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GIVEAWAY – Poogie Pants Cloth Pads (Mama Cloth) – US/CAN ~ 8/18

Photo Credit: W. Paugh

Photo Credit: W. Paugh

I am thrilled to share a Cloth Pad giveaway today from Whitney at Poogie Pants Cloth.

The winner of this giveaway will receive 2 Super Absorbent Cloth menstrual pads in the pattern of the designer’s choosing.

These pads were designed with protection and absorbency in mind. They have an outer layer of waterproof PUL, a suede cloth liner against the skin to wick away moisture, and an amazingly thin layer of Zorb 2 with 2 layers of Hemp terry for heavy flow. The channels are sewn in the lining and absorbent layers only, allowing for great leak protection. ~Poogie Pants Cloth

I recently returned from a family vacation to MN (and a pretty long hiatus from the blog…I apparently have difficulty with multi-tasking).

Expecting a visit from Aunt Flo during my time there, I came prepared with my trusty Diva Cup and my shiny new Poogie Pants Cloth pads. I can’t tell you how nice it was to not have to take up room in my suitcase with boxes of tampons and huge packs of pads as I used to do!

Unfortunately in all of the going back and forth between different family homes I managed to lose my Diva Cup (and have some more than slightly embarrassing convos with my brother and sister trying to describe what this thing was/looked like that I was asking them to search their houses for…).

At any rate, it didn’t turn up so I checked the internets on the off chance that I might be able to by one in a store in anticipation of my imminent monthly visit. And it was Whole Foods in Uptown for the win – I even paid $10 less for it than I would have in Canada!

It still makes me laugh to think of the moment – I was checking out with my Diva Cup, my new crystal deodorant, an organic tomato and a Kombucha I grabbed from the impulse aisle. Without batting an eye the cashier asked me if I would like my Kombucha out of the bag. I replied with a cheery “Yes” and walked out thinking, “Normal people do not have such conversations!

But before I gave my new Diva a try, I wanted to test out the Poogie Pants cloth.

I was intrigued from the moment I opened the box with these things. First of all, the shipping was amazingly quick for an order from the US to Canada – and Whitney at Poogie Pants is amazingly quick as well with a response to any inquiry - she has provided incredible service from the beginning.

Photo Credit: W. Paugh

Photo Credit: W. Paugh

I pulled them out to find a pad with a pretty backing that reminded me quite a lot of a disposable in looks and design (this would be a perfect pad for someone mildly weirded out by the idea of using cloth because it looks so ‘normal’).

The first thing I noticed when I tried them out was the fact that they really are ‘super’. Now, compared to the giant thick disposables I used to wear, this was nothing. But compared to my other cloth pad experiences, you could definitely feel this pad down there. Personally, I did not find that at all to be a bad thing.

In fact I have never felt more secure with a cloth pad – it was thick enough, long enough and sturdy enough (no shifting happened at all) that I would happily wear it without a Diva on a heavy day – a claim I can make about no other cloth pad I have tried (and I have tried many). I would highly recommend this pad to those with really heavy cycles or to women who use pads exclusively.

Photo Credit: W. Paugh

Photo Credit: W. Paugh

At the same time, this was not a ginormous underwear consuming crazy pad as I’ve experienced with a few other brands (particularly their overnight or heavy flow pads). Really it was a perfect pad for an overnight or heavy day, and makes me quite intrigued to try out the other absorbencies available from Poogie Pants.

Speaking of which - her prices are fantastic! You can get a starter kit of 5 pads for $37.33 – handmade and high quality. Just a small amount of searching will show you that that is not an easy find.

Overall I have absolutely nothing negative to say about my experience with Poogie Pants Cloth. Read on to learn a little more about the founder and creator of Poogie Pants, Whitney, and then go ahead and enter to win your own set of 2 Super Absorbency cloth pads!

From Whitney Paugh, creator of Poogie Pants Cloth:

I am a twenty-something stay at home mom dedicated to creating new and unique things. I am also a college student getting a general Bachelor of Regents, while trying to be earth minded and reduce our family’s waste. Money has been a little tight trying to raise a baby and do college, so we also wanted a money-saving alternative to disposables. It all started with cloth diapering, when I made up my mind to put my first child, baby Poogie, in cloth a few months ago. I ordered a bunch of PUL waterproof fabric and some Zorb 2 and quickly got down a design that I liked.

I had enough diapers made for her to wash every other day, but wanted to put myself in cloth next! Most of the cloth pads I saw for sale were backed with fleece, wool, or flannel. I need extra protection because since childbirth my flow has been really heavy. So after a couple of prototypes I had a perfectly designed waterproof menstrual pad using the same PUL I used for Poogie’s diapers. I love choosing new patterns and testing absorbencies. I loved my design so much that I started my own Etsy shop to share it with others. I mostly sew pads now and only do diapers as made to order, because I really enjoy the pads!

Photo Credit: W. Paugh

Photo Credit: W. Paugh

For your chance to win 2 Super Absorbency Cloth Pads from Poogie Pants, enter by leaving a comment and using the Rafflecopter entry form below. Contest is open to US & Canada.

Mandatory Entry: Visit the Poogie Pants Etsy Shop and come back here to tell me what you would put at the top of your wish list. You must enter your name and email address in the Rafflecopter entry system for your entry to count, after leaving a comment on this blog post.

Leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. Email addresses in Rafflecopter are not made publicly visible. Please leave the same valid email address in your mandatory comment so I can verify entries.

See the Rafflecopter entry system for bonus entries to increase your chance of winning after completing the mandatory entry. All bonus entries are entered directly into Rafflecopter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway closes August 18, 2013. Winner will be chosen at random. If I perceive you are not playing by the rules you will be disqualified. See full giveaway rules here. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received this product to sample for review purposes from Poogie Pants Cloth. If I cannot happily recommend a product I try I will not share it with you.
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