Just a note of caution to the ladies out there, men you can all look away now. I’m talking about the dreaded monthlies. The builder’s are in. Stop reading now if you are a squeamish man who doesn’t do ladies problems and winces at the mere mention of ‘periods’. You have been warned…

Not all fragranced and perfumed sanitary products are labelled as such.
So if you are sensitive to perfumes and don’t want to use a fragranced sanitary product next to your most sensitive skin, read on.

I bought these ones by mistake. Always Dailies. I was in a rush, I was caught short. I was going for belt and braces, tampon and towel, I won’t go into details.

But when I opened the box I knew instantly that I’d made a mistake.

I made this mistake once before, never again.

Using perfumed sanitary products can cause skin irritation if you have sensitive skin.

No more details required here but if you want to find out what happened to me when I accidentally used perfumed toilet paper have a laugh and read, .

So back to the sanitary pads. They were quite clearly very heavily fragranced.

Why? And how hadn’t I noticed? There is nothing on the box to indicate that they are perfumed – unless I really am going blind.

It does say they ‘keep fresh’ so maybe that’s it?

When you examine the box it also says they are ‘odour neutralising’ which is probably another word for masking with unnecessary chemicals and fragrances.

Luckily I didn’t make the mistake of using one this time but I cannot even pass these on to someone else to use, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself. No one should be using these. They are in the bin where they belong. I’m just annoyed I bought them.

But I do like these ones from Natracare

This is what they say about their products,

“Our products are a direct response to health and environmental concerns about dioxin pollution caused by chlorine bleaching, pesticide spraying on conventionally grown cotton, and the use of rayon and plastics in feminine hygiene.”

I find that these Natracare tampons and sanitary towels perform perfectly well, just as good as the normal brands you can get in Boots and Superdrug. I buy them from Goodness Direct, see link on the right hand side.

Sarah from SugarPufFish has also written about these sanitary towels from Time of the Month which look excellent. Read her review here:

Micki Rose from Truly Gluten Free has also written this brilliant blog, Now I recommend everyone should read this, regardless of whether you can tolerate corn or not, it’s a fascinating read and will open your eyes to a whole new world of reusable sanitary products.

What sanitary products do you use? Have you ever reacted to perfumed sanitary wear? Do you think they should be freefrom all fragrances to protect our sensitive skin?

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An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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