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What’s in my July Ellebox? – Review & Coupon

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Ellebox Review

Ellebox is a premium time of the month subscription box delivering organic cotton pads and tampons along with hand curated comfort and self care items to your door step.

This month’s Ellebox is my favourite one so far! The feature company is Chéri Arôme, a Canadian beauty company that makes all natural handmade beauty and skincare products.

Ellebox Review

Have you subscribed to Ellebox yet? If not, you are seriously missing out! I swear that the Ellebox team must be bigger skincare junkies than I am because every month they are delivering best natural skincare products that are made with scientifically proven ingredients that are excellent for your skin.

Ellebox Review

Chéri Arôme – Glow Face Lotion with Sea buckthorn, Rosehip, and Tsubaki oil

Made from premium ingredients, this lotion is antioxidant rich with intensive moisturizing benefits and dries to a beautiful velvety finish. Let’s take a closer look at the active ingredients:

Sea buckthorn oil is a berry extract with healing an rejuvenating effects on the skin making it an excellent lotion for the summer months when our skin really takes a hit from the UV rays.

Rosehip oil is a plant-based oil and a rich source of antioxidants and skin-beneficial fatty acids that are known to correct dark spots and hydrate dry, itchy skin, all while reducing scars and fine lines.

Tsubaki oil also known as camellia oil offers potent hydration and anti-aging benefits that has long been popular among Japanese women. It has high amounts of omega 9 fatty acid, as well as vitamins A, B, D and E.

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Chéri Arôme – Pink Clay Body Polish

Looking at this polish I was thinking that this is likely a sugar scrub or a salt scrub but the ingredients didn’t list sugar or salt and I was really curious. Since this is an all natural product, I decided to taste it… It’s a sugar scrub :)!

Made from premium sun dried pink clay from Australia, this body polish provides hydration to the skin while helping improve skin texture and fine lines.

Begin with wet skin in the shower—warm-to-hot water is ideal to soften the skin. Allow the shower to run for 5-10 minutes and let the warm water soften the skin and prepare for exfoliation. Pause the running water while you exfoliate. Apply the cream and scrub in a circular motion. Rinse and tap dry with towel.

Ellebox Review

Chéri Arôme – Lip Tint Moisturizer in Rum Raisin

Super moisturizing and buttery smooth. Not greasy and surprisingly not waxy either. The colour looks dark in the tube but when worn it is actually quite flattering. It’s a nice berry colour and not too dark so I think this would be nice on all skin tones.

Ellebox Review

Smart Sweets – Seriously Sour Gummy Bears

No joke these are seriously sour!!! Sour candies are my weak spot and luckily for me, these are HEALTHY candies! Yes healthy and candy can be in the same sentence. Each bag packs a punch with 24 grams of fibre and has only 2 grams of sugar. Chocolate gets melty in the summer so it is so smart Ellebox decided to ship these guilt-free healthy sweets.

Ellebox Review

Natracare Pads & Organyc Tampons

Made from certified organic cotton, these pads are better for your health and the environment. Organic cotton menstrual hygiene products are great for those with sensitivity and is also what sets Ellebox apart from other time of the month subscription boxes.

Tea Sparrow – Quince Green Tea

When I first smelled this green tea, I was pleasantly surprised by how sweet it smelled and thought that this would be perfect with some honey to bring out the sweet aromas. This is actually one of Tea Sparrow’s top rated iced green teas!

A whole leaf sencha green tea that’s decorated with cornflower and mallow flower, and is flavored with quince fruit. Wonderfully refreshing!

Sign up and get 30% off with coupon code: THEPERIODBLOG Ellebox is a premium time of the month subscription box delivering organic cotton pads and tampons along with hand curated comfort and self care items to your door step. This month's Ellebox is my favourite one so far! The feature company is Chéri Arôme, a Canadian beauty company that makes all natural handmade beauty and skincare products. Have you subscribed to Ellebox yet? If not, you are seriously missing out! I swear that the Ellebox team must be bigger skincare junkies than I am because every month they are delivering…

Review Overview

Overall

Summary : My favourite Ellebox Comfort Box so far! Excellent, high quality, and natural skin care products plus my mix of pads and tampons delivered to my door.

