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Apologies for TMI in this review. This topic is not very male-friendly. Anyway, I've always been more of a pad girl than a tampon girl myself. I found tampons too fiddly and uncomfortable, but in scorching heat, or during exercise, nothing is more uncomfortable than a pad. After trying other tampon brands, and failing miserably, I decided to give Tampax Pearl a try. Tampax Pearl is a plastic applicator tampon that can be bought in many places from small chemists to large drugstores and supermarkets. They usually cost £2.99 for a box of 20 but can sometimes be found cheaper. The tampons are individually wrapped and are contained in a sturdy cardboard box. There are instructions included with each pack. Tampons should be changed every 4-6 hours and should be never left in longer than 8 hours. There is a variety of tampons in the Tampax Pearl range, listed below: Lites - For a lighter flow. Good for beginners. Regular - For light to medium flow. Fresh Regular - As above, slightly scented. Super- For medium to heavy flow. Fresh super - As above, slightly scented. Super Plus - For heavy flow. Multipack - Contains mixture of lites, regulars and supers. As each tampon is individually wrapped, it is very hygienic and although the wrapper is plastic, it is quiet and discrete to open, which avoids embarrassment in public toilets. The plastic applicator means that insertion is smooth and pain-free. There is an anti-slip grip which helps you position and keep hold of the applicator. The inner tube is easy to push up and you barely feel a thing. When I have used tampons in the past, I always found the applicators uncomfortable and difficult to get into the correct position, but Tampax Pearl glides effortlessly inside and almost guides you into position. After wearing the tampon for a few minutes, it is barely noticeable and I can go around my daily business, forgetting about my period. There are no messes or leaks. Tampax Pearl are designed to expand in a way that fits your body shape so are not uncomfortable in any way. The skirted bottom and LeakGuard braid helps prevent leaks. The string is quite short compared to other brands, but this isn't a problem as it means you can still wear a bikini, shorts or skirt and not worry about the string poking out. Removing the tampon isn't difficult. In the past I was nervous about the string breaking and having to fish the tampon out with my fingers, but the string is strong because it's braided, making it feel more secure. The tampon itself can be flushed down the toilet, but the plastic applicator and the wrapper cannot. If the wrapper was paper, it would be more environmentally friendly. In conclusion, these are a great tampon for beginners or for anyone who is nervous about using them. Now I feel more comfortable using tampons and can almost forget about my period.
Tampax is a brand which seems to have been around....well forever. it was the only brand i'd heard of as a young girl, but as a teenager I would hear other girls talking about tampax and how they were good (I wasn't allowed to buy them....pads were the only thing my mum let me use) Anyway when I got my first serious boyfriend I decided I really couldn't do with wearing a pad around him, not sexy at all!!! so I got a pack of regular tampax and to be honest I wasn't impressed, they felt uncomfortable. Tampax have brought out the new brand "tampax pearl" which promises so many things. they 5x smoother applicator helps to make it easier to insert and more comfortable. It also expands widthways to give better protection by adapting to your body shape. There is also a unique leakguard braid which gathers any fluid and sends it back into the tampon (yes seriously....very clever) At £2.99 for 20 they are not the cheapest brand around. I usually opt for non applicator cheapies, and usually only as a last resort if I'm going swimming/ect. Recently I started taking part in ju jitsu, if anyone knows ju jitsu you will know we wear "gi's" the white pyjama type suits. And at the club we go to we are only permitted to wear white gi's!!!! And yes my time of the month always falls on training days!! I had recently run out of my normal cheapies, not that I'd feel comfortable wearing those in a white suit, so was worried about my first training session whilst it was TOTM. I saw these on special offer in Tesco, I cant remember the price but they were cheaper than own brand and normal tampax so I picked up a box ready to go. I must admit I was still wary, even with all the promises, so found myself putting on a large night time pad as well "just in case" I found they were SO easy to insert, they are indeed comfortable, I could hardly tell I had one in while wearing. And I needn't have worried about leaks. It so happened the training session was a throwing class, so I was thrown around...A LOT!!! we also run, jump around, fall on the floor, kick, grapple (similar to wrestling) and I have never had a problem with leaks. I only wear tampons now for when I take part in ju jitsu, so a pack of 20 lasts quite a while for me. I think at £2.99 they are worth every penny for the added security and comfort they provide. I will defiantly be buying again and will be recommending if anyone cares to ask my opinion on the matter (with 4 sisters and a daughter so will probably pop up in conversation at some point)
