to be really annoyed about scented Always pads?

(209 Posts)
MinesaBottle Tue 31-Jul-12 16:55:53

I’ve used Always since they first came out in the UK (waaaay back when) and always (sorry) been happy with them. They were a revelation after the inch-thick leaky horrors of my early teens. Anyway, I notice they are now only available scented – at least the ones I use (Night – for those heavy heavy times). WHY???? Not only do I really dislike the heavy implication that a) my fanjo smells terrible and b) I don’t know to wash myself and wear clean underwear, but the smell makes me heave - it’s like the worst elements of synthetic old-lady and teenager perfumes mixed together – and I really don’t want to stick chemicals right on my most sensitive part. Bought some last month because I hadn’t realised they were scented, and while I can almost never smell my own period I can constantly smell the stupid scent.

Thanks a bunch Always angry I shall be switching to Boots’ own brand from now on (until they become bloody scented as well)

Tee2072 Tue 31-Jul-12 16:59:49

I just bought a pack of unscented.

ClaireRacing Tue 31-Jul-12 17:02:35

I haven't noticed a scent.

MinesaBottle Tue 31-Jul-12 17:03:12

Are they still available? Couldn't find them in local Boots but will investigate the nearest Superdrug.

KaFayOLay Tue 31-Jul-12 17:04:22

I too am annoyed angry. Who wants to go round with a lemon smelling foof shock!

MinesaBottle Tue 31-Jul-12 17:06:25

The whole Ultra range is now scented

Smelly pads

Don't like the maxi ones so once shops run out of their pre-stink stock, another brand it is!

FeakAndTheWeebleWorm Tue 31-Jul-12 17:07:33

I am also annoyed by this! Had an op on my lady parts recently so having to wear them constantly, didn't realise they were scented when i bought a months supply- aside from the fact that the smell is vile i don't like the idea of putting chemicals all over the surgical wound I've been told not to even use scented soap on! Bah. Am sending DH out to get some different ones later.

FeakAndTheWeebleWorm Tue 31-Jul-12 17:08:55

Actually can't believe I wrote 'lady parts' just then. Am now off to join netmums.

2beornot Tue 31-Jul-12 17:10:49

YANBU. I have used always for as long as I can remember but may have to change now (I am very sensitive to scents etc. and can only use simple shower gel)

highlandbird Tue 31-Jul-12 17:18:59

YADNBU I just realised this recently too and it really wound me up, there should at least be a choice, I don't want my fanjo to smell like an old lady's handbag thank you, I'd rather wash myself and change my sanitary pad frequently confused

chipsandmushypeas Tue 31-Jul-12 17:20:11

That sounds like it would cause thrush! Horrible stupid idea

honeytea Tue 31-Jul-12 17:23:33

YANBU.

The scent should at least be Fruits of the forrest.

SirEdmundFrillary Tue 31-Jul-12 17:25:20

I haven't used these but don't like the idea I should be scented by them so I don't offend. There used to be some adverts like this, can't remember the details but there was a woman in white pants looking happy.
<looks cross>

Sounds awful. I always use bodyform. They're much easier to use and I found with Always that stuff didn't sink in through that magic top layer of theirs.
Sorry tmi. smile

BertieBotts Tue 31-Jul-12 17:28:33

Get Cottons from Boots, they're just as good as Always, and the same price, but without the chemically crap, and since their entire brand image is about making sanitary products which don't have as much chemical crap in them I very much doubt they will ever be scented. They are bleached though rather than the "natural" shade some of the other "chemical free" pads are though, but I've never found that a problem.

Every time this shows up in Active Convos, I get all affronted thinking I've pissed someone off grin
As you were OP!

leguminous Tue 31-Jul-12 17:34:30

YANBU. I'm so annoyed about it! I've used them since I was a teenager, but this scented crap has got me buying Boots own instead. It doesn't diguise anything, it just makes it smell like a combination florist and butcher's shop has opened in my crotch. Fucking vile.

LeandarBear Tue 31-Jul-12 17:35:08

I agree with you 100%. It is really irritating and the smell is disgusting.

angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry

YANBU

I will try other makes.

Tee2072 Tue 31-Jul-12 17:37:49

Wait, now I'm going to have to go look, maybe they are scented. I'll report back later!

NeverHaveIEver Tue 31-Jul-12 17:39:03

I was considering starting this exact thread earlier! Scent + hormones makes me heave. My vulva does not need an air freshener angry

EauRouge Tue 31-Jul-12 17:43:07

Scented sanitary pads? Nice. If you buy a year's worth, do you get a free T shirt that says 'Unclean' for that time of the month?

Katienana Tue 31-Jul-12 17:43:20

Regardless of the scent they must have chemicals on them anyway I would have thought. Like how some people object to.coloured toilet paper, as if the plain white is naturally that colour!

MrsKeithRichards Tue 31-Jul-12 17:45:25

May I be the first to say monocup?

sagesponsoredbymacdonalds Tue 31-Jul-12 17:46:27

YADNBU-I cant believe that many people really would want extra chemically shite next to their fanje.

And i dislike the implied message that women menstruating are dirty and smell.

Gah!

SirEdmundFrillary Tue 31-Jul-12 17:46:55

But I think the main problem isn't the smell of the stuff, it's that they're trying to scent us out.

threesocksmorganwinsgold Tue 31-Jul-12 17:47:38

yanbu. i got them by mistake, and they smell vile, binned them and got another brand

SirEdmundFrillary Tue 31-Jul-12 17:48:14

x-post

Shangers Tue 31-Jul-12 17:48:39

hold on - forgive me if I'm being dense but that isn't what it says on the linked website - when I click on the "unscented" option it comes up with always ultra with wings which is what I like..... I only ask cos I want to stock up if it is going to change!! I hate scented - horrible horrible.

LurcioLovesFrankie Tue 31-Jul-12 18:03:55

yadnbu - I hate that fake floral smell. I've switched to Boots own brand, and hope to reach the menopause before they go smelly too.

WelshMaenad Tue 31-Jul-12 18:06:30

Cloth San pro. It's the way of the future. You can make it as smelly or not smelly as your heart desires by experimenting with your washing powder.

applecrumple Tue 31-Jul-12 18:33:18

YANBU - Isn't the generally accepted theory that you shouldn't have anything scented down there?

DesperatelySeekingPomBears Tue 31-Jul-12 18:38:50

I wear them [shrug] can't say it even occured to me that they were trying to blot out any female scent. They're covering up what is, frankly, a horrible smell. It doesn't matter if you bathe twice daily, the blood will still hit the pad and it will still smell.

BramblyHedge Tue 31-Jul-12 18:41:26

I have just switched to lilets pads as a result and really lke the night ones for coverage (tmi)

rainydaysarebad Tue 31-Jul-12 18:52:23

I noticed this when I got my first period after child birth. I'm pretty sure they make me itch, and my skin feels thin an itchy when I wear them.

