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I developed an allergy to traditional rayon tampons so I had to find a cotton alternative. I settled on Rael tampons due to their shape, plastic applicator, and fewer bad reviews than the other cotton brands. I am mostly pleased with these tampons, but I am old and have only a moderate flow. If you have a heavy flow, I suspect that all cotton tampons will leak a lot. The BPA-free plastic applicators on these work just as well as Playtex. They are comfortable and easy to use. Each is individually wrapped.
The tampons don't open into a rectangle when wet (those are painful!), but they don't open into a flower/umbrella like Playtex either. They are cylindrical in shape and they just get fatter when saturated with fluid. Not much fatter, mind you, because their absorbency is limited. The challenge with cotton tampons is that, if you pack the cotton too tightly, it doesn't absorb; if you pack it too loosely, it leaves cotton balls inside of you. Rael has found a happy medium, but it's not as absorbent as rayon.
I have bought both the Regular and Super sizes. The difference between them is the length. They have the same diameter. Super is not fatter. According to Rael, the Regular size holds 6-9 grams of fluid while the Super size holds 9-12 grams of fluid. The Super size is shy of 2 inches long; the Regular size in 1.75 inches. There is only about one-eighth inch difference between them. I don't see any point in owning both sizes. I buy the Super size.
I will criticize one aspect of the design. The end that you insert is curved, but the end of the tampon that has the string is blunt. It should be the opposite. You're pulling the blunt end against your person when you remove the tampon and it feels blunt. I'm sure Rael did it this way because they also sell these tampons without the applicator. In that case, you need the insertion end to be curved. With a plastic applicator, that end doesn't matter. The solution would be to make both ends curved.
These are it. I have tried other big box organic tampon brands and none of them compare to Rael. These are easy to insert and so comfortable. I know that the packaging doesn’t matter as much as the actual product itself but who doesn’t love the pink?!? If you get cramps like I do try their menstrual cramp relief patches. They are a game changer.
What I like? They hold discharge and don't leak. The string is braided so that helps! Will purchase again and again. They could make the applicator smaller but they will eventually get there I suppose.
Best tampons ever and I’m 42. I have a hard time getting them in usually but not these I love the packaging too not gonna unwraps in my bag. For girls with heavy periods not sure mine isn’t too bad and a super works great when it is. These tampons are so easy to get in what a relief!!!
I thought these had cardboard applicators, but I was wrong. The super ones were available in cardboard, so I guess that’s why I assumed these were too. Unfortunately, they’re plastic applicators and they even come in a plastic wrapper. So much plastic.
I have used this brand before. They were not available at Target or Walmart this time so I ordered online. I like this brand and the fact that they are organic. It's hard to find organic tampons that actually work and I love the applicator. The applicator makes it so much easier to insert the tampon. Mess-free. Thank you!
Though the organic cotton sounds like a better option, as other users have mentioned the absorbency is terrible and the tampons are useless. I gave these a shot using half of one of the boxes I ordered, and will have to toss the rest.