No Conventional Plastics, Perfumes, Dyes or Synthetic Superabsorbents
Most conventional pads contain a large amount of petrochemical based plastics, synthetic superabsorbent polymers, dyes and artificial fragrances that may cause rashes, irritation and allergic reactions.
Sparkle pads do not contain conventional plastics, sodium polyacrylate, artificial fragrances, deodorants, dyes, chlorine bleach, latex, parabens, formaldehyde, dioxins or chloroform. With a feather-soft top layer made from cellulose fibres, an absorbent core made with sustainable plant cellulose and leak-proof bottom layer made from plant-starch, Sparkle pads are kind to your body and gentle to our beautiful planet.
Embrace a healthier, happier period with Sparkle!
USDA Certified Biobased ultra pads crafted with plant-based ingredients that are gentle to your skin and kind to the planet. No chlorine bleach. No dyes. No fragrances.
A Sensitive Choice for Your Intimate Skin
Sparkle plant-based pads have earned 5-star seal from Dermatest®, meaning no relevant skin reactions (potential for skin irritation) where detected from the clinical-dermatological point of view.
During the clinical application study, all test participants used Sparkle products several times daily for over 2 menstrual cycles during a test period of about 8 weeks.
From the dermatological point of view, the tested Sparkle pads exhibited no high potential for skin irritation and sensitisation, when used as intended. Neither intolerance reactions in terms of skin irritation nor allergic reactions (contact dermatitis) were detected.
No Conventional Plastics
Problem: Conventional sanitary pads contain plastics and petrochemical by-products throughout every layer. The top sheet and core typically contain polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE) or other synthetic fibres. The back film is made from polyethylene (PE). The problem with plastic is that it’s not breathable which can create sweaty and humid environment near your most intimate areas.
Solution: At Sparkle, we believe that your personal care products should let your skin breathe all day long. We designed Sparkle pads by replacing plastic from every layer with sustainable ingredients so that your pads do not cause you discomfort.
No Perfumes or Dyes
Problem: Many conventional brands use blue or purple dyes to make your pad look more 'feminine' and 'pretty'. They also use artificial fragrances, subliminally signalling to you that you need to disguise the fact that you’re on your period (which is, after all, a natural process). These perfumes and dyes can make your skin feel itchy and uncomfortable.
Solution: Sparkle pads do not contain any synthetic dyes or artificial fragrances. We think that vaginas should be allowed to smell exactly the way they are and it is unnecessary to expose your skin to chemicals. We also feel there is no need to use synthetic dyes because we don’t think your periods are 'unhygienic' or 'unclean', or that they need to be masked with pretty flowers.
No Synthetic Superabsorbents
Problem: The absorbent core of conventional sanitary pads contains super absorbent polymers (SAPs). Traditional SAPs are made from sodium polyacrylate polymers which are derived from petrochemical by-products. Pads that are full of SAPs (which have unnecessarily high-absorbency capacities), can dry out your skin by wicking moisture from it, causing irritation. Many brands use synthetic SAPs to make pads long-lasting, which leads to you forgetting to change them, which, in turn, unhygienically promotes the growth of unwanted bacteria.
Solution: The absorbent core of Sparkle pads is made using a porous fiber network of natural, sustainable, and renewable cellulose fibers which effectively lock away the menstrual fluid.
Tampons Made with Certified Organic Cotton
100% GOTS certified organic cotton tampons wrapped individually in paper.
Made without chlorine bleach, pesticides or fragrances.
Security Veil to Prevent Fiber Loss
Problem: Depending on how conventional tampons are designed and the types of fibres used to manufacture these tampons, loose fibres can get disentangled and shed inside your vagina, which may lead to growth of unwanted bacteria and irritation. Most conventional tampons (and even some organic tampons), use a security veil made from polypropylene (a petrochemical-based plastic) to prevent fiber shedding.
Solution: Sparkle tampons are made using 100% GOTS Certified organic cotton fibres and are wrapped in an organic cotton security veil to ensure our tampons aren’t prone to fiber loss.
