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When it comes to protecting myself at that time of the month there is always one brand that I stick to. I've tried other brands but I always come back to Always! This is my review of the Always ultra long plus with wings towels.
Always is a brand that I trust. I find that they generally feel more comfortable and more absorbent than Bodyform and I haven't tried supermarket brands since I lived at home and my mum used to buy them for me. Always Ultra is my preferred Always product personally though as they have never let me down in the past. Always Ultra long plus with wing towels are the ones that I always choose for night time protection when I am on my period though.
The sanitary towels come in packs of twelve now as opposed to fourteens as stated in the dooyoo picture for the product. They come in a mostly dark purple plastic packaging but does have some green on there as well as the white Always Ultra name. The towels are produced by Proctor and Gamble and so their logo is also on the packaging. The ones that I have at the moment have a red "product of the year 2013" sticker on them which is pretty noticable too. I like how these packs are all different colours because I can grab them on the shelf without thinking much about what I am doing!
Inside the packaging there are twelve individually wrapped sanitary towels and they are folded up nice and tightly and so they are good to pop in your bag when you are out and about. They fit nicely in to the inside compartment of my bag for when I am working.
When these are opened out these sanitary towels are 284mm and so they are pretty long! They have wings in the middle and I find that these hold the towels in to your underwear nicely along with the adhesive backing they have. The only thing with these is with them being so long they do go right up the front and the back of your knickers but that is because they are for when your period is at its heaviest really and you need that extra bit of protection. I like to use these at night as I am not massively comfortable in them during the day but at night when I am sleeping it is best to have a long, protective towel I think.
I find that these sanitary towels are really good at absorbing what they need to and the secure guard within them holds it in well and protects you from any leaks most of the time. I find that they feel comfortable as they can be when I am wearing them and they are certainly more comfortable and secure feeling than others that I have tried from other brands. I feel confident that I am well protected with these towels and for that reason I will continue to buy them. They cost £1.99 in most supermarkets but they can be found on offers such as three for two or two for three pounds for example which makes it a good price I think personally....especially when you can't really afford to scrimp on products like this in my opinion!
Thank you for reading my review!
Oh yes, it's a Ladies review! I'd love to know if the chaps ever read these just to get an idea of what we're talking about! Please admit it if you do!
There are so many different styles of sanitary towels available now I couldn't even tell you if I deliberately went for these ones, it's very unlikely, they were probably on an offer, 2 for 1, or buy 2 packs for £2. Actually it might just have been the fact that the packet was a nice purple. It would have been something like that; they would have just ended up in the bathroom. It's very rare that I'll choose anything specific although I have learnt my lesson from buying cheap ones! They do have to be very interesting for me to notice anything different about them as well.
Well, these do have something slightly interesting, not only are they longer than most but they also apparently have 'odour-busting pearls' in them. What I take this to mean is that they have these tiny little balls in them and when you squish them they release some kind of smell.
Upon opening the packet you will notice a fragrance waft up at you, its not unpleasant, a kind of a cross between lavender talcum powder and lemon cleaner. It's certainly not strong enough to be detected when you've got all yer undercrackers pulled up. You may wonder why, like I did, what was the point in drawing pretty blue patterns on the pad itself, I quite frankly don't care its not like it isn't going to get messy, and I'm not likely to turn around to a friend or colleague and go 'Have you seen those lovely patterns Always are doing now, makes you almost want to stick it on the outside of your knickers' Just keep it plain and simple I say.
They do settle quite well into your underwear, being long they do feel very comfortable although they you can hear them scrunching into place to start with. What I do like is that once they are in place they do stay there, there's no shifting about even without 'wings'. They do the job very well; I had the Long Plus ones and they did cope well. The next bit is a bit graphic so beware! Smell wise, yes they are quite effective, they do mask that coppery smell quite well, but it can be quite odd, that slight smell with that slight chemically smell also noticeable. However I wasn't worried that other people could smell it, it did also make me feel a little fresher than other brands.
Are they worth the money, yes I do think so, getting away from that odour-busting, I still think it's worth it. They stay into place well, being long I find them very comfortable and they do what they are supposed to do very well. I might even keep a look at for these when I next need them!
I have tried various brands of towels and liners, and I regularly come back to always as they are so reliable.
The packaging is slightly different now, and the purple colour of the packet is a bit lighter, and they do come in packs of 12 too, but they are still long with wings. The plus part relates to the absorbency, so it means they are slightly more absorbent than the regular always.
A pack of 12 of these costs £1.98 in Sainsburys but they are currently on offer for £1.00, so I have been stocking up my cupboards, as I like to have a lot of stock in the cupboard, I can't ever face running out of products like this.
The pad itself is incredibly long, so it covers a good amount of space. I find this particularly handy for night time as I am a mover in my sleep and don't stay in the same position. They are still pretty good for the day time too. They have a sticky bit down the back and one on each wing, so there isn't much chance of them moving around or slipping, but they still move with your body, and don't rub in sensitive areas.
The wings, I find add extra coverage and secures them a bit more.
