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Very affordable press-on towels from Tesco, not the most comfortable though, but absorbent and soft. Pretty thick pads which are not the easiest to wear. Does the job and enables you to save money!

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      10.12.2013 21:14
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      Not a bargain at all

      Sanitary towels are a product most women have to buy at some point in their life and like most things I try to save money.

      I figured if these did a good job at a cheap price of 15p for 10 then they would be a good saving.

      The packaging is the typical Tesco Everyday range being boring and plain but getting the product across. The main packaging is white with purple writing and picture on the front.

      The towels are about as basic as you can buy, no wings, no curved to fit your body shape, bulky and plain towelling. They have a basic adhesive strip which is visible once the paper strip has been removed along the base to stick to your knickers which isn't very effective if you do sports or a lot of walking it comes out of place. The top layer feels like rough polyester/cotton. The pads are thick and bulk making them uncomfortable especially if your used to thin towels. With the lack of wings there is often leakage and they are not good at absorbing the fluid seems to sit on the top of the towel.

      These are a terrible product and in my opinion should be taken of the shelf. I can't recommend these even at their low price they are dreadful.

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      30.09.2013 19:31
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      They work fine for me at the price of 15p!

      I am currently on a major scale down of my everyday expenditures, as I am now clawing back my pennies I happily spent on holiday last month and really want to boost back up my savings whilst also trying to do up our home! One of the items I feel I spend too much (unnecessarily) on are sanitary towels. At the end of the day they are pretty gross and end up in the bin so as long as they do the basic job I don't want to spend over the odds for them! I first tried a pack like this from Sainsburys which costs 15p for a pack of 10 and they worked perfectly fine so when I saw what is exactly the same in Tesco I thought I may aswell buy them!

      A 10 pack of these ultra super towels will set you back a mere 15p in Tesco which in my eyes is a BARGAIN working out at only 0.15p per pad! Of course the basic packaging represents this but I couldn't care less!

      Inside the pack, the towels are packed in vertically, and there is a small perforation at the top to make a tear and so makes it really easy to just take one out at a time. As they are not individually wrapped or folded, I never use these outside the house unless I am 100% sure no-one is going to be stalking me to the toilet or would see me (i.e. I don't use these at work) but for use at home they are perfect.

      The pads themselves are of OK quality, they are quite thick and literally only have a paper strip down the back which needs to be removed to stick them in place. I find these adhere to my underwear easily, and as someone who mainly prefers wings they don't manoeuvre around too much and have stayed put each time I have used them.

      In terms of comfort they aren't as discreet as more expensive brands and I can feel that I am definitely wearing a pad but after time I get used to it and this memory fades away. Like I said though, I only wear these when at home, normally at bed time or on days off when I'm lounging on the sofa so I don't feel so self conscious that everyone around me can see it/knows what I'm going through at the time of the month.

      On the pack the only reference of absorption is the description "regular". As a given, I would normally opt to change my towel every 2 hours or so (of course slightly longer at night) and in this time span I find these work just fine. I have never felt sticky or stinky when using these so they are no less hygienic than the more expensive ones in my scenario. The only downside I would say is when changing these, there is no absorption which seems to get rid of the smell (sorry to be gross to anyone!) but by changing quickly and disposing of these in purple fragranced sanitary bags like I do with all towels I use this problem is easily solved!

      Overall, I have found these easy to work with and are secretly saving me a fortune. I'm only 25 and my time of the month isn't disappearing anytime soon so these are going to save me tons of money in the long run and I don't feel much difference! Gets 4 stars from me!

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      17.07.2013 08:14
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      Terrible terrible terrible

      We have all had times when we have decided to be friendly to our bank accounts and see where we can save a bit of money, when I saw these on the shelf in Tesco I decided I would try and save money. If you are squeamish do not read on.

      The packaging
      First of all the packaging looks very cheap, as I am a snob I had to separate the pads from the pack. It was cheap white plastic with the new Tesco everyday value symbol on the front and each of the pads were wrapped individually inside in a white plastic wrap, a sticker to use for the old one and no hygiene insert. Kay be it was fault with mine but normally there is a small sheet a paper placed on ten absorbent core. This wasn't here.

      This was a big disappointment and where it first started to all apart.

