When we talk about organic tampon subscriptions, there are three very popular brands that battle against each other — Lola vs Cora vs Kali. But among these three, which one stands out?
Every month, we, women, go through our monthly period. A lot of you will probably agree with us if we say that sometimes, it can get really challenging. The physical limitation can get really exhausting. Needless to say, we always worry about having leaks.
Thanks to feminine products manufacturers, they continue to do innovations to help ease out our worries. Then, we only are limited to using sanitary pads, which is quite uncomfortable, to be honest. Today, we have menstrual cups, sanitary pads made of cloth, and of course, tampons.
The use of tampon has become popular over the years.
In fact, according to Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, 43 million American women prefers to use tampons over pads and other menstrual products. In addition, the report says that the average woman in the country will use between 11,000 and 16,000 tampons in her lifetime.
Now, there are two types of tampons that are available in the market today. There’s the traditional one, and the now becoming popular organic tampons. Organic tampons are supposed to be the industry’s response to the global problem of sanitary waste and have also something to do with women’s health and overall well-being. Supposedly, the organic tampon is the better option.
According to the latest research report from the Market Research Future (MRFR), it has been forecasted that the organic and/or natural tampons market is expected to increase to a strong 8.67% from 2018 to 2023. For reference, in 2017, the market was valued at $590.6 million.
The increase is not surprising though because of the growing awareness regarding the harmful effect of plastic pollution globally. Personal hygiene product manufacturers increasingly focus on providing consumers with environmentally viable products.
To be honest, we won’t be surprised if one of these days, the traditional tampons will be out in the market. After all, people, these days are more into living organic or natural.
Anyway, having said that, we are going to look into three of the most popular brands that provide organic tampons. We are going to make a comparison between Lola vs Cora vs Kali.
But first —
WHAT IS ORGANIC TAMPON?
Perhaps you are wondering what makes an organic tampon different from the usual tampon you buy in the market. So, to answer that, here’s what we found.
According to Women’s Health Magazine, organic tampons are usually made from 100 percent organic cotton, while traditional or regular tampons are made using rayon and/or non-organic cotton.
Apart from that, organic tampons are also bleached with peroxide. Meanwhile, conventional tampons are bleached using chlorine.
In the same article, it says that according to experts, tampons that are bleached using chlorine creates a by-product named, dioxin, which is a popular carcinogen or a substance that is capable of causing cancer and may also cause hormone disruption.
The organic tampon manufacturers claim that their tampons are free of those harmful chemicals, and other synthetic materials that are usually used for pesticides, GMOs, as well as absorbency in the production of cotton.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING ORGANIC TAMPON?
Manufacturers say that women benefit a lot from using organic or natural tampons. Women’s Health Magazine cited some of the benefits, which include:
- Organic tampons are unscented. – Scented tampons or pads can affect a woman’s sensitive skin.
- Organic tampons won’t slash your risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Toxic shock syndrome is a rare but life-threatening bacterial infection.
Apart from these, a few more benefits of using organic tampons include:
- Organic tampons are good for the environment. – Primarily, organic tampons are made from 100% organic materials, which means no harmful pesticides or herbicides were used. These chemicals are known to be dangerous especially if they leach into the soil or waterways.
- Organic tampons are free from polluting plastic. – Plastic pollution, as we all know is one of the major problems in the world today. An organic product like this one helps decrease the number of pollutants because they are totally compostable.
These are just some of the many benefits that a woman using an organic tampon can take advantage of.
So now, let us proceed with the real deal. As earlier mentioned, we are going to compare three of the most popular brands when it comes to organic tampons – Lola, Cora, and Kali.
LOLA VS CORA VS KALI: COMPANY OVERVIEW
Before we dig deeper into the details, let us get to know each of these companies first.
LOLA’s mission is “to build the first lifelong brand for a woman’s body, from the first period to last hot flash“.
The tampon product of LOLA was launched back in July 2015. In 2017, the company introduced its First Period Kit, which comes with regular pads, heavy pads, liners, light tampons, and more.
LOLA is proud to say that the company only use 100% certified organic cotton in their products. Definitely no use of toxins, dyes, or synthetic fibers, which means their products are “softer-than-soft” with superior leak protection.
Meanwhile, their period kits are customizable, because the LOLA believed that “periods aren’t one-size-fits-all”. Thus, their customers can select the same number of each absorbency (from Light to Super+) in every box of tampons.
