It’s “that time of the month”, where eating an entire McDonald’s worth of cheeseburgers IS a good idea, no matter what your stomach is telling you, and you have already figured out 48 different ways you could kill the annoying prat in the cubicle next to you. One does not simply get off the couch willingly to go out and get more pads and tampons because damnit, you ran out. For those of you lucky enough, you really don’t have to worry about a supply stash, as you’ve got an amazing man/woman/friend/family member/neighbor/work buddy that will hook you up with what you need. For the rest of us, we have basically three options: 1) bleed through your clothes like a badass, because there’s nothing wrong with a little blood, 2) suck it the hell up and go to the store to restock, or 3) subscribe to one of those nifty little period-pack delivery services. Let me tell you a little bit about option 3.
As the age of the internet gets older, more services that cater to specific demographics pop up. You’ve got your garden variety of Loot Crate-type situations, you’ve got amazing care packages like Operation Shoebox for our brave troops, and then really pretty makeup boxes like Ipsy. Well have no fear, I’ve rounded up some period-friendly subscription boxes for you to take a gander at!
Runs from $7 to $18 a month, depending on how many tampons needed and what absorbency size.
Organic tampons? You bet! They’re made of organic cotton and are nestled in a BPA-free plastic applicator, helping you stay dry and the Earth healthy. In the box they also include a vegan leather pouch, which holds a day’s worth of tampons, so you can keep all your goods hidden while on the go. If you don’t want to use the pouch, they also have lipstick-sized carboard capsules that hold up to the internal beatdown that comes along with being in someoen’s purse. As if that isn’t cool and stylish enough, Cora gives a month’s supply of pads to a girl in a developing country, which not only gives them a bit more security, but a self esteem boost we all need. Eco-friendly AND women-positive? Sign us up!
Starts at $9 for 1 box of non-applicator tampons, thin pads or thin liners and $10 for applicator tampons.
Another eco-friendly company, Lola uses 100% cotton that doesn’t contain toxins or dyes. They explain on their site how non-organic companies don’t fully explain what is in the tampons and pads that we use, remaining ever vigilant about telling the simple truth of their product. Since the company launched in 2015, they have donated over 100,000 tampons to women in need in over 27 states here in the U.S. of A. Women helping women… it’s a beautiful thing.
Starts at $10 per month if you do a year’s worth ($120) or an average of $13 a month if you go month-to-month.
Giving you the option of grouping in tampons, pads as well as panty liners, Monthly Gift knows that not all women need the same supplies. The company also has a really cool app to go along with their products, helping women to “take control of their health”. If we’re being honest, there’s no such thing as too many apps, and I know I could sure use one to help track my period. They also donate a day’s worth of supplies to girls in need for every Monthly Gift box that ships out, so you’re not only hooking yourself up, you’re helping out another woman across the world who is in dire need of supplies. It’s awesome.
The first box is £6.99 and £10.50 (plus P&P) every month thereafter.
There are plenty of period boxes available for women in the United States, so we want to give a shoutout to our ladies in the UK! The company has it set up to where you choose your favorite pad and tampon brands, tell them when the crimson wave is arriving and they’ll make sure you get the package in time. Each month has different types of goodies in the box such as candles, chocolates, body scrubs, shampoos and even teas. You can go and shop past month’s boxes in case there was something you missed. It’s fun, classy and gives you a whole new reason to look forward to your period.
Starts at $15 a month
With the most diverse product line of the period boxes I found, The Period Store goes above and beyond to ensure you have what you want and need. On top of that, you get to dine upon gourmet sweets, enjoy some really cool art and sip up the best tea packet you’ve ever had. The box is gorgeous and will put a smile on your face when it hits your doorstep.
Starts at $16.50 (depending on location) and gives you the option to get a goodies-only box, or one with goodies and menstrual supplies.
If you want to talk about a cool, all-inclusive period box delivery company, look no further. Bonjour Jolie packs in food goodies in some of their boxes, and pays special attention to those with food allergies. They offer nut free, sugar free, organic, caffiene free, gluten free and kosher foods, which is pretty damn stellar if you ask me. They also offer specialty boxes: Mens-truate Box (transgender), Gender Neutal Box (nonbinary) and Teen First Period Box. These folks have thought it through about periods, making their product one of the most human-friendly boxes available.
Starting at $9 a month for a variety of either pads or tampons, but includes flow-friendly packs at a slightly higher price.
Making you feel like the friggin’ royalty that you are, Blissy Box has “Lady Light”, “Duchess Regular”, “Queen Heavy” and “Madame Organic” period supply boxes for you to choose from. They use big name brands for their non-organic packages (like Kotex, OB and Tampax) so you know the quality you’re getting without having to make a trip to the store. Just “sync up with your V” and wait for your supplies and extra little treats to arrive. Royalty deserves hella good treats, afterall.
Starts at $15 for the mini box full of delicious comfort.
You know your period is coming and therefore, so is the week before. The week. You know, the one where you fly between homicidal maniac and crying over an Allstate commercial. Get online and order yourself a PMS Package, chock full of both salty and sweet goodies, cuddly comfort items, candles, and of course both beauty and hygienic supplies. Toss in a pack of Midol and you’ve got yourself a “PMS-can-suck-it” fiesta.
Starts at $25.95 for a single Period Pack Mini
Every woman remembers her first period, whether it was an unfortunately traumatic experience, or handled with absolute class. Luckily for the young women of today, talking about periods is much, much less taboo, and therefore easier to address when the time comes for them to start bleeding. Period Packs took it upon themselves to make an amazing “welcome” package for young women for their first period. The different boxes have starter pads, liners, feminine wipes, informative materials and a calendar to start tracking the menstrual journey. Some boxes also come equipped with shower gels, nail polishes, lip gloss, carrying cases, deodorant and many other things that a blossoming young woman needs. It’s a celebration to get your period and Period Packs is bringing the party supplies!
Packs of MenstruHeat pads start at $8.79 for 3
Maybe you’ve got a big ol’ stash of tampons and pads to get you through the invasion of Aunt Flo and what you really need now is pain relief. Cramps suck, which is something I think all women can agree on, and sometimes you need quick, discreet comfort to get you through the day. PSLove Company sells neck, back and abdominal heat pads to help give you some relief when angry porcupines are punching you from within. A great idea for women who are at work and aren’t allowed to have a heating pad, you can slap one of these on and be ready to take the day by the horns. An extra little perk to this product is that you buy it on Amazon, and if you have Prime… well you get the ultra high-speed hookup!
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