You start by looking at their ingredients list on the packaging. If they have mentioned “absorbent gel”, “gel technology”, “superabsorbent polymer”, “sodium polyacrylate”, it means their pads contain super absorbent polymers. If they have not included a complete list of ingredients on their packaging, you can reach out to their customer care department and request more information about a full ingredient list so that you can make an informed purchase decision for your next cycle.
If you do not get satisfactory answers and would like to take the matter in your own hands, you can try a following method. You will be sacrificing one pad in the name of science, but at least you will find your answer. Simply, take one pad, cut the pad in half from the centre using regular scissors and pour half a glass of water on the pad. If you see gel formation, you have successfully identified the synthetic super absorbent polymers, sodium polyacrylate which are crude oil derivative. The more gel you see, the higher the amount of the synthetic superabsorbent a brand uses.
When crude oil is distilled at oil refineries, naphtha and additional by-products are obtained. One of the by-products called propylene is used to make acrylic acid, which is then used to create sodium polyacrylate, a synthetic superabsorbent polymer. Most commercially-available superabsorbent hydrogels are cross-linked sodium polyacrylates.
Besides being non-biodegradable, these synthetic superabsorbents are also not renewable in nature.
You start by looking at their ingredients list on the packaging. If they have mentioned “Polyethylene (PE)” or “Polypropylene (PP)”, it means their pads contain conventional petrochemical based plastics. These synthetic plastics do not break down for over 500 years after disposal and continue to pollute our planet for centuries.
If they have not included a complete list of ingredients on their packaging, you can reach out to their customer care department and request more information about a full ingredient list so that you can make an informed purchase decision for your next cycle.
You probably feel you're losing a lot of blood during your period, but in reality, the total amount of blood lost during one period is around 60 ml (about 3-4 tablespoons) over a period of 5-6 days. Most gynaecologists recommend changing your pad every 4-6 hours to avoid the growth of unwanted bacteria. You can choose a pad based on you flow, but technically, you don’t require a pad that can absorb 100 ml to 150 ml of fluid per pad to manage your flow.
We have all seen those marketing videos where they simply pour a glass full of 100 ml or 150 ml of blue water onto a sanitary pad to test the absorbency.
First of all, we all know that water and menstrual fluid are very different in nature - therefore testing a sanitary pad with water is not the right way to test its absorbency.
Secondly, the reason conventional sanitary pads can absorb large amounts of test fluid/coloured water (as typically shown in ads) is that they all contain synthetic superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) in their absorbent core. Traditional SAPs are made from sodium polyacrylate polymers which are derived from petrochemical by-products. In a nutshell, the more absorbency a brand claims, the more synthetic SAPs they might be using.
Don’t fall for marketing traps that pour a full glass of water to show unnecessarily high absorbency, which might dry out your skin by wicking moisture from it, causing irritation.
Did you know that around 60% of women still wear the wrong sized pads, which can lead to leaks and an uncomfortable period experience?
Choosing the right size and absorbency pads can help prevent leakages.
Day 1 & 2:
Sparkle Regular Pads are perfect for light flow days and for when your period is just starting or ending.
If you experience heavy flow on the first two days, you can try Sparkle Super Pads during the day and Overnight Pads (320mm) during the night.
Day 3 & 4:
During medium flow days, you can try Sparkle Super pads.
Day 5 & 6:
When you have light flow days, you can try Sparkle Regular pads and switch to panty liners during the last day when you have some spotting.
In between periods:
Sparkle panty liners are super thin and flexible, and are perfect for light bleeding or daily vaginal discharge.
Sparkle pads are designed with advanced hydrophobic cellulose-based side barriers to prevent leaks from the sides of the pads.
Our unique rapid distribution channels help transfer the fluid across the entire length of the pad.
Sparkle pads are designed with advanced stay-in-place wings so that they can easily wrap around your underwear and securely stay in place. Wide adhesive strips on wings and the back of the pad ensure that the pad does not move while in use.