Reusable Period Products and Why I Love Them!

Okay guys, I know what you’re thinking… “Hey? This isn’t Nat’s usually kawaii content…?” and you’d be right! I decided to change it up a little this week and talk about something important* for a change (*to all my plushies, figures and pins… You’re still important to me :P).

A couple of months ago I decided to try reusable period products from Bodyform and I’ve never looked back. I recently shared on my Twitter (@maybeecoffee) about how I’d purchased some more period products from Hey Girls and asked if my readers would love to see me talking about reusable period products. There was an uproar of yes, so here we are! It feels like this post has come at the right time too, considering last week we were told by the UN chief that a report stated “code red for humanity” in regards to climate change.

So, I hope this post really helps anyone thinking of making the change from one use sanitary towels, to reusable ones instead. 🙂 I’m going to share my experiences so far, good and bad. I want to be honest here, some people don’t talk much about the bad and I really want to. This being said, please do not let this put you off!

I’m going to jump straight in and say, I LOVE using reusable period products, especially the pants.

I decided one day back in May whilst doing our monthly Tesco shop to pick up some of the Bodyform Intimawear Bikini pants as they were on offer (£20.00 instead of £24.99) and I love a bargain! I’d thought about trying period pants for a while, but was never sure, so when they were sat on the shelf in front of me… I decided to finally give it a go!

The Bodyform bikini pants come in two colours, burgundy and black, I went for the latter. They also range in sizes S-XL (UK clothes sizes 8-20), I went for an L which is UK size 14-16. These are for a moderate flow.

Alongside the Bikini style there is also the Hipster, which is the same price at £24.99, comes in both burgundy and black and runs S-XL. These are also for a moderate flow.

I own two of these pairs as the next month (June) when I was in Tesco again for my monthly food shop, I noticed the pants was still on offer at £20.00 and I couldn’t NOT take that up! I picked both sizes up in an L.

Bodyform claim that you can wear the pants for up to 12 hours. In the past I’ve worn these for almost 24 hours, which I know isn’t good but this was on lighter flow days. This being said, I’ve only done this a few times and no longer do it. I DO NOT recommend wearing over 24 hours. You could ideally pop a pair on in the morning and then before bed, which is what I do.

The Bodyform pants are really good, comfortable and after a while you forget you’re wearing period pants. Inside the pants there is a massive soft “pad” that I know some people have commented saying it feels like a nappy/diaper, which I can understand. As I said though, these are comfortable and that “nappy/diaper” feeling goes away.

I recently wore these out and about for a shopping day with my best friend and I was anxious the whole day about leaking, but when I got home and got ready for bed I realised that the pants had kept me dry all day! They were so comfortable the whole day too and I didn’t feel like I had my period to be honest.

I’m going to cover the part that puts everyone off getting reusable pants and pads… Cleaning them.

Cleaning them is really straight forward and simple, but the first step is a bit… Grim. Personally, it doesn’t bother me, but I know for a lot of people it will/would. I’m just going to go through what you are told to do and what I do.

For the Bodyform period pants it stats on the website:

“Just quickly rinse in cold water and then throw into the washing machine with your usual wash. Maximum performance for 50+ washes”

Whereas on the packaging it states:

“Cold rinse after use (if you can). Then wash at 40°C without fabric conditioner. Wash with the rest of your underwear and simply hand dry or tumble dry on a low heat. Full performance lasts up to a minimum of 50 washes.”

In the morning if I’ve worn the pants in the night, I will jump in the shower, take them off and rinse under the cold bath tap until the water runs clear. Then when I get out of the shower, I’ll pop them in the washing machine with some washing gel and laundry sanitiser. When they’re done I pop them on the airer to dry.

I follow the same process with the pants I’ll have worn in the day but instead I’ll rinse them in the sink.

I want to say, I didn’t wash them under cold water recently and I DO NOT recommend. I hate how Bodyform suggests “if you can rinse them”, when realistically you do.

I forgot to rinse a pair recently and even after putting them into my washing machine twice, they still held blood in them. It was only from rinsing them under cold water that I found this out and I was horrified. Please make sure to keep rinsing them until the water runs clear.

My experience with the Bodyform period pants are AMAZING and I’ve been recommending them to everyone!

Now onto the Hey Girls reusable period products. I have quite a few things I want to address with this brand that I think are amazing!

