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Anyone who has read my Mooncup will already be aware that that is my 5 star choice of personal hygiene product. However, before investing in a Mooncup I used to buy the Natracare pads and panty liners regularly. What drew me to the brand at first is that they make organic products made of 100% cotton material, which sounded great for my sensitive skin and worth paying a little extra for, but over time and regular use I came to prefer them to the competing brands based on their own merits.
I hate the feel or ordinary brand pads and liners. They feel artificial which is not surprising as they are usually made of synthetic materials. Some are worse than others and they can feel very plasticky and I can't stand them at all, especially on a hot day.
The Natracare panty liners are very slim and quite long. They are very light and you can hardly feel them when wearing them, which I think is a huge bonus. They tend to stay where you stick them, and they are surprisingly absorbent for such thin liners, but still they can't cope with too much liquid so I recommend using them right at the end of your cycle, which will save you wasting money on thicker pads or liners. They do not contain any perfumes or additives so they don't smell of anything or expose your sensitive areas to nasty chemicals, and they feel breathable instead of stifling. These liners can be composted in your dalek along with your other compostables so long as the compost is left for a good while to decompose properly if you plan to use it to grow edible plants out of.
Natracare panty liners are a basic product that serve their function well. The box is plain and rectangular and the liners are packed in there tightly and neatly. It is made of recyclable card which beats the usual plastic packaging that ends up in a landfill. There are 22 liners in the box.
Unfortunately though they are not easy to get hold of. I used to buy them in my local independent health food store but then that closed down. I was on the look out for them recently to wear for mild pregnancy discharge but I have not been able to find them anywhere, so I need to get them online. They cost £2.09 on Amazon and they do qualify for super saver delivery, but if you can't get that then the postage cost is £1.99. I don't mind the cost as these are good quality, safe products, and even a higher cost would still be worth it for not exposing my unborn baby to perfumes/dyes etc, but I do see having to get them online as a hassle.
So they get 4 stars from me.
Since I am somewhat sensitive in the "shall not mention it aloud" area I do what I can to keep a natural balance down under. I can't believe that I only recently found out about panty liners that are made from organic cotton (well mostly). I always thought that there is no bigger difference between panty liners and that your usual commercial (plastic) brands are as good as any other (ah the ignorance).
These were the first of cotton pads I tried and here is the experience:
"Shocked by price"
Well first thing a normal consumer noticed is the price and do not be fooled, these are way more expensive than the regular ones, especially compared to various "economy packs" etc. (from a students point of view). In my local store, where they are available their price is about twice the price the other commercial pads are. But still this is affordable. I also noticed that the price in on-line stores is a bit more inexpensive.
"Very natural looking"
The package is from cardboard so I instantly got a good feel about them, eco friendly packaging compared to plastic sheets you get with many other brands is a win for me. It has a very "clean", aesthetic look to it. . Love it!
"The feel and the wear"
The pads are easier on the skin down under compared to "plastic" pads I used in the past, I personally could feel the difference in "ventilation", felt more cleaner using them. They are a bit hard though and I can't exactly say that I did not feel them while using them, the plastic brands were better in this viewpoint for me personally - I should mention though that I am a "tiny" person and that I only felt "hardness" of the pads on the edges so I might assume that this would not bother "normal" women.
Compared to other pads these might be a bit less absorbent so I would advise extra care in the beginning (to get used to their capacity :), they can also get slightly torn on the surface but I did not notice this would in anyway effect their "function".
Sticking them to the panties at first seems as very unreliable (glue seems weak) but they stick quite well. Had no problems there.
I like the cotton pads and these are good but I did find better organic cotton pads for myself to be honest (but they are a "local" brand). But if my local store runs out of my favourite these are certainly nr.2 and are not in any view (except for being a bit harder than the other ones).
I would certainly advise women to buy these since the difference from these and plastic ones (and some other organic cotton brands) is immense, after starting to use these (and I have been using Natracare for quite a while before switching to another brand) I had less problems down under and the overall feel there improved (not that it was that bad before but there is a difference)