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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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/-
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/-
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.