Imagine sitting down to a delicious lunch of phthalates, parabens and rayon, with a side of dioxin and some aluminium salts for seasoning…. Where’s my camera I have to snap an insta pic!

Wait? What? No?

Interesting choice – but that’s what you’re giving your ve-jay-jay every single month every time you insert a conventional tampon. Chemicals, synthetics and (if you’re really lucky) a dash of cotton.

Are we overreacting and sensationalising the issue? Well, we don’t think so, and ask you to consider some information we’ve uncovered at Liverpool St, that will highlight just why you should care about your tampons and what they’re made of.

Did you know that our skin is our largest organ? It’s highly absorbent and unlike our stomach and saliva, skin doesn’t have the necessary enzymes and proteins to break down toxins and flush them out of our body, and the vaginal wall is indeed skin.

Our vaginal environment contains many microorganisms living in balance. Lactobacillus is the main vaginal flora found in ideal pH conditions and it plays a crucial role in female health. It prevents the overgrowth of infection-causing types of bacteria that prefer a higher pH. In other words, our vagina has its own ideal anti-bacterial ecosystem.

The skin inside and around our vagina is very delicate and absorbs chemicals found in synthetic tampons directly into our bloodstream, without being able to process them and flush the bad stuff out. Month after month, year after year, that’s between 8,000 and11,000 tampons during our adult life. No we’ve got your attention, don’t we? That’s right….THAT many tampons! Can that ecosystem remain happy, healthy and balanced with a monthly injection of, well, rubbish?

An organic tampon is made from raw cotton. Because of this, they are hypoallergenic, breathable and absolutely compatible with the body’s pH level, therefore keeping the vaginal ecosystem healthy and happy.

Ok lets return to how those phthalates, petroleum based chemicals, parabens and aluminium salts found in conventional tampons accumulate in our systems, including the most harmful chemical of all, dioxin, which is the result of bleaching tampons.

Many women will simply assume that their tampon is made from cotton because it’s white and has a cotton look and feel and an implication that they’re ‘all cotton’ on the packaging. We’re sorry to tell you, that cotton isn’t a common ingredient of tampons. Gasp. Yes. We agree!

Have you ever even attempted to look at the ingredients on the side of a tampon pack, like you would check the sugar or fat content of a product on the supermarket shelf? No judgement if you haven’t, we’ve found very few women do, and there’s rarely anything to see, because in Australia there is absolutely no obligation to print tampon ingredients on the packaging. Seriously. We kid you not.

You don’t want to sit down to a meal of synthetics and chemicals, nor lather your face or body them, so why is your vagina any different? Just because it’s not out on show all day every day, doesn’t mean it’s less important!

Now you see why you should care, the good news is that there’s an alternative.

Liverpool St tampons are made from raw cotton and certified organic by ICEA under the global GOTS Standard. They are proudly bleach free and are washed with environmentally friendly, chemical-free products. Organic tampons, by nature of their ‘organic-ness’ won’t be consistent in colour and aren’t the brilliant white of conventional tampons. But hey- bleach-free is a good thing.

How are you feeling now? Hopefully giving a little more thought to your ve-jay-jay and how you look after her! You can order your monthly delivery of organic tampons from to give your peace of mind.


Siobhan Komander