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Novel Red cloth pad review

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Made in the USA, Novel red pad come in either a curvy style or a straight style, I bought two 7″ curvy pads as I prefer the extra coverage. The Maker uses bamboo flannel or microterry as a core, windpro fleece as a water resistant backer, and a variety of top fabrics including flat woven cotton, organic cotton, cotton flannel, crushed velvet, and minky. The pads range from 7″ to 13″ in length and between 2″ and 2.75″ in width.

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These pads are very thin as the core doesn’t quite go up to the edges, which makes them undetectable under jeans. They are flexible as the core material is very thin as well as being absorbent, and the stitching on these pads is great, they are very well made. I found the shape to be very comfortable and gave just the right amount of coverage for me, the wings weren’t too wide so they didn’t bunch the pads as so many triangle wing seem to for me, I genuinely forgot I was wearing then they were that comfy. I used them both as a menstrual cup backup, as they are small and thin enough not to annoy me and have plenty of absorbency incase of a leak( I don’t get regular breaks at work so need absorbent backup just in case) and I used them as a flow pad and they held up great for the middle to end of my cycle. The 7″ pads I have are 2.5″ wide which is about perfect for me unfortunately the larger sized pads are wider and therefore not suitable for me although I’m sure a custom order could be sorted out as the lady who runs the store gives excellent customer service and is very enthusiastic!

I always do a ‘water test’ on my pads after washing them, I use my small Lunette menstrual cup (approx 20 ml capacity) and count how many cups the pad can take, I do this over the course of 10 minutes so pads with a core that is not a ‘fast’ absorbent core are likely to get a lower score in this test but may in fact hold more if left longer. I pour the water from a full small Lunette cup over the length of the pad, let it settle, then check the underneath and sides for leaks, these 7 inch pads could take a full 3 cups before they started to leak, the which for their size is actually really good. For reference I did the same with an overnight Always disposable pad, it could hold 5 cups.
Overall my favourite things about these pads were the shape and thinness , the high quality and craftsmanship, and the excellent customer service.
My only real criticism would be that when I was looking to make another custom order I could not find a clear link to available fabrics, this might be because I only use my phone I don’t have access to a computer at the moment so can’t check it out on there. There is a link to the Facebook page and twitter but there are only a few pictured fabrics on the Facebook so either this is all that’s available, in which case I think more variety would be good, or the fabrics are listed somewhere else but I can’t find where so clearer direction is needed,
but the actual pads are great and will remain in my stash for a long time.
If you would like to try Novel Red pads here are the links:
https://www​.etsy.com/shop/NovelRed
https://www​.facebook.com/NovelRedCloth
https://mobile.twitter.com/novelred

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Stash shots

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So here it is

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Cups

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Cloth pad stash

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Heavy

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Regular

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If anyone wants to know any particular brands please comment below 🙂

RUMPS I’d like to try

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There are quite a few different brands I’d love to try but I can’t justify spending money on them now that I’m a student and I  have a large enough stash to keep me going if I bled for an entire month, but I may treat myself if anyone can give me some positive feedback on any of these brands so please feel free to comment or message me!

1. Sleeping doe Cloth pads – I love the shape of these pads and they look very well made, and the prints are always great, the only thing that puts me off is like I said above, the cost unfortunately, I have too many cotton top fleece backed pads to justify paying shipping from America.

2. Bella Cup – made in south Korea, this cups large dimensions look like they may fit, and a the shape appeals to me.

3. Ruby Cup – the ethics of this company are great, for every cup they sell they donate a cup to a school girl in Africa, another high capacity cup that looks like it might fit.

4. Organicup – a high capacity cup from Denmark that no one seems to know much about …

5.  Sweet dragon cloth pads – Good value pads with a variety of toppers including my favorites; suedcloth and wicking jersey.

6. Femme Rouge Cloth pads – British made pads that look thin and an interesting shape.

So if anyone’s desperate for a review on these or can convince me its worth spending the money then feel free to comment or message me!

Upcoming Posts

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I’m not getting much time at the minute because I’m studying and it’s getting a bit intense, but I do have quite a few posts in the pipeline, just wanted to reassure you guys that I do have plans! So in no particular order here they are;

Mia cup review – i got a small mia cup in a trade and have worn it for my last 2 cycles so it’s ready for a review!

si bell cup reiview – I’ve had this cup for about 6 months and it’s long overdue a review

Cozy folk cloth pad review – This is a great brand and I’ve been meaning to review it for a while.

WIWTM – A run through of what I wore this month.

Stash shot – a complete stash shot

RUMPS I’d like to try – list of brands I’d love to try.

Lady bits

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Ladybits, made in the USA, these are some of my new favourite pads! With a choice of flat cotton or flannel tops (I chose flat cotton as I find flannel too warm) a core of zorb, and a backing of PUL hidden by a layer of flannel, this makes them very slim which is one of the reasons I love them.

