By purchasing Lali products, you help with the donation


November is my birthday month, so we decided to do a mini-campaign where at the end of the month we will donate some cups to charity.
 

You play a vital part


Yes, yo do indees! But how – I hear you ask. Well, we will collect a few percentages from each purchase in the month of November, which will be crucial in the final number of cups that we will give away.
 

Where will the cups travel to?


 We connected with a Ukrainian NGO called Zero Waste Lviv.

They are currently collecting reusable menstrual products to be distributed to internally displaced women and volunteers in war zones.

In this way, they will show them their support and at the same time reduce plastic pollution from disposable pads and tampons.
 

Every purchase counts


 Of course, we will inform you at the end of the month about how many menstrual cups we managed to collect with your help and about all the other details.

I am certain that even – in normal times – a simple thing like the cup “voyage” will be quite an interesting ordeal. Why? It is because currently, for obvious reasons, no courier service delivers packages to Ukraine. But our Lali team will not give up that easily!
 

Do you also have old winter clothes accumulating at home?


 Anastasia and Liliya – the girls we spoke with also mentioned that many organizations are currently collecting warmer clothes, sleeping bags, blankets… which will come in handy in the coming cold months.

You probably have an old winter jacket in your closet that has been collecting dust for a while, because you’re still hoping that it will come back into fashion – am I right?

If you’re ready to say goodbye to it for good (RIP, you will be missed), here’s a great opportunity, and it’s going to charity so a win-win in my books. 🙂
 

We are on YouTube!

What do PewDiePie, MrBeast, and now LaliCup have in common?
 
If you guessed they all make YouTube videos, you’d be correct!

Ok, we definitely cannot compare with people who do YouTube for a living (yet) and have more subscribers than there are people in my beautiful country Slovenia, but you get the gist, right?
 
menstrual cup guide

You heard it right!

We are thrilled to announce that we have our own YouTube channel .

There are loads of interesting videos and shorts you can find there from demonstrations, different tips and tricks when using a menstrual cup to interesting talks with like-minded people who prioritize a healthy and environmentally conscious life.

Above all, we try and make every video interesting and fun! 🙂
 
Van life and periods – do they even go together?
We also thought that a YouTube channel could offer another form of communication as admittedly these e-mails are more of a one-way communication >.<

Do not hesitate to leave us a comment, we would be more than happy to hear your feedback.

You can also check out and contact us (even if just to say hi) on other platforms: TikTok Instagram Facebook

  It’s bound to happen.


You could be dining at your favourite restaurant, enjoying on the beach or work late. Sooner rather than later, you’ll have to change your cup… in a public toilet *gasp*.

Questionable hygiene, small space and not-so-clean toilets are common culprits of concern – am I right? But now that you know how to use a menstrual cup, it’s time to take the next step on your less-waste journey, step up your game and bravely change your LaliCup in a public toilet.

In this post, I’m going to share with you our best ways to clean a menstrual cup in public toilets and show you that changing your cup on the go isn’t as scary as it seems.
 

How to do it:


I know you’re worried about not being able to change the cup in the safety of your own bathroom and, in some cases, without a sink nearby.

But the easiest and safest way to clean your menstrual cup on the go is to always have a small bottle of water with you during your period.

1. When you are in a public restroom, place an open bottle of water on the floor. Remove your menstrual cup with one hand and emptiy its contents into the toilet. Take the bottle with your other hand and clean the cup with water over the toilet.

2. Wash off any blood on your fingers with the remaining water left in the bottle.
 
3. Put the cup back in and voila, you are good to go!
 

Extra hint:

If you don’t have a water bottle with you, it’s enough to wipe the cup with soft intimate wipes, or in extreme cases with toilet paper.

P.S. before and after changing the cup, wash your hands in the sink.
 
You can find a demonstrating video of what we just talked about below. Just click on it and you will find out how our boss Mateja goes about cleaning LaliCup in the public toilet:
 

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/XoxOUjtfyhk

  In order to avoid all the hassle of washing the cup, a lot of menstrual cup users decide to carry an additional LaliCup with them, change it and then simply wash both cups when they get home.
 
Does this method seem more fitting to your need? The extra cup is already waiting for you in our store.
 

Let me guess what happens when I say period panties. The first thing that pops into your mind are pants that resemble adult diapers. Am I right?

Well let me debunk this myth for you – there are many different types of period underwear and one of them will surely fit your needs.

LALIPANTIES

LaliPanties feel just like normal underwear; the only difference you might notice is a special layer that stops all the potential blood droplets.

Depending on how heavy your flow is, period panties might not be absorbent enough, so we honestly believe that LaliPanties and LaliCup are a match made in heaven.

Grey panties are washable and reusable, making them the perfect eco-friendly alternative to disposable sanitary products.

Not to mention their cute patterns that make periods more fun.

Period scrundies, pink
Period scrundies, menstrual panties with absorption

PERIOD SCRUNDIES

Period scrundies contain a leak-proof layer as well as a soaker pad sewn inside.

Because of that, there is no need to use any extra pads. You can use them for a light to moderate flow, as a cup backup or for moderate incontinence problems.

They come in many different fun designs that will put a smile on your face for sure.

Their snug and comfy fit is perfect for when you are bloated or having cramps on your period.

BLACK LALIPANTIES

Black LaliPanties are stylish, functional and comfortable solution that will help banish leaking and staining for good, leaving you feeling dry, comfy, and secure.