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Tips To Surviving A Hot Day With Your Period

Try these tips from our readers!

Last week, we asked our readers on our social media: How do you survive a hot day with your period?

With the hottest days of summer still ahead of us, here are the top tips from our readers to keeping cool on your period.

Go for maximum comfort! Choose cotton underwear and wear a pad with high breathability

period tips to surviving a hot day with your period

Don’t like that sweaty feeling of wearing pads? Try a tampon or menstrual cup. When worn correctly, you won’t feel it at all!

period tips to surviving a hot day with your period

Treat yourself! Try these treats recommended by our readers: Chocolate (anything!), Vegan desserts (they will make you break out less)

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Have your say! How do you survive a hot day with your period?

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Leah McSweeney on The Little Red Kit: “Let’s break the period taboo for our daughters”

Thank you to women’s health advocate Leah McSweeney for checking out The Little Red Kit!


Leah McSweeney writes: Shout out to @theperiodblog for sending this. What a great way to be able to talk to your daughter about getting her period. I know most of us grew up dealing with the “period taboo”. Let’s break this for our daughters.

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the little red kit

The Little Red Kit: a period starter kit for girls

NEW & Only available at The Period Blog

The Period Blog believes that every girl deserves to feel confident with her period. That’s why we created a special toolkit, The Little Red Kit, to help all girls prepare for their first period.

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It’s never too early to start learning about periods. We recommend girls The Little Red Kit anytime after she starts puberty and before she gets her first period. This way she has plenty of time to look through it and ask questions.

Filled with period essentials and our Get-Ready Guide, girls can learn at their own pace and comfort with The Little Red Kit.


The Little Red Kit
includes:
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Get Ready Guide for Girls

With fully illustrated step-by-step how to guides and topics based on our frequently asked questions from The Period Blog, girls are guaranteed to find the answers they’re looking for.

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Get Ready Guide for Parents

Support her learning with tips and strategies to prepare you and your daughter for a worry-free and confident first period.

Cute & Discreet Carrying Case

Store your period essentials and carry it everywhere. Choose our cute logo design or flip it inside out for a discreet black colour!

tween size pads
Pads & Panty Liners

We selected smaller pads and panty liners that are perfectly sized for tweens.



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What’s in my June ElleBox? Get yours 30%off with code THEPERIODBLOG

Organic tampons, pads, and specially selected self care items delivered to your door step.


Ellebox June Comfort Box

Ellebox is a period subscription box that delivers organic cotton pads and tampons and specially selected self-care items to your door step every month.

I was really happy with my first period subscription box from Ellebox so I was excited to discover what amazing goodies came in my June box. I’m subscribed to their Comfort Box which delivers organic pads, tampons, and self-care goodies every month right do my door step and more importantly, it arrives before my period does.

Pink House Natural Solutions products are this month’s feature company. I got a Fresh Louelza Face Wash ($24.00 value) and a Lemongrass Lime XX Pit Potion ($14.00 value). All their products are handmade from healthy, all natural, and organic ingredients (that also smell super yummy too!)

I received a delicious Walnut Green Tea by Tea Sparrow. It has a sweet nutty flavour and smells very rich and flavourful.

The Truffle Pig chocolates are my absolute favourite and my go to period chocolate. The piggy shapes are almost too cute to eat!! This chocolate is so rich that just one bite is enough to satisfy my chocolate cravings.

For my period supplies, I received Organyc tampons, Natracare pads, and a few panty liners which was a very nice surprise because they were not in my last delivery.

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Ellebox June Comfort Box

Ellebox June Comfort Box

Ellebox June Comfort Box

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FLEX Menstrual Disc Review + Photos

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FLEX is a disposable, single use menstrual disc that collects your period rather than absorbing it.

The FLEX menstrual disc is worn inside the vaginal fornix which covers the cervix, and prevents menstrual fluid from entering the vaginal canal.

