Flo’s Organic Tampons vs Daye’s Organic and Cramp Soothing Tampons: Tried and Tested
Whether you’re brand new to the wonderful world of organic tampons, or you’ve only recently become interested, you’ll know they’re making big headlines in the world of women’s wellness.
As many of us wise up to the chemicals and ingredients that go into many feminine hygiene products (and so into our bodies) organic tampons have become increasingly popular.
Made from certified organic cotton and free from chemicals and additives, more women are considering them to be be healthier alternatives to regular tampons.
Today I’ll be sharing my experience with two of the best UK brands currently on the market — Flo and Daye.
These two companies have been taking the tampon world by storm. As well as using only organic, ethically sourced materials, each has something unique to offer:
- Flo offers organic tampons that are also compact, easy to carry round and packaged in colourful, fun tubs. It was recently featured in The Independent thanks to their unique packaging and mission.
- Daye is turning plenty of heads as one of the first organic tampon companies to claim to soothe period pain at the same time. They do this through their CBD-infused tampons that they offer as an option. For Daye tampons have become more than feminine hygiene products. They’re a fast delivery system for comfort from period cramps as well.
So let’s get into what these intriguing brands have to offer!
- What is the Difference Between Organic Tampons and Regular Ones?
- Are Organic Tampons Really Better?
- Do Daye’s CBD Tampons Really Relieve Period Pain?
- Comparison Table: FLO vs DAYE
- Full Daye Tampon Review
- Full Flo Tampon Review
- Which Organic Tampon Brand Would I recommend?
What’s the Difference Between Organic Tampons and Regular Ones?
Organic tampons are exactly what they sound like — tampons made with organic, natural materials, without added chemicals.
Regular tampons are often made with a cotton-rayon mix that can contain certain a number of chemicals or residues. If they have an applicator, this is usually made of plastic.
Organic tampons, on the other hand, are all natural. Made from certified organic cotton they also contain zero pesticides, zero insecticides and are free from chlorine bleaching. Their applicators are usually made of recyclable or plant-based materials that are biodegradable.
Not only are organic tampons purportedly better for our bodies than regular tampons, they are also popular thanks to their eco-friendly properties.
Are Organic Tampons Really Better?
You may be wondering — do the chemicals in regular tampons actually do anything to the body?
It’s a fair question. Women have been using tampons since 1929. Since when are tampons harmful for our bodies?
While regular tampons are considered safe and probably won’t do damage to the body, switching to organic has been shown to make a small but vital difference.
As Felice Gersh, director of Integrative Medical Group of Irvine explains to Shape:
The numerous chemicals within tampons can become systemic, meaning they can circulate throughout the body, with the potential for harm.
This is because the vaginal canal is particularly absorbent and it will essentially take in the chemicals on the tampon.
For example chlorine bleaching can lead to a by-product dioxin, traces of which can stay on the tampon. The concern is that this is then absorbed into the body.
Dioxin is a known toxin and carcinogen, and while trace amounts are not considered harmful, it’s not a chemical that many of us would want building up in our bodies over time.
As well as offering a chemical free alternative, organic tampons have some other benefits too.
According to Rachel Stone, of Pill Club, some women with endometriosis experience fewer symptoms with organic tampons.
This is usually because organic materials are less likely to cause inflammation or irritation.
Finally, organic tampons are often used as an environmentally-friendly option.
Organic cotton is compostable, which means that the tampon and the plant-based applicator, can biodegrade into the earth. Yes, you really can put tampons with these applicators straight into your compost bin!
Do I Feel a Difference Having Switched to Organic Tampons?
I’ve been using organic tampons for a few months now, and I haven’t noticed a significant difference in how my body feels. However, I have noticed that my cramps have become milder on the first day of my period.
Plus, I absolutely love the green nature of these products! And it definitely feels good to know that I’m not bringing my body in touch with potentially harmful toxins every month.
Do Daye’s CBD Tampons Really Soothe Period Pain?
Daye founder Valentina Milanova wanted to look at tampons in a new way, as not just menstrual products, but as a way to offer comfort from period pain too.
She found that the vaginal canal is actually incredibly absorbent. This can make it a more effective way to administer pain soothing effects as you bypass certain barriers.
For example when you take traditional pain killers orally (as pills), they need to go through the digestive system before entering the bloodstream.
