Product Review: Reusable Pads – Lunapad vs Lotus Liners

I recently went to one of my favourite events, the annual Canadian Health Food Association trade show in Toronto. I met so many great people and learned about new companies and products. I was given Reusable Menstrual pads from 2 different Canadian companies, Lotus Liners and Lunapads. I decided I wanted to try out each of these products, put them to the test, and see which came out on top. I actually had never tried a reusable pad before, simply because I absoloutely adore my reusable menstrual cup and have been using it for years, so I never felt the need to try anything else. But once in a blue moon I don’t feel like wearing my menstrual cup, so now I have a nice back-up option.

 

What Exactly Are Reusable Pads?

Reusable menstrual pads are a substitute for disposable menstrual pads. They are secured to your underwear with a button snap, and they can be worn day and night. The products are made of highly absorbent materials. When you have used a pad, you simply rinse it out in your sink, throw it in the wash, then reuse them over and over again! With proper care, your reusable pads can last for years. It’s as simple as that!

 

Why Use Reusable Menstrual Products?

Your Health

The skin is the body’s largest and thinnest organ, being less than one-tenth of an inch thick. Skin is highly permeable, especially the skin in and around the vaginal area. Anything coming into contact with your skin will penetrate into your bloodstream and distribute throughout the body. Years of exposure to chemical-laden feminine hygiene products creates a toxic buildup in the body. Conventional tampons, liners, and pads contain a combination of pesticides, BPA, rayon, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, bleach, polyester, chlorine, artificial colours, and more. They are also likely to contain GMOs. The consequences of using these conventional products can include:

  • abnormal tissue growth in the abdomen and reproductive organs
  • immune system suppression
  • hormonal and endocrine system disruption
  • infertility
  • birth defects
  • vaginal dryness
  • and more

The Planet

Your period is “mother nature’s gift”, but mother nature does not like your period. The amount of waste from tampons, pads, and all of their packaging and processing is a big no-no for the environment. Organic pads and tampons are a significant improvement, because of the lack of chemicals and destructive farming. Even better of course are the reusable options. We don’t need to pollute the planet to take care of ourselves. There are so many fantastic options for every body type and preference.

 

Cost

Reusable products are far more cost effective than disposables. It may seem like a bit of an investment to spend $40 on a menstrual cup or $30 on a few reusable pads, however, these products last for years, which saves you so much money in the long run. It’s definitely worth the investment!

 

Lotus Liners vs. Lunapads

Here I’ll break down what I personally found to be the pros and cons to each product.

Lotus Liners

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Pros:

  • These pads are made of medical grade synthetic material, that will resist staining and the growth of bacteria over time, unlike cotton products
  • They’re super soft and made of really great quality materials and stitching.
  • They all have a beautiful design and come in several different colour and style options.
  • They come in 3 different size options for the different stages in your period, and they also have a Petite line and a Teen line.
  • Each pad is made of 2 layers – the inside is a super absorbent layer, while the outside is a 100% waterproof material that is guaranteed to be leak proof.
  • You can reverse the product and fold the product inward, then snap it shut, for discreet and safe storage.
  • The Luxury set comes with a beautiful bag to carry your pads
  • This brand is very affordable, at $8 per Regular Individual Liner and $28 for the Luxury Starter Kit (comes with all 3 sizes and a travel bag).
  • It is highly absorbent and keeps you protected for several hours, and sometimes all day depending on the heaviness of your flow.
  • This product is super easy to clean, and rinsing it in the sink was a breeze.
  • Because of the super durable materials, it can be washed in the washer with hot or cold water, it doesn’t have to go on the delicate cycle, and it can be thrown in the dryer if desired. Hanging it flat to dry will definitely make it last longer versus putting it in the dryer as it will retain it’s shape better. Using the delicate cycle may also make it last longer. But it’s nice to have the ability to wash in whichever way is more convenient for you.