FLEX was so kind to send two boxes for me and a friend to review! Before we get into it, lets check out FLEX’s features and benefits:

FLEX features & benefits:

  • Wear up to 12 hours
  • Can be worn for mess-free period sex!
  • Not linked to TSS
  • Hypoallergenic, not made with natural rubber latex, BPA or phthalates
  • No chemicals, toxins, bleaching or shedding like tampons
  • Perfectly sized to fit most women
Packaging
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flex menstrual disc
flex menstrual disc
flex menstrual disc instructions

The packaging of FLEX is not like other period packaging I’ve seen – the design is clean and sexy. You would not have guessed from the packaging that FLEX is a period product. My co-worker thought it was some fancy chocolates!

FLEX is individually packaged in a discreet and thick black plastic. You can put it in your purse or pocket just in case you need one; that’s what I did. The pro of the plastic is the thickness and the opacity, so nobody could possibly tell what it really is.

Insertion
flex menstrual disc instructions
flex menstrual disc instructions

You definitely have to be comfortable with blood and placing your fingers inside. If you get squeamish about blood, this is not for you. You WILL get blood on your hands!

Follow these steps to insert FLEX:

  1. Pinch FLEX in half with your pointer finger and thumb
  2. Slide FLEX into your vaginal canal with your pointer finger and thumb until it’s in about half way and can let go without it falling out. This step is best done when you are sitting down.
  3. Using your middle finger, start pushing back and DOWN (not up) toward your cervix and vaginal fornix.
  4. Use your middle finger to tuck it behind your pubic bone. You know it’s secure once your finger touches somewhat of a hollow space after the pubic bone.
Larissa’s experience

The insertion was quite easy because I’ve had experience using a Nuva Ring and the insertion is similar. It only took me one try to get it in successfully. It took me about 30-45 seconds to get it in the first time and only 15-30 seconds the next time so it got easier with practice.

I feel like the best way to insert it is when you’re doing a high squat over the toilet. Once it’s in, you can sit back down to make sure it’s securely in place.

Dedy’s experience

The rim is very flexible and it keeps its shape for a few seconds when you squeeze it which gives you enough time to slide it into place comfortably. It didn’t bounce back to its circular shape right away which I’ve experienced with a similar product and can be quite uncomfortable.

I found it best to do the insertion when you have a bit of a flow so your period can act as a lubricant to help it glide in.

Wear
flex menstrual disc
flex menstrual disc

Larissa’s experience

I felt nothing during the entire 12 hours! Subconsciously, I thought I was leaking because I wasn’t sure if I inserted it properly the first few times. When I was urinating and having a bowel movement, I found that some of my period spilled out of the disc. According to the founders, this is normal. This happens because the pelvic floor is being pushed and pops the rim out of place. It should go right back into place when you stand up. Just wipe as usual and if needed, push the rim back in place with a clean hand.

I didn’t do any strenuous activities but I have 4 more discs so I will try this at the gym during my next period. I used them for 12 hours each for 4 days of flow.

Dedy’s experience

While I found the the insertion comfortable and easy, I couldn’t get mine to stay tucked behind my pubic bone. I felt it untuck when I went for a walk but thankfully I was wearing a pad too. I also tried FLEX when I was sleeping and had no problem but again I felt it shift out of place when I got up.

I think part of the reason is because I was very nervous and it made me tense up. When I was more calm, I noticed that I was able to push FLEX down farther.

My gynaecologist says that the FLEX should fit me because my vaginal fornix looks to be an average size. According to FLEX, typically a woman needs to use 7 discs to really nail it. But it’s just like riding a bike, once you get it you get it.

Unlike tampons, FLEX can be worn even when you don’t have a flow so I’m going to try again. I will post an update soon.

Removal
Larissa’s experience

I did the removal while I was already on the toilet. This made it easier as my FLEX had already popped out from behind my pubic bone. Since I did that, it was quite messy. I just made sure to be close to a sink or have wet wipes for my hands.

Dedy’s experience

Removal was very easy and comfortable. I inserted my index finger and felt for the rim of the menstrual disc. Then I untucked it from behind my pubic bone and pulled it out. It slid out effortlessly but it was a bit of a balancing act trying not to spill it. It’s best to do this part while sitting over the toilet or even in the shower.

