“ Brand: Boots / Type: Tampon „
Warning: This review may contain period talk!
Tampons have got steadily more expensive over the past few years, and the leading brand Tampax can now cost around £3-4 a box. I decided one day to try the Boots own brand tampons and I've never looked back!
I currently have a box of Boots Silky Smooth Tampons, these are applicator tampons in the regular absorbency (eg, the yellow ones). Personally I've always bought applicator tampons as I find them quicker and easier to use than non-applicators.
The Silky Smooth tampons come in a blue box with the usual information printed both on the box and inside. This includes info on insertion, safe and hygienic usage and toxic shock syndrome, which has been linked to tampon usage. Nothing new here if you've used tampons before but worth a read if it's your first time using them.
Inside, the tampons are individually wrapped in a plastic wrapper. Whilst the plastic wrappers are less environmentally friendly than the paper ones, I do find that they last better if you're carrying them around in your handbag (the paper ones always come undone in my bag!) The tampon is easy to remove by tearing along the perforated edges, and the wrapping keeps them clean and hygienic. The applicator is also plastic, which I really like. I find the plastic is smoother and easier to use than the traditional cardboard applicators, although again probably less environmentally friendly.
The Boots tampons are wide at the top and much thinner at the bottom - the only way I can think to describe it is like a giant sperm! Sorry for that mental image! The cotton and rayan mix is tucked away, and the tampon is really well designed and is impossible to fall apart. I've never had a problem with using the applicator and they have all worked smoothly and easily. My biggest bugbear is that there is a flower design on the bottom of the tampon. I know sanitary towels and tampons are for women but we really don't need hearts and flowers on them. I don't need my sanitary protection romanticising.
The tampons are absorbent and last as well as the leading brand, they are easy to remove and I can't say they are any worse quality than any other tampon I've used before. The string feels very secure and I feel adequately protected. I'd say they're as good as the Tampax Compact or Tampax Pearl, and they're definitely better than the regular Tampax with the cardboard applicator and paper wrapper.
At £2.39 for a box of 20 they are slightly cheaper than the other brands, and work just as well. I will usually pay a bit more when it comes to quality, but there is no need when these tampons are so good. 5 stars from me!
Every woman will know what tampons are although some do prefer to use sanitary towels, I have always been against using sanitary towels as it always used to make me feel dirty and unclean, as you used to basically without been disgusting but sat in your own blood.
I usually only buy the tampax brand but decided to try these on a trip to boots as they was a lot cheaper at just £1.89 for a box of 30.
Depending on how heavy you bleed each month with depend what strength you need, they have several different sizes. Through the day I usually use regular and on a night time I buy super, as I can not change the tampon as often. Also if you use super through the day you would probably not need to change it as often but I like to change mine quite a bit as It makes me feel dirty if I don't. They do also recommend that you change your tampon every 4 hours.
The box is pretty basic, its cardboard with a picture of the tampon and also the amount that the box contains. The box I bought had 30 in. so inside the box you have 30 neatly packed tampons, and also an instruction leaflet that will include the details of all you need to know.
How to use
These are pretty easy and can be done in a matter of seconds, just take the paper wrapping off, and stick the tampon in, and then just push the applicator end and that's it. It will be in the right place. The wrapping and the applicator they recommend that you put in the bin, but I don't want them sorts of wrappers in my bin so I flush them down the toilet. This can take 2 flushes as they do not always go down first time.
They do recommend that you change your tampon every four hours, but on a night time I find this hard as I am asleep, which is why I use the super on a night. I usually have around 8 hours sleep and do not normally have any leakages with normal tampax, although I did find that these leaked a little bit by the morning, but they are only recommended for use for 4 hours, so I can not knock any stars off for it.
My overall opinion
I did like these and they are a lot cheaper to buy than the Tampax I normally get so I made a saving of £1.11. They are comfortable to wear and most of the time I can not even feel anything in there.
As I said I did have a leakage but that was at the start of my cycle, so was bleeding heavier anyway. I would buy them again but unfortunately I don't get to a boots that often, so maybe next time I will get a good stock up of it.
I would say though to keep these out of the eyes of young children or you may get asked, "Mummy whats an applicator tampon", just like my son asked me. Lets just say I was very red faced and did not know what to tell him, so my response was just ladies things loll.
I would recommend to buy these they are cheap and they are comfortable to wear and also do last at least as long as what they say they do.