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Prior to being on the pill, my periods were quite heavy and over the initial few days I would have to change pads very very frequently to make life comfortable, which was why at the time I bought these Pop ins Sanitary Bags, which was a little box that contained 50 small disposable fragranced bags to put your sanitary towels, tampons or even pantyliners in and keep them smelling okay until you could dispose of them in a bin, or I have also seen these in some fancy washrooms in a bid I presume to stop sanitary products from being flushed down the toilet etc when there is no sanitary bins provided within the cubicle. I have no recollection of what I paid for these sanitary bags at the time, but I have seen them on sale for around a pound for 50. To be honest, I'm not sure I would purchase them regularly at that price, given that you can probably pick up cheap, fragrances nappy bags to do the same job for a lot less! I didn't have a child at that point so wasn't as aware of such things! I had actually forgotten about these bags until we moved house, as my periods are now much much lighter when on the pill, so don't need to change my pad as frequently and also with them not as heavily soiled they don't smell as much so I can manage to wrap them up tightly until I find the nearest bin.
The little box that these sanitary bags come in is small and discreet enough to fit into most reasonable size handbags or of course you could take a few out for a small purse if you were going to a special event. These work a little like a tissue box, where you simply pull one bag out at a time as you need them. There is a pleasant fragrance with these bags that does seem to work effectively at overcoming any potential smell that could develop when soiled sanitary products are not disposed of quickly. Each little bag as handles that tie so it is easily kept together and your sanitary product will not fall out until you reach the bin. I used to find this particular useful if you were travelling or were away somewhere where it simply was impractical to dispose of your sanitary product discreetly.
These little bags are coloured purple in an attempt to disguise the contents- I'm not really sure how effective that is, however it isn't that I have ever paraded the contents or bag around, so never gave anyone the chance to have a good look!
All in all, I don't tend to use these bags now, although since coming across them again, I have put a couple into my handbag. As a I said when my periods were heavier these were very useful, particularly in keeping potential smells at bay, nowadays however I don't think I would necessarily purchase these as they are a little on the costly side given what they do and how thin they are, I would be much more inclined to purchase fragranced nappy bags that in my opinion would do the same job but for a lot less!
Periods are a pain in the bum. Or rather, a pain in the pelvis! Apart from all the fun and games of using sanitary products, there is the further fun and games of disposing of said products. If we're lucky, there's a sanitary disposal bin in the nearest ladies' loo. If we're *really* lucky, the sanitary disposal bin will not need to be approached from inside a hazmat suit! For times when the gods are not smiling upon me, I rely on these sanitary bags, which let me temporarily store my used sanitary products until I can find a suitable disposal receptacle.
I purchased my box of Pop-Ins for £1 in Savers a couple of years(!) ago. There are fifty bags in the cardboard box which has a perforated oval hole in the lid. Inside are the bags; anonymous, pale purple and with a gentle perfume, which is so light it doesn't cause me any issues with my asthma. Each bag is around 15cm x 25cm, and has tieable handles. They're made of a strong but thin plastic.
The box doesn't reseal, but I don't think it has to.
After two or three years I'm only just coming to the end of my box of Pop-Ins. At home I have a special bin for my sanitary stuff, and whilst out and about I usually manage with the sanitary bin provided. But once in a while, particularly when I've been on holiday, these bags have been a lifesaver.
To prevent squashing the box when I'm out and about I keep a few bags in my day-pack and a couple more in my handbag when I expect to need them. Then, when I'm in a toilet cubicle I simply remove my sanitary product and put it into one of these bags, tieing the handles firmly, then pack it into a small pocket of my day-pack that I save for just such an occasion. The bags accommodate tampons and all sizes of sanitary towel that I use. Even after several hours in very hot climates, I've never had a tearing, smell or leakage issue from these bags.
Whilst any old bag would perform the job of a Pop-In I never have a suitable plastic bag to hand when I need one, so this product fulfils an essential function for me, and, at just a quid for three years' of hassle-free travel with periods? Worth it.
And I can't finish my review without adding that they've been very useful in another way. Once, in Portugal, Hubby and I were getting on a bus at a rather seedy bus station when I felt someone trying to get into my rucksack. I turned around but they'd long gone. When I sat down I had a good laugh with Hubby, as they'd only got into one part of my rucksack and yes, the thing they'd nicked? A Pop-In bag containing a used tampon.
Revenge is sweet :-D
I am most definitely a sanitary towel type of girl, and whilst I would love the efficiency and discreetness of being able to use a tampon (sorry to any guys reading this!) I just can't seem to get my head around using them and find them incredibly uncomfortable. So with that in mind, I still try and make sure using a towel is as delicate and hygienic as possible so for me using a sanitary disposal bag is absolutely essential. I have previously used Sainsbury's version, but whenever I spot these in Superdrug or other pharmacies I stock up as this is the brand I first used when I started in my teens!
