To wonder why all sanitary towels now smell like Glade plug-ins???

(146 Posts)
herethereandeverywhere Wed 10-Jul-13 11:04:14

Bought sani-pads and panty liners (yuk to their name!) only to discover there has been some kind of Magic Tree collaboration that I was not aware of.

Why on earth would I want my foof to smell like I'd given it the once over with the Shake and Vac?

Very confused

(PS: I'm not touting for advice about mooncups - already own one wink)

piprabbit Wed 10-Jul-13 11:07:06

Because nothing says "pristine" like a gust of zoflora every time you cross your legs.

(My Always are unscented - long may it stay that way).

AuntieStella Wed 10-Jul-13 11:08:21

Vile, isn't it?

Bodyform are unscented, as are many own brands, and lesser-known brands from eg pound shops.

youaintallthat Wed 10-Jul-13 11:09:24

Pmsl that is the funniest headings ever nearly choked on my cup of yes when I read that.

kotinka Wed 10-Jul-13 11:11:45

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

CheeryCherry Wed 10-Jul-13 11:14:07

Yes I've changed brands too...who on earth thought of that one hmm

Does anyone else have the hygienic sanitary bin solutions advert on the side of this page?

AuntieStella Wed 10-Jul-13 11:16:11

No, I've got eco-friendly salon towels (hoping that's something to do with hairdressing, not this thread!)

ANormalOne Wed 10-Jul-13 11:22:42

It's awful isn't it, I was sick of the smell and price and switched to cloth sanitary towels last month, working well so far.

Flobbadobs Wed 10-Jul-13 11:24:53

The smell was one of the reasons I switched to washables, that and the cost.
There's something in one smelly brand that I had some kind of reaction to and just itched like buggery everytime I wore one.
Plus the fact that it's the whole idea that we should somehow be ashamed of our natural bodily function. We bleed, we deal with it in whatever way we see fit. It annoys me that women should somehow hide the fact that we are actually women!!
I got rather militant about it after reading Kissing the Hag by Emma Restall Orr...

noisytoys Wed 10-Jul-13 11:29:51

That's why I use a mooncup with a basics pack of pads for the heaviest days. A 14p pack of pads lasts 6 months now!! grin

AuntieStella Wed 10-Jul-13 11:39:57

I've just had a look on a couple of supermarket sites.

Nearly all the scented towels on sale in UK are Always (and most of Always range is now scented, though they do have a couple of types which aren't). Care also needed with Bodyform - nearly the whole range is unscented, but there is one which is scented.

Crinkle77 Wed 10-Jul-13 11:43:35

Am I the only person that doesn't actually mind them?

noisytoys Wed 10-Jul-13 11:45:27

Imagine the horror when I bought Tampax Pearl. Inserting a perfumed wad of cotton wool is just asking for thrush

AuntieStella Wed 10-Jul-13 11:46:10

Crinkle - quite possibly!

aldiwhore Wed 10-Jul-13 11:47:01

I think they make you smell, I've noticed a few people who've had that glade blood waft. It's very noticeable.

I am pretty sure it only happens with the fragranced ones because you get that after whiff of rotting flowers.

These were clean people too, how do you tell someone they really are smelling?

LastTangoInDevonshire Wed 10-Jul-13 11:53:03

tallwiv - no, no adverts for me (I've got Ad Blocker, it's wonderful).

I put it on because I couldn't stand those moving ads on the right hand side when I was trying to read a thread.

AuntieStella Wed 10-Jul-13 11:56:11

Always are made by P&G whose share of the sanpro market rose from 44% to 45% from 2011 to 2012.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the next year, as that growth pre-dated the addition of the scent. The area which was showing strongest growth was 'intimate wipes' (resumably another scented product). Given that these products irritate some women (literally, I mean) and some find the concept plain wrong, I am wondering if this will cause contraction, not growth in their market share.

namechangetocover Wed 10-Jul-13 12:01:36

They are awful, I'm allergic to them, phoned always who said they dont make unscented ones. They did apologise on the phone.

PerchedOnMyPeddleStool Wed 10-Jul-13 12:08:59

I wrote to always to complain and they sent vouchers to try their unscented 'silk' range.

I can even get that smell walking past them in the supermarket.
They're bloody VILE.

Justfornowitwilldo Wed 10-Jul-13 12:20:59

Always are shit. They stink of cheap air freshener and feel awful.

Bodyform are good.

GeekInThePink Wed 10-Jul-13 12:29:14

Purple pack Always are unscented but felt so plasticky I use Eco ones now.

Isoscelesnorks Wed 10-Jul-13 12:36:47

I would love to make and use my own reusable pads but DH who has issues with nearly everything would refuse to use the washing machine ever again if I washed them in it.

