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What’s REALLY in Those Wet Wipes?

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Have you ever used a wipe and thought to yourself, “What is this wipe made of? What ingredients are in the solution?

These questions are vital, especially when it comes to wipes being used on infants and children. Do you know what’s in your wipe? There are two main components to a wipe: the physical make-up and the solution the wipe sits in until it’s used.

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The Wipe Itself

Most wipes are made of a blend of multiple fibers (non-woven). Not surprisingly, the more trustworthy wipes are made of cotton. When searching for a wipe, durability is key. Cotton naturally becomes stronger when wet, which sounds like the ideal wipe, right? However, most wipes are made from rayon and polyester, or a blend of both. Polyester is not biodegradable and rayon requires a lot of

Truth Stinks: Reasons to Stop Buying Products with Fragrance

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Whether you’re buying baby wipes or makeup remover wipes, checking the ingredients list for fragrance is important. Often times the word fragrance is listed with no further explanation, even on a product that claims to be naturally derived. Despite the demand for transparency, manufacturers of these products are not legally bound to reveal exactly what is hidden behind the term fragrance.

 

 

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Not So Transparent

You may be asking yourself, but how so? The Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1967. This requires companies to list cosmetic ingredients on the product label, but completely leaves out fragrance. But how do you identify what exactly fragrance is?

Just barely.

One word represents a mixture of hundreds of ingredients, all unclassified. These undisclosed chemicals can contain allergens, sensitizers and

What You Should Know About Shopping For An Adult Diaper

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Incontinence is a sensitive subject and no one is completely exempt from bladder issues; it can affect anyone, such as athletes, young adults who are postpartum or obese, and seniors. Buying an adult diaper for the first time can be a difficult task if you’re not prepared. Here are some tips to help guide you through the process:

 

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Find Your Size

This may be one of the most important steps. Finding the correct size not only guarantees comfort, but you will also be less likely to have leaks. There are diapers available to accommodate either male or female body parts, as well as unisex choices.

For those that require larger sizes, bariatric briefs are available in sizes XL, XXL, XXXL, and up to 106” waist size.

 

 

Consumer Spotlight: Corman

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Committed to their customer and to the environment, Corman is an Italian, family-owned company with a mission to “excellence in development and manufacturing of feminine hygiene and adult light incontinence products, covering specific niches of the market—hypoallergenic pads, tampons and panty liners, 100% cotton-based, natural, certified organic and biodegradable products.” Through clinical studies and research, Corman has developed products in all of those categories that offer complete protection for women and their sensitive skin.

 

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Why Cotton?

Corman believes in cotton for their products because of the unique fiber structure that creates a breathable and more comfortable surface versus artificial fibers or added chemicals, which often trap moisture and offer less ventilation than cotton containing components. The natural softness of cotton, combined with its hypoallergenic properties, creates a safe and neutral pH for the skin–especially for those with sensitive skin. The belief was further supported in a large clinical study.

The Truth About Organic Cotton

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Organic. We hear this word daily, if not several times a day. Once (and still) a trend in food products, the term organic is starting to gain significant meaning in everyday merchandise like baby wipes, hygiene products, etc. Occasionally, we may hear the term used in the labeling of cotton products.

What exactly is organic cotton?

According to the experts at Barnhardt Natural Fibers, all global certifying bodies would agree that the plant should start with a non-GMO seed and be grown with the use of organically approved pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.

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What is the difference between organic and non-organic cotton?

Surprisingly, there is not much of a difference between organic and conventional cotton other than in the way that it is grown. However, because it takes more land to yield the same amount of

What’s REALLY in Your Baby’s Diaper?

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What’s Really In Your Baby’s Diaper?

As a parent, your biggest concern is your child’s health. If your child is currently in diapers, the thought of “What’s really in my baby’s diaper?” has crossed your mind recently. The quest for researching ingredients can be overwhelming. But look no further, we have all the information summarized here for you.

First, we must break down the layers of your baby’s diaper:

Top sheet (or Inner Layer): The layer that sits directly on your baby’s skin

Absorbent core: The layer that absorbs the fluids

Waterproof outer shell: The outer materials of the actual diaper

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The two ingredients that are commonly present in most diapers are

Feminine Product Companies with a Mission

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What makes a feminine product company special?

The ingredients they use? Conscious packaging? An important mission?

What about all three?

We did some research and found three companies that provide both high-quality products and environmentally friendly packaging, while also giving back to other women in return.

 

The Honey Pot Company

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The founder of The Honey Pot Company, Beatrice Dixon, created her first feminine wash out of necessity after suffering from bacterial vaginosis for 7 months. With no solution in sight, Dixon decided to take matters into her own hands, formulating a plant-based, coconut oil wash and testing it out for herself. After a few uses, her symptoms cleared and comfort followed. From there, she created her brand The Honey Pot Company; this empowering business offers pads,

Want to Know What’s Really in Your Tampons?

When it comes to knowing what’s in your feminine care products, beauty products, and even your baby’s diapers, it can be hard to distinguish what’s good and what’s bad in the long lists of scientific, hard to pronounce ingredients. Here’s a helpful infographic to help you learn more about what’s really in your everyday products.

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Health Scare Leads to New Zealand’s First Organic Tampon

Great international news from our friends at Stuff.co.nz!
Written by Abbie Napier; Photos by David Walker

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Ana Ames-Durey started an organic tampon company to supply New Zealand women with a quality product.

Ana Ames-Durey was rushed into surgery having just signed a form giving doctors permission to remove both her ovaries.

At just 28-years-old, she was crippled with abdominal cramps and an ambulance had been called. Scans revealed two cysts, both about 7cm in diameter, were growing on her ovaries. One had twisted and split, leaking toxins into her body.

Fortunately, she survived the surgery with great strength and doctors were able to save her ovaries. It ended up being a life-changing experience.

Medical staff recommended she switch to organic tampons to reduce the stress on her system.

“Regular tampons are filled with chemicals, pesticides, fragrances, bleaches and dyes,” she says.

“That’s going

Time to Shout it Out About: The Four Unspeakables Inside Your Unmentionables

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The number of US adults with incontinence issues is growing and it’s not just Baby Boomers or the grandparents buying up diapers and pads. According to cotton industry association, Cotton Inc., of the 115 million known sufferers in the U.S., the fastest growing population in this market is obese African-American women between the ages of 20 and 30. Heck, people of all ages sometimes need something extra down there.

So, let’s stop whispering and really talk about what you’re putting in your pants.

Most adult diapers and pads contain the following Unspeakables:

  • Polypropylene (PP)

A plastic film extruded over whatever material the pad or liner is made of, that touches your private parts. Yes, the same thermoplastic polymer used in carpet, 
plastic bottles, and truck liners.

  • Polyethylene (PE)

Another plastic used to wick water away from the skin. Still, it’s plastic touching your most private parts. I just