Wednesday, 20 March 2013

A Happy, SCENTED period?

Now USUALLY at this point, I would give all then men in the room the option to leave. But today, I would quite like your opinion on this as well, so grab a chair, (Not that one, it's mine) and let's begin.

Scented sanitary products?

(Come back here, don't think I can't see you trying to press the little X in the corner. Sit down you big wuss)

Scented sanitary products?


Why on earth are we being offered scented sanitary products these days?

Does the smell of me, not being pregnant, offend people so much that I now have to mask the odour?

What idiot came up with the concept of scented sanitary products? Is it not bad enough that I ride the red river rapids for 5 days a month, now feminine hygiene companies want me to smell like I've sat on an air freshener from Poundland?

But what happens next? When the makers of this abomination decide that not only is this a great marketing ploy to subtly tell us that our vah-jay-jays stink, but what we need is a choice of scents?

"Cherry tampons for you, Madame? Or perhaps you would like to see something from our Christmas range, we have Cinnamon sanitary towels that have a subtle hint of Orange to them, No no Madame, it isn't a blood orange, certainly not. And yes Madame, our Christmas range does come with scented angel wings to wrap around your underwear to keep you fresher for longer"

No, no, no. This must not be allowed to continue, and I for one will be avoiding scented sanitary products as if my balance of Candida depended upon it.

Personally I don't think that my menstrual cycle is something I should be ashamed of.

Is this not another way to make women and young girls feel bad about themselves and their bodies? How confusing for young women,

Or do you think that there is nothing worse in this world than the smell of a woman on her "Happy period" and it should be masked? (Preferably with Duct Tape? )

I'd love to hear your thoughts.


Let me know

Big Fashionista xxxx









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  1. What I want to know is, who the Hell decided they were "happy" . Mind deffo aren't. maybe I'm missing something??

    And no scented anything down there tends to lead to delightful bouts of thrush ....

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    1. It's Ashleigh, I'm posting as Anon because its the only thing that works on my phone!

      Since when did periods smell enough that you needed to mask it with an artificial scent? Sure everyone has a natural odour but the focus should surely be upon keeping yourself clean (more so during that week of the month) than hiding behind a bit of ylang ylang?

      There shouldn't be a smell noticeable to other people if you're keeping everything clean? Or an I alone in being 99% that I've never noticed the smell of someone else's period?

      I have had these before when I've desperately needed "feminine products" and only been able to get to a tiny shop or petrol station or something and bizarrely it's often all the smallest retailers stock (???) and the smell is pretty subtle anyway so I can't see that they're enormously effective, you wouldn't be able to smell a scented sanitary towel through a pair of jeans for example.... Anyway - good morning!

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  2. This is just another lame-ass idea to make women feel insecure about their bodies and part with their cash. Why do we allow ourselves to be treated this way by advertising executives? It's like Femfresh, what the hell, no one needs that. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

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  4. I hate these to! Plus they give me thrush! Just add to my misery why don't u fucking bodyform bet it was man that came up with this! He prob walked in on his wife why she was changing her sanitary towel! Mother fuckers just let me bleed in peace why u gotta be scenting me up! Here's a tip don't like the smell of it get the fuck away from it I ain't wanting you there either!

    Cunts

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  5. My first reaction was WTAF?! It is ridiculous! Can they not just leave us to get on with our periods in peace without having us stink of artificial perfumes? My eldest will be starting hers soon and I don't want her getting the message that it's dirty, smelly and something she should be ashamed of. I reckon a bloke thought up this as no woman in her right mind would've done this shite.

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    1. Michelle I know what you mean about your daughter, mine is just at that first couple of months stage, it's difficult enough without adding masking the scent in shame products, isn't it?

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  6. I wish my period only lasted 5 days :-/

    I'm more concerned about the hygiene side of it - how many times are we told to avoid scented products down there and now they're pushing scented sanitary products? Ridiculous.

    Elspeth xx

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  7. I once smelt a girl who was on her period and it was like a copper fish kettle.

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    1. So descriptive, and yet, so very, very scary.

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  8. Interesting read Fash. As a bloke I tend to avoid this subject altogether, like most chaps but I think it's safe to say this is purely away to make more money out of women. A bizarre concept! Who's going to sniff around there anyways when it's that time of the month?!

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  9. I very rarely disagree with you Kellie, but on this one I do. The 'scents' aren't there to disguise or make women feel ashamed of their natural odour, but to provide confidence when you're feeling at your shittest. I for one like the scented panty liner things (although could the name be any more 1950s?) because it makes me feel better about the fact that I'm on my period and I can smell it... so I worry that other people can too! It may be illogical, but unless there was a demand the product wouldn't exist.

    Telling women they shouldn't be using scented sanitary products, for me, is the same as telling them the should be. It's all about choice, what's right for you and what makes you feel better. If a pad that smells of lavender and cotton wool makes you feel a smidgin better about yourself during 'the time of the month' then I'll take it.