Apart from tampons and pads, LOLA also sells sex essentials.
Furthermore, LOLA is not just about profit, they also make sure to give back. Thus, choosing LOLA over other brands means supporting the company’s mission “to make menstrual care more accessible for women across the United States“. To date, LOLA has already donated over 2 million period products nationwide.
Cora exists to “empower women”. On their website, it says that the company believed that “every woman is a force of nature and should be revered as such“. In addition, the company believes that every girl deserves a good education. However, because millions of girls – 25 million to be exact — cannot afford to buy pads, they miss school whenever they have periods.
With this, Cora made it as part of the company’s mission to “provide pads and health education to a girl in need” for every purchase made on Cora.
More so, through the business, they help fight off gender equality, as well as provide products, education, and jobs to girls and women in need in developing nations and in the US.
If you want to know more about Cora, you may want to check this very insightful review from Theresa Huaroto, a certified YouTuber:
Cora is committed to “giving all women access to safe and effective period products as well as valuable and trustworthy information to educate and empower“. The company promise to:
- Relentlessly innovative
- Radically transparent
- Profoundly human
- Uncommonly generous
Cora provides organic cotton tampons made in Europe. Also, the cotton they use in their product was sourced in Europe as well. Apart from organic cotton tampons, they also sell period pads made with organic cotton, organic bladder, and period liners, bamboo body cloths, as well as premium ultra-soft silicone Cora cup.
The company is certified organic. In fact, they proud to say that their tampons are GOTS certified, which means they are guaranteed to be ethically sourced, free of pesticides, and made without child labor.
By the way, Cora’s subscription is also customizable – which means, you get what you need, and nothing else.
Kali was founded by Jonna Piira, who also acts as the company’s CEO.
Kali’s mission is to “empower and educate our community about what they are putting into their bodies”.
The company spreads awareness about the benefits of using organic feminine hygiene products including tampons over the regular ones. The company also works on “building a wellness community focused on overall health”.
The cotton material used by Kali in the production of its products sourced from sustainable cotton farms in India, Turkey, and Tanzania. Meanwhile, the company’s feminine care products were manufactured in Spain and Slovenia.
Kali is 100% committed to being transparent with their customers. Since the company use certified organic cotton, it also means that the products are vegan, hypoallergenic, and biodegradable. They are free from harmful chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, chlorine bleach, and more.
The company is proud to say that its Total Quality Management System based on 21 CFR 820 – QSR Quality System Regulation from the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) guarantees the highest quality products. All its products were tested and were proven to be hypoallergenic `non-irritant´ by external labs.
LOLA VS CORA VS KALI: OVERALL COMPARISON
Now, it’s time to look deeper into what these companies offer. Here’s a table to hopefully help you better decide which among the three companies offer the best tampon subscription deal.
|ITEMS FOR COMPARISON||LOLA||CORA||KALI|
|Products||Tampons, pads & liners Cleansing wipes Vitamins Essential oils Condoms Lubricant||Tampons, pads & liners Body wipes Cora Cup Necklace||Tampons, pads & liners Wipettes Beauty Products|
|Material Used||100% organic cotton tampons and pads||100% organic tampons, and pads with organic top sheet||100% organic cotton tampons and pads|
|Made in||Europe||Tampons are made in Europe; Pads in the USA||Europe|
|Introductory Offer||15% off first box with code FIRST15||15% off first box with code join15||20% off first order with code Kali20|
|Price||Tampons: $8 for 18 $0.44 each Pads: $9 for 12 $0.75 each||Tampons: $6 for 6 $1.00 each Pads: $8 for 6 $1.33 each||Tampons: $16 for 32 $0.50 each Pads: $14 for 20 $0.70 each|
|Subscription Box Items||Customizable||Customizable||Customizable|
|Subscription Frequency||1 to 2 months||3 months or yearly||1, 2 or 3 months|
|Social Responsibility||Donates feminine care products to low-income women in the US||Donates pads & health education to girls in Kenya or India||Donates feminine products to homeless shelters across the US & supports a non-profit called Girl Up|
LOLA VS CORA VS KALI: SUBSCRIPTION BOXES
This time around, we’ll look into what’s inside LOLA’s, Cora’s, and Kali’s subscription boxes.
What you get from a LOLA’s tampon subscription depends on several factors like your menstrual flow, the regularity of your period, your preferred tampon type, and many more.
