I was doing some tidying up at home recently and found an article I had clipped out of the local newspaper. It's written by a young female Aussie journalist who had just moved to the United States. Here's the on-topic bits:
"The next aisle [in the pharmacy] boasted the usual array of 'feminine hygiene products' – you know, the things the TV ads suggest you need if you're planning to go to the beach in a white bathing suit to dance around with your friends while draped in seaweed.
These are basically the same as in Australia, except almost all come encased in what looks like small cardboard rocket launchers.
Of course, I've come across the 'applicator' before but most of my Australian friends consider them a sort of quaint throwback to another time, a bit like gloves and girdles.
Not so in the US. In many pharmacies here, you get your 'feminine hygiene products' with applicators, or not at all. Every pack contains enough cardboard and paper to account for a small forest somewhere in the Amazon."
The article was published in 1999(!), applicators are now plastic rather than cardboard, and I wonder if non-applicator tampons are now more available in the US?
Post by Crossdresser on Apr 30, 2019 0:18:32 GMT -5
There is/was only one major brand in non-applicator tampons in the USA, and that is Johnson & Johnson's o.b. brand. They are pretty easy to find anywhere in the country due to J&J's market clout. There are also a number of niche brands, such as Natracare. Back in 2010-2011, o.b. disappeared in the USA. Johnson and Johnson never gave a clear reason for the temporary interruption of production. However, at that time, J&J had a lot of "issues" with our health watchdog, the (US) Food and Drug Administration.
I guess the key word is "major", but we found a few other brands here in NY store shelves. OB is still around of course. Just before Christmas I ordered a box of Lola tampons, just to see. 18 tampons for $9, delivered. They are 100% organic cotton. That's all, no other ingredients. I might order them again but after trying them I have to say that they do not hold very much. They leak a little bit but that's not really a big deal, I just changed more often and that solved it. Other than that, I like that there is almost no packaging trash. They are twice the cost of ob, that's the thing.... I mean, ob is like 25 cents each. And I need 2 regular ob a day, but 3 or 4 Lolas... like I said, I might order again... or not.
I’ve noticed some brands of tampons seem to be more compressed than others – highly compressed tampons feel hard, less compressed tampons feel softer. I’m guessing the degree of compression has an affect on absorbency? Interestingly, Lola sells both tampons with cardboard applicators and tampons with plastic applicators. I guess concerns about the environmental damage caused by plastic waste mean that cardboard is making a comeback.