Ladies, dealing with periods is just something that we have to do. I am not loyal to a particular tampon brand and swap and change depending what store I am in or what offers are on at the time. I prefer the compact style tampons as they are more discrete in the handbag.
==Price and availability==
A packet of the lil-lets compact tampons costs around £2.09. The design of these tampons somehow increases the price as they are more than the regular applicator tampons.
Each tampon comes in a plastic sanitised wrapper that is yellow. Each different tampon absorbency has a colour. Most of the brands stick to this colour and you will often find that Regular flow tampons are yellow. Regular absorbency tampons hold from six to nine grams. Regular absorbency tampons are good for most of the days of my period whereas the super sized ones can only be used on the first day of flow as it is heavier. I find regular tampons a cupboard essential. Each tampon has a smooth plastic applicator with a ridge on the end to allow you to keep hold of it. Thr actual tampon has a long thick sting and a smooth head for easy insertion.
Despite begrudgingly paying the extortionate prices of tampons in the first place, I tend nowadays to stay away from the leading brands such as Tampax and Lil-lets because they are too expensive. I really do find little difference between these and shop own brand tampons. Despite, this I will not let it cloud my view as this is a review of the lil-lets tampons. I find the Lil-lets tampons really good quality and really reliable. The tampons do exactly what they are supposed to and I find them comfortable to wear. The only annoying thing about the tampons (and this happens with most of the plastic wrappers) they only come out of the wrapper too easily and I am often rooting through my bag to find loose tampons scattered amongst the debris in the bottom of my bag. I wish that they would make the paper tougher to break through as I have to throw these escaped tampons away.
* Remember to wash your hands before and after inserting and removing the tampon.
* You should change your tampon every 4 to 8 hours
* Be sure to use the lowest absorbency tampon for your flow.
* Always remove your used tampon before inserting a new one.
* Be sure to remove your last tampon at the end of your period.
* Tampons are designed to absorb menstrual flow only. Do not use a tampon in anticipation of your period or to absorb non-menstrual vaginal discharge.
* If you wish to use this product overnight, you may do so, provided that you insert a fresh tampon before retiring and remove it immediately upon waking. You should never wear a tampon for more than 8 hours to reduce the risk of TSS during your menstruation.
Ive been using lillets tampons since my teens until one day when the cord snapped as I was pulling it out leaving the tampon inside of me . Out of panic I tried to reach it with my finger but all I did was poke it futher in. From then onwards I inspect and pull the cord before inserting to avoid the embarassment of having it removed at the hospital, again. I then decided to try other brands and the I found the tampax to be a serious competition. The applicator slides with ease compared to lillets and I am getting quite comfortable with them lately.
Periods are never fun and a big inconvenience to any woman's life, so I find tampons a Godsend. Discreet, odour control and unnoticeable, I prefer tampons over sanitary towels.
I've used many brands of tampons, usually buying what's on offer and I tried Lil Lets for the first time a few months ago and haven't switched back to any other brand. Lil Lets are compact enough to fit in your pocket with drawing attention to itself and comes in a white and pink polka dot cellophane wrapper, not a paper one, ensuring it isn't torn by the movement of your bag or pocket.
Lil Lets comes with a plastic applicator, not a cardboard one for an easy and more comfortable insert.
The tampons come in a relatively small box, offering 12 individually wrapped tampons. The colour of each box varies on which absorbency you have chosen.
Lil Lets offer a no leaks guarantee and I was sceptical of this at first. I get extremely heavy periods and have always found leaks with any brand I use. But after a few months of using Lil Lets, I can safely say this is true. The tampon expands outwards not downwards once it starts absorbing, and because it expands outwards only, stays a comfortable fit for the duration the tampon is used.
Lil Lets are available in most - if not all - major supermarkets and pharmacies, though I have started seeing these in some corner shops more frequently. I personally get these from Asda at around £1 per box, providing extremely good value for money.
Overall, if you use tampons, I would recommend these due to the no leaks guarantee, size and prize. A fantastic product making a woman's life even easier.
Lil-lets tampons- not as good as Tampax Compak!
I will actually be reviewing the lil-lets lite product!
After using tampons for good number of years now I have been able to shop around and try out different products. First of all I used Tampax, then Tampax Compak came out so I tried that then when they got a little too expensive I looked for a cheaper alternative and this happened to be Lil-lets lite! I wanted to buy something to use during the last couple of days whilst on my period- lite seemed to be okay.