She also found that the vaginal region has the highest concentration of endocannabinoid receptors in the whole body with the exception of the brain.
The result was creating tampons with a CBD-infused layer, which can be absorbed into the body (rather than into the tampon). This method can soothe painful cramps more directly.
CBD infused tampons can be ordered alongside their ‘naked’ organic ones. Each tampon has:
- 100mg full spectrum CBD oil.
- High potency concentration (30%).
- Zero THC, thanks to their patented process.
- CBD derived from certified organic hemp.
It’s believed to give more direct comfort from cramps than oral pills as it’s absorbed directly into the bloodstream around the pelvic area. The result is a truly innovative way of calming period pain, while also using a quality feminine hygiene product at the same time.
Comparison Table: Flo vs Daye
Let’s take a look at the main differences between these two brands:
|Materials||Certified organic, unbleached cotton.
Toxin and plastic-free cotton fibres.
Full spectrum CBD (0% THC) infused tampon – optional.
|100% GOTS-certified organic cotton.
|Sanitised Using||Gamma rays to kill infection-causing yeast and bacteria.||Oxygen to sanitise naturally.|
Synthetic fibres, chemical Residues
Bio-based sugarcane applicators.
Compact applicators are recyclable and BPA-free.
Didn’t feel a thing!
Didn’t feel a thing!
Came with a large hemp bag and a cute three-tampon tin.
Tampons are slightly long with loud packaging, but the extra bag and tin made up for it.
These tampons are compact so very convenient size for carrying around. The pot they came in isn’t portable but has a colourful, fun design.
Tampons spread laterally.
Didn’t experience any leakage.
Had to change them fairly frequently during heavy days.
No noticeable leaks.
|Ease of Application||5 Stars
Insertion was easy thanks to the smooth applicator.
Could be possible to insert too far if not careful.
Slightly finicky applicator.
Tampons are a bit larger.
|Comes with||Hemp bag
3-tampon tin Instruction sheets
|Cute ice cream tub-shaped box|
|Price (GBP)||Naked: £0.46/tampon.
Naked tampons start at £6 for a box of 12 regular sized.
CBD tampons start at £11 for a box of 12 regular sized.
|£0.25 per tampon.
£3.49 for a box of 14 tampons mixed regular and super size.
|Special Offers||£5 off your 1st box for Mas & Pas readers with code amb-145H
Get Daye Discount
|5% off when you set up a monthly subscription.
Get Subscription Discount
|Subscription Frequency||Sync your subscription to your cycle and select any duration between 21-56 days.||Every 1 or 2 months|
|One-Off Purchase Available?||No but you can skip, pause of cancel your subscription anytime||Yes|
|Delivery Options and Cost||UK only
Posted with Royal Mail
|Review Summary||4.6/5 stars from 10 reviews on Daye Facebook page.
Loved these tampons. They really helped my cramps and didn’t leak. Plus, I’m obsessed with their packaging, brand openness, and sustainable model.
|4.3/5 stars from 30 reviews on Amazon UK.
Flo’s tampons are a really good option in you’re a Brit looking for a local, sustainable company that provides organic tampons.
|Tampon Sizes||Super and regular.||Super and regular.|
|Accompanying Products||Bag, tin, face mask (temporary offer).||Pads and liners.|
|Special Features||CBD-infused tampons to help with period cramps.||Unique packaging and compact, portable tampons.|
|Social Responsibility||Tampons, applicators and wrappers all compostable. Carbon neutral company.||5% of profits given to women and girls in need.|
|Where to Order||www.yourdaye.com||www.amazon.co.uk/flo|
What are Organic Tampon Subscription Boxes?
Both brands Flo and Daye offer monthly subscription options.
This works like any other subscription. You choose how many tampons and add-ons you typically need every month to create your ‘box’.
Then set your cycle duration. For Flo you can choose to have the boxes delivered every 1 or 2 months. For Daye you can sync it to your cycle exactly by selecting any ‘day’ duration between 23 and 56 days.
Pay for each box by direct debit each month and the products you need arrive in the post. No more last-minute ordering when you realise you’re running low, or, God forbid, wrapping your underwear up in loo roll!
For Flo, you’ll also save by subscribing instead of buying individual boxes from time to time.
