Slightly scented tampons - what fresh hell is this?

(199 Posts)
TooExtraImmatureCheddar Wed 27-Feb-13 07:19:18

I was in Tesco yesterday buying tampons. I normally get the Tesco own-brand non-applicator ones, because applicators are just more environmentally unfriendly unflushable septic tank destroying crap. Annoyingly, however, Tesco were out of any non-applicator tampons in anything other than super-plus plus. After some deliberation, ruling out Tampax Pearl because of the infuriating adverts, I picked up Tampax Compak Fresh, because I couldn't see any difference between them and the unfresh ones. Not until I opened the box this morning did I clock the 'slightly scented' bit. Readers, I feel sullied.

AIBU to think that slightly scented tampons are the most ridiculous idea ever?

VivaLeBeaver Wed 27-Feb-13 07:20:10

Sounds like a recipe for thrush.

Eeew yadnbu

NamelessHereForEvermore Wed 27-Feb-13 07:22:56

Yuk. YANBU. This kind of shit shouldn't even be legal.

CuttedUpPear Wed 27-Feb-13 07:23:26

Reminds me of my mum getting TSS (toxic shock syndrome) in the seventies from using tampons. I don't think they constructed them very well back then. And this sounds like an innovation too far.

Thanks to her (possibly over dramatic) warnings I have never used one in my life!

Cakecrumbsinmybra Wed 27-Feb-13 07:27:31

Oh dear, that is ridiculous. Making girls feel even dirtier, playing on insecurities. I won't be sticking one of those anywhere near me!

KeatsiePie Wed 27-Feb-13 07:27:47

Ew! What is the necessity?

NoelHeadbands Wed 27-Feb-13 07:29:36

Oh lovely, now we're so minging we need to be freshened from the inside confused

GrowSomeCress Wed 27-Feb-13 07:31:36

Oh dear, we aren't that stinky fgs confused

Grim. Im itching just thinking about them

TheFallenNinja Wed 27-Feb-13 07:32:44

Scented with what???

Messandmayhem Wed 27-Feb-13 07:34:56

Eeeeeew, YANBU!

Messandmayhem Wed 27-Feb-13 07:35:39

Eeeeeew, YANBU!

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Wed 27-Feb-13 07:36:56

It just makes me angry. Periods are not dirty or smelly. How is anyone g

No you just wouldn't would, I feel an irritation coming on at the very thoughthmm

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Wed 27-Feb-13 07:39:10

Oops. Posting on bus. I was going to say how is anyone going to know - it's not like I shall be inviting people to sniff my crotch, dog-stylee and admire the lovely fresh scent, is it?

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Wed 27-Feb-13 07:40:41

Floral scented. Because girlies like to smell flowery, dontcha know.

Sounds vile....aren't they doing this with Always pads as well?

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 27-Feb-13 07:45:26

But how would you smell it once it was up your foof? confused

Reminds me of a piss-take ad I saw in Viz for "Twinkle Twat"....a female intimate scented spray grin

CupidStunt48 Wed 27-Feb-13 07:46:50

I accidentally bought the 'Sented

CupidStunt48 Wed 27-Feb-13 07:50:54

I accidentally bought the 'Slightly scented' Pads, Unfortunately these were my only option.

TMI but after using one I came out it a horrendous rash that left me itching for weeks.

It's ridiculous, The smell is so strong that I could smell it through my clothes. Nothing screams 'Im on my period and I would smell if I didn't wear this even though it makes me smell like Febreze!'

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Wed 27-Feb-13 07:53:29

Oh God, I hope I don't get a rash in my unmentionables! Itching just thinking about it.

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Wed 27-Feb-13 07:55:04

Arf at Twinkle Twat!

This might be the time to invest in a mooncup. Maybe. Not sure about the washing it out part!

BinksToEnlightenment Wed 27-Feb-13 07:55:40

You know what? I hate them for the same reason I hate scented baby wipes. I don't want to smell a cheap flowery fragrance when I'm on the shitter. I'll get vivid smell association every time I open the packet.

And it's never a nice cheap flowery smell. It's always some rank bargain bin style perfume that I wouldn't have been smelled dead in even at age thirteen.

fluffyraggies Wed 27-Feb-13 07:58:09

Who does the market research for these things i'd like to know?

What group of women sat around a table and told the marketing people 'hmm, yes, on the whole i would choose a tampon that made my fanny smell like a flower over a plain one'.



Velve Wed 27-Feb-13 08:21:44

Ewwwwww. Yanbu.
I have never been that close to a menstruating woman that I could smell her blood.
I hate everythig scented. Tampons, pads, panty liners, wipes, baby wipes.
There is NO need for that stuff. Anywhere. Ever.

BaresarkBunny Wed 27-Feb-13 08:24:41

This is why I'm becoming more and more allergic to tampons amd sanitary towels. Menstruating is bad enough without inflicting this hell.

OnlyWantsOne Wed 27-Feb-13 08:25:09

Sounds burny.

sashh Wed 27-Feb-13 08:38:25

Wasn't it scented tampons that caused the TSS in the 1970s/1980s

badbride Wed 27-Feb-13 08:48:15

I also bought a packet of these monstrosities by accident. They have since found a use as air-fresheners for my car. Although people will give you a funny look when they see a cotton mouse dangling from your rear-view mirror. Makes a change from furry dice though, eh? smile

mrsjay Wed 27-Feb-13 08:57:40

ive never used tampons a girl a few years above me at school got TSS but why would you want to put any sort of scent up there is beyond me hmm some Towels are scented and a packet i picked up had a lotion in it Just why

mrsjay Wed 27-Feb-13 08:58:51

Wasn't it scented tampons that caused the TSS in the 1970s/1980s

no they were not scented

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Feb-13 08:59:17

I'm pregnant at the moment with a sensitive fanjo at the best of times. I am reliant on pant liners and found it difficult to find liners without scent!

