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Bloom and Nora Review

I was absolutely delighted to work with Bloom and Nora for their latest print launch.

Reusable Cloth Sanitary pads are a small personal change to make but it has massive benefits for the environment. The average woman will use 12,000 to 16,000 disposable pads, party-liners, and tampons in her lifetime, that is a lot of waste. Not only are they better for the environment they are better for your body.

Conventional disposable products can contain plastics, artificial fragrances, adhesives, and chemical gels – things you don’t want next to one of the most sensitive parts of your body! Cloth menstrual pads are free from irritating materials, so you can avoid unnecessary exposure to the synthetic ingredients in disposable pads and tampons.

These beauties arrived just a day before we headed to Copenhagen. Mother Nature is usually a little mean to me, every time we head off on a little adventure, my period will arrive, especially if we are staying in a yurt with limited toilet facilities……so I was expecting to be using these pretty soon. I didn’t mind so much this time though, I was excited!

About Bloom and Nora

Ethically made right here in the UK by our dear sister, TotsBots. Inspired by Amelia Bloomer, the early American feminist, fierce advocate and supporter of the Victorian Dress Reform; we too are encouraging women to have a cycle in comfort and style.

Bloom & Nora. Quality and environmentally friendly cloth pads that enable you to have a cycle in style. No more irritations from harsh chemicals and they save you money too! Now that is positively period

As it happened, my period didn’t arrive in Copenhagen, yay! So luckily I was able to test them out in the comfort of my home.

Little disclaimer -I will always provide a completely honest review of anything I receive, also I don’t accept anything for review that I wouldn’t usually buy anyway.

I received the Bloomers Whole Kit

They arrived in the prettiest box. I couldn’t help but think how lovely it would be to receive a gift like this as a teenage girl just beginning mensuration. Imagine that!

The pack contained 2 Maxi pads, for heavy / overnight flow. 4 Midi pads for regular days and 4 Mini pads for lighter flow/days. Also included are 2 wet bags. A Bathroom Bag for storing/ washing pads and an Out and About bag for on the go.

My first impression was how soft they felt. I have used reusable sanitary pads before, and I’ll be honest haven’t got on with them too well in the past, preferring to use my menstrual cup, but when I felt these, they were so much softer and sturdier than other pads I had tried in the past.

I made Dan, my husband feel them as I took them from the box, gushing how soft they were..his words ‘Wow, there so soft, I want to try them!’ How’s that for a review?! Lol.

My period arrived first thing in the morning, thank you Mother Nature for good timing this month, I chose the Midi pad to begin with. I am pretty heavy at the start of my cycle, but I would be home all day and could change frequently if needed.

Oh I’ll tell you about the bags here, as they are amazing….

Firstly the Bathroom Bag.

This is really handy to have hanging in the bathroom to store your used pads, you can pop them in here throughout the day and just put them straight in the washing machine. I do a cloth nappy wash every 2-3 days (Arthur only wears the one at night now) so the pads were fine waiting to go in with a nappy wash.

The other bag is designed for on the go.

It is a game changer! It is separated into two compartments, you can carry your clean in one side, dirty in the other. It would easily hold 4 pads in total, so that’s all you would need for the day I would think.

So how do they feel?

I am absolutely delighted to tell you that they feel amazing. Sturdy seems a strange was to describe them, but they are, they stay in place perfectly. This is what has put me off other reusable sanitary pads, they don’t seem to stay still, making it uncomfortable to wear, but I was so impressed with these. You do need to wear a decent fitting pair of pants with these though, but if your anything like me you have those special ones reserved for period week, ha!

I found them comfortable to wear, the maxi size was just the right length, and it was 5 hours before I needed to change it, which I though was pretty good for the first heavy bleed.

I don’t tend to have a heavier flow at night time, but the extra length of the Mighty Pad is a bonus so I tried this one out overnight. The pad stayed in place and there was no leaks at all. I would be happy wearing this during the day too if needed.

After the first day I switched to the Midi pad and found this was my favourite. Again it was around 5 hours before I needed to change it.

