for the coming generations to live. If we don’t look after this place, who will? Isn’t it time to take matters seriously?

As I read in a newspaper recently – if you really wish to do something for your country this Independence Day, then do make a small change in your lifestyle that will go a long way in taking care of your Motherland. A tiny change is all it really needs.

Love,

SHILPA…

21 thoughts on “Sustainable Period Wear.”

  1. Loved your honest review Shilpa. I use menstrual cup or I would have loved to use cotton pads. Maybe this is what I can introduce to my daughter when she starts menstruating.
    I used store bought intimate wash which I discontinued recently bcos of thr chemicals. This one sounds good. Also the period roll on. Where can I buy these products?

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    1. Anshu, you can visit the website Period Hub, and place your order there.
      The intimate wash is really good. It doesn’t foam and is gentle on the skin. Yes, I am sure your daughter will find these comfortable.

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  2. You know Shilpa, I used to use makeshift cloth pad long long ago. I was a teenager back then. Washing these clothes were the most annoying task for me. I just started to get my periods and all these new added chores made it uncomfortable. But we used to change these clothes every 3 months or so. Later when I shifted to the hostel I had to shift to modern day sanitary napkin. Another problem which I encountered while using cloth napkin was – we always used to dry it inside the house, which was not exactly hygienic; the need to keep it away from the eyes of people. But yes, there were no skin irritations with them unlike now with the sanitary napkins.
    How do you deal with the cloth napkin when you travel, Shilpa?

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    1. Vini , mine is the exact same story! When I started menstruating, I used pads.made from mom’s old cotton sarees. Washing them was a big pain as was tying them. The belt felt too tight. Then when the ultra thin pads were introduced, it felt wonderful…like a blessing! No more washing etc. But those pads brought with them rashes and itching. I am.now glad I switched to these pads. I have started using these pads recently and haven’t travelled anywhere yet. Maybe I will buy the menstrual cup then. That will be very useful during travelling.

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      1. I started to use menstrual cup from last month. It was a little uncomfortable for me. One of the reasons could be that my back pain was causing severe problems at the time. Plus my little one was not giving me privacy to get the thing in right. I used it on and off. Sanitary napkins always give rashes. So these environmental friendly products are a good option. I love that menstrual cup is convenient during travels. Try the menstrual cup before you travel so that you get used to it. I figure it will take a couple more tries for me to get comfortable with the cup.

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  3. Wow! what a lovely review and it comes out that you tried the products and have really liked them. You have convinced me to try them out. I will order one of these and see how it works for me.

    Somehow I havent been able to switch to the menstrual cup and the cloth pad is what will do for me

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    1. I used the tampons for a long time and now want something simpler to use. Menstrual cup does seem workable for me, but still I thought of using the pads. These were really good. Do enquire about the size etc before you place the order, Shalz. Depending on the flow you might want the large size or the small one.

      I hope you find the products useful.
      Thank you dearie! 🙂

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  4. You know I am a menstrual cup user since 2017 🙂 But I would totally be open to trying the cloth pads at some point. Plus I am very interested in trying these for my daughter when she hits puberty. SO much better than the store-bought ones.

    That period roll on sounds good. Off to check the website.

    *Lovely, detailed review Shilpa and so well written, in alignment with your blog. Kudos 🙂

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    1. Oh yes, Shy. I know you wrote about the menstrual cup when you made the switch!

      These pads might be good for Gy. DO check for the size of the pad (small or large) depending on the flow.

      The period balm is the best thing I used! The itching problem gets solved in no time!

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words, Shy! ❤

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    1. I can understand, D. Here, in India, we have the option of using the bucket for washing clothes which makes it easy to wash intimate wear, too.
      Biodegradable pads are the second best option!

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  5. I am glad to discuss this with you in our chats Shilpa. I’m happy to read your post on this which breaks so much inhibitions. I’ve had a lot of issues with the usual sanitary napkins. After my delivery I bled for almost a month, the worst period rashes I’ve had was then. The best part though was I didn’t get my periods for one year from then. It was definitely a good feeling because the rashes made me so uncomfortable that time and I bled like the first day for 22 days so there was constant change of pads and treating rashes was out of question.

    I’m now going through a change again because of Copper T and my periods now happen for 9 days. I guess I better shift now. I’m thinking about shifting for a while now. The biodegradable pads that I tried didn’t work well for me. I guess cloth would be my go-to. I don’t bother about drying it in the hot sun to make it clean for me. I started with pads and been thinking for a while about other options. I am not still comfortable with menstrual cup somehow. I guess these cloth pads would do some good. I checked The Period Hub and I am thinking about the pads and roll-on as my first buys. Thanks for such a detailed article and also for letting all of us share our experience about periods and alternatives that are available. This is not a topic many people are interested in sharing their views offline too. Glad to have found so much help from you on this! ❤

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    1. I can’t imagine the pain you must have been through, Jaya. Hugs! The rashes can be really painful and irritating, so suffering from it all for an year must have taken a lot of your patience.

      The pads I used were fine for me. My flow has reduced a bit and so I chose for the small size pads. I used each pad for more than 7 hours and was so happy to notice no signs of leakage.

      The balm gave me relief from a little bit of itching I felt for a day. And, the fragrance of the balm is really beautiful.

      The site has the phone numbers of the women who run the place. Do ask them in detail about everything you need to buy.

      I know, menstruation can be an icky topic to talk about for some women. But, it’s a major part of our lives so I really don’t find any harm in discussing stuff related to it all.

      Thanks for sharing your experiences, Jaya! ❤
      Take care!

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