MiaowTheCat Wed 10-Jul-13 12:38:05

I'd never noticed the fragrance.

Captain Oblivious has nothing on me.

As for wings - I'm allergic to the sticky bits on lots of towels - if the wings come undone slightly... ITCH FEST! I've been known to use maternity pads to avoid the itchy glue thing before (I overbought spectacularly with DD1!)

kotinka Wed 10-Jul-13 12:44:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 10-Jul-13 12:50:16

Always sell a value range which are unscented and cost £1 in the co-op pharmacy. Not sure why they didn't tell you this, namechange maybe they 'forgot'. I wouldn't want to stick something that smells like a plug in near my fanjo either. Bleugh! You can get some unbleached, scent free ones from the health shop.

yerbabird Wed 10-Jul-13 13:04:23

yanbu, euurgh.

Same thing with scented dog poo bags, and scented nappy bags - ~I imagine the mountain of 'luverly dust' in a warehouse somewhere waiting to be sprinkled where no whiff must be sniffed

RoxyFox211 Wed 10-Jul-13 13:13:09

Yanbu! Really pisses me off

fuzzpig Wed 10-Jul-13 13:23:11

YANBU. I like bodyform as they are unscented. Always just feel rough so I don't use them anymore.

Quite tempted to try washables. Although not sure that'd be too practical for work on heavy days!

CashmereHoodlum Wed 10-Jul-13 13:27:27

When did all this start? A few years ago I was involved with a scheme where American students came for a one year exchange over here and they compiled lists of what to bring. One of the items always on the list was a one year supply of scented tampons because the ones here were unperfumed which was apparently the most disgusting thing ever. Yet now it seems pretty standard.

I wonder what proportion of women react to these things. I can't even use coloured loo paper due to my sensitive fanjo (as well as on grounds of taste), so I would never consider scented tampons or pads.

lainiekazan Wed 10-Jul-13 13:27:49

Yes, I was a loyal Always customer, but that new scent... You can even smell it through jeans or woolly tights.

I have changed to Sainsburys own brand (Asda and Tesco had inferior offerings).

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 10-Jul-13 13:34:28

Ugh! Why would you want to stick a scented, bleached stick up your fanjo? <boak>

I won't use scented, I'd rather bathe. grin

Indeed, yuk! I've recently had my coil out, so had my first period in about 6 years sad. They provide sanpro at work, so I just grabbed the towel on offer, bunged it in my pants and off I went. Then spent the rest of the day wondering where the sickly floral scent was coming from until I realised it was coming from my fanjo region! blush


LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 10-Jul-13 13:37:48

They smell vile, like something used to clean a floor. Makes you wonder what fool who came up with this idea. It's worse than the 'have a happy period' slogan. Sales must have plummeted.

DramaAlpaca Wed 10-Jul-13 13:41:09

They smell disgusting & they make me itch.

It annoys me that it's not always easy to find unscented ones these days.

chocoholic05 Wed 10-Jul-13 13:41:29

I am wondering after reading this could this be the reason I have started to be very sore down below. I use always

minkembernard Wed 10-Jul-13 13:47:01

I bought some by accident. normally get unscented. they are sitting on top of the bathroom cupboard next to the bottle of summer holiday tan moisturiser. i accidentally picked up in what appears to be well done toast colour instead of my usual sunkissed tan. could not understand why I looked tangoed. I didn't even know it came in different shades.

could combine them and be a floral stinky orange things for a few days every month.

and scented tampons...why oh why! I am allergic to nearly everything scented so that is the last thing I want. and em..surely once they are where they are supposed to cannot smell them unless me fanjo is even more talented than I thought grin

or is the smell in case someone in your office smells an unopened unused tampon reaking of cotton wool in your bag and realises you are a womanshock?confused

moral of the story American girls...don't sniff your tampons/pant liners. problem solved.

minkembernard Wed 10-Jul-13 13:52:51

shock just googled mooncup. there is a section on cleaning your rim and holes. shock grin

thebody Wed 10-Jul-13 14:00:19

Before or after use?

See I stick an air wick up my fanny as I like to always smell naice! 😃

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 10-Jul-13 14:06:45

I tried a mooncup but was paranoid that it would leak or fall out. I'm going to try it again (once I remember where it is).

SleepyCatOnTheMat Wed 10-Jul-13 14:20:36

Another Mumsnetter who can't stand scented sanitary towels and has stopped using Always consequently. I'm sure it was a man who had the idea of adding scent to them (women know they don't smell if they are regularly changed).

ExasperatedSigh Wed 10-Jul-13 14:25:34

Hope it isn't still in situ, LadyMary shock wink

Yes, scented Always. An instant business loser. When I buy a product for mopping up blood, I neither want, need nor expect it to smell like pound shop air freshener. Nor does my flange need Febreezing, you patronising, woman-hating corporate cockwads.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 10-Jul-13 14:27:33

grin Na, it's in its bag, somewhere.

