In a distant land far, far away (some called it Belgium), there lived a fair maiden named Tamari. She was vegetarian, loved the organic way and cared greatly about the environment. In her late teens she discovered the wonderful world of cloth pads and immediately stopped using disposables. She had no idea how significantly cloth pads would feature in her future, neither realising nor imagining that she would become a cloth pad maker some years later…
I started speaking with Tamari a couple of months ago over Facebook and she agreed to send me a selection of cloth pads for review: one mini liner; one long liner; one thong liner; and one medium-regular cloth pad.
Tamari’s mini liner is an adorable and neat sized liner, measuring 6.5” in length and approximately 2.5” once snapped up. There is only one snap setting so you are restricted to a width of 2.5”. It has a minky top, a micro fleece back and the core consists of one layer of heavy flannel. I found it comfortable, it didn’t move around in my underwear and it worked well for both menstrual cup backup and as an everyday liner. Whilst I found the minky top a little hot for our current summer weather, I expect to get more use out of it during the autumn and winter. Love the colour!
Tiktaks long liner – 8” cotton top, micro-fleece back
The long liner measures 8” in length and approximately 2.5” wide once snapped up. Like the mini liner, there is only one snap setting so you are again restricted to a width of 2.5”. It has a cotton top, a micro fleece back and the core consists of one layer of heavy flannel. As cotton is a much thinner material than minky, this liner was far slimmer than the minky top mini liner. It is ridiculously slight and I could barely notice it in my underwear. As I’m not a huge fan of an 8” length for a liner, I wore this as if it were an 8” light flow pad, which worked fantastically.
Tiktaks thong liner – 7” cotton top, micro-fleece back
I cannot possibly rave enough about Tiktaks thong liners. They measure 7” in length with a cotton top, a micro-fleece back and one layer of heavy flannel for the core. It is a difficult job to find decent thong liners – believe me, I’ve tried and Tiktaks are hands down my favourite. They are so trim and slim in my underwear that I always forget that I’m wearing them. They work brilliantly and invisibly under tight leggings, jeans and fitted sports gear. I always wear a thong under my sportswear at the gym and Tiktaks thong liners are not at all noticeable. If you wear thongs often and even favour wearing a thong on your period teamed with a menstrual cup, then these are the thong liners for you! Originally, Tamari sent me one thong liner for the review, but I fell in love with the style so much that I bought another three in fabrics of my choice. I think that says it all!
Tiktaks medium regular pad – 9.5” cotton top, polyester fleece back
Tamari’s medium regular pad measures 9.5” in length and approximately 2.75” to 3” in width. It has a cotton top, a spun polyester fleece back and the core is made up of one layer of heavy flannel and one layer of terry. Unlike the liners, the pads have two snap settings so you are able to change for your preferred width. I tested this pad on my moderate flow day and I personally found it to be quite thick and chunky. I contacted Tamari to query the absorbency as I thought that she might have accidentally sent me a heavy flow, but she confirmed that this was in fact moderate flow absorbency and explained that the core materials she used increased the bulkiness. She had experimented with other much thinner fabrics for her cores, but these had not absorbed well. Whilst I favour a narrower gusset and trimmer shape for my cloth pads, if you like a more generous sized pad then this is the one for you! But perhaps Tamari might consider creating a new slim style pad for the rest of us?
All in all, Tiktaks by Tamari cloth pads are well designed, precisely stitched together and are available in a vast range of different coloured fabrics on either Facebook or Etsy. The liners are some of the thinnest I’ve encountered, whilst the pads are much bulkier than the majority in my collection. They may be right up your street!
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