Friday, 12 May 2017

What's the big deal with Cotton Tampons?

Today's post is a bit different compared to what I usually blog about but I personally think it's an important subject so that's why I want to share my thoughts on it with you. It's all about cotton tampons and whether you should go green with your vagina. On a quick side note this is going to be a long post so get yourself a cup of tea and a snack!



What's the difference between traditional and organic tampons? 

Traditional:
- Widely available 
-Regular cotton (grown in pesticides)
-Synthetic Rayon ( contains chemicals)

Organic:
- Not as widely available 
-Made with organic cotton
- Chemical free
- If there is an applicator usually biodegradable 

Organic tampons still come with the risk of toxic shock syndrome, it just slightly lowers the risk as there isn't as many chemicals.

It's all about being greener and thinking greener!

Why haven't organic tampons taken off?

-More expensive 
-Take too much room up in your normal drugstores so can only be found in health stores


What are my options?

Here in the UK we haven't got as many options as US and other countries but we still have a few options, majority have to be ordered online but found on websites like Amazon which is easy and accessible to most people. 
There is seven brands that do organic feminine products; Natracare, Comforts, Organyc, Veeda, Cottons, Totm and Kind organic. 

Natracare:

Where to buy? Amazon and Waitrose 
Cost? £3.00 mark
Products: Tampons, Pads, Liners, Wipes and Maternity 
Description: Chlorine Free, No Rayon, Renewable, Biodegradable, Natural Materials, 100% Organic Cotton, Ethical, Animal Friendly and Plastic Free

Comforts:

Where to buy? My Pure
Cost: £2.00
Products: Pads
Description: 100% cotton coversheet, comfortable, 100% fragrance free and natural first grade cotton. 

Organyc:

Where to buy? My Pure
Cost: £3.00
Products: Pads, Tampons, Maternity and Cotton pads/buds
Description: 100% organic cotton, biodegradable, vegan, cruelty free, organic soil association certified. Free from; chlorine and wood pulp

Veeda:

Where to buy from: Amazon
Cost: £3+
Products: Pads, liners, tampons and wipes
Description: Hypoallergenic, toxin free, 100% cotton, applicators are free from BPA plastic, can lower your risk of TSS BUT not organic cotton. 

Cottons:

Where to buy: Amazon, My Pure and Boots
Cost: £2-£3Products: Tampons, liners and pads
Description: 100% cotton, natural, fragrance/bleach and rayon free and biodegradable.

Totm *( Time of the month):

Where to buy? Their website or Amazon
Cost? £2-£3
Products: Tampons, pads and liners
Description: Hypoallergenic, no chemicals, no bleach, 100% cotton and 95% biodegradable 

Kind Organic:

Where to buy? Neutral
Cost? £2.99- £3.99
Products: Pads, liners and tampons
Description: Organic cotton and suitable for sensitive skin.

Overall they are all great products but I do have a few favourites, my favourite one has to be Cottons as I can purchase them in Boots (hate spending p&p). I also really like TOTM I just really like their branding. My least favourite has to be Veeda because they are always out of stock and hard to get hold of. 

But if you are based in the US or other countries you might able/more aware of these brands:

- Maxim, specialises in: Pads, liners and tampons. 100% organic cotton, chemical free and renewable 
-Puristics, specialises in:Tampons. 100% organic cotton, free from chemicals, biodegradable 
-Emerita, specialises in: pads, liners and tampons. Chlorine free and 100% organic cotton
-Seventh genration, specialises in: tampons and pads, organic and chemical free
-BON, specialises in: tampons, all 100% organic cotton, biodegradable, chemical free
-Honest organic tampons, specialises in: pads, liners and tampons,  Hypoallergenic • Comfort Fit • pH Compatible • Breathable • 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton
-My Lola, specialises in: pads, liners and tampons, no toxins/dyes just organic cotton

If i've missed any brands then please leave a comment then i'll add it in! 

So should you convert to cotton tampons? Yes it's just a little step to making the environment better plus making your body more breathable and safer. 

I hope this post helped you! 

Thank you for reading!

Love
Hannah
OXO


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