I have always avoided these tampons because I prefer to opt for Tampax's regular tampons which are a bit more environmentally friendly. I also usually go for whatever is cheapest as well and often just buy shops own brand tampons. The type of tampons that are branded as 'fancy' tend to be somewhat more expensive and in my previous experiences aren't worth the extra pennies. I ended up with a box of these Tampax Pearl tampons, however, after having a coupon which made them cheaper than my usual product. It was an offer I couldn't turn down. These came in a box of twenty. The box looks rather similar to the Tampx Compak box though. I don't like the fact that Tampax put plastic windows in their carboard boxes. Why exactly do we need to see the tampons? It's just a bit of extra waste that isn't needed! The box comes with a helpful leaflet should you be an inexperienced tampon user. It's also helpful to read the precautions every now and then to avoid any threat of Toxic Shock Syndrome. The tampons feel very lightweight come in a plastic wrapper. I love the way it opens. It is shaped so that it opens along the side so you don't have to tear one end of the wrapper away. I do this with regular tampons and always end up dropping the inner cardboard tube out of the tampon! The plastic wrapper has two tabs which are positioned in different places - a bit like the way a coin purse fastener is - and you pull them in opposite directions to open. The tampons also look very cute and girly and don't look too offensive - I'd be happy to open my handbag and for someone to see one of these. They might not even know they were a tampon as the wrapper makes them look more like a packet of sweets or a packet of sugar or something! The plastic does concern me from an environmental perspective though. I don't think enviromental concern is really on the radar of this brand, unfortunately. The tampons are encased in a blue plastic contraption. The top part has a sleek rounded end which totally covers the top of the tampon and the bottom part is ultra thin and can't accidentally fall out of the top part. The bottom section is so thin that the thread coming from the tampon is kept in place too and can't dissapear into the tube. At the bottom of the top bit of the plastic sheath there is a thinner section where you can grip. This is also etched with markings so that your fingers can't slip. I have found that these are the most comfortable tampons I've ever used. As all women will know you can feel quite tender and sore 'down there' at that time of the month and sometimes using tampons can be quite painful with all that poking and trying to get it in postition! With these Tampax Pearl's there is a fast simple entry. The plastic applicator is so smooth and it means you can move it in and out with ease. They place the tampon in the right position and you can't feel it when it is securely in place. The shape of the tampon is different to what I'm used to. These tampons are smaller in length but wider. They expand width ways to stop leakage and Tampax say they are fitted with a 'Leakguard' braid. To my eyes the tampon looks a bit like an accordian when expanded. Although the tampons look smaller to me but are excellent at absorbing and I have had no accidents when using them. I am totally impressed with how well they perform. I have total confidence in them. These are regular tampons so are suitable for light to medium flow periods and they've performed just as well at both ends of that spectrum for me. Overall, I'm very impressed by these tampons. They are so easy to use and make having a period somewhat easier to cope with! As an environmentalist though I don't think my conscience would let me use these regularly because they use so much plastic. I think they would be excellent for you though if you are on the go like on a train or plane journey as they are so easy to use and store. I would give these five out of five for performance but I have to deduct a star because I don't like how much unrecyclable waste the product produces. http://www.tampax.co.uk
I have been using tampons for protection during my time of the month for many years now and my brand of choice has always been Tampax. There is no real reason to this other than it was a brand I'd heard of and, once I'd tried it, found pretty reliable, so I stuck with it. Over the years, Tampax have extended their range from the ordinary cardboard applicator tampons to Compak and, more recently, their Pearl range. I actually first tried the Pearl range as there was a small sample box of three attached to my box of Compak. I always use the yellow 'regular' tampons so these are the ones that my review is based upon. The tampons are individually wrapped in a smooth plastic wrapper that is predominantly white in colour. This is meant to be a 'quiet, purse-resistant wrapper, with easy-to-open tabs.'