In the pack there are 16 mini tampons lined up in two rows, each with a plastic 'meant to be discrete but very loud when opened' plastic wrapper! They come in a small cardboard box with a purple theme and lots of useful information on it!
What they are supposed to do...
These tampons are supposed to sit comfortably and expand widthways to fit your natural shape for confidence and lots more. These are supposed to be for lighter days or if you are the type of person who has very light flows.
...How they did not work
For me, these were the worst brand I used. First of all they did not even have an applicator on them which was probably the main reason for them being so cheap and of course it made it very difficult to position. Then of course if you do not have these ridiculously small tampons in the right place it can become very irritating!
I bought these for £2.00 from Tesco. They are also sold in other supermarkets, health and beauty stores and convenience stores.
The price is not too bad but I do not rate the product very high. This is because in my eyes these do not work very well and I would sticky with Tampax over these!
Considering the price of these tampons, I would expect them to be easy to insert and effective. After receiving a free sample of these on the high street a few months ago, and since using them when they were picked up by a friend, I have to say that I have been entirely disappointed. The applicator on these tampons mean that when inserted, they are stuck in the applicator and on several ocassions I have had to discard unused tampons. Furthermore, even when I have been able to use the tampons, I have found that even the super plus extra have a very low absorbency and are not effective at all. I have been very disappointed with this product and would not recommend them under any circumstance. Even after receiving this product as a free sample, I threw them away as they were not in the slightest easy to use nor effective.
I was extremely sceptical about the new Lil-lets, having used Tampax for over 20 years and was adamant I wouldn't change brands. However, after receiving the free sample and giving them a go, I will say that the applicator is far more 'user' and 'handbag' friendly than Tampax as it remains in tact and doesn't go soggy if left in a gym bag next to a wet towel!Lil-lets have improved tenfold compared to the memories I have of trying them as a teenager and not getting on with them at all. I could still suggest one or two tweaks, but am definitely going to start using them in the future purely based on the superior applicator.I admit I was wrong and sometimes change is for the better!
Saying that Lil-lets is "Simply the Best" is all very well and good but having used tampons for over 25 years ( I had my first period when i was 12), I'd like to give my opinion why I would state such a thing so here goes.
Firstly Lil-lets non-applicator tampons are available in the following absorbencies Lite, Regular, Super, Super Plus and Super Plus Extra the only tampon in the UK for women with very heavy flow.
The Lil-lets outer packaging has a colour coding system for the different absorbencies blue for lite, yellow for Regular, pink for Super, green for Super Plus and purple for Super Plus Extra.
The back of the box explains how "lil-lets tampons gently expand widthways" and shows a picture of a tampon and tells you some key elements like "stronger core for easier insertion".
There is also a warning for TSS and reminds you to read to leaflet enclosed.
Opening the box you find the "Guide to lil-lets non-applicator tampons; how to use them , FAQ's and advice" booklet and of course the all important tampons.
The Tampons are wrapped in clear cellophane with a coloured band around the outside matching the box colour code.
Once you get used to inserting a Lil-lets non-applicator tampon ( It took me quite a few times the first time I tried them) they are alot better than applicator tampons.
This is how I do it.
Firstly I wash my hands, then I get myself into a comfortable position normally sat on the toilet with my knees apart.
Now I remove the the cellophane from the Lil-let Tampon and check the removal cord is pulled out and has a knot in it.
I hold the tampon with my thumb and middle finger and rest my index finger on the base of the tampon (the end where the cord comes out).
I use my other hand to gently fold back the skin covers the opening to my vagina.
RELAX and then I place the rounded tip of the tampon to my vaginal opening, point the tip towards my lower back ( not straight up).
And insert the tampon using my index finger and when I can not feel the tampon inside me I know it is in far enough, I can now see the removal cord coming out of my vagina.
Wash my hands again.
Sometimes if I find it awkward to get the Tampon inside me, I use a little bit of KY Jelly on my vaginal opening to ease insertion.
Lil-lets Tampons should be changed every 4-6 hours depending how heavy your flow is, if like me you are "blessed" with very heavy flow this will be the sooner of the 2 times.
To remove a tampon I find the best way is to sit on the toilet RELAX and gently pull the removal cord, once out I place it a nappy sack and then in a bin.