      The pad

      The issues I had were both varied and embarrassing. Fist of all these pads are very obvious under clothes so when I had lighter day and didn't want to wear a tampon I put on of these on, this was a big mistake. The outline could be seen under my skirt. Needless to say I felt ridiculous and had to spend money on an emergency purchase.

      After this I decided I was just going t wear them for bed. I had only worn these for about an hour. I was not sure of the absorbency. I was when I woke up in the middle of the night to find a dark red mark on my bed sheets and my knickers stained also. As I have a partner who I had to wake up to change the sheets this was very embarrassing and inconvenient.

      Going to the loos to clean myself up I noticed a rash on top of everything else, after just a few hours these had irritated me! It took a couple of days to go but was so uncomfortable.

      Price
      These can be bought from Tesco for 15p for 10 even though these are cheap they are not worth it. Take heed of my horror stories.

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        16.07.2013 17:48
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        a press-on towel which is not ideal

        I was tempted by these for 14p for 10 pads although I am well and truly past the menopause but refuse to pay for the pricey Tena lady pads - those of you who know me have been told how poor I am :(. Although there is no comparison and the product isn't strictly for the purpose intended I may well be tempted to buy these Tesco press on towels for certain occasions.

        Firstly, I would not wear these on a night out or special occasions nor would I use them under my skinny jeans because they are wide as well as deep.
        Secondly, I would not use them if I was going out with my daughter only because she would be in fits of laughter as they look like the old-style sanitary towels that I used to wear many moons ago.

        However, I would pop one inside my large knickers if I was going on a long car journey or by public transport especially in this heat as despite their bulky size, they do give me that feeling of security and make me feel more comfortable and therefore more confident.

        Despite the price they are strong enough for my needs and although not attractive (are any?!) unless I happen to be run over by a car, they will not be seen by other people.

        It sometimes happens when you get older that women may 'leak' slightly if they cough or laugh too hard and although this has only happened to me twice (I did my pelvic floor exercises regularly) I do not want to risk dampening my underwear and feeling as mortified as I did when it happened to me.

        So, here I am, typing away and telling you all my little secret but I do not care because I have on my cheap Tesco press-on towels and feel secure. I am aware that they are in place but I do not feel uncomfortable or restricted although when I move around possibly I look a little like a female John Wayne??

        I would not recommend them for monthly periods especially if you like wearing tight-fitting pants but they may be worth buying if you want protection and do not mind them being thick and wide :)

        3 stars from me because they certainly may not suit everyone.

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          16.07.2013 17:16
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          Just please don't bother - unless you are desperate

          I usually really rate Tesco own brand products and a lot of my reviews have been very positive about Tesco products, in general. On the odd occasion, however, I come across a really bad product, which I definitely would never purchase again. One of these products is Tesco's Everyday Value Press on sanitary towels. Goodness knows why I decided to give these a go. I usually buy Always Ultra or Tampax Tampons, but as soon as I saw the price of these (14p for 10 pads) I thought I'd give them a go, just to see what they were like and how they compare to the branded sanitary pads. I really wish now I hadn't bothered.

          These pads, as I say, come in a pack of ten. They are part of Tesco's Everyday Value range, and as such, they are plainly and simply packaged. Having said that the plastic pack is quite pretty, with a white background a delicate little lilac / purple motif on the front of the pack.

          The sanitary pads remind me of those very old fashioned ones we used to have as teenage girls when we first started our periods. I vividly remember trying to be excused from PE lessons at school due to having a period and then being forced to change into PE kit in the girl's changing rooms with a huge great fat cotton wool bulky pad underneath my pants, for all the world to see! Back then it seemed to be Dr Whites (with loops) or nothing at all! It was so embarrassing.

          These pads a very much like the old fashioned Dr Whites. The only difference is that these ones don't have the loop, but instead they have a rather thin paper strip down the back of the pad, which is designed to be stuck to your pants. Tight fitting ones are most definitely the best ones to choose, when wearing one of these pads - anything else just feels like you have a mattress floating about between your legs!