. I agree with most of this statement - it is very quiet to open - no giveaway crinkling of plastic or ripping noises - so 10/10 for the privacy factor. It is also easy to open, you do not need to rip it open. Down the side of the tampon, there is a tab shape that can be pulled easily to reveal the tampon. However, the one thing that I found the wrapper failed to deliver on is the 'purse resistance'. On more than one occasion, I have found a split wrapper in my bag so 'could do better'. The tampon itself has a white plastic applicator which is gripped so easy to apply. The tip is also rounded so that it is comfortable to insert. I found it quite comfortable to insert although the applicator is a little on the thin side for me personally so I did find it a little tricky at first, but once you get used to the slimline nature of it, it is no longer an issue. I found that the tampon itself gave me really good protection and was also comfortable to wear. Apparently, these tampons 'contain Tampax FormFit which gently expands to fit your unique body shape, and there's a LeakGuard braid to help stop leaks before they happen'. Without really knowing too much about these features nor the science behind them, I can say that I have not experienced any leaks and they are comfortable to wear. But, this is also true for me of the ordinary and compak ranges, so I can't honestly say I notice any difference. The Pearl range is the most expensive of the Tampax range - at £3.19 for a pack of 20 regular tampons in Tesco. The Compaks cost £3 for the same amount and the ordinary applicator £1.75. For me, I find all three products reliable and comfortable so I just buy whichever is cheapest at the time - not very often the Pearls unless on a good offer. They are not so extraordinarily good that I could warrant paying anything extra for them. So, in summary, they do the job nicely and are reliable but, for me, there is nothing about them to warrant the extra price tag.
Advantages: These tampons are easier to insert compared to the normal Tampax Tampons. The applicator is smoother and silky soft. I find that it just glides into my body without much effort needed from myself. The tip of the applicator is also rounder and nothing sticks out of it, unlike the cardboard ones. I find that it takes less than ten seconds to insert one of these tampons, a little quicker compared to the normal ones. These Pearl tampons also have a protective skirt underneath which catches any leakage. I find this to be a useful touch as I suffer from heavy periods and I often experience leakage. The skirt catches any leakage and keeps it in place until you change your tampon. The skirt is also strong and durable. You can pull and/ or tug on it and it never comes apart as it is stitched all the way up the tampon. These tampons are excellent quality throughout and they come well wrapped too. I find the tampons comfortable to wear. I can't feel them inside my body once they have been inserted and I also use them at night as they are also comfortable to sleep in. The tampons don't cause any odour either, which leaves me feeling confident and reassured. Disadvantages: None, apart from the fact that they cost more than the normal tampons Great tampons.
I have always bought own brand for cheapness refusing to pay extra for what i thought was just the 'brand name'. I saw these on offer and thought i would try them. I believe they are good but i think they are a bit pricey. Everything about them is good compared to other tampons and brands. I get the impression everything is premium about the product the tampon, the applicator, and the wrapper(although not fab designed wrapper). The applicator is a plastic and has a plastic insert to push the tampon inside. The wrapper is a very soft silky type wrapper. I found that the wrapper could be fiddly to open though and once opened can not be used to place the used applicator back in. These would discreetly slide in your bag being the length of a pen and then width depending on the absorbancy chosen. They come in a blue box traditional tampax packaging with Pearl clearly added near the brand name. I found besides everything else they performed very well and much better than my cheaper store brands. With less leakage and a more comfortable fit i was pleased with their performance. I have to say though i am not prepared to pay the £2.98 for 20 regular ones at asda when there are cheaper products tampax make which perform just as well but are just not as premium in their packaging and presentation in my opinion!
There really isn't much that can make the time of the month any more pleasant or less gross for us girls but at least tampax keep trying and this time, they didn't do a bad job. ***About tampax pearls*** Ok, tampons seem to keep upgrading from those tiny things that looking like a wrapped up bullet to applicators and grippers and even skirts! To be honest, id like to move time forward and see what strange contraption they'll bring out next. But thank god they have made all this fuss for us because tampax pearls are my monthly miracle. So what's different? Well I can't say a huge lot is different but there are tweaks here and there. For starters the applicators are made of a smooth plastic so that they wont get crushed in your bag with the ends of these applicators much thinner so that for easy application. Another thing they've added for the same reason is an easier grip that is flattened a bit on either side. There is also the skirt...which for the life of me I do not understand. Apparently on the box it gives you extra protection but don't ask me how because I just don't see it. And last but not least a more absorbent top to the tampon which spreads out for extra comfort...Again, I don't understand this part either and to be honest I don't feel I need to know how it keep me clean and fresh, as long as it does the job...which it does. ***Prices*** Unfortunately, they are much pricier than regular tampons. They are around £7 so it's up to you whether you're desperate enough to want anything that will make that time of the month more bearable like me. ***Overall*** I would recommend this product to any women as long as you don't mind paying a bit extra.