As for comfort, I find always the best as they are thin but still absorb a huge amount of fluid and prevent leakages. Even though these are longer I find them just as comfortable as shorter ones. They are also not visible when wearing trousers, which I am always conscious of.
I would highly recommend these, especially for heavier flows, as they are very absorbent but thin, so you don't feel like your wearing a nappy! They move easily with your body but not with your pants, so you can feel confident that there won't be any mishaps with these.
I hate having to walk about with what feels like a Matress between my legs. Although i've tried Asda's version of these, they just don't feel as soft, and that's the last thing you want when you are feeling uncomfortable down there is to have a scratchy feeling bit plastic there. At least these feel a bit soft.
The price of Always Pads have got a bit cheaperover the last few years. Still don't understand why we have to pay for these "luxuries". I got a pack of these for £1.40, but know you can get a double pack of these which works out about 15p cheaper. Not much of a saving, but I guess all the pennies add up.
The packaging for this is alright. Each pad is folded into 3 bits and wrapped in an individual wrapper, so obviously you ca just pop in your bag. The Pouch this is in is a plastic shrink wrap thing. It is a nice purple colour.
These are a bit longer than the average Always Pad. They don't seem to be any wider, but perhaps wider at the ends ever so slightly. These are pretty thin and the wings which go on the underside of your Pants make this stick in place. There is the 2 lines in this, which is meant to lock the blood in, and store it under the woven top sheet.
These work how they are meant to. They keep me fresh, dry and jsut do all what they are meant to do.
Still a bad time of the month. This isn't any great invention, but it does what it says, and keps everything alright.
I have always used sanitary towels but trying to find the right ones have been a nightmare. I had pads that are comfortable but have not been very absorbent, then I have tried ones that have absorbed really well, but felt like you had a brick in your knickers. I have tried ones that have no flexiblility and have had ones that just crumple into bits of nothing. I had tried them all. I dreaded my next period, always worrying about not being protected from leakages. Then I bought these from boots. Purely because I had see them on a tv ad recently and it had stuck in my mind. I had always thought that they would be really expensive but they weren`t really. ***** The packaging ****** The outer packaging is purple with Always Ultra written in white letters. Above this is the Always logo of a white bird. There is also another label which says Cotton-like feeling. This is supposed to be a new feature to make these even more comfortable. In the bottom right hand corner there is 4 drops, these are to represent the level of absorbency, example for people with light flow periods( lucky them ) they would only need 2 drops lets say. My periods have become really heavy after having my baby, so I need the maximum amount of protection. There is a chart on the back that helps to explain this a bit better. On the back of the packet is a short description as to why Always Ultra think they have got it right. It says - Around the time of your period, hormone levels in your body fluctuate, which may make you a little more sensitive to touch than usual. Then it goes on to say how they understand this and thats why they have created this new cotton top sheet. There are 12 pads in this packet but you can buy them in 14`s and 24`s as well. **** The pad ****** These come in individual wrappers the same colour as the outer packet, that are sealed with a white tab
. To open, you pull the white tab and unfold the wrapper. Then you will see the pad, it is all white and it is fairly long ( 284mm to be precise ) and you can visably see the cotton layer. To the touch it does feel very smooth but it needed to be tested. They were also very thin. You will find that when you remove the pad from the wrapper that, there are two lots of adhesive. One lot is on the wings of the pad and the other lot under neath the pad. These are to make sure the pad is firmly affixed in place. You place the pad inside your knickers and fold the wings on the outside underneath your knickers. I found that this is not as easy as it sounds because the wings got all stuck together, but maybe thats just me and I need more practice. I must now admit these were the best by far, that I have tried. I was extremely comfortable all day and very well protected. I could feel the cotton layer, but it didn`t rub my secrets parts at all ( sorry, but it had to be said ). There was no leakage as the pad did seem to lock away everything, and I didn`t need to change the pad as frequently as some of the others I have used. I was also impressed by the flexibility as they didn`t ride up and they actually moved with me not on there own. ****** The price ****** I bought these from boots and they were £2.39 from there. I am not sure but if you shop around you could possibly save some pennies. **** Advantages ****** Flexible Very comfortable Reasonably priced A variety of pads for all different types of flows ***** Disadvantages ******* None worth mentioning ****** Extra info ***** !!! WARNING!!! - flushed sanitary towels can end up in rivers and on beaches. Plus they can possibly block your loo and you don`t want that. These are made by Proctor and Gamble uk. Address Weybridge, surrey, KT13 OX
P freephone no 0800 028 5884 For teens needing info on puberty and periods visit www.beinggirl.co.uk **** Final Words *** I am happy with them but we all have our own opinion. This ones mine. Thanks for reading Sarah x