They make good draw liners though. My knicker draw smells lovely now.

daisydoodoo Tue 31-Jul-12 18:57:42

even tampons are scented now, i used to us tampax compak and they now come in scented! i cant use the cardboard tube tampons so have switched to lilets new compact applicator ones whiah actually are much better.

scented ones make me itch!!! tmi i know blush

I'm allergic to them, so have switched to cloth san-pro and a mooncup....I wish I had done it years ago. Much, much nicer than all that hot sticky plastic and horrible chemicals!

puffylovett Tue 31-Jul-12 19:05:41

YADNBU op. I posted this exact same thread a couple of months ago. I can't use them anymore as the smell makes me heave and I hate the idea of having my fanjo smell like old lady perfume.

Someone very kindly pointed out that the Orange always ultra are unscented, I have had some from my local co-op. although I plan to switch brands out of protest (really need to sort out washable sanpro!)
U
I use a Mooncup but I flood after an hour so needed the added protection.

Tee2072 Tue 31-Jul-12 19:08:19

I just checked the ones I bought recently. They don't even say if they are scented or unscented but they do have a very faint scent.

shrug

Itsgottabebags Tue 31-Jul-12 19:09:53

I have been able to get unscented night time towels from Always. TBH I am moving away from using Always. I have bought Kotex night towels from the pound shop and find that they are good. Day time ones still need investigating as I have heavy periods which are combatted with tablets and would like to continue using Kotex.

MissRee Tue 31-Jul-12 19:10:33

If they've recently changed the product, try scouring your local pound shop and stock up - this is where all "end of line" stock usually ends up grin

LadySybildeChocolate Tue 31-Jul-12 19:18:14

What sort of idiot thinks of these things? hmm

Abel and cole have started selling organic tampons and towels which are chemical and scent free. Why would you want something which is unnatural in/on your fanjo?

brighthair Tue 31-Jul-12 19:21:20

So glad I swapped grin
I can't use tampons, never have been able to and hated pads, used to leak loads
Month 3 of mooncup, love it, can't feel it, periods are lighter, shorter and less cramps <converted>

Peevish Tue 31-Jul-12 19:21:58

They should just be upfront about it on bus shelters:

Always Scented - for those who are terrified of the smell of their own vaginas!

LeandarBear Tue 31-Jul-12 19:26:39

Does anyone know for for sure that they have disountinued the fragrance free pads or have we just all been caught out by a change in the packaging? TBH when I am shopping for things like this I don't give it much thought. I just pick up what I think is my normal pack.

I don't think blood smells really? It just smells of, well, blood. It doesn't smell nasty, not unless you don't change it often enough.

Scented tampax - ouch! I'm surprised they're allowed to sell something like that given it must irritate a fair proportion of us - does it come with a warning?

Bodyform isn't scented.

Don't like Always because they seem more plasticky than other brands anyway. I always liked Kotex in my younger days, but haven't been able to find them round here for ages. I use wooaaaaaaaahhhh Bodyform nowadays.

BertieBotts Tue 31-Jul-12 19:35:54

I used to find that it smelled when I used disposable pads. With washable ones or using a mooncup it doesn't smell at all, except when it's getting to the end of my period. God knows why confused

DukeHumfrey Tue 31-Jul-12 19:41:08

Me too! YABNU.

I opened a new pack and wondered what was wrong with them. Then realised they were supposed to pong like that. It is very wrong. I will finish the pack (waste not want not) but then will have to find something else.

MrsBaggins Tue 31-Jul-12 19:42:46

I use a Mooncup and washable Sanpro and liners .
No smell,no fuss and two fingers up at the misogynist arseholes who tell women they smell hmm

PuppyMonkey Tue 31-Jul-12 19:46:44

I switched to Boots own brand for exactly this reason (and found they are just as good, plus cheaper - well done Always).

I also got a terrible allergic reaction down below to Aloe Vera toilet paper. Just saying.

shockers Tue 31-Jul-12 19:48:50

They stink, and the smell of them reacts with me to make a really unpleasant smell.

I had used them for many years but they lost me after my first scented pack.

PeachyPossum Tue 31-Jul-12 19:54:34

I spent several days wondering what the smells was until I twigged.

Thrush a'go'go hmm

TheShriekingHarpy Tue 31-Jul-12 19:55:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Oh dear, I've made a MN fail grin

Currently using pads because I've just had a coil fitted (no tampons allowed for 6 weeks) Been on a period for 4 solid weeks now and to be honest, it smells fucking rank. So I deliberately chose scented ones this week. I change regularly, but can still smell it. Roll on another two weeks so I can start with the tampons again!

frankie4 Tue 31-Jul-12 20:07:23

And they also make all my clothes stink too. My trousers reek of the smell and I have to wash my trousers or jeans every day. And I am aware that other people may smell it too.

Always silk are unscented but not as good. Lillets towels are ok.

DesperatelySeekingPomBears Tue 31-Jul-12 20:14:44

I don't 'get' what some of you are saying. Always aren't suggesting that vaginas smell, they leave that to Femfresh, they're saying blood smells. And it does. It really does. No matter how often you change, blood is not, and will never be, a pleasant smell.

Noren Tue 31-Jul-12 20:20:17

I am so glad I switched to cloth a while back, Always used to be my brand too. Scented gives me yeast infections.

Mrs Keith Richards, what is a monocup? Is it a small holder for your monocle?

MrsBaggins Tue 31-Jul-12 20:33:27

Desperately Im a Midwife - I deal with blood regularily and fresh blood and menstrual loss doesnt smell .
I find that disposables give a fishy smell - probably due to the absorbancy chemicals.
Arf at Monocupgrin

hawaiiWave Tue 31-Jul-12 20:35:13

Sainsbury do good, unscented ones,smile

MrsBaggins Tue 31-Jul-12 20:35:53

Ps if you had a nosebleed would you comment on the smell ?
Women are being conditioned to believe menstrual loss is offensivehmm

YANBU

I'm thinking of moving to washable ones tbh.

eurochick Tue 31-Jul-12 20:45:11

I just sent the link to this thread to Always.... Let's hope they appreciate this free focus group.

MrsBaggins Tue 31-Jul-12 20:46:52

I use these http://www.minkinappies.co.uk/index.php?cPath=31_43&osCsid=6ae337110b79ca972a58f248c16937ca
Lovely and soft .

MrsBaggins Tue 31-Jul-12 20:47:47

Arrrgh no link sorry !

Yes I've seen the Minki's on the website I linked. 27 to choose from. Too much choice grin Any tips?

DesperatelySeekingPomBears Tue 31-Jul-12 20:51:38

Why... the... FUCK... would you want to wash your own menstrual rags?! My grandparents used to do this and hated it. Ugh ugh UGH [shudder]

Latara Tue 31-Jul-12 20:53:19

Yuck, noticed the smell last time i had a period.
I'd forgotten until i saw this thread; glad you started it because it's reminded me that I've got 2 unopened packs of Always & they will be returned to Tesco; i need the money to buy different unscented pads!!

Pissed off cos my period's due now & all i have is the scented shite pads.