Daye Tampon Review
Daye was founded by Valentina Milanova in 2018. After researching conditions like PCOS and endometriosis she wanted to create a product that added to women’s reproductive health through organic tampons.
She also discovered industrial hemp and found that it could be more absorbent and have therapeutic effects in particular with cramps. She researched and patented her own process while working. And so Daye was born.
Famous for its CBD infused tampons which claim to soothe period pains, they’re also made with 100% organic materials. (You can get ‘naked tampons’ without CBD as well).
My First Impressions of Daye Tampons
I wanted to get a good idea of what all of Daye’s tampons were like. So I customised a box with the different types and sizes of tampons that they offer.
I received a few of each of their tampons:
- Super CBD tampons
- Regular CBD tampons
- Super Naked tampons
- Regular Naked tampons.
I couldn’t wait to try the CBD tampons in particular, as I tend to get fairly bad cramps on the first few days of my period.
When the tampons arrived, they looked like this:
Packaging, box and tin
I was so impressed by the sophisticated, yet hip packaging.
The company has definitely gone for a minimalist look that is hyper trendy — plus, it looks great sitting on the bathroom shelf.
It even came with a large, hemp bag and a tin for transporting tampons in.
I was also impressed by the eco-friendly nature of all of the packaging.
Daye even included various instructional messages, which would be incredibly helpful for younger girls who are new to using tampons.
My one complaint with the packaging is that there may have been a little too much. Even though it was all recyclable, the box definitely took up some extra space in my recycling bin, thanks to all of it’s flaps and pieces.
The tampons themselves looked at first glance to be an average size with a delicate, well-made applicator.
What Other Users Had to Say About Daye
I was definitely eager to try the tampons based on some of their reviews.
Overall, Daye tampons haven’t had many reviews yet. Based on their 10 Facebook reviews, they currently have an average of 4.6 stars already.
The reviewer describes the CBD tampons as “life changing” and loves the packaging too.
This user loved their “magical” tampons.
Needless to say, I was excited to try them!
My Honest Review of Daye Tampons
Ease of Application
I found these tampons incredibly easy to insert. I was impressed by the applicators.
I didn’t notice any jitters or sticky spots during application — instead, each tampon inserted smoothly. Unlike some applicator tampons, I found these tampons always travelled to the right place, and never got stuck too low down.
The only complaint I could have with the applicators is that they can actually be pushed too far in, which means the string can get lost. However, once you get the hang of these tampons, they are very reliable and easy to apply.
These tampons felt great — I didn’t really notice I was wearing them throughout my entire period. However, because the tampons spread laterally, I did notice that it felt unusual when removing these tampons. Nevertheless, I never felt any pain or discomfort.
Daye’s tampons are excellent for keeping in leaks.
I noticed that they expanded in a somewhat unusual way — instead of growing in a circular direction, these tampons expanded laterally. Because they sort of unfold from side to side, these tampons have a much larger surface area, which I found helped to reduce leakage, even on heavy days.
Dealing with Cramps (CBD infused tampons)
And now for the moment we have all been waiting for — do the CBD-infused tampons actually work to ease your cramps?
Amazingly, I found that the CBD-infused tampons did make a significant difference in my period cramps.
I tend to get pretty significant cramps on the first day or two of my period. Sometimes, the pain is so debilitating, I have to spend a few hours of the day in bed clutching to my hot water bottle for dear life.
While over-the-counter pain killers tend to help, nothing has even had the effect that these tampons had.
After about 20 minutes of wearing the tampon, I noticed that I didn’t really need my hot water bottle any more.
I also found that the pain in my lower back disappeared. After about 45 minutes, I barely noticed my cramps at all. It was almost as though I could feel the muscles relaxing!
Needless to say, I will be repurchasing some of the CBD tampons to see me through my next month!
Storage Bag and Tin
I absolutely loved the extra items that were included in the package. The hemp bag is perfect for carrying tampons, makeup, keys, your wallet in — it’s a super convenient size for throwing in your purse for some extra organization.
The tin is ideal for carrying three tampons with you on a day out. It’s also a really cute design, making it perfect for carrying to the bathroom from your office desk or restaurant table.
Value for Money
Each 12-tampon box from Daye can cost anywhere between £6 and £11 depending on the tampon type (Naked or CBD) and size (Super or Regular) that you get.
