Julilah review and GIVEAWAY!

I opened a squishy and delightful parcel – and actually HOPED I was running to schedule and good old AF would be here shortly.

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Yep. Weird, I know. But having embraced cloth nappies with the birth of our daughter two years ago, I’ve become more and more ‘crunchy’. This girl, who owns a cupboard full of hair serums, deep conditioning treatments, more waxes, round brushes and finishing sprays than you can shake a mason-pearson at… just went ‘poo free. But more about that later.

About SEVEN years ago when we bought our house on an incredibly tight budget (like 70% of our income going to the mortgage TIGHT), I joined a budget/savings site. It had a bunch of tips contributed by readers, and the relevant (and easily doable one) was switching away from disposable pads/tampons to reusable – menstrual cups being the item that caught my eye.

So I switched. Great – I saved money, my cycles got shorter, I experienced less cramping – all those nice side benefits. And then I had a baby.

Suddenly the LAST thing I wanted to do at 2am (you know, after I’ve already been up at midnight and will be up again at 4am) is wake up and tiptoe to the bathroom to rinse a cup.

Hallelujah! Julilah is a local WAHM who uses reclaimed fabrics to craft enviromentally-conscious products – aside from mama cloth, she turns out gorgeous bibs, baby wipes, soaps, bunting – all of it unique, gorgeous and made to scrupulous standards.

 

She sent me a pack of Mummalilah pads – a liner, a day pad and a night pad.

In short, they are this good: I am ordering more.

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The night pad was a godsend. With a teething cosleeping baby who is not letting me stray from her side between midnight and 8 am without hollering, I snapped it on and forgot about it. Yes, it is bulky, but no more than the paper/plastic equivalent.  It didn’t leak (miraculous!), it didn’t smell, it wasn’t hot … I am a convert.

 

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Next day I tried out the day pad and tight jeans. If you think the press-stud is going to be an issue, you’re wrong. You can’t see them (ok, I wouldn’t wear Black Milk leggings), and they’re COMFORTABLE. Again with the breathability and no odor.

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Lucky last, the knicker liner – the most lightweight. This is brilliant. They just get thrown in with your wash (if you want to rinse first in cold water, do that) and pegged on the line. Done. Now, if you would like a set – a knicker liner, a day pad and a night pad – just click here and make friends with the widget; I will send these ANYWHERE in the world and you will be a convert. I promise.

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Author: Chelsea

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  1. I use mama cloth and a menstrual cup. I made the switch after I had my daughter. I used tampons for the longest time, then had a horrible reaction to them (fever, dizziness, passed out!). Then I used disposable pads. I’m so glad to have found menstrual cups and mama cloth!

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  2. Currently use pads, but would love to switch to cloth!

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    • I use pads but am cloth-curious

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  3. i use a cup and make all of my cloth pads would love to win these as i have never had ready made cloth pads :)

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  4. I’m not currently menstruating, 2 months pp, but I’m going to either use a cup or momma cloth.

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  5. i use cloth pads and have occasionally used a DivaCup

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  6. I use a disposable cup and would love to go more natural

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  7. I use a cup and pads after failing at cloth with a different brand. Would love to try again!

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  8. I switched to a cup about 13-14 years ago & never looked back! :)

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  9. Currently – nothing, I’m breastfeeding and that’s kept my cycles at bay for 2 years and counting, but I would like to give cloth a go when it does return.

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  10. I love using the Diva Cup and cloth pads.

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  11. I use mama cloth and pads. After my baby is born and my cycles come back I would like to try a cup. Also more cloth!

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  12. I’m now mostly cloth with tampons as a back-up sometimes.

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  13. I haven’t needed anything for awhile, being pregnant for 9 months and now nursing an almost 6 month old; however, I have one DIY cloth pad, and I’d love to try some other mama cloth as well. I’m allergic to disposable pads and can no longer wear tampons since having babies.

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  14. I’m using a mixture at this moment but stopping tampons. Love using cloth though but the washing is putting me off a little as I have problems getting stains off! But then, it feels so comfortable! I’m just not too sure if it can take my over night flow though

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  15. I currently use pads but would love to try the cloth.

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  16. I use disposable pads or tampons but I’m in the process of switching to reusable products :)

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  17. currently use tampons and disposable pads, would love something reusable

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  18. I currently use tampons and pads

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  19. I use a moon Cup and mama cloth

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  20. I use a mixture of cloth pads and disposable ones – I really need some more cloth ones to add to my small stash. :)

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  21. Currently use pads/tampons but I’ve started to make the switch to cloth!

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  22. Just switched to cloth! I have treehugger pads. I think I will get a divacup for work too!

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  23. I have a few cloth liners and am excited to use a cup for the first time this next cycle! =P

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  24. Was pads, want to move to cloth since I use cloth nappies and bottom wipes..l:)

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  25. Right now I use nothing! I haven’t had my period in over a year after being pregnant and now breastfeeding. Once it comes back, I intend to use mama cloth.

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  26. I feel odd commenting again with the same info! But neeeed more entries!!!

    So again! I use a cup with pads. Sometimes cloth if I am brave!

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  27. I use nothing currently as I’m pregnant. But I will be using cloth.

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  28. I use a juju cup and cloth pads

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  29. I started switching to mama cloth just before I got pregnant. I’m hoping to have a full stash for after the baby’s born!! I love them :)

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  30. I use crappy disposable pads that are super annoying :(

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  31. i currently use a cloth. but with #2 due just around the corner i have been hunting for some wonderful mumma cloth to try!!

