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I like to use a panty liner throughout the month just to help make me feel fresh and clean and one of the better ones I have tried over the years are from the Carefree range. Carefree make a huge array of different types of liners for your knickers but the ones I use regularly are the Maxi Fresh scented variety. I buy these in packs of 20 from Wilkos, where they seem to be the cheapest around – even cheaper than Tescos at the moment at only £1.
A pack this size will last me a whole month as I use one per day during the month whenever I am not on my period. I actually vary between using this type and the other type that Carefree make, which is the laundry fresh type. Both are equally as good though these larger type are better suited to when I am on the last day of my periods and I need to stray fresh but I am not heavy enough to be using a full sized pad.
These are panty liners and NOT sanitary pads and as such, they are much thinner, slightly shorter and a lot more discreet than your normal standard sanitary pad. They have no ‘wings’ and are designed to sit firmly, snugly and in place on the inside of your knickers. The pads are individually wrapped like the laundry fresh ones are, and each one has a sticky strip down the middle. The sticky strip is very effective and the liners do not move around my underwear, even if I am very active throughout the day. The pads are designed to be effective for up to 12 hours and they have a delicate perfumed smell to them, which is very discreet but give me extra confidence.
These pads feel soft to touch and do not irritate or chafe my skin. They have also been dermatologically tested and to be honest, they are so discreet that I often just forget I am wearing one during the day as I go about my business. It’s not until I pop to the loo that I remember I am actually wearing one.
They are shaped so that they sit perfectly over the gusset of my pants (even my skimpier ones) and they stay in place throughout the day and don’t move about. I wear these panty liners with a variety of clothing, including lose fitting dresses and skirts but I also wear them with tighter fitting clothing such as jeans and leggings and they are very discreet and cannot be seen – just the same as the laudry fresh variety.
Overall, I am really happy with these particular panty liners and I think they represent excellent value for money and give me a little bit of extra freshness throughout the day.
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The product I am reviewing is the Carefree Perfect Fit Pantyliners. These are thin, flexible liners which are so comfortable you'll barely feel that it's there. Due to the unique thin and flexible material they are made from they are so thin that they become part of your underwear. The liners have a soft fabric cover to great comfort and have a contoured shape to ensure a good fit. The have adhesive end to end to help keep them in place and they come individually wrapped and folded which means they fit in your pocket or handbag. I wanted to purchase some thin liners as when I come to the end of my period each month I find that a larger pad can be a little too big especially as I tend to just spot slightly at the end of my period. These are thin and flexible and looked as though they would suitable for what I wanted them for. The sanitary towels I use during my period aren't exactly cheap so I hate using them when I am just spotting which I why I went to look for a product like this one. Although Carefree is a brand that I have heard of before it's not a brand I have ever used so I didn't really know what to expect from this product. I chose this brand because these were the smallest liners I could see in the local boots store near my boyfriends. The 18 small liners come in a bright pink plastic packaging which is a square like shape. It clearly states on the front what this product is and that they are thin and flexible for a perfect fit. You get a total of 18 liners in the pack each comes individually wrapped in pale pink plastic wrapping. The liners are very discreet when folded up and they are so thin that they can easily fit into a pocket and even a small bag. In fact they are so small I could also get them into a compartment into my wallet as well.
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I purchased a pack of these from Boots for £1.05 which I thought was very reasonable. You can also purchase these from Superdrug and other shops and Supermarkets. Please note that prices may vary.
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Using the Liner
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When unfolding the liner from the plastic packaging this reveals the incredibly thin liner which is white in colour and has a slight pattern on the top. You need to peel the backing off the back of the liner which enables it to stick to the inside of your knickers. This paper peels off easily and is white with 'Carefree' printed all over it in a light pink colour. You can dispose of the plastic pink wrapper and the backing paper. As the liner is sticky from end to end it's easy to place inside your knickers and you can feel confident that it's going to stay put. As previously stated I use these when I come to the end of my period when spotting rather than using a large towel which seems a bit of a waste to me. The liners are very comfortable and they are so thin that you don't actually notice you are wearing a liner. I felt confident carrying on with everything as normal and didn't worry about the pad showing any lumps or bumps when wearing tight jeans or black leggings. When wearing a large sanitary pad I do always get worried that the outline of the pad shows through tight jeans or leggings which is why I avoid wearing these during this time of the month. With this thin pad I didn't have to worry about it showing at all. I was only spotting a little towards the end of my period but I did ensure that I changed this every 2-3hrs for hygiene reasons. The pad comes away from your knickers easily and I simply wrap it up in some toilet tissue or the pink wrapper from a new liner and pop it into a sanitary bin or another bin. Do not flush the liner down the toilet despite wrapping it in toilet tissue. Another good thing about the liner is I didn't feel too hot and didn't become sweaty which I find can happen when wearing some liners and sanitary pads.