The prices per tampon are approximately:
- £0.88 for their CBD tampons
- £0.46 for their Naked tampons
I found this to be pretty good value for money. The fact that you can mix and match the tampons in your box means you can choose only the tampons you’ll need each month.
For my cycle, I would need a box of 12 with just 3 CBD tampons to see me through days one and two and the rest regular naked ones. This would come to just £7 per month.
Considering a regular box of non-organic tampons costs £2.90 from Boots, with an extra £1 or 2 for painkillers, I would pay a few pounds extra for a much healthier, safer, and more eco-friendly option.
How Does Daye Compare to Other Tampons on the Market?
At first glance, Daye are the polar opposite of the bubbly, vibrant, exuberant Flo.
The company’s website and branding is filled with muted, soft colours, and a relaxed, authentic vibe. This reflects that it offers something very different. Organic tampons and also organic tampons infused with CBD.
The CBD content in Daye’s tampons definitely sets them apart in the tampon industry. They’re received plenty of press for their unique concept. But the company also offers organic tampons with no infusions.
The Daye website claims that “CBD and the female body are a match made in heaven” thanks to CBD’s cramp-soothing powers and the high level of endocannabinoid receptors in the vaginal canal. They’re quick to add that “no they won’t get you high.”
The Daye “naked” tampons are also made from ethically-sourced organic cotton and are sanitised with gamma rays to kill yeast and bacteria.
Daye’s entire ethos is about being ethical, transparent, and accountable. They claim to pay close attention to tracking their supply chain, regulating their manufacturers, and testing their products by medical professionals. Certainly sounds like an exciting company!
DAYE Tampon Subscription?
Daye’s subscription has the benefit of being completely customisable.
You can choose to take a quiz (to discover which box is best for your needs), or you can build your own box.
You can choose between:
- 12 or 18 tampon box
- CBD or Naked tampons
- Regular or Super Sized
- Exact frequency of your cycle for the subscription (any day between 23 and 56 days) and the deliveries will come accordingly.
As you can mix and match all the tampons in the box, you can get only the tampons that you need for each day of your period.
For instance, you you might want 3 CBD tampons for the first day or two, then another 3-4 super ones for heavier days and then 6 regular ones for the remaining ones.
It can all be personalised to what you want which means every woman gets exactly what she needs to get through her unique cycle.
This subscription can be skipped or cancelled at any time. At the time of writing, delivery is only available to the UK.
Daye Special Offer
Get £5 off your first Daye box with code amb-145H
Flo Tampon Review
Flo is a East-London based company that sprung onto the scene in 2017 after the founder, Tara Chandra, began a Kickstarter campaign.
The company motto is simple.
We believe that what we put in our bodies should be as natural as possible and not horrible for the planet.
The tampons are made from organic cotton and bamboo. The website aims to make them are comfortable, breathable, and leak preventing.
Their fun, youthful brand voice and packaging has won them a lot of young female fans.
The tampons are packaged in brightly coloured, round containers that many have compared to ice cream tubs.
Apparently, the design is meant to appeal to “cheeky and conscious babes”.
Their Instagram account has over 6,000 followers already.
Flo’s applicator tampons come in a box of 8 regular tampons and 6 super tampons. Their non-applicator tampons come with the same ratio of sizes.
Both come in the company’s signature ice cream tub-style box.
At the time of writing this article, Flo’s applicator tampon subscription costs £3.49 for one box or £3.32 per box with a monthly subscription (5% saving).
With Flo, you can choose how frequently you’d like your subscription to arrive. Plus, you’ll be able to cancel at any time.
First Impressions of Flo
Flo offers a choice between tubs of:
Each tub has the standard mix of 8 super tampons to 6 regular ones. I decided to go for the applicator tampons. Here’s what arrived in the mail:
My first impressions were pretty good.
While I’m not a huge fan of bright and bold colours, you can’t help but smile upon seeing Flo’s extravagant, colourful packaging.
I also appreciated the simple, chic layout of the tampons inside the container.
The tampons themselves appeared to be fairly compact. Again, in true Flo style, they were wrapped in blindingly bright wrappers and looked more like sweets than tampons. Definitely cute, but maybe not to everyone’s taste.
What Other Users Had to Say About Flo
Overall, Flo tampons have an average of 4.3 stars based on 43 reviews from Boots, Amazon UK, and Holland & Barrett.
