Monday, February 10, 2014

Let's Get Personal

From time to time I get all TMI on the blog, but nothing is ever more personal than talking about our parts. I think back to all my previous posts on all things lady related, and I laugh at all the people who started reading and were just too unprepared. So this is your disclaimer, but there really doesn't need to be one. I promise this is more informative, and educational. And no, not the same way Miley Cyrus plans to "educate" kids on her latest tour.



So, let's get personal and discuss personal care products. Specifically feminine care products such as tampons and pads. What do you think is in those products? Have you ever looked at the ingredients list? I'm willing to bet the answer is no. Why? Because it's not on the box. These items are classified as medical devices, so they aren't required by law. Naturally Savvy has started a petition to get Proctor & Gamble to begin labeling their sanitary pads and tampons. 

Petition for Proctor & Gamble to disclose the ingredients in their pads and tampons.
Image via  Naturally Savvy
When you start to think about this, it's kind of unnerving. You most precious organ is being exposed to who knows what every single month! I know a ton of you are moms who cloth diaper because you didn't want toxic chemicals near your children's sensitive areas. Well, some of those same toxic chemicals that are in disposable diapers are in pads and tampons. Why not protect yourself too? 

Don't worry, you don't need to go sit on a rock for week because you ditched your conventional menstrual products. You can make the switch a menstrual cup, like the Diva Cup, as I chose to do. If that isn't something you're ready for, then Naturally Savvy offers some organic cotton alternatives that are a much safer option. Be sure to watch the shocking video comparing an Always Infinity pad vs. a Natracare pad.

Dioxin in diapers and feminine products is hazardous to our health
And it's in feminine products too!

I'm not trying to get you all riled up for nothing. This Tuesday Mamavation and Naturally Savvy are hosting the #AlwaysTell Twitter Party. I am going to be a panelist to help educate and spread the word about not only what is actually in our feminine products, but to have the right to KNOW this information. It needs to be printed on the box for the consumer to see when it's on the shelves. I think I'll have a lot to bring to this party because I am a woman, I have a vagina, I used to use Always and Tampax feminine products, I have made the switch to non-toxic and reusable alternatives, oh, and I get my period, and lastly, but maybe most importantly, I am okay talking about all of this stuff. If we don't talk about it, then isn't just as bad as the companies that don't share the information on their packages. It's all about informing the consumer.

#AlwaysTell Twitter party Tuesday February 11th at 6PM PST
Image via Mamavation
While you're all pumped up for safer feminine products, let's keep up the getting personal theme here and talk about safer personal care products in general. Tonight on Mamavation TV we will be talking about removing toxins from your personal care products. There are some great panelists and as is the case every Monday, myself and the other Mamavation Bootcamp 18 Mom will be there. The hangout is on Google Plus at 6PM PST tonight.

93 comments:

  1. I have to honestly say that I've never thought about what's in the products I'm using for "that time of the month," and what products I'm purchasing for my daughters. As someone who constantly spouts off what the girls should and should not eat due to all the chemicals in our foods, I'm wondering why I've never thought about what is coming near our most private of parts.

    Thank you for making me aware. I will now make better choices.

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  2. Hence the reason why I use a menstrual cup now! I hope that by educating ourselves we can help educate our daughters, etc when the time comes as well so that the next generation knows to question what they put in and around their bodies.

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  3. Hmm... I try to avoid toxins in my everyday life, but I never really thought about this. To be frank, I've never used pads and the idea of a menstrual cup kind of scares me. But I'm sure education is key. ;) Have you heard much about the organic cotton tampons or Sea Pearls? Just curious to know if you (or anyone you know) has used them and has any thoughts!

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  4. A lot of people don't think about these things as having toxins in them. I honestly would contribute it to the fact that there is no ingredients list and therefore most people probably think they are nothing but cotton!


    Have a great week!

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  5. In college I went to the state Capitol and talked to lobbyists and politicians about toxins in feminine hygiene products. Back then it was just dioxins being run off everywhere. However now with the all the advances for absorbency I do not know most of these chemicals. After my last baby my husband picked up one box of a product that was not organic and it felt really weird on my skin. I have no idea what ladies are sticking around their vaginas these days.

