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Green Your Life ~ One Period at a Time!! Momiji natural Cloth Menstrual Pads

Rie Ito was so kind to send me a few Momiji natural pads to try out for you all!  In fact, I received one of each size!  Thank you, Rie!!!

{Warning: lots of pics in this post!}

Made by:  Momiji Natural Corporation
Country of origin: Sri Lanka
Company: FAQs

Momiji Natural Corporation cannot actually sell directly to the US.  Here are some links where they can be purchased:


Here is their nighttime pad!  I found this to be the most unique pad in that it’s shaped to really cover your fanny at night to prevent leaks all over the place.  And it’s a whopping 12 inches long!

Next is the large sized pad, which I found to be sufficient for using over-night since I was using these in conjunction with either a cup or the sponge.

They’ve got the 9 inch pad as well.  And yes, I’m aware that I have it snapped wrong side.  😉  That was so I could tell it apart from the next pad and not think I just took the same pic twice.

As you can see here, the business side of these pads are sewn in well.  The 3 stitched rows keep the insides from shifting around and bunching up.

There’s also an 8 inch pad.

I really like the fabric that Momiji natural uses.  They are made of 100% cotton.

And finally, they have the thong pad!

I can’t say I’ve ever used a thong pad before, but I did know of their existence.  They are actually quite comfy!

I couldn’t help but wonder how well Momiji natural pads would work because they seem pretty thin compared to other pads I’ve reviewed so far.  But, I found they worked quite well.  And as you can see from the pics here, they clean up very easily too!  Which is always a plus in a reusable menstrual pad.  Not that many people will see your personal items like this, but I don’t want mine to look all stained up for sure!  The fabrics are all too adorable to look dingy.

They suggest folding them up small and snapping them in place for when you will be out-n-about (see below).  This is quite easy to do and actually a great way to deal with soiled pads until you can get home to wash them out.  Just tuck the soiled side inside the “envelope”.

Over-all, I am very impressed with Momiji natural’s cloth pads!  I definitely recommend that you try them out for yourself!

Until next time friends….


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Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review and my opinions are my own. When reviewing a product I will let you know if I purchased the item or was provided a sample from the company for review purposes. My opinion of the products I review is for information purposes only.

Green Your Life ~ One Period at a Time!! Domino Cloth Pads

Karin at Domino Pads was so kind to send me these 2 lovely pads to review.  She started making pads because she needed a better choice for herself after having her first child.  You can read her story here.

I received on petite medium and a petite liner.  The petite medium is the beautifully hand-dyed in the Raspberry Pop color option.  It’s 8 1/2” long and 2 1/2” wide.  It’s made of organic bamboo velour ~ OH SO SOFT!

The petite liner is also hand-dyed and the color is called Still Waters.  The fabric is minkee, which is actually a little softer than the bamboo velour.  This liner is 7” long and 2 1/2” wide.

As you can see both have a snap closure.

They came with a nice fold out brochure to show you all the size options and how to care for your new pads.

The tag on each pad also has care instructions printed on it.


You can read all the details on their pads here as well as on their FAQ page.

My Experience

I found these pads to be quite comfortable.  I had plenty of potential for leaks since I was using these alongside the FemmyCycle and the Sea Sponges, but I experienced zero leaks through the pads.  I tend to use the longer pads more often just because I find them more comfortable.

And she even sent me a yummy organic lollypop!  mmmm, thanks Karin! 

A Giveaway on Facebook

This week on the Domino Pads Facebook Page, they have a giveaway, so go check that out and sign up.  The prize, in addition to a Domino panty liner starter set, includes a Lunette menstrual cup and a beautiful artisan glass try.


Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review and my opinions are my own.  When reviewing a product I will let you know if I purchased the item or was provided a sample from the company for review purposes. My opinion of the products I review is for information purposes only.

Green Your Life ~ One Period at a Time!! ClothCycle Menstrual Pads

About ClothCycle

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.


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!!

Green your life ~ one period at a time!!

To start this series out I wanted to answer this question, ahead of time:

Why would anyone, in their right mind, willingly choose to purchase and use reusable menstrual products?

