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I am quite fussy with Sanitary products, and whilst I am not a particularly loyal person in terms of brand, I have to have pads with wings which is a lesson I learnt the hard way with these. I usually will pick up whichever is on offer, or what's affordable at the time (so sometimes a supermarket brand) and in the past I have bought these always freshelle.
The freshelle pads are ideal and unique on the market as they are sanitary towels which each come individually wrapped but stuck to each pad is a small freshening up feminine wipe. They remind me of those little wipes you get after a meal at KFC - in a little plastic sachet which you tear open and inside is a thin little wet wipe for cleansing our nether regions! They are delicate to use, and are flushable so are a really well rounded product and can be carried around in a handbag aside from the pad once separated.
The pads themselves usually come in a pack of 12, which I bought in a Superdrug some time ago for probably around £1.49 which is really good value for money! The pads themselves are easy to use as always, as they are really sticky and so adhere to my underwear easily, but regrettably, I did not realise that these do not have wings! A fatal mistake for me, as whilst the wipes are good, the pads move far too much for my liking and so are really uncomfortable.
On the pack it is highlighted as 3 out of 6 drops in terms of absorption, so not the most absorbing but personally they might aswell be 6 out of 6 as I don't find I need to change these often, and I can stay fresh in one for about 2 hours which is my limit. Importantly, there is no awful smell, so those around me don't need to know what I'm going through which is a plus.
Overall, I would recommend these pads to someone who prefers wingless and doesn't mind this aspect, as other than this they are good quality. As someone who usually buys femfresh wipes anyway these are a good, discreet alternative which are easier to carry around than a whole pack and work just as well with no irritation. They are worth the little bit extra and so I would give always freshelle 4 stars!
I will occasionally wear pads on light days, these are not my first choice but I have still used them a number of times due to my usual not being available. Here are my thoughts.
This comes in the standard sanitary towel packaging, which is a plastic wrap package that is pulled apart at the top. This then contains 10 pads all of which are individually wrapped in plastic, with a sticker to wrap the old one up and a piece of paper in the middle for hygiene reasons. This keeps all of the pads fresh and in great condition.
Do they work?
In a word yes. Not only do they have a lovely fresh scent - that is still very subtle - and it easily absorbs any other smells that my occur. They are absorbent and they can easily last a couple of hours before they need to be changed.
These stick very easily to be knickers, but without the wings they can move far too easily. This can mean embarrassing leaks. As these are not too big, this can be enough of an issue anyway and the pads have to be very strategically placed.
Price and Availability
These can be bought at almost every supermarkets and chemist alongside a number of other stores including newsagents. A pack of ten retails for around £2 so the are not much more expensive than regular pads.
Would I buy again?
For the freshelle effect, yes. For the size, shape and functionality of the pads I would only buy if I had very little choice.
When my thirteen year-old daughter started her period for the first time, it prompted me to visit the feminine hygiene aisle of Boots and actually have a good look at what products are on offer these days. I usually grab the same old box of Tampax for myself and don't bother looking at anything else.
I bought a selection of panty-liners and pads so she could try different shapes and sizes and find out for herself what she liked (bearing in mind she was not thrilled with the whole experience!)
Six months down the line (and a few tears, cramps and bouts of PMT later...)
Always Ultra and Freshelle is the protection she has now adopted and I must say I agree with her because what you have here is a great product with a very innovative idea: an individually wrapped pad with an also individually wrapped refreshing wipe attached to it.
The packaging is very clever as the wipe is attached to the pad so the two do not get separated in a handbag or pocket. The pad and wipe "team" are still very thin and discreet. My only slight criticism is that the pad is wrapped in plain white plastic and the wipe in green and as I am buying this product for a young teenage girl, I would have preferred something a little more colourful and funky! Still, I appreciate these clean and fresh colours will appeal to the wider public.
The pad itself is wingless and normal length. It is very thin and discreet but very absorbent. My daughter does not always feel comfortable asking to go to the toilet during lessons so she needed something that would offer good absorption and protection for a few hours at a time. Always has been very good and she hasn't had any problems on that front. She has found the pad soft and comfortable to wear. She likes the fact it is stays in place as she does dance and trampoline and that was a worry at the start.
The wipe however in sheer genius because it enables her to feel fresh and clean every time she changes her pad. It is hugely reassuring for her that even if there wasn't any paper in the school toilets, she would always have the little wipe with her. This would also be extremely useful when you're out and about or travelling. The wipe flushes easily down the toilet. Whoever came up with the idea of putting a wipe and a pad together is a genius!
Unfortunately, these are not available in the smaller Boots where I live so I have to remember to stock up when I go to a larger store. They cost £2.09 for 12 and although this is slightly more expensive than other pads, I am more than happy to pay a few extra pence for the wipe.