The great thing about my readers being 80% women is that I can introduce you to products that I’m passionate about. I try to pay attention to what goes into my body and I’m always looking at ingredients. I never go as far as changing the products that go on the outside of my body. I had a reality check this morning when I found out that the FDA doesn’t have any regulations on our feminine products because they are considered “medical devices.” Putting harmful chemicals on the body is worse than eating them. Our skin is our body’s biggest organ and it absorbs nasty chemicals through our layers of skin. It goes into our muscles, our blood stream and fat without being filtered. When you put things on your skin, they don’t just sit there; our body absorbs them. Researchers have been doing studies on the relationship between tampons and endometriosis, breast cancer, infertility and cervical cancer. I’ve been educating myself all morning on this and it has me worried about my shampoos, my lotions, makeup and all the other items that sit in my bathroom. I wouldn’t eat my shampoo or lotion, so why would I put it on my skin? The same thing goes for the tampons that I currently use (used).
I have been using Tampax Pearl since seventh grade. Their website will tell you how to use them, it talks about period health, and assures you that you won’t leak during a sport, but I had a very hard time finding it’s ingredients or how the tampons are made. Why? Becuase they don’t have to disclose it. But it’s no secret. We all know that the popular brands are made of rayon, cleansing chemicals, vicose, wood fluff pulp, polyester, pesticides, artificial fragrance, dyes and dioxin. Why is rayon and viscose so awful compared to cotton? Well, because they are highly absorbent fibers. High absorbent fibers during a period…sounds pretty great right? Less leaks! BUT WRONG! It would be great if these larger companies switched to cotton, but that would just cost them more money and they wouldn’t want to do that. They put women’s lives at cost instead.
I think a lot of us women are afraid to talk about our personal products, but it’s important to spread the word about the dangers in these extremely large brands.
I never would have known any of this if LOLA didn’t reach out to me about their safe tampons. I’ve been reading into all of the dangers for the past couple of hours. I don’t think my boyfriend appreciated my tampon rant on the phone this morning, but he also agreed about the dangers and why it’s important to pay attention to the ingredients in the tampons us ladies are using.
The LOLA tampons are 100% cotton with BPA-free plastic applicators. They are comfortable and safe. Their creators aren’t afraid to tell you every little detail about their tampons and how they’re made.
Not only are they safe and comfortable, LOLA arrives every month right when you need them. You don’t have to make that trip to the pharmacy for emergency tampons. Every time I make that trip, I end up with five bags of chocolate at the register. They allow you to choose your mix of light, regular, and supers, your number of boxes, and the frequency of your delivery. I like that it’s super customizeable becuase all of our cycles are different. You can also skip, change, or cancel your subscription at any time. I feel comfortable about using LOLA and we all should feel safe when putting something into our bodies. I also love their motto on their boxes “this too shall pass” because my mom has used that since I was a kid. The only thing I want to suggest for them is to include a bar of chocolate in each delivery. It saves me a separate trip to the pharmacy 😉
Pricing is $10 for 1 box, $18 for 2 boxes per month, but you can give LOLA a try with code: TARALYNN for 50% off your first order limited to the first 100 readers. Right now, LOLA is only available in the U.S. They do not ship to Alaska or Hawaii yet.
I am so happy that LOLA reached out to me for this post. I have learned so much and I hope my readers did too. I’d love to get your opinion or advice!
- Do you use 100% cotton tampons?
- Does it make you angry that the FDA doesn’t regulate tampons?
- I’d love to hear your advice!