I don't like tampons, but i liked Always Ultra pads because they come without wings & WERE unscented. (who invented wings ffs).
I've never worn scented pads because the scents irritate & basically defeat the object of wearing a nice perfume or bodyspray.
Definitely this is a very recent change.
I just read the packet & it says 'light scent' in v small print. i'm going to complain if i cba.

Worst of all it is a rank smell that advertises 'hey, i've got a period & i'm wearing a pad everyone!!'

MrsBaggins Tue 31-Jul-12 20:54:36

grin I use the large one at night and then the medium with a mooncup on very heavy days.
I got one of the trial packs to start but you do need a fair few if using exclusively.
Having said that mine are a few years old and still going strong - in fact they get lovely and soft with washing.

MrsBaggins Tue 31-Jul-12 20:57:15

I dont wash rags Desperately I wash lovely soft washable sanitary towels - made of cotton or soft fleece. They are exactly the same shape as disposable ones.

Latara Tue 31-Jul-12 20:57:58

washable cloths - not practical for work at all, & definitely can't spend time faffing about with a mooncup at work; actually don't want to be handling bloody cloths or mooncups anyway really!

MrsBaggins Tue 31-Jul-12 20:58:38

Thanks dontstepgrin

What do you use? confused

I use tampax, but obviously there's the problem with handling that, and faffing about, too.

DesperatelySeekingPomBears it's a personal choice. I've been thinking about it for a while to save money and for the environment, the [[ http://luxurymoon.co.uk/index.php?main_page=page&id=3 website]] I linked to has a section on why, which is probably far more sensible than what I could say on the matter. But I cannot blame you for feeling the way you do, it's not for everyone. But things have come a long way from when my grandparents did the same, thank goodness. Mooncups are better, I plan to use both if all goes well.

Gah! Try again: website link

VolAuVent Tue 31-Jul-12 21:04:34

Can't stand scented ones - the artificial perfume makes me want to heave!

Natracare do organic/natural pads, and cotton tampons without synthetic materials or chemical additives.

DesperatelySeekingPomBears Tue 31-Jul-12 21:05:38

I'm afraid it's disposables for me. Couldn't use reusable nappies on DS either for the same reason. I would much rather these natural unpleasantries were fastened up and disposed of asap without me having to become intimately acquainted with them!

MrsBaggins Tue 31-Jul-12 21:06:15

I find using a mooncup easier than tampons - I dont have to remember to bring them for a start.
Empty,rinse ,reinsert - it is that easy.
Not sure why people feel the need to make out its so unpleasant or difficult.(when they havent tried them wink )

Raspberrysorbet Tue 31-Jul-12 21:07:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

thebody Tue 31-Jul-12 21:10:26

Tampons tampons tampons, can't stand any towels.

Dd 12 has just started using tampons after 3 months of towels, the smile of relief says it all.

However I do know some people prefer towels and have no idea why they be scented, sounds like thrush city!!! Yeuk!!

MrsBaggins Tue 31-Jul-12 21:12:14

Desperately - I dont examine my menstrual products grin ( although Im sure there are some who do !)
The only difference between a disposable and a washable is that you fold up the washable and then undo as you place in the machine. In fact they are so absorbant i rarely notice lots of blood - honestly. It aint all blood and gore grin

LJ29 Tue 31-Jul-12 21:14:57

I can understand its annoying if you have always used this brand but there really are plenty of good quality alternatives, no one is making you use them...

DukeHumfrey Tue 31-Jul-12 21:21:23

But I only put the washing machine on once a week or fortnight. Not having bloody towels lurking in the dirty clothes basket for days on end, thanks! Nor hand-washing them.

Tried mooncup, couldn't get on with it - it hurt.

So tampons plus disposable towels here cos tampons always leak. I don't wish my life away in general but to no longer be bothered with all this must be a great blessing of getting older.

Tampons leak with me too.

With a 3 and 5 year old, my washing machine is on daily, so I'm envy at once a week!

MrsBaggins Tue 31-Jul-12 21:24:33

I have teenagers and I do a load a day . No bloody towels lurking in the wash basket here either Thankshmm

renlo Tue 31-Jul-12 21:24:53

I can't say I mind the smell too much just as long as they dont leak, but I do mind the price! Now I only buy Always if they're on offer or use the Aldi ones, just as good, miles cheaper and unscented (not that I care) smile.

whois Tue 31-Jul-12 21:25:18

The sented ones are vile sad

Krumbum Tue 31-Jul-12 21:28:54

I don't think vaginas are inately disgusting and stinky so scenting them with lemons really is an insult. I won't use always anymore! I use my mooncup but I need a pad too at night on heavy days so need to find a new (equally sticky!) brand. Let's all boycott always for saying we are gross and attempting to give us thrush!

Marne Tue 31-Jul-12 21:28:56

op, i was going to start the same thread a few weeks ago, has made me very angry that they have given them a horrid smell, i am now buying bodyform. The smell actually makes me gag, it smells of grannies grin.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Tue 31-Jul-12 21:43:00

Has the "perfume" (a word I use loosely) been recently introduced? As in the past 6 weeks or so?

eurochick Tue 31-Jul-12 21:58:43

A little longer than 6 weeks I think but shops have been getting rid of old stock so I have sometimes managed to find the unscented ones on sale.

I agree that they smell of grannies. Yeuch.

Latara Tue 31-Jul-12 22:00:01

My last period was approx 8 weeks ago, first time i noticed the 'perfume' i think.

EverybodysDoeEyed Tue 31-Jul-12 22:02:25

I think it smells of hair removal cream

That's not really what I aspire to smell like

rainydaysarebad Tue 31-Jul-12 22:05:21

I always thought blood smells metallicy because of the iron. It tastes metallicy too. (I'm not a vampire).

BertieBotts Tue 31-Jul-12 22:22:02

Actually I hate the smell of nosebleeds, but menstrual blood does smell different. And for some reason it reacts with disposable pads to smell disgusting.

NarkedRaspberry Tue 31-Jul-12 22:52:43

Do lillets leak for you? They expand <this way> and are much better than tampax.

I agree about the scented towels - and tampons confused. A) I don't smell when I'm on and B) even if I did, why the feck would I want to smell like I'd hung a Magic Tree from my knickers?

DukeHumfrey Tue 31-Jul-12 22:58:44

Haven't used Lil-lets other than when "learning" as a teenager, but Tampax Pearl expand widthways and they leak.

highlandbird Tue 31-Jul-12 23:05:54

Scented tampons confused why would anyone want to scent the inside of their vaginas??!! I have to use tampons and pads as have a heavy flow and I bought huge big multipacks o always without realising they were scented, they don't seem to have changed the packaging, thats what really pissed me off angry
Might be a good excuse to give a mooncup a go, have been thinking about it for a while, however, a monocup, that sounds a bit newfangled for me grin

Glad I've seen this thread, I rarely use either towels or tampons because I have a coil, so the packs in my bathroom are several years old. However I'm going for prolapse surgery soon and will need to stock up on towels, it never even occurred to me that they might be scented. I am a passionate hater of unnecessary scent and always look for unscented washing powders, body lotions, suncreams, you name it. Manufacturers are you listening?