OP, if you are environmentally conscious, do get a mooncup! It'll save you a fortune, it's so much better for the environment and you get used to the cleaning it very quickly smile

I reckon it was a bloke that thought this one up. I wouldn't even use the scented pads, let alone a scented tampon.

mrsjay Wed 27-Feb-13 09:01:16

I think they changed the way tampons were made they think it was something to do with the cotton wool and leaving them in to long the bacteria was able to multiply or something, but they had no scent in them

KB02 Wed 27-Feb-13 09:01:59

Yy to trying mooncup next month. You can send it back if you can't get on with it .

PuffPants Wed 27-Feb-13 09:13:15

Am imagining someone commenting on my lovely perfume and me replying "oh, it's my scented tampon actually".

LittleEdie Wed 27-Feb-13 09:13:26

That sounds disgusting. YANBU

MrsGeologist Wed 27-Feb-13 09:22:39

Oh my fucking god, scented tampons?


I'm actually a little grossed out by the thought of them.

OxfordBags Wed 27-Feb-13 09:46:16

Why would you want to put scent up your flange?! It's just so dodgy! Any woman who is such a mimsy that she needs scented fucking sanpro to get over the trauma of having a nasty hurty-blood foofoo now and then should be forcibly put on the pill non-stop until she's emotionally capable of maturing to adulthood.

I don't wear tampons, don't get on with them but oh my gosh, scented tampons!!! Can't imagine they'll be good for the fanjo, bet they must stingconfused

msrisotto Wed 27-Feb-13 09:57:38

I never like tampons so use a mooncup instead but eww - you can send it back if you don't get on with it? confused

Flobbadobs Wed 27-Feb-13 10:01:40

Dear God the scented pads were bad enough and they absolutely stunk (stank?)when they had been used!!
I've been using washable pads thanks to a thread on here and will never go back to disposable stuff now.

choceyes Wed 27-Feb-13 10:03:13

I never like tampons so use a mooncup instead but eww - you can send it back if you don't get on with it?

I assume they get rid of it rather than resell it?

It took me 3 months to get used to the mooncup and I love it now, so keep trying even if it doesn't first time!

INeverSaidThat Wed 27-Feb-13 10:06:07

Mooncup is the answer to everything

Animation Wed 27-Feb-13 10:06:46

Some misogynist man probably came up with the idea.

YouTheCat Wed 27-Feb-13 10:08:12

The bloke who came up with these scented monstrosities is probably the same one who keeps telling us all to 'Have a happy period'.

I think he should be put in a room with premenstrual women and shown the error of his ways.

ICBINEG Wed 27-Feb-13 10:09:31

oxfordbags you are my new MN hero!

couldn't agree more.
oh and obvs YANBU

catgirl1976 Wed 27-Feb-13 10:09:52


Why would I want to scent the inside of my fanjo?

Especially during my period? Who is going to sniff it?


Animation Wed 27-Feb-13 10:19:26

Can him the vagina hating man.

SirBoobAlot Wed 27-Feb-13 10:23:09

Didn't you know periods are dirty, ladies? We must hide the fact that we have them, in order to keep people happy. If we hide them, then maybe we'll seem equal to men! But not really because by shoving flowers up our fanjos we are enforcing the view that our bodies are wrong.

But as long as everyone smells like a fucking daisy, all is right with the world!

<goes off to scream>

Ooooh I hate the "have a happy period" advert....

If there's anything to make someone NOT have a happy period, it's that bloody tagline

oop....pun not intended grin

NC78 Wed 27-Feb-13 10:36:31

YANBU All those chemicals in your vadge can't be healthy.

YouTheCat Wed 27-Feb-13 10:38:05

Luckily, I don't have any periods anymore thanks to Cerazette. This makes me happy. grin

BornInACrossFireHurricane Wed 27-Feb-13 10:38:08

It's madness.

I am seriously considering a mooncup- are they ok for heavy periods?

Quodlibet Wed 27-Feb-13 10:43:36

I have not used pads since I was a teen, but had to after my recent MC. Why the fuck do they smell like cheap air fresheners? Grim. My fury at having to open these massive pads that stank of cheap scent actually made my MC misery worse. I hated it. Put that in your focus group and smoke it, Always Ultra.

Scented tampons are ridiculous. I don't want those chemicals coming into contact with the extremely delicate skin on the inside of my vagina!

msrisotto Wed 27-Feb-13 10:49:34

I think i'd rather dispose of it myself rather than send it off for them to have the pleasure!

Anyway, I agree, it took me a good few periods to get used to the mooncup but it was the best option of a bad choice to be honest so i've stuck with it and am so glad I have. I can just forget about it really. It takes care of it for the whole day for me and it feels like nothing is there. It feels much cleaner than skanky pads too.

stickingattwo Wed 27-Feb-13 10:52:08

It's ridiculous. Scented pads, tampons, wipes and washes - how are teenage girls supposed to know what natural is FFS

PessaryPam Wed 27-Feb-13 10:55:28

Mooncup all the way.

Animation Wed 27-Feb-13 11:03:26

Think Tampax Compact Fresh need a strongly worded letter informing them that it's unhealthy to put perfume in the vagina area as it causes irritation, and to withraw all products from the shelves forthwith - and do their research.

Another mooncup convert! Nowhere near as eurgh as first thought!

HarleyQuinn Wed 27-Feb-13 11:32:36

Scented tampons?! May as well stick a car freshner up there, who the heck thought that was a good idea!

MunchMunch Wed 27-Feb-13 11:55:23

Scented toilet roll gives me thrush so gawd knows what would happen if I used these! Ridiculous.

Sunnywithshowers Wed 27-Feb-13 12:02:16

Absolutely bloody ridiculous.

I may have to get a mooncup.

