Note: The following blog post contains a review of a feminine personal hygiene product. If you're the kind of guy (or gal) who gets squeamish about such things, I suggest you mosey on down the page and check out some of my other posts instead, or wait till tomorrow for a new post. :-)
I've been using cloth diapers on Jem since the day after he was born, and so it was only a matter of time before I made the natural transition to using cloth personal products for myself as well. Oh, I could get really adventurous and try, say, the Diva Cup... but never having been a tampon kinda girl to begin with I just personally didn't find that idea too appealing. The challenge for me was finding a product that was not only functional and eco-friendly but also had a low initial cost...let's be honest, some of these products are a bit on the pricey side, and since you do need quite a few of them to get through 5-7 days (or more for some ladies), the initial cost can be as intimidating as the thought of using a non-disposable pad in and of itself. Of course I could make some myself, and do intend to eventually, but since my refurbished sewing machine is still experiencing some technical difficulties I turned to the web.
Many Google searches led me to a great little company called Blossom Pads. They had a special deal on sets of three flannel pads of varying lengths (you can pick your own absorbency for no extra cost), and I easily found a coupon code to defray the cost even further. You just type in your color preferences and let Charlene (the owner) do the rest.
When my custom designed 10 inch pads came in the mail, two things caught my attention: first, minimal packaging. Always a plus for us eco-conscious mamas! Second, they were so pretty!
After using my Blossom Pads, I have to say that I love them! I have found them comfortable and not too bulky, even with the extra absorbency I chose. They hold up extremely well and don't move around a lot. I find I'm able to wear them for several hourse at a time, even overnight, with no issues. They are super easy to clean, just rinse after wearing and throw them in the wash (if you're a cloth diapering mama like me with a diaper sprayer and diaper specific detergents so much the better, but if not just rinse them in the sink and toss them in with your normal wash...this really is not as gross as it might sound). If you need to change them in a public bathroom they also sell nifty, discreet little bags you can keep in your purse which hold in wetness and odors, so you can rinse and wash when you get home.
Overall I am extremely pleased with Blossom Pads and am eager to try more of their products!
If you'd like to try them for yourself, use the code 8AO11 to get 10% off your first order of $15 or more!
***I bought this product myself and have not been paid in any way, shape or form for this review.***