There’s no denying that over the past few years there’s been a pretty significant uptick in demand for products that are gentle on our bodies and the earth — which is awesome! We deserve the very best for our bodies, even when it comes to things like period supplies! And honestly, it kind of boggles our minds that it has taken so long for us to come up with this stuff. It’s in and around our most delicate parts, so why the hell aren’t we making sure that the products we are using are as healthy as possible for our bodies as well? If we’re working hard to eat organic food and wear natural clothes, why not extend these ideals to our periods?
That’s not even taking into consideration what the ecological impact of these products might be. Spoiler alert: It’s bad. Luckily, there are A LOT of options now when it comes to feminine health products that are good for the environment as well as our bodies. We’ve come up with a handy-dandy list on the best ones out there, and you might be surprised to see what a wide variety of options exist!
Gone are the days of being limited to either a tampon or pad.We’ve got variations on old faves as well as some new options that could broaden our horizons a bit and even get us more in touch with our bodies! Being educated about all aspects of our reproductive system is incredibly important in maintaining autonomy and control over our own bodies, and that can include something as mundane as your period!
Let’s take a look at some options, shall we?
Here are a few of our favorite natural feminine health products!
Lola products include applicator tampons, non-applicator tampons, ultra-thin pads with wings, and ultra-thin liners. They’re all made out of 100% organic cotton and can be delivered straight to your front door. You can customize your boxes as well to include a variety of different absorption levels to fit your needs!
The Diva Cup has had a devoted legion of die-hard fans since it came out — apparently, once you go Diva you never go back! The Diva Cup is a menstrual cup that you insert in your vagina and leave it in all day long. It’s made of soft silicone that actually softens with your body heat and conforms to the shape of your body. You wash it out a couple times a day and then reinsert. There’s a certain amount of troubleshooting involved, but once you get the hang of it you’ll use it forever! They can last for up to a year, so you are definitely saving money and helping to keep the earth green!
These period panties were some of the first to hit the market, and they come in a wide variety of sizes and styles. These babies look like regular panties, but can actually hold up to three teaspoons of fluid. So while they might not be a great option for a heavy flow day, they could be great as a backup or for your lighter days. And the best news is you can machine wash them!
Veeda tampons are 100% cotton and have no chemicals, no synthetics, and no dyes. They come with and without applicators, and they’re also available with cotton coversheets! There are also pads, liners, and feminine wipes. And if you don’t want to commit to a full-sized pack just yet, you can order a sample set for just $2.50!
We love just about everything from Honest Company, and their feminine care products are just as wonderful as all their other wares! They’re made of hypoallergenic organic cotton, are affordable, and easily accessible!
We are including Thinx Underwear on this list despite the horribly disappointing allegations that have cropped up over the past few days. They are a tried-and-true product that really works, and though we feel a bit conflicted about including them, the underwear itself is definitely worthy of being included on its own merit. Thinx undies are really a revolutionary alternative to traditional feminine hygiene products, so they warrant a mention. However, we highly recommend reading up on these recent allegations here and here, and making your own decision when it comes to using Thinx.
Famous for their diapers and cleaning products, Seventh Gen also produces organic cotton tampons and pads that are chlorine-free, as well as being free of fragrances or deodorants. Seventh Generation is a pretty beloved and trusted brand, so you know that you’re getting reliable, high-quality products at a low price-point.
For those of us who prefer a maxi-pad, Lunapads are an amazing, eco-friendly alternative to traditional Kotex. They’re reusable cotton pads that last for a really long time, so you’re saving a ton of money by switching over. They also come in fun, kicky designs — because who says periods can’t be whimsical!
Like Lola Tampons, Cora Tampons are delivered straight to your door with a customized box that suits your individual needs. They’re made of organic cotton, come in cute, discrete packaging, and are affordable and easily accessible.
There are myriad options now when it comes to using organic feminine care products, so you shouldn’t feel like you have to settle for something that makes you uncomfortable or skeeves you out!
People who get their periods have a lot to contend with while trying to get information on how best to take care of them.There is so much misinformation floating around, and it can make the decision over what to do about your period feel difficult when really it just couldn’t be a more ordinary thing!
Some people are very passionate about their preferred methods of feminine hygiene, and what’s important is that you give yourself the space to try out a few things and see what feels good to you. Periods can be annoying enough as it is, so let’s make them as safe and easy to deal with as possible!