When you cloth diaper your baby, I think it’s natural to reassess your use of disposable products in other areas of your life. A common next step for a lot of mamas is reusable menstrual products – like a menstrual cup or cloth pads (also known as mama cloth, but of course you don’t need to be a mother to use cloth). Just like with cloth diapers, cloth pads are a greater investment up front, but they save money in the long-term. Switching to reusable pads also reduces the amount of waste being dumped in landfills and reduces your exposure to super-absorbent acrylic polymers (SAPs), dioxin, and plastics. That’s a win – win – win!
I was recently approached by Pink Lemonade Shop and asked to give their pads a try. Sue is the WAHM behind Pink Lemonade. She makes pads in organic bamboo velour (OBV), minky, and raw silk. I normally use a cup with cloth liners for backup and for the last day when a cup isn’t necessary, so I asked to try out pantyliners in all three fabrics. I received three hand dyed 7.5″ bamboo velour pantyliners, one tie dye 7.5″ minky pantyliner, and one 7.5″ raw silk pantyliner for review.
Let me start by saying I’m crazy for these gorgeous organic bamboo velour (OBV) colourways. Why shouldn’t they be pretty as well as functional? OBV is sustainable, hypoallergenic, breathable, and absorbent. The fabric is all hand dyed so none are the same, and the soft, natural fabric is super comfortable to wear.
Then I tried the minky pad which was even softer! Minky wicks moisture away from the surface down to the middle of the pad plus it’s very stain resistant, but it is 100% polyester. Some mamas may prefer natural fibers instead.
I also tried the raw silk pantyliner. Raw silk is not soft and smooth like the silk you normally think of because it’s still coated in sericin, an antimicrobial and antifungal protein secreted by silkworms. It has more of a linen-like look and feel. But that sericin is why raw silk is recommended for women with frequent yeast infections. I did have an issue with colour transfer from the purple fleece backing into the top silk layer the first time I washed it. I threw the pad back in the wash a couple of times and that seemed to get most of the colour out.
Each pantyliner has tab style wings that wrap around and snap shut. The bottom layer of these pantyliners is water resistant fleece. Not only does the fleece keep underwear dry while still being breathable, but it stops the liners from shifting. The biggest issue I’ve had with other liners is wrinkling and shifting, which then of course can lead to leaking, but these liners stayed exactly where I put them. Hallelujah!
Washing was simple. Just machine wash and tumble dry. Sue recommends doing a quick cold water rinse after use, then just wash and dry with your regular laundry as usual. Fabrics are all preshrunk, so you don’t need to worry about shrinking or distorting in the dryer. Care is actually quite straightforward, and I didn’t get any stains, but if you are concerned about that then think about getting minky as it’s considered the most stain-resistant.
Each pantyliner retails for $6.25. Visit Pink Lemonade Shop to browse all the available liners, pads, sets, and even nursing pads. Custom orders are welcome!
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Disclosure: I received sample items for review. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.