LordOfThe5Rings Tue 31-Jul-12 23:27:45

I haven't a real problem with the scented pads. After all, I'm not sitting around smelling them, so what's the bother?

If you have heavy periods, your blood can smell. I have had it smell within 5 minutes tmi I know, just to illustrate the point though.

However, don't know if it's very good for you considering the chemicals that must be added? I have never had any problems but I suppose if you have sensitive skin it might cause rashes?

Oh, I agree! Have also switched to Bodyform. We have acess to water for washing, why would we need perfume on our vagines? And it is an awful perfumey smell, I dont find the blood is bad smelling anyway provided you wash. V strange, not to offer the option of choosing unscented IMO.

Mulsanne Tue 31-Jul-12 23:40:44

I don't mind the scented pads - in fact I buy the scented pant liners in favour of unscented ones. I've never tried using a mooncup but how on earth would go about changing, rinsing and re inserting in a public loo confused

fuzzywuzzy Tue 31-Jul-12 23:44:07

I usually use a bottle of water to wash out my mooncup with when I use a public toilet. Or you can just wipe it clean using tissue.

ravenAK Tue 31-Jul-12 23:52:53

Ugh, disgusting. Natural smells (eg. menstrual blood, baby shit) are made far worse once you mix them with stinky synthetic perfume (pongy disposable sanpro or nappybags). Gross. & then they hang around in the bin for days...

I use tampons for work & washable pads when pottering around at home. Well, I say 'washable pads' - I have a box of old tatty flannels. They get a quick soak in a bucket & then go in with the rest of the wash.

highlandbird Wed 01-Aug-12 08:13:31

....hope the manufacturers are taking note, wonder if there will be a response hmm

Extrospektiv Wed 01-Aug-12 08:57:44

Absolutely YANBU- nice to see the consensus on this, let the makers of their competitor brands have a HAPPY PERIOD of sales increase as we swap...

Ultras in at least Silk & Simply Fits are unscented according to that site though, while some posters have said "all" Always Ultras are now scented.

CouthyMow Wed 01-Aug-12 09:06:54

Nope, YANBU. If I wanted a flowery twat I would spray industrial strength air fresher up my fanjo. As I don't do that, I don't want scented sanitary protection.

spoonsspoonsspoons Wed 01-Aug-12 09:22:34

It was a revelation to discover that period blood doesn't really smell, the 'smell' is actually the blood and disposable towels together. Using washable towels there's almost no smell

eurochick Wed 01-Aug-12 10:24:03

Oooo, I have had a reply:

Thank you for your email to Always.

I am sorry to hear that you have been disappointed with the change in our Always and appreciate you taking the time to let us know.

Here at Always, we take our quality control very seriously. You can be assured that I have passed your comments on to our Quality Assurance Department.

You may have noticed a scent from the new Always Ultra pad. This is not intentionally added but comes from the odour neutralizing ActiPearl™ technology. Our intensive consumer research among over 2000 women has shown that odour control is the second most important benefit for women after reliable protection. We designed Always Ultra ActiPearls™ to be as absorbent and protective as the previous product but now with added benefit of odour control. ActiPearl™ technology is not applied to the surface of the pad but contained inside the pad so there is no direct contact with the skin. All of our Always products are dermatologically tested for skin compatibility.

If you want to purchase a product without the ActiPearl™ technology then Always Silk, Freshelle, Fresh, and Simply Fit are available. If you want a product without scent then we would recommend you using Always Simply Fit and Always Ultra with Freshelle.

I hope this helps. If I can be of any further assistance, please don't hesitate to call me on freephone (UK) 0800 0850367, (ROI) 1800 509301, or write to me via return email.

Kind regards,

Rachael

Consumer Relations

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<falls over laughing at the denial that a scent has been added>

LadySybildeChocolate Wed 01-Aug-12 10:36:35

But if they are changed regulary THEY SHOULDN'T SMELL!! Idiots! [rolls eyes]

MinesaBottle Wed 01-Aug-12 10:43:46

Right, so the scent is just an accidental by-product hmm. That's all right then! It's good to see some of their products are still unscented though, I just wish it was all of them. There's no need for a scent!!

Anyway I have switched to Boots for now because I generally use the Night pads (v heavy periods and terror of leakage) - couldn't get on with a Mooncup sadly sad

LeandarBear Wed 01-Aug-12 10:44:23

I sent a note yesterday directing them to this thread. I have not heard from them yet.

Quote from the email received by eurochick
Our intensive consumer research among over 2000 women has shown that odour control is the second most important benefit for women after reliable protection

I think they missed the point, I am sure if they asked the 2000 women if they wanted a pad that smells of toilet cleaner then, I would imagine, the response would not be so enthusiastic. They smell revolting.

I have heavy periods and I have tried lots of brands and I really prefer always ultra but I won't buy these ones again.

Hope everyone else drops them a line to let them know what they think.

LeandarBear Wed 01-Aug-12 10:48:04

Always Can be contacted on ukconsumers@custhelp.com

Or if you visit their site, here, you can complete the feedback form

Krumbum Wed 01-Aug-12 10:52:01

Things I want from a pad: very sticky, don't scrunch up, hold a lot.
Things I don't want: patterns, scents, 'discrete' packaging, euphemistic advertising.

EauRouge Wed 01-Aug-12 10:53:47

"Our intensive consumer research among over 2000 women has shown that odour control is the second most important benefit for women after reliable protection."

I'd be interested to see the survey that told them that, specifically how the question was worded because until these scented pads came out I hadn't heard any woman complain about menstruation smells. I think Always are trying to make women worry that they smell bad to sell this new product.

wanttomakeadifference Wed 01-Aug-12 11:13:58

Adding my voice to those who think it is riduculous to have a scented pad.

I was lucky enough to have tickets for the Olympics last weekend. I got my period and not knowing what the toilet situation would be like, I bought some Always pads to wear as a back up to tampons (sorry if TMI).

I was really suprised by the strong, synthetic smell. I find my bits get irritated by the smallest amount of bio powder, fabric conditioner or anything scented so there was no way I was going to use them.

They weren't just scented, they smelled very strongly.

I think Always have got their wires crossed- I can appreciate that a proportion of women if questioned would feel that the issue of 'odour' is a concern. Even though I know that if I change pads regularly there should be nothing to worry about, it does cross my mind. However, that doesn't mean that I want them to offer a solution to my unfounded paranoia via a scented product.

I will never buy a scented pad, not ever (well only by mistake like this week, and they are in the bin).

Rant over

Krumbum Wed 01-Aug-12 11:52:58

You will smell if you don't change pads often whether they are scented or not. It's when the blood and sweat goes 'off' ie has been sitting around for a very long time that it begins to smell. And this wouldn't cover that anyway. Similarly a little squirt of perfume on your pants wouldn't mean you don't need to wash.