First of all, for every product you buy/order you make Hey Girls will purchase the exact same products against your order and donate them to someone in need.

“Here at Hey Girls HQ, we’ve pledged to bring an end to period poverty in the UK. When you purchase our products online, from a supermarket or from one of our independent eco stores, you buy one for a UK girl or women in need too. Since launching Hey Girls in 2018, we have donated over 14.9 MILLION period products to communities across the UK!”

You can read more about their impact on period poverty here.

Hey Girls also sell Pads4Dad period kits too, so dad’s can be more understanding and supportive of what their teenager is going through, what she needs, etc. As a teenager my mom was mostly the one who helped me when it came down to my period, but there were occasions as a teen and in my early twenties when my dad would need to help me out. Especially if I wasn’t very well and on my last pad! Granted men are becoming more understanding of periods, but these kits are handy for men who don’t know what they need to get for their teens.

Finally and it’s what will bring me onto talking about Hey Girls pants, their sizes range from UK sizes 6-22 (XS-4XL), which I think is amazing! A lot of plus size women I’ve spoken to have told me how they can’t buy period pants due to lack of sizing, but alas Hey Girls has their back! 🙂

So, as you gathered I picked up some period pants from Hey Girls, the Super Soft Cherry Period Pants to be exact, as well as some of the Reusable Pantyliners.

The period pants had been on my wish list for what feels like forever, partially for the gorgeous cherry red colour and the fact they’re high waisted too. I decided to order an XL and they’re super comfortable with plenty of room for throughout the day, the night and especially those bloated tummy days where you need the comfy space AND bit of flattening for the tummy too.

Unlike the Bodyform pants, these have a high absorbency, making them great for your first/second day of your period OR if you have a heavy flow all month. Similar to the Bodyform, these can be worn for 12 hours and both day and night. The pad inside of this is a lot thicker, which will be great for those first and second period days when it’s really heavy.

Again, like the Bodyform you rinse out the pants in cold water until it runs clear, throw into the washing machine at a 40°C, without fabric softener and then air dry or tumble dry on low.

These cost £18.95, so WAY cheaper than Bodyform at their full price. I’m really happy with how much I paid for these. I love the colour, how they make me feel protected and especially the fact I’m giving back when buying a pair. I highly recommend these if you’re after some period pants! It’s all well and good buying on Amazon, Etsy and other brands but they don’t give back like Hey Girls do.

Alongside the Super Soft Cherry Period Pants there are also various other pant styles to choose from:

Essential BikiniBasic Brief and Mid Waist – Both comes in black and grey, sizes S-L (UK size 6-14).

Super Soft Black Cherry – Sizes XS-4XL (UK size 6-22).

I’m a tad disappointed by Hey Girls that they could make the super soft cherry style period pants inclusive to plus size, but not the others? I mean, it’s better to have two pairs for heavy flow and plus sizes than none, but it just sucks a bit.

As I mentioned before, alongside the period pants, I also picked up some of the pantyliners too.

The reason for my order from Hey Girls initially was down to buying the pantyliners. I’d been after some reusable ones for a while and even after recommendations of pantyliners on both Etsy and Amazon, I still couldn’t find what I was after. Alas, Hey Girls did.

The Reusable Pantyliners are perfect for when your coming to the end of your period and have a lighter flow, or for everyday wear, which is exactly what I wanted them for. They did have pantyliners like this on Etsy and Amazon, but they seemed far too big. The Hey Girls ones are only 17cm which was the size I was after, which makes them perfect for throwing in your bag too for travelling and lighter days.

You get five pantyliners as well as a wet bag to keep you used and un-used pantyliners in, which was well worth the money. I’m planning to use the wet bag for used pantyliners when I’m travelling and out and about and may need to change. I’ll buy or re-use a pouch to keep clean pantyliners in.

These are super soft and feel really comfortable to wear! You simply place the grey side facing you into your underwear and using the poppers, clip the pad into place. Simple! I did feel a bit anxious on my first wear of these, just in case it unclipped but I didn’t face any issues. You can wear these for up to 12 hours like the pants and then change them for another.

In regards to the clip mechanism to keep the pantyliner in your underwear, you can also use this to clip the up after use too, as shown in the photos.

