We live in a world where society conflicts it's messages to us. We should be recycling everything and yet everything is disposable, replaceable, and instant gratification is the key to our demise. Because things are made disposable, they need to be made in a way that doesn't comply with our health or body chemistry and we are left with very little reasonable options to choose from as healthy alternatives.
I found one new-to-me, healthy alternative to what's offered to women and I'm very pleased with it so I have to share. Men if you're squeamish please get over it. Women if you don't like talking about this...get over it as well. There is no shame, it's time we all grow, learn and share our experiences, Especially one's that are normal, natural and unavoidable. Like a woman's cycle.
Everyone run!!! She's talking about her menstrual cycle!!!!
It's funny, I have been using a DIva Cup for a few years now to help me get away from using toxic store-bought feminine hygiene products that are filled with harsh chemicals. No matter what, I always had a leak and so, I would have to resort to the store bought pads. Maybe not every day, but there was always a leak...every cycle, which was, is and always will be, annoying.
I refuse to use tampons and I hate wearing the drug store ready maxi-pads we're offered as an option. Because women should be in diapers their whole lives right? UGH!!!
Why exactly am I so opposed to using store bought tampons and maxi pads though?
What's Really in Those Sanitary Pads and Tampons?I
Introducing Bean & Bear Shoppe
As I had mentioned through the Mercola article, the options that women have for feminine care isn't the best and definitely not the healthiest. Sanitary napkins are made of bleached rayon, cotton and plastics. They sometimes, then have added fragrances, along with chemicals used to absorb the menstrual flow. Most contain hazardous ingredients including dioxins and furans, pesticide residues, unknown fragrance chemicals, and adhesive chemicals such as methyl dibromo glutaronitrile. Exposure concerns include cancer, reproductive harm, and endocrine disruption.This is why I was so incredibly thankful to come across Katrina and her wares!
For an alternative to what's offered in the way of feminine hygiene, I invite you to check out Bean & Bear Shoppe. Whether it be nursing pads, bibs, drool pads or the Mama Cloth, there's something for every family to check out.
Do you know someone who's expecting? These beautiful, handcrafted items make wonderful and practical gifts for the new mom and dad and their sweet new babe.
What makes Bean & Bear unique?
Quality handmade items
Materials: Cotton, PUL, Bamboo, Flannel
Made to order
Make sure to check them out on their Facebook Page, their Etsy Shoppe, or contact Katrina directly!
The cotton top is made from a designer cotton fabric or flannel with your 2 layers of heavy fleece organic bamboo, one layer of waterproof PUL and a thin white flannel non slip backing. Kam snaps hold them in place or fold them up for discretion. These are so soft next to your skin, you won't even know you are wearing them!
After a few months of checking them out, I finally contacted Katrina and ordered a set of 3 of the 10" Mama Cloths just to try them out. I was excited to use them and was worried I'd be disappointed to be honest...especially after using the Diva Cup that so many women raved about. I have a seriously heavy flow the first 2 days!!! I'll admit, I was nervous.
Our daughter tried one of the Mama Cloths and I used 2. She wasn't exactly sure of whether she was going to like them so she only wanted to try one. She wasn't happy when she realized I had two of them! Both of us, as well as many women experience a heavy flow in the beginning. This makes life interesting and sometimes uncomfortable. It also leaves us feeling self-conscious about too many things...from sounds, to feel, to smell, to stains. Not to mention how incredibly uncomfortable wearing a plastic pad always is.
Both of us could not believe how comfortable we were with these pads on! We honestly almost forgot about being in a cycle-time...cramps reminded us and so we rubbed some Deep Green Rub onto our wombs. (yup...it works and it lasts hours at a time with some users claiming that the relief from cramping will last a full day) My daughter did comment that she had thought the Diva Cup was causing her to cramp worse than if she was just wearing a pad so she's relieved that there won't be the added pressure and pain than what normally accompanies a cycle.
Washing them was a breeze and any stubborn parts came out with a bit of peroxide which was a trick taught to me by the midwives that helped me birth our son. This is something we do by hand, not in the washing machine for our own personal reasons. We hung them in the laundry room to dry over night. No big deal...no, wait, it is a big deal! They're so comfortable...wash out fairly easily and are reasonably priced considering once you have your supply you don't have to purchase them again! The quality of the materially and just one wash tells how long these will last. Taken care of properly, I expect to get years out of them.
Personally, Katrina Dunn, owner and operator a of Bean and Bear Shoppe, I want to thank-you for being of service to your local families and Mamas. You are providing a safe, healthy alternative to what is a wasteful and destructive, chemically harmful industry. You have perfected the pad in my humble opinion, in a way that has me not dreading the options any longer. You're a good egg!
Recent News From Bean & Bear Shoppe
Recently a group was formed in Moncton, New Brunswick as a refugee response team who are sponsoring a Syrian refugee family or families to settle in Moncton or surrounding area.
Bean and Bear Shoppe decided to get involved to help within their area to help with the costs these refugees face upon arriving in Canada. It's a nice switch to see this charity and selflessness as opposed to the bigoted comments bombarding news outlets and social media. Seems small communities are gathering to do their part and that is encouraging and so beautiful.
During a week long flash sale, Bean & Bear Shoppe was able to raise over $500 to donate to Partners of Hope. Should you feel moved to help out with this cause, you can donate through the clicking on the button below which will direct you to the Partners of Hope website.
Something too many people seem to forget is that we pretty much ALL came to North America through our grandparents or further back ancestors by way of immigration, seeking refugee or just hopping on a boat and hoping for a better life. The idea that we don't believe the rest of the world deserves the same chance for a peaceful life is absurd.
There have been a few emails that have come through asking to help promote products either for free, for cash, for product or otherwise. I always look into the product and rarely agree to promote. It has to be something I have used confidently, appreciated, gotten serious use out of and with positive results! I'm happy to say that this blog today, I didn't get paid for, nor did I receive any free product to review it. I got some 'word of mouth' sent my way and decided to look into it some more. I'm glad I did.
Author: Cari-Lee Miller
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