Cons:

  • I was given the small size and it felt seriously bulky. Perhaps because I haven’t worn a single pad in literally years and I’m so used to the free and easy feeling of my menstrual cup, but it definitely took me time to adjust to the bulk. I think this is a necessary part of their product since it is super absorbent and can be used for several hours. I only wore this product overnight. I don’t think I would want to wear it during the day with leggings and I definitely can’t wear it with a thong. I haven’t personally tried it but I imagine the medium and large sizes are even bulkier. I have the small size from the “regular” line. I’d be really curious to know if the Petite line or maybe even Teen line would better suit my body.
  • The product moved around a lot. I had to constantly adjust it to be centered on my underwear. I think this is just because of the outer waterproof layer which is a silky feeling material that slips and slides.

 

Lunapads

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Pros:

  • Lunapads come in many different options and styles. The Classic Lunapad is a 2 part system. You use 1 pad during the entire day, but use replaceable inserts as needed to stay dry and comfortable. The base of the pad is leak resistant. The Pantyliners are the thinnest and most breathable option that is ideal for leaks, spotting, and light periods, or as a backup for internally worn menstrual products. They do not use the replaceable insert system. Note that the Pantyliners don’t have a leakproof core because they are meant for light use.  The Performa Line is made to be highly absorbent without the need to replace inserts. It has a high performance, moisture wicking cotton top layer that draws fluid away from your body so you feel dry and comfortable. I was given the Performa Mini Lunapad and it definitely felt very dry and comfortable.
  • It felt less bulky than the Lotus Liner, but from my understand, the Lotus Liners have better absorbency since they are slightly thicker.
  • They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes (you can opt for longer, wider, etc…)
  • It is highly absorbent and keeps you protected for several hours, and sometimes all day depending on the heaviness of your flow.
  • For women who have a really heavy flow, you can stack the inserts and use two instead of one for extra protection.
  • You can reverse the product and fold the product inward, then snap it shut, for discreet and safe storage.
  • The product is very affordable.
  • You can machine was in any temperature water (but the Performa line is recommended to be washed in hot water).

 

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Cons:

  • Many of the products are not organic cotton, while some of them are. I would definitely recommend purchasing the organic cotton product.
  • In my opinion they’re not as beautifully made as the Lotus Liners, but they are still nice, and not everybody cares about what they look like.
  • I found they slid around a bit in my underwear, but not as much as the Lotus Liners.
  • The company recommends rinsing or soaking the product as soon as possible to avoid stains and bacterial growth. Sometimes this isn’t always possible. With the Lotus Liners, you don’t have to rinse or soak prior to washing in the machine if you don’t want to, because the material is stain and bacteria resistant.
  • The Performa line is recommended to machine wash in only hot water, while Lotus Liners can be washed in any temperature water.
  • Overall, Lotus Liners are more affordable than Lunapads, but they’re both a far more affordable option that purchasing disposable options, as they save you hundreds to thousands of dollars over time.
  • I was disappointed to learn that the Performa line is not made of organic cotton (although many of their products are organic).
  • The Performa Pad isn’t really comfortable to wear with a thong, and it doesn’t feel secure when doing that (although most women don’t wear pads with thongs because of this anyways).

 

The Conclusion:

Overall, both products were really really nice. It’s really hard to say what I like better. The Performa Lunapad was less bulky than the Lotus Liner, but I don’t like how the cotton is not organic. I also very much prefer the fact that the Lotus Liners are made of a medical grade synthetic material that will never stain or grow bacteria. The bulkiness of the Lotus Liner was really my main con. I want to seriously adore the Lotus Liner product because it is so beautiful and well made. I just hope one day that they can improve the product and make it even thinner, yet still super absorbent, so it doesn’t feel so bulky. I also truly think that maybe if I use the Petite or Teen line that I would be far more comfortable. If you’re used to wearing pads regularly, I’m sure you would enjoy this product a lot more than myself who never ever wears pads.

Overall, I am so grateful to have been given both of these products to try and I will definitely use them in the future!

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lovely and detailed review! I have never thought about using reusable pads because I use pads exclusively but the more I think about it, the more appealing it sounds. I will check out these companies you mentioned. Great post!!

    Pearl || http://thepearlylife.com

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    1. Thanks so much, I’m glad to hear! Yes you will save so much waste and so much money! 🙂

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