          The pads are very thick, very bulky and the most ineffective product on the market in terms of absorbency. I would never advise anyone to attempt to wear one of these pads during the first couple of days of a period (the heaviest) as they just won't do the job, and you are probably most likely to end up embarrassing yourself due to either :

          (a) leaks
          (b) the fact that it actually looks massive and shows an oblong shaped bulge when wearing trousers
          (c) They are so huge I swear I walk differently when I have used these


          Possibly their only redeeming feature is that the sticky strip is impressive in terms of its ability to actually stick to underwear. It sticks so much, in fact, that when removing the pad to dispose of it, it actually pulls away a lot of the fabric of my underwear - it just doesn't seem to want to let go! They are not contoured at all to the shape of the body, and for this reason, they are hugely uncomfortable to wear for any length of time.

          I would also never advise anyone to dispose of one of these monstrosities down the toilet - not unless you want to have a blocked loo! The few times I used these pads, I was left feeling disgustingly unclean. They don't draw wetness, odour or secretions away fro the body - instead, it just sits there, which makes me feel really terribly uncomfortable.

          For only 14p I am still glad that I gave these pads a try, as I don't feel like I wasted too much money in the process. However, they are most definitely not a product I would EVER consider buying again. Possibly only if there was absolutely no other sanitary protection on the market, then I might give them a thought, but really, they are awful in so many ways and I would never recommend them.

          Give them a very wide berth!

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            29.01.2013 17:23
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            Not worth the 14p

            This is not a subject I like to speak about and I would rather it was not seen, heard, spoken of, thought of etc, etc, etc. It is a lovely fact of life however and there is nothing any of us can do. I shall make this review short and sweet (but over 150 words lol) as one does not want to dwell on the delightful subject.

            As with most people, I like to save money, doesn't matter what time of the month it is. However when it comes to sanitary protection, that is one time I like to be protected and comfortable over cheapskate. I was out shopping when the inevitable happened and I needed some pads, I couldn't get home to get the ones I had already bought, I wasn't going to pay a fortune for more when I had a full stack at home, I just wanted something to tide me over until I got home. I bought the cheapest press on pads I could buy, 14p you can't argue with that!!

            You get 10 in a pack and, the purple picture on the front of the pack will always lighten my mood slightly. These are very basic and have no outstanding features really, they do not have wings, they are not contoured to fit your body, they are not ultra thin, and really they are like surfboard only slightly smaller. They are thick cotton wool, covered in a thin top coat, I will admit that the sticky strip on the underside is very good, after removing the paper strip; they really do adhere to your underwear very well. Unfortunately everything else about these is downhill from here, they are far too thick and bulky to be comfortable in anyway, and they do not draw any moisture away from your body, so you are basically in constant contact with said moisture which just leaves you feeling disgusting and dirty. I have recently had my daughter join me in the time of the month party and at 13 it has been a difficult time for her. She has coped well with it but even she turned her nose up at these!

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            14.01.2013 22:15

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            When I saw Tesco Everyday Value press on towels on the shelf, I was attracted by the low price. I've tried a variety of towels over the past year because I have an exceptionally heavy flow. Winged, skinny towels just don't do the job they're intended for. To my surprise I found that Tesco Everyday Value towels actually work and don't leak. They are thicker than the towels that we have become accustomed to on the store shelves. They are rounded, wingless, gloriously comfortable to wear and adhere well. I actually prefer thick towels because they contain more material. The thinner towels just don't seen to have the same capacity. The Everyday value press on was very reminiscent of the towels that my mother bought for me when I first hit puberty - soft, thick, absorbent, comfortable and safe; I prefer these qualities to pretty patterns and fancy packaging.

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            19.12.2012 18:42
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            Never again!

            Sanitary towels are something that like a lot of ladies I tend to buy monthly as well as tampons but I resent buying them to be perfectly honest with you! At best I can find what I like in the likes of Poundland and the likes of decent branding and quality ones however I spotted these in my local Tesco store costing only 14p for 10 of them...I wasn't expecting much and I wasn't right too however I was curious and bought a pack of them!

            The packaging of these is simple and they come in a mainly white plastic bag and on the front of them we are simply told what they are and who they are buy and that there are 10 in the bag and then there are little pictures of flowers and pants and so on in depicted in purple and lavender colours then on the back of the bag we are given contact details for the manufacturer and so on. Inside you get as promised 10 press on towels for that dreaded time of the month all lined up. Once you open the bag though there is no reseal not much of a problem though that to be fair and to be expected for the price of them.