They are essentially a little purple plastic sanitary bag, of compact and versatility for disposing of towels and even pantyliners easily. Slightly smaller than a nappy bag, and they are pleasantly fragranced. The fragrant is really pleasant, not overly powerful to fill the room with a scent but if you were to smell the bag you wouldn't smell anything gross lol! The smell slightly reminds me of lavender which is a bit of a giveaway as the box is decorated with pictures of purple flowers decorating it or it could just be my imagination.
They come in a small, purple rectangular box which has an oval shaped hole in the centre, where some of the cardboard can be removed, and it is easy to withdraw a bag one by one. They are folded and sometimes I find I accidentally pull out more than I need if I am in a rush but it is not a big fault in my eyes.
The bags are easy to use as they have a tie handle so they can be tied to lock in any unpleasant smells and be thrown into the bin without giving away what's inside. (Unless if you read this review and see one you now know full well what's inside!) These bags are really durable and don't tear at all. I have used Sainsburys and superdrug branded ones and these are ever so slightly thicker in terms of the quality of plastic and so this makes the bag a lot darker in colour so it is not easy to see what is in inside the bag.
The bags are easy to buy and are readily available from Tesco and Ocado and good pharmacists. A box costs 90p for 50 bags which really is good value. I have seen Superdrugs stiff competition as they had their branded sanitary bags going for 50p for 50 bags and a box was buy one get one free! (so 100 sanitary bags for 50p = bargain!)
Overall, I find these fantastic and would definitely recommend them. They help keep disposal of sanitary towels, hygienic, discreet and smell free so there's nothing to fault them on and they really are my little saviour when that unpleasant time of the month arrives!
As a lady, when Aunt Flo comes to visit, there are certain items I like to dispose of discretely. At home this isn't a problem, as I have a bin next to the loo. And, in most public conveniences there are bins in cubicle to allow for discreet disposal. But when visiting friends, or using a convenience without a bin, sometimes there isn't anywhere to dispose of personal items, but the last thing I want to do is leave them behind visibly in a friends bin, or risk blocking their toilet by attempting to flush.
So, I always carry a couple of disposal bags with me. I used to just use cheap nappy bags to wrap up the offending items, but having seen these on sale in my local Tesco, have actually switched to using these every time. These cost 90p a pack of 50, which is very cheap , and are actually very attractively packaged. In fact, nothing about the pack screams 'red alert', and I wouldn't be embarrassed to leave the box on my toilet cistern - which is exactly where I do leave it. The box is very like that you'll find facial tissues in, with an oval that pops out to make an opening, through which the bags can be pulled out.
The bags themselves are 160mm by 250mm and lilac in colour. The plastic they are made from is quite thin, but feels very substantial - there is no change this bag would accidentally split at all. The lilac colour is quite attractive, not too dark but certainly up to the job of disguising the contents - you can't see through the plastic at all. The bags are a good size to hold tampons and used applicators, or even the thicker kinds of sanitary towels, and have handles that tie securely closed. The bags are lightly fragranced, with a sort of powdery smell which is quite pleasant. I've kept (unused) bags in a pocket of my handbag for weeks and still found the smell lasts. Once my items are securely wrapped, I can leave the bag in the bin if there is one, or , in case of emergency, slip it into my handbag for disposal of in the nearest waste receptacle. The longest I've had a used bag in my handbag is an hour, and thankfully there was no snagging or damage to the bag at all.
I think these bags are great for allowing the disposal of personal waste, hygienically and discreetly. They get five stars for that, though if I could I'd give them six - just for the amusing warning on the box not to use these to carry your sandwiches in!
=Pop-Ins Sanitary Disposal Bags=
At home I use the new wrapper and have a small bin in the bathroom for those time of the month occasions, but when out and about or visiting friends, I don't want to block their toilets, leave the old towel in a nappy bag (as its see through), and whilst out shopping, I saw this product the "Pop Ins Sanitary Disposal Bags".
. =Price and Availability=
I purchased mine about 6 months ago from Tesco, and a pack of 50 bags cost me 90p. I'm still using the original pack, so they definitely are value for money.
If someone was describing them to me, I would have said I bet they look so obvious what they are, but no they don't then come in a box which looks like a square tissue box, and has an oval opening where you pull the bags out from.
The bags are lilac in colour, and although are thin, they look stronger than nappy bags, and are 16cm x 25cm in size. The plastic you cannot see through, so no-one would know what you are disposing off.
Sometimes I have heavier days than others, and I need to use a night towel for a day time use, and out of curiosity I tried one of these bags, and the towel fitted perfectly in it, so even though I had not left the house, if I was in that position when I was out, I know there would be no problem.
The bags are lightly fragranced, they remind me of baby powder, not over powering, but just enough that you know they are there.