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  6. I love saving money.

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  7. Awesome post! You really are a great writer!! :) And, I'm so excited about tonight's Twitter party. I've known about the organic cotton tampons for awhile now but I never really thought much about them. Not sure I wouldn't want to protect my Precious Parts, but now at least I can learn and switch with others!! :)

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  8. How much cuter they are!

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  9. How adorable AND affordable they are!

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  10. I'm so glad you brought this up. I watch everything around my kids, but often forget about myself.

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  11. I think we are always so quick to think about our children, and forget about our health. Then, the fact that these products aren't even labeled it is out of sight, out of mind. Even if you try to research the ingredients yourself, Proctor & Gamble doesn't give much information.


    I never even thought about this myself until after having my son, but now it makes so much sense. Of course I want to know what it near my nethers.

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  12. I have heard that from other people as well about the cramps. I haven't experienced this myself, but my cramps have never been much and I never used tampons much. The whole idea of them always bothered me. I am thinking I need to switch cups though, the Diva Cup just might not be the right "fit" for me. It is still far superior to pads or tampons though.

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  13. Exactly Danielle. It's a subject people don't like talking about, but it is important. So many people don't think about what is coming into contact with our bodies. I think things are really changing and consumers are becoming more aware. Eventually the companies will have to change to meet our demands.

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  14. Exactly why these products should be labeled, so people think about that long ingredient list!


    Menstrual cups do seem scary at first, but it's similar to a applicator free tampon. It takes a good 3 cycles or so to get it just right, but I never had leaks during the introductory period. No pun intended.


    Organic cotton tampons are a better option, just look for a product that labels it's ingredients and avoid anything with fragrance, always! I'm not familiar with sea pearls, I have heard some people use sea sponges though.

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  15. Yes, adding ingredients would open a lot of people's eyes. I hope the companies listen to our request.

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  16. Kia, I have a feeling you've got a ton of great college stories of your activism. I think people assume these feminine products have been the same for ages, so it their mother used it, it's okay for them too. The fact is they have changed and become something loaded with chemicals.


    I remember getting irritated from a brand of pads once, similar to a diaper rash I guess. It got me thinking about what was really in that pad. It was basically a diaper with strange absorbency gel and plastic. I wouldn't let disposable diapers near my child, so why was I wearing a similar product? That's when I made the switch to a menstrual cup.

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  17. Thank you. I am really hoping this twitter party at the very least gets woman thinking about what comes in contact with their bodies. See you at the party!

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  18. I think that is that age old mom syndrome. You take care of your children and forget about yourself. If we aren't healthy, then who will be there to raise our children?


    This is a topic people are afraid to discuss, but I think it's important. I can't tell you how many people have told me they never thought about what was in their feminine product before hearing of the petition and twitter party.

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  19. I always thought that was the funniest thing too. I got so excited about something that would get pooped in. They are so adorable.

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  20. That's how it started for me. Then I was sucked in my new prints and brands.

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  21. Awe, I am partial to the pirate theme as well. Check out my son's nursery here: http://www.pirateprerogative.com/2012/09/pirate-prerogative.html

    I also have a Perfect for Pirates section in my shop here: http://astore.amazon.com/pirateprerog-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=7

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  22. Until I was a member of Mamavation I never thought about this, but am glad I know about it now, I will definitely be part of the twitter chat tonight, thanks for educating us

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  23. how good they look.

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  24. I'll see you at the chat Sarah. I always say it's a long road to being green. One thing gets you on your way and then you continue at your own pace. Mamavation is great for helping people down the healthier path.

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  25. Cloth diapers make diapering fun, both for myself and my toddler, when he picks out his diaper.

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  26. saving money and ecological benefits!

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  27. I love saving money.

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  28. Definitely saving money!

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  29. Saving money and the environment!

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  30. Angela Britz-RobertsonFebruary 12, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    The cute fluffy butt!

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  31. The cuteness on baby rather than plain old white or tired cartoon characters.

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  32. Saving money! And cute diapers to match to our outfits!

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  33. Saving money and the cute fluffy bum!