LadySybildeChocolate Wed 01-Aug-12 12:31:09

I remember the thread about the disposable nappies which split and burnt a child's legs last week. I really do think that we need to be aware of what is inside towels, it can't be a good thing to have perfumed items/Actipearl so close to your fanjo. Has anyone actually done any tests into all of the crap they put into these things? I know they have done some previously, but is there anything more recent? They seem to be adding more and more.

Splinters Wed 01-Aug-12 12:38:38

"You may have noticed a scent from the new Always Ultra pad. This is not intentionally added..."

No, but you did make it, and it smells.

wanttomakeadifference Wed 01-Aug-12 12:44:25

I don't remember which Awalys ones I bought (green packet), but the smell was so strong that I find it hard to believe it was not intentionally added.

The concept of it being 'unintentional' worries me even more in terms of whether they have actually tested this stuff!!

Longdistance Wed 01-Aug-12 12:52:22

Oh ffs. I'm coming back to the UK next week for a holiday, and one of the things Imiss are Always Ultra with wings.

The pads here in Oz are rubbish.

I'd personally tell them that they are being talked about on mumsnet!

cantspel Wed 01-Aug-12 12:58:43

I like a scented towel as we dont all have lives where we can pop to the loo to change a pad at regular intervals.
I dont see a scented pad any different than using scented soaps or sprays and maybe i have the skin of a rhino but i have never had any reation to scented products.

If you dont like always then there are plenty of other products available so just buy one of them.

theodorakis Wed 01-Aug-12 13:03:36

Can i also add something about waxing or IPL. i have laser IPL monthly and last month used a scented pad just after and have had a serious irritation and yeast infection since. it has been very hard to shift and i am convinced it was the chemical on my vulnerable skin. I have had to have a steroid cream, anti biotics, Diflucan weekly and have been so down about it. TMI sorry but don't want anyone else to ever suffer this.

MarianForrester Wed 01-Aug-12 13:11:31

YADNBU.

The smell is vile. I do not want any scent in sanitary towels; bloody weird notion.

I use a Mooncup and towels as shocking periods and did use Always. Not any more.

I really hope they react to this and get rid if the scent. And htf is it added accidentally?!

I will not buy their products at all now, nor will I get them for dd when she starts.

NarkedRaspberry Wed 01-Aug-12 13:13:14

If you don't change towels regularly enough there will be a smell. Scented towels don't cover that. They just add a sickly floral scent over the top of the smell.

perceptionreality Wed 01-Aug-12 13:18:02

I would definitely use a mooncup if I could fit any of them into me but I can't!

ballroompink Wed 01-Aug-12 13:28:11

YANBU

DS is 11 weeks old, so what with pregnancy and bf I haven't had a period for a year. I've used Always since forever and now have no idea what to use when the time comes. So annoying. Really resent this trend of having to make our bits smell 'pretty', and that's before we get to the fact that I don't want chemicals down there for no good reason.

VolAuVent Wed 01-Aug-12 13:46:13

The scented pads just add to the stale blood smell, they don't get rid of it.

MindTheElephant Wed 01-Aug-12 13:46:41

I dont use always now for this very reason. I found before that sanitary towels did smell anyway as soon as they were "used" but the smell with the scented ones is ten times worse and i found the scented ones made me itch really badly every time i used them.

I now use a brand called Septona,I got them from a discount shop 59p for 20 but they are even cheaper in asda and tesco, 25p for 20 (according to price comparison sites) And they are brilliant. They cope really well with my heavy periods and do not have any smell at all once used!!!

I will continue to use these and buy them at asda!!!!

sparkle101 Wed 01-Aug-12 15:00:36

YADNBU

It is a horrible horrible smell and not needed. The smell makes the fact you have a period more obvious IME as the smell is horrendous!

They could at least offer a scented and unscented version of their normal product. Let us choose.

venuesandmarathons Wed 01-Aug-12 17:23:03

YANBU. I too have used Always for many years, but have thrown out what remained because of the horrid smell.

Thanks to all of you who have posted about alternative pads - I'll be off experimenting with those, and hoping that none of them follow Proctor and Gamble's lead in this. "P&G - Proud sponsors of olympic stinking sanitary towels"

DukeHumfrey Wed 01-Aug-12 18:21:18

Always said (quoted from above):
"You may have noticed a scent from the new Always Ultra pad. This is not intentionally added but comes from the odour neutralizing ActiPearl™ technology."

But my packet had Actipearls logo (in PINK! Pah!) and says "Odour neutralisation technology that *contains a light scent*".

So how can it not be intentionally added?

Anyway it's not a "light scent" it's a strong pong.

whathasthecatdonenow Wed 01-Aug-12 18:31:21

I've been really disappointed with the scented pads. I changed to Always because Kotex seemed to disappear from the shops around here, I think it is time to hunt out a new brand. I did like the Always Silk but none of the shops here sell them in Super anymore, and normal are just pathetic for me, so they are out. Interested to see people like bodyform - I didn't like them last time I tried, but it was years ago so I might give them another go next time.

LadySybildeChocolate Wed 01-Aug-12 18:31:56

I recon it's a 'forced bonding' exercise so we can spot someone else who's on their AF. All we have to do is sniff. {boak}

Yadnbu. I can't use them, they make me really site and uncomfortable underneath, no clue why! Had to switch brands as I can't find them unscented in my local shops sad

Krumbum Wed 01-Aug-12 18:58:21

There's always bodyform although they arnt as sticky sad
Or lilets now make pads! (called 'teen' pads in silly packaging in though blush)

msmummyoftwo Wed 01-Aug-12 19:15:56

Message deleted by Mumsnet for breaking our Talk Guidelines. Replies may also be deleted.

Krum: I find bodyform absolutely rubbish admittedly. The design of them is weird and they're really uncomfortable and plastic-y. I have a packet in the cupboard that I use one of every month before remembering why I don't use them blush

I love the little lilet bags, but it seems a waste to buy a new bag everytime, unnecessary but cute packaging hmm

mummysmellsofsick Wed 01-Aug-12 21:15:35

Yadnbu. The implication being being told our bodies smell bad and wrong? What kind of message does this send to teenage girls? and I can't bear perfumes anyway. Have used natracare for years due to sweaty nasty feeling of always, but will be double sure not to buy them now

Ixia Wed 01-Aug-12 21:40:45

I react to perfumed stuff badly, but the upshot of this is I've now discovered Lil-lets make towels, their night time ones are fab.

MainlyMaynie Wed 01-Aug-12 21:50:03

That's really annoying. I won't be using Always again if my periods ever come back.

perceptionreality Wed 01-Aug-12 21:58:45

kotex?

clairemarie2702 Tue 14-Aug-12 17:25:06

I complained to Always about the new scent in their Always as i am very sensitive and it gives me thrush (embarrassing) Here is their response and how i have replied, will keep you posted.
I dont ever complain but they annoyed me!!!!

Thank you for your email to Always.

