Buying organic tampons is kind of like buying organic produce—it’s not totally necessary, but if you prefer the organic label, go for it. The main difference is that organic tampons are made from 100 percent organic cotton whereas traditional tampons are usually a mix of rayon and non-organic cotton—and they don’t always have their full ingredients listed on the box. So, if you want to know exactly what’s going in your body (can’t say we blame you), organic is definitely the way to go. Here, the eight best organic tampon brands on the market.
1. Rael Organic Cotton Unscented Tampons (Pack of 2 Boxes)
Rael’s tampons are made from ethically sourced organic cotton that’s grown without the use of toxins, pesticides or synthetic chemicals, if that’s something you’re worried about. They’re also designed with special Leak Locking technology to ensure that you don’t incur any of those dreaded underwear spots or stains. Users say that the BPA-free plastic applicator makes them much easier to insert than competitors’ cardboard alternatives.
2. Organyc 100 Percent Certified Organic Tampons
Buying a new box of tampons every month or two can add up, fast. So we appreciate that this 16-count box of organic ones is only $5. Organyc notes that its tampons are hypoallergenic (cotton treated with chemicals, fragrances or dyes can cause irritation). They also have a compact applicator, making them easy to throw in your purse on the way out the door.
3. Athena Club
Thanks to Athena Club’s convenient subscription service, you’ll never have to make a last-minute trip to CVS again. Just select the plan you want (every month, every other month or every three months) and Athena Club will ship your preferred assortment of light, regular, super and super plus organic tampons straight to your doorstep. The brand offers razor, personal care and other period product subscriptions too, FYI.
4. Top Certified Organic 100 Percent Cotton Tampons
Organic tampons are already environmentally friendly in that they’re biodegradable. But Top takes it one step further by also using biodegradable cardboard applicators. Basically, these are the most eco-friendly period products you can get without switching over to a menstrual cup.
5. Seventh Generation Organic Cotton Tampons (Pack of 2 Boxes)
Best for Giving Back
If you prefer a plastic applicator, you can feel a little better about the fact that this one is made from 99 percent plant-based plastic. The tampons themselves are made from 100 percent organic cotton without fragrances, dyes or chlorine bleaching. But our favorite thing about these tampons? Seventh Generation donates 43 cents per pack to nonprofits working to promote menstrual equity.
6. Cora Organic Tampons Variety Pack
These 100 percent organic cotton tampons have a unique octagonal design to ensure maximum absorption and comfort. This variety pack contains 18 regulars and 18 supers, so no matter what your cycle is like, you’re covered. What drew us to these, however, is the super compact design that makes them easy to take on the go.
7. O.b. Organic Tampons
Wanna ditch applicators altogether? Opt for O.b.’s applicator-free design. They’re free from chlorine, fragrances or dyes and easy to insert. Just note that some users say their wrappers are a little difficult to open.
8. Tampax Pure Organic Tampons (Pack of 3 Boxes)
Best Drugstore Brand
Yup, the drugstore brand you know and love now has an organic option. Tampax launched Tampax Pure last spring after noting the rising popularity of organic tampons. These 100 percent organic cotton core tampons feature a 90 percent plant-based plastic applicator and offer the same leak-free protection you’re used to from the brand.
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