BeCool Wed 10-Jul-13 14:31:00

Thank fuck for the MERINA coil so I no longer buy sanpro. <saved by the coil>

But why why why would anyone think 'scenting' them would be a good idea - highly hideous?

I bet the scented sanpro companies are now all owned by the same people who add the dreadful pongs to clothes washing products too. I smell people on the street/bus etc and want to scream why why why would you do that to your clothes?

BeCool Wed 10-Jul-13 14:33:04

Nor does my flange need Febreezing, you patronising, woman-hating corporate cockwads.

Don't you think they asked 'focus groups' first though?
<tries to image focus group recommending pound shop air freshener scanted sanpro>
<and fails>

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 10-Jul-13 14:35:44

Who was their 'focus group'? A load of men or a load of women with blocked noses?

ExasperatedSigh Wed 10-Jul-13 14:37:33

They've missed a trick with the advertising though; I'm envisioning a man rushing up to a strange woman on the street and burying his nose deep in her crotch because he just can't resist the smell of new scented Always.

I think we'd be surprised at the number of women who will be using the scented products.

Many of them will have been influenced by the idea that you have to eradicate any possible trace of a whiffy fanjo, and they won't have realised that normal cleaning will do the job nicely.

It's all in the marketing. I don't think there's any coincidence that the ads for scented products seem to emphasise "freshness".

I used some scented stuff by accident, and chucked them away after I ended up itching like crazy. I have warned DD that scented stuff will not be good for her (and she's actually listened to me).

ExasperatedSigh Wed 10-Jul-13 14:39:32

"Hey girls, does your blood-sodden vagina smell like a two day old meat pie? Try new scented Always, for that always-fresh feeling."

EstelleGetty Wed 10-Jul-13 14:40:50

God, they're disgusting, and yes, you can smell them through clothes! I'm so glad it's not just me who thinks that.

I've accidentally bought Carefree 'cotton scented' pantyliners a couple of times and they reek like a combination of cheap 80s perfume and hospital cleaning fluid. And the box made the drawer I put them in stink too.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 10-Jul-13 14:44:12

They must have the same marketing team as Tenna Lady. 'Oops moment!' WTF hmm

BreconBeBuggered Wed 10-Jul-13 14:45:07

Somebody has been taking the phrase 'lady-garden' a bit too literally. Yuk. Hate having to trawl through all the packaging to find the plain unscented stuff.

SHarri13 Wed 10-Jul-13 14:48:18

Oh I hate this. Guaranteed thrush,

What the hell is the point, my vagina doesn't smell of glade at any other time of the month.

tedmundo Wed 10-Jul-13 14:57:26

I have had to stop using Always as they give me full on nappy rash!

I had a bum hole op recently so needed to wear pads for a while to catch the bleeding (oh it's non stop glamour in my life) and the nappy rash hurt me more than the stitches!

I now buy very cheap knickers and bin them after a few washes.

Now, what's all this about mooncups? If pads are out, perhaps I need to investigate?

toldmywrath Wed 10-Jul-13 15:03:40

I love Mumsnet! Where else could you have a conversation about scented sanpro & bum ops -quality!
Re Mooncups-how long does it take to get used to -ahem- inserting them properly?

soimpressed Wed 10-Jul-13 15:07:50

I really struggle to find unscented - I always thought I must be the only on who preferred not to smell of air freshener. I hate air fresheners too though!

ColdHandLou Wed 10-Jul-13 15:23:56

<derails thread> how do you do a non-yellow emoticon thebody?

V impressed!

ClaraOswald Wed 10-Jul-13 15:32:33

The biggest problem with the scented ones is that it's a dead giveaway, especially in a warm environment, that you are on your period. Extra warmth seems to release the scent more.

herethereandeverywhere Wed 10-Jul-13 15:33:50

Discussion of the Day! blushgrin

<takes bow>

<returns to composing "feedback" letter to Always, Bodyform and Tampax...>

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Wed 10-Jul-13 15:39:56

Urgh, I hate them! If I ever buy them (by accident - there seem to be a lot of stealth scented sanpro these days) I always end up really sore.

AuntieStella Wed 10-Jul-13 15:45:57

I have some (bought by accident) and they really did make me itch. As I hadn't noticed the new formulation (only a small logo, which looks (deliberately?) confusingly like the "new pack design" one that had been there shortly before), it took me a while to realise why I was itching.

I changed brands, and the itch vanished.

And I think the name for the new product Always Infinity needs changing for UK. I keep thinking of the BT adverts.

nobeer Wed 10-Jul-13 15:47:39

I hate them too, I'm sure they made me itchy and gave me a sebacious cyst. Last time I went to the supermarket I was sniffing the packets as if I was choosing some kind of ripe melon. I got own brand ones which seemed to be ok.