ChairmanWow Wed 27-Feb-13 12:11:07

Jesus, first we're expected to use 'intimate' wipes because of course we're all so putrid, then to have bald fannies (thanks for that, porn industry), now we're made to feel bad for what they smell like inside. Shall we just sew them up and have done with it? Just don't get who benefits if we're made to feel disgust at our own vaginas.

Well said Chairman, you would think that mens bits didn't ever smell going on what these manufacturers think we smell offgrin.

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Wed 27-Feb-13 12:31:16

Quod, so sorry to hear about your mc.

grin at oxford

Will be heading to Boots for a non-scented pack after work, followed by a quick mooncup google. Where do you get moon cups? Online somewhere? I need something that doesn't clog up the septic tank. This is my first period after a year of bf, so it's time for a change.

OxfordBags Wed 27-Feb-13 12:34:17

Whoever came up with "Have a happy period" needs a fucking kicking. I'm a grumpy, mardy, misanthropic bitch at the best of times and nature has given me the perfect excuse to stop reigning this in every month, thank you very much.

msrisotto Wed 27-Feb-13 12:38:24

Large boots should stock them TooExtra

peppersaunt Wed 27-Feb-13 12:44:30

Bought scented tampons as desperate, led to nasty internal itch & DH laughing as I squirmed on couch. Bought Always pads. Gave me nasty rash on thighs. Thank goodness for Boots unscented pads as they all seem to be scented now.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Wed 27-Feb-13 12:45:07

My mooncup was purchased online, it was about a fiver cheaper than Boots. Have a look at the mooncup website

peppersaunt Wed 27-Feb-13 12:46:33

And how about the" squirming around @ night" pads ad? Aargh! Reminds me of advert for night nappies (same voiceover?)

ouryve Wed 27-Feb-13 12:49:25

I use tampons, or pantyliners, depending on my flow. I was annoyed when I struggled to find unscented liners, last week.

(And even tissues are getting in on the act. I accidentally bought some Kleenex Fresh in an online order, last month - I can't sit anywhere near them without my noise streaming)

StuntGirl Wed 27-Feb-13 12:56:45

God and I thought those fucking awful scented pads were bad enough. The smell of them makes me want to retch. But scented tampons?! Who the bollocks came up with that?

midastouch Wed 27-Feb-13 12:58:23

Must have been a mans ingenius idea

Feminine Wed 27-Feb-13 13:43:53

I thought they disappeared from UK shelves years ago?

Anyway, they are still big in the US -its hard to find regular one actually!

Have they been relaunched then?

StellaNova Wed 27-Feb-13 13:48:32

Re the super plus plus thing, has anyone else found that corner shops often only ever seem to stock super plus? Where we lived in London and where we live now, the local shop only ever has super plus. My theory is that the male shopkeepers believe that "super" refers to quality or something, and therefore they are only stocking the best.

I suppose they might just always sell out of the other, but whenever I go in, that is all they have.

Marmotte3 Wed 27-Feb-13 14:43:55

As others have said above this sounds hideous and a recipe for irritation and infections.

I have been using a Mooncup for 10 years now and I will never ever go back to using 'those other things'.

Remotecontrolduck Wed 27-Feb-13 15:53:48

Oh ffs WHY? It's like the always pads, they are (or were, hopefully someone's been sacked) all scented now! Why the hell would I want something that smells like poundland perfume on or in my vagina?! angry

Animation Wed 27-Feb-13 16:45:39

Why don't they manufacture and advertise wipes especially for a man's bell end, rim area and hiatus.

Animation Wed 27-Feb-13 16:48:17

...scented male wipes

I think they already do! Hangon and I'll have a google!

Yup the do exist ladies I present fellas

twentythirteen Wed 27-Feb-13 16:52:29

This has given me a laugh, and in reading it on the train next to adolescent boys!

Tell the about fellas wipes for their "manatomy" educate them young!!

Animation Wed 27-Feb-13 17:01:05

Aww, wipes exist called 'Fella' - well I think they need more vigorous advertising on TV - maybe at prime time after Cora.

Btw - miatus not hiatus. blush

BegoniaBampot Wed 27-Feb-13 17:03:05

that's it, off to boots right now to buy a mooncup! are they really that good? wish me luck!

mum47 Wed 27-Feb-13 17:07:01

Oh god reading this took me back to when I went into labour with ds1. Waters had broken, sister gave me some pads.
When I went into hospital the nurse took the pad to check for discharge or something, sniffed it and said with screwed up nose "scented pad, can't tell if any unusual odours because of that"
I literally shrivelled up and died in front of her (if only I had known of the indignity of childbirth to come)

BegoniaBampot, there are many different types for different women.

Have a look here before going to boots as its likely they won't have as good a range. And if you buy for here you get a little packet of love hearts thrown in!

Mooncup is a brand name, I have a meluna (actually I have two, but one accidentally got a bit melted during the boiling process)

MrsHoarder Wed 27-Feb-13 17:11:43

I have a mooncup, they are much better than endless tampons.

As for unscented sanitarywear, get the Boots Essentials or supermarket cheapest own brand. Less sticky, but at least it doesn't come with thrush.

someoftheabove Wed 27-Feb-13 17:26:09

Thank you, everybody, for making me laugh until I cried. Especially you, schadenfreude.

Smudging Wed 27-Feb-13 17:31:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Spoonful Wed 27-Feb-13 17:37:24

I am further determined to buy a mooncup, once I start my periods again, at this news.

StephaniePowers Wed 27-Feb-13 17:49:04

Those Fellas wipes are SURELY a joke? No? Manatomy?!

Whatever did happen with Always...have they continued with their inexorable fanny-scenting mission? One only assumes that a Woman With A Grudge initiated that particular product change and is clutching her sides as their profits plummet.

Chesntoots Wed 27-Feb-13 18:39:43

Moon up all the way...

