Obviously from the title you may get a clue that I'm going to talk about feminine hygiene and I realize not everyone wants to hear about that, if you don't you are more than welcome to click back to google.com and search for something else.

For those sticking around you will be privy to more personal info, a review on the pads and have a chance to win a sample pack ($88 value).


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Gladrags contacted me because they had read my interest in saving on household expenses and that I wanted to give them a try but I hadn't yet crossed that bridge. My main concern was that my heavy flow would be too much for the material and produce an embarrassing situation.

Gladrags sent three different sizes for me to try out, they sent one each of the pantyliner, day pads and night pad. Each one came in cellulose, a plant-based compostable material, inside a box.

My first 2 1/2 days are very heavy flow days, usually I wear an overnight pad through the course of these days to make sure there are no leaks. I do not wear tampons and they are very uncomfortable to me, but overnights work fine for these first couple of days. Since I had one night pad from them I knew it wouldn't last too long and did have my back up pads for changing during this experiment.

The overnight pad worked very well and I felt covered and leak proof. However, when I needed to change the pad out, I was glad I was home and not at work, so that I could clean it and toss it into the washer as I would have needed to grab one of the sacks in the stall to take it home with me.
I'm sure that may not be all that bad of an idea for those that have children in cloth diapers, but it is a mental challenge I will have to get used to with these pads.

The other two sizes worked perfect for the remaining part of the flow as it is pretty much light to non-existent the final 2 days and I could wear it the entire day without worry. The day pad was a pocket style that you put a liner in and the pantyline was simply, a liner - They were all cotton flannel material, though they do have some organic, undyed material as well.

Overall here are my thoughts on the trial period, both pro and con and even some of the con will just take some getting used to or figuring out ways to handle it.

PRO:
Ultra comfortable - I didn't feel like I was wearing a diaper or that the pad was rubbing, like many of the commercial pads to. Sometimes I even forgot I was wearing it.

Absorption - They really do hold a lot more than I thought, especially the day pad and pantyliner.

Personalizing - My pads came in different colors and that was nice in comparison to boring white ones, plus the coloring disguised some of the blood, so it wasn't such a contrast.

Snaps- All the pads came with metal snaps to hold them in place and I didn't feel the snaps at all.

Durable - After washing them I was curious how well the seems would stay and the material hold up, no problems ....and no stains

CON:
Changing them - I have to still get used to the idea that I need to carry a plastic bag (I didn't have their waterproof bag) with me if I am out when I change them, so I can bring them home to soak.


Soaking - I didn't have any bucket prepared to soak them in, so soap and cold water was used on them right away before washing them

Limited inserts - With the night pads I wish I could have added two inserts and spread them out a bit more to spread out the thickness instead of just the center of the pad where the 'holder' was.

Pricing - This can be a shocker at first, but when you buy a larger quantity the price per pad does goes down and if you figure out the math in what you are buying for commercial pads it should work out as a savings over the long term.

I would give the product a B+ overall and some of that is slightly biased from my own "ewww" factor in getting used to them. But comfort, absorption, durability and them staying in place, a solid A+.
They have a handy 'frequently asked questions' area if you have questions I may not have answered - Gladrags FAQ
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So how do you get your own to try out? Gladrags is offering a sample kit to one random person who comments below with your favorite product of theirs.

RULES:
1. Go to Gladrags.com and look over the products (they have more than pads)
2. Come back here to comment with one product you would like to try
3. Please make sure you have an email in your blogger id or you link your name to an email address or I won't be able to contact you if you are anonymous and I won't be able to contact you.
4. I will draw a random number based from the number of comments and contact that person
5. The contest ends and comments close February 18th 10pm EST/8pm MST time

Best of luck!

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29 Comments

  1. Anonymous // Friday, February 12, 2010 11:46:00 AM  

    i'm new to the frugal world and i am also trying to go green. I would love to try the gladrag panty liners.