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Wed 10-Jul-13 15:56:05

I hate the scented pads because they make me itch.

I'm always a bit amused by the feminine hygiene products; it's shampoo for your pubes! What's wrong with soap? And special fango wetwipes. Why?

I don't want my nethers to smell like New Car, thanks anyway.

RubyThePirate Wed 10-Jul-13 15:56:40

I only use natracare chlorine- and perfume-free sanpro, since discovering their maternity and nursing pads.

They do not insult my fanjo grin

Scented sanpro can fuck off.

RubyThePirate Wed 10-Jul-13 15:58:35

OP, why not add a link to this thread in your feedback?

MakeGlutenFreeHay Wed 10-Jul-13 16:10:43

It's instant thrush for me - I bought some by mistake last period and had recurring thrush for the next month sad. Hate them.

My preference is fleur cup (more reliable - for me - than my mooncup) and cloth san pro.

wallpaperaddict Wed 10-Jul-13 16:18:54

I can't use anything scented so the idea of scented san-pro is my idea of hell! I use either cottons pads from boots, or more recently gift pads that I got at the allergy show. They have a herbal layer and some ionic thing going on but are very very comfortable and not full of scent and plastic!

picnicbasketcase Wed 10-Jul-13 16:20:39

They do smell quite vile now, like cheap talc. Unfortunately though, I've not found any other nighttime ones that don't leak everywhere. So I switched to Bodyform for most of the time but put up with the revolting scented ones for night.

Lil-lets pads are unscented. I've been using them since the whole scented stupidity started.

I really don't understand the concept? I shower in the morning, change pads every couple of hours, shower again before bed if things are really heavy, and I have never one in 25 years of periods ever felt that I smelt! Who are these whiffy women? Or are we just brainwashed into thinking we are?

Dahlen Wed 10-Jul-13 16:33:28

I haven't bothered with any disposable form of sanitary protection since discovering the mooncup (thank to MN). I am horrified that scenting products seems to have become the norm.

Blood does smell and it's not particularly pleasant, but if you're changing pads/tampons regularly enough it's not that noticeable - certainly not by anyone other than yourself and even then probably only when in the privacy of the bathroom.

It's just another example of how advertising works - making people feel inadequate about something perfectly natural and then selling them the solution.

BeCool Wed 10-Jul-13 16:35:19

Where are all these women who prefer the scented ones though? Perhaps everyone is just buying them by mistake.

perhaps MN could add a question on this subject to the next census!

Preciousbane Wed 10-Jul-13 16:53:12

Febreezedfanjo would be a great user name.

I'm allergic to perfume so they come nowhere me. I also dislike wings, only really cheap San pro seems scent and wing free.

FairyArmadillo Wed 10-Jul-13 16:56:16

I switched from tampons to pads recently. This is probably why I was paranoid that I stank. I bathe regularly and change my pads too- am not a smelly person! Experimenting with different brands and hate the air freshener-blood fragrance wafting from between my legs. I found unscented stuff in Poundland that works well.

eurozammo Wed 10-Jul-13 16:59:53

It's bloody awful.

The last thread like this, I sent to the Always marketing peeps. They gave some flannelly reply I think.

I bought some by mistake. They were in a Boots bag in my office about 5 feet away from where I was sitting. It took me a while to work out what the nasty cheap pong was. When I did, I binned them. The bin is under my desk and the smell was so strong! I ended up having to put them in two tied up carrier bags to mask the honk!

ClaraOswald Wed 10-Jul-13 17:02:55

As an aside, ladies.

I fully appreciate that it is hot and using body spray might well help you feel fresher. Please stop using the whole fucking can of Impulse, please, or I may end up vomiting.

Just come back from the supermarket and there was a lady in front of me at a couple of points who totally honked of Vanilla shite-spray.

meddie Wed 10-Jul-13 17:11:33

Wonder why only womens bits are considered smelly enough to require pongy pads and fanjo wipes.Surely they are missing a huge male market. Could have testifresh wipes and bollocky breeze sprays. For that fresh as a daisy scrote

YADNBU. I struggle to find non-scented these days unless I do a shop at Asda or another big shop. PITFA.

AnnaFiveTowns Wed 10-Jul-13 17:59:43

Oooh, gives me cystitis just thinking about it! Who comes up with these stupid ideas?

twistyfeet Wed 10-Jul-13 18:41:43

scented ones give me the itch. On heavy days I go for Tesco cheapo maternity pads. Last month I made dh go and buy an armful. He came back crimson. 'I'm never buying your female products again' he hissed, 'the check out woman congratulated me on the birth of our baby'

MyHumpsMyLovelyBabyBumps Wed 10-Jul-13 18:45:48

My fano smells like a summer breeze. Dunno whats wrong with you lot

meddie have no fear, male wipes are already available!