BelleEtLaBaby Wed 27-Feb-13 18:43:52

Sorry. Have I missed the point?

What's the point of tampons being scented? Surely they smell "nice" as you take them out of the wrapper... But then you shove it up your fanjo? I can't get my head around the idea. How smelly scented would they have to be to still be able to smell of flowers when they're an inch inside your vagina?

Have I missed something? Just: why?

I hate the idea of scented sanpro, if you smell you have an infection and need to get it sorted. Not mask it with some god awful scented nonsense.

I had a fanjo op 11days ago. Couldn't get any unscented sanpro and I'm heaving at the smell of the pads when I open the pack. They reek and make me feel really yuckky because I think everyone can smell me. Bleaugh.

MechanicalTheatre Wed 27-Feb-13 18:58:53

So disgusting. Honestly. I would get thrush after about 2 seconds.

MechanicalTheatre Wed 27-Feb-13 18:59:19

So disgusting. Honestly. I would get thrush after about 2 seconds.

domesticslattern Wed 27-Feb-13 19:57:50

It took MN to point out to me that Always were all scented now. I missed that as I've been pg/ bf for so long. Obviously I'm steering well clear but the last two times I have been in Boots the Boots own brand (non-scented) has been sold out. Grr.

I should write a letter. We should all write letters.

I mean, is there any time in your entire adult life when you have been offended by the smell of another woman's period and thought "she should use some air freshener in her pants to get rid of that smell". Seriously? Are we being overcome by the fumes in the street, in the supermarket, in the office? No. We are not. We do not need these products, especially when there is no choice but to buy them.

steben Wed 27-Feb-13 20:06:51

Yanbu this bloody infuriates me!!! Fwiw I think Always might just be getting the message that no one is interested in their stupid bloody odour neutralising scented pearls angryangryangry as I bought some of their pads from the 'silk' range and they had a 'non-scented' written fairly largely on packaging. I just don't know why they do it - the smell is awful and is a recipe for infection all the way.

Foggles Wed 27-Feb-13 20:12:49

The guy that invented those "Fellas" wipes was on Dragons Den and was sent packing by the dragons.

StephaniePowers Wed 27-Feb-13 20:25:45

grin They sent him packing and then all made a face at each other as they thought about his smelly balls.

ItsOkayItsJustMyBreath Wed 27-Feb-13 20:32:13

Right, I have just ordered my mooncup! Fed up with all this playing on women's insecurities.

IneedAsockamnesty Wed 27-Feb-13 20:56:00

This site is another exerlent place to get any type of reusable San pro, you may not get a mini pack of love hearts but she ships quickly and most of her stuff is slightly cheaper than the other site.

Scented San pro is the devils work it can make your fanjo feel like its on fire. Not good

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Wed 27-Feb-13 21:15:21

Have just ordered a mooncup!

EuroShaggleton Wed 27-Feb-13 21:25:17

Can someone send a link to this thread to the manufacturer? I did that with one of the Always threads. I got some tripe back about how their research showed it was a product women wanted blah blah blah. I don't know who these women are. Young gullible ones who are afraid of their own bodies perhaps? It's getting harder and harder to find unscented ones, unfortunately. I for one don't want my fanjo smelling of cheap airfreshner, like a late night minicab. Grrrr.

QOD Wed 27-Feb-13 21:31:22

Incidentally, don't worry about applicators as you bin them like towels anyway. I have to use them as I really don't like poking me finger up and can't seem to position correctly.

I sent a link earlier, EuroShag.

No response yet.


Quodlibet Wed 27-Feb-13 21:42:16

I for one don't want my fanjo smelling of cheap airfreshner, like a late night minicab. Grrrr.

Lol. Exactly! And you can smell them from outside your clothes - it is (taxi)rank.

EuroShaggleton Wed 27-Feb-13 21:50:57

Excellent, Chaos!

Spoonful Wed 27-Feb-13 22:04:36

That's exactly it Euro, they are for people scared of their own bodies.

How depressing it all is.

slightlysoupstained Wed 27-Feb-13 23:22:27

Haven't menstruated for about 15 months due to pg/breastfeeding - how come the UK has apparently been taken over by Stepfords with freesia scented fannies in the meantime & nobody told me?


IneedAsockamnesty Thu 28-Feb-13 00:14:01

I don't think they are actually aimed at anyone other than the bog slandered woman who has periods.

Its just so they can trump out the new and improved line, manufacturers hate not bunging out a 'new' product because they have this idea that they have to remain cutting edge and at the peak of new whatever's,they don't care if the new product is a utter pile of wank and everybody was happy with the old decent product they just want us to think they are constantly improving things for us.

I don't know one woman in RL who would actively chose a scented San pro product (and I do talk about stuff like that) especially one that is used internally,most of the women I know are even careful about bubble bath and soap due to thrush and b vag.

BabyMakesTheBellyGoRound Thu 28-Feb-13 00:46:02

I am only after clearing up a sensitive reaction from scented pads (blisters and boils on my fanny) so can only imagine what a scented tampon would do to my insidesshock sad angry
I normally use washable sanitary products but was caught by surprise by my period on a trip away. Never ever again. Not if I had to cut up my expensive posh towels would I ever buy a pack of scented pads again.

I have never smelled another woman having her period either.

IneedAsockamnesty Thu 28-Feb-13 00:50:01


That happened to me it looked and felt like someone had beaten be with a red hot poker.

A mistake I will never make again.

ChairmanWow Thu 28-Feb-13 04:53:15

I have never smelled another woman having her period either.

No, but you will now. 'Ah, the unmistakeable aroma of late night minicab. She must have the painters in.' Like a big, smelly period signpost.

That reaction sounds friggin awful btw. Did you complain to the manufacturers? Send them photos - that'll learn 'em!

