“ Brand: Always / Type: Sanitary Towels & Protection „
Not long ago I reviewed Tesco pantyliners, given that I was having to wear these now on a daily basis since I am pregnant and need something there to keep me fresh - without going into too much graphic detail. Well, recently upon running out of Tesco pantyliners, I went to get some replacements, and with the Tesco own brand being out of stock on that occasion, I was forced to look at alternatives, one of which were these Always simply fits flexistyle pantyliners, which Tesco are currently selling at an offer price of 50p for a pack of 22, which isn't quite as good value as the Tesco own brand, but I needed some and with Always being a brand that I have used for those 'time of the month' days, I was sure I would be as happy with this product.
Always are currently promoting their simply fits range, which claim to be flexible enough to fit 100% of underwear styles, which is obviously a plus, as in the past certain pantyliners had to be got for certain types of female underwear. The bright and colourful packaging does stand out well on the shelf amongst the many brands on offer in this section of the supermarket.
On the front of the pack, it states that these are 'daily pantyliners' which are 'breathable' with a 'light fragrance'. It also claims that they are dermatologically tested. There are three little drops at the top, and only one is coloured in, demonstrating that these are useful for absorbing only very light amounts. On the side of the pack, there are more details about the various pantyliners on offer, and their relative absorbency values, and it is obvious that if you want more absorbency you need to buy much larger pantyliners.
When I first opened the box, I got a bit of a shock at just how thin these pantyliners were, in comparison to both the Tesco brand and even the bodyform ones I have used in the past. As I said previously however, I have always trusted the brand 'Always' so I had no reason to doubt their effectiveness.
Another thing concerned me when I first looked at these pantyliners, and that was, that although there was the sticky back allowing you to stick to your underwear, it was so thin, that I wondered how easy it would be to remove it upon changing, but in fact, this really isn't an issue, and it comes away very easily, and never once has it ripped or torn.
My main problem however is the absorbency. I know as my pregnancy continues I need more and more of these pantyliners and need to change them frequently, but I really do not find that these carry away moisture from the surface, and I often don't feel dry, and so I find myself having to change them very very often, more than I think I should be, to ensure I feel dry the whole day. I recognise that they only have one drop for absorbency on the packaging, but I really don't think they absorb much at all, particularly in comparison to either Tesco or bodyform, which is very surprising for such as well known brand. I will certainly not be buying these again, even if I am stuck, as I end up going through a packet so quickly that it might not even last a week as my pregnancy progresses, and that is not exactly good value for money in my eyes. A really disappointing product, and I have since went back to the Tesco variety, which are the best value.
There are certain times when I use panty liners and I usually stick to supermarket own brands. I recently went to my local co-op but found that the own brand had sold out so I was forced to buy an alternative. The only other brand of panty liners available was Always Simply Fits Flexistyle Panty Liners.
I was a bit dubious because the box seemed very thin but claimed to be holding 22 liners. I noticed that the liners were on special offer at 50p and as no alternatives were available I got them. At the moment (Feb 2011) Asda have these liners on sale at £1.00 and Sainsbury at £1.48 so there seems to be quite a bit of difference.
The liners come in a cardboard box with an easy opening part on the top. You can tuck the flap back in but the box doesn't actually re-seal. The box is quite small and would fit easily into a big handbag or nappy bag.
The liners claim to be breathable and fit to all underwear styles. As a fan of more substantial undies I wasn't worried about this but think that this is probably possible. The liners are very thin and the edges are transparent. The liner is shaped with a small oval absorbent part in the middle. There is a single backing strip that is easily removed as the top doesn't go to the end of the liner. The adhesive covers the whole of the back of the liner and this will obviously help when adhering them to different styled underwear. The liners are very flexible because they are so thin and to be honest I was worried about their absorbency.
I use liners for the first and last few days of my period and have also used them during pregnancy or for freshness. These liners wouldn't be any good for normal period days but have worked fine for me during lighter days. I think they would be perfect for during pregnancy and for freshness purposes as you hardly notice that you are wearing them and they are so thin you could easily keep a couple in your bag. If you wanted to keep them in your bag you would need to keep them in a small bag or wrap them in something as they do not come individually wrapped.
My main problem with these liners and the main reason I would avoid buying them again is that I have found that they roll up. This could be down to me and might not happen to someone with smaller 'cheeks' for example but it drove me crazy. I thought at first that I had not applied the liner correctly but can't seem to get it right. I have tried altering the position and pressing down the edges but they still roll up. The front of the liner seems to stay nicely in position but the back end rolls over onto itself like a little swiss roll. As I'm sure you can imagine this is very uncomfortable and sometimes painful!
I won't recommend these liners because of the rolling but I feel that I should because of the comfort and surprising absorbancy.
Like many women who read this review I am really fussy about personal hygiene. I like to be as fresh as a daisy all day long but of course as the day wears on...I'm not usually!
I wear a lot of light coloured undies (and shhh ladies don't tell the fellas the next bit!) but I get a bit less than fresh down the old lady garden as the day wears on and get paranoid about any leaks and spills wrecking my expensive knicks which is why I do buy and use panty liners from time to time!
I bought a box of 22 of them and they came in an oblong and not too thick cardboard box which is pink, orange and white in colour and to the back of it you simply pull back the flap (which doesn't reseal) to get to the pantyliners. On the front of the box I am told that they are Alldays, Always, Daily Pantyliners and that they are 'Freestyle', Simply Fits, 'Fits 100% of knickers styles' and they are a 'Breathable pantyliner with a light fragrance. Dermatologically tested' and that there are 22 in the box and there is a picture of the types of pants that they're suitable for and a picture of the pantyliner itself is shown. On the rest of the box other information listed includes being told a bit about other products in the Always range and contact details for Procter & Gamble (the manufacturer of the product are given. It's a nice enough box which is easy to open though like I mentioned previously in this review the box doesn't reseal which is rather annoying!
These are absolutely brilliant! The pantyliner peels off the light patterned paper backing with total ease and what you end up with is a sticky backed, very thin paper with absorbent white cotton only to the centre of it it in a long oval shape which is the protective part. You are then left to shape it into your pants whether they be French, slip style, tanga, bikini or even g string! They really do simply fit any pants you own and they peel off with ease when you want to remove them.
These do have a light fresh floral fragrance to them and I was slightly concerned that being scented they may upset my bits and bobs down there....but no they don't and they do help me feel that I'm fresher and smelling a bit sweeter down there for longer!
They are not amazingly absorbent though so no good like many pantyliners for periods or for incontinence or anything like that but simply protect a bit from drips and staining undies.
I really like these and I like them because they are light and comfortable to use, fit all my underwear and are discreet and contain a small amount of fragrance to each one. If you drip alot or need more protection then these are really not for you as they are not big and certainly not very thick!
These are available in all good supermarkets etc costing about a pound a box (I get mine in Asda).