            The Towels:

            To be fair the towels look ok. They have a sticky strip to the back of each one to which you pull away white paper then all your left to do is to press it onto your underwear. In appearance these are white and when first using them look rather thick, plump and absorbent. You can see these are made from cotton wool covered in a thin white paper but when pressed on they do mould themselves well enough to said undies.

            However these are completely rubbish! Once they get damp with anything the cotton wool clogs up and they do not retain any wetness away from you making you feel........well soggy and uncomfortable quite frankly. I find I keep needed to changing them and when I do I dispose of them in a bin as you can't flush them. On more than one occasion I found these to fall apart in my underwear and that really isn't nice at all as you can imagine and not exactly hygienic either!

            Do I recommend them? Absolutely not! They are rubbish quality, make you feel dirty and uncomfortable and fall apart all to easily!

            Only available from Tesco stores.

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              06.08.2012 15:57
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              Mix them with the branded ones to save yourself some money

              Ok, so if the Dooyoo team were handing out miles for the Dooyoo Olympics "Most interesting item to review", I'll warn you now, this review would not be a contender. It's a fact of life that as women, we have to deal with periods. I personally prefer to just get on with it and don't really feel the need to share the details of this time of the month. However, this particular item I am reviewing is one I would like to share with the female members of the Dooyoo community. Men may wish to look away now!

              So, why have I chosen to review these particular feminine hygiene products having never bothered reviewing others? Well, the main reason is the price. With branded products, you tend to have a good idea of whether they will be effective or not, especially with the added promises of wings, absorbent top layers, and specially designed shapes and sizes. I buy these brands with confidence, and rarely find myself wondering "Will these be any good?". The Tesco Everyday ones, however, had me asking this question. I thought I'd misread the price at first, 14p for 10. Yes, that's 1.4p per towel.

              As you can imagine, for this price, I wasn't expecting too much from these towels. I could tell by the packaging that they weren't individually wrapped, and they would probably have a thickness to them resembling a child's nappy. Speaking of packaging, I quite liked the discretion of these, as I put them in my trolley without my eyes scanning the room for any male colleagues or family members who might get embarrassed if they examined my trolley. I know we're all adults, but men do sometimes have trouble dealing with the fact that, yes, women have periods.

              My hope for this product wasn't something I was expecting to replace the current brands I use. I didn't expect them to fulfil my needs for the duration of my cycle. My thinking was that they could be used at night-time, and maybe sitting round the house in my jogging pants, meaning I could save the more expensive brands for wearing during my working day. Unlike the adverts, I don't particularly feel the need to go scuba diving or rollerblading whilst on my period, so I can't comment on the suitability of these products for such activities.

              It won't take me long to describe these towels. They remind me of my very first period when my mum bought me some towels, and they all used to be this unpractical and unadvanced. They don't have wings to keep the towel secure, but the backing strip reveals a reasonably sticky back to the towel which helps keep it in place. They are horrendously thick, probably only a centimetre in reality but this is still thick in comparison to others on the market. They are perfectly rectangular in shape, no fancy curves or flexibility. They simply go back to basics.

              Removing the towels provides no problems. The adhesive strip doesn't damage your underwear and they're removed fairly easily. Disposing of them isn't as easy as other brands, due to the thickness meaning they don't fold too well. But this is a minor grievance for something you really can't expect too much from given the price.

              Was I pleased with my "bargain" purchase? Well, it really depends on your requirements and how active you are with regards to whether these will work for you. Personally, I like to spend a lot of time curled up on the sofa during "that time", well actually this is true of most of the time, but I digress. These towels are absolutely fine if your period isn't very very heavy, and you're not planning on running a half-marathon. I found them to be absolutely fine wearing them round the house and for bed. I didn't feel overly confident wearing them for work, as I was self-conscious you could tell they were there under my fitted work trousers. In addition to this, they're not individually wrapped and would take up a fair bit of room in your handbag if you were to take them out and about with you.

              Generally speaking, these are a good cheap alternative which will save you a few bob if you wear them at home. I am quite lucky in that my time of the month isn't overly heavy, so these were perfectly adequate for me. But at the end of the day, if they cost 1.4p per towel, what have you got to lose by trying them.....

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