From period panties to millennial-friendly menstrual cups, menstrual cycles have gotten a makeover in the past decade. New brands have created clean and effective feminine care products that match your needs and make the monthly occurrence a little less dreadful, and while organic products were previously hard to source, some of the biggest retailers are now hopping on the trend. Case in point: Walmart sells a $6 box of organic tampons that shoppers are really feeling.
The Rael Organic Cotton Tampons (Buy It, $6, was $7, walmart.com) are made with 100 percent organic cotton and without potentially harmful and irritating chemicals, dyes, fragrances, and carcinogens, and its applicator is BPA-free. From the more than 1,400 reviews it’s garnered on Walmart’s website so far, 97 percent of shoppers recommend the product — which is impressive for a feminine care essential. But does using an organic tampon really make a difference?
"Conventional tampons may contain a host of toxicants, such as the herbicide glyphosate that might be used on non-organic cotton plants, various types of bleaches, pesticides, and synthetic materials,” Felice Gersh, M.D, an ob-gyn and founder/director of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, previously told Shape. In other words, your favorite non-organic tampons, typically bleached white and made with a blend of cotton and rayon, might have harmful substances in them. One hundred percent organic cotton tampons, like the Rael Organic Cotton Tampon, on the other hand, just contain one simple ingredient: 100 percent organic cotton.
Of course, an organic tampon is only worth using if it’s effective, and Walmart shoppers are quick to note that Rael’s are comfortable, absorbent, and easy to use. Some reviewers even say that they’d given up on tampons until trying Rael.
If you’re ready to give organic feminine care a shot, shop Rael’s highly rated tampons at Walmart now for less than the cost of a fancy latte.