So, I’m like a medium crunchy kinda gal. My daughters wore cloth diapers (most of the time), we eat organic (most of the time), I switched to natural cleaners, I love essential oils (patchouli!) and I dream of the day I can get my huge mop of hair into some nice neat dread locks (I fully realize this may never happen, I have huge hair). So, needless to say I did not bat a (natural mascara laden) eyelash when my pal Lindsay at Maman Loup’s Den asked if I would be willing to review some lady cloth (aka cloth menstrual pads) for her. I had used cloth pads in the past after my first baby was born, but only recently have I actually had to use them on a regular basis because I breastfed for a looong time and then also got pregnant with my second while still nursing my first, followed by more breastfeeding. I was definitely eager to try something new, since it had been about 4 year since my last cloth pad purchase.
I was delighted to receive a cute little package from Deirdre at Sar n’dippa Dee containing 3 heavy flow pads! Deirdre also makes pads in light, regular, & moderate absorbencies as well as liners. These pads are lovely and look very well made, you can tell Deirdre comes from a long line of sewers, she was taught by both her Mom and Oma and has been sewing since she was a kid!
At first inspection these pads appeared super soft, and sufficiently absorbent for their intended purpose on heavier flow days. These are topped with 100% cotton, and have an absorbent core of bamboo fleece and a backing of poly fleece. I liked that the top was 100% cotton, basically feels just like your normal knickers! The backing was really soft, though I wondered about how waterproof it really was. I was also curious about how they would hold up to the turbo wash routine I was going to put them through with my cloth diapers, and how they would dry since I do not have a dryer and have to air dry everything.
I’m pleased to say that these pads proved to be perfect for use at the start of my cycle. Despite the back of the pad feeling a bit damp, these did not actually leak. Oh the magic of fleece! They have great coverage and are super comfy, WAY better than any disposable. Despite them being a heavy flow pad I thought they were fairly thin and had no problem with them showing through any pants I wore. Maybe if someone was squinting REALLY intently at your yoga pants clad rear end they might be able to detect the pad, but even then only if they really knew what they were looking for. Plus that whole scenario is super creepy and unlikely. Basically if you need a heavy flow gigantic disposable pad this is an excellent, and much trimmer option for you.
Deirdre provides washing instructions (pictured below) with each purchase, however I just throw mine in with my cloth diapers so I did not wash per her instructions. Despite the intense wash cycle I put these through, they came out as good as new! With previous cloth pads I’d used I always had a hard time getting them really clean in one wash cycle, however I found these to get totally clean in just one cycle. Since I wash these with my cloth diapers with no fabric softener and also air dry I was curious if they would still be soft after washing and I was so pleased to discover that they actually came out super soft! No cardboard pads!
I would definitely recommend Sar n’dippa Dee lady cloth, based on comfort, trimness & durability. I personally require a bit more absorbency for overnight however, but these were an awesome eco-friendly daytime solution for me. To purchase your own lady cloth from Sar n’dippa Dee check out her Facebook page or her Etsy store!
Self proclaimed modern hippie and former office manager turned stay-at-home Mama of two little rascals, Sarah blogs about the crunchier side of parenting, beauty and life at home with kids over at her blog Glam Granola Geek. Check out her antics on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram too!