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3.01.2016

The Kali Girl Revolution

As with many things in life, I was a late bloomer when it came to tampons. 

Despite attending an all girls' high school in Singapore, I was not introduced to the miracle of tampons until I was living in Japan in my early 20s. 

My friend Mel and I were out shopping in Ebisu when my Aunt Flo sprung a visit on me. Caught by surprise, I turned to M for help and she fished a tampon out of her bag. Slightly embarrassed, I confessed that I had never used one before and she promptly dragged me to a public toilet and stood outside the stall directing me how and where to put it on. You can imagine the mini commotion the two of us caused, but that little lesson she gave me that afternoon changed my life, and I have never looked back since.

Now fast forward a decade- I find out that the conventional tampons that I have been putting in my body have been found to be contaminated with dioxins, furans, pesticide residues and unknown fragrance chemicals, potentially linked to cancer, reproductive harm, endocrine disruption, and allergic rash. Unfortunately, the FDA does not require companies producing feminine care products to monitor safety testing or disclose ingredients, nor do they mandate the recall of harmful products. Seriously. 

But here's how Kali is starting a revolution, by delivering a fresh box of organic feminine essentials to your doorstep each month. They are on a mission to raise awareness about what women are using and how it is affecting their bodies as well as the environment.

They've made the process as simple as it can be - all you have to do is choose your desired absorbency (regular, super or half + half) and click on 'Sign Up' and they will ship out a box on the 20th of every month so your supply will never run out. That's it. No more late-night runs to the pharmacy or rummaging through your cabinet for emergency supplies.

They kindly sent me a complimentary box for review last month, and let me tell what what a lovely experience it is to open a beautifully packaged box for the ickiest time of the month.

Each box costs $25.00 (including free shipping) and includes 14 100% certified organic Kali tampons, 10 natural Kali wipettes and a period-pampering product every month. Because I get very heavy periods (TMI, I know), I opted for the all-super box, and the product included in the box was the Rosewater Toner and Aromatherapy Spray.


Let's take a closer look at the products:

Kali Tampons

Manufactured in a certified organic facility in Spain without any chemicals, synthetics or dues, both the tampon and the applicator are 100% biodegradable, which means they will not fill up landfills or pollute the planet unlike the conventional ones that are being disposed of every year. The tampons also has a security veil around the absorbent core that prevents the fiber from shedding and makes for easier extraction (you ladies know what I'm talking about!). And more importantly, the tampons expand sideways, which allows for better absorption and greater comfort.  Are you sold yet?

Kali Wipettes

These wipettes are great for when you are on the move as they are individually packaged towelettes made with the same organic cotton as the tampons. The formula does not contain any harsh ingredients, although you may notice that there is a suspicious looking "fragance" listed. The fragrance they use makes up for less than 0.2% of the formula, which is significantly lower than the usual 3-5% in conventional products.

Ingredients: Aqua, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Organic Chamomilla Recutita Extract, Tocopherol, Caprylyc/Capric Triglyceride, Organic Chamomilla Recutita Extract, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Fragrance 
Kali Mist
This product is described as a "super-hydrating rosewater toner" and also doubles as an aromatherapy spray. I haven't opened my bottle because I am still working through my Thayer's Rose Water Witch Hazel and will probably gift this to a friend. Because I tend to avoid the ingredients phenoxyethanol and tetrasodium EDTA, I must admit I raised my eyebrows a little when I saw the formula. However, I spoke to Kali and they promptly reached out to their manufacturer and was told that there is less than 1% of both ingredients combined, which is an extremely small percentage. Phenoxyethanol in particular is approved by Whole Foods Premium Body Care, backed by years of scientific research, and also included in the Handbook of Green Chemicals
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis [Organic Aloe] Leaf Juice, Rosa Damascena [Rose] Distillate, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA


Another thing I asked Kali about was the flexibility of the content of the box, and I was pleased to hear that they will be introducing new options for the box, such as the ability to replace the skincare product with extra tampons or the option to receive the box every other month instead. In additional, they are also working on organic pads and liners over the summer so that the box can be customized to accommodate your exact needs.

Last but not least, Kali is also committed to doing good for society and their desire is to have their impact grow along with their membership. $1 from every box sold benefits Girl Up, the UN Foundation's campaign for empowering adolescent girls in places where they face many challenges, and each month members will receive updates on how their purchase is benefitting the organization.

I am excited to see what else is in store for Kali. A little birdy told me that this month's Kali Box contains an awesome virgin coconut sugar scrub, and upcoming products include a lavender bath salt soak and an essential oil blend!

Have you switched to organic feminine essentials yet? 
What other brands do you use?

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