Well, there are a couple answers to that question.  I want to talk to you about both of them: Cost and Health!

Perhaps if you’re not already excited about this topic, I’ll at least peak your interest enough to pay attention to my upcoming reviews.  I’m not going to talk about brand in this post ~ that is reserved for the individual reviews to come.  But for now, let’s go over some basics.


1. The average cost of using disposables:

On average, a woman will spend $4.00-5.00 per cycle.  If you take into account the average time span for a woman to have a period is approximately 40 years (give or take depending on genetics), that would be in the ballpark of $1920 – $2400 in her lifetime!  And that’s only taking into account tampons.  Not everyone can get by without using pads, as well, for either part of or their entire cycle, so that amount could potentially double.  Now if she chooses to use organic tampons and pads that cost will go up even higher.

While over an entire lifetime that may not sound like quite a lot.  You might even argue that the convenience is worth the cost.  But let’s just say you took that money monthly and invested it somehow.  Not only would you be saving that amount, but it would be increasing that savings all those years as your stocks/bonds/whatever rose in value.  Something to think about for sure!

There a cost to the environment as well!  On average a woman will throw away nearly 17,000 disposable tampons in her life-time (add pads to that if used).  Experts estimate that plastic tampon applicators may actually take 300 to 500 years to biodegrade.

2. Price range of purchasing re-usables:

This can vary greatly depending on what options you choose.  But I’ll just give you a brief example to get us started.  We’ll look more in depth at the costs of different brands in each review later on, but for now….

Menstrual cups will run you an average (a very rough average) of $30-something (will last you 10 plus years) and sea sponges range in the teens to low-twenties (will last you anywhere from 6 months to a couple of years).

Menstrual pads, from what I’ve seen so far, range anywhere from $5.00 up to around $15.00 per pad, depending on the brand you choose.  You can save on this by purchasing “set” or “bundles” that sellers have put together for you.   These can last you a very long time depending on how you care for them.  How many you need will depend on many factors: how heavy or light your flow is, how many days in each cycle, if you want to wash them as you go or wait until after your cycle ends, etc…

So, as you can see you will be purchasing these alternative products a lot less often than you now do disposables.  As little as a bundle once or twice in your lifetime or as often as 6 months to 2 years for the sea sponges.

Laundry cost ~ the cost here is negligible, just throw them in with your regular washing loads.  No need to run a separate load.


Keep in mind, as you read the following, that we’re talking about one of the most absorbent tissues in a woman’s body.  Her reproductive tract.  Nearly anything placed on this tissue gets absorbed into the body.

Dioxin is a by-product of the chlorine bleaching process used in the production of tampons and pads and has been called one of the most toxic substances ever created by humans.  It is known to impair the immune and reproductive system.  It’s potentially carcinogenic.  According to a Swedish study, there is a link between tampons containing dioxin, and other chlorine by-products (dioxin is not the only one), and an increased risk of cancers of the female reproductive tract ~ especially the uterus, ovaries and bladder.

Toxic Shock syndrome (TSS). is a rare bacteria caused illness occurring mostly in menstruating women who use high absorbency tampons.  It can also be caused by using vaginal barrier contraceptives.  It is a strain of staph, the bacterium Staphylococcus Aureus.  Hyperabsorbent tampons may facilitate the infection because their prolonged intra-vaginal use enhances the bacterial growth.  Symptons include high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, sunburn-like rash, red eyes, dizziness, lightheadedness, muscle aches and drops in blood pressure which could cause fainting.  The infection can cause shock and kidney & liver failure.

Rayon is a super absorbent fiber used to make tampons and pads that not only absorb menstrual blood, but also the normal vaginal secretions that protect the delicate tissues.  This causes drying and ulcerations, which enables toxins to enter the bloodstream and infect us.  Rayon actually encourages bacteria growth, it’s been proven to amplify the production of TSS.


Clearly the best options to choose are products that contain no harmful or synthetic chemicals, and THAT is the reason for this series.  I want to help spread the word and educate people about all the great options we actually have available to us but don’t necessarily hear about.

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