How to Have a Cruelty-Free Period

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That time of the month can be pretty uncomfortable for some of us. Being able to find cruelty-free feminine care products shouldn’t be an added stress. Whether you’re a cup gal or you prefer pads and tampons, there’s a cruelty-free option for you!

Wait, my tampons aren’t cruelty-free?

Afraid not, friend. It’s a sad truth that animal testing is used for tampons and pads.

From the Federal Drug Administration (FDA):

In accordance with the least burdensome provisions of the Act, FDA will rely upon well-designed bench and/or animal testing rather than requiring clinical studies for new devices unless there is a specific justification for asking for clinical information to support a determination of substantial equivalence. While, in general, clinical studies will not be needed for most menstrual tampons and pads, FDA may recommend that you collect clinical data for menstrual tampons (including applicators, if present) or pads with:

  • designs or material formulations10 dissimilar from designs or material formulations used in legally marketed devices of the same type
  • new technology, i.e., technology different from that used in legally marketed devices of the same type
  • indications for use dissimilar from legally marketed devices of the same type.

Unfortunately our feminine care is one more thing we have to think about regarding animal cruelty. But fortunately for us, we have a lot of options to choose from. I’ve rounded up some of the best options below. Or you can skip straight to the cruelty-free Feminine Care List

Pads and Tampons

Cora

Cora makes vegan-friendly organic tampons. The coolest thing is that they started as a subscription service! Talk about a monthly box that’s actually useful. Now you can grab them online at Target as well.

My favorite thing about Cora is that for every month you have a box delivered, you’re also providing a month’s worth of pads to girls in need.

L.

L. offers tampons, liners, and pads. I prefer pads myself and I’m not exaggerating when I say these are the best pads I’ve EVER used. They’re comfy with a barely-there feel and are absorbent. Plus, look at that packaging!

They look good and feel good but the company is badass for more reasons than that. They were created when the founder, Talia Frenkel, saw there was a real problem with access to reproductive rights across the globe. L. works with thousands of Lady Bosses in developing countries and provides them with a product every time you make a purchase.

Sustain Natural

I really love how straightforward Sustain Natural is. With the mission of health, they really make you think about what you’re putting in your body. Literally. All of Sustain Natural’s products are lady bit friendly as well as good for the environment. They provide tampons, pads, condoms, lubricants, and personal wipes. The coolest thing? You can build your own period kit. You choose your preferred products, provide some information about your period, and BOOM. You’ve got a personalized Period Kit that’s shipped to you bi-monthly.

Reusable Pads and Panties

GladRags

The Leaping Bunny approved company is all about what’s good. Good for you, good for the planet, and good for your wallet. GladRags offer so many options! If you’ve been toying with the idea of going the reusable route, check out their selection. They also have their own menstrual cup (more about that later!).

Thinx

I’ve never been more intrigued by a period product than I am with Thinx. Thinx provides period panties in different styles, all created for different flows. You can get undies that hold only ½ a tampons worth (ya know for those random days when you ~thought~ you were done, but your body has different plans) all the way up to ones that hold two tampons worth. Talk about awesome, innovative, AND comfy. I’m planning on getting a pair myself and doing a review, so keep an eye out!

Lunapads

Lunapads is like smushing Gladrags and Thinx together. You can stock up on reusable pads, period undies, and the DivaCup all in one place.

What’s really awesome about Lunapads though is their philanthropic efforts. For every pad, pantiliner, kit, and DivaCup sold, a reusable pad is provided to a Ugandan student in need. Feel good. Do good.

Menstrual Cups

Lunette

If you like colors, Lunette is the cup for you. If you also like feeling good about the company you’re supporting, Lunette is the brand for you. They’re doing so much good out there, from providing products to those in need, to working towards throwing out the embarrassment of being on your period. I highly recommend checking out their Giving Back page if you’re interested in all they’ve done and continue to do.

XO Flo

This cup is from GladRags. The XO Flo is designed to hold more, feel better, and be easier to use. The creators of this cup put a lot of time into the design of this. The rounded bottom makes collecting easier and the long, trimmable stem makes removal simple. The only downside is that they only offer one size of the XO Flo at the moment.

DivaCup

The DivaCup is probably the most well-known menstrual cup out there. Their mission is to provide sustainable and eco-friendly feminine care products to women. The DivaCup and Diva Wash are plant-based and chemical free!

Care for Down There

The Honey Pot

The Honey Pot is a Leaping Bunny certified vegan brand providing plant-based feminine care products. From washes to wipes, they’ve got you covered. The Honey Pot even has different formulas for those of that are more sensitive or for mommy to be’s. All of their products are chemical, paraben, carcinogen, and sulfate free, as well as pH balanced and gynecologist approved. Talk about covering all the bases!

Healthy Hoohoo

I’m loving the names of these feminine wash companies. Healthy Hoohoo is all about keeping your lady bits in balance by gently cleansing and removing bacteria. Their products are full of natural ingredients and don’t contain any animal products, sulfates, preservatives, or other undesirables.

cruelty-free Feminine Care Products

As with all the other cruelty-free lists on Paws Off Beauty, this one will be updated as I get more responses from companies I’ve reached out to. If you don’t see a brand on the list, leave a comment and I’ll check into them!

❤ Leaping Bunny Approved | ? PETA Approved | ⚫ Parent company not cruelty-free | ? Vegan

Cora ?❤

DivaCup ?

Earth Girl Pads

Earth Mama Angel Baby ??

GladRags ❤

Healthy Hoohoo ?❤

Life Flo

Lunapads

Lunette ?

Mooncup ?

Natracare ??

Party In My Pants

Sckoon

Seventh Generation ⚫❤?

Summer’s Eve

Sustain Natural ?

Sweet Spot Labs ?

Swipes Lovin’ Wipes ?❤?

The Honey Pot ?❤

Thinx

L. ?❤

XO Flo ❤