Zero Waste Week – Top 5 Reusable Menstrual Products!

Image Credit: Jo Worrall – thanks for this cute pic!

Here at Babipur we are passionate about supporting people to find the right Reusable Menstrual Products to suit them best. We believe that periods are something to be celebrated as a positive representation of physical and mental wellbeing. This should be empowering to everyone who bleeds no matter where they are in the world.

Yesterday we asked our community in the Babipur Hangout what their favourite go to menstrual products are – so we’ve put together a Top 5 Reusable Products ultimate guide for you!

New to Reusables?

Image credit: Hannah Allen

If you are new to reusable pads, sometimes getting started can seem a bit daunting. Team member Jo Worrall wrote her guide to starting out with cloth ‘Beginners Guide to Cloth Menstrual Products‘ which will point you in the right direction.

You can also read about what makes reusables a better choice for both people and the planet on our blog ‘Zero Waste Period: Cloth Sanitary Pads from Baba + Boo‘ which has some great facts and reasons to give cloth a go!

If anyone’s thinking of trying them for the first time i’d recommend trying a few types/brands

– Emily Keenan (Customer)

We think this is a great tip from hangout member Emily, who has been using a cloth pads for over ten years. Sometimes, there is a bit of trial and error to find the perfect fit for you, so it can be good to try a few different styles and brands initially.

Without further ado, here are your Top 5 Reusable Menstrual Products…

No 1. Imse Vimse

Image credit: @motherof.one – Imse Vimse Labia Pads

We asked, you voted….and Imse Vimse were by far the most popular! Imse Vimse are super popular with both staff and customers here at Babipur. Made from Organic Cotton and natural materials, so a great choice for anyone wanting to have natural fabric next to their skin.

I love how they feel like cotton underwear, they’re not sweaty and they don’t move about.

– Jolene Barton (Founder of Babipur)

There is a range of products to choose from, ranging from cloth pads to cloth wipes, labia pads to cotton tampons. Featuring delicate pastel floral designs and now black options too, these really do pretty up your period!

Isme visme are my favourite, so slim and I don’t feel like I am wearing anything

– Jodie Sanders (Customer)

So there you have it, our Number 1 is the amazing Imse Vimse, loved for its natural materials, ultimate comfort, and all round beautiful designs.

Shop Imse Vimse >>HERE<<

No 2. Baba + Boo

Stylish and comfortable, it isn’t hard to see why Baba + Boo came second in our line up. These cloth pads are made from a layer of super soft bamboo charcoal fleece, and have a hidden, breathable, and waterproof PUL layer for extra confidence. This is the same waterproof layer you can find in Baba + Boo nappies, and one of the things that makes them so popular.

These pads offer great absorbency, are super stylish and comfortable, and of course come in a range of gorgeous prints, much like those we have grown to love from Baba + Boo. 

You can read more about the very lovely Eve Bell in our ‘Behind the Brand‘ blog.

Shop Baba + Boo >>HERE<<

No 3. Bloom Pads (Bloom & Nora)

In very close third position comes the Bloom pad from Bloom & Nora. Ethically made here in the UK, they come in a wide range of sizes and absorbency to suit different needs. Bloom are made with natural bamboo fabrics carrying the Oeko Tex safety standard. We love Bloom and Nora here at Babipur, and its not hard to see why you do too!

Bloom, and Nora are my go to as have all seen me through everything from spotting right through to postpartum bleeding

– Siobhan (Customer and Babipur Buddy)

Bloom are for those of you who prefer natural fibres next to your skin. They are soft and super absorbent, with everything locked into the microfibre core. Featuring stay dry binding and hidden waterproof layer to prevent any leaks. You can read more about Bloom & Nora over on this blog ‘Zero Waste Period: Bloom & Nora Cloth Period Pads

I feel extra comfy and reassured by a slightly thicker pad. The clever edging ensures no leaks and they stay put no matter what you’re doing!

– Jo Worrall (Team Babipur)

We love Bloom and Nora here at Babipur, and it’s not hard to see why you do too!

Shop Bloom Pads >>HERE<<

No 4. Fern

Image credit: Kristina Amalie

Fern is a relatively new brand of at Babipur, launched just last autumn, but it is already getting great reviews from our customers and team members. You clearly love it as it has been voted number 4 by our customers!

The large wide back is brilliant ! The world needs more of those. It gave me much more confidence. Very pleased with my experience of them.

– @motherof.one (Customer and Babipur Buddy)

Fern CSP is super thin, while providing excellent absorbency and good coverage. Easy to use, just use the poppers to snap the wings round your underwear, giving a secure, non-slip fit. The soft, stay dry white bamboo goes uppermost against your skin, while the patterned side goes against your knickers

Want to know more? Head over to this blog post for a full review.

Buy Fern >>HERE<<

No 5. Nora (Bloom & Nora)

Image credit: Siobhan Etherington – fab pic of the crisp white Nora Pads with an out and about bag

Well its no surprise to see the super twin of Bloom featuring in our list, with Nora pads coming out in 5th place! Last but by no means least, Nora pads have been a hit with our customers since the start.

I love how Nora washes – out of all the pads I’ve tried, these wash the best and really do come out bright white every time. The stay-dry layer is lovely and soft with no hint of dampness

– Hannah Allen (Team Babipur)

Made from microfibre, Nora are absorbent and will rapidly take away any moisture, making them perfect for light incontinence, as well as using during your period. Bright whites for those who look for a soft stay dry top layer that repels stains. 

Buy Nora Pads >>HERE<<

Top Menstrual Cup – The Mooncup

In a very close 6th place came the Mooncup – so this had to make the list! This cup has been a popular choice with Babipurians for many many years.

The Mooncup is a reusable menstrual cup that has become an ever increasing more popular alternative to tampons.  A soft silicone rubber cup is worn internally and collects menstrual fluid,  it is reusable so you only need to buy one. Total money saving game changer for lots of people.

I changed to a using a moon cup from tampons about a year ago and I just love it! It makes me feel so much more in tune with my body and cycle. It’s super comfortable, I forget it’s there most of the time!

– Katherine (Team Babipur)

For those that aren’t familiar with a menstrual cup – the cup forms a light seal with the vaginal wall allowing fluid to pass into the Mooncup without any leaks or odour.  This allows the natural mucus membranes of your vaginal wall to carry on their essential cleansing and protective functions, no deposits will be left in the vagina and it will not cause irritation. 

A cup is a great choice for people who love sports or swimming. People often combine a cup with menstrual pad for extra security for heavier flow or during the nighttime.

Buy Mooncup >>HERE<<

Share with us!

We would love to hear about your favourite Reusable Menstrual Products; share your pictures and thoughts with our community! Tag @Babipur on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, or share your pictures with the Babipur community in our Facebook group, Babipur Hangout!

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