This is a customer’s guide to 2021 for an organic tampon, where we present all the organic tampons we tested in detail. With this, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best organic tampon for you.
You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy organic tampons.
Important Facts about Organic Tampons
- Conventional tampons are usually made from genetically modified cotton and contain pesticides, biocides, and other chemicals. They can damage your hormonal system and even lead to infertility.
- Organic tampons are made from 100 percent organic cotton and contain no harmful substances that you could absorb through your mucous membranes.
- Organic tampons are kinder to the environment and compostable. When buying organic tampons, you should pay special attention to their absorbency.
Organic Tampons: editors’ favorites
The best organic tampons for light periods
Cora Organic Cotton Unscented Tampons
These tampons from Cora Organic Cotton are suitable for light menstrual bleeding and come in a box with 36 tampons. Chemical-free and made with 100% organic cotton, they are completely free of harmful substances and therefore harmless to use.
The tampons are easy to insert and also 100% degradable – so these tampons are not only good for you during your period, but also for the environment later on.
The best organic tampons for normal periods
Veeda 100% Natural Cotton Compact Regular Tampons
These tampons from Veeda are suitable for normal periods and are made of 100% pure cotton. Made without animal ingredients and also not components of animal testing, these tampons are cruelty-free. In addition, they are made from 97% degradable and renewable resources and also eliminate plastic packaging for each tampon.
The best organic tampons for heavy periods
Natracare Organic Super Plus Cotton Tampons
These tampons from Natcare are characterized by their high absorbency, perfectly suited for heavy periods. They are sustainably made from 100% certified organic cotton and come in an attractive and discreet package with a total of 20 individual tampons.
In addition, they have a high wearing comfort and thus make the period as pleasant as possible.
Advisor: Questions you should deal with before buying organic tampons
Why use a tampon made from natural ingredients?
Our body absorbs substances from materials it is in contact with through our mucous membranes.
That’s why it doesn’t matter what you put inside you. If you decide to use tampons during menstruation, you should consider that you will use over 10,000 in your whole life. It is said that the total time of wearing a tampon in your body is more than 5 years.
The problem with a conventional tampon is that they are 90 percent a cellulose-plastic mixture. Toxic residues can endanger a woman’s intimate health.
Conventional tampons are largely made from genetically modified cotton. Of the global share of pesticides and insecticides used, 25% are used for cotton production. This includes 5 out of 9 of the most toxic pesticides!
The chemical dioxin, which is toxic even in very small amounts, is used to bleach cotton.
Unfortunately, no independent study has been able to prove that this chemical is not also used by tampon manufacturers. The biocide TBT (tributyltin) has also been found in feminine hygiene products.
What are these substances doing with your body?
TBT, even in the billionth of a gram, is harmful to your hormonal system by affecting your fertility and can even promote infertility. Epidemiological studies have proven that there is a link between reproductive harm and environmental chemicals.
Pesticides damage your immune system, cause cancer, disrupt your hormone balance, affect your fertility, promote allergies, asthma, and chronic diseases.
Dioxins are said to be linked to period pain and endometriosis. Endometriosis is a benign but usually painful growth in the tissue of the uterine lining. In addition, dioxins are also carcinogenic and can cause hormone disruption and even infertility.
Conventional tampons also contain chemically produced viscose to achieve better absorption. To obtain viscose, sawdust from wood is boiled with sodium and sodium sulfite liquor.
This produces cellulose, which is again solidified into yarn with the use of carbon disulfide, caustic soda, and high pressure. Small fibers of this mixture remain in your body after use and provide a good breeding ground for dioxins. They can even cause small cuts and thus cause infections.
All these substances come into contact with your most sensitive body part and migrate into your body and immune system.
What are the advantages of organic cotton?
Cotton has the best natural absorbency, is renewable & sustainable and no chemicals are used in the production of organic tampons.
Especially if you don’t know how exactly your tampons were made and under what conditions the cotton used for them was grown, you should rely on the advantages of organic cotton that is used in the production of organic tampons.
Other benefits of organic cotton include:
- Protects against leakage.
- Absorbs more than twenty times its own weight.
- pH neutral.
- Is not synthetic.
- Does not contain plastic.
- Risk of contracting TSS is significantly lower.
- Lower risk of fungal infections.
- You do not introduce chemicals into your body
Natural tampons are healthier not only for you, but also for the environment. They are chlorine-free bleached, without synthetic and chemical additives and compostable. Experts say that a conventional tampon takes up to 500 years to decompose. Your organic tampon only one year.
Are organic tampons as absorbent as conventional tampons?
The droplet specifications on the packaging follow an industry standard for all manufacturers and represent the absorption capacity of liquid.
Therefore, when buying organic tampons for the first time, you should use your conventional products as a guide, as this usually represents the same absorbency. Just like conventional tampons, natural tampons should always be the smallest size possible and should not remain in the body for more than four to six hours.
If you want a longer break from “changing” and up to 12 h of rest during your period, we recommend you to choose a menstrual cup, which offers even more advantages than an organic – tampon.
What types of organic tampons are there and which one is right for you?
Biotampons are an alternative to conventional tampons because they are made of one hundred percent cotton and are therefore gentle and soothing.
Basically, we can distinguish between three types of biotampons:
- Biotampon with applicator.
- Biotampon Super/Super Plus.
The different types of Biotampons differ in some aspects, like the size and the application – but all of them consist only of the best of cotton and without any additives.
In the following, we would like to show you the main advantages and disadvantages of the different biotampons to make your purchase decision a little easier. Which little companion maximizes your well-being is, of course, up to you in the end.
What distinguishes a classic organic tampon and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
Conventional tampons without organic certification are mainly made of cotton, artificial silk, or a fiber blend from non-organic cultivation. They are additionally coated with a synthetic layer to facilitate insertion. Often genetically modified cotton is used for this purpose, which has been treated with pesticides and insecticides.
The bio-tampon made of certified organic cotton, unlike conventional tampons, does not cause an imbalance of vaginal flora and fungal infections. The shape and application are identical to conventional tampons. Besides, they are better for your health and the environment.
- Easy to use.
- Environmentally friendly.
- More expensive than traditional tampons.
What distinguishes a biotampon with applicator and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
The chlorine-free bleached organic tampons without synthetic and chemical additives are compostable in all versions and, unlike conventional tampons, they decompose in less than a year.
With the Super and Super Plus size of the biological tampon, you have the possibility to use the tampon for a longer period of time and not change it every time you go to the bathroom. It is very absorbent and does not allow unwanted blood to flow out the sides.
- Very absorbent.
- No unwanted blood loss.
- Environmentally friendly.
- Very large.
- Relatively expensive.