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  • Tigsteroonie
    Tigsteroonie Posts: 24,953
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    Believe me, MSE Callum, there is a world of difference between Always Infinity and Tesco Everyday Value. It's like suggesting you substitute Andrex or Cushelle with Izal. In fact, I'd rather use Izal on my bum and keep the money for brand name sanitary products, they stay close to my skin for longer than a sheet of toilet paper.

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  • Believe me, MSE Callum, there is a world of difference between Always Infinity and Tesco Everyday Value. It's like suggesting you substitute Andrex or Cushelle with Izal. In fact, I'd rather use Izal on my bum and keep the money for brand name sanitary products, they stay close to my skin for longer than a sheet of toilet paper.

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  • donnac2558
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    Okay, sorry but I am going to give TMI

    Trying to use none applicator tampons when you are bleeding like a stuck pig. PMLS. Forget it.

    I was one of those people with very heavy periods so Super Plus Tampon, with a Super pad. If out and about I actually had to use the disabled toilet as the blood on my hands etc looked like I had murdered someone. The cheap own brand products just did not cut it at all!

    The simple case of one size does not fit all when it comes to sanity products and cheaper does not work out as money saving.
  • kathrynha
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    donnac2558 wrote: »
    Okay, sorry but I am going to give TMI

    Trying to use none applicator tampons when you are bleeding like a stuck pig. PMLS. Forget it.

    I was one of those people with very heavy periods so Super Plus Tampon, with a Super pad. If out and about I actually had to use the disabled toilet as the blood on my hands etc looked like I had murdered someone. The cheap own brand products just did not cut it at all!

    The simple case of one size does not fit all when it comes to sanity products and cheaper does not work out as money saving.

    Totally agree. If I only had cheap own brand products I wouldn't be able to leave the house, so I wouldn't be able to hold down a job, so unable to pay my mortgage and would end up in debt, and having to replace clothing monthly, so really not money saving.

    Some own brand stuff isn't too bad, and it has improved over the years, but when you base all your calculations on just the low absorbancy ones, then you sums just don't add up or come close to the reality
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  • Timpu
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    It's not just absorbency that differ between brands. I can't for the life of me get on with some of the cheaper ones as I end up walking funny. I've had the sticky bits stick to the wrong errr...bits.
  • KxMx
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    I stick to the brand that works for me, and shop around only buying (in bulk) when on offer :)
  • BorisThomson
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    I wouldn't go for the 20p ones, but Tesco do some towels for approx 70p that are just as good as Always. When I get them for myself I also get several packs for the food bank. Hopefully others will do the same?

    Aldi own brand ones are very good too.

    Don't assume that branded means better. In most cases they'll be made in the same factory, at times even an identical product, to the cheaper ones.
  • kathrynha
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    Don't assume that branded means better. In most cases they'll be made in the same factory, at times even an identical product, to the cheaper ones.

    Agree. Lillets non-applicator tampons are identical to Asda ones, but they don't go up to the same level of absorbancy, so Asda ones do for the lighter days, but some days the branded ones are the only option.
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  • itzmee
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    kathrynha wrote: »
    Agree. Lillets non-applicator tampons are identical to Asda ones, but they don't go up to the same level of absorbancy, so Asda ones do for the lighter days, but some days the branded ones are the only option.



    My local Asda sell super plus extra non-applicator tampons and they are as good as Lil lets but are just a third of the price.
  • I use a reusable cup, it's a silicone collapsible one that I carry around with me so it's always on hand. I have extremely heavy periods and it's actually been a lifesaver, I was getting through a super plus in less than an hour and the dryness and mess of it all was horrible and really getting me down. My cup lasts at least 4 hours on those days and is easily and quickly rinsed with warm water while in the toilet - my work toilet is disabled access so has a sink in it. On normal flow days I can get through the entire work day without having to empty it. It's no more messy than a tampon once you get used to it, and means you don't dry out your delicate parts. It took a little practice to be able to get it to stay in place, but now it takes the same time as a tampon. It cost £21 and so far has lasted 3 years which is a good saving on even own brand products.
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