Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites (such as Rakuten, Amazon, and Kakaku.com) for the best menstrual pads for daytime use. We then chose the 16 most popular products and tested them.
We focused on the following four things:
Our combined impressions averaged out to a final grade from D to A+. We then compiled everything we learned into a buying guide about and list of the best Japanese daytime menstrual pads online.
We picked out 16 of the most popular products and tested them for the following: their absorbency, their thickness, their ventilation, and their level of comfort.
Then, based on how they performed on our tests, we graded and ranked the top 16 Japanese daytime menstrual pads available online.
※Japanese prices for some of the products are given; they’ve merely been converted into USD for easy viewing.
|Japanese||花王 ロリエ エフ しあわせ素肌|
20 count, 2 pack
|Japanese||大王製紙 エリス Megami 素肌のきもち 超スリム|
|Japanese||ユニチャーム センターイン スリム|
|Japanese||ユニチャーム ソフィ はだおもい 極うすスリム|
22 count, 2 packs
|Japanese||大王製紙 エリス 新・素肌感|
|Japanese||花王 ロリエ 肌キレイガード|
|Japanese||ユニチャーム センターイン ハッピーキャッチ|
And why they didn't quite make it.
Whisper Fresh Ultra Slim had great ventilation and was the perfect size for taking on the go, but it was made with a vinyl material rather than cotton, which may not feel great after extended wear.
Laurier Slim Guard pads may have excelled in terms of thickness, but they didn't absorb as much liquid as the average lady requires. It also has a bit of a stiff texture, making it potentially uncomfortable after wearing it for a while.
Sofy Air Fit Slim (Happy Floral Scent) was comfortable enough that we didn't even feel like we were wearing a pad, but we were disappointed by how much the liquid spread out during our text; possible leakage could occur.
When we put Sofy Body Fit pads to the test, we were disappointed to find that it took quite a long time for liquid to actually absorb into the pad. That could mean an uncomfortable few seconds for you should a sudden leak occur. sisiFILLE Sanitary Pads also gave us the same impression.
While Naturamoon Menstrual Pads had a high absorption rate, we noticed that more water absorbed into the tissue than the pad, which led us to give it a lower grade and rank.
These are the pads that had something wrong with them in pretty much every category. Cepee's Gentle on Skin Pads felt heavy when liquid was absorbed into them, and touching them with a tissue or our hand left water behind - not very breathable.
Cotton Lab's Organic Cotton Pads scored D's in three of our four categories; it wasn't absorbent, breathable, or a compact size. While the cotton did make it feel comfortable (its only saving grace), it also gave us the feeling that we were definitely wearing a pad.
Laurier F Happy Skin Ultra-slim Pads
elis Megami Bare Skin Ultra Slim
olivier Sawayaka Cotton 100%
Sofy Hadaomoi Ultra Slim
elis New Bare Skin with Wings
Laurier Hada-Kirei Guard
Center-in Happy Catch
|Features||The Very Best Japanese Dayt...||The Most Compact and Absorb...||The Softest Pads for Daytime||A Very Well-ventilated Pad ...||The Most Portable and Compa...||A Breathable Pad with Other...||Pads with the Perfect Thick...||An Adorable Design, but a B...|
|Japanese||花王 ロリエ エフ しあわせ素肌||大王製紙 エリス Megami 素肌のきもち 超スリム||第一衛材 さわやかこっとん100%||ユニチャーム センターイン スリム||ユニチャーム ソフィ はだおもい 極うすスリム||大王製紙 エリス 新・素肌感||花王 ロリエ 肌キレイガード||ユニチャーム センターイン ハッピーキャッチ|
|Length||8.9 inches||9 inches||9.3 inches||9.4 inches||8.3 inches||8.1 inches||8.1 inches||8.3 inches|
We put the 16 most popular daytime menstrual pads through four tests, each designed to gauge a different factor. One was to judge its absorbency, and two more were to gauge its ventilation and thickness. The final test was to see how it felt to the touch.
We'll state the obvious: you're going to want a super absorbent pad to get you through your busy day. To test its absorption power without actually testing it on ourselves, we applied 20cc of colored water onto the upper and center areas of a pad using an eye dropper. Then we graded it on a scale of D to A+.
