1.28.2010

Lunapads Review and Giveaway! - closed



Being eco-friendly involves reducing your amount of waste. Since that's one of the reasons we cloth diaper, I figured I should probably start doing my part to reduce my waste too. What's one thing that every woman has? A period. What do women usually use during their periods? Disposable pads and tampons. It's expensive, it's wasteful, and honestly,  it's sort of gross. After I gave birth I used disposable pads and I just always felt really gross. How could I not, I was wearing PLASTIC down there. Plastic is not breathable. Just like disposable diapers there are chemicals in pads to increase the absorbency and that's one place I don't want chemicals. The production of feminine disposable items is far from eco-friendly too. Disposable pads and tampons are also really expensive.
I found this interesting article on tampon safety on the Lunapads website, you should check it out, it might help you decide to switch to reusable instead of disposable!

I'll admit, before I switched to reusable pads I was kind of grossed out by the idea of  using something for that time of the month that I'd have to wash. It's no harder than taking off a disposable pad and instead of throwing it out you can throw it in a wet bag, or a small pail of water. I use an empty wipes container filled will some water to soak my pads in before I throw them in the wash. The water that they soak is is great to use for watering your plants too!

I haven't really gotten my period back yet since I am exclusively breastfeeding, but I have had some light spotting at times, probably during the time that I would normally have a period. I needed something while this was happening, so I turned to reusable pads.

Lunapads was generous enough to send me some items for review. I received a sampler pack of the Lunapads and a pair of Lunapanties


The Lunapads sampler pack consists of 1 mini pantyliner, 1 maxi pad, 1 maxi liner, and 1 maxi wing liner. I was sent a mixture of both regular and organic cotton to try out in the Cocoa Kaleidoscope pattern. To use Lunapads you need a maxi pad. This pad hads snaps so you can snap it into place, and ric rac to hold in whatever liners you choose to use. When you change your pad you only need to swap out the liners, you leave the maxi pad in. Simple! You can customize the liners to fit in with your needs. They have everything available from light to heavy flow and postpartum (I wish I had these after I had Eli)! Here is a neat liner how to guide on the Lunapads website so you can get an idea of the different styles of liners and how to use them.

Fit: Lunapads are pretty amazing. They are not thick and bulky like some other reusable pads that are out there. They are extremely comfortable, so comfortable that you will probably forget that you are wearing them, I did!

Performance: Like I said before, I don't really have my period back yet, but if I did I am sure these would do the trick. They have an entire page dedicated to testimonials! All you have to do is change the liners every couple of hours and you are set to go. The pantyliner is perfect for light days at the end or in-between periods (or during pregnancy).

Value: The following cost comparison charts were taken from the Lunapads website:







As you can see there is a big difference between the cost per use. Lunapads cost between $0.01 and $0.15 per use and disposable pads and tampons cost anywhere from $0.08 to $0.38 per use. Lunapads last anywhere from 3-5 years and a lot of women report that their Lunapads have lasted even longer, so then they cost even less per use! Clearly reusable pads are the more economical choice.


Lunapanties are organic cotton "period panties" with an absorbent layer of cotton fleece in the gusset (crotch). The gusset has two cotton bands so you can customize your absorbency by adding liners, just like Lunapads. These panties are basically an "all in one" option. You can wear the underwear all day as long as you change the liners as needed to prevent any kind of leaking through. These are not only perfect for your period, but they would be amazing during pregnancy! Any woman who has been (or is) pregnant knows that things happen down there and you need a little extra absorbency, especially at the end of pregnancy. I can imagine these would be perfect for postpartum with some postpartum liners.

Fit: I tried out the hipster style in a size medium. Hipster style underwear can either fit really well or really terribly (you know, the hipster panties that end up giving you a permanent wedgie). These were perfect! They were super comfortable, I couldn't even tell that I was wearing underwear with added protection.

Performance: Again, no real period here, but I don't doubt these will be just as wonderful as the Lunapads. You can check out the testimonials for the Lunapanties here.

Value: The panties are $26.99 and include a built in liner and come with one maxi or long liner, depending on what size you order. These can be used in conjunction with your other Lunapads liners or the Diva Cup. The value is great because you re-use them and they are organic!



Buy It: Visit Lunapads and use code OWLET09 for $5 off an order of $35 or more!

Win It: Lunapads has graciously offered one of our readers a Lunapads Sampler Pack (valued at $28.99). Whether you are just curious about making the switch or an already converted Lunapads user, this is a great set!

Mandatory entry (you must do this entry first for your other entries to be valid!): Visit Lunapads and tell me which fabric choice is your favorite (if you click on the different pad options you will see the fabric choices). Be sure to leave your email address so I have a way to contact you if you win!


Additional entries (Be sure to leave a comment for each additional entry. If you get 5 entries for something than you must leave 5 comments. Make sure you do the mandatory entry first so your additional entries are counted).