The unusual shape of the wings gives good coverage but allows the pad to move and shape to your body. These pads are 9 inches long and ‘regular’ absorbency which for Ladybits, means 2 layers of zorb, heavy would be 3 layers, light is 1 layer. This is very generous and these pads are very well priced, the lady who owns this company also went out of her way to reduce shipping for me from the USA to the UK, which is usually very expensive, by sending them as a letter instead of a parcel as they are luckily thin enough to qualify with just 2 pads per order. I really appreciated that and she was really friendly and easy to deal with, both transactions were a pleasure!

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I always do a ‘water test’ on my pads after washing them, I use my small Lunette menstrual cup (approx 20 ml capacity) and count how many cups the pad can take, I do this over the course of 10 minutes so pads with a core that is not a ‘fast’ absorbent core are likely to get a lower score in this test but may in fact hold more if left longer. I pour the water from a full small Lunette cup over the length of the pad, let it settle, then check the underneath and sides for leaks, this 9 inch day pad could take a full 5 cups before it started to leak, which for its size and absorbency level is brilliant. For reference I did the same with an overnight Always disposable pad, it could hold 5 cups.

I really love the slimness of these pads coupled with their impressive absorbency and great customer service, if you’re looking good quality absorbent custom made pads without breaking the bank I would definately recommend Ladybits!
You can buy them on her Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/LadyBitsShop?fref=ts

http://hyenacart.com/onestore.php?vid=5940&category=51

Etsy Seller: Moon Bird Studios, Wetbag, Snack Bag and Cloth Pad Review 2013

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Sells From Canada, this mother daughter team give exceptional customer service and I really enjoyed working with them.

I bought one double pocket wet bag, 3 sandwich bags and 2 cloth menstrual pads from them, these are my views on all.

The first photo is of the 9″ by 8″ wetbag which I found worked very well, the main larger pocket is lined with PUL and the smaller pocket is just cotton, it did not leak, it is well sewn, a good size and a very goo price compared to many other sellers, an absoloute bargin overall!

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The 3 sandwich bags are well made with a cotton outer and lined with ripstop nylon and a zip closure, but unfortunately if a sandwich is left in them for more than a couple of hours, the food begins to go stale, they are fine for fruit like apples but not really any good for sandwiches, which is a shame, however I now use them as cosmetics/makeup/wash bags, and the wipeable nylon inner makes them very good for this purpose.

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The cloth menstrual pads are very basic but they were also very cheap, so considering this you get a good deal for what you pay for, they are topped with cotton flannel, the absorbent core is of zorb, and the backing is fleece. they are thick for a regular pad, and a bit bulky at the edges, but the topstitching does its job well and guides moisture to the centre of the pad.

I always do a ‘water test’ on my pads after washing them, I use my small Lunette menstrual cup (approx 20 ml capacity) and count how many cups the pad can take, I do this over the course of 10 minutes so pads with a core that is not a ‘fast’ absorbent core are likely to get a lower score in this test but may in fact hold more if left longer. I pour the water from a full small Lunette cup over the length of the pad, let it settle, then check the underneath and sides for leaks, these regular pads could take a full 4 cups before they started to leak, which is awesome especially considering their size and low price! For reference I did the same with an overnight Always disposable pad, it could hold 5 cups.

Overall these are a great option if you don’t have much to spend and want something reliable and don’t mind that they’re not as pretty as some of the more expensive pad brands. They’re simple but very functional, I’m impressed with their performance, the customer service, and the price!

You can buy the pads on etsy at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/moonbirdstudios?ref=shop_sugg

Homestead Emporium Cloth Pad Review 2014

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Made in Canada, these pads are highly sought after despite them being some of the highest priced pads on the market, due to the beautifully dyed bamboo velour tops and how thin and absorbent they are.

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The vast majority of homestead emporiums pads are topped with bamboo velour, the absorbent core is of bamboo fleece cotton and hemp fleece mixtures, the backing is usually high quality fleece or windpro fleece.
There are a couple of different styles available in the store the above style is marketed as the teen style as they have a narrow gusset and no coverage on the wings making them very trim. The pad in the photo below has no wing coverage again but is a curvier shape to give more coverage, this pad has a served edge which ensures it being very thin and flexible. I do not own the other type of pad but it looks similar to the pad pictured below only with the top velour fabric stretching over the wings also.
I always do a ‘water test’ on my pads after washing them, I use my small Lunette menstrual cup (approx 20 ml capacity) and count how many cups the pad can take, I do this over the course of 10 minutes so pads with a core that is not a ‘fast’ absorbent core are likely to get a lower score in this test but may in fact hold more if left longer. I pour the water from a full small Lunette cup over the length of the pad, let it settle, then check the underneath and sides for leaks, this 8 inch day pad could take a full 3 cups before it started to leak, the which for its size and absorbency level is not bad. The larger 12 inch pad pictured below could take 5 cups before leaking, for reference I did the same with an overnight Always disposable pad, it could hold 5 cups.
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these pads are very pretty and very well made however I find that the shape doesn’t really fit me and I found that they bunched up and as a result didn’t really absorb very well for me, however I do know of many women who adore these pads and find they work perfectly for them it just goes to show that everybody’s different which is why it’s best to only buy one or two of every new brand regardless of the reviews to make sure they work for your body type.
You can buy homestead emporium pads from http://www.luxurymoon.co.uk or from her etsy store.