=Keep a couple spare=
Even if it not time of the month, I keep a couple of bags in my make up bag, along with a spare towel, just in case of emergency. emergency, slip it into my handbag for disposal of in the nearest waste receptacle. The longest I've had a used bag in my handbag is an hour, and thankfully there was no snagging or damage to the bag at all.
=Had to carry home=
On one occasion I was out with a friend, when we called at her sister's house, just happened to be sods law, I needed the bathroom, I'm looking around for a bin there isn't one, and I had my handbag, so I ended up putting the old one in the bag, then in my handbag, by the time we finished and I got home, it was about 2 hours later, and I am pleased to say that the bag handled perfectly, no spillages, no tears, rips or anything.
If it hadn't been at the forefront of my mind, I dread to think how long I would have left it.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend these bags, not just the value for money, but for the fact that you can dispose of your used items safely.
I think these bags are great
Last week I had to have a colopscopy following an abnormal smear test. As a result of this the consultant decided to offer me treatment there and then. The downside of the treatment is you can bleed and have discharge for a few weeks afterwards. I haven't used sanitary towels in years but after the procedure you can't use tampons for 4 weeks because of the risk of infection. I have been using Always pads which rolll up neatly in their wrapper but I still prefer to pop them in a bag before binning them. I was using my daughters nappy sacks which were too big for this purpose and I had to keep remembering to get one from her room every time I popped to the loo. It was only yesterday during a shopping trip to Tesco I found these for just 90p they are situated next to the other feminine hygiene products.
The box is like a small tissue box and has a large purple and white flower on it. Discreetly in the corner is the word 'pop ins'. You open the box in the same way as a tissue box. Inside you can then see the bright purple bags.
I was a bit bemeused by the colour but after reading the back of the packet it is apparently to conceal the contents. The bottom of the box also states that they feature tie handles to secure the contents hygienically. The box also says that the bags are fragranced to mask odours.
The bags are 160mm x 250mm. When I pulled one out of the bag I was pleased at the size, they are just smaller versions of nappy bags. The fragrance is pleasant it is floral but not too overpowering. I was also suprised at the quality of the bags they were thicker than most nappy bags and beacause of the deep purple colour you could just make out the green wrapper I placed inside. The handles were simple to tie and I then disposed of the bag in my bathroom bin.
Overall I was suprised with the quality of these bags. You get 100 bags in a box which means you wouldn't need to buy them too often. They also look attractive on the bathroom shelf without screaming put what they are. I empty my bin every day or so and I am pleased to say I haven't noticed any nasty smells. I will definately purchase these again should the need to.
5 out of 5 from me.
Several months ago I was shopping for sanitary products and there was a special offer which gave a packet of 50 Pop-ins free with the towels I was buying. Never one to miss a freebie I dropped them in my basket even though I would not have bought them normally.
The box is quite discreet. It has a purple, flower design on it. You have to push out the small perforated area at the front, just like you do on packets of tissues. In fact this does look rather like a tiny box of tissues in use with the pop-ins logo very small and discreet on the sides. The box contains 50 bags with a size of about 16cmx18cm excluding handles.
These are fragrance bags designed for the hygienic disposal of towels and tampons since it is not a good idea to flush them down the toilet due to problems of blocked sewers.
Once the box is open you gently pull a bag from the top. I have found that it is actually quite difficult to only get one bags at a time, I always seem to end up with several ad I have to stuff them back in to the top of the box again.
The bags themselves are purple with a rather strange bumpy surface and tie handles. I find them a bit tricky to open and I have to rub the top between my fingers several times before I find that they open. I did expect the bags to be more opaque than they are. The manufacturers state that the colour disguises the contents. I can't say that this is true as really they are rather thin and you can see what is inside. This is alright for a towel that has been neatly rolled but may not be ok for one of those dreaded days when things have got a bit messy (I am sure all you ladies know what I mean) and it certainly wouldn't disguise a tampon, that would definitely need another wrapping as well.
The bags are very lightly fragrance which is supposed to hide unpleasant odours. The fragrance is certainly very subtle; it does not have any nasty, overpowering smell. The tie handles are easy to use and I am sure it is the tying that would prevent any odours rather than the fragrance but since I empty my bins very regularly I don't know whether it prevents escape of odours or masks them.
I have used most of the box now but I do not think that I will be rushing out to buy more as I do not think that they are an essential. I use Always towels which, with a bit of clever folding, can be securely wrapped back into their presenting wrapper and secured which I actually found more acceptable than the bags. The time I found the bags most useful was if I was using a public toilet that was lacking any disposal facilities as I could wrap the item up and pop it into my bag until I could find a suitable bin. I actually found the bags rather large so tended to twist them and then tie a tight knot rather than using the handles to secure them. I was quite surprised to find that these are nearly £3 a box. If they are free again I would pick some up as they have their occasional uses but they won't be making it on to my shopping list.