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AngelPadz Cloth Pad Review 2013

May 15, 2013

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS DETAILS OF MENSTRUAL SANITARY PRODUCTS, IF YOU ARE SQUEEMISH OF THIS TOPIC OR ARE LIKELY TO TAKE OFFENCE TO THIS DO NOT BOTHER CONTINUING.

AngelPadz are made in the UK, they have a website http://www.angelpadz.co.uk and is also stocked by http://www.femininewear.co.uk and by http://www.luxurymoon.co.uk

These pads are made by a lady who works from home and I believe that she does currently take custom orders.

She offers a choice of topper fabrics; cotton flannel, soya jersey, bamboo flannel, or organic solid colour cotton flannel.

the pads come in 5 different sizes/styles;

Thong pantyliner: approx 21cm (8 inches) long by 4cm (1.7 inches) when snapped, made with flannel and no waterproof layer.

Pantyliner: approx 20cm (8 inches) long by 5cm (2 inches) wide when snapped, made with flannel and no waterproof backing.

Regular pad: approx 20cm (8 inches) long and 5cm (2 inches) wide when snapped, made with your choice of top fabric and a core of 2 layers of bamboo fleece with your choice of either PUL or fleece backing. Good for lighter days.

Medium pad: approx 28cm (11 inches) long by 6cm (2.3 inches) wide, your choice of topping, 2 layers of bamboo fleece and a PUL of fleece backing. Good for regular to heavy days.

Long pad: approx 33cm (14 inches) long, by 7cm (2.75 inches) wide when snapped, your choice of topping, three layers of bamboo fleece, and a fleece or PUL backing. Good for heavy, overnight, or postpartum use.

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( Above: Pantyliners)

These are some of my favorite pads, there’s such a variety of choices to suit you and as I said I think she is taking custom orders so if you want something specific I’m sure she’d be happy to oblige. If you order from luxury moon or feminine wear these pads are already made, but if you order directly from her site the pads are made to order and so can take up to 2 weeks to complete and post out the order. There are more choices of fabric prints on her website but it would be faster to arrive from a stockist so it depends what your priorities are really. I don’t have a bamboo topped pad from here yet but I love the other three topper fabrics, the organic cotton flannel is so soft and absorbent and has a surprisingly stay dry feel, the ice cream cotton flannel is just plain fun, and the soya jersey is my favourite! Because all jersey fabric is essentially knitted not woven like flannel, this makes it thin, light weight, and although its not very absorbent the knit means that moisture sinks straight through to the core instead of sitting on the top of the fabric and waiting to be absorbed. This makes it feel much dryer than flannel or velour, I don’t know why more pads aren’t made with this stuff! The pantyliners are really comfy and have a nice slim width which is something I love especially in a pantyliner, and it has a small core of a layer or two of flannel which gives it a little extra absorbency. The over night pads are really comfy and very thin, the top stitching creates channels which direct your flow to the absorbent center of the pad and help avoid leaks over the sides. I love the flared back, it makes me feel really secure and unlike a lot of other flared pads the absorbent core reaches right up to the outer stitching making full use of the space.

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Above: my 2 regular 8 inch pads, left is black soya jersey, right is cotton flannel.

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, the overnight Angel padz could take a full 6 cups before they started to leak! For reference I did the same with an overnight Always disposable pad, it could hold 5 cups which is still a lot, but the Angel padz win!

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Above: three overnight pads, from left to right, purple organic cotton flannel, ice cream print cotton flannel, black soya jersey.

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Above: overnight pad with wings snapped.

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Above: thickness of soya jersey topped PUL backed overnight pad.

Overall the asorbency is great, they have plenty of options for different fabrics, prints, and sizes, they are very comfortable, very slim, and very affordable. I cant think of any downsides apart from the fact that they don’t ship to the US or Canada, fortunately http://www.femininewear.co.uk and http://www.luxurymoon.co.uk do ship to the US and Canada so you can still get hold of them if you live abroad!

I also purchased a medium sized wetbag which is 21 cm by 18 cm

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It’s lined with PUL so it’s fairly water resistant, it was a very good price at under £4 and can fit abot 4-5 regular pads or 3  heavy pads.

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2 Comments
  1. Marie permalink

    From your review and other posts I have seen, I ordered a cotton flannel topped pad in my Luxury Moon order so I had a different type of fabric in my stash for the summer. The one I ordered ended up not being quite what was in stock so ended up with the regular owls in the tree pattern. On initial observation the flannel topping does not look as good as the more luscious minky topped pads as it looks rather threadbare BUT what matters is how it performs for what it was designed for, and again may be best saved for a hotter day.

    • Marie permalink

      Plus it hasn’t stopped me ordering a couple more flannel topped pads from a US Etsy seller called Moonbirdstudios. She is offering 2 for 1 with a 9″ priced at just over £6 (good price just fot 1 I think) or even a 13″ at under £8 (bargain) plus shipping price is really good. Figured it was worth placing an order.

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