Like the pants, the pantyliners are just as easy to wash! Rinse under cold water until it runs clear, throw into the machine for a 30°C – 40°C without fabric conditioner and then leave to air dry. I find they’re tricky to dry on an airer so I ended up clipping them up and hanging them off of the airer. I don’t think this is recommended however.

At the time of writing this post the Reusable Pantyliners are out of stock, but keep your eyes peeled if you’re after them as stock does come back around quickly! For the five pantyliners and the wash bag these cost £18.05, which I think is a fair price!

Alongside the pants and pantyliners, Hey Girls do sell various reusable and none reusable period products, including a Menstrual Cup, Reusable Period Pads Day or Night, Full Cycle Kit and even a First Period Starter Kit.

Overall I’m so glad I made the jump from one use period products to reusable. I know I’ve only just started but I already feel like I’m doing my bit for the planet. I still have some one use period products in my house and intend to use them up slowly. I’ll probably always keep one use in my house, not just for me but for any of my friends who come over and may find themselves in a spot of bother.

I also find that I’ll save money using the reusable products rather than buying packs of pads and pantyliners at £1-£3 a month. PLUS I never have to worry about running low or out ever again with the reusable pants and pantyliners either.

What do you think of reusable period products? Do you already use them, if so what do you use? If you don’t use them (yet… :)) has my post today encouraged you to maybe think about it? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time guys I hope you’re all well and staying safe! 😀

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April Favourites ‘21

How is it May already? I can’t believe how quick 2021 is going and it’s making me feel old in a way! At the same time, as much as I’ve enjoyed April it’s been bloody cold this week. We are meant to be in spring, I need me some sunshine and warmer weather now.

I think the most I’m excited about for May is some pre-ordered goodies I have arriving, making my new desk look cute as fuck and playing lots of New Pokemon Snap.

April has been such a strange month. It’s the month I really started to get into Twitch and I even bought a brand new Animal Crossing edition Switch, which I LOVE. You can read more about that here. I’m excited for the future of my Twitch channel and by the end of May I hope to have made affiliate.

For the time being however, I’m going to get cracking with my favourites and what I loved in April.

Beauty.

  • Bodyform Intimawear Period Underwear – (link).

I know this isn’t a typical beauty product to talk about but I REALLY wanted to share these period underwear this month after trying them in April. Three words – They are amazing and I’ll never look back. I’d been thinking about buying reusable pads for a while now, but was feeling a bit lost of where to look, start, etc. Whilst doing my monthly shop at the end of March I found these in Tesco on offer and decided to pick up a pack. I gave them a go on day two of my period and they were amazing. I could tell I had them on at first, but the longer I wore them the more I got used to and comfortable with wearing them. I felt anxious throughout the day but at the same time I felt confident of no leaks. I wore them to bed and woke up with no issues… If you know what I mean. 😉

From memory they last 50 washes and are as easy to wash as they are to wear. You rinse them with cold water until the water runs clear and then throw into the washing machine. Simple! I clean them with cold water when I jump into the shower in the morning, run under the cold tap and when I’m out of the shower I throw them into the machine.

There are loads of brands you can buy and try, my reason for picking the Bodyform underwear up is the price I snagged them for and more. Again, I highly recommend these, they’re amazing!

So… Now it’s time to talk about the miscellaneous favourites of the month! If there isn’t anything I’ve done I’m not going to mention.

Favourite Movie – Midsommar.

This is a film I’ve seen a few times now and recently I had the urge to watch it again. It’s a horror film by Ari Aster (also directed Hereditary) who has seemingly come out of nowhere. Aster’s horror films are eerie and will leave you with questions and an unfamiliar feeling, which is exactly what Midsommar did to me. Midsommar is a film about a group of friends who travel to Sweden to visit their friends home. A festival is taking place during their stay and they end up finding themselves in part of a cult that they aren’t 100% sure about. Amongst the group of friends there is also a couple whose relationship is being held together by a tragedy that occurred years prior. The film is overall just eerie and the things that happen are strange and odd to say the least. I’ve watched so many videos analysing the film, which is what fuelled me to watch it again. Watching it for a second time has really opened my eyes to the film and if you don’t get upset easily (there are a lot of sensitive subjects such as suicide and gore) I highly recommend watching it!

Favourite TV Show – Invincible.

