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Introduction - TOTM 100% organic cotton sanitary products


TOTM organic cotton sanitary products
Lets chat about a topic which often we only speak about in hushed tones, Periods. I have blogged about my lady problems before and mentioned I wanted to learn more about having an eco-friendly period. Most Green Bloggers will promote menstrual cups as a replacement for tampons but I am turning my attention to pads and liners, as those are the products I prefer using.

I recently was approached by TOTM (Time of the Month) they offer 100% organic cotton sanitary products (pads & tampons). TOTM products are free from cellulose pulp, perfume, viscose, rayon, chlorine, dioxin and 95% biodegradable. I have received samples. I won’t be reviewing right away but I wanted to bring TOTM to everyone’s attention.

A little research into familiar brands of tampons and pads reveals some thought provoking facts about the ingredients and materials in these products. I have always been concerned about the environmental impact on landfills but recently started to wonder if my problem periods could be linked to toxic ingredients. I have noticed a trend for fragranced sanitary pads and that's not ideal for sensitive skin and allergies. It drives me crazy that manufacturers feel my natural bodily functions are so repulsive that I need to scent them with air freshener. Do I really need my underwear to like smell alpine fresh? 

TOTM offer a subscription service via their website. You can receive monthly deliveries of the products you need, on a date chosen by you. Alternatively, you can purchase through Feel Unique. Packaging is sleek and discreet which makes a pleasant changed from all the lurid floral designs. Are love heart supposed to make my period more enjoyable? When Aunty Flow visits next month, I will update you on how I got on with the pads. Until then, do check out TOTM’S website for further information. 

Have you switched to eco-friendly feminine products?

Sarah x

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12 comments:

  1. Hi Sarah, i've been using Natracare sani pads for a few years now and think they're fab, reasonably priced too. If I can't find them (not always easy to find on the Isle of Wight) and I have to buy 'chemical' pads I really don't like it, and I completely agree with you about the perfumes - made by men no doubt! Look forward to your review of these, great to see more natural biodegradable pads out there. Pascale x

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    1. I struggle to track down Natracare ones but I'm not sold on them completely so hoping these will be a bit better, I like the idea of a subscription service. It is good to see another brand as I haven't found many out there.

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  2. Just read Pascale's comment above, and I fully agree! Some fragranced pads have such a strong artificial scent, it's almost sickly. I've also switched to eco-friendly pads, Natracare and a German one, whose name I can't remember now lol. They are more expensive, but it's worth it. I've always been worried about the potential link between some chemicals found in pads and ovarian cysts and other woes. Can't wait to hear your opinion on these. xx

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    1. a while back Always suddenly scented their night towels and there isn't an alternative option, it really annoyed me. Adjusting to the cost is definitely something I am getting used to.

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  3. The cost is infuriating in general - I object having to buy things for something I don't want to have! I could get very moany on this, so I'll cut this short and head off to their website. :) Look forward to your full review x

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    1. haha yes, I know what you mean, I'm battling between doing good for the environment & myself and those supermarket special offers when I bulk buy

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  4. Really like that you can subscribe and get them sent when you need them, I'm all for things landing on my doorstep when I need them. Also agree that the fragranced things you can buy from the supermarket are completely vile. Thanks for this, I shall investigate more.

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    1. It's a good idea having delivered to the door because not everyone has access to a natural health store which is where you normally find these items stock, this has been my excuse the supermarket is closer :)

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  5. I have had a guilty feeling for years about my period habit. Throwing something unfriendly to the landfill gave me such a hard feeling. Plus, yes, I was disturbed by the fact of toxic on sanitary napkin products! Phew!
    But thankfully, I switched to cloth sanitary pad on 2013. We need to wash and dry it, but, compared to the comfort it offers and the guilt-free feeling plus, cute design, who can resist using cloth sanitary pad? And I'm in Indonesia. This cloth menspad is available in my country--even most of them are made in Indonesia, so I can get them easily. :)

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I haven't made the step to cloth pads. I have researched them and they are available here in UK. I certainly haven't dismissed these products just not ready for them at this moment in time.

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  6. My preference is for a moon cup but I think these are a really good alternative. It is good to see greener alternatives becoming easier to get hold of x

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    1. yes, I agree with you on that, it's nice to see these greener alternatives available :)

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