Some users praised the comfort of Flo tampons as well as the fun packaging:
Some users loved the tampons but noted that Flo uses plastic for its applicators (although it is BPA-free):
The reviews for Flo are mostly really good, but I was keen to see if they worked for me.
My Honest Review of Flo Tampons
Ease of Application
I found the Flo tampons easy to insert. Compared to Daye’s tampons, they are much wider and thicker. This means that they can be a little uncomfortable at first.
The applicator is also made with a design that I personally found more complex than others I’ve tried.
When you open the package, the applicator is positioned in a closed position — this means that you have to pull the applicator apart before insertion.
However unlike some tampons with this design, it’s virtually impossible to accidentally pull the applicator apart too far and break it. The applicator also makes a small clicking sound when the tampon has been released, which I find helpful.
Because these tampons are a little larger than the Daye tampons, I did notice them a tiny bit more.
However, I didn’t feel any pain or discomfort after a few minutes of getting used to them, so I have no complaints about comfort!
The Flo tampons were pretty reliable when it came to leakage. I did notice that the Super sized tampons needed to be changed pretty regularly during the heaving days. However, if you don’t mind changing your tampons every three to four hours, these tampons will do just fine!
Storage and Portability
I appreciated the small size of these tampons. They were compact so they were easy to tuck away in my back pocket, or in my wallet when I was out and about.
However, unlike Daye, Flo didn’t provide any kind of bag or container for their tampons.
The ice cream tub-style container worked well on my bathroom shelf — however, I did find the container looked a little overly colourful for my taste.
Plus, because it’s made of cardboard, it became damp and misshapen after a few days in the bathroom. However after a few days the tub was almost empty anyway so I would soon get a fresh one.
Value for Money
Flo’s subscription box is incredibly reasonable.
Their cheapest option for a single box is just £3.49 for 14 tampons — this price is not much more than regular non-organic tampons so I felt it was great value.
Plus, it feels great knowing the extra money goes towards a local start up company who value women’s wellness and the environment. You also get a 5% discount when setting it up as a monthly delivery on Amazon.
Flo Monthly Subscription Offer
Subscribe and save 5% on Amazon:
Which one would I recommend?
I thoroughly enjoyed trying out both of these brands. Flo offers an empowering, vegan, cruelty-free organic tampon that works well.
Daye offer innovative CBD tampons which are, in my opinion, a total game changer.
With 57% of menstruating women experiencing debilitating period pain, these cramp-diffusing tampons could offer millions of women respite from monthly cramps. Plus, they’re organic!
Daye tampons were also better able to handle heavy flow days. And when putting together my monthly box, they offered more options in terms of customising my subscription. I could choose exactly the type and size of tampons I needed each month and sync the subscription with my cycle (to the day).
On the other hand, Flo came in brighter, happier packaging than Daye. The tampons were more compact and easy to carry around in a back pocket. I also found their prices to be very reasonable for organic tampons and offered really good value.
My Personal Choice
After trying both Flo and Daye tampons, I have to say, I am completely hooked on Daye!
Not only did the CBD work like a dream and ease my cramps, they were also highly absorbent, and saw me through even the heavy flow days at the beginning of my period.
Flo tampons were also incredibly impressive. Their absorbency level was decent, and I rarely noticed any leaks or had any problems. Like Daye’s tampons, Flo’s were also very comfortable. However, the loud, bright packaging didn’t work for my own taste.
Nevertheless, I can completely understand why other girls and women may enjoy the fun, quirky style of Flo. Plus, their brand mission is incredibly impressive. Knowing that they donate 5% of their profits to women and girls in need makes me more likely to try their products again in the future.
While I’d always choose Flo over regular non-organic tampons, having a Daye CBD-infused tampon has been a life-saver that has totally changed period pain for me.
Plus, with Daye’s packaging which included a tin and bag, I feel like I got value for my money with that subscription too.
I hope this review comparison has helped you decide on the right organic tampon brand for you.
You can get started with either one below and see what you think of them too.
Flo Monthly Subscription Offer
Subscribe and save 5% on Amazon: www.amazon.co.uk/FLO
Daye Special Offer
Get £5 off your first Daye box with code amb-145H: www.yourdaye.com