Oh! No, not that time of the month again. As I have gotten older my periods have become a lot heavier. The Doctor told me I have fibroids, but as I am nearing the change it is best to leave them alone as they will shrink after I have reached the menopause. So that is fair enough for me. I don’t want unnecessary operations if time will heal. But what do I do in the mean time…. My periods are so heavy that I cant even go out. I stopped using tampons years ago, when I read about toxic shock syndrome. (That scared me) The pads that were on sale were useless. No matter how I positioned them, I either soiled my pants with blood in the front or the back. And believe me I tried lots of different brands every one claimed to protect you. I Am afraid for me they were useless. That was until I discovered Always long pads. The bright purple package will catch your eye as soon as you hit the supermarket. The price is about £1.89 depending on the shop you go to. That is for 14 pads. The beauty of these pads is that they have got, so called wings. Which stop your knickers getting soiled around the leg area. It is so hard to get blood out of the elastic legs of knickers. The package describes on how you should position them etc. It also warns you not to flush them down the toilet. I am very naughty in this case…. I tear the used pad in half and flush it down the toilet…I have not had no problems, blockages…etc… Does the pad do its job? In my case of very heavy periods….yes. Is it bulky? No… It is not bulky, Unless you are wearing skin tight clothing. Is it comfortable? Yes it is very comfortable and reassuring, as you know in you’re own mind that it is longer than normal pads, so you know you are not going to get stains either in the front or the back. How is it for absorbing the blo
od? It is excellent. They have a one-way Dry Weave topsheet, which draws all of the moisture into the pad and not onto your clothing I have to change quite often, because I am ultra heavy, but that is my problem. I would recommend them though for every one. Especially if you are ultra heavy like me. You will not regret it if you buy these pads…
Having experienced both the wonders and marvels of various brands of tampons ( all sizes and flow) for years,I reverted for a while to pads. This was maybe because the television is now so full of the wonders of the new technologies applied to them,(yep! to menstrual accesories) that I thought it would be worth a try. So, off to the chemist I went, armed with a firm idea of what I wanted. Once there, the shelves and shelves they seem to be able to fill with these products is daunting. I mean it's not like magazines is it? Once past the decision part: Always long plus (just in case)I got to the paying department:£1.79 for a pack of 14 heavy flow. ( not bad so far huh?) The packaging is as the name indicates: Long Plus (you are very obviously buying for THAT time of the month). In a vivid dark purple colour,a large picture on the front of what you are getting, with plenty of external diagrams as to how to fix it to your panties, what flow it copes with and pleas to not flush it down the loo. It also explains in very small writing what exactly are the wings for. ( if not to get stuck to the inside of you thighs) The one-way Dri-weave topsheet draws moisture into the pad. ( so they say) The Always wings help the pad to stay in place, and give extra protection at the sides. After considering all these factors I happily fix them to the inners of my underwear, and leave the bathroom, only to discover in absolute HORROR, that I sound exactly like a packet of crisps being opened and handled! Even half an hour later it is still rustling loud enough to be heard by other people. They also are bulky enough to warrant never ever contemplating wearing them any other place than in bed. They have been relegated to the back of the bathroom cabinet and Tampons are reenstated! Definately NOT my cup of tea. I wouldn't recomend them to anyone, unless they work from h
ome or in a noisy enviroment, where it won't matter how hard and loud you can rustle. So as far as value for money is concerned I think it is poor. Size is BIG. Absorbency good tho ( not surprising with the size of them) Comfort is limited to what you are prepared to put up with.
I am not one of these women who uses seven different kinds of sanitary towel or tampon during my period. I can't be doing with finding my "Day two post-meridian, medium heavy, flowing to the front" sanitary towel, when all I can find is my "Day four, almost finished, slightly more absorbent than a panty liner" towel. Therefore, these are my favourite sanitary towels, because they do me throughout my whole period. Apart from those fabulous wings, the main feature of these towels is that they are long. One end is longer than the other, from where the "wings" are placed, and I find this useful for different times, depending on what you are doing. At night, the long bit works well at the back to stop nasty stains or discomfort. During the day, when I am walking or sitting, I keep the longer end to the front. Although these towels are long, they are not too wide, and are indeed very very thin, so it doesn't feel like you are wearing a nappy. Each towel comes individually wrapped, and although they aren't exactly small, the purple wrapping is quite subtle. It's also designed to wrap up your old towel for disposal. The price of these towels varies from place to place, but if you can get a three for two deal in Superdrug or Boots, it's worth stocking up, as they can be anything up to £2.60 for a 12 pack in Alldays. Most recently, Always Ultra Long Plus have got my vote because they have started adding little tips and facts onto the purple wrappers (which does stop them being quite so subtle, but still). As part of the "talking your body's language" promotional gimick, as you sit on the loo, you can now read about what dandelion tea can do for you, what ovulation is, and when is the best time to start a new jogging program! Although these towels are designed for "heavy" flow, they do me fine for my whole period, with no worry about where it'
;s going to end up once I'm at the top of the stairs. ***Now there are more uses than ever for this product! Frannyfortune uses them for earmuffs, and invites any of you to try it. Perhaps that would be a good use for all the men who seem to insist on reading reviews about ladies' sanitary products.***
Pads with Wings: The one-way Dri-Weave topsheet draws moisture into the pad. The Always wings help the pad stay in place, and give extra protection at the sides.