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  32. Cup and cloth pads here.

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  33. I use pads but these look awesome, would definitely try switching.

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  34. I currently use disposable pads, but am cloth curious

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  35. I use disposable pads but I’m in the process of switching to cloth

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  36. I use cloth pads and my juju cup

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  37. I will be using cloth and a cup when my cycle returns.

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    • Currently use pads, with the occasional only when tampon necessary, like swimming . I can’t bear the thought of a cup, as I hate tampons, but have been investigating cloth pads for a while now. I actually went to buy some online the other day, when ordering more cloth nappies but ended up getting things from a different website that didn’t sell pads. I like the environmental and comfort factor of cloth nappies, so I’ll be keen to give these a try!

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  38. I am EBFing and my cycle hasn’t returned yet. I plan on using cups!

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  39. I’ve converted to using cloth pads 3 years ago and I’m loving it!

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  40. I use home made pads and a lunette :)

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  41. I so wish I was using cloth – but I use pads. Using pads helped me realise why my daughter needed cloth nappies. You feel so clean without plastic in your pants.

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  42. Currently use a mix of cloth and disposable pads and just got a moon cup last time =)

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  43. I’m not currently menstruating as I’m 3 months post partum but I plan to use a diva cup and mama cloth when af returns.

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  44. I use cloth pads and love how much better they feel than plastic. Cute designs and great review!

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  45. I use a cup, and mama cloth backup. Wish I had more mamacloth!

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  46. I switched to a cup last year from disposable tampons & pads. Awesome!

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  47. Currently, and have always been, using a pad. Would love to give this a try!

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  48. I currently use pads and sometimes tampons. I’ve been wanting to try mama cloth forever!

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  49. I use cloth pads (including postpartum this last time – best idea ever) and I’m considering a cup when my cycle returns.

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  50. I use mama cloth and LOVE it!!! I’ll never go back to disposables. And these pads are gorgeous!

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  51. Currently using tampons and disposable pads. I would like to convert to reusable soon!

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  52. I use the moon cup. I made the switch after I had my first, just because I’m very hippy with the things I use, as well as frugal, and I liked the fact that I on’y had to buy it once a year, and I wasn’t throwing away those nasty chemical tampons anymore! I’ve loved it ever sense, which would be 4 years now. Now I just need to get me some cloth pads for the extra heavy days, which I now get after having my second.

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  53. I dont regularly get ‘af’ but when I do I use cloth. I often use disposable panty liners. I will be changing birth control meanong af will be coming back soon. Id love a new pack

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  54. Started using cloth pads a cycle before I fell pregnant and loved the comfortable feel. I fully intend on going cloth post partum and when my period returns and would also love to give a cup a go.

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  55. I use mama cloth and love it!

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  56. I currently use a lunette cup. My babe wears cloth so I’m thinking id love to try too!!!

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  57. I most recently used tampons and cloth pads, but just got my cup in the mail, so next time I am going to try that out. Could definitely use more mama cloth though :)

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  58. I use pads, but have been wanting to switch to cloth!

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  59. I am prego right now so nothing
    but i normally use tampons and a light pad

    but ….i ordered my fist momma cloth and will start after baby YAY

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    • I am using mama cloth pads and I love them!

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  60. I currently don’t have to use anything, yay for breastfeeding! But at 7 months post-partum and trying to wean down to only one feeding at night- my monthly visitor is bound to come back soon!

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  61. I use disposables now but would love to try mama cloth!

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  62. I use disposable pads and mama cloth on the weak days. I have a menstrual cup being sent to me and would love to switch over to just using that and mama cloth.

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  63. I use pads and have a few cloth that I love. If love to switch over to cloth completely!

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  64. I used organic disposable pads, but want to try mama-cloth for postpartum and beyond.

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  65. I am pregnant right now so I don’t use anything but before that I started using mama cloth and love it!! I really need to get some post partum pads to use!

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  66. I love my cloth pads just need way more to get through a cycle!

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  67. I’ve been using mama cloth for about 9 months now. Much nicer next to my skin than store-bought disposables, and I am doing my bit for the environment by having reusable pads.

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  68. I currently use disposable pads :(….for years i dread that time of the month….heavy bleeding..painful cramps….itchy feeling…etc..i am fed up and reaady to try cloth!

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  69. I use disposables , but am trying to get some cloth. There never seems to be any extra money to get any. Hoping to win some.
    Thanks For the chance to win!

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  70. I use diva cup and always pads….. would love to try these :)

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  71. I currently use pads/tampons but I currently in the process of switching to cloth and building a stash.

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  72. I use cloth and cups and LOVE them! I’m currently pregnant and getting excited about my new postpartum stock pile I’ve been getting ready :)

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  73. I am curious about the cup option. ..

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  74. I’ve been using cloth pads for about a year and I”m so glad I made the switch! I hated creating so much waste with the disposables and I was starting to become allergic to them so it was definitely time to switch.

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  75. Right now I am using pantyliners, pads, and tampons. I hope to be switching to cloth.

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  76. I currently use pads and tampons, but am very curious about cloth and cups. For economic and environmental reasons, as well as to rid my body of unnecessary toxins.

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  77. currently pads/tampons, but am curious about cloth/cup for all the awesome benefits.

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  78. I use a mooncup at the moment but would love to try cloth pads as well

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