StephaniePowers Thu 28-Feb-13 07:02:43

It must be something to do with cutting costs in production. Pound to a penny they've worked out it's cheaper to add (blister-inducing, vile, thrush-encouraging) scent to their products than it is to process them enough to make them scentless...something like that.

"Research shows it's what women want" is such an utterly ridiculous lie, it has to be to do with cutting costs. It's the only reason companies like this do anything at all. They will be gambling on scented sanitary protection becoming the absolute norm, and then they've got in early on the game.

If I was a maker of washable sanitary protection, or moon cup-type contraptions, I might be thinking of investing quite a lot in advertising and upping production right now.

StephaniePowers Thu 28-Feb-13 07:15:32

Unless this is some sort of New Coke ploy? Give it six months, and they'll be responding to customer feedback and getting rid of the scent? I can't imagine they can take the nosedive in profit in the meantime, though confused

I would really love to see how many packs of Always are sold now, compared to a year ago. Ditto Bodyform, which are just as good, scentless etc. Are they raking it in?

lurkerspeaks Thu 28-Feb-13 08:49:21

Am so pleased to see this thread. The SanPro aisle has been paining me of late. First the insidious creep of plastic applicators (they have to be envirnonmentally worse than cardboard) and I accept that some people need them.

Now, the rise of scented. When I were a lass and cleaning hotel rooms I used to think the american woman with scented panty liners and femfresh wipe addictions were weird. Now it seems I'm the weird one.

To quote others. I do not wish to smell like a late night mini cab.

Come on manufacturers catch up, in the meantime I really must further investigate reusable stuff.

GROOVEYCHICK Thu 28-Feb-13 09:40:27

i did the same ,used allways nor realising they were scented and havevgot the most awfull reaction which makes peeing more painfull than after childbirth stitches

mrsjay Thu 28-Feb-13 09:46:04

I am just wondering when the makers are going to start putting fabreeze in them it seems to be in everything else grin

mrsjay Thu 28-Feb-13 09:47:54

I was given a femfresh gift set for christmas once by my SIL shock it has wipes,wash and a spray I didnt know whether to laugh and bin it or sniff to see if i needed it grin

mrsjay Thu 28-Feb-13 09:48:16


monkeysbignuts Thu 28-Feb-13 09:48:52

My husband bought me scented always ultra after I had our baby. He didn't know but blimey they made me itchy!
I can't begin to imagine how much more itchy inserting something would be :/ such a stupid Idea

GregBishopsBottomBitch Thu 28-Feb-13 09:57:39

Those scented tampoons and pads smell digusting anyway, gotta be the worst attempt at a nice smell ever, ewwwww.

Tolly81 Thu 28-Feb-13 10:05:48

Definitely YANBU. Hate thise synthetic "fresh" smells. Who thought of that for crying out loud? And go for the mooncup, wish I'd discovered them sooner. Kind of thought they'd be a bit grim but way way better than messing about buying tampons, pads, liners and actually a lot less mess than any of those as well as being hugely environmentally friendly.

Beehatch Thu 28-Feb-13 10:32:40

This whole thread makes me want to cry (for the moon)

ChairmanWow Thu 28-Feb-13 10:41:06

mrsjay shock at your SIL. Why would you buy someone a gift that says 'you have a stinky fanjo'? Even if you did (and I'm sure yours is as fresh as the morning dew grin), it's still a completely bizarre Christmas pressie.

mrsjay Thu 28-Feb-13 10:45:04

chairman she once bought me a 3 size to big coat that smelled a bit dusty we dont really see them anymore knew she never liked me grin she bought her own family lovely thoughtful gifts and ours not so much unless it was BIL who bought them oh god shock

Bit late to the thread, but have followed in Chaos footsteps...sent a link to this thread to their email.

Omgshock mrsjay!

pinkyponk67 Thu 28-Feb-13 12:46:51


That is all.

allibaba Thu 28-Feb-13 13:04:30

I went in to Sainsburys this morning to buy some panty liners and after first reading this thread last night, actually noticed for the first time just how MANY scented pads/tampons/period stuff there actually is!

Also for the first time I had the thought cross my mind - "No I do not wish to smell of Febreeze" and so went for the non-secented option grin

OxfordBags Thu 28-Feb-13 13:17:55

You know what? I'd genuinely rather smell someone's periody fanny stink than vile, cheap, synthetic sanpro scents. At least it's meant to be coming out of there. Not that I ever have done.

I got an infected episiotomy after having Ds and it took ages to heal. It smelt a bit. At times, I felt like Mel B, imagined by Bo Selecta: "Eeeh, me minge is kicking out a reet pong!". But I never saw anyone wrinkling up their nose as though they had just detected Eau de Healing Clunge. And if they did smell anything, so what? They clearly masterfully coped with those few seconds of a vague, unpleasant aroma as though it was natural and okay, or something equally crazy like that.

And it still never occured to me to stick some scented nastiness up there. Because if there's one place you're not meant to shove anything chemical, it's your vagina.

So put THAT in your pipes and smoke it, misogynist Sanpro cretins.

Sunnywithshowers Thu 28-Feb-13 13:33:38

'Eau de Healing Clunge'

We need a laugh/boak emoticon for that one... smile

GregBishopsBottomBitch Thu 28-Feb-13 13:38:14

Eau de Healing Clunge

I nearly wet myself, but really does a period ridden vagina smell that bad, because i must say, i've never noticed.

gimmeanaxe Thu 28-Feb-13 13:47:00


OxfordBags Thu 28-Feb-13 15:17:17

No, of course it doesn't. That's the point. Even my briefly foetid vag only smelt very slightly.

crochetcircle Thu 28-Feb-13 15:24:43

Ladies I'm glad I'm not on my own. I just came out of nearly three years of pregnancy / Breastfeeding horrified onto the sanitary aisle. Who on earth they had in their focus groups I will never understand it.

