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INTIMINA Lily Cup Compact Menstrual Cup Review + Photos

The World’s First Collapsible Menstrual Cup

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Lily Cups are a new generation in period protection: ultra-soft, reusable menstrual cups made of medical-grade silicone. Collecting rather than absorbing menstrual flow, they respect your intimate balance and don’t cause the dryness often associated with tampons. Lily Cups are perfectly shaped to fit your body for total comfort, covering the lightest to heaviest flows for up to 12 hours.

Get all the best of the Lily Cup™ in a compact, go-anywhere design! Lily Cup™ Compact collapses flat into its protective case, which fits even the smallest purse. When you need it, simply pop it open for 12 hours of protection. Your period starting never has to be an emergency again.

Lily Cup Compact Review
Lily Cup Compact + Pocket Sized Carrying Case

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The Lily Cup Compact collapses to a flattened shape similar to how the collapsible tupperware containers are used. It fits perfectly in the carrying case and is small enough fit in the palm of my hand. I love that it can be easily concealed in my hand on the way to the washroom and takes up very little space in my purse.

Everything you need to know about selecting the right size and how to use it is found on the box in multiple languages. It also comes with an instruction book with details and tips on how to use and take care of your new menstrual cup.

The hardshell case closes with a snap and has a tab to open it but I find it easiest to open by squeezing the sides of the case. It also has tiny holes on one side to help your cup dry.

The Lily Cup Compact comes in 2 sizes and their size guide makes it easy to select the right fit for you:

  • Model A (light pink, featured here): For women who have never given birth or have given birth by C-section
  • Model B (dark pink): For women who have given birth vaginally

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Lily Cup Compact Insertion & Wear

I found the insertion process very easy with the Lily Cup Compact and recommend it for beginners.

I used the press down and fold method pictured in Option 1 which makes a pointed shape. It held its folded shape even when I was inserting it which made insertion so easy! It glided in effortlessly and didn’t pop open until it was inside.


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I have found that other cups would pop open during insertion and really made the learning curve of using cups a bit more difficult and messy.

The instruction book comes with a few tips to make the cup pop open to form the leakproof seal but I find the most effective way is to put it in then walk a few steps back and forth. At first you may feel the cup after it pops open but after you walk around on the spot, you will feel that the cup will naturally move up a bit and rest in a spot where you won’t be able to feel it at all.

If you give the stem a light tug and the cup doesn’t move, then that’s a good sign you have inserted it correctly.

I wore it for 12 hours during a light flow and didn’t experience any leaks and couldn’t feel it inside me either.

I had to empty my cup after ~6-8 hours on a heavy flow day. My period flows very quickly and is very heavy so I’m always more mindful of how long I’ve been wearing the cup on heavy days. Your mileage may vary as everyone’s period flow is a different.

I recommend this cup for girls that do sport activities like gymnastics, dance, swimming, or even just days when you have gym class. I would also recommend this to busy women that have long days filled with back to back classes and meetings.

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At first I was worried that the cup would collapse during insertion or removal but after playing with it a bit, I found that the cup was sturdy and held its shape well. There is no chance of this cup collapsing during insertion, wear, or removal. You really have to press down on the cup in all the right places with both hands for it to collapse.

Lily Cup Compact Removal

It took me a good 5-10 minutes to figure out the removal. I think this is just part of the learning curve of using menstrual cups and will get easier with practice.

After wearing the cup for 12 hours, the cup had found a nice comfy resting spot a bit higher up than I expected. It took me a while to figure out how to get it out but not once was I panicked – there is no way that a cup can get stuck. So if you’re ever in this situation just remember that!

It took me a few minutes to figure out that I first needed to pull on the stem to bring the cup lower. The leak proof seal made it a bit tricky but a strong and slow pull helped bring the cup down. Once the cup was low enough, I inserted my finger and felt up along the side of the cup until I found the rim and then pressed on the rim to release the leak proof seal. Then I was finally able to remove the cup by sliding it out.

The stem has lots of grippy ridges which made it easy to hold during removal. I was removing it over the toilet too so I am very thankful for those grippy ridges! Many girls find it easy to remove and empty menstrual cups in the shower too.

You can cut the stem to make it shorter but I would recommend you wear the cup a few times before making that decision. Sometimes you may find the cup resting a bit higher than expected and the long grippy stem comes in handy in these situations.

One thing I didn’t like was that my cup seemed to be a little stained afterwards. The inside of the cup looked a little yellow and seemed to hold some period smell. I think boiling my cup in water may get rid of that but I haven’t tried that yet. I left the cup out to dry and air out for a few days and most of the smell has went away now.

Once it’s emptied, you just have to rinse it before reinserting. Or if you’re done with it, wash it in warm soapy water and let it dry completely before collapsing and storing it in its carrying case.