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    1. Hayley if the chemical scent of a sanitary towel whilst on your period gives you confidence then crack on love, I'm saying here that it really isn't for me at all.

      It literally makes me thrushy just thinking about it.

      I'm going to stick to chocolate as a confidence booster during my "Happy" period. That and buying highly impractical shoes that I will never wear.

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    2. Trouble is, a lot of small shops (such as my local Sainsbury's) ONLY sell Always, and as far as I can tell, Always ONLY make scented (read: really unhealthy for a lot of women, plus there are those of us who can't stomach artificial scents like that and will end up with a headache on top of itchiness) pads now. So, not much of a choice.

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  10. You'd just have to sing louder, run faster, horse race more and swim your socks off to mask the additional scent...after all isn't that what we all do on our periods anyway according to the males of the marketing world?!

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    1. I eat chocolate and cry, maybe that's just me.

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  11. I am so with you on this. I buy one specific brand and all of a sudden they were scented. I have no idea why but it's terrible. I need to find some none scented alternatives fast!
    Also, this "Happy Period" bs needs to stop!

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  12. Yeah, I kinda disagree with you here. I don't think it's in any way demoralising to a woman's period and what she should/shouldn't be smelling like. I know when I was younger I used to constantly be on edge wondering if anyone could smell it. Not only that, but when you go to public toilets and all you can smell is someone's period blood is absolutely vile. It makes me want to throw up, just as someone who has left a shit smell behind would also make me react in that way. Not nice. But at the end of the day, if you don't want to buy these products, don't. Simple as.

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    1. You are more than welcome to disagree with me, Jenny. That's why I invite comments and people's thoughts. I am just also concerned about, as it seems a lot of people are, fragranced products, nestling against my lady garden.

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    2. Well... if it's not creating insecurity in people (which I reckon it will with a lot of young girls) then it's certainly cashing in on an existing one, isn't it?

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    3. As a committed user of the deo fresh ones, they never cause me any irritation, unlike always & other brands, the scented part does it's job & the towel does too. Never going to be a happy experience, but bearable :)

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  13. The makers watched anchor man. It's obviously to stop bear attacks Kelly.

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  14. I'm afraid I'm in the scented camp too. It's not so anyone can think I smell nice (why would they have their nose down there anyway?!) but it makes me feel a bit better. I don't think it smells chemically at all and I've never had adverse affects. Each to their own!

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  15. I'm of the opinion that I think it's heinous that we have to pay for sanitary towels or tampons at all, given that we don't actually have any control over that particular bodily function. I'm really not interested in having a vagina that smells like fucking water lily or strawberry or whatever other stupid shit they've come up with now.

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  16. I blame the "wooooaaaaahhhhh Bodyform" bitch Kellie. You know the one who wears tight white jeans and goes horse riding in the surf during rag week whilst the rest of us mere mortals spend the week bloated, spotty and weeping on the sofa stuffing chocolate into our faces.

    Her vagina is probably vajazzled to within an inch of its life, plays music ("it's a small world after all?") when her legs open and puffs out Patchouli scent every time someone gets within three feet of her pleasure zone.

    My vagina (once previously described as being like Helmand Province -dry, inhospitable and nobody wants to spend any time there!) is a sensitive place and the thought of scented sanitary products makes me shudder. Personally stuffing anything citrussy fresh up my chuff would alter the delicate balance of my lady garden and probably leave me riddled with thrush.

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    1. And the winner of "Comment of the week" has to go to Long Tall Ally.

      4 hours later and I am STILL laughing!

      Watching the war reports on Sky News will never be the same.

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  17. Scented? You have got to be kidding me! I'm sorry but women have coped for many many years without scented products we really don't need to start now. I've never noticed the smell of another woman's period, and I probably won't notice if she's using strawberry scented products.
    However if a company brought out blood orange scented products then i'd buy them purely for the irony!

    What is the big deal about the smell of blood anyway? It's not like we bother about using scented plasters when we cut ourselves so why the need for scented period products?
    x

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  18. I don't smell at any time of the month so I don't need any kind of fanny air freshener thank you very much! Putting any kind of perfumes down there is just asking for trouble. Only once have I ever noticed the smell of a woman on her period, and it was because she was a dirty cow who didn't change her pad very often. She smelt like a bit of rotten fish!
    I don't get all this 'happy period' and 'wings give you confidence crap'. I have tried several brands of sanitary product and with all of them I am still an angry, miserable mad woman for several days.

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  19. Nooooo, I'd never use anything scented it makes me want to scratch my Tan Fairy Ann off just thinking about using scented products 'down there'! Periods are shit, they hurt, and now it appears we're not suffering enough and we should have thrush too! Bollocks to that!!