I am one of the lucky people who doesn't suffer from painful, heavy periods, how-ever I do often worry about comfort during my period as sometimes I experience cramps and I'm always worried about leakage during my period whether I'm using Towels or tampons. I tend to use the normal applicator Tampons during the day but will also use a sanitary towel when I'm at home and for over-night when I'm sleeping. ***TAMPAX PEARL*** I got a small pack of these free with the regular applicator tampons so I thought I may as well try them out and see how they are compared to the tampons I normally use. These tampons are called pearl due to the smooth touch applicator for a more comfortable experience during your period. The tampons also have Pearl Protect system with perfect fit and protection braid. The perfect fit ensures the tampons expand to fit your unique body shape and the protection braid is for reinforced leak protection. (Guys I totally understand if you don't want to continue reading this review!!). You can buy the Tampons from Boots, Superdrug, Pharmacies and Supermarkets. For a pack of regular Pearl Tampons with applicator it's cost £2.99 which is for a pack of 20. Prices may vary in different stores and some stores may have offers. ***USING THE PRODUCT*** The Tampon and applicator comes in a plastic wrapper which I was quite surprised at seeing as most of the other tampons come in a paper type wrapper. The plastic wrapper has 2 lip shaped bits which if you pull apart this opens the wrapper to reveal the applicator. The applicator is made from plastic and it a pearl colour and looks quite smart. Although this is probably very simple to use I gave the enclosed leaflet a quick read anyway, just in case there was anything I needed to know before using it. The applicator does feel smooth and is quite easy to use and it didn't cause me any discomfort when inserting the applicator and tampon. The applicator and wrapper are not flushable and must be disposed of in a bin. I wasn't too keen on this idea especially if you happen to get a toilet which doesn't have a bin in the cubicle. How-ever the applicator is easy to slide back into the wrapper. As stated on the enclosed leaflet, choose a Tampon to suit your flow and change the tampon every 4-8 hours. I went out my daily duties at work as normal, and did notice that this tampon didn't feel as comfortable as the one's I normally use. I thought maybe I just wasn't used to using the applicator so after removing this tampon after a few hours I tried another one. This tampon was ok, but it still wasn't as comfortable as the one's I normally use. The Tampon was easy to remove, how-ever when removing the tampon it seemed as though it hadn't expanded as much as the other tampon's, which I was quite surprised at. ***OVERALL OPINION*** I much prefer using the normal regular applicator Tampons. I find these much easier to use and they feel more comfortable then the Pearl Tampons. I think the plastic applicator in the Pearl tampons is such a waste and the applicator and wrapper can't be flushed. In the normal regular applicator tampons it does state that you should throw away the wrappers in the bin, how-ever if there is no bin available these can be flushed as it's made from paper and card so these can be broken down unlike the plastic applicator and tampon. The pearl tampons are more expensive than the normal regular applicator one's, and there is a difference of £1.04 between the normal tampons and the pearl one's so there is quite a big price difference. Maybe I'm not just used to using a new kind of applicator tampon, but I think I'll just stick with the tampons I normally use as they work well for me. ***OTHER INFORMATION*** As most of you are aware Toxic Shock Syndrome is associated with Tampons so always read the enclosed leaflet if you are unsure about using tampons or using tampons for the first time. Remember to choose the right absorbency to meet your needs and change your tampon every 4-8 hours. Tampons come in a range of absorbencies and come with or without an applicator. (review will also appear on ciao)
I saw an advert for these a while ago and I thought they were the answer to my prayers. I don't like normal pads because I am always aware that the pad is there but I find the cardboard applicators difficult to use. So with my next packet of tampons I got 3 of these to try out. The box tells me it has smooth touch applicator (hurray!), our best ever protection braid, and a perfect fit which means the tampon 'gently unfolds to fit your unique shape'. Instead of the paper wrappers you get with the cardboard ones, you get a plastic one so it's cleaner to throw away with your used tampon. You get a smooth plastic pearlescent applicator which really is so smooth to use and I have had no problems. It's especially good if your out