When going to a wedding a while ago, I knew the date was going to fall around the end of my monthly period when I usually use pantyliners. It actually fell on the third day of my period, when flow is starting to get lighter and I can sometimes get away with a liner. Being at a wedding I really didn't want a bulky pad and I'm not one for tampons, so when I saw these Bodyform extra long liners I thought that might be my answer, as I could be sure that my pants would be covered and if I changed them regularly enough I knew I should be fine in terms of containing the flow.
I picked up this pack of extra long liners for £1 in Superdrug which I thought was a fair price given that they are somewhat different from my basic supermarket pantyliners that I tend to opt for. These pads claim to be 'secure fit' meaning they should stay in place until you change them. These liners have been shaped to fit your body front and back and so are designed to catch all blood flow before it would go on your underwear. That can be a problem if you do wear a pantyliner when you are still getting some blood flow which was why I wanted to solve this problem for the wedding.
These liners also claim to be super absorbent to give you dryness against the skin. Bodyform also state that these liners contain Vitamin E extract on the surface of the liner to aid skin healing and avoid irritation. These liners are also breathable and offer an odour control to give freshness.
These liners certainly feel thicker than my regular supermarket own brand and therefore I was confident that they would keep me dry during the wedding and they did, despite there still being some blood flow. I did change them fairly regularly, but I loved the fact that they lined my whole underwear so I didn't have to worry about my pants getting stained or seeping out on to clothing when I sat down. I felt dry the entire time I wore each pad and in general it did seem to help with odour, although the fact that I changed them regularly probably prevented smells from forming in the first place. They also stayed in place for the duration I wore each pad.
All in all, I bought these for the weddin I attended to keep me dry, and ensure my underwear did not get stained or leak from menstrual flow given that these were extra long and they did exactly as required. I wouldn't necessarily buy these everyday but when going somewhere during that time of the month, such as a holiday then these are great to have.
I usually opt for cheaper brands than Bodyform for pantyliners (my pads are Always though) but these were brought back for me a couple of weeks ago as they were on offer. I've never used Bodyform pantyliners before so I wasn't quite sure what to expect this.
I don't usually comment much on packaging in my reviews but I am going to do so here. Although the product image that you can see above shows a silver box, mine is actually predominantly pink. Some of the packs of Bodyform contain a purse to put your pantyliner(s) in when you're out and about and mine is one of those. This is really handy as they aren't individually wrapped and are just loose in the box. The box itself is made from thin cardboard and has a tendency to get squashed when you start getting down to about halfway through the contents.
I like the extra long type as they fit much better than the normal/regular types and have better coverage. For a regular pair of knickers (by that I mean not thongs, boy shorts or hipsters), these pretty much cover the whole of the part that may theoretically be stained otherwise and I have never known them to move around and compromise my underwear despite them not having wings to keep them in place. There is also no overlapping over the edges either so you don't get that irritating chafing against your thighs.
These pantyliners are advertised as being "super-absorbent" in the core and have the ability to "lock in" the smell. I'm not sure about the latter part as they don't seem to be completely odour-free. I was impressed with the absorbency though as any moisture etc seemed to soak through into the actual core of the pantyliner so that there was little (if any) moisture on the surface of the pantyliner itself. This makes it more comfortable to wear pantyliners and is something that I don't really get with my cheaper own brand options.
At Sainsbury's, a box of 24 pantyliners costs around £1.59, which isn't particularly cheap in general but you may be able to get them cheaper if there's an offer on. However, I really like these pantyliners though and much prefer them to the cheaper own brand types that I usually use and consider them worth the extra expense in comparison.
Extra Long liners are extra absorbent.