    Judy Duncan
    boobermuffin@yahoo.com

  2. Mom // Friday, February 12, 2010 12:13:00 PM  

    I am totally open to the re-usable pads but they seem cost prohibitive!

  3. surban // Friday, February 12, 2010 12:35:00 PM  

    I LOVE gladrags pantiliners. I only have a few and would love some more.

  4. MMS // Friday, February 12, 2010 12:44:00 PM  

    Hey. I have never heard of anything like this. Thanks for being so honest in your review. I would be interested in trying these.

  5. JM // Friday, February 12, 2010 2:16:00 PM  

    I love love love my keeper, which is very similar to the moon cup, so I'd have to say that's my favorite product.

  6. michelle // Friday, February 12, 2010 2:32:00 PM  

    The panty liner three pack looks perfect. I like that they come in a variety of colors.

    PS: Love your blog!

  7. Anonymous // Friday, February 12, 2010 2:53:00 PM  

    i wanna try the overnight pads

    jaimgurl85@aol.com

  8. Anonymous // Friday, February 12, 2010 3:04:00 PM  

    I've been using cloth pads for about 18 months now and love them! I've purchased all my pads on Etsy and have a stash to last my whole cycle. I don't soak my pads - I just put them in a wet back and at the end of my cycle wash them. I don't care if they get stained.

  9. Anonymous // Friday, February 12, 2010 3:28:00 PM  

    I actually really like their reusable giftbags!
    As for the pads, I use them too. Different brand though, and some extra self made liners. I have the same issue with changing when not at home. So what I usually do is use washable pads only when not working or when I have a very light flow, and use the disposable pads at other times.
    Moni

  10. Megan B. // Friday, February 12, 2010 3:56:00 PM  

    I've been looking into trying something like this. I looked at their website, and I also really like the idea of reusable gift bags.

  11. katie // Friday, February 12, 2010 5:08:00 PM  

    i love cloth pads, but i only use them for when i'm hanging out at home or sleeping. on days that i have to go to work or i would be out of the house for more than a few hours at a time, i use a disposable product. this is a good compromise for me, i am definitely not ok with the idea of carrying around a soiled pad all day, but more power to you if you can.

  12. robin // Friday, February 12, 2010 7:10:00 PM  

    This is ab awkward qquestion... but I was wondering about smell? I mean the disposable pads have the odor absobancy stuff in them so I was wondering how that compared.

  13. Dawn // Friday, February 12, 2010 11:24:00 PM  

    @Robin
    Not an awkward question at all, I thought about that as well. For the few hours that I wore them (up to 6-8hrs) I found that they had no more smell than a disposable pad.

    Usually shortly after that one would be able to get the pad into a bucket to soak or toss into the washer pretty quickly.

    ~D

  14. klc // Friday, February 12, 2010 11:35:00 PM  

    I've been using a Keeper off and on since I started my period (and got over my horrifying first experience of not being able to remove it), and I love that it is reusable and not nearly as wasteful as the tampons I inevitably fall back on. Looking over the site, I am fascinated by sea sponge tampons. I like tampons. However, if I were going to try anything from the website, it would definitely be the pantyliners. I am extremely paranoid and I bracket my period with pantyliners. I run through so many of them and I despise the waste. Also, I think cloth pantyliners could potentially be more comfortable. That they come in colors only makes them more appealing.

    ~orchid711@juno.com

  15. moreclick // Saturday, February 13, 2010 3:19:00 AM  

    it is great article thanks for sharing ı love reading

  16. robin // Saturday, February 13, 2010 10:58:00 AM  

    Dawn,

    Thanks so much for answering me. I have been researching reusable maxis lately and NO ONE has mentioned the matter. Quite frankly, it was my first concern lol.

    I think I may try the overnighters. Being a plus size woman, one of my biggest complaints is how disposables aren't wide enough. Then they bunch up and so on.

    Thanks for the honest review.

