Menstrual care, and menstruation in general, has been considered a taboo subject for centuries, especially by white Western culture.
However, just as it was for our ancestors, menstruation need not be a curse. For pre-Hispanic cultures, fertility and connection to nature endowed women with a cosmic power to create life.
Today, empowering ourselves with our bodies and that energy is fundamental, and part of that is knowing our bodies and knowing which products to use to be comfortable and help nature at the same time.
For decades, non-biodegradable and non-compostable menstrual products have added to the waste that harms the environment. Luckily, some brands create items that not only help your period but also help planet Earth. A plus? Several of them are from BIPOC founders. Here we share five sustainable products from BIPOC feminine care brands that will help you empower your cycle and experience connection with the cosmos in a clean, comfortable, and environmentally conscious way.
Bloomi, co-founded by Mexican-American Rebecca Alvarez and Julie Leclercq, describes itself as “a marketplace for clean sexual wellness and self-care products.” Their menstrual care offerings are numerous, including Heralogie Period Undies, Intimina menstruation cups, and this Anti-PMS Melt Cream Treatment, which hydrates and helps with cramping, inflammation, nausea, moodiness, and hot flashes.
Available at thebloomi.com, $35
The Honey Pot Company Menstrual Cup
African-American Bea Dixon is the founder of the next BIPOC-owned feminine care brand you should know–The Honey Pot Company. Here, you’ll find plenty of products to make your period not only work in your favor but also on the planet. A sustainable, eco-friendly option is their medical-grade silicone menstrual cup, made without latex and phthalates and available in two sizes (according to flow). You get 12-hour protection and can reuse this cup for up to a year.
Available at thehoneypot.co, $21.99
Rael Organic Cotton Reusable Pads
“360° holistic cycle care. Powered by natural and effective ingredients. Made K-beauty technology and female expertise.” That’s the philosophy behind Rael, co-founded by three South Korean women–Aness An, Yanghee Paik, and Binna Won. In addition to skin, body, and vulva care, you will find several period care products, like these organic cotton reusable pads. For $34, you get a 3-pack of pads that you can use up to 120 times each! Added bonus? They’re free of those toxic chemicals that mess with your hormones, have carcinogens, and irritate your sensitive areas.
Available at getrael.com, $34
Saalt, founded by Argentinian Cherie Hoeger, is all about “sustainable period care” and invites you to “upgrade your period.” You can do this with their selection of certified plastic negative; clean, ethical, and sustainable; high-performance products. A standout is Saalt’s Elemental High Waist Brief. It’s great for streamlining the figure when bloating is at its worst, plus it holds up to 2-3 regular tampons’ worth of period flow — plus they’re cute. You also don’t have to worry about toxic artificial PFAS (per- and polyfluoroakyl) chemicals.
Available at saalt.com, $39
Crystal Etienne is the Black founder behind Ruby Love, a brand that aims to “let your period empower you with underwear, swimwear, and sleepwear that gives you leak-free, stain-free, and worry-free protection.” One offering that blends style with function is their Period Swimsuit Bundle. A fashionable one-piece and two swim bottoms (that you select) let you spend a day by–and in–the pool, with no tampon necessary. Finally!
Available at rubylove.com, $159.99