GobbySadcase Wed 10-Jul-13 18:53:43

Nothing worse than 'natural smells' masked by synthetic floral fragrances.

Bit like poo-with-hint-of-rose in your loo.

Allthingspretty Wed 10-Jul-13 18:54:43

Try Lillets ones. No smell and the night time ones have front wings and back wings

BarnYardCow Wed 10-Jul-13 18:55:23

Disgusting! Will not be being any scented foof pads, original plain or nothing!

BarnYardCow Wed 10-Jul-13 18:55:48

Buying even!

RedToothBrush Wed 10-Jul-13 18:58:48

Wonder why only womens bits are considered smelly enough to require pongy pads and fanjo wipes.Surely they are missing a huge male market. Could have testifresh wipes and bollocky breeze sprays. For that fresh as a daisy scrote

Meddie, its been done. I bring you FRESHBALLS!

(they also launched Fresh Breasts by 'popular demand')

TheConstantLurker Wed 10-Jul-13 19:26:36

Bought scented panty liners after searching the boots aisle for ages for unscented and will be binning them. My bathroom cabinet reeks of nasty cheapy 'scent'. Hate it.
Like wings though.

kotinka Wed 10-Jul-13 19:29:45

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Iamsparklyknickers Wed 10-Jul-13 19:40:21

I bought a job lot of always when they were on offer and took no notice of the scent thing, but I hate them.

Blood does have an odor, but in the 20 years of I've had periods, I've never felt smelly. I wash and change regularly and it does the job. These bloody pads turn into horrible stink bombs when they mix the scent with period blood.

I'm a bit gutted though. Always was a brand that just seemed to fit me properly, the others always seemed to leak on me or bunch up. I really don't relish the thought of traipsing around to find another make sad

Allthingspretty Wed 10-Jul-13 19:42:22

I am tey Liletts!

Letticetheslug Wed 10-Jul-13 20:11:06

I am obviously past the demographic for this thread, because I have an ad for Craftsy knitting classes---- post menopausal women..know your place..

mrsjay Wed 10-Jul-13 20:12:54

I am sure they have been taken over by febreeze grin nobody wants perfume down there I noticed last month when i bought a own brand from the chemist it stank , but this month my body form has swirls and a love heart on them not sure which is worse hmm

I have a mooncup, but sometimes I am in too much pain to use it for the first day - scented always are disgusting - I bought them unwittingly and will now buy a shop's own brand in future.

Lioninthesun Wed 10-Jul-13 20:34:32

Hasn't anyone told the marketing men that they have now singled out women on their periods making them completely obvious by smell? Maybe the idea is for men not to get chatting to a 'glade' woman at the bar as they probably wouldn't get their leg over hmm?

FourArms Wed 10-Jul-13 20:34:53

Are there any completely unscented, guaranteed not to make you itch brands? I'm a mooncup user, but like to have a secondary line of defence for a few days. Used to love Always, but pre-scented airing cupboard supplies are now exhausted sad

Lioninthesun Wed 10-Jul-13 20:44:42

Lil-lets have always been good for me FourArms Apparently their tampons expand widthways as opposed to Tampax going long.

I really can't understand how these companies can sell something almost deliberately designed to give women thrush? And we PAY for it! More fool the women who do sad

8dayweek Wed 10-Jul-13 21:04:02

The other week I had to rush to Boots for emergency tampons and the only ones they had were bloody scented cue me at our BBQ later that evening half-cut and making every female there smell my box of tampons whilst loudly voicing my concerns about them being "guaranteed thrush"

tedmundo Wed 10-Jul-13 21:11:02

This thread has given me the confidence to try pads again after the whole nappy rash debacle.

Loads of you say they make you itch so perhaps I am just having the same, but more extreme, reaction to them. I just assumed it was something in san pro generally that I reacted to.

I'm off to tesco tomorrow to try own brand product. The Always designers need a good talking to!

BerylStreep Wed 10-Jul-13 21:15:17

The smell of these new scented pads makes me really gag.

I'll have to have a read through the whole thread now to find out which ones are genuinely unscented.

CocktailQueen Wed 10-Jul-13 21:28:23

Disgusting. They make me itch, and the smell is foul. Feminist rant! Why on earth should we have to wear scented towels, as if our own natural smell is so hideous?

FourArms Wed 10-Jul-13 21:37:22

I use baby cloth nappy liners over Always to avoid the itch factor. Very sad that we've come so far but now disposable options are being removed. Maybe Always have bought Canesten???

Can't stand the fragranced pads, they also make me itch, not to mention the smell wafting out.

