We believe periods aren’t something to be ashamed of or hide—and these Canadian companies agree. That’s why they’re working hard to make your life easier with their products, whether it’s offering absorbent underwear that you can wear when Aunt Flow comes to town or an essential oil to soothe your cramps. Here’s a round-up of five period-positive Canadian companies who proudly provide those who menstruate with support:
Gone are the days of tossing out your underwear when it’s ruined by period stains. Knix has the solution: a breathable, absorbent material that is leakproof. They have underwear for each stage of your cycle, from light to super. They come in stylish designs and have inclusive sizing. Knix founder Joanna Griffiths also makes it a point to use real women in her campaigns, so you’ll actually feel represented when you’re browsing the products.
Blume: Cloud 9 Period Cramp Oil
When you’re feeling cramps come on, you’ll be relieved to reach for Cloud 9. It’s a cruelty-free, vegan roll-on stick made with a blend of essential oils, like lemon, peppermint and bergamot. It’s a natural way to soothe PMS pains, balance mood swings, and help with bloating. Blume was created by sisters who wanted to put a fun twist on self-care, including periods. Their mission is to remove the stigma that comes along with menstruation. They have tons of products to help you reach your full potential, period.
Comfort meets cute with Illum’s organic cotton pads. Rather than adding to the landfill, these pads can be washed and used again. They come in beautiful designs that change year round. The pads fold up so you can carry them around in your purse or pocket easily. They also come in a bamboo material, making them even softer and more absorbent. The website provides instructions on how to properly care for the pads and you can even order a tester to see if you like the product.
If you’re on the lookout for more environmentally friendly options when it comes to period products, then try Joni organic liners. They come wrapped in biodegradable packaging. There are no chemicals or fragrances, and the liners break down by 98% in 12 months (compared to 300 years for other liners). They have a subscription option, so you won’t have to think twice about stocking up on essentials.
As the name implies, with Nixit you’ll be able to nix tampons and pads during your next period. The menstrual cup is a one-size-fits-all solution that holds up to 70 mL of fluid. (That’s four tampons worth!) The cup is suction-free, which means it’s easier to remove. You can wear it safely if you’re getting physical, so sex doesn’t have to be off the table!