I love my period.
It’s funny – me and my flatmates, both girls and guys, had a conversation about periods the other day. And when I expressed my love for this time of the month, one of the guys were like “I have never heard anyone say they love their period before.” All we ever hear about the period is how much most people hate it, the inconvenience of it, and all the discomfort and pain that follows.
I have always loved mine. It makes me feel feminine, and let me tell you – there’s so much more than just bleeding involved in this process. When you decide to educated yourself on the cycle and this magical process happening inside your body every month, you’ll see that it is really interesting.
With my increasing curiosity around this bloody time of the month – choosing organic and natural menstrual equipment has become very important to me. Especially after I learned that I have adenomyosis. We really don’t know what is hidden inside conventional tampons and pads, but it can be a lot of shit that our body isn’t fan of. The vagina is one of the most absorbent parts of the body, so I want to make sure that what I put up there isn’t harmful.
Regular cotton and synthetic rayon is what most conventional tampons are made of. When the cotton isn’t organic it means it is grown with pesticides. And synthetic rayon is most likely bleached with chlorine and dioxin. Some conventional tampons also contain fragrance and dyes.
It might not be the biggest deal in the universe, but I’m fan of making the best choices that I can in every area of life, so that the sum of chemicals and shit entering my body is at a minimum. After all, a woman uses around 11.000 pads or tampons in her lifetime. ELEVEN THOUSAND.
Anyways! I decided to check out the three brands of organic tampons you can find in Norway – Ginger Organic, Masmi and Natracare. You can get one called Yoni as well, but it was a little expensive to ship only one package, so I skipped it. Here are the results:
59,- nok (6 euros) for 18 tampons
3,- nok per tampon
Bought mine at BeeOrganic
Before I tried any of the three brands, this one was my definite favourite. Just look at it. I actually think I’m in love with this package. I just love the earthy feel both the colours and the material of the packaging is giving me. I feel very calm when I hold it in my hands – and that’s a first one with menstrual necessities. The package is biodegradable, and I have to say, this whole brand is awesome when it comes to everything eco.
They are certified by ECOCERT, GOTS, FSC, Allergy Certified and the nordic certification Svanemerket. The tampons are made of 100% organic cotton, and are free from harmful chemicals and chlorine.
I tried this one first, and actually bled through it in one hour. By accident I bought the MINI one, and since I have the heaviest flow the first day – that’s probably why. It worked perfectly the last few days, so I’ll definitely get the ‘normal’ one and try it some other time. When I looked at all the tampons I tested, this one and Masmi looked very alike.
45,- nok (5 euros) for 18 tampons
2.50,- nok per tampon
Bought mine at Naturkilden
The packaging of this one is very… typically natural products looking? Not too fancy, just kind of boring.
They are certified by ICEA (Environmental and Ethical Certification Institute) and GOTS (Global Organic Standard). The tampons are made of certified organic cotton. They are also free from perfume, viscose, chlorine and dioxin, and they are hypoallergenic. Also, they are 100% biodegradable.
I changed over to this one after I bled through the Ginger Organic one, and it worked perfectly. Since this one looks very similar to Ginger Organics I’ll probably keep getting this one as it’s a tad cheaper.
59,- nok (6 euros) for 20 tampons
3,- nok per tampon
Bought mine at SkinLove
This is the brand I’ve been using for years, up until now, just because they’re available everywhere in Norway. The packaging is alright, with cute little flowers on them.
This is an award winning brand. Their products are made of organic cotton, free from chlorine and plastic, and are also biodegradable. They pay huge attention to animal welfare, and make sure that non of their products are tested on animals. They actually have a certification from The Vegetarian Society.
Harder to open the individual tampons, but the packaging of the single tampon is SO CUTE. I also know that these tampons works just the way they are supposed to. I never leak through the ´regular´ one, and can always go the normal 4 hours before changing.
I’ll probably keep getting the Masmi tampons, as they are the cheapest and they work. They’re not super easy to find in Norway though, so don’t be surprised if you see me with a package of Natracare either. Bottom line though; organic and natural tampons works just as fine as conventional ones – and they’re so much better for you! Also; make sure to get the right size for your flow! xx