Comparing cotton & bamboo charcoal reusable sanitary pads

Thursday, 30 July 2015  |  Admin

Introducing our new cotton reusable sanitary pads!

We've just taken delivery of our fabulous new 100% cotton reusable sanitary pads.  Lots of you already love our bamboo charcoal pads, but feedback from some customers is that you'd prefer a thinner pad.    We always listen to our customers - so ta-dah! 

We've developed these lovely pads which are 100% cotton, which means that they're cool against your skin plus more grippy in your pants and therefore less likely to move around if you have a physical job.  What do you make of them?

Our cotton sanitary pads come in two organic cotton options and two cotton optionspretty patterns, simply choose whichever one you like best.  They're cool to wear against your skin, as cotton is the usual material for  knickers.   The outer layer is laminated with a very fine layer of  TPU which makes them anti-leak and waterproof, but that layer is so thin, it's less than 1%!

The pads all have a laminated outer printed cotton layer, then one or two layers of absorbent cotton  plus a cotton top layer.

The liners, day pads and night pads are the same size as our bamboo & / charcoal pads:

If you're not sure what you'll need, it's worth checking out our period starter kits, which contain

  • a liner
  • three day pads
  • a night pad
  • double wetbag  

Or, if you want to jump straight in with everything you'd need for your period, our cotton sanitary pad full period kit contains:

  • 2 x liners
  • 6 x day pads
  • 2 x night pad
  • storage container for soiled pads
  • mesh wash bag
  • teatree soaking solution  

How do cotton menstrual pads compare to the bamboo / bamboo charcoal menstrual pads?

The bamboo / bamboo charcoal pads are thicker due to having a microfibre core which also means they are more absorbent, so we recommend them if you suffer from heavy periods, endometriosis, clots or flooding.    

I would say that my periods are 'normal', so fairly standard with a heavier day on day 2.  Using bamboo / charcoal pads, I would change my pad twice during the 1st day of my period, plus one for overnight.  Using cotton period pads, I would probably change three times on that heaviest day of my period, then twice a day.  Of course everyone is different, but I would say that I am 'average'.

It's also worth noting that cotton is a matt fabric, so it's less likely to move about in your pants - although I find that wearing decently fitting knickers will sort out any slippage issues with the bamboo plush pads.

Do we recommend bamboo charcoal reusable towels pads or cotton sanitary pads?

It really comes down to personal preference and how heavy your periods are.  

If you suffer from heavy periods, endometriosis, clots or flooding, definitely the bamboo / bamboo charcoal reusable sanitary pads are the ones for you.  If you would describe your periods as regular or light, then the cotton menstrual pads will work fine for you.

If you're a disposable pad user and really want a thinner, more discreet pad, then go for the cotton options.

Also, if you suffer from sensitive skin in your vulva area and would prefer a natural fabric in contact with your skin, then the cotton reusable period pads will be more suitable for you.  They are also cooler to wear against your skin than the bamboo / charcoal.

Does that help?   If you've still got questions, please contact our customer services team, via email or on chat.  Alternatively, take a look at our reusable period protection questionnaire and we'll come back to you with a tailored recommendation to meet your exact needs.



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