The average woman uses 14,000-16,000 tampons in a lifetime—That’s a whole lotta bleach.
When I was in high school, my monthly cramps were so bad I remember bending over my desk in science class and feeling my whole face turn red. One month, my mom accidently bought me a box of unscented tampons. I always bought scented because I thought I * NeEd~Ed * to have tampons that smelt like synthetic flowers. That box of fragrance-free ones lasted me for three cycles. Ready for the shocker? I didn’t have ANY cramps for those three months.
For years, I had been suffering with the pain just to find out my period wasn’t the problem, it was my FLAVORED TAMPONS?!
Recently I’ve discovered the artificial fragrance is probably the last thing to worry about when it comes to tampons. Guess what else is in those lady sticks? Bleach, pesticides and nasty chemicals.
Companies don’t have to tell you what’s inside them because the ingredients aren’t regulated—only the absorbency is. Basically, you can put anything in one and if it absorbs liquid, it’s good to go on the market.
Conventional tampons are made with synthetic rylon and cotton that has been dyed with bleach and chlorine. This leaves behind a toxin called Dioxin which is linked to cancer and is a known carcinogen.
Dioxin does not break down and women detox it through the umbilical cord to the fetus. "It can cause birth defects, inability to maintain a pregnancy, reduced sperm count, decreased fertility, diabetes and a suppressed immune system." Enviornmental Protection Agency (EPA) Livelovefruit.com
OK I'm done scaring you for the day. Let's take a look at 6 tampon brands that have one and only one ingredient: 100% Organic Cotton.
NATRACARE Organic Tampons
I like this brand because the applicator is cardboard which is so much better for the environment. This is the first brand of organic tampons I ever used and you can't even tell the difference from a regular one because they look, feel and work just as great
Seventh Generation Organic Regular Absorbency Cotton Tampons
A lot of organic tampon companies offer products with and without an applicator. When you're shopping for one, make sure to read the box so you don't come home to a bunch of cotton stick with no applicators (unless you're cool with that.)
Listen, if you can't stand a cardboard applicator, I get it. This brand comes with an Organic-Based applicator which is just like the traditional plastic ones. These are also sold at Walmart and Target.
I love that the Honest Company has a Plant-Based Compact Applicator. These are great for making your tampons extra small so they can fit better in your bag.
For every box you purchase, Cora gives pads to girls in need. LOVE THIS! They also have a monthly subscription plan so you never have to worry about running out.
But what about pads? No worries, I've got you girl.
Azalea Organic Cotton Pads
No pesticides, fragrances, or chemicals to worry about here.
The female body goes through ENOUGH hardtimes every month, the last thing it needs is chemicals and pesticides. Let's show our bodies some love and ditch the toxic tampons for good.
Happy Lady Stick Shopping,