ClothCycle is an Australian-based company owned by Rebecca. Her cloth pads are of very high quality and I can tell that she puts a lot of hard work into making them. The reviews on her site can definitely attest to that.
Be sure to like her Facebook Page so you don’t miss out on any coupons and/or the frequent giveaways she does. In fact this giveaway is going on right now and ends on August 10th. So hurry on over to sign up!
Regarding international shipping, Rebecca refunds excess postage charged by the cart >$1 where this occurs. You can see her shipping rates here.
About the Pads I Received
Rebecca sent me some “seconds” for my review. And I have to say I don’t really see why they are seconds.
On the left is pictured a lilac bamboo velour pad. It has a 2 layer bamboo fleece soaker with velour on top, sewn to Lilac Bloom flannel. The pad is fully lined with PUL. This was not a very popular design apparently, but it happens to be my favorite out of the three. I don’t know, for some reason having the separate pad portion sewn on makes me feel more secure against leakage, like maybe the serged edge gives it a barrier. Could be all in my head though. 😉
Here’s what Rebecca says about it:
“The reason I love the serged edge style is I find that with washing a turned and top stitched edge becomes tougher which makes me more aware of the pad. I think what makes my pads unique and popular is that customers comment that they don’t even know they are wearing them. The serged edge is also extremely durable, those stitches are not coming out! So the pads will fair well construction wise over time.”
The black one is a 26cm/10” pad with a black Minky facing, blue & black print backing and is PUL lined to provide leak protection. It has a core of 2 layers of bamboo fleece.
If you’re not familiar with it, Rebecca describes is in her FAQ section of her website:
“PUL is an abbreviation of Polyurethane Laminate; a wetproof coating that is applied to a base fabric. PUL is breathable and is the most effective means for wetproofing a cloth pad. This fabric was originally designed for use in the healthcare industry.”
While PUL is a synthetic material, some women like it as it does provide leak protection to keep staining at bay.
Minky is a super soft modern fabric that feels like plush velour. It is softer than fleece with a short fur texture.
The pad on the right in the above picture is a 20cm/8” panty liner made of bamboo velour and cotton flannel with a bamboo fleece core.
All of her pads are made from high quality, absorbent fabrics such as bamboo and hemp. She also offers Zorb (which is super absorbent) and, of course, Minky (as you can see from the pads I received) for those who prefer these materials.
Much of Rebecca’s work comes from customers purchasing custom pads. She’s got a special section on her site for placing custom orders that can be found here.
How to Use and Care for Cloth Pads
Cloth pads are super easy to use! ClothCycle pads have “wings” with high quality snaps ~ simply put them in place an snap them around your panties. In my experience they stayed in place very well ~ no slipping at all.
For lightly soiled pads and panty liners, you can just toss them into your regular laundry load. For moderately to heavily soiled pads you will need to pre-wash them with cold water. Simply rinsing in the sink right after use can accomplish this, or some people keep a lidded container in the bathroom filled with cold water and a little peroxide, or some other fabric-safe cleanser to help prevent stains. There is even specialty “wash” you can buy just for your cloth pads. Of course, you would want to change this water daily. You can either wash your pads as you go through your cycle or wait until the end and throw them all in with the laundry. It’s not a big deal at all and it’s not gross in any way.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH CLOTHCYCLE
These pads are super comfy and I love the fabrics! I could hardly tell I was wearing a pad, unlike using disposable (paper, plastic…) pads that can feel crunchy or crinkly, these are soft and hardly noticeable. The absorbent materials they are made of actually kept them from feeling wet. Honestly, I will be buying more as soon as our budget allows! She even makes the most adorable pouches/bags for carrying them in when you’re out-n-about and I can hardly wait to get my hands on one. And for nursing moms, she even makes breast pads as well.
Clothcycle pads come in pantyliners, moderate day pads and heavy/night pads ~ enough to fill all your needs throughout your cycle.
So go check out her stuff and be sure to say hello from TheHippyGardener!!