The World's First Collapsible Menstrual Cup Lily Cups are a new generation in period protection: ultra-soft, reusable menstrual cups made of medical-grade silicone. Collecting rather than absorbing menstrual flow, they respect your intimate balance and don't cause the dryness often associated with tampons. Lily Cups are perfectly shaped to fit your body for total comfort, covering the lightest to heaviest flows for up to 12 hours. Get all the best of the Lily Cup™ in a compact, go-anywhere design! Lily Cup™ Compact collapses flat into its protective case, which fits even the smallest purse. When you need it, simply pop…

Review Overview

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Summary : Easy insertion makes the Lily Cup Compact an excellent menstrual cup for beginners. It's compact collapsible design makes it convenient to carry with you anywhere and can even be concealed in the palm of your hand. Enjoy leak proof protection that lasts up to 12 hours. Can also be worn for swimming. Con: Light staining and held some period smell after first use.

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November Ellebox Review – Unbox with me!

November Ellebox Review – Unbox with me!

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.

You can choose from 2 options:

  • $29.99 – Ellebox Comfort Box: Their most popular subscription box delivers organic cotton pads, tampons, and healthy self-care treats
  • $10.99 – Ellebox Essentials Box: Get a customized box of 16 organic cotton pads/tampon delivered to your door every month

Have you subscribed to Ellebox yet? If not, you are seriously missing out! Every month, the Ellebox team sends you a customized selection of 20 pads and tampons plus tea, chocolate sweets, and two all-natural and amazing self-care goodies for you.

Ellebox is perfect for girls that love healthy, natural and organic foods and skincare. I’ve discovered so many new skincare products and delicious healthy snacks.

November Ellebox Review
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This month’s Ellebox Comfort Box features:

Check out these goodies in my full Ellebox review below!

Charcoal Matcha Mask from Om Organics – $26 Value

Delivers a brightening burst of antioxidants while banishing toxins and blemishes. Charcoal & Matcha are the hottest new power couple. Charcoal cleans out and shrinks your pores, helps manage oily skin, and soothes irritation, and Matcha is detoxifying, antioxidant packed, and mood boosting. Talk about a dream team!

I’ve loved the Om Organics brand ever since I discovered their line of skincare in my May Ellebox. I was so excited to get not one but TWO skincare products from them!

This mask is perfect for those PMS acne breakouts and is packed with antioxidants. Although this mask is meant for oily and breakout prone skin, I found that it worked really well for my normal-dry skin too. Unlike a traditional clay mask that dries on your face, this make does not dry and just sits on your face while absorbing all your excess face oils, leaving your face feeling moist and plump!

INGREDIENTS:
Kaolin Clay, Activated Charcoal, Honey, Maple Sap, French Green Clay, Rose Water, Coconut Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Matcha Powder, Vitamin E, Essential Oils of: Cedarwood, Orange, Bergamot and Ylang Ylang.

Blemish Treatment from Om Organics – $38 Value

Our Blemish Treatment effectively heals and treats breakouts with carefully chosen ingredients to address inflammation, neutralize bacteria, and prevent scarring. This potent treatment oil reduces redness and inflammation within minutes.

Crafted with love, one drop can heal all your spots! Active ingredients include Black Cumin Oil (a powerful anti-inflammatory that works to unclog pores, reduce acne, fight infection) Tamanu Oil (helps heal skin and minimize scarring), and Rosehip Oil (essential fatty acids help regenerate skin cells and repair damaged tissue while minimizing scarring). Plus some essential oils including Lavender, Chamomile, Helichrysum, and Tea Tree.

This spot treatment comes in an eyedropper bottle and is packed with ingredients to reduce acne, repair your skin, and minimize scarring. I haven’t had a chance to use this yet since I haven’t had any acne breakouts (thankfully) but I’ll be keeping this in my arsenal of skincare for now!

Cleanse Wellness Tea from Amoda Tea

Cleanse tea is a nourishing, restorative tonic that helps to renew your body from the inside. A detoxifying blend of organic herbs that work together to gently remove toxins while restoring your body’s ability to properly absorb nutrients – an essential combo! Feel more energetic, achieve clear glowing skin, improve metabolism and strengthen overall health. This is not a quick fix, laxative-based tea. This is a gentle restorative tea with red clover, chamomile, dandelion root, marshmallow root, ginger, nettle, goji berries and licorice.

This tea is very interesting because it includes a special ingredient that is great for relieving PMS symptoms: Dandelion Root. Women who experience severe PMS symptoms may find drinking dandelion root tea helps with bloating, water retention, swollen breasts, muscle spasms, acne, anemia and inflammation.