Then I wash my hands and repeat the whole process again (6 days of hell).
Other reasons to buy Lilets Non-Applicator Tampons.
1, They take up less space so easier to carry around.
2, Less packaging so better for the enviroment.
3, If like me your blessed with heavy periods they do the Super plus Extra absorbency.
4, Widthways expansion so no leaks.
5. Knotted string for easier removal.
All in all I feel they are "Simply the Best".
I have always used the rival brand to Lil-lets, Tampax, since I was a teenager. Why? Well, I have always associated Lil-lets with being a non applicator tampon and as such did not want to use their products. I feel that tampons with an applicator tube are a lot easier and less messy to insert and use. I was interested, then, to learn that Lil-lets have a compact applicator range of tampons which I will be reviewing here. They are available at most supermarkets and pharmacies stores including Asda, Savers, Sainsbury, Superdrug and Wilkinson.
The compact applicator range comes in four sizes or fits: regular, super, super plus and super plus extra. Each has a different level of absorbancy designed for your particular type of period or level of flow during your period. Regular, for instance, absorbs 6-9g and is designed for a light to medium flow whilst super absorbancy is 9-12g and is for medium to heavy flow. Girls will know that you normally need to use a tampon with a heavy absorbancy at the start of your period and a lighter absorbancy at the end! The mixed packs that can be so helpful for this are unfortunately not yet available in the Lil-let applicator tampon range and are only available as a non-applicator mixed pack.
Having used Lil-lets applicator tampons for the first time recently I inevitabley compare them to Tampax tampons. I will therefore talk about the positives and negatives of the product compared to my normal product which is the Tampax Tampon with cardboard applicator.
Lil-lets come in a small plastic packet that is half the size of a Tampax tampon. Therefore they are way more discreet and easier to conceal in a handbag!
They have an ultra smooth applicator which is easy to use and which does not fall apart if you hold it up the wrong way which my Tampax tampons tend to do! The two part applicator has a rounded tip which makes it gentle to insert.
They also have a sturdy, double stringed cord tied at the end so that you can be assured of never losing the tampon!
The box that the tampons come in is a lot smaller than the Tampax box so less packaging means better for the environment.
The box comes with an informative leaflet on how to use and health issues relating to the use of tampons.
Finally Lil-lets tampons are designed to expand widthways rather than lengthways. This unique design means less leakage and more protection. Whilst using the tampons I felt totally confident. At the heaviest flow of my period I would say I would be more confident using a Lil-let rather than a tampon. Infact there is currently a brilliant example of how this design is superior to other tampons on the lil-lets website. They show a video of a lil-let tampon and a Compak Tampax Tampon in a tube full of water and reveal which one abosrbs better. It is the Lil-let!
The applicator is made of plastic unlike the Tampax applicator which is made of cardboard. I find the amount of plastic unjustifiable really and for this reason alone I would rather not buy these again, regardless of their performance. I would much prefer to use a product that is biodegradeable. The individual packet is also plastic wrap rather than the Tampax style paper wrap although the packet design is much better with directions on which way to open it .
The applicator is not long enough. With Tampax, the applicator is long enough to place the tampon into a comfortable position. Apparantly, tampons are supposed to feel invisible but I found that unless I manually push the Lil-lets applicator I can not insert the tampon as far as it needs to go (blushes!) Because the tampons expand widthways they seem rather short too and this might be a factor in why they are difficult to get comfortable initially.
As mentioned above, another problem is the fact these don't come in a mixed pack, as Tampax do. Instead they come in 12 packs.
Ultimately, I have been impressed by the Lil-let compact applicator tampons and feel that they have some advantages over their nearest rival. The most important of these advantages, of course, is performance. I do feel that because of the way these Lil-lets expand by width rather than length that they win the absorbancy battle outright! I do feel safer and have not had any leaks using the Lil-lets! However, I feel that the packaging of the Lil-lets is a bit of a worry, especially for a green freak like me. I just hate seeing plastic waste and unfortunatey there is a lot here. I am awarding the Lil-lets four stars on the basis of brilliant performance, neat easy to conceal design and weighed up against the packaging issues.
Although i have been using the moon cup for some time now i do still buy these to use when out and about as i find them a lot more convinent to use.
They are available in a variety of sizes to suit your flow so you can always have something to suit you and are even available in mixed packets so that you can vary the size you are using according to the heaviness of your flow that day.