I am very sorry to learn about the trouble you've reported to us and do hope the symptoms have improved.

Although I appreciate how unpleasant this experience may have been, I would like to reassure you that we have a background of having a careful and thorough approach where the safety of our products is concerned. However, we can never rule out the rare
i replied- (SEE THE FOLLOWING LINKS, THIS REACTION IS CERTAINLY NOT RARE - www.mumsnet.com/Talk/am_i_being_unreasonable/a1530210-to-be-really-annoyed-about-scented-Always-pads AND http://beaut.ie/blog/2012/women-you-reek-please-cover-yourselves-with-acti-pearls-immediately/)
possibility of someone having a personal sensitivity to any ingredient which may possibly be the case with this skin reaction
i replied - (yeast infection in not a skin reaction). Unfortunately, if anyone experiences a personal sensitivity to something, it is beyond anyone's control (you can offer both products therefore it is in your control to reduce the complaints you are currently receiving)
and can only be absolutely confirmed by a medical professional. If your symptoms continue, get worse or you become concerned for any reason, please come back to us.
i replied - (YOU HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO PROVE THAT YOUR PRODUCT IS SAFE, HAVE YOU HAD A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER CONFIRM THAT YOUR PRODUCT DOES NOT CAUSE YEAST INFECTIONS?)

You may have noticed a scent from the new Always Ultra pad. This is not intentionally added but comes from the odour neutralizing ActiPearl™ technology
i replied - (THE PEARLS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PRESENT YOU HAVE JUST MADE THEM SCENTED, HOW IS THIS NOT INTENTIONAL?) .
Our intensive
i replied - (ONLY 2000 WOMEN, HOW MANY WOMEN USE YOUR PRODUCTS? WHAT DURATION OF TIME DID THE RESEARCH COVER? DID YOU TRIAL THE PRODUCT ON WOMEN?)
consumer research among over 2000 women has shown that odour control is the second most important benefit for women after reliable protection. We designed Always Ultra ActiPearls™ to be as absorbent and protective as the previous product but now with added benefit of odour control
i replied - ( WHY NOT KEEP BOTH PRODUCTS? AND KEEP ALL CUSTOMERS?) . ActiPearl™ technology is not applied to the surface of the pad but contained inside the pad so there is no direct contact with the skin. All of our Always products are dermatologically tested for skin compatibility
i replied - (IT ISN'T THE SKIN COMPATIBILITY IT IS THE IN-BALACE OF YEAST THE SCENT CREATES).
If you want to purchase a product without the ActiPearl™ technology then Always Silk, Freshelle, Fresh, and Simply Fit are available. If you want a product without scent then we would recommend you using Always Simply Fit and Always Ultra with Freshelle.
i replied - (THESE PRODUCTS DON'T OFFER THE SAME PROTECTION AS ALWAYS NIGHT AND LONG WHICH I AND MANY OTHERS NEED)

We would love you to continue using our Always products and I have posted you out a coupon for your next purchase
i replied - (I DO NOT WISH TO RECEIVE A TOKEN VOUCHER, HOW MANY OF THESE VOUCHERS HAVE YOU SENT DUE TO THIS COMMON COMPLAINT?).
I hope you will accept this with our compliments. The coupon will be valid for 3 months and please allow 7-10 days for this to arrive.

I hope this helps. If I can be of any further assistance, please don't hesitate to call me on freephone (UK) 0800 0850367 or write to me via return email.

StickyFloor Tue 14-Aug-12 17:34:15

I am so glad it is not just me who noticed this. They smell so bad, and the smell is so strong that my entire cupboard stinks. I can even smell it through my pants and clothes when fully dressed.

I have never had a problem with a smelly fanjo to my knowledge, but since using these evil things I have had comments from children, my husband, and even a friend asked if I was using a new washing powder! It is absolutely awful.

Once I have used up the last packet I will be switching brand, such a shame.

DoItOnce Tue 14-Aug-12 17:35:59

I got the same reply. I really can't stand the smell. I don't like any perfumed products but the smell from these is particularly vile.

BertieBotts Tue 14-Aug-12 18:09:47

Lil lets do pads now and I noticed my packet said "Prevents odour without the use of perfumes" so it sounds like they're pretty anti.

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Tue 14-Aug-12 18:18:33

I got the same reply, I hadn't linked to this site but I really hope they read it.
I got a voucher last week, I'll try a different product of theirs but I may just change to the lil-let's pads if I can find them.

MarysBeard Tue 14-Aug-12 18:29:13

I just buy supermarket own brand. Scented pads MY ARSE smile

CanoeSlalom Tue 14-Aug-12 21:45:04

What is the chemical "active ingredient" in Actipearl?

DoItOnce Tue 14-Aug-12 22:18:15
Itsgottabebags Wed 15-Aug-12 16:44:17

You can get Kotex in one of the poundshops. Also Aldi do sanitary towels for around 69p called Florette. I have just looked at the packaging and it says nothing about them having any fragrance in them so maybe worth investigating?

I am going to use them soon and will re buy if they are good

Suziblue Tue 20-Nov-12 12:26:14

I too am against these and would recommend Softcup

I wrote to Always too and I'm waiting for a response. Here is what I've written. Just to note that even their non dented products are rife with chemicals.

I have used your products since I was 14 years old. Always recently added Actipearls to all their products and I inadvertently bought these pads.

I had a horrible allergic reaction to them, which took a long time to identify as it emulated other possible conditions. I had to attend my local GP clinic 4 times before I identified it was the actipearls in the pads I was allergic to. It took 2 weeks to recover from the resulting allergy.

Why have you added these to all products? I was happy with this brand until then.

Please consider women with sensitive skin when making the changes to your products. Your brand has caused me much distress due to this change.

If you could tell me what chemicals you have added to these pads I would be most appreciative so I can avoid contact with them in the future.

DeWe Tue 20-Nov-12 12:36:03

They do a "silk" one which isn't scented. It's a in a very pale packaging. I reacted to the scented ones too.

Furoshika Tue 20-Nov-12 12:39:12

I stopped using them too.
I keep thinking (because I am using Bodyform several times a day atm) what a stupid decision they have made and how the other companies must be raking it in suddenly.
Always used to be pretty good, yet they've managed to insult their customer base by calling them smelly-twatted illiterates who cannot READ that they have intentionally put perfume into their product.

Pictureperfect Wed 21-Nov-12 22:55:41

I completely agree, they stink! I've never smelt that someone's having a period but I've smelt the awful always smell! Did tampax stop making scented tampons in the end, just what every woman needs...not!

OkayHazel Wed 21-Nov-12 23:36:41

Go for Bodyform!

ZebraOwl Thu 22-Nov-12 01:03:14

I'm used (thanks to ALLERGIES OF DEATH) to having to read all food packaging (& the odd other bit like soap, because Milk Gets Everywhere) every single time. Am I now going to have to do this with sanitary protection as well?!

Who are these mystery 2000 women? Bet, as someone above said, they were keen on odour control but didn't get warned that would involve pads that should be festooned in chemical warning sign things.

