Saturday, March 3, 2012

Lunapads Review & {Giveaway} CAN/US

I'm really excited about this next Mama Cloth company. Introducing Lunapads!

About Lunapads:

Lunapads International is a women-owned and operated social mission-based business based in Vancouver, Canada. Our goal is to help individuals have healthier and more positive experiences of their menstrual cycles, and by extension, their bodies overall. Lunapads' mission is to create more positive and informed relationships between menstruators, their bodies and the Earth. We embrace a global perspective, in terms of wellbeing and empowerment for women and girls, as well as toward our responsibility with respect to sustainability.
We believe that using natural menstrual products is a creative and empowering way to honor and care for ourselves and the planet. All of our products have been created or chosen based on our own unique needs and lifestyles (in other words, we use them ourselves, and have done so for years), and we are confident we can find a solution that will work for you. We are completely committed to customer service and want to ensure that your experience with Lunapads is a positive one. We love to hear from our customers, so please let us know how we can better serve you or how Lunapads has made a difference in your life. 

Since 1993, Lunapads has been making their signature collection of menstrual products, Lunapads and Lunapanties. Lunapads were created by Madeleine Shaw (right), a fashion designer who realized she needed something to solve her own health concerns about using disposable pads and tampons.
Switching from tampons to cloth pads brought her the unexpected benefit of discovering a deeper connection with her body, and she set out to bring this gift to others in the form of starting a business.  She wrote the first business plan for Lunapads in 1994, and in 1995 opened a store and small production facility. By 1998, Lunapads were available in health food stores across Canada.
In 1999, Madeleine met Suzanne Siemens (left), a Chartered Accountant, at a Community Leadership course they were both participating in. Realizing that they shared a vision for better health for women and the planet, they combined their skills to fully develop Lunapads' potential. Lunapads are now used by thousands worldwide: as a result 1 million disposable pads and tampons are now being diverted from landfills every month. Lunapanties and Lunapads continue to be proudly made in Vancouver, Canada.

I was very happy when Lunapads agreed to let me review their Sampler Pack, PLUS they are donating a $50.00 Gift card to one of my very lucky readers!

So like I said I was sent their Sampler Pack, which contains 1 Mini Pantyliner & 1 Maxi Pad with 1 Maxi Basic Liner and 1 Maxi Wing Liner.

Left: MaxiPad, Liner insert, Wing Liner and Mini Pantyliner

Mini Pantyliner Review:
Their pantyliners are made up of, Cotton Flannel botton and is topped with a Cotton Fleece. They snap shut with a nickle free, silver plated brass single snap (which seem very durable to me. I'm not afraid that they are going to break) They are about 8" long.

They are meant for lighter period days. At the beginning of your cycle or can be paired with a tampon or the Diva Cup. I really liked the thinness of them. They were very soft and I barely noticed I was wearing it. 

I really like that my pantyliner had a red top. I'm so picky about stains and after it got washed there were no traces of blood. Score! They washed really well and dried quickly. Definitely a great Pantyliner to add to your stash. 

Lunapads offers a Free Sample Pantyliner to all new customers who are curious about cloth pads, but not quite sure whether they are right for them. Try a Lunapads Pantyliner risk-free, all you pay is the cost of shipping ($5):

You can't go wrong with that offer!!

Maxi Pad and liner review:
I didn't really get a chance to test this bad boy out as my cycle is all out of whack and I didn't need it. But I did wear it around the house just to get the feel for it. (I know I know.. Kinda crazy!) 

First off, this is unlike any other of my mama cloth. You can add absorbency to this pad, which I think is great! Again it is made up of Cotton Flannel and topped with 2 layers of Cotton Fleece. There is also a thin layer of nylon to make sure there is no soaking through. See here on how these pads are made. They also have the nickle free, silver plated single snap.

They have a rick rack band on each end which allows you to add more absorbency. It came with a 2 layer liner insert as well as a winged insert. I can see how the maxi pad would be perfect for heavier flow days. And being able to add absorbency is brilliant, in my opinion.  

Lunapads offer's a wide variety of sizes and styles. They have the Mini Pantyliner's and they also have a great looking postpartum kit as well.  To see all their kits go here 

Overall, Lunapads surpassed my expectations. They were comfortable, well made and I love what they do.

Lunapads helps provide access to feminine hygiene for girls and women in developing countries with their Pads4Girls program: . Pads4Girls seeks to address an often-overlooked problem that hundreds of millions of girls and women in developing nations face: missing school or work for several days every month because they lack adequate means to manage their periods. Providing girls with sustainable menstrual supplies is a simple yet highly effective way to give them a chance for a better future.

Lunapads has been sending pads as donations to women and girls in developing nations since 2000, when we were contacted by Zimbabwean/Canadian activist Isabella Wright. She informed us that girls and women had little or nothing to help them manage their menses, and as a result were missing school or work rather than risking discomfort or ridicule. The effect of these missed days is devastating, with girls missing up to 20% of their education and thereby increasing the likelihood of dropping out, earlier marriage and pregnancy as well as limiting career options. Since that time, we have received and fulfilled similar requests from individuals and NGOs in numerous other African nations as well as Mexico and South and Central America.
General awareness of this issue received an immense boost in 2007 when Procter & Gamble’s Always brand launched the “Protecting Futures” campaign, featuring a series of television ads depicting African schoolgirls with the caption “There are lots of reasons kids miss school. Being a girl shouldn’t be one of them.” Critics immediately pointed out that providing girls with disposable pads would create a waste problem in communities that have no landfill or incineration capacity, and further would not be sustainable following the program’s conclusion after 2012, its stated end date. Either way, Protecting Futures brought awareness of the problem to a mass level, and resulted in a substantial increase in requests for Lunapads donations.
In February 2008 Green blogger Deanna Duke (aka Crunchy Chicken) launched the Goods4Girls program in response to the Protecting Futures campaign, recruiting Lunapads as well as numerous other companies and individuals to contribute pad donations. In January of 2009, however, she realized that she lacked the resources to effectively manage the program’s growing success and regretfully discontinued it. In early 2009, we decided to formalize our donations and the outreach Lunapads had been doing by calling it Pads4Girls, in homage to the Goods4Girls legacy.

I just love what they are doing. Helping women around the world. Very inpiring.

If you would like to purchase your own Sampler pack check out Lunapads at:   OR try your luck and enter for your chance to win a $50.00 Gift Card!

I just wanted to thank Lunapads for everything! They really are a great group of women, who are making a difference in the world! Thank you ladies!

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Much love

Please note I was sent samples for review purposes only. All opinions are strictly my own and may differ from others. No monetary compensation was exchanged. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.