The material of the rim is really flexible when it’s warm and moulds to your body’s shape really well. When I pulled it out, it flexed to a slim shape and didn’t bounce back to its circular form right away so it gave me time to slide it out comfortably.

FLEX is a disposable, single use menstrual disc that collects your period rather than absorbing it. The FLEX menstrual disc is worn inside the vaginal fornix which covers the cervix, and prevents menstrual fluid from entering the vaginal canal. FLEX was so kind to send two boxes for me and a friend to review! Before we get into it, lets check out FLEX's features and benefits: FLEX features & benefits: Wear up to 12 hours Can be worn for mess-free period sex! Not linked to TSS Hypoallergenic, not made with natural rubber latex, BPA or phthalates No chemicals, toxins, bleaching…

Review Overview

Overall

Will definitely rebuy!

Summary : Comfortable all around and long time wear for this innovative menstrual disc! Points off for the leaking and learning curve but the leaking is manageable and learning curve is totally worth it for 12 hr protection. Try it free at FLEXfits.com. Use code TRYIT for 20% off.

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MHDay 2017: Download & print your Menstrual Hygiene worksheets

Teachers, parents, and guardians: Make your lesson plans fun & welcoming with our menstrual hygiene worksheets. Available now free!

menstrual hygiene worksheets

Menstrual Hygiene Day raises awareness of the challenges women and girls worldwide face due to their menstruation and highlights solutions that address these challenges.

To celebrate this year’s education theme, we’ve created a series of fun and educational worksheets featuring Luna and her friends! We’re so excited to share our new resources with our teachers, parents, guardians, and menstrual hygiene leaders.

Our worksheets are perfect to support the menstrual hygiene education you have planned for your girls. We hope that our worksheets will create an enjoyable first period experience for all girls.

Let us know what you think of our worksheets in the comment section below!

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Download all 5 worksheets:

  • What’s a period?
  • Menstrual Hygiene Supplies
  • How Long is Your Menstrual Cycle?
  • Track Your Menstrual Cycle!
  • Menstrual Hygiene Word Search
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Download all 4 worksheets. A special thank you to our volunteer Gaby Rabiosa of Chile for translating!

  • What’s a period?
  • Menstrual Hygiene Supplies
  • How Long is Your Menstrual Cycle?
  • Track Your Menstrual Cycle!
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Can you help us translate our worksheets? Send us an email at info[at]theperiodblog.com with subject line: “MHDay Worksheets Translation”

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2017: Education about menstruation changes everything

Mark your calendars for May 28!

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To celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day‘s education theme, The Period Blog will be releasing a series of fun and friendly menstrual hygiene worksheets to help girls learn about their periods. Our worksheets will be free to download and available on May 28 on our website.

We’re creating educational worksheets to help girls become familiar with good menstrual hygiene practices, learn about menstrual health, and how to count their menstrual cycle.

We want to help as many girls as possible and we’re looking for volunteers to help translate our worksheets from English. If you’re interested, please send us an email at info[at]theperiodblog.com with subject line: “MHDay Worksheets Translation”.

Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) is a global event celebrated on May 28 to help to break the silence and build awareness about the fundamental role that good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential.

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ElleBox Coupon Code & Review : Use code “THEPERIODBLOG” for 30%OFF! Organic tampons and pads delivered to your door step

Organic tampons, pads, and specially selected self care items delivered to your door step

Ellebox Comfort Box Review

ElleBox is a period subscription box that delivers 100% organic cotton tampons and pads straight to your door step.

Each month, Ellebox subscribers will receive Natracare pads and Organyc tampons along with chocolates, tea, and 2-3 natural and organic self-care treats specially selected with your health and wellness in mind.

So many major brands of pads and tampons contain chemicals which can be harmful to your body. That’s why all of ElleBox’s products are free from wood pulp, chlorine, bleach, dioxin, pesticides, synthetic fibre, crude oil, and rayon.

ElleBox invited me to review their popular Comfort Box and is offering The Period Blog’s readers an exclusive 30% OFF coupon code!