Am now wondering if I should go on a mad spree & buy up all the non-scented nighttime towels I can get my hooves on. Might be a bit awkward to explain to my brother why it was he was now living inside a fort made of packs of sanitary towels though...

ripsishere Thu 22-Nov-12 03:17:59

I skipped over quite a lot in the middle, but agree it's a bizarre idea. Fortunately for me, I am w-a-y past periods. DD is coming up to it and I loathe the idea that she thinks she is dirty in some way.
I remember when I was young and impressionable about 15, tampax brought out scented ones. I was in raptures of delight thinking I had a fragrant foof. Ridiculous.

Mummug Wed 09-Jan-13 15:55:32

Thank God I found this discussion. I am demented with these pads. OH bought a bucketload of them (at my request I must add!). I could cry. My period is so heavy I need both tampons and pads for the first few days, so have no choice but to use these for now. They are actually making me sore and itchy. I will NEVER EVER use these again and would rather bin the ones I have than use them. Wouldn't even give them away to some poor unsuspecting sod. Will tell my daughter to avoid. Silly billies ALWAYS...I expect your turnover has at least halved. I am determined some man in a suit came up with this idea.....surely?!?

greenandcabbagelooking Wed 09-Jan-13 16:03:02

They give me horrendous thrush. Not the thing when you are on Guide camp and are stuck with the pads you have and no Boots nearby for Canesten!

Doingfine Wed 09-Jan-13 16:07:48

My DD had an op yesterday for similar to Bartholin cyst. They think it may have been a change in sanitary towels that caused an irritation and subsequent abcess. Blooming sore & traumatic for her. Dont need anything that will make it worse. angry

I have sensitive skin, so I try to avoid perfumed/scented products. It's annoying that I need to do this with someone so basic as a sanitary pad. I inadvertantly bought some recently and they were awful. I got itchy with a mild rash.

I now buy supermarket own brands, they're good enough for me. And not currently scented.

CreamOfTomatoSoup Wed 09-Jan-13 16:35:06

YANBU, it smells weird.

IneedAsockamnesty Wed 09-Jan-13 19:40:28

Glad this has been reserected, I accidentally used some a few months a go and my vagina felt like it had actually burst into flames.

hatgirl Wed 09-Jan-13 19:49:51

who ever thought this was a good idea? Whoever HE was should perhaps be forced to wear itching powder laced boxers for a month.

The worst thing is it took me two periods of never experienced before thrushy agony to click that it was the pads causing the problem... and I hadn't even noticed they were supposed to smell nice!

The implication that women smell bad when they are on their periods INFURIATES me! Fucking ridiculous.

I started using a mooncup last year and it's been life changing, I'm never changin back. They are properly amazing.

*changing

Also, the fact that they didn't consider allergies when making this bloddy stupid decision is unfathomable.

Utterlylostandneedtogo Fri 11-Jan-13 10:40:44

Another ex always user here because of the scent. They are the only pad I've ever felt comfortable using and now I can't use them because of the stupid smell. My fanjo burns and I can smell it through my clothing!! Not what I want!!

mychildrenarebarmy Fri 11-Jan-13 10:48:58

I no longer use them either. Like many others the scented Always left me very uncomfortable. I now only use natracare which aren't very easy to find but don't have nasties in them.

manicbmc Fri 11-Jan-13 10:54:42

Dd will not use Always purely because some idiot man came up with the 'have a happy period' ad line and it makes her murderous.

plantsitter Fri 11-Jan-13 10:59:10

YANBU I have changed to Bodyform. Kept wondering what the hideous air-freshner smell was.

Andro Fri 11-Jan-13 11:09:43

YADNBU!

I used to use Always, then they messed about with them and put a 'new and improved' top cover on them. I was not impressed when an hour after using the first one I had blisters (allergic reaction)...there are some places where you really, REALLY don't want blisters!

I don't know what the new ones smell like, but it's perfectly reasonable to be annoyed when a perfectly good product is made worse/unusable because of 'improvements'!

MrsMushroom Fri 11-Jan-13 12:15:04

Has anyone sent this thread to Always head office?

Didn't realise that there was a thread about this - my dd ended up with thrush and blisters because of these pads. Like other posters ^^ she didn't connect the dots because you don't expect sanpro to do that to you!

She's been told by her gp (sought advice about the blisters) that it's an allergic reaction that will get worse by repeated use. She switched to Aldi own brand.

Kleinzeit Fri 11-Jan-13 12:32:42

I used to buy Always regularly, then started to notice a strong unpleasant smell when I opened the Always packs. Started to worry that other people would notice and know I was wearing the pads, not something I’ve ever fretted about before! And had noticed I was feeling more itchy recently but didn’t connect the two at the time. Switched back to using Bodyform and feel a lot less stinky and less itchy now, too. I just hope Bodyform don’t get the same idea sad

AllBellyandBoobs Fri 11-Jan-13 12:39:24

I'm another who had stopped using the new scented pads but noticed last week that you can still buy the old Always pads , they're branded as Always value.

Allonsy Fri 11-Jan-13 12:41:23

Had used always since starting my period, since the new 'scent' im allergic to them come out in awful rash and cuts down there, wont go back to always, i can imagine they have lost a LOT of customers since changing them.

MrsLouisTheroux Fri 11-Jan-13 14:40:34

I don't understand [thick]. I have just clicked on OP's link and Always have a scented/unscented range. Click link on left hand side.

lisata Mon 04-Feb-13 12:44:50

MrsLouisTheroux - It is the Activpearls that are the problem - smell like babies nappies. My kids have mentioned the smell too (when I first put them on!). Really un-necessary - I will never buy Always again.

They have been making me feel so rubbish. Am chucking the rest of my packet out. And have been moved to complain to Always.

Hope the lil-lets ones are better.

Narked Mon 04-Feb-13 13:01:59

They don't say they're scented. That's the point.

I have two packs sitting in a drawer because DH was here when the shopping arrived and didn't want to refuse the substitution in case I needed towels. So instead of Bodyform, I have rancid Always towels that when you first put them on smell a bit but after an hour of body heat made me feel sick when I went to the loo - it was like being pelted with magic tree air fresheners. And I was sore and itchy after using them for less than a day.

meddie Mon 04-Feb-13 13:17:12

I had terrible problems with towels causing rashes,soreness etc. I switched to washable natural cotton pads and the difference in comfort is wonderful, no scratchy itchy plastic or nasty chemicals.
Just throw them in a bucket to soak then in the washing machine. No good if your a bit icky about periods.
Havent got as far as some with throwing the soaking water over my veggies yet, but apparently it makes them grow like crazy :P

oldraver Mon 04-Feb-13 13:59:44

I accidently bought some scented ones, niot only where they vile but they made me sore.