Truffle Pig Milk Chocolate Bar from Hagensbork Chocolates – $3.50 Value

Finally the hot summer months are over and Ellebox has started to ship chocolate again! This chocolate will satisfy your deepest chocolate cravings. The cute piggy shaped chocolate melts in your mouth and is so delicious! I only wish they shipped me more…

Kosher and Gluten Free
Ingredients: Cane sugar, Nicaragua cocoa, Nicaragua cocoa butter, whole milk powder, coconut oil, sunflower lecithin.
Contains: milk. May contain: peanuts, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and soy.

Natracare Pads & Organyc Tampons

Made from certified organic cotton, these pads and tampons 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.

If you normally use non cotton pads like Always and U By Kotex, you will find that cotton pads are softer, more breathable, and more comfortable if you have sensitive skin.

Ellebox usually ships me all regular absorbency tampons but they shipped me only medium absorbency tampons. I would love if they shipped me a mix bundle next time.

November Ellebox Review
November Ellebox Review - Unbox with me! 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. You can choose from 2 options: $29.99 - Ellebox Comfort Box: Their most popular subscription box delivers organic cotton pads, tampons, and healthy self-care treats $10.99 - Ellebox Essentials Box: Get a customized box of 16 organic cotton pads/tampon delivered to your door every month Have you subscribed to Ellebox yet? If not, you are seriously missing out! Every month, the Ellebox team sends…

Review Overview

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Summary : November's Ellebox delivered delicious chocolate, lots of great skincare for PMS breakouts and dandelion root tea to help relieve PMS symptoms. I usually get all regular absorbency tampons but this time all my tampons were medium absorbency. Would love if they kept it consistent or sent me a mix bundle.

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Ellebox October Unboxing Review – 30%OFF code: THEPERIODBLOG

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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.

You can choose from 2 options:

  • $29.99 $20.99 with code THEPERIODBLOG – Ellebox Comfort Box: Their most popular subscription box delivers organic cotton pads, tampons, and healthy self-care treats
  • $10.99 $7.69 with code THEPERIODBLOG – Ellebox Essentials Box: Get a customized box of 16 organic cotton pads/tampon delivered to your door every month

Have you subscribed to Ellebox yet? If not, you are seriously missing out! Every month, the Ellebox team sends you a customized selection of 20 pads and tampons plus tea, chocolate sweets, and two all-natural and amazing self-care goodies for you.

Ellebox is perfect for girls that love healthy and natural products. It’s a great way to discover new skincare products that really work and delicious healthy snacks.

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This month’s Ellebox Comfort Box features:

Check out these goodies in my full review below!

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Hydra-Surge Rich Body Butter by BelláPierre Cosmetics – $80.00 Value

This full size body butter is part of BelláPierre Cosmetics’s line of Precious Diamonds Skincare Collection. It claims to exfoliate the skin with ultra-fine diamond powder and provides a tightening effect with vitamins A and E, green tea extracts, and active peptides.

The body butter absorbs quickly and leaves a light floral scent. It was very moisturizing and the full size tub is sure to last you through the dry winter months. I was very impressed by this product because it features a very long list of rich and nourishing ingredients for your skin that are scientifically proven to reveal smoother and more youthful looking skin. Just to list a few, this body butter includes Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and all these lovely oils: safflower seed, sunflower, olive and tamanu)
So it really bothers and disappoints me that they have added such a gimmicky ingredient – diamond powder. While they claim the diamond powder will physically exfoliate the skin, you can’t feel any of the diamond powder so there is no physical exfoliating going on and there is no scientific evidence that topical application of diamond has any benefits for your skin! I’m a skincare junkie and it always bothers me when companies try to market their products in such a gimmicky way especially when this product is jam packed with such rich and nourishing ingredients for your skin.

Ingredients List: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cera Alba, Isopropyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Natural Diamond Powder, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.

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Skinny Dip Himalayan Bath Salts by Easy Tiger Spa – $10 Value

Mixed with grapefruit and citrus essential oils, these bath salts claim to not only soothe your aching muscles, the oils are also great for your skin. When I opened my Ellebox, I could already smell these bath salts. It smells sweet and citrusy. Depending on my much you like to put in your bath, you will get 1-2 baths out of this mini bottle.

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Organic Simply Beautiful Rooibos Tea – Tea by Tea Sparrow

“Could this tea be any more packed with flavor? Beautifully blended in-house, this tea is a full-bodied mouthful of floral, spice, and deliciousness. Just a spot of honey rounts out the lavender flowers”

You can really smell the fennel and spices in this tea. I’ve come to learn that most Tea Sparrow teas I’ve received from my Elleboxes lean more on the sweet side and not strong and bitter. I love that the description always has tips on make the tea the bring out the best flavours.

Hazelnut – Nomz Energy Bites – $3.50 Value

Coated in freshly crushed hazelnuts, this delicious and healthy cocoa treat is sure to satisfy any chocolate craving.

