Bloom & Nora Reusable Sanitary Pads Review

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Over a year ago I decided to make the switch from disposable sanitary products to reusable ones in a bid to help reduce my household waste. For anyone that isn’t familiar with reusable pads they work under the same principle as reusable nappies, in that you use them and then you wash them to use again. Granted this isn’t to everyone’s taste but personally I would never switch back to disposables now. 

Since starting my journey into reusables I have tested lots of different products. Some I have got on with really well and others not so much. I guess it comes down to personal preference and individual cycles. The latest pads that I have been trying are by a new company called Bloom & Nora.

“Bloom & Nora- Purveyors of fine period wear.”

I say new company but in fact they are part of the TotsBots group who are marketing leaders in the reusable nappy industry.

‘With a wealth of design and manufacturing experience behind us, we are now branching into a new market and have created a range of beautiful eco-friendly products for ‘real women’

Inspired by early American feminist Amelia Bloomer, a fierce advocate for safer and more practical styles of women’s undergarments, Bloom & Nora invite you to have a cycle with style – and no toxic substances!

Bloom & Nora - Purveyors of fine period wear

The Bloom & Nora Reusable Pads

The pads come in 4 sizes/absorbency levels in either the Bloom or Nora fabric.

Bloom pads

  • natural
  • super absorbent bamboo core
  • come in a range of bright, vibrant colours.
  • Available in mini, midi, maxi and mighty sizes.

Nora pads

  • fast drying
  • stay-dry core
  • come in a range of classic and stain-repellent white and floral prints
  • Available in mini, midi, maxi and mighty sizes.

I opted for the midi and maxi sizes in the bloom range.

Bloom & Nora reusable sanitary pads midi and maxi size

Bloom & Nora maxi reusable sanitary pad

Bloom & Nora Midi reusable sanitary pad

Reduce your Waste

In addition to reducing waste and providing a safer alternative to disposable sanitary products, Bloom & Nora pads are also cheaper to use than disposables, costing on average of 3p per use compared to 12p per single use disposable pad. Our pads are also of such high quality that they can be used as often as 150 times over five to seven years!

My Opinion of the Bloom & Nora Reusable Sanitary Pads

I was very pleased with how the pads worked. They are incredibly soft against your skin, which as you can probably imagine is a much nicer feel than the horrible plastic disposable pads.

The pads are held in place with a popper underneath your knickers. They didn’t move once in place so no leaking. I found the shape to fit nicely, some other brands that I have tried in the past can be a bit bulky. The quality of each pad is fantastic!

To wash them I simply put them in my washing machine with the rest of our washing. I do always make sure that I don’t use fabric conditioner though as I have been told in the past that this can have an effect on the absorbency of the pads. I then line dry them. They came out as clean as when I first got them, no stains.

Some people like to pre wash them before they go into the machine to help reduce stains but I have never needed to do this as I have never found stains to be an issue. When you buy your pads you will get a card with wash care instructions on it which is really handy and worth keeping hold of to start with.

Wash care instruction for reusable sanitary pads

Reusable sanitary pads care instructions

After washing I usually straighten the pads out a bit while they are still wet and then hang them out to dry. Just because sometime they can get a bit bunched up although this doesn’t always happen. I think it depends on the material used.

As well as the pads you can also get a wet bag which you use to put in used towels when you are out and about. These are very handy and I would suggest buying a bag as it makes your life easier. The bag pictured below is particularly good as it has two separate compartments and can also be folded up to make a smaller bag.

Reusable sanitary pads wash bag

Reusable sanitary pads wash bag


I am very happy with my Bloom & Nora reusable sanitary pads and I would certainly buy more of them to add to my stash. As always I am happy to answer any questions about switching to reusable pads just leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

Bloom & Nora Reusable Sanitary Pads Review



4 thoughts on “Bloom & Nora Reusable Sanitary Pads Review

  1. Fantastic that you are sharing your positive experience of switching to cloth. Keep up the good work. It’s appreciated by all us makers 🙂

  2. I bought Nora pads. I noticed that we are drying 3 days! So long…. also they are very expensive, too expensive. I am dissapointed. Maybe Bloom are better….

    1. Hi, Anna, I haven’t got any of the Nora ones so can’t really comment on that. However, I do like the Bloom ones. They definitely don’t take 3 days to dry. How are you drying yours?

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