The article was an obvious sham article from a lady paid to endorse the product.
I was disappointed that she could not see through the propaganda, but it did motivate me to revisit reusable menstrual products. So I bought my first pair - I used a $10 off coupon and first time customers got free shipping. (This link will give you $10 off if you decide to give them a go.)
The first thing I did when they arrived was try them on. They fit well and looked really good. Fancy even? Well, maybe not for most people but they had lace and that is fancy in my world. I then tested them with a syringe of water to be sure that they could actually hold the liquid they claimed. They passed.
I bought the hiphuggers - and to be honest - they are the only ones even worth entertaining (or maybe the sport pair) because they only hold 2 teaspoons of fluid. And they are the most absorbent pair they have. That's 2 regular sized tampons or one super - in case you were wondering.
But wait! You only thought they could be used as a "backup" or had to be used with other products, right? For the price, they better be able to do more than be backup!!
Some ladies are blessed with really light and really short periods. I am not one of them. In fact, I am not even on the charts for "normal." My periods last between 7-10 days and for the first 3 days it is like turning on the faucet. I have to use the super duper tampons and they get soaked through in less than 2 hours. It sucks.
So if I can transition to reusable products and survive - so can you. I mentioned above that I use 90% reusable products. Because I have such heavy periods, I have to use tampons plus pads or tampons plus period underwear if I plan to exist in the normal world. I have a set of reusable pads that I often swap in when my period underwear are dirty.
In some ways they are better than the Thinx underwear. They are much more absorbent and they have never failed me. Never leaked. Never lasted only an hour or two. They rock at night! And they were made of things I had around the house so they were kind of free. I had to sew them so they weren't totally free. (If you scroll down in this article you can see what my homemade pairs look like. I took pictures of the ones I made for my daughter as mine are used.)
I am still perfecting my homemade versions but will be making 2 or 3 more pair when I get around to it. There are 2 downfalls to my current pairs - bulkiness and looks. I could put some effort into making nice seams and matching colors, but the bulkiness it what stops them from being "out in public" underwear unless I wear a skirt. I wore a lot of skirts this summer for that reason. In pants, they cause a unibutt - aka diaper butt.
But moving on...Thinx do not cause a diaper butt and so I bought one more pair (on ebay.) I do love them, but there are things I also hate about them and I think it's fair for people to know the whole truth about these underwear.
Without any coupons, Thinx underwear costs $34. That's outrageous! Why? Because most ladies that buy pads/tampons with coupons are not going to see the financial value of switching at $34 per pair and they will need more than 1 pair.
The second reason is because they claim that they donate reusable pads to women in other countries for every pair sold. Hold the phone. If you have enough profit from each pair to donate a whole set of reusable pads to someone, then you are charging too much. When I want to donate to charity, I select the charity and donate. When I want to buy underwear, I just want to buy the damn underwear! Second - if your underwear are better than or good enough to replace pads, then why not donate a pair of your underwear each time someone orders? And in that case, you are still charging too much!
StinkIt has to be discussed. After a while, Thinx start to stink. If you change them after just an hour or two and get them immediately in the wash, then they will stay nice and odor-free. Can you do that when you are at work or away from home? We are talking about blood. Blood that sits. It starts to stink and the smell will stay in the underwear even after washing! Luckily, I have solved this issue. It's called vinegar. I keep a spray bottle of vinegar in my shower (for various cleaning purposes) and whenever I am finished with ANY of my period reusables, I give me a quick spray and toss them in my wash basket. Doing this, I do not need to wash them instantly. And it takes out any scents.
LeakingThe best Thinx underwear (Hiphuggers) only holds 2 regular tampons. I have had days where I am wearing a super tampon and Thinx, but I didn't get to the bathroom within 2 hours and there was blood already through my jeans. This is a problem with heavy flows and we are all used to it. But it's frustrating that they don't use their "thin absorbent technology" to make a heavier style. And what the hell is with the thong style? SERIOUSLY!! Who is wearing a thong on their period? They barely hold any liquid!!
They are not night underwear! They will not be enough to prevent leaking. They could be used with a reusable pad, but not alone.
They do leak - when they are full. They are great for the transition days and as backup on heavy days. Actually, they are freaking amazing for transition days. Why deal with pads when your period is pretty much over, but not over enough not to ruin things?
StainingI have two pair of Thinx and they are both black. But they are both stained. Not by blood but by my body's pH. So they are sort of "bleached" in the crotch area. This is annoying. Not the end of the world but definitely not "pretty."
Wet Diaper FeelWhen I am on lighter days, I never get the wet diaper feel with Thinx. On heavier days, it eventually happens when they are about to burst and start leaking. It should be expected on heavier days but they are very good at wicking away moisture on light days and that is very commendable.
They look great. I can't tell you how amazing it is to wear what (for all intents and purposes) feels like regular underwear during at least some of my period. It makes me feel normal and good. Not like a bloody behemoth. It makes me hate my period less. Actually, I don't hate my period (because I'm all zen and centered!)
The CompanyThis is a NO! The advertisements give the impression that this is a grass-roots company. They give back to women in need. They are pushing the envelope - getting people to talk and care about periods. Just NO. They are funded by venture capital. They are out to make money. Not that there's anything wrong with making money, but they are not about "the people." I contacted the company because I have a lot of ideas that are worth sharing. I am an inventor and I have been tinkering with their design. I have important things to share - ideas that would help them make more money and reach a broader audience. But they didn't care. I got a robot response, and then upon pushing further, got a "send us all your ideas and we will steal them. Thanks!" message. Not going to happen. I am not going to just give you my ideas. Thinx - as a company you suck!! Because of that, I will no longer buy your products and I will tell all my friends to do the same. In fact, I bought my second thinx pair (and the pairs for my daughter) on ebay. Maybe some day, I will use my ideas to overtake your market and sell my own period underwear. Bwah ha ha ha! Whatever. When people contact you - talk to them!
On that note, the company behind Thinx is trying to market a bidet attachment for your toilet. Save your money and get one of these:
I have this and it's the bomb. It's portable. It works. It's easy. It's cheap. You can put it away!! Great for travelling and emergencies or when you just need to clean up after a bathroom disaster and don't have time to hop in the shower. Seriously - well worth it!
So there you have it. An honest assessment of Thinx underwear. I was obviously not paid to endorse them (or not endorse - however you want to look at it!) I like my period so much better - or at least it's not wrecking my life - because of my switch to reusable products. I feel great knowing that my bathroom garbage is pretty much empty all the time and that I no longer have to buy the chemical laden crap at the store. I think you will too!
Thinx are good products - but they are not perfect. And they are not worth $34. If you want to buy from them, use the coupon link - and know that they offer refunds. After the first pair, head to ebay where people that were given free pairs for review or from other incentives are selling them for much cheaper (and they are not used!)