This is a new TV show I’ve literally finished just before writing my favourites and I LOVED it! It was a recommendation from my colleagues and when I mentioned it to Dane we decided to start watching it that evening. It’s based off of a comic book of the same name and is about Mark, son of superhero Omni-Man, who eventually becomes superhero Invincible. We see Mark juggling being a superhero and trying to finish high school. There’s more to the story, but I don’t want to worry whatever I share may spoil. I highly recommend watching! This is an Amazon Prime Video exclusive show by the way.

Favourite Song – Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”.

This song. I don’t feel like I need to write anything about it because I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like this song at the moment. I kept hearing this song on a Logitech advert on Twitch and I started to really like it, so Googled. This song came up on YouTube and it has literally JUST come out. I fell in love with it and I’ve not been able to stop listening to it since. I play it at least once a day in the week whilst working and maybe once or twice throughout the weekend. It’s blowing up the internet though and before hearing this song I’d never heard of Lil Nas X before. Now I’m quite excited for his new album to drop this year. I don’t know if it’ll be my sort of music, but I’ll definitely check it out.

Miraculous Maku on Twitter: "More of the art. (Pokémon Mystery Dungeon:  Rescue Team DX)… "

Image taken from Twitter

Favourite Game – Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX.

I’ve owned the remake of the original Pokemon mystery dungeon games since it came out at the start of March 2020, but I’d only played it for a short amount of time before Animal Crossing came out. Why? Because I got bloody stuck and gave up on it. At the start of April I decided to start streaming me playing it on Twitch and it’s been really fun. I decided to restart the game as I hadn’t played a lot anyway when I got stuck. So far it’s going okay, but I’m yet to get to the point I was stuck at before… I just forgot how much I like this game and it’s one I can see me playing outside of stream in the future. I highly recommend picking it up to play if you’ve never played the mystery dungeon games before, or if you want the nostalgia from the games back in the day!

Just a few of my favourite things.

Gel Nails.

As the salons were able to open back up in April I was booked in to get my nails done and it was WELL overdue! I decided to go for a duck egg blue colour with glitter. They’re still lasting now and I do love them. If there’s one thing I have really missed during the second and third lockdowns it’s getting my nails done. I feel like every three weeks it’s my time to get pampered, not have to do or think about much for an hour and I can just have a good natter with my nail technician. I’ve been going to her for over a year now, but due to COVID I’ve only had my nails done by her sixteen times, which isn’t as many as it should have been by now. I’m already excited to get a new set of gels done next week, but I do not have a clue what I’m going to get yet! maybe something pastel for spring? 😛

New Desk.

Me and Dane decided in April that it was time for me to get my own desk in our office. I’ve wanted my own space for a while to work at for both work and personal. I’ve had a few of my items dotted on Dane’s desk but I have to always move them at the end of the working day and put them back at the start and the same happened with my work laptop too. I’d put it away at the end of the day and set it up at the start. The desk Dane bought me wasn’t the one I’d thought he was ordering, so I was worried at first that it would be too small. However, this being said we’ve made it work and I’ve had it and been working at it for a week now. It’s amazing! I got my office chair from work so I didn’t need to buy a new one (although I may eventually) and we already had an old monitor that I could use. All that was left to do was decorate the desk and the area really!

As you can see from the above photo I have started to make it my own with my Danbo Nendoroid, Smoko ramen cup lamp, a Tokidoki plush and fox coaster that my friend Sarah (Raiin Monkey) sent to me, my raccoon planter from Tesco and finally my Razer quartz headset and headset stand. I have a lot more work to do to my desk including making use of the white space above the desk and more. I’ll be showing it off more in my monthly favourites I’m sure!

Pokemon and Disney purchases.

I made some cute purchases during April and they’re all featuring towards the end of my monthly favourites. The first group I want to talk about are Pokemon and Disney themed.

I picked up this Loungefly bag second hand from someone via a Loungefly Facebook group (who I’ve since befriended) and I’ve been using it since. After I discovered this bag existed at the start of the year it fast became one of my holy grain and sought after bags. One weekend around February I searched all over for this and could only find it for around $200-$400 which I was NOT willing to pay. I gave up on the search eventually and had the frame of mind, “If it turns up at a decent price… So be it…” so when I saw it for a decent price, I snatched it up! I love it so much. The first shopping trip I wore it out I heard people commenting on it which was awesome. It’s my go to bag at the moment and one I’ll definitely use when I return back to working in the office. I have taken it into a work a few times now, which is good. Would you guys like to see a blog post about my Loungefly bags? I have one coming soon and I’ve bought a couple of new ones in 2021 so yes, let me know!