Ellebox Comfort Box Review

The first thing I noticed when I opened my ElleBox was that it smelled so good!! The natural aromas of the tea and the organic goodies smelled like a spa. So soothing and calming.

Ellebox goodies

My ElleBox was filled with all my period essentials and enough self-care goodies to spoil myself for the entire month.

Here’s what I got:

  • 10 Natracare pads
  • 10 Organyc tampons
  • Nourish Lip Butter by Om Organics
  • Hand + Foot Repair Cream by Om Organics
  • Tumeric Face Scrub by Scrub Supply Co
  • Tea by Tea Sparrow
  • A Truffle Pig Dark Hazelnut Chocolate Bar by Hagensborg Chocolate
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    Ellebox Natracare pads

    Natracare pads
    I’ve tried these before and they are perfect for ladies with sensitive skin. Natracare pads are made from 100% organic cotton and without harmful bleaches, dyes, or added scents. They’re also packaged in a quiet biodegradable paper wrapping – so perfect for public washrooms!

    Organyc tampons
    100% organic cotton tampons with cardboard applicators. Unlike plastic applicators, these cardboard applicators are 100% biodegradable and great for our planet.

    Ellebox lip butter
    Nourish Lip Butter by Om Organics
    LOVE THIS!!! This lip butter smells like cacao and nourishes your lips with nature’s best ingredients like shea butter, cacao butter and argan oil. I’m a big skincare junkie and so impressed that this lip butter contains squalane which is more commonly found in high-end skin care. Squalane has powerful moisturizing properties and is an excellent source of antioxidants. I would definitely buy this again.

    Ellebox cream
    Hand + Foot Repair Cream by Om Organics in Wild Plum, 59 grams
    While plum is not my favorite fruit or scent, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this cream. It’s packed with nourishing ingredients for severely dry, cracked hands and feet. It’s not too heavy or thick and feels a little oily at first but it absorbs quickly. It’s like a tall drink of water for your skin.

    Ellebox face scrub

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    Tumeric Face Scrub by Scrub Supply Co
    Scrub and mask 2 in 1. Vegan and all natural. Tumeric is a potent antioxidant with skin-soothing properties, can even skin tone and even fight acne – perfect for that time of the month. I’ve already used it two days in a row and my skin is glowing! Will definitely rebuy.

    Ellebox tea

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    Octet Tea Blend by Tea Sparrow
    A caffeinated green and white tea blend with fruity notes of mango and lychee. I would consider this a light tea but I like my tea super bitter so take that with a grain of salt ;).

    Truffle Pig Dark Hazelnut Chocolate Bar by Hagensborg Chocolate
    Melt in your mouth chocolate shaped like cute little piggies! I can’t get enough of this chocolate. I only wish it came with 2 instead of 1… *hint hint ElleBox ;)*

    I think the best part about ElleBox is that you get to discover high quality natural products proudly made by Canadian companies. The self-care goodies are the perfect size for pampering myself all month. I can’t wait to see what’s in my next month’s Comfort Box!

    If you like any of the goodies that came with your box, you can rebuy them at ElleBox but sometimes you won’t find them because the favourites sell out very quickly.

    ElleBox currently ships to the USA and Canada.

    Remember to use code “THEPERIODBLOG” to get 30% off your order!

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Support Planned Parenthood with Married To The Mob’s T-shirt

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Married To The Mob's Planned Parenthood t shirt

Planned Parenthood is an organization near and dear to my heart. As a teenager (yes I was sexually active!), I got all my birth control and check ups there. I wasn’t able to talk about sex with my parents, and having PP as an option made me feel supported and safe. PP provides women’s healthcare to many who can’t afford it. Besides providing sex education, PP provides low cost services to women including birth control, breast cancer screening, std testing, and abortions. Women’s health and reproductive rights should not be a political issue, but a personal one. Roe Vs Wade is in danger, and that is extremely disturbing. Every woman is entitled to a safe and legal abortion if she chooses. I am showing my support for women’s equality and PP with this tee-shirts. All proceeds will go directly to WWW.MTTMNYC.COM #IStandWithPP#NoRoeNoGo #WomensHealth

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