There is at least one type of always pad that I can get at big supermarkets called Always Simply Fits. They have no scent and are drier than the silk ones which I didn't like. They are like a basics range I think, as they are cheaper.

Does anyone know if the 'Actipearls' on Always Ultra are scented too? On their website they list it as unscented but they look pretty scented to me!!!

noddyholder Thu 28-Feb-13 15:25:37

God I would be itching for england

pigsDOfly Thu 28-Feb-13 15:47:04

Viz may have been making a joke of it Scarletlady, but back in the 70's (I'm 300 years old) 'intimate feminine sprays' actually existed and we were all told that in order not to stink like old fish - that wasn't actually the advertising slogan - we had to spray our fannies with it several times a day.

The whole fashion for them lasted a few years and seemed to just disappear over time. Can't imagine why, probably the mass outbreaks of virginal itching, thrush and various other nasties.

GregBishopsBottomBitch Thu 28-Feb-13 16:24:33

According to the lovely Dr Christian Jessen, vaginas are self cleaning, washing them too much can lead to issues, because it gets rid of all the good bacteria. It only smells due to yeast levels and stuff.

LightTheLampNotTheRat Thu 28-Feb-13 16:26:23

My mother uses 'feminine deodorant' - it's in her bathroom cabinet. Just grim. Sadly we don't have the kind of relationship where I can say "what are you thinking of, mother?"

I loathe and detest cheap artificial scents to mask 'unpleasantness' - nappy sacks, wipes, air freshener, all hideous.

Have realised I don't properly know what a mooncup is and how it works. Off to google...

GregBishopsBottomBitch Thu 28-Feb-13 16:32:08

I think i might get a mooncup, i hate tampons and pads make my fanjo itch after 3 days.

Schnarkle Thu 28-Feb-13 16:46:11

I bought a mooncup last week, purely from reading about them here on MN. It's fantastic, the first time using it was a bit invasive. I got over that and I'm converted.

So they can stick the scented rubbish in their pipes and smoke it.

daisydoodoo Thu 28-Feb-13 16:53:33

Another who didnt realise and was about to accuse my dp of straying and infecting me as had an itchy rash ridden fanjo but then noticed the slight ly different coloured packaging and the fresh claims.

Used a non scented product for the last few days and lo and behold no more itching or rash!

BegoniaBampot Thu 28-Feb-13 17:00:42

You've all got me paranoid now and I've resorted to sniffing my pads. Got a bit of a cold so not sure if they are scented or not. Definitely getting a mooncup - just for the name alone!

GregBishopsBottomBitch Thu 28-Feb-13 17:06:50

To anyone who has got a mooncup, What size should i get since:

A) Over 30 and all who have given birth vaginally.
B) Under 30 and who havent given birth vaginally.

Well im nearly over 30 but i didnt give vaginally.

Well I am over 30 (just) have been pg but not delivered vaginally and I have this in medium with a stem and it does me fine. I have heard though some people need to try a few to find the best fit. I have been complemented on my pelvic floor though <proud> so I suppose it depends! (Bet you are doing your kegals now!!)

GregBishopsBottomBitch Thu 28-Feb-13 17:20:11

When i had my smear test the nurse quite openly said to me "You had a c-section didnt you", it must show that my snatch is still tighter than a vestal virgins.

Ha, do we have the same nurse!!

I have to admit I bought the meluna because it was the cheapest and I wasn't sure how I'd get on with it, but it really is great!!

Awizardsstaffhasaknobontheend Thu 28-Feb-13 17:51:57

I used to be a marketing manager for Tampax..... [runs very fast from the room!]

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 28-Feb-13 17:56:20

Awizard and did they decree that we needed flowery smelling fanjos?!

BabyMakesTheBellyGoRound Thu 28-Feb-13 17:57:13

Yes,always have no doubt received my complaint. I am still unable to wear knickers and am still wearing old jogging bottoms. Very TMI but I also need to eat my body weight in prunes cause a solid motion makes me cry (swollen,cracked,bleeding skin). I wear a pair of dh old boxers with a flannel soaked in natural yogurt in the evening.
I am not someone who tends to react to products. I would never wish this hell on anyone. Painkillers and antibiotics because my fanny supposedly smells. Bastards.

Osmiornica Thu 28-Feb-13 18:04:09

I bought a pack of scented liners once by mistake. It never occured to me they'd be scented. The smell was awful - so bad in fact that I had to bin them. I hate doing things like that as I try to be more thoughtful in terms of waste. The mind just boggles at scented tampons - what were they thinking!

GregBishopsBottomBitch Thu 28-Feb-13 18:04:45

Baby I feel your pain, i had cellulitis in my fanjo and still have red raw skin around my backside, omg it was worse than childbirth.

Whatever shit is put on tampon and pads, most be horrific, i get itching but your case is just horrific.

Badvoc Thu 28-Feb-13 18:12:36

It's only a matter of time isn't it?
Some helpful company will come up with what equates to a vaginal pine tree you stuff up your Nethers for "freshness"
Gives me the rage.

SpicyPear Thu 28-Feb-13 18:15:11

I thought the scented pads thing was bad enough but tampons?! shock

Last period I switched to washable sanpro and I really don't see myself going back. I was much more comfortable and less smelly!

Would also recommend Luxury Moon. The woman who runs it is very helpful if you don't know where to start.

Ooooooh <winces at the thought of shoving a pine tree up fanjo>

Badvoc Thu 28-Feb-13 18:17:35

Well, am sure they would make it more...erm...ergonomic, but that's essentially what they will be touting soon.
You mark my words.
<nods sagely>

GregBishopsBottomBitch Thu 28-Feb-13 18:18:23

Omg, and i thought having a vaginal speculum up there was bad enough, but a pine cone <crosses legs>

SpicyPear Thu 28-Feb-13 18:44:08

My bet for the next big thing in "feminine hygiene" is pants with a gusset pocket for an air freshener. Or one of those carbon pads you can get for stinky bins.

