Taking Care When Taking Care Down There
by Crystal Brown
Check out these natural feminine care products that are organic, toxin & chemical free…
We’ve all rushed through the aisles of grocery stores trying to pick out tampons, pads, and other monthly necessities. Chances are that the products we choose, appeal to us in some way. Either the products look familiar from constant marketing and advertising, they have an enticing color scheme that draws our attention, or we look at the price. In all cases, here’s usually an internal discussion, to “just get the cheapest, this is a recurring expense, and well…what’s it going to hurt?”
Well, “it” being tampons and pads and other vaginal care products could actually hurt us. A lot.
Many of us are not aware that most manufacturers of cosmetic and vaginal care products do not consider the harmful effects of the materials and manufacturing processes they choose. What’s even more concerning is that women are chronically exposed to harmful chemicals. Most of us, from approximately age twelve, when we have our first menstrual cycle, until we are to about fifty, when we start menopause, are using feminine care products for about one week, every month for forty some years. That is chronic exposure. What’s worse feminine care products are not considered medical devices so there is no safety testing done on these products.
Did you know most feminine care products contains one or more of the following; bleach, pesticides, phthalates, crude oil plastics, parabens and BPA, A recent Last year a national women’s health nonprofit, Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) found through lab analysis multiple undisclosed toxins/contaminants in many of the brands they tested. These include carbon disulfide, a known reproductive toxin, some brands of tampons contained other volatile organic compounds including toxins, toluene and xylene, as well as a carcinogen, methylene chloride. (Methylene chloride, commonly found in paint strippers).
Although all of this information can seem scary (and it is) as well as overwhelming, there is good news! Many new brands of feminine care, especially organic and safe brands have come onto the market recently.
Some important characteristics to look for when shopping for natural feminine care include:
Non-GMO (not genetically modified)
Here is a great chart outlining the difference between conventional feminine care and the healthier brands:
Organic Cotton VS Conventional Cotton
Seeds free of GMOs and pesticides vs. GMO seeds treated with pesticides.
Crop rotation promotes healthy soil vs. Monoculture crops lead to intensive irrigation, and chemical fertilizers.
Promotes healthy soil vs. Pesticides are heavily sprayed.
Peroxide is used to safely whiten cotton vs. Chlorine bleaching creates toxic byproducts (dioxin) a danger to humans and the environment.
Warm water with soda ash to purify cotton vs. Chemicals such as formaldehyde and synthetic surfactants are used with hot water.
Some of our top and Healthiest recommended brands for natural feminine care products include:
Oi Organic products originated in New Zealand but are made in Europe. Oi Organic offers tampons (with and without an applicator), pads, panty liners, and the Oi Cup™. The products are corn-starch based and completely biodegradable. Oi Organic products are free of chemicals, toxins, crude oil plastics, perfumes, dyes, and synthetics. The products are 100% Organic cotton.
Cora’s products are 100% certified organic cotton, pesticide-free, bleach-free, fragrance-free, toxin-free, and non-GMO. They are healthy for you, comfortable, highly absorbent (so still does the job), and made out of biodegradable organic cotton (doesn’t harm the earth). Cora’s website has a nice breakdown of the difference between using organic cotton and conventional cotton pads and tampons.
Another health-conscious brand is Natracare. Natracare sells tampons, wipes, pads, liners, and even items for maternity and incontinence. They use only organic cotton certified by GOTs (Global Organic Textile Standard) which means the cotton is healthiest for you, workers, and the planet. Natracare is plastic-free, hypoallergenic, certified organic cotton, chlorine free, vegan, and promise no fiber loss.
If you’re a sucker for packaging, L. Organic has some really cool packaging. Their packaging almost looks like a milk carton, but with a wider shape, and palm trees. L. makes an important stance upfront, any ingredient you read in their products, you should be able to easily pronounce. L. makes each of their products: pads, tampons, and wipes hypoallergenic + breathable, without chlorine, synthetic chemicals, pesticides, fragrances, or dyes.
Organyc sells not only feminine care products but also baby products. All of their products are 100% certified organic cotton, and free from chlorine bleach, latex, parabens, perfumes, SAP, and plastics or man-made materials. Some of their top products include tampons, pads, cotton rounds, cotton swabs, and intimate wash.
Sky Organics has a much smaller selection of feminine care products, than the others. They sell varieties of tampons based on flow and with and without applicators. Sky organics also has a broader range in their products from face, body, hair, DIY, personal care, aromatherapy, and household products. What’s cool about Sky Organics is that it is a handcrafted business so each batch is small and made with ethical ingredients. Sky Organics is great at transparency and can provide source location for each of their products.
Rael organic has an interesting background. They were founded by 3 women, that were looking to create the most natural and healthiest products for themselves and other women. They also use an R&D team; to make sure that the ingredients they use are properly sourced and well-studied. They manufacture their products in small batches to maintain quality control. Rael carries tampons, pads, wipes, liners, underwear, heating patch, as well as bundles and gift boxes. Rael even has some fun face-masks and patches to help your face when pimples arise. Their products are 100% organic cotton (top sheet only).
Lola products pride themselves on being simple, non-toxic and free of, dyes, or synthetic fibers. Lola offers a customizable subscription service. Lola carries tampons, pads, liners, a First Period Kit (so thoughtful!), personal care including lubricant, cleansing wipes, and cramp care (essential oils and a daily vitamin). The cotton products like the liners, pads, and tampons are 100% organic cotton. Lola has really thought of it all!
My Box Shop also offers a subscription service for their organic products. Their products include tampons (with and without the applicator), pads, and liners. My Box Shop products are free of toxins, chemicals, bleach, pesticide residues, and synthetic fragrances. My box Shop was started by women and for women.
A Take Home Message
Many of us are very careful with what we eat and want to make sure that it’s organic and naturally produced. It is just as important to remember that our most sensitive, and permeable area (our vajayjay) is in danger of harmful toxins. The products listed above are great options to protect yourself from harmful chemicals. Give one or more of these products a try and see which is best fit for you.
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