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These pads are just what I was looking for and I was impressed at how thin and flexible they are when wearing them. I love that the pads are folded up really small which means they can sit discreetly in your bag or small purse. As the pads are sticky from one end to the other it does mean that the liner stays in place and doesn't shift or move about when wearing it despite when at the gym running or doing other exercises. The pads are perfect for spotting or other discharge when you come to the end of your period and they are also handy to have in your bag after having a smear done, especially if you find that you bleed a little when you have this done. I have to go for smears on a regular basis so I always ensure I have one or a few of these in my bag for after I have my smear. As the pads are thin they are only suitable for spotting and discharge and wouldn't be suitable for wearing on your period as they won't really absorb a lot. I am pleased with the quality of these and I also think for the price they are great as well. I will definitely be purchasing these on a regular basis and I recommend them to others who spot at the end of their period but not enough to use a large sanitary pad.
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A word of warning before we get started: this product is designed for intimate feminine hygiene, so this review may contain some bits that have too much information for your liking. Look away if you don't want to read about "women's problems"!
These Perfect Fit Single Wrapped Pantyliners are from the feminine hygiene range produced by Carefree. Due to the rather unpleasant nature of this type of product and the fact that they're disposable I haven't formed any real preference for brands and happened to buy this product as it was a good price and the liners were individually wrapped, which is what I was looking for at the time. These liners are available from most supermarkets and high street beauty retailers, and cost around £1.00 for a pack of 18.
Product description: "Carefree Perfect Fit is a liner that is so comfortable, you'll barely feel it's there. Made of a unique material that is so thin and flexible, it becomes part of your underwear.
+ Soft fabric cover for great comfort
+ Flexible and thin like panties
+ Contoured shape for a good fit
+ End-to-end adhesive to keep the liner in place"
The packaging states that these pads measure in at less than 1mm thick, and they are the regular size to give light protection. Each packet contains 18 individually wrapped panty liners. They are wrapped up in a nice compact way that minimises excess packaging. This also means you can slip one inside the pocket of your handbag for when you need to change, and it isn't too obvious or take up too much space. This also allows you to wrap up the used liner in the packaging from the new liner before you dispose of it.
My periods tend to be infrequent and light thanks to the effects of me using the contraceptive injection. This is a bonus for me, and so I tend not to worry about my period too much as it only occurs every third month or so. At the beginning of the year I was experiencing some light spotting on a weekly basis, which my nurse advised me was due to stress. I needed something that would offer me protection but didn't want to be dealing with a bulky sanitary pad as the bleeding was only very light. These panty liners were the perfect solution and they kept me feeling clean during the month or so that I was having this problem. The liners are not hugely absorbent so I would only recommend this for very light blood spotting or discharge as the benefit of being thin and flexible would not suit the needs of someone during their period.
The pads are very thin and they feel comfortable to wear without being obvious or adding any lumps and bumps that would be visibly through my clothing. The fabric top layer feels gentle against the skin and is unscented, leaving the area free of irritation. It was nice to be able to go around wearing my normal clothes instead of having to stick to something a bit more casual and loose during this time in case of obvious VPLs.
The adhesive used on this item is effective, it's strong enough to hold the liner in position and there are no sticky glue marks left behind on my underwear after I've removed the liner, which has been a problem with some cheaper alternatives. The shape of the liner is quite straight, with two larger ends and a slight contour in the middle giving it a subtle hourglass shape. I think that this could possibly be improved or made a little smaller as I found that the fabric tended to wrinkle and crease up as I was wearing it.
Overall I think this is a reliable product that I would buy again if needed.