Thank God I use a mooncup and washable san pro now. I'm never going back. I agree with others, sales will plummet.

shazbean Wed 10-Jul-13 21:42:18

Freshballs grin!
I bought some Always in the pound shop and didn't realise they had perfume in them.
I really want to know who came up with that idea, and why the hell they thought that particular fragrance would be good.
Do they not do tests with actual blood and realise the combo is atrocious?!
And don't get me started on the itch....

JollyShortGiant Wed 10-Jul-13 21:44:19

This is why I bought a mooncup.

Pregnant just now though so will suss out unscented pads for post pregnancy. Thanks!

BerylStreep Wed 10-Jul-13 21:54:56

Can you use a moon cup if you have a coil in? Would it pull out the coil?

I have a coil and use a mooncup. Never thought for a moment about pulling it out. I think you'd have to go some and drag the strings out with it. My strings aren't that low tbh.

YoniBottsBumgina Wed 10-Jul-13 22:15:05

You can use a mooncup with a coil - it says on their site.

Have not read whole thread but I recommend "cottons" towels (can buy from Boots) and also lillets have started doing towels now too. Quite a lot of unnecessary packaging but no scents!

violetwellies Wed 10-Jul-13 22:20:22

Another one who didn't realise that they'd scented the fuckinn sanpro, how very dare they, cant smell anything due to hayfever, but itched like buggery. Then started to feel a bit cystitisy. Dug out some old accidentally bought with wings, instant releif. WTAF.
Not happy at all.

violetwellies Wed 10-Jul-13 22:21:42

relief grin

georgettemagritte Wed 10-Jul-13 22:24:45

Another recommendation for cottons towels from boots. Used to buy tampax pearl but haven't used tamping for a whole after a bad bout of thrush, plus then pregnant and post-baby - dismayed to hear they now have scent in! Horrible, horrible, horrible sad

georgettemagritte Wed 10-Jul-13 22:25:15

*tampons. Bloody autocorrect.

mia8 Wed 10-Jul-13 22:34:37

Is this scent business new? As in has it happened over the last 9 months while I've been pregnant and not using sanpro?

I'm frightened of using them for my first period after giving birth now! Yikes!

eurozammo Wed 10-Jul-13 22:38:10

I discovered Cottons when looking for scent-free towels. They feel a lot nicer than always too.

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Wed 10-Jul-13 22:39:01

Scented tampons?! What???? How / who would be able to smell them?! I also hate scented pads, in fact pads altogether - all plasticky and sticky. Despite thinking it was yuk, last month I bought a mooncup and it was fantastic, and I've just bought some lovely soft organic cotton washable pads to try next month. They are so lovely and soft I really hope they work!

frankie4 Wed 10-Jul-13 23:12:33

Yes, the Always towels stink now, my whole bedroom stank of them, and had to wash my jeans every day when wearing them. I have now changed to Always Silk.

A few days ago I went into my boss's office and wondered what the strong smell was. I then realised it was the smell of Always towels! I felt so embarrassed for her.

Ezio Wed 10-Jul-13 23:48:33

I hate those scented pads, they stink like a drying out glade gel crap and make my fanjo itch to buggery.

Having a period does not make you stink, however claimed it does deserves a fucking slap.

NeopreneMermaid Thu 11-Jul-13 00:07:47

I've been out of the market for a while after pregnancy and bfing and I am shock at all the one way trip to the yoghurt aisle perfumed products. Esp tampons - they don't smell anyway. hmm

MrsJ, the Bodyform ones made me laugh, not so much for the heart to tell you where the front is, but the arse shape to tell you which end goes at the back.

<Waves at Kotinka and snorts at her unruly wing/Brazilian situation.>

allaflutter Thu 11-Jul-13 00:31:40

yes, no better way to advertise to all that you have period, than to wear these!
thank God, Bodyform is doing normal ones. Changing liners is what keeps you fresh, not the sickly mix of two bad smells <rolls eyes>.

titzup Thu 11-Jul-13 06:48:00

oh good, not just me then - I too returned after a break for pregnancy and bf'ing to find everything scented, and promptly got thrush for the first time in my life. To top it off, the smell's gross! AND it is so strong it's like a HELLO, I'M HAVING MY PERIOD to everyone around you.

happyyonisleepyyoni Thu 11-Jul-13 09:59:44

I wonder if people are changing pads less frequently since they made them super absorbent, and that is why the manufacturers think they need to be scented. Horrible.

SummerMyArse Thu 11-Jul-13 10:05:02

Oh my god this explains why I was so itchy yesterday! Had to run out in a panic to grab some as I was wearing a white skirt and nobody had warned me that having the coil out could lead to heavy bleeding angry

I just grabbed the first box of always (having used them for decades and never having a problem).