While I actually really didn’t like this treat when I first saw them in my box (because my sweet tooth prefers pure sugar), now that I’m actually on my period… OMG these hazelnut chocolately bites are to die for!!! It is sweet, nutty, chocolatey, and best of all, it is 100% organic, vegan, gluten free, and has no refined sugars.

Ingredients: Almonds, Dates, Pecans, Cocoa, Hazelnuts, Coconut Oil, Sea Salt

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.

If you normally use non cotton pads like Always and U By Kotex, you will find that cotton pads are softer, more breathable, and more comfortable if you have sensitive skin.

Sign up to Ellebox 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. You can choose from 2 options: $29.99 $20.99 with code THEPERIODBLOG - Ellebox Comfort Box: Their most popular subscription box delivers organic cotton pads, tampons, and healthy self-care treats $10.99 $7.69 with code THEPERIODBLOG - Ellebox Essentials Box: Get a customized box of 16 organic cotton pads/tampon delivered to your door every month Have you subscribed to Ellebox yet?…

Review Overview

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Summary : My monthly Ellebox delivery makes my period so convenient! Love the healthy snacks and bath salts. The body butter is jam packed with a long list of high quality, rich and nourishing ingredients for your skin but I'm taking points off since the floral scent is not my favourite.

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Ellebox September Unboxing Photos & Review – 30%OFF with code: THEPERIODBLOG

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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.

Have you subscribed to Ellebox yet? If not, you are seriously missing out! Every month, the Ellebox team sends you a customized selection of 20 pads and tampons plus tea, chocolate sweets, and two all-natural and amazing self-care goodies for you.

Ellebox is perfect for girls that love healthy and natural products. It’s a great way to discover new skincare products that really work and delicious healthy snacks.

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This month’s Ellebox was packed with so many goodies! It came with not two but four self-care items along with my supply of organic cotton pads and tampons from Natracare and Organyc.

September’s box features amazing self-care items from Andalou Naturals, Lather, Emmy’s Organics, and Tea by Tea Sparrow.

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Lather

Lather is bath and skin care company that prides itself with high quality products made with essential oils, botanical extracts and free from sulfates & parabens, synthetic colors, phthalates, and mineral oils. The best part is that all their products are cruelty free!

Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Scrub – This super fine scrub does an excellent job getting rid of dead flaky skin with exfoliating bamboo powder that leaves you with super soft and clean skin. This scrub has an excellent formulation – it easily lathers to a nice foam and didn’t settle or separate in the tub like other scrubs.

Mangosteen and Green Tea Body Wash – This gentle body wash has a tropical fruity scent and is packed with antioxidant rich ingredients that are great for skin including mangosteen, green tea, and rice bran oil. It left my skin feeling clean and refreshed. I only wish the bottle was bigger because I finished mine in a week!

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Andalou Naturals

Founded by the creators of Alba Botanica, Andalou Naturals is a natural skincare and beauty brand made with ingredients that are Non-GMO Project verified, gluten free verified, certified organic, derived from nature, vegan, sustainably sourced, fair trade ingredients, and cruelty free!

Instant Lift & Firm Hydro Serum Facial Sheet Mask
If you’re a skincare junkie, you know that sheet masks are a highly effective way for your skin to soak in serums. Enriched with fruit stem cell complex and resveratrol Q10, this mask is instantly hydrates and replenishes, plumping up your skin for a more lifted, firmer appearance and visibly smooth and rejuvenated complexion.

Instant Clarity Face Mask
Clay masks are excellent for not only those with oily skin but all skin types – clay is an excellent skincare ingredient for clearing away impurities and excess oils. This mask also has added argan oil and a fruit stem cell complex to nourish the skin and stimulate circulation for a clean and clear complexion – perfect for those PMS pimples!

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Tea by Tea Sparrow – Lemon Sherbert

Hot tea for the summer??? Nope! This month’s tea is actually a cold-brew tea! Just brew it like hot tea but instead of boiling water, put your brew in cold water and refrigerate for 5 hours for a delicious ice tea.

Emmy’s Organic Coconut Cookie Dark Cacao

Made from fair trade coconut power and cold pressed coconut oil, this healthy snack is both sweet and healthy. This little cookie is 100 calories and is organic, gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, and grain-free! Of course my sweet tooth self munched on this as soon as I opened my Ellebox… lol

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.

Sign up to Ellebox 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. Have you subscribed to Ellebox yet? If not, you are seriously missing out! Every month, the Ellebox team sends you a customized selection of 20 pads and tampons plus tea, chocolate sweets, and two all-natural and amazing self-care goodies for you. Ellebox is perfect for girls that love healthy and natural products. It's a great way to discover new…

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Summary : September's Ellebox features 4 self-care items that are all natural, organic, gluten-free, vegan and cruelty free! Tropical fruity scents, high quality skin care ingredients, and a chocolaty treat makes this month's Ellebox perfect to end the summer season.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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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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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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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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.

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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…

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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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