1. Go to Lunapads and tell me one thing you learned about the company or product (1 entry)

2. Add @lunapads on Twitter (1 entry)

3. Add @lepetitowlet on Twitter (1 entry)

4. Follow Le Petit Owlet publicly via Google Friend Connect (right sidebar, 1 entry)

5. Subscribe to email feed via Feedburner (right sidebar, 2 entries)

6. Become a fan of Lunapads on Facebook!

7. Add one of my buttons to your blog! (2 entries, please leave a link)

8. Blog about this giveaway (2 entries, leave a link to the entry)

9. Tweet about this giveaway! Make sure you use @lunapads @lepetitowlet and a link to the giveaway! (Limited to 2 tweets per day. Please make sure to leave a link to the tweet)

Contest open to US/Canada/International

Giveaway will end at 11:59pm CST on 2/12/10. Winner will be posted 2/13/10.

Good luck!


Disclaimer: I did not receive payment in any form for this review.
I did receive a sample of the product or service for testing and review purposes. This will in no way sway my opinion of the product or service. The review is in my own words and is my own opinion. Your results and opinion may differ.


119 comments:

TheGirl said...

ok i am totally entering this cause i love this company
i am a huge fan of the Divacup, since before Cora was born :)

I would get the CocoaKaleidescope
:)

TheGirl said...

also i tweeted this :) http://twitter.com/dosergirl

TheGirl said...

i became a lunapads facebook fan

TheGirl said...

also, i went to lunapads.com and learned that i need a new Diva Cup because now I have given birth....good think i am ebf :)

TheGirl said...

I'm posting a blog about your giveaway!

TheGirl said...

I'm posting a blog about your giveaway!

ella said...

i would love to try this :) i like the heart pattern
elasita [at] gmail.com

ella said...

added you and @lunapads to my twitter account (@cherokeesita

ella said...

and i re-tweeted the contest (@cherokeesita)

Sandra said...

The cupcakes pattern has always been my favourite!

Sandra said...

I follow @lunapads on Twitter (@wordium)

Sandra said...

Also I'm a Lunapads Facebook fan!

thatdanigirl said...

i have been wanting to try lunapads for a long time now. i like the leopard print!

thatdanigirl said...

i tweeted this
http://twitter.com/thatdanigirl

thatdanigirl said...

and i'm now a fan of lunapads on facebook!

Tracy said...

I love reusable cloth pads! long time user, but could use a few more, and have been wanting to try Lunapads!
The fossil fern is my favorite.
tracymakeup@gmail.com

Tracy said...

now I am a FB friend, and have the logo on my LJ page.
tracymakeup@gmail.com

Sarah J. said...

I have always been a tampon user, but since I started cloth diapering my son I feel like a bit of a hypocrite! I like the pistachio paisley mini pads.
saywah_j at yahoo dot com

Sarah J. said...

I was still confused on how the Lunapads worked, but I watched the video and it looks really simple to change. I guess I was thinking about how disposable pads work. It's been so long since I used pads, except postpartum, that I had no idea there were even thong pads available! They offer a great variety of options, including the Diva Cup. Call me clueless! :o)
saywah_j at yahoo dot com

Sarah J. said...

following lunapads on twitter- @saywah
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Sarah J. said...

following you on twitter- @saywah
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Sarah J. said...

following via google friend
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Sarah J. said...

have one of your buttons #1
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Christy said...

I like the Rosehip

Christy said...

I follow w/Google friend connect

Alecia Ludwick-Jones said...

My favorite is the cupcake fabric. I LOVE the idea of reusable.

Alecia Ludwick-Jones said...

I also followed @lepetitowlet on twitter and was already following @lunapads.

Alecia Ludwick-Jones said...

feedburner email sign up using a-ludwick@hotmail.com

Alecia Ludwick-Jones said...

Tweet Tweet!
http://twitter.com/alecialudwick/status/8523704698

Alecia Ludwick-Jones said...

I have followed Lunapads on Facebook for a bit before this but it may still count as an entry.

Alecia Ludwick-Jones said...

Blog post located:
http://freakshowminustent.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/lunapads/

GoGreen said...

I vote for Magenta as my favourite fabric.

GoGreen said...

One thing I have learned about Lunapads is that it is owned by women.

GoGreen said...

I have added Lunapads to my Twitter.

GoGreen said...

Have added lepetitowlet on Twitter.

http://twitter.com/lepetitowlet

GoGreen said...

Signed up to follow LePetitOwlet on Google Friend

GoGreen said...

Subscribed to the e-mail feed via Feedburner

GoGreen said...

Have signed up as a fan on Lunapads Facebook page.

GoGreen said...

Sent a tweet about the Lunapad giveaway.

http://bit.ly/b946Qi

looking4green said...

I like the rosehip fabric

looking4green said...

I added lunapads to my twitter!

looking4green said...

I´m following lepetitowlet in my twitter!!

looking4green said...

I´m just suscribed to email feed via Feedburner to my mail ccasasdesantes@gmail.com

looking4green said...

I twitted about you!
http://twitter.com/looking4green

looking4green said...

Following you via Google Friend connect!

looking4green said...

I learned that I can use Lunapad´s family wipes as demaking-up cottons. less waste!!

ashley said...

diva cup user here and i only occasionally need extra protection with it. my favorite pattern is definitely the pistachio paisley!

ashley said...

i love the cost comparisons. it really DOES pay off, just like cloth diapers :-)

ashley said...

i'm definitely a fan :-)

Val said...