Have now just had a proper look at the box and have seen it has "pearls" helping you to keep "fresh".

Argh - its a big box too! What a waste!

ShamblingOldDerelict Thu 11-Jul-13 10:09:53

No, no, no, you are not the slightest bit unreasonable. There I was wondering if it was just me and that all the other women in the world liked them.

I use a cup anyway but need a pad too. I switched to unscented brands. Seriously thinking about getting over my horror of cloth - what do you carry them round in? Presumably you rinse them out, squeeze dry and put in plastic bag, or what?

AuntieStella Thu 11-Jul-13 10:14:18

"Argh - its a big box too! What a waste!"

I'm gradually using up my accidentally-purchased scented monstrosities by using them on heavy flow days only. I just have to ignore the awful pong. But frequent change means the irritation doesn't seem to take hold.

AuntieStella Thu 11-Jul-13 10:17:38

"Is this scent business new? As in has it happened over the last 9 months while I've been pregnant and not using sanpro?"

Yes, it came out in the second half of last year.

Check really, really carefully for post-delivery sanpro (and the first few months after that, especially if you need stitches). You really don't want scented near a post-partum perineum.

Apparently in Australia they have random facts on the sanitary pads!

That's my only contribution and I would like to know if that's true please?

I have been using washables since finding them on washable nappy sites when ds1 was a baby.
If I need to be a bit more confident I use bodyform or the cheapest always.

Would never ever deliberately buy scented items for wearing in my pants. The super-absorbency of always makes my bit stick to them anyway as they seem to try and absorb even the natural moisture in my skin! Before I had my piles done the plastic pads used to aggravate my bum too so I stopped using them and will never go back.

Always and other super-slim pads contain crystals of chemicals that give the superabsorbency, and the thought of wearing basically plastic-covered chemicals next to my sensitive bits for several days every month put me off them for ever. For nightime pads now I just use the old inners from 2 part cloth nappies, and daytime a nice cottony pad if not a washable.

Who on earth are the focus groups for Always? On here no one seems to like those stupid wings (If I buy pads withthem on by accident I rip them off) or the scenting!

MissStrawberry Thu 11-Jul-13 12:36:42

After a post recommending them I have bought Lillets night time towels to try. I also nearly bought a whole load of their girls/teens products as I have a daughter about to be 10 but thought I would wait a bit.

Do the scented ones have different coloured boxes/packets? I tend to be always or bodyform depending on which is on offer but don't want to be spending ages reading to see if they are going to pong.

I find the wings bit s are useful as I used to have leakage at the side issues.

lustybusty Thu 11-Jul-13 12:53:40

Sorry for minor hijack, but someone up thread mention always infinity? Oooh that advert rattles my cage. The bit at the end " absorbs twice as much as you need". Oh really? So the fact that when on a period (not had one for years but we'll ignore that for now!!) I can flood out of a maxi tampon and a maxi pad in about 2 hours, now with always infinity I can just use that for 4 hours instead? Yeah right! <Tossers>
End rant.

minkembernard Thu 11-Jul-13 13:16:30

Asda own brand do unscented (think they do scented as well though) and I think the colour of stripe behind the writing changes but not the box colour if that helps at all MissStrawberry

or just pick up the box in the supermarket and sniff it wink always a good way to look like a sanporo sniffing loon.

I always used Always grin but found the scent sickening so have switched to Lilets towels which are very good. I think I will try Boots own too. Dd1 uses the lilets silk applicator (yes they make them) tampons and has found them excellent if there's anybody out there with teens wanting to try an applicator tampon.

FossilMum Thu 11-Jul-13 13:31:40

ThisReally - was in New Zealand last year, and there were indeed interesting random facts on the strips you remove to reveal the glue.

But no ghastly smells, thank God…

ClaimedByMe Thu 11-Jul-13 13:37:49

I think they have got together with canesten for a money making ploy.

Hormonal mad woman isn't fully paying attention and picks up highly scented always as she has raging pmt and young children in a supermarket (never a good mix) with 4 hours woman is being driven mad by severe itching caused by highly scented always, hormonal itchy mad woman then has to purchase canesten at £10 a go.

Money money money!!

ICBINEG Thu 11-Jul-13 14:42:01

Nor does my flange need Febreezing, you patronising, woman-hating corporate cockwads.

I felt this needed repeating....

NoImNotSpecial Thu 11-Jul-13 15:39:50

So glad I'm not the only one who's becoming increasingly annoyed at trying to find unscented pads - I swear the scented ones are funded by Canesten - thrush guaranteed if you wear scenties!

Leo35 Thu 11-Jul-13 16:49:15

I now use Natracare. I buy mine in a health food shop that does a wide variety of beauty and health care products.

I hated the revolting scented sanpro available in the supermarket and pharmacists. Didn't realise about own brand ones at the time.

