Anna Buckley
May 28, 2019 9:00 am
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It’s a specific kind of irony that most major menstrual hygiene companies are run by cisgender men. Unless you yourself menstruate, how can you possibly know how to make the best menstrual hygiene products?

That’s why we’re so grateful for all the women-owned and operated menstrual hygiene companies that have sprouted up over the last few years. These women founders understand what someone who menstruates needs. Because of that, exciting new innovations are available, like reusable tampon applicators and disposable menstrual discs.

So before you head to Target to buy your monthly supply of generic, chemical-laden menstrual hygiene products, look into these eight women-owned companies and discover healthier, tailor-made products that fit your needs. Today is the perfect day to do your research, too, since it’s Menstrual Hygiene Day.

Lola

Lola is a reproductive care company founded for women, by women. They specialize in period and sexual health products that they deliver right to your door. The company emphasizes that the more we all talk about women’s health, “the better it becomes.”

You can get tampons, pads, liners, cramp care, condoms, lube, and wipes from Lola.

Aunt Flow

The gender-neutral menstrual hygiene company, founded by Claire Coder, is all about making tampons as accessible as toilet paper in public and professional places.

We asked Claire why it’s important to buy from female-owned and run companies, and she said the relatability factor is an important aspect.

You can get tampons and pads from Aunt Flow.

L.

The company, founded by former Red Cross photojournalist Talia Frenkel, works with a network of over 2,800 female entrepreneurs to donate millions of health products to women in need around the world. Talia told HelloGiggles:

You can get tampons, liners, pads, and condoms from L.

DAME

DAME was founded by two friends (one man, one woman) with the shared belief that consumers will make the greatest impact on the planet. Their theory is that if buyers are offered the choice of high-quality products that do not cost the Earth, we can all build a better world. That’s why they developed a reusable (and safe!) tampon applicator.

You can buy DAME’s reusable tampon applicator, as well as organic tampons, from the company.

Rael

This chemical-free menstrual company emphasizes the importance of knowing exactly what is in your period products. One of Rael’s founders, Aness, told HelloGiggles:

You can get pads, liners, tampons, washes, wipes, underwear, and facial sheet masks from Rael.

Lunar Wild

Lunar Wild is a women’s empowerment brand dedicated to “the sacred alchemy of womanhood.” It focuses on supporting and celebrating young women as they approach the onset of their first menstruation with a beautiful subscription box. Hallie Mazurkiewicz, the founder of Lunar Wild, writes on its website:

Lunar Wild currently focuses solely on their period gift box.

The Flex Company

Flex is a disposable menstrual disc that forms to the shape of your body. According to the Flex website, “Unlike tampons and menstrual cups, which plug the vaginal canal, Flex sits just past the vaginal canal and can’t be felt at all once in place.”

Love Your Flo Candles

Love Your Flo sells 100% phthalate-free, soy wax candles with ingredients that “will change the way you view your Flo.” According to their website, Love Your Flo developed these candles so that you can “start your weeklong journey off with positive energy and divine illumination.”

Here’s to the cycle (😉) of women supporting women by providing and purchasing menstrual hygiene products!

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