I love the pistachio paisley super super cute!

dorkyval44 at gmail dot com

Val said...

I learned that lunapads can help reduce menstrual cramps and make your periods shorter and lighter.

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Val said...

I follow @lunapads on twitter
@TruthBeToldBlog

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Val said...

I follow you on twitter
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Val said...

I subscribe via feedburner
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Val said...

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Val said...

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Val said...

I have your button on my blog roll.

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Val said...

#2 Have your button on my blog
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Val said...

I'm a blog follower.

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Val said...

2nd Daily tweet
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Sarah said...

I like the fossil Fern. smcpheet at gmail dot com

Sarah said...

I learned that Lunapads are made in Vancouver, Canada at a small family-owned factory.
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Val said...

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Val said...

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Erica said...

I haven't fully made the switch yet but I do have a couple that I made myself. I love the Magenta madala fabric, especially since it's organic!

Erica said...

I learned that the Diva Cup can be worn for up to 12 hours. I think it's still kinda weird though I think I'll stick to pads!

juxta.umino {at} gmail {dot} com

Erica said...

I follow LunaPads on Twitter (@EricaJulien)


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Erica said...

I follow you on Twitter (@EricaJulien)

juxta.umino {at} gmail {dot} com

Erica said...

I follow you via Google Friend.

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Erica said...

I email subscribe.

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Erica said...

I email subscribe (#2)

juxta.umino {at} gmail {dot} com

Erica said...

I became a fan of luna pads on facebook (Erica Julien)

juxta.umino {at} gmail {dot} com

GoGreen said...

Tweet about the contest.

http://twitter.com/greenurlifenow/status/8661970169

GoGreen said...

Be Greener.

Link to my tweet.

http://twitter.com/greenurlifenow/status/8661893312

GoGreen said...

Another tweet.

Try Reusable..

http://twitter.com/greenurlifenow/status/8707103862

GoGreen said...

2nd tweet for today.

Enter to win...

http://twitter.com/greenurlifenow/status/8708338854

Val said...

daily tweet 1
http://bit.ly/cCTbzm
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Val said...

2nd tweet
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TheGirl said...

tweeted again :)

http://www.twitter.com/dosergirl

Winkydinks said...

I love my reusable pads and diva cup! I haven't tried luna pads yet though and would love to. I like the Magenta Mandala fabric.

Winkydinks said...

I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/etsywinkydinks/status/8869092786

Winkydinks said...

I follow your blog: winkydinks

Winkydinks said...

following lunapads on twitter: @etsywinkydinks

Winkydinks said...

Already a follower of you on twitter: @etsywinkydinks

LingXei said...

My favorite design of the Luna Pads is the Cocoa Kalidescope.

following Lunapads on twitter & facebook

following lepetitowlet on twitter.

Blogged the giveaway on: twitter twitter.com/lingxei

Val said...

http://bit.ly/d5B2EN

tweet 1
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Val said...

tweet 2
http://bit.ly/br7TKo

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Joanna said...

I like the Pistachio Paisley pattern best!

joshandjoanna at gmail

Joanna said...

I follow lunapads on twitter @keepingfeet (which is where i learned about the giveaway!)

joshandjoanna at gmail

Joanna said...

I checked out their website and learned that Lunapads are made in Canada.

joshandjoanna at gmail

Heather said...

I like the Rosehips fabric. :)

Heather said...

I added @lunapads on twitter.

Heather said...

I went to the lunapads website and learned about which pads I should use for heavy flow.

Heather said...

Added @lepetitowlet on twitter.

Heather said...

I'm a fan of lunapads on facebook.

Heather said...

I subscribed using feedburner.

Heather said...

I subscribed using feedburner.

Heather said...

I tweeted about the giveaway. http://twitter.com/crazy_gingercat/status/8890172455

Val said...

Daily tweet 1
http://bit.ly/btXWVn
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Val said...

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daily tweet 2
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Heather said...

Tweeted again. http://twitter.com/crazy_gingercat/status/8948929017

Allison said...

I'm a big fan of fossil fern--the color variations are so smooth.

awalters@drew.edu (I'm already a fan of both of you on Twitter. Zasha7)

Heather said...

Tweeted! http://twitter.com/crazy_gingercat/status/8972979178

Audre said...

I LOVE the Cocoa Kaleidoscope Print on the pads and it's Super Super Cute on the Moon Pad Bag as well as the Lavender Spa, Atomic Bloom, and the Carnaby Street Carnival!

audrefowler@yahoo.com

Audre said...

I learned about the Lunapanties! and i am sooooooooo excited about these! i've been wondering when someone would come out with something like this!! It's Exactly what I want to try!

audrefowler@yahoo.com

Audre said...

Following Luna Pads on Twitter!

Audre said...

Following Le petit owlet on twitter

Audre said...

Following Le petit owlet blog

Audre said...

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Audre said...

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Val said...

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Heather said...

Tweeted! http://twitter.com/crazy_gingercat/status/9037698957

Heather said...

Tweeted again! http://twitter.com/crazy_gingercat/status/9042840898

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