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  34. I love the colors and prints. You can't get that with sposies

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  35. that BG print is simply adorable. LOVE!

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  36. Love the Jules print... thanks!

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  37. No chemical-bead-absorbant things to burn my kid!

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  38. WE love saving money!

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  39. I love the colors/patterns and the lack of chemicals most!

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  40. I love not having to run to the store because we ran out of diapers!

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  41. We made the decision to cloth diaper to save money, knowing we could use them for future children. Now, I just love shopping for the great deals and adorable designs!

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  42. The diaper covers

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  43. Covers, baby legs, longies

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  44. Omgosh this is a hard one!! Favorite thing would have to be finding all the new types of diapers and trying them out! ( So the actual diaper is my favorite )

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  45. Johnny Rachel MillerFebruary 14, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Hello!


    We are super excited about the Jules print diaper and the wetbag! Both are absolutely adorable! Can't wait to see who wins this! Thank you, Pirate Prerogative!

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  46. My wetbag! Not only is it essential for cloth diapering, it is still useful even after potty training!

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  47. My CJ's BUTTer stick. Saves my son's butt.

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  48. My favorite CD-related thing? So not the diapers? I love babylegs, though they aren't directly cloth related, they help me show off the cute diapers!

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  49. My favorite cd-related thing is my son's fluffy butt - helping pad his falls and tumbles as he keeps pulling up everywhere. At least now he finally figured out how to sit down without falling, haha

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  50. Cloth wipes!! So awesome!

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  51. Flushable liners.

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  52. My PlanetWise wet bag!

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  53. I love prefolds !!!!!!!

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  54. My favorite thing would be saving money!

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  55. My favorite thing is a diaper sprayer!!

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  56. My wet bags, the cute diapers, and prefolds; thanks for the chance!

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  57. uhm, is "a baby who doesn't have messy poops" count as an answer? haha. i love my sprayer for that reason.

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  58. My favorite is always having diapers on hand (or a wash and dry away if they're all dirty ;)

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  59. saving money and all the cute prints

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  60. eco friendly & healthier for sensitive bottums

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  61. probably my pail liners.

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  62. Thanks for the info... it makes me feel a little better about possibly trying a cup! I'm currently pregnant so I'll plan on revisiting your blog post for encouragement when everything gets back to "normal." :)

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  63. It's hard to pick a favorite CD item as of yet as I'm in the process of building up a stash and supplies for my first little, who is due in May.

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  64. I love the cute prints.

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  65. My kid the cloth goes on! But I really am loving my homemade wipes!

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  66. I really like hemp inserts for night time sleeping.

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  67. Besides the cloth!? I love my grovia pail!

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  68. Elizabeth McCulloughFebruary 16, 2014 at 6:01 AM

    My favorite thing about cloth is how much money you can save.

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  69. The cute patterns and designs!

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  70. My favorite thing is not having to leave the house to buy diapers. I also love researching new diapers.

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  71. My favorite thing about cloth diapering is not having to remember to buy diapers every time we're out. I also love how much money we save!

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  72. Are you looking for an object? For me, it would be a good, solid trash can that my dog can't get into and smells can't escape from. If you aren't looking for an object, my favorite thing is saving money. =)

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  73. I have a new found love for CJ's Butter!!

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  74. I adore the prints, colors, special orders and limited editions!

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  75. RUFFLES! Wish I had a girl in cloth!

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  76. My favorite cd related thing that is not a cloth diaper is probably my Planetwise pail liner. You don't realize that there are such different quality differences until you find a really nice one!

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  77. My favorite thing about cloth diapers is cloth wipes and the cute prints the diapers come in!

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  78. I love saving my landfill from a ton of extra garbage!!

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  79. Fav cloth related thing: wet bags! I've found so many other uses for them

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  80. I love wetbags! So versatile, I use them for everything!

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  81. My favorite part is all the cute prints!

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  82. Im new to CD and I'm excited to get into it and these prints are just so cute!!

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  83. Thanks for stopping by Keara. I swear I was scard of a cup for a while, but you just figure it out. Here's to hoping that "normal" takes a long time to return.

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  84. Thanks. It's been a great experience.

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