Organic tampons are getting more and more popular. Let us explain. By now you’ve probably heard about the laundry list of consumer products that can pose a surprisingly dangerous risk to our health. They’re found in everything from makeups and soaps to laundry detergents and even tampons. Yes, tampons—the thing we stick up our vaginas for hours on end each monthly visit from Aunt Flo (hence why we’re super into period underwear rn).
During the manufacturing process, some brands use a myriad of different chemicals, including bleach, and dioxins, that are—how do we put this—not supposed to be exposed to the inside of our vagina for starters. “Rayon, Dioxins, non-organic cotton, fragrances, chlorine, aluminum, viscose, glyphosates, BPA’s are found in some older tampons and the bleaching products of tampon leaves dioxins as a byproduct,” says Iris Orbuch, an OB-GYN based out of New York and Los Angeles. While the supposed levels of these concerning chemicals are low and have not shown to be a significant risk compared to all the other toxins we are exposed to daily, who wants this type of exposure in the first place?
Luckily, brands are catching onto the ludicrousy that is potentially harm-causing tampons and there are several new companies on the market offering natural and organic alternatives.
This brand has been around for the better part of 10 years, cranking out feminine care products that promise to be 100 percent harmless. Cora’s tampons are made from hypoallergenic, GOTS-certified organic cotton and are free of pesticides, bleach, fragrance, rayon — you name it. Plus, their plastic applicator is free of BPA. They’re also great at keeping you dry throughout the day thanks to a high absorbency that provides leak-free protection. For each purchase you make, Cora provides products and education to girls in need to help ensure that they stay in school even when they’re on their period.
Here’s a friendly face in the tampon market that’s now offering an organic solution that’s as leak-free as their OG line but made from organic materials. The applicator is 90 percent plant-based (no plastic) and the tampons themselves are free of chlorine bleaching, fragrances and dyes. As a cherry on top, for every pack purchased, TAMPAX promises to donate one tampon to girls in need across the U.S.
Seventh Generation is known for their wide selection of non-toxic and eco-friendly personal care products, so it’s no surprise that they created a tampon that lives up to everything else they sell. Their gynecologist-tested tampons are made from certified organic cotton and have a BPA-free plastic applicator that’s 95 percent plant-based. As one reviewer noted: “Very pleased with these! Didn’t get the weird tingling that other tampons can give you.” Yup, we’ll take non-tingly tampons, thx.
Here’s another company that does things right. Co-founded by actress, mompreneur and one of our fave TikTok sensations, Jessica Alba, The Honest Company did well creating a non-toxic, organic tampon that’s made without harmful ingredients like phthalates, rayon, polyester, fragrances, deodorants, glues and adhesives, chlorine, chlorine dioxide processing, polypropylene, myreth 3 myristate, synthetic zeolites, alcohol ethoxylates, glycerol… need we go on? They promise to offer the same absorbency as other tampons (if not more) and are meticulously tested. Their cotton is GOTS-certified and 100 percent organic and their applicator is plant-based.
Rael’s tampons are made from 100 percent OCS certified and non-GMO Texas cotton that is grown without pesticides, synthetic chemicals or toxins of any kind. And their applicator is made from a BPA-free plastic and has a contoured, anti-slip grip for easy insertion. Considering each pack comes with 32 tampons, their price isn’t even that bad for an all-organic product!
As the name suggests, these tampons are, indeed, organic, made of cotton and free of synthetic ingredients—zero chemicals, fragrances or dyes involved. This makes them naturally hypoallergenic, so it’s a great solution for anyone with sensitive skin or who is prone to irritation. Their applicator is made from a plant-based material that’s environmentally friendly and their absorbency level is one to be contented with (just remember never to leave a tampon in longer than 4-6 hours max to prevent toxic shock syndrome!).
Okay if price is one of your pain points when it comes to buying tampons, you have no argument here, sister. For just $6 you get 18 tampons, which is honestly enough to last you at least half of your period. They’re also organic—made from 100 percent certified organic cotton from tip to string and with a plant-based plastic applicator free of BPA. All ingredients are responsibly sourced and environmentally friendly. As one reviewer put it: “The price is right, they don’t unravel like some other organic tampons and I have had no issues with leaking.”
If you’re looking for tampons that are as good for the environment as they are for your bod, you’ve found your match. These are biodegradable—the applicator and the packaging as well as 100 percent certified organic. They’re also free of pesticides, GMOs, dyes, perfumes and chlorine bleaching. It’s worth noting that the applicator is made of cardboard, which one reviewer says “takes some getting used to if you have been using plastic applicators before, but it’s a small price to pay to help the planet.”
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