in public, you don't want to take 10 minutes in the toilet trying to insert a tampon. Once it's in, you can't tell it's there (as with all tampons) which is one less thing to worry about. Regular tampons can hold 6-9 grams and is suitable for a light to medium flow so I use these on ligter days. You can use these for up to 8 hours, so you can use them at night but I use the super ones at night. I change these around every 5 hours which is fine. I wear a pantyliner with all tampons just in case, but I haven't had a problem with these leaking before. They have quite a long string and because it's tampax has a secure braid so it's easy to remove. The wrapper is quite large which makes it a little less messy to throw away. You get 20 of these for about £3 and a pack lasts me about 2 periods. Compared to other brands these are quite expensive but it's one thing I don't mind paying extra for. I know in Asda the super pearl ones are £1.50 but i'm not sure if these are. I think these are good if you are starting to use tampons because they are so easy to use. I just wish I had them when I was 13!
Tampax Pearl is the latest in a long line of products from Tampax. The basic idea of the near Pearl idea, is that the Tampons are easier to use thanks to the pearl smooth applicator. The first thing you will notice about the Pearl tampons, is the different applicator style. Where us women have been used to two tubes that slide into each other, we now have what look likes a tube with a straw like stick attached to it. Tampax Pearl works in the same way as usual applicator Tampax, it is just meant to be easier to insert them. Personally, other than the stick applicator design, I find these no different to usual applicator tampons, and to be honest would use either pearl or regulator ones. These come in the same absorbancies as other Tampax tampons, and I find they all work exactly the same, there really is no difference in the Tampon itself. These do cost more than usual tampons, which I don't think is right as they don't actually do a different job or work in any different way. I only bought these as they were on offer in Boots just after they were released in stores. I will more than likely be sticking to the usual applicator ones, as they make no difference to me either way. You can buy these in Boots, Superdrugs and most supermarkets for around £2 a box, and they also come in multipacks which have a mixture of different absorbancies in one box. A 3 out of 5 for me as there is nothing really different about these.
I got some of these when I saw them advertised by the Saturdays and I wanted to try something new because I have found quite a few let down tampons in the past. They had a nice box with pearls on and the standard tampax colours so I went for it. I usually like the tampax compak ones but I think that they tend to come unwrapped sometimes in my bag and that is one of the annoying things and why I was looking for a change. The pearl ones have a long applicator, not the short one inside the other short one like the Compak, so it is less fiddly but they are also a bit less handbag or pocket friendly. This does mean they are easy to use though, and the part that you push up is thin and easy to use. I think the plastic is pretty thick, thicker than the compak ones, but they still have the shaped protected tip which is good for hygeine reasons. This does obviously mean that more plastic goes to landfill, but I don't really know about the technicalities of this. So the idea is good, but I actually didn't find these very comfortable at all, and have had to give the rest of my box to a friend as they were really unpleasant for me to use. I know everyone is different so perhaps try them but they are definitely not for me. They are short and thick and I thought that removing them was very unpleasant and not nearly as comfortable as the Compak ones. So they are easy to insert but they are hard and uncomfortable for me to wear and to remove which is a real shame. Another thing is that they are a bit expensive. I think that they retail for about £3 for 20 which is quite a lot. For comparison, the ones I would ususally buy cost about £2.50 for 20 (but I buy them in big jumbo packs!) OK so that actually doesnt seem that much but I'm sure when I saw them they did seem much more expensive. A nice thing is that you can get them in multi packs though of like regular, and super, for different times throughout your period. Also they have a plastic wrapper which is sort of plastic welded shut, relative to the other compak ones which are thinner and not so well secured. They have little tabs you pull on to open the tampon and this makes sure you always open it at the right end, realtive to the other end which is good as it it more hygeinic. Try them, you might like them! Everyones body is different!