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Natural Feminine Hygiene

Pads and Tampons

Toxicity concerns with pads and tampons stem from the use of synthetic bleached fibers, petrochemical additives, plasticising chemicals and synthetic dyes. Synthetic bleached fibers are less breathable and may contain by-product chemicals from bleaching such as dioxins. Plasticising chemicals such as phthalates are used to give tampons and pads that silky smooth coating. They are also huge endocrine disruptors and have been linked to reproductive issues.

Recent years have seen brands move away from some toxins as awareness has put pressure on them to do so, but this is not enough. Transparency is also an issue as they do not have labeling requirements. When brands do ‘release’ what chemicals and ingredients are used they are often intentionally vague and nonspecific non-answers.

In response to this a few natural brands of feminine hygiene products have emerged that are free from all these toxins. TOM organic is one of these brands. Their tampons use 100% certified organic cotton and nothing else. They are Australian made and their tampons come in slim handbag friendly packs.

Intimate Wipes

The use of intimate wipes has become increasingly popular. Many women use them, particularly at that time of the month, because of the superior clean and fresh feeling they give. Unfortunately, most brands of wipes contain many concerning toxins you want to avoid. Especially considering where they are being used!

These toxins include parabens, other synthetic preservatives, sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), phthalates, triclosan and synthetic fragrances. A lot of these chemicals are linked to hormone disruption. There are also significant concerns for skin irritation and organ system toxicity. Most concerning however is that some preservatives used are known formaldehyde releasers and have contamination concerns for dioxins and 1-4 dioxane. All these are known carcinogens on top of various other significant toxicity concerns.

Natracare is a great all natural alternative for intimate wipes. They are vegan, biodegradable and use 100% certified organic cotton with other gentle natural ingredients.

 

Pads and Tampons

Toxicity concerns with pads and tampons stem from the use of synthetic bleached fibers, petrochemical additives, plasticising chemicals and synthetic dyes. Synthetic bleached fibers are less breathable and may contain by-product chemicals from bleaching such as dioxins. Plasticising chemicals such as phthalates are used to give tampons and pads that silky smooth coating. They are also huge endocrine disruptors and have been linked to reproductive issues.

Recent years have seen brands move away from some toxins as awareness has put pressure on them to do so, but this is not enough. Transparency is also an issue as they do not have labeling requirements. When brands do ‘release’ what chemicals and ingredients are used they are often intentionally vague and nonspecific non-answers.

In response to this a few natural brands of feminine hygiene products have emerged that are free from all these toxins. TOM organic is one of these brands. Their tampons use 100% certified organic cotton and nothing else. They are Australian made and their tampons come in slim handbag friendly packs.

Intimate Wipes

The use of intimate wipes has become increasingly popular. Many women use them, particularly at that time of the month, because of the superior clean and fresh feeling they give. Unfortunately, most brands of wipes contain many concerning toxins you want to avoid. Especially considering where they are being used!

These toxins include parabens, other synthetic preservatives, sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), phthalates, triclosan and synthetic fragrances. A lot of these chemicals are linked to hormone disruption. There are also significant concerns for skin irritation and organ system toxicity. Most concerning however is that some preservatives used are known formaldehyde releasers and have contamination concerns for dioxins and 1-4 dioxane. All these are known carcinogens on top of various other significant toxicity concerns.

Natracare is a great all natural alternative for intimate wipes. They are vegan, biodegradable and use 100% certified organic cotton with other gentle natural ingredients.

 

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