Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Lifestyle | Something I NEVER thought I'd blog about

As a young teen the entire notion of a 'period' made me blush tomato red and unable to make eye contact with anyone around, so I never thought I'd dedicate an entire post to this special lady time! I did actually write a funny post about different names people call their periods so you can check that out HERE if you fancy a giggle! Please excuse the terrible font I used to use! However, today's period related post is more factual and I hope it will actually help a lot of you to save some money!

The news was recently hit with the fact that girls are skipping school because they can't afford to buy sanitary towels, which is just horrible! I can't imagine having to go through that sensitive time of your life and not having the comfort and security a sanitary towel provides. So I went on a little mission to find a sanitary towel which is inexpensive and top notch and here I shall share it with you, in comparison to a higher end brand.

All of these prices are from the Tesco website and are correct as of April 2017

As you can see cost wise the Tesco Ultra Towels are cheaper in both their small pack which has 14 pads and their larger pack which has 28 pads. Their large pack even has 2 more pads in than the leading branded sanitary towel.

Now let's take a look at the packaging, they've both gone for a similar colour way with a subtle design on the packaging. The Tesco ones on the right have been packaged slightly smaller and the plastic around the actual pad is extremely soft and thick. If I was holding them both with my eyes shut I would assume that was the branded one as it feels expensive. The Always pad on the left has been packaged in a much thinner plastic which creates a louder noise when opening the pad. They both have the white sticker for when you're putting the used pad in the bin which is hygienic and just generally a good idea! They also both smell exactly the same and it makes me wonder if they're made in the same factory or at least in the same way and then one gets branded and the price goes up and the other doesn't!

Time to get down to business. The clear difference between the pads is the length, the Always pad (on the left) is 23.5cm long and 7.5cm wide and the Tesco pad (on the right) is 21.7cm long and 7.7cm wide. The other difference is although they both claim to be comfortable to wear the Tesco pad has been created to have a cotton feel which gives a comfortable fit and it doesn't feel like you're wearing a pad, which is a lovely bonus!

The similarities are that both of these pads provide maximum protection as they are highly absorbent, they both eliminate odours, they have wings and they're both dermatology tested so suitable for sensitive skin.

I think it's clear to see that both of these sanitary towels do their job perfectly and are basically the same item, except that I find the Tesco one to actually be comfier! I have now swapped from the branded pads and am only using the Tesco own make pads and I couldn't be happier! They are reasonable and I know everyone has different views on money etc but I think budgeting in to get a £0.70p pack once a month is realistic and a way to ensure that young girls aren't missing out on their education!

Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it and it's helped you save some money!


1 comment :

  1. I use the Tesco ones all the time. They are fab!
    What a shame that girls are losing out on education because they can't afford sanitary wear. It's so sad ☹️
    It's a shame school nurses are all but gone from our schools. They could have been used to distribute towels to those most in need.


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