Will be a big hit in a few years when they've finished the job of brainwashing young women into thinking they are unclean because they have a vag and periods.

GregBishopsBottomBitch Thu 28-Feb-13 18:51:55

Spicy I wouldnt them even if they paid me, those damn freshelle wipes you get with pads, are like wet wipes you get after a greasy takaway, ewww.

OxfordBags Thu 28-Feb-13 18:58:04

Christ, they'll be making uterine inserts to literally make us smell 'fresh' inside soon.

(goes off to contact Charlie Brooker with brilliant concept fornext series of Black Mirror)

GregBishop, tis true about vaginas being self-cleaning (They sex! They birth! They self-clean!). With aforementioned delightful and fragrant epi nightmare, my consultant told me to not wash with soap, as it'd just make things worse.

Also got complimented on my full 70s bush by the MWs during labour, as that mofo was not letting any bacteria in, no sirree bob.

GregBishopsBottomBitch Thu 28-Feb-13 18:59:55

Also got complimented on my full 70s bush by the MWs during labour, as that mofo was not letting any bacteria in, no sirree bob.

lmao!! that just made me burst out laughing. So not trimming the lady garden sometimes, is a good idea.

Badvoc Thu 28-Feb-13 19:03:44

Ha! The midwives must have loved me then!
I look like I have a wookie in my pants smile
Seriously is there for a reason people! Like eyelashes and shit.

maddening Thu 28-Feb-13 19:07:18

Mmmmm lavender scented fanny farts smile

BabyMakesTheBellyGoRound Thu 28-Feb-13 19:20:14

I sport a full bush too and never had any fanny issues till the attack of the pad. The odd bout of thrush but that was about it. My gp mentioned I could be allergic to the bleaching agent in the pads. That cemented my belief in washable pads. I was very saddened when I spotted intimate wipes in my sisters bathroom. The chemicals in them.

ChairmanWow Thu 28-Feb-13 19:48:57

Also got complimented on my full 70s bush by the MWs during labour, as that mofo was not letting any bacteria in, no sirree bob.

Amen to that! I hung out on Baby Centre for a while as I had the app, and was aghast at the number of young women obsessing about needing to have a bald fanny for birth) and claiming muffs are dirty. I got such a pasting for 'admitting' to having full-on muffage and was even told to go and sort myself out. Interestingly there were also lots of threads about thrush hmm.

OxfordBags Thu 28-Feb-13 21:19:53

I hung out there too, ChairmanWow, and experienced similar! I used to think, "PLEASE don't be letting these idiots be having girls!". They were just appalled that I might let someone see that I had pubic hair, as though that was the worst thing that couod happen during labour hmm I used to think, you're not ready to have sex, never mind a baby, if you can't handle another adult knowing you have pubes, FFS. They're there for a reason.

ChairmanWow Thu 28-Feb-13 21:28:41

Glad it's not just me. I hate that priggish attitude some women seem to have towards their fannies, and particularly about hair. I did point out that the midwife would probably be too busy wiping up their shit to notice their pubes grin. Couldn't resist!

Our fanjos are our friends, innit. I have to say mine has provided me with much enjoyment over the years wink. It deserves to be treated with the respect it has earned - ie no pine cones or Febreeze and a nice hairy coat!

musicmadness Thu 28-Feb-13 21:40:59

I am so glad I have a meluna cup now (don't get on with the mooncup at all), I mainly use washable san pro for cost reasons but it's things like this that make me very happy with my choice.

Can't say I have a full bush though, my fanny likes having a haircut every now and then wink. Never noticed any correlation between whether or not I'd recently trimmed and any reaction to San pro. Think I have skin like a rhino so I'm probably not the best judge of that.

GregBishopsBottomBitch Thu 28-Feb-13 21:41:26

I had to see the doc about my fanjo, i had no issues in letting her look, its just a fanjo, jeez

OxfordBags Thu 28-Feb-13 21:41:52

I like the cut of your jib, Wow grin (May I call you Wow, oh glorious leader?)

Each to their own about how to style - or not - their pubes, but it does drive me crazy when women talk about fannies being dirty with hair/a lot of hair. It's not only depressingly self-hating and colluding with misogyny, it's just illogical and scientifically wrong.

ChairmanWow Thu 28-Feb-13 22:00:26

Thanks Oxford! I'm not sure a stubborn refusal to engage in pubic topiary necessarily qualifies me as a leader, but I'll certainly take the compliment! It's so nice to meet kindred spirits. I was getting a bit eye-rolling about the yoof of today on BC and had to leave.

I totally agree re the self-hating/misogyny bit. I really do think feminism is a dirty word to many of the women I encountered on there. And call me a cynic but convincing women that their vaginas are dirty oppresses us even more and disconnects us from our bodies. It's worrying that this seems to be accepted as the norm more and more. Pubes and smells are political issues, sistas! smile.

imustbepatient Thu 28-Feb-13 22:19:20

Love this thread! It has made my night.

ICBINEG Fri 01-Mar-13 09:23:22

I think it is possible that someone tried to shave me during labour...but I can't really piece it together...

They didn't make a dent if they did try though!

I know it is off topic for this thread, but armpit hair is another one....why is it okay for men to sport the natural hair that grows on them, but women have to remove theirs? Same deal...far less smelly if you just let your armpit hair be....

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Fri 01-Mar-13 09:52:38

In principle I agree re armpit hair, but in reality I do shave my armpits and don't want to stop. I am brainwashed. confused

ICBINEG Fri 01-Mar-13 10:32:52 has taken ages to get up the courage to go swimming looking like an actual adult female, with hair in all the right places....legs, armpits, fanjo bush....

Just seen the new ad for Always 'Odette' :

Check out the chap's face (to the left of the woman)....he's all 'mmmmmmm, new-car smell fanny, my favourite!'