My fanny doesnt need artificially scenting, thank you

pissovski Mon 04-Feb-13 14:08:26

Hate the new stinky Always . I have really sensitive skin and so would probably have reacted. Fortunately I had seen this discussion before buying any more pads (thank you MN!). Managed to get some very similar to Always, but not yacky smelling pads from Home Bargain (only 59p!) and they seem great.

oldraver Mon 04-Feb-13 14:12:50

Flowery Twat grin. I've belly laughed at that

OneLaundryBaskettoRuleThemAll Mon 10-Jun-13 20:13:17

Sorry to raise a zombie but thank buddha for this thread, I thought I had a disease. My cats litter tray is more fragrant. Actipearls you smell of evil.

hollyisalovelyname Mon 10-Jun-13 20:20:54

Did you read my mind. Was thinking exactly the same thing today- bloody Always - making them scented. We don't need them scented- even more bloody chemicals (excuse awful pun). WHY ? If it ain't broke why fix it? I'm changing brand too

meditrina Mon 10-Jun-13 20:21:29

It may be a zombie thread, but I'll just add that I'm another customer that Always have lost. unfortunately, Ocado didn't make it clear enough that the 'bought before' product had had a major change.

I've switched to Bodyform now - and discovered that they're better and cheaper. And don't have itch-producing vile smell.

I wonder how much market share Always have lost in recent months?

trinity0097 Mon 10-Jun-13 20:25:30

It's the panty liners too, took me about a week to realise it was them rather than me having a weird infection (even took a canisten pill to be on the safe side).

I found some asda ones that are about the same size (large ones) and unscented, but not as happy with the quality (not as much of the backing is sticky so they bunch up a bit during the day) - I haven't found unscented all days anywhere to buy - has anyone else seen any???

hollyisalovelyname Mon 10-Jun-13 20:28:22

Looks like Always have lost a lot of customers!

NutcrackerFairy Mon 10-Jun-13 21:05:00

I am quite confused at this thread...

I use Always Ultra with Wings and think they are pretty good - absorbent and don't move around, comfortable to wear...

I hadn't really noticed any 'eau de old granny', haven't had a burning fanny, no blisters, no thrush...

I think the Active Pearls or whatever they're called do seem to reduce the smell of old blood [and yes I do change SP regularly but sometimes have noticed that menstrual blood gets a little whiffy, sorry if tmi...]

And I can offer get them quite cheap on offer in the supermarket.

So yes, I've been happy with them really.

shock at how many of you have issues with them though, some of which sound quite serious - infected Bartholin's Cyst WTAF!

BlackStiltonBoots Mon 10-Jun-13 21:41:43

I had to use some of the always ultra pads recently, my god the itching, burning feeling was horrendous and I had to wear one overnight as the shop was closed. They stank like artificial flowery air freshener too, bleurgh.

I emailed them to complain and they told me that the pads were not scented but that the actipearls neutralise odour by covering it up with headache inducing chemical smell and this may be what I could smell confused.

Thankfully I now have my mooncup, so won't be using their vile, itchy, rash inducing, pongy pads of distress again!

emanjay Mon 10-Jun-13 22:17:55

So angry with the manufacturer. I have had several courses of antibiotics for what I thought was cystitis and it was actually caused by these pads. Thats about £22 wasted on unnecessary medicine!! They have ignored my e mail which makes me even more angry!!

Crouchendmumoftwo Mon 10-Jun-13 23:06:06

The main problem is the itch of the stuff. It has made my fanjo itch like crazy so much so that I cannot use them very often. It was driving me insania until I realised the whiff of chemical perfume or something!

Onesleeptillwembley Mon 10-Jun-13 23:10:17

I agree, who on earth would imagine a woman needs a scented foof plug? Bloosy ridiculous idea. Mumsnet campaign?

MadameOvary Mon 10-Jun-13 23:22:51

Just adding my voice to the thread. I used to use Always nighttime too. Not any more. They are rank. angry

NameChangeFoSho Mon 10-Jun-13 23:50:19

But they still make them without the smell don't they? I'm sure the ones I use don't have the active pearls.

corblimeymadam Mon 10-Jun-13 23:54:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

WhirlyByrd Tue 11-Jun-13 00:14:00

Well why don't we all complain to Always? I am quite depressed at the messages that are being sent out to girls and young women. Apparently as well as removing all trace of hair, spending hours grooming themselves to look like porn stars, womn are now supposed to smell like a glade air freshener. hmm you can bet your bottom dollar that men won't be getting jizz-freshener anytime soon.

Gossipmonster Tue 11-Jun-13 00:21:57

honeytea your post made me cry laughing smile

NameChangeFoSho Tue 11-Jun-13 00:28:10

Not sure if anyone even cares but I've just checked mine and they do make them without the pearls so if you don't want a stinky minky, just buy the ones without!

LeoandBoosmum Tue 11-Jun-13 00:31:18

Bodyform with wings are really great, far better than any of Always. You can also buy a really nice natural brand in Boots called Cottons (I think). They are in a cream wrapper with green writing. Work really well. I think fragrance in any form near the lady garden is a bad idea!

seasalt Tue 11-Jun-13 00:35:13

I think having to go around smelling like an air freshener is worse than the smell of blood which is not so bad as long as pads are changed regularly. Surely Always sales figures must have dropped lately as so many people seem to have stopped buying them because of the smell?

ChubbyKitty Tue 11-Jun-13 00:44:34

This thread explains a lot of my past foof issues. And there's been a lot. angryblush

Ill be sticking with morrisons own and the occasional lil-lets whenever they being out fancy packaging to keep them in. With drawstring ribbons and everything!

MamaChubbyLegs Tue 11-Jun-13 08:05:19

Mehh... it's just a gimmick to draw in people who are aleady paranoid about having a smelly period fanny. Some people are.Some people need to twee-ify their natural functions. I know people like this. They aren't going to change, much like most of us aren't going to stop seeing sense! I agree with whoever said they smell like an old lady handbag though grin

If you don't want the chemicals, buy something else. They work for me, so I use them. I even used them post partum with a nasty tear (I know right? Naaawty! Maternity towels are fucking horrible bunchy stitch splitting bastard knicker logs ) My fanny didn't fall off.

I know the implication that we are manky when we menstruate is massively offensive, but I honestly don't think it's meant like that. It's just a gimmick to draw in those who already think periods are manky. That's their problem

MamaChubbyLegs Tue 11-Jun-13 08:07:41

(When I say "they work for me", I mean their primary purpose mopping up and hiding my period, not prettifying my fanny)

ToomuchIsBackOnBootcamp Tue 11-Jun-13 19:45:55

My local Lidl has Siempre (I.e. the Euro version of "Always") for sale which doesn't have the stinky pearls added. I buy the tampons which are fine, they stock pads as well.

vvalaplage Sun 23-Jun-13 20:00:51

Like the first poster I have been an early Always user till they added their 'fresh pearl' (they don't call it a scent). That induced a massive (and unpleasant) contact allergy. I wrote to P&G to moan and they sent me a list of their products that have no beads or perfume. Basically the Silk one (black packets) are like the old Always.

monkeynuts123 Sun 23-Jun-13 21:22:49

And they make my arse sore, always!

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