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  20. I'm sure you don't get thrush from using scented products. There are other organisms at play there. It may have to do with your sex life. I don't think it's a good idea to wear scented tampons, them being inside your body and upsetting the natural balance of things, but I think a scented sanitary pad would be just fine. We all do use deodorant to disguise our body odor, don't we? Why is this any different? I don't feel discriminated against at all.

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  21. The real question here is what if my cherry tampon or my lilly of the valley pad clashes with my perfume choice?!

    The horror!!!

    I aint sticking no fruity flavour wad of cotton up my vag. Not now not ever.
    Just no.

    I'm also totally up for a witch hunt on whoever thought up the "have a happy period" slogan, that gives me proper rage that. Happy fucking period my arse.

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  22. For the advertising, they could borrow the annoying tena lady woman who keeps getting her frock caught in the lift. I bet her periods are fucking hilarious.

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  23. It's pretty simples isn't it? If YOU can smell your fanny, others will be able to smell it non?
    Excusez-moi Madame, vous vagin sent les Poisson!

    If you can smell your Lady Garden, it wants cleaning, not synthetic scented shit shoved up it.

    Merci.

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    1. bravo, votre commentaire m'a fait pleurer de rire

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  24. Ah, French should always be employed when needing to approach those more delicate and intimate situations - so much more refined.

    Yes, totally agree with you Kellie - no reason to add extra chemicals to your lady-garden - super absorbent pads/tampons are bad enough for drying up/provoking irritations/tnrush etc.

    Is this a good time to mention The Third Way, ie mooncup? A great product for health, financial and environmental reasons - go look at their website - it is an eye-opener. I don't work for them, btw, just a complete evangelist :)

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    1. *sings* moooooooncup dot com (to the tune of the moonpig ad obviously)

      I adore my mooncup

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  25. HATE THEM SO MUCH! I accidently brought scented once. They are awful. I clearly only smell that way once a month. I feel like they are advertising I am on. Plus the smell makes me feel sick. Plus ack and ack. God they make me angry, and I had to use them all, coz I can;t afford to be rid of the dreadful abominations. *sorry they make me ranty*

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  26. As I have a bleeding phobia and bad periods (last around three sodding week. I use scented pads sometimes as I am less aware of the blood smell. And yes I can smell other ladies on periods at times... Sitting next to a stranger on a bus and picking up the whiff of red pants is nasty. :-/

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  27. Sarah Jane, you know the wings? They always unstick from my knickers, stick to the inside of my trouser legs instead (I dunno how) and then I get tangled up in them when I yank the lot down for a wee. Wings are useless. - JudSawyer

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  28. I think the scented thing comes down to choice and knowing your body, some people don't suffer the nightmare that is thrush (bitches) and I can't honestly say I've ever smelt any other womans period!

    Also I just googled to mooncup, that's a whole other issue!

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  29. This shit gave me eczema so serious I was on steroids for ages. Nobody wants eczema down there!
    Seriously, I have no idea why they're still on the market - Never again.

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    1. Ouch!!! Certainly not a happy period then!

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  30. I would rather they had an audible alarm to warn everyone in range.

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    1. i like this idea, although usually the fact that EVERYTHING IS FILLING ME WITH RAGE is enough warning for most people

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  31. I'm just glad they don't make towels as thick as an A4 ream of paper any more - try waddling around in one of those!

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    1. They still had them at my school in 2007 as they were too tight to buy Always. Bastards.

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  32. A few years back I visited the sinai desert in egypt. A bunch of gypsys live there and they told us that the woman get sent to the 'special tent' away from everyone else when the painters are in. Maybe they just needed these ey? Or maybe woman in general should just stay indoors away from society when it's their 'happy time' with their smelly bits. In all seriousness..periods shouldn't smell that much unless you leave it festering in the pad all day. Wash and changing is the answer!

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  33. Just to clarify.. me personally.. I wouldn't want to get down on all fours and sniff the crotch of a women on her 'red river rapids' moment, so why do we even need scented jam-rags in the first place?!

    It's like having a magic tree air freshener glued to your underwear. How delightful, the smell of bubblegum on a period.

    The mind can only wonder who invented such inventions.

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  34. my thoughts - i use a mooncup. job done, no odour, no landfill, just a cup full of blood a day, you can use it as plant food apparently - if you are keen.

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  35. whilst I'm not a fan of the... aroma I wouldn't even contemplate using scented products there! Also I like to think with decent hygiene I'm the only one that has to deal with my scent! I pray I'm not wrong!!!

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  36. I was pleased when my usual brand started doing this. It made the whole business slightly more pleasant for me. I've never had any problems with irritation either. I think it's just like when they add all kinds of extra features to toothbrushes to stay on top of the market.

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  37. Also as a woman I think there are worse things to contend with!

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  38. LOVE this post! I'm with you though. I don't want my knickers smelling of toilet freshner...

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