Monday, 19 January 2015

Natracare Ultra Extra Long Pads, Ultra Extra Normal Pads & Intimate Wipes - Review*

Natracare is an award winning, ethical company committed to offering organic and natural solutions for personal health care that leave a soft footprint on the earth. All of their products are organic and they use natural materials that meet the highest organic, environmental and biodegradable standards. And because Natracare does not use any animal ingredients nor test on animals, all of their products are suitable for vegans.

Every year, billions of plastic laden pads and liners are disposed of by women. Most of these pads are made from over 90% crude oil plastic which goes on to pollute global environments forever. Generally, the plastic waste ends up in landfill sites and the oceans of the world forever causing visual pollution and damaging marine life and ultimately the food chain. By choosing Natracare, you are saying no to crude oil plastics.   

Like all Natracare products, the Ultra Extra Pads are totally chlorine free, free from plastics, all petroleum derivatives, GMOs, superabsorbents, perfumes and dyes. They're also 95% biodegradable and compostable which is amazing! The absorbent core of the pad is made from Forest Stewardship Council certified pulp and the cover that is next to your skin is certified organic 100% cotton. Natracare also offer a full range of absorbencies to choose from, the normal absorbency is suitable for medium flow and the long absorbency is suitable for heavy flow and for night time.

The lovely Madeline who works for Natracare, (a company who stands for more than just organic and natural products), kindly sent me these three products to review after reading a previous review I had written about a few of their products. I was sent two packets of Natracare pads to try out, the Long Ultra Extra Pads and the Normal Ultra Extra Pads.  My favourite out of the two is the normal pads, these are a lot like the Regular Ultra Pads which I wasn't too keen on but are a lot thicker and I found them more comfy to wear than the other ones. I found that they didn't bunch up like the regular pads had beforehand and because they were thicker I felt safer when using them. Using only plant-derived materials, a soft cushioned layer and a compressed absorbent core give you a double layer of protection to lock away moisture. Soft and gentle, certified organic cotton next to your skin lets you breathe and stay dry, helping to avoid the irritation and discomfort which can be experienced with conventional sanitary pads. I found that the long Ultra Extra Pads were a good thickness but far too long for me. I think they would be preferred by someone who has a heavy flow and who likes to wear a pad during the night.

I was also sent a packet of the Organic Intimate Wipes, these soft cleansing wipes are designed for women to use as part of their daily intimate hygiene, especially during that time of the month. The individual wipes are of high quality and the solution ingredients are derived from natural, renewable and sustainable resources and are biodegradable and compostable. The wipes are soft and strong, certified organic, 100% cotton and are infused with the certified organic essential oils of chamomile, calendula and French rose as well as natural plant extracts, all of which will cleanse and refresh, leaving the skin softened. I found the smell of these lovely but I thought the scent was a little too full on for intimate wipes but they still did the job! The gentle formula used in the wet wipes is free from alcohol, detergents such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS and any of its close relatives), parabens, SHG and other types of toxic, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. Overall I will be repurchasing the Normal Ultra Extra Pads again as they're one of the best vegan and cruelty-free pads I have come across.

This product was sent to me to review, all views are my own.

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