Swapped to this brand after a terrible time with thrush and GroupB Strep infection on GPs recommendation of using a different brand.

Thought a link might give those some more info if they needed another option.

AuntieStella Thu 11-Jul-13 17:05:45

Another brand to try is Nature Woman (Ocado have them) which say they use natural/renewable material (no plastic, no chlorine). And definitely no scent!

They're cheaper than Always smile

cafenoir Thu 11-Jul-13 17:46:58

Always are the only pads I really feel 'safe' from leakage in. I actually don't mind the new smelly ones but I've had thrush/general itching more since they've changed and now I don't know what to use. Bodyform don't do the job well enough for me. It's a problem

Vellimetry Thu 11-Jul-13 18:19:45

What I want to know is this:

How has this happened? Who has allowed it to happen? and WHY?

Surely Always research arm (and the other companies who do scented products) is not run by a group of squeamish and ignorant men? (I don't think I know any men who want fannies to smell like car air fresheners anyway, but you never can tell.)

Surely if they had surveys done, the results would be overwhelmingly similar to this thread? For medical reasons if nothing else.

Is it just economically better to cut out a stage of processing and cover up the unpleasant unprocessed smell of the fibre with cheap perfume and try to sell it to us as an advance in fanny freshness? (Wild speculation there. I know nothing of how these things are processed.)

Osmiornica Thu 11-Jul-13 18:52:12

"Wonder why only womens bits are considered smelly enough to require pongy pads and fanjo wipes.Surely they are missing a huge male market. Could have testifresh wipes and bollocky breeze sprays. For that fresh as a daisy scrote"

That made me laugh grin

Vellimetry Thu 11-Jul-13 20:19:33

I also want to know:

How do the figures break down for Always? Have they seen an increase or a decrease in sales?

Is it an elaborate long game, where we all stop buying Always, then they 'respond to customer feedback' and take the noxious pong out of their pads? Sort of like NuCoke. I cannot see why or how they would do this. Especially as they were getting quite plasticky anyway, and now I've found two brands which are just as good/same price/no pong/no plasticky-fanny feeling - so I won't go back.

Has there been any proper feedback from them at all on this issue?

Does anyone work for their parent company who can shed any light? I can't believe I'm so invested in this that I'm even asking. But it just seems like such a monumental fuck-up, I'm fascinated to know how it happened.

toldmywrath Thu 11-Jul-13 20:23:39

Another random antipodean fact: my niece in Australia has remarked about the WTF pointlessness of scented handles on pink razors (for laydees)
What is going on?

Ezio Thu 11-Jul-13 20:26:28

What, scented handles on razor, WTAF, since when did we need that, its right up there with the coloured tampons they sell in Oz.

Justfornowitwilldo Thu 11-Jul-13 20:47:04

grin at 'testifresh wipes and bollocky breeze sprays. For that fresh as a daisy scrote'

thestoker Thu 11-Jul-13 21:27:21

I'm pretty sure most tampax are not scented... I know you can get scented Tampax Pearl, but the cardboard and tampax compak are still unscented.

Haven't used Always in a while, other than their Dailies liners which I DID think smelled rather floral, even though they weren't the scented version! Dread to think what the scented ones are like!
I usually buy the pink Bodyform or the Always value packs which can be found for £1 in one or other of the shops, and are still definitely unscented.

EBearhug Fri 12-Jul-13 00:25:14

Thank you for this thread. It's me read the pack of Always I opened last period more closely, and now I realise why I was itchy. I thought maybe it was the heat or something. I had enough to deal with from getting dizzy and nauseous from having excessively heavy bleeding, so wasn't paying too close attention, and am also very hayfevery this year, so can't smell much either, so hadn't actually noticed (I am more sensitive to smell at other times of the month, but I don't need pads at that time.)

I take a fair bit of care in making sure I don't buy scented washing powders, and I never use artificial air fresheners, having been brought up in a household where a blast of fresh air was expected to cure all ills. I never expected to have to read sanpro packets so closely, other than check its absorbency. I just can't understand why anyone ever thought that this would be a good thing or healthy or any sort of improvement.

VenusSurprising Fri 12-Jul-13 02:28:12

I've never been able to use the scented San pro, not that I wanted to, but I find the old card or plastic applicator tampax are still un scented.
After that I use own brand boots or tesco. They're fine, if they don't have the dry weave (plastic) lining. Delicate bits here!

I use a moon cup, but now a boots or tesco liner for extra protection, and I use a super tampax tampon at night, if I'm worried about having a stuck pig look to the bed linens!

There may well be women working in the market research departments of p and g / always, but they still are patronising woman hating corporate hating cockwads!

And the perfume YSL Paris makes me gag in old lady fustiness, and pretty much anything musky for Coty.

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