Omaïki Lötus Maxi Pad Review
When I first heard about reusable menstrual pads I thought they sounded odd. However, after learning about the chemicals in disposable pads I dove in head first. Or dare I say…crotch first. Once I started trying reusable pads, I fell in love! Reusable menstrual pads, like OmaÏki Lötus pads, are comfortable, free of chemicals found in disposable menstrual products, absorbent and breathable! Once you go reusable…you never go back.
Disposable vs reusable
If someone asked you “Would you like to sleep on a plastic pillow composed of chemicals you throw away after each use or a soft reusable pillow you can wash?” Obviously you’d choose the reusable pillow. The same logic is true for reusable menstrual pads. They are like little pillows for your lady area. They are free of the toxins used in disposable pads, don’t crinkle, won’t make your groin sweat and are super absorbent. Read about all the reusable menstrual products available in Reusable Menstrual Products 101.
Reusable pads for incontinence
In addition to the reusable menstrual pads, Omaïki also offers reusable pads for incontinence. Okay, when I say urinary incontinence I know you can think of full-bladder leaks. However, you should think leaks, not flood. Years ago my urologist said “God did not build women well. The urethra is too close to the vagina.” After having children, age and for no known reason whatsoever…ladies can leak a bit of pee here and there. Reusable pads are also great for every day bladder care!
Omaïki Lötus Features
- Made in Canada with Canadian fabrics
- Organic cotton and bamboo
- Thin but absorbent
- Waterproof PUL backing
- Nature-inspired prints
- Serged edges for minimal panty lines
- Available in 5 sizes for Menstrual Care
- Panty liner 8.5″
- Mini-Maxi 8.5″
- Maxi Pads 11″
- Maxi Plus 11″
- Thong liner
- Available in Incontinence
- Light, Medium and Premium
- Wings that snap around your underwear
- Wings also roll up soiled pads for placement in wetbag
- Matching web bags with zipper and pouch
How do Omaïki Lötus Pads compare?
Reusable menstrual pads come in a variety of backings. The blue/grey pad below is from Pink Lemonade Shop made from synthetic minky fabric and has a fleece backing. While the fleece is water resistant, it’s not waterproof. On a heavy day, it’s possible to soak through and onto my underwear. It’s also considerably thicker. The Omaïki Lötus pads are much thinner because they are made from organic cotton/bamboo and have a waterproof PUL backing. This waterproof layer is remarkably thinner than fleece and harder to see when wearing leggings.
My husband has come home from work and said “Are you wearing one of your reuable pads? I can see it through your leggings.” Also the reason I don’t leave the house in my leggings.
Despite the fact that the Omaïki Lötus pads are thinner and lighter than fleece backed pads, they are just as absorbent. I find the 11″ Maxi pad to be absorbent for my non-flood days, and the Maxi Plus to be better for those 2-3 days that I fear standing up too quickly. They are available for purchase at the Omaïki website and I recommend getting several packs so you don’t run out.
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Washing pads is easy!
If the pad is lightly soiled, I toss it with regular wash. If the pad is heavily soiled I pre-rinse right before washing. With enough pads, they can all be stored/dried in a reusable wet bag or pail until wash day. If you are still building your stash, wash as needed. I use All free and clear laundry detergent and a hot wash, drying in the dryer. It’s really very easy!
Downsides (if there are any to not having pesticides by your vagina)
The natural pad is subject to staining. However, it’s a menstrual pad. No menstrual pad is going to stay brand-new looking. The best way to keep staining to a minimum is to have a good wash routine and not focus on stains. The pad can be perfectly clean, but be marked. In addition, PUL can be slippery on silky style underwear. I recommend going with cotton-crotch underwear not only for pad-stability, but to help your lady region breathe. All pads will move around to a degree, having proper fitting underwear is key!
Omaïki owners, Ariane and Anouk are Canadian Moms and best of friends. These entrepreneurs run Omaïki which produces not only the pads seen here, but also reusable Canadian cloth diapers, nursing pads, swim diapers and trainers. Friends not only of the environment, these ladies employ Canadians locally and have over 10 years of experience with reusables.
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