During our testing process, we noticed that pads that have a totally flat surface tend to let liquid spread over the entire pad rather than keeping it concentrated in the center. Pads with a slightly raised center have more absorption space and prevent it from leaking out the sides. We'd highly recommend looking for a pad like this.
The next thing we graded the test pads on was their thickness. We wanted to measure how easy they would be to carry around and whether or not they felt bulky to wear (before opening the actual pad).
Our tests showed us that pads made with 100% cotton or organic cotton tended to look and feel bulky; we could only fit 2 or 3 in our test pouch. If you want to stick to your organic habits, though, we'd suggest putting them in a larger pouch.
When those heavy days come, you'll want a pad with good ventilation to prevent skin from getting irritated and also to keep it feeling fresh. After soaking the pads in our absorbency test liquid, we placed a tissue over the pad and checked to see how much liquid was absorbed by the tissue. A wetter tissue meant less ventilation.
Results taught us that pads with a mesh design were extremely breathable. The tissue absorbed very little liquid from these pads or none at all. However, if the mesh was too fine, the tissue tended to stick to the napkin. Look for a pad with a good-size mesh pattern to stay fresh.
Menstrual pads are made with all kinds of materials from vinyl to cotton, and not all of these materials are cohesive to comfort. We used our own hands to touch the surface of a pad and judge how soft and gentle each pad surface was, then graded it on a scale of D to A+.
As you may have guessed already, pads made with chemical fibers like vinyl didn't always feel so gentle on our skin. After long periods of wear, they may start to cause skin irritation. If comfort is your ultimate goal, we'd recommend using cotton pads.
Here are four big things to look out for.
Menstrual pads come in two main types: with wings and without wings. These two constructions have different qualities that may be better suited for different lifestyles.
The wings of a pad help hold the product firmly in place on top of your underwear, making it hard to slip out of place. If you're going to do a lot of walking or you're just worried about side leakage, pads with wings are a good choice.
Thick pads with wings can feel a bit bulky in the center, so if you're going to choose a winged pad, we'd recommend going with a thinner one.
Pads without wings, along with being cheaper, also tend to be more comfortable to wear. They're easy to apply and remove, so if you're someone that needs to change their pad often, pads without wings may be easier on your skin and your underwear.
Many people claim that it's easier for pads without wings to slip out of place, so we'd recommend using these towards the end of your period.
No one knows the rhythm of your period better than you do, so if you have a wide variation of flow in your cycle, consider purchasing either or both of these pad types.
If you don't need a full-on thick pad, why wear one? Slim type pads are available in portable sizes that are great for days when your flow isn't so heavy. They're also less likely to show through clothes like tight skirts or pants.
If you're in the midst of heavy flow, thick pads will offer you absorption and security. They can look a bit bulky, so they'd be better used with baggy or loose-fitting clothes. Also consider the kind of pouch or bag you'll be carrying them in, because they tend to take up a lot of space. They're also great for long days when you don't have many opportunities to change your pad.
Along with thickness level, different lengths of pad are better suited for different stages of your cycle. Pads that are longer than 9 inches are best for heavy days; 7.8 inches to 9 inches are great for regular days; and 6.7-inch pads and under are safe to use at the end of your period.
Shorter pads mean more comfort and longer pads can start to feel a bit noticeable, so also think about your clothing when considering a pad length.
Most pads come unscented, but you may be worried about your scent during your period (both for your sake and for others'). Recently, a greater variety of scented pads is becoming available, most often in floral and rose fragrances. Choose these pads if you want to keep yourself feeling and smelling fresh all day.
Choosing the best pad is just one way you can make your life easier, but there are plenty other products to help you during your period. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
We rounded up members from our editing department, purchased the 16 most popular Japanese daytime menstrual pads, and tested them all. We learned that the best of the best pads have a mesh pattern and are slightly raised in the center for maximum absorption.
They're also easy to carry around and are soft to the touch. You know your body better than anyone, but we hope we've given you a good place to start on your search.
Author: Nozomi Onishi/Translation: Shannon McNaught/Photos: Yuuki Kawashima, Koichi Miura
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