These come in a card board box as pictured above and vary in price depending on the size you choose and the quantity in the box, starting at around £1.50 for the small boxes, they are realy good value for money and although the shops own brands are cheaper they dont seem to be as absorbant and give me as much protection as these do.
Inside the box they are each individually wrapped in a plastic wrapper with a tab around it to unravel to open them, this packaging is actually water proof as i found out when my little girl tryed to flush a box down the toilet so are ideal for storing in your bathroom without worrying about steam from a bath or shower effecting them.
They are only short so are very easy to insert and the new design of these has a thinner top giving it a skirt like apearance to the shape making the bottom ever so slightly wider to help reduce the risk of leaks.
Each lillet can be worn for upto 8 hours but shouldnt be left in any longer as it can increase the risk of toxic shock.
I find these very absorbant, very rarely have any problems with leaks from them, they are comfortable enough for you to not notice you are wearig them and are small enough to fit into your pocket or hand bag easily, the main advantage to these aswell is that you can go swimming in them.
Well, I never thought I'd write a tampon review, but they are an important part of life, so why not? Also, tampons are a product which a large percentage of the population (granted, significantly less than half) use on a regular basis, so they're just as important a review topic as most of the things on this site. Anyway, here are my thoughts on Lil-lets Regular non-applicator tampons.
Lil-lets is a brand which I have used on and off over the years, as although I have no problem with their tampons, I also have no problem with any other brand that I have used so I generally go for the cheapest option available when I am shopping for tampons. I bought this 16-pack the other day at my student shop when I discovered that I had ran out of tampons when I needed them, and at roughly £2 for 16 this pack worked out as being the cheapest option available, and so I bought them. I bought the regular pack instead of the super, as although I would probably end up using fewer tampons if I had the more absorbent type, all tampon packs advise using the lowest absorbency for your flow, and although I could probably get away with using super, since tampons are associated with the possibly fatal Toxic Shock Syndrome, I'd rather be safe than sorry and go for the lower option.
So, anyway, I'm not going to talk too much about using the tampons as if you need to use them you probably know how to, and if you don't then you should ask somebody you trust instead of reading it in a review. In short, they're easy enough to insert with a finger, but if you don't like using non-applicator tampons then you probably won't be too happy with these. Personally I hate applicator tampons so much prefer this type, and don't have any problems with it.
The packet advises that you replace your tampon every 4-8 hours, but since these are regular tampons I'll rarely have one in for longer than 4, though obviously it's totally up to you. I've found that these tampons are absorbent enough to leave in a for quite a while, though personally I wouldn't want to risk having the same one for 8 hours.
In conclusion, these tampons are great and I have no problem with them. You can barely feel them when they're in, though obviously you can tell by the string that there is one there. They're not bad value, though to be honest I'd go for something cheaper if I could, but you get what you pay for as they are very good.
I noticed one review further up saying "i would seriously not suggest Lilets or any non-applicator tampon for anyone who has not had lots of experience in inserting tampons." Well... Despite having started my periods YEARS ago, I was always too scared to try tampons. My school gave us all a pack of applicator Tampax ones during a puberty talk once, and about once a year I'd try them...And couldn't even get them in.
Then, during freshers' week, my uni were giving out these little packs of 10 regular non-app Lil-lets tampons... A year later, I decided to try them. That was yesterday. I had no problems with them whatsoever... So, for that person saying they wouldn't suggest Lil-lets for anyone who hasn't had lots of experience... Sorry, but this is a person with basically no experience in inserting tampons, who found them incredibly easy to use, and loved them!
And now I can be proud of myself for 'taking the leap' too :-P
But yeah, back to the point - In less than 24 hours, I've come to worship these things.
I have used Lillets since I was 15 years old ( I'm now 54 ) and I have found them to be the best tampon available on the market, I have tried various others but after ruining loads of underwear and bedding I found none were as good as Lillets.They are very discreet and fit into the smallest of bags and purses, sometimes you can even get a little holder for them.I think it's great that they now come in such a wide range of sizes depending on how heavy a flow you have and should be suitable for most females from young girls to the more mature lady.So go ahead girls give them a try, what do you have to lose.
Lillets: 'the best ever'!