For a medium type of menstrual period, for instance, this is the suggested assortment of products:
- 4 Light Tampons
- 6 Regular Tampons
- 4 Super Tampons
- 4 Super+ Tampons
Apart from the above-mentioned tampon products (which comes in two boxes), a daily multivitamin is also recommended to help ease out PMS if you have one.
For this, it costs $38 and will be delivered every 4 weeks. LOLA allows you to skip or cancel your subscription anytime without a cost.
Meanwhile, LOLA’s First Period Kit includes the following products:
- 5 regular pads for moderate days
- 5 heavy pads for heavy days and overnight protection
- 12 liners for light days or backup
- 10 light tampons for slim-fit protection
- Instructional card for each period product
- 1 canvas pouch for on-the-go moments
- 1 sheet of stickers for period tracking
- 1 keepsake box for at-home storage
- $5 LOLA credit towards a new subscription
LOLA’s First Period Kit costs $34.
Your Cora subscription kit is customizable depending on your product preference, as well as your menstrual flow and menstrual period.
For instance, for someone who has a medium flow and prefers an applicator tampon, your plan will include the following:
- 6 Light Tampons
- 6 Regular Tampons
- 6 Super Tampons
- 1 FREE Black Box (for storage purposes)
- Vegan Leather Clutch
This will be shipped and delivered to your doorstep every 3 months. You can also edit the plan if you want to, or if you think the product is not working for you, you can cancel it anytime.
For this kind of subscription, it costs $39 or $13 per month. Again, this is just an example as the subscription plan varies from one woman to another.
Meanwhile, for $5, a Cora Starter Kit comes with:
- 4 Light Tampons
- 4 Regular Tampons
- 4 Super Tampons
Just like LOLA and Cora, Kali’s subscription box is flexible and customizable. However, they do have a pre-boxed subscription as well that you can opt for.
For instance, for a Kali Luxury Box contains the following products:
- 14 organic tampons or 16 organic pads
- 10 individually wrapped Kali wipettes
- 10 organic thong panty liners
- One personal pampering product
Kali Luxury Box costs $22.89 per shipment. You can choose to have your box delivered on a monthly or a bi-monthly basis.
Apart from Kali Luxury Box, there are also other Kali boxes depending on your needs. There are boxes like Tampon and Liner Only Bimonthly Box, Pad and Liner Only Monthly Box, Kali Wipette Bimonthly Box, Tampon Only Bimonthly Box, and Every Other Month Luxury Box. Each of these boxes contains specific products to stock you up on a monthly basis.
LOLA VS CORA VS KALI: SUBSCRIPTION PROCESS
All of them basically have the same format when it comes to their customized subscription boxes. You have to take a quiz, which is pretty easy and simple, and won’t take too much of your time. Based on your answers, they will recommend the right inclusions in your box.
Having said that, it is very important that you answer each question with all honesty as what you will have in your subscription box will depend on that.
LOLA VS CORA VS KALI: CUSTOMER REVIEWS
Of course, our comparison will not be complete without customer reviews. This will help us better gauge which among the three works best, rather what is worth it.
“I have been using Lola for years and they have been a lifesaver. I used to feel about having tampons delivered, but the first time I started my period and had them waiting for me, I was changed. I love that you can customize your box to suit your needs because my periods run the whole gamut. I love the convenience that they are 100% cotton, and it’s a female-owned company. Their pads and other products are great, too. They are the best subscription service out there.” – Angeline P.
“These (Cora) are my new favorite tampons! The size is perfect for stashing in pockets and purses and I feel confident inserting the product into my body knowing there are no harsh chemicals in or around the product when being made.” – Jozie
“I loved my Kali Box. I NEVER have a tampon when I need one. It was beautiful. I loved the packaging and the products – organic, chemical-free tampons, individual wipes, thong panty liners, and a rosewater facial mist.” – Hanna
The reviews were from customer review sites, specifically Influenster and No Need To Think.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON LOLA VS CORA VS KALI
Perhaps a lot of women will agree if we say that using a tampon is very convenient and comfortable as compared to sanitary pads and menstrual cups. Apart from that, it feels clean and it doesn’t stink like when using pads.
With the advent of organic tampons, it just gets even better. With organic tampons, you’re assured of using chemical-free, environment-friendly menstrual tools. It’s nice knowing also that more and more companies are producing organic tampons. Also, it’s good that there are subscription boxes available, which ensures you have a stock should your monthly period visits.
Have you tried any of these subscription boxes yet? If not, we highly recommend you try one.