  17. Stef // Saturday, February 13, 2010 11:02:00 AM  

    I have issues with the divacup fitting, so I would love to try the keeper cup kit.

    stefbakes@gmail.com

  18. Malisa // Sunday, February 14, 2010 7:42:00 PM  

    I love the idea of reusable pads.I love the fun prints.

    malisa.karn@gmail.com

  19. Irene // Sunday, February 14, 2010 9:55:00 PM  

    I would like to try the GladRags Organic Undyed Night Pads

  20. Val // Monday, February 15, 2010 12:25:00 AM  

    I think down the line I would love to try the cyclebeads to keep track of my cycle.

    dorkyval44 at gmail dot com

    I love gladrags!

  21. Leonor // Monday, February 15, 2010 12:26:00 AM  

    I think I would be interested in a bucket kit. It seems like a great started kit and a great sneaky way to soak them!

    salsachika04 at gmail dot com

  22. samiam326 // Monday, February 15, 2010 2:47:00 PM  

    I have always wanted to try the Moon Cup but need to get over that "ewww" factor too. Hope I win so that I can try them out risk-free!
    Thanks

  23. Caroline // Tuesday, February 16, 2010 7:36:00 AM  

    Great post! I became interested in alternative menstrual products a few years ago and ending up making my own cloth pads from a pattern I found on the internet -- it was very easy and I used washcloth strips as the absorbent material.

    Then I purchased a Diva cup and I LOVE it. It's so convenient and easy to use, and it's saved me money as well! It was especially great when I was traveling all last year, as I didn't have to worry about packing supplies or finding them wherever I was visiting. There was a bit of a learning curve with the Diva cup, but I'd never go back.

  24. Amber // Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:34:00 PM  

    I would want to try the Moon Cup and here's why:

    So I bought the Diva Cup, after probably a whole year of feeling like I probably "should" and getting mad about tampons and how I'm polluting every time I get my period, etc. So I finally bought one. I used it for one cycle.

    So in the instructions, it suggests you can put it in boiling water for a little while to kill anything that might be lingering in there so you can store it for next month. I wanted to do this, so I put it in a pot on the stove with a bunch of water, turned it off and walked away.

    When my husband came home a bit later, he suggested we go out and so we did. Only... I forgot about the Diva Cup. When we came back hours later, the Diva Cup was a disgusting melted thing floating in the pot, which was *full of water*. Our smoke alarm had gone off and the maintenance people had to come and douse the fire!

    I can't imagine what the hell they thought I was "cooking."

  25. Dawn // Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:42:00 PM  

    @Amber
    OMGosh - I'm sorry about your loss, but what a great story!

  26. Morty // Tuesday, February 16, 2010 6:50:00 PM  

    I have always been afraid of those cup things since a friend of mine sneezed while taking out her keeper in a public restroom and the result was 'a CSI-style scene'. lol.

    I would love to try the gladrags pantyliners because I def. spend about a hundred a year on liners and I often forget to restock, and since it would feel like going out without pants I end up wasting an even more expensive pad--all that, whereas I do laundry faithfully every week.

    TMI! <3 <3 <3

  27. Dawn // Tuesday, February 16, 2010 6:57:00 PM  

    @morty
    Oh my! That would leave a bad memory for me as well.

  28. Anonymous // Wednesday, February 17, 2010 8:27:00 AM  

    Thanks so much for your review of these products. I too have been thinking about/looking at them for awhile but the cost ... I currently buy organic, undyed disposibles and the cost really adds up but I can't wear the regular kind as I develop severe yeast infections from them. I would love to try the overnight pads. I like the undyed ones but not sure if I will like them as much once I actually use them so maybe the patterned ones would be better.

    karenpearson@shaw.ca

  29. Anonymous // Thursday, February 18, 2010 12:19:00 PM  

    I have read about sea sponge tampons. I am very intrigued about how those would work and would like to try them!

    Jen G.
    trixie8476@hotmail.com