What really attracted me to them was the fact that there is so little to dispose of leading them to be much less noisy than plasic/paper wrappers. I decided to buy a pack and just go for it. Gladly and after much practice i found that my decision made a much difference on how i felt and my confidence during that 'time of the month'. They do exactly as they say. Yes, there was leakage but hardly v much of it that i'd need a PAD to soak up the excess.
insertion does take a little practice and it is quite difficult as you've got to make yourself relax (which is hard as you're worrying about whether or not the tampons you've just bought will be of any use if you can't get it in!) or worse, you'll be left with no other form of protection (if u don't have anything else). after relaxing though, and with a med-heavy flow you will find that insertion is extremely simple although, if you have never used tampons before - it is probably best to start off with applicator tampons (Liletts for best protection) because they do guide you about how far up etc...
after a while though, you become used to positioning and inserting them and they definitely work a treat!
TSS still remains as a threat when wearing tampons so changing them often should really help reduce the risk and also using the lowest absorbency.
I'm pretty certain that blokes wont want to read this review. But if you are male, and decide to read on, you may get a tiny idea why us women can be a little cranky at 'that time of the month' !
Somewhere high up on my mothers side of our family tree, Mother Nature decided to curse our family with 'Heavy Period Syndrome' meaning that every woman in my family will have really heavy periods for ever. In fact, all of my aunties and my mother had it all pulled out before they reached 40 because of the problems. My mum would have 3 week long periods!!! Talk about a nightmare!! I started mine at the tender age of 9 years old, and unfortunately I also have been cursed with such syndrome, and am currently struggling to deal with it - literally.
I dont know about you, but I HATE WITH A PASSION using pantie liners or pads or nappies or whatever you call them. I'm paranoid that it smells, it feels uncomfortable, and the idea of the blood being kept close to your body for a couple of hours quite frankly disgusts me. But with such heavy periods, do I have a choice?!
The answer is yes. Generally if I use tampons, I have to change them every 1 or 2 hours because of leaking. In bed I have to wear both just incase. I've used tampax, and they are qute good apart from the applicator thing, and the fact that they are so huge! I just cant get them to fit!!
Anyway, lilets have been my answer for about the 2 years. They are small, neatley packaged, and very reasonably priced. I find that at the beginning & end of my period I can actually get away with using 'super' lilets tampons, and use 'super plus' and 'super plus extra' ones in the middle. They are no bigger that 5cm long, and 2cm thick, although they expand ever so well. Although in a box, they are all wrapped seperately in a thin plastic tube, with an easy peel strip that makes them very easy to get into. The string is tucked away at the end of the tampon, and is easy to unravel and free up.
I find them very easy to position, and because they are only small I dont find them uncomfortable in the slightest. The only thing that is slightly gross about them, which you can't get around, is the fact that you get blood on you finger as you're trying to push it inside. Sorry. I normally can last up to 4 hours without having to change a lilets tampon, and they dont slip down as they expand which is good.
Now, I'm quite active, and I enjoy doing sports and swimming and exercise. When the painters are in, you're not normally in the mood for doing all this, but unfortunately I have to. Some tampons seem to doslodge inside you and become uncomfortable when running or moving lots, but I can honestly say that lilets dont do this with me. I have even been known to swim whilst on my period, although I'm a bit concious about it and very careful.
Now, for a rather serious side. There is a rare yet occasionaly deadly disease linked to tampons called TSS - Toxic Shock Syndrome. This is mentioned briefly in the information booklet in the lillets box, along with inserting information and other bits and bobs. Anybody can get this desease, which only occurs about 40 times a year, but around half are from using tampons. I don't want to go into too much detail about it, but if you are concerned and want to read more, then the website www.toxicshock.com will be of inteest to you.
Overall, these are a very comfortable and absorbant tampon, even for the heaviest of periods. Leakages do happen, but not very often. All in all these are the best tampon I've found! If you've found better, please please let me know!!
I would recommend that you not use them. Firstly fibers friom the tampons can be left inside our bodies. Secondly the string is not safe. I have found it often breaks easily or unravels, so if you do continue to use them, then before you put it in make sure the string is secure.
You should check out "Instead Softcup". It is much more hygenic and environmentally friendly.
It had many many advantages, take a look on www.softcup.com
The difference is unbelievable
We can't wave a magic wand to make periods go away, but we can make them a little easier / Our widthways expanding tampons have been trusted by women for over 50 years to give the best protection / No wonder Lil-Lets are the UK's No. 1 non-applicator tampon / Lite / very light to light flow.