I will say it again, they are soo soft. I didn’t used my menstrual cup so I could fully test these out and I found them really great to use the whole way through. At the end of my period I went with the mini pad, this was also comfy, but I definitely prefer the longer pad length of the Midi. This is completely down to personal preference though and the mini is actually great for those lighter days at the end of your period.

There is 8 pads in total in the full kit, I think I will purchase another 2 of the Midi and this will cover me for my whole period, with washing every 2/3 days.

I have an exclusive offer for you to purchase the Trial Kit

This is a fantastic way to begin using cloth pads, you can try them all out for comfort and fit before you invest in your favourite.

If you would like to try the kit, purchase using this link or use code BNEM10 at the checkout.

Here is useful link to the Bloom and Nora FAQs

I am always happy to answer any questions if you have any!

I hope this has been useful to you, thank you so much for reading,

Amy 💚

DIY Bathbombs

I though I would share with you this simple recipe for making bath bombs, with a little added magic of course.

We love a good bath bomb here, but standard high street ones, while they look and smell amazing, can irritate my skin. These home made ones are completely non toxic.

This is a great activity to make with kids of all ages and these can be adapted for all kinds of occasions, they make lovely handmade gifts too, as always is another great example of learning through play.

Here is what you will need;

Make sure you weigh and measure all the ingredients out and have them to hand. I have included the weights but I always just go by cups.

225g baking soda (about 1 cup)

120g Citric Acid (about 1/2 cup) Wilko’s sell this in a box.

120g Salt. I love using Epsom and pink Himalayan, but sea salt will do just fine (about 1/2 cup)

120g cornflower  (about 3/4 cup)

2 Tbsp of oil choice. Olive oil and coconut oil are great choices and not too expensive, we went with coconut oil for these particular ones.

2 tsp rose water/ witch hazel (or just plain water) plus a little more if needed, we used witch hazel here.

If you would like to add a natural colour to your bath bombs, instead of plain water, you would use the water from a natural dye, which can be found in this simple tutorial here. The water left from berries/ plant material is what you would add.

Herbs/Essential Oils. Here you can use anything you like. Use around 30 drops of your chosen oils, you can also use chopped herbs/rose petals, or both! We used lavender oil and I picked a beautiful yellow rose that had the most delicious scent, I also added a few sage leaves, for cleansing.

Moulds – You can just use your hands to make them into a rounded shape, but it is more difficult. I am using round steel moulds (search bath bomb moulds on eBay!) but you will probably have something in your house you can use, silicone baking moulds even cupcake cases will do.

Finally a crystal of your choice, for the added magic….

How to make them.

1. In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients (baking soda, salt, citric acid, and corn powder)

2. In a small bowl, mix the oil, rose water/witch hazel/water and stir well. Add your essential oils here too.

3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients a tiny bit at a time. Use your hands to squeeze it all together, you may want to wear gloves if you have really sensitive skin. Here add your dried herbs if you are using them.

Add your magical crystal!

4. The Mixture should hold together well when squeezed without crumbling. To achieve this you may need to add a little more water, just a tiny bit at a time. I had a little spray bottle with lavender water, I used this to spray the mixture to spread the water evenly.

5. Your mixture is now ready to pop into the moulds. Press it in firmly and leave it for at least 24 hours, or until completely hard. You may need to check in on them and push back into moulds as it does expand a little.

6. When they are ready, yippee!! Take them out and store them in an airtight container, they look lovely in a big mason jar in the bathroom, they are best used within 2 weeks.

I hope you have enjoyed making these. There are lots of ways you can amend them.

Particular oil and crystal combinations can be used for different healing properties.

For self care/ love, rose quartz, lavender and rose petals make a beautiful combo.

They can be amended according to the season, Christmas could be eucalyptus and a beautiful red garnet, imagine summer, a happy bright citrine crystal and lemon oil for a refreshing summery soak.

I’d love to know if you make some, thank you so much for reading.

Amy 💚