Most of us in the PF world live on generics. They make the most sense financially and they’re normally just as good as the name brand. But there’s one place where many differ–the area of feminine products. Probably because we (women) have all had a bad experience with the store-brand.
So far, I have never found a store-brand MaxiPad which is as good as Kotex (my favorite). Or even as good as Always, etc. The reason? Any decent pad has some kind of stitching to keep the contents from sliding around. Generics don’t. Ever. I’ve tried a number. Now that I know the secret, I look for stitching on the picture. Fortunately, there’s still some truth in advertising.
Now MaxiPads are out. But what about the other two kinds, simple pantyliners and ever-useful tampons? Strong possibility that the generic is just as good.
Pathmark, my childhood store, makes excellent pantiliners. I’ve found a few other stores which do as well. Look, again, at the picture on the box. If it’s of something you’d buy as a non-generic, then go for it. Since there isn’t a bunch of absorbent material trying to stay in place, stitching doesn’t matter as much.
I give a green light for CVS Tampons. I can’t tell the difference between them and Tampax. I wouldn’t be surprised if most stores which offer generics are just as good here too.
Generic Maxis–pretty much…Never.
Generic Pantiliners–sure, they’re probably fine.
Generic Tampons–at least give them a try and CVS makes good ones.
And a final note to men:
Unless she gives you the green light, never buy generic feminine products for your wife, girlfriend, daughter, etc. Maybe suggest the idea if she’s into frugality, but don’t just bring them home. This is an uncomfortable part of our months and we at least want a little control. That said, surprise chocolate, cookies, and ibuprofen are probably welcome.