I don't like armpit hair on anyone. Personal preference, don't like it on men or women or myself. Love having hairy legs though, keeps me legs warm through the cold Scottish winters.

OxfordBags Fri 01-Mar-13 13:11:53

I don't bother doing armpits. I do sometimes in summer if I'm going to wear a sleeveless dress or top purely because I can't be arsed with twats reacting like I was raping a dwarf in front of them purely by having visible body hair.

I have no problem with anyone removing all of their body hair, I just believe that it should be equally valid for women to not get rid of it if that's their choice. Hate how a freaky porn standard for women has becoming the norm, and gets worse all the time. Read something the other week about the massive rise in labioplasties (might not be proper word) - surgical removal or trimming of yer flaps. Loads of young women convinced that just having labia at all looks vile or that there's something wrong with them. And other women finding that men are getting all grossed-out at the sight of perfectly normal lady lips. Loads of porn stars have it done, so men are starting to either think that's what women's buts naturally look like, or they get accustomed to that look. Depressing as hell sad

I feel I need to link to the Great Wall of vagina after oxfords last post! We should show our daughters (and sons) that there is no "normal", we are what we are <considers singing I am what I am> Who is with me!

ICBINEG Fri 01-Mar-13 13:37:12

hmmm I feel a new thread coming on.

In chat maybe...something like:

Rate your look!

adolescent female<----------------------------------------------> adult female

key indicators:

Adolescent female = waxed (no hair fanjo, armpit, leg), flawless face mask (no wrinkles, laughter lines, sun damage etc), absence of lady lips or evidence of childbirth, stupidly perky probably fake boobs.

Adult female = has pubic hair, has a characterful face, has at least the possibility of lady lips and/or childbirth evidence, real boobs.

ICBINEG Fri 01-Mar-13 13:37:32

loving the vagina wall....I also love the real boobs gallery...

ICBINEG Fri 01-Mar-13 13:39:23

The thing is...who the hell finds the adolescent male look attractive? Men don't seem to have to ape their youngers.....

I am sure their is some sucky evolutionary shit behind this but I don't care....we have brains as well as gonads....

ChairmanWow Fri 01-Mar-13 15:40:52

I hate the pornification of women's bodies as well. Apart from anything else it makes women more prudish and less sexually enlightened. How crap to have to shave and have implants and bits cut off before you are deemed shag-ready.

I was at a party a few weeks ago and got chatting to a woman I'd not seen for a few years. Very glamorous and gorgeous, she had split with her husband a couple of years earlier and had dated some younger men. They were completely clueless about real sex. They pretty much demanded a hairless fannny, the right to come on her face (just, WHY? Why would any woman let a guy do that? It's gross and humiliating), expected anal and if she didn't start groaning the minute they laid hands on her they were disappointed. She felt like the spontaneity had gone out of sex and it was much more about man-pleasing than a shared experience. And all because of what porn tells them is normal. Yeesh!

Sorry, that turned into a rant. But this car-interior fanny scent is the tip of the iceberg, I tell thee.

GregBishopsBottomBitch Fri 01-Mar-13 15:43:49

Anyone who thinks porn is a true replay of real life is a fucking idiot and needs to be educated in what sex actually is.

Tricycletops Fri 01-Mar-13 16:12:16

Had a look at Luxury Moon - is it just me or is there something... odd about the instructions on this page?

This is not the correct position for Softcup and can cause leakage. hmm

Tricycletops Fri 01-Mar-13 16:13:47

ChairmanWow - I have a friend who's 9 years younger than me, so we grew up without broadband and easy access to internet porn and her generation grew up with it. The stories she tells about men she slept with at university make me shock and sad. It's fucked up.

goingupinfumes Fri 01-Mar-13 16:14:25

The "always" pads smell like Febreeze!! that's what the smell is.. I have a box in my bathroom from ages ago and accidental purchase and I've been wondering why my bathroom smells like febreeze.

ICBINEG Sat 02-Mar-13 00:05:52

God that is awful wow.

It's odd...I have watched the odd bit of porn but it hadn't really occurred to me that I should look like the women in it....Do us older women <speaks for self> have an inbuilt ability to realise we are all different? How much porn do you have to watch to forget that?

VeetorWax Sat 02-Mar-13 00:14:50

Totally agree! I had a bout of thrush a while ago and could I find anything non scented shen I had my period? Could I fuck.

I've been getting supermarket basics as they are usually non-scented. And are actually fine, no itching, etc. And I never use soap, sparays or any other product in or around the vagina. I did when a teenager, but the itching, etc soon put a stop to that.

I have never noticed any smell about me, except for one memorable occasion when I left a tampon up there for two weeks.

I reckon that all this advertising about slightly scented etc is to play on people's insecurities, because any hint that some part of you is not smelling right can really unbalance people. Have noticed this kind of advertising in relation to deodorants and breath fresheners.

GregBishopsBottomBitch Sat 02-Mar-13 21:47:18

Its normally at women, when are they gonna invent a spray called "Cock Fresh" to get rid of the odious smell of cock cheese.

ChairmanWow Sat 02-Mar-13 22:35:58

ICBINEG I'm not a youngling either, and agree that I wouldn't think to try and emulate porn stars (though I have issues with porn anyway). Women of my age are much more comfortable with feminism and whilst there has always been pressure on women to look attractive (whatever that means) it was all a lot less homogenous than it is now. I think men were more respectful of women too.

I'm doing a lot of generalising in this post, but I do think a lot of younger women lack the confidence to resist this kind of pressure. I also think we're seeing a generation of young men and women who have had access to porn through adolescence, at a time whrn they are forming ideas about sex without any other experience to base it on and crap sex education which doesn't deal - literally! - with the ins and outs of real sex.

Sorry, that turned into an essay!

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