I picked up some Disney goodies from Fox Leap and alongside the two items I bought, Sophie sent me LOADS of extra goodies too which made me smile! She’s such an amazing seller and lovely person to talk to. I decided to finally pick up the Angel enamel pin and Lady and the Tramp print that I’ve had saved in my favourites on Etsy for the longest time. As regular readers will know, Lady and the Tramp is my favourite Disney film and I have fond memories of the sequel when it came out too. Alongside my purchases I also received a Scar print (which I’d been eyeing up for a while), Fennekin enamel pin, Bambi and Faline enamel pin, an Angel sticker and some Disney horse stickers. I don’t feel like I can thank Sophie enough for sending me so many lovely extras.

I’m giving Sophie a bit of a plug here (because she bloody deserves it!) but if you like watching streamers, make sure to check out her Twitch channel. Sophie’s streams are great to relax to and she’s even come to mine before, which is always lovely and supportive. I’m also part of her Discord which is so friendly. 🙂 I’m looking to join her Patreon in the near future.

Finally I ordered the Nickit plush from the Pokemon Center via YY Kawaii and it arrived in April. Nickit was my favourite Pokemon in Sword and Shield and as soon as I could catch one in the game, it stayed in my party for as long as possible! This plush is bigger than I thought it was going to be, which was great! It now lives on my plushie cabinet alongside my Dragonite, Eevee, Morgana and more. It’s just a nice plush to add to my collection. Don’t forget by the way that if you would like to save 10% off of the YY Kawaii website, make sure to use the code YYCOFFEE10 – which is my brand affiliate code with YY Kawaii!

Animal Crossing Cookie.

April appears to have been a month where I have been slightly obsessed with Cookie from Animal Crossing. Why? I don’t know but I’ve either bought items, received items or found and finished things with her featured.

As you may have seen from my last blog post, my Quirkory pre-order arrived for some Animal Crossing enamel pins, one of the pins was Cookie. It’s such an adorable enamel pin and it’s by far one of my favourites in my collection now! If you want to read a bit more about this enamel pin AND the latest Animal Crossing collection from Quirkory please make sure to check out the latest post all about it. 🙂 If you like the look of the Cookie enamel pin and would like to save 10% off of Quirkory’s store then make sure to use the code TMBQUIRKORY!

Alongside the enamel pin arriving, I decided to finally order myself something from Nooks Needles Co as I’d wanted to for a while. I noticed the store had started to stock Cookie designs, so I decided to reach out to potentially buy a custom order. I wanted Cookie on a light purple sweater, but I wanted the image of Cookie to be larger and in the middle of the chest area of the sweater, instead of smaller and on the left hand side of the chest. Laur the person behind Nooks Needles Co was happy to oblige and ordered a sweater in shade orchid for me. It arrived over a week later and I’ve worn it loads so far, as you’ll see from the image above, as well as my new picture on my blog too. I’m looking to review this store and sweater in the future, so please keep eyes peeled for this in May/June. 😉

Finally I want to share this Cookie cross stitch I FINALLY finished after owning it since March 2020. I don’t know why it took so long as it was practically finished when I picked it up again towards the end of this month. This cross stitch kit is from diyCrossing and although I bought this last year, they still have plenty of cross stitch kits available to buy! They’re really easy to follow, whether you’re new to cross stitch or not. I’ve been cross stitching since I was about ten why my mom first got me into it, so to be able to do this kit of a villager I adore, it’s been lovely. I’ve since ordered two more, Lucky and Bones, two more of my favourite villagers. I plan to buy and work on all the dog cross stitch kits from diyCrossing in the future and display them.

There we have it guys, those are my favourites from April! As I said at the start of the post, I can’t quite believe it’s May already! I don’t know what May brings, but I feel like it’s going to be good. I have some time off work in June so I feel May is going to be a month of planning what me and Dane are going to do.

What were your favourites from April? What do you think of my favourites? Make sure to let me know in the comments below!

Until next time guys, take care and have a lovely bank holiday weekend!

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