They are constructed to feel and look like regular undies and are not bulky.

But do not let the looks fool you; our period underwear are made with 4 extra protective layers of special absorbent material and go all the way up the back allowing you to tackle your period with confidence.

RED LALIPANTIES

Red LaliPanties with lace make periods discreet, comfortable and above all leak-free so you don’t have to worry about embarrassing accidents during your period.

These super soft and sustainable menstrual panties have a leek-proof layer and soft lace around the waist.

We designed these period panties to be worn for extra leak protection while using a menstrual cup, so you can feel confident during your period.

This is one of the questions we have probably all thought at some point.

Every vagina has its own unique smell that errs more on the side of “this is an actual human body part” than rose petals, strawberries and sweets.

Regardless of what intimate hygiene propaganda might have you believe, above mentioned fragrances have no business near your private parts.

So, what should a vagina smell like?

Generally speaking, the vagina typically smells like mildly fermented milk or musk, but there is also an array of other factors that will

determined/alternate the smell like your menstrual cycle phase, exercising, diet, sex…

What kind of odour should I watch out for?

An overpowering unpleasant (fishy) smell, burning sensation and itchiness may all be the indicators that the vaginal environment has been disturbed

and that there is more bad than good bacteria around, leaving space for very common culprit like bacterial vaginosis.

Luckily, BV is easily cleared up with antibiotics and other products.

There are, of course, other bacteria and inflammations that can cause bad odour, so do visit your gynaecologist if you notice the change in the smell.

Tips for a healthier vagina:

  • wear loose-fitting, comfortable cotton underwear
  • regular exercise
  • keep track of your discharge
  • change out of your sweaty workout clothes and wet swimsuit as soon as possible

Fun fact

Did you know that certain products can change the acidity level of the microflora responsible for your vaginal odour?

For example, citrusy fruits like oranges and other fruits like pineapple can make the smell and taste of vaginal fluids sweeter.

There are topics that we are uncomfortable talking about, even though they are a normal part of our lives. This certainly includes the first period talk. Am I right?

Below you can find some useful tips that will come in handy during this conversation:

When is the right time to talk about menstruation?

Start the conversation as soon as possible. I definitely recommend that you don’t wait until the last moment and start talking about the changes the body goes through during menstruation only right before or even after your child’s first period.

Likewise, don’t plan just one conversation in which you’ll blurt out everything you know about menstruation. Start the conversation several times and each time introduce a different topic (body changes, period product alternatives…)

period panties, talk about period

A positive view of menstruation

Although it’s 2022, society still views menstruation as something dirty and annoying. The key is to present children with menstruation in a positive light and emphasize that it is something completely natural and even beautiful.

Be concise

I don’t think teenagers are interested in long answers to already awkward questions, so keep your answers short, clear and point out the real facts. You can also share your personal experience.

period panties talk about period

Workshop

It might also be a good idea for a teen to visit a period workshop. A person who is no stranger to menstrual conversations creates a safe space where a group of peers can discuss menstruation in a positive light, while also addressing fears and shame and eliminating them with the help of appropriate education.

Some key pointers

Here, of course, you don’t need to present all the useful information at once. It will be enough if you start with tips such as: how to use e.g. inserts (you can also present different sizes).

Be careful to present these instructions in a positive light.

Of course, you can say that menstruation is often accompanied by a painful stomach, sensitive breasts… but also emphasize that there is a simple solution for these symptoms – a warm hot water bottle, herbal tea or (in more severe cases) painkillers

Did you know that in many cultures, women are considered unclean when they have their period, are even forbidden to enter certain buildings while on their period and are socially excluded or even exiled from their homes?

Yes, period taboos are, unfortunately, still alive and thriving in 2022.

False beliefs surrounding menstruation create an environment where women are deprived of their fundamental rights to their hygiene and health as they prefer to keep silent when it comes to this topic.

 

Why is period still a taboo?

 

The first period is a scary ordeal too often.


Even in societies that see themselves as progressive, menstruation still remains a taboo topic.

In this case, I speak from personal experience. Allow me to tell you a story:

A couple of weeks ago I took my daughter out (treated her to a nice dessert) to celebrate her first period.

I also posted (a now infamous) TikTok video of the two pieces of cake each of us chose while explaining that we are celebrating my daughter’s 1. period.

 

 

In less than a day this video attracted a slew of comments!

Most of them insisting that such content is horrible / discussing and that both of us should feel ashamed – me for bad parenting and my daughter for tolerating this kind of behavior. Video:

 


This made me realize that our society still has a lot of work to do when it comes to period.

Workshop


After that, I came to the conclusion that the best way to stop the cycle of shame is to start educating the new generations about how period is a perfectly natural occurrence and is nothing to be ashamed of.

That is why I started playing with an idea about workshops for teens that are just about to get their first period.

I would like to create a safe space for a group of peers where we can discuss periods in a positive light while also talking about our fears and explaining them away.

What do you think about this little project? Would you come?

Klara Žagar (check her out on IG: @klaraazagar) is an eco-friendly traveler and photographer who is currently living in a van with her husband and a dog. Check out her period experience:

How do you deal with your period in a van?

When living in a van, periods can be tricky, but they do not have to be. That is why I love using a menstrual cup. 6 years ago my friend recommended I try a period cup and that choice made my life during period so much easier – needless to say, I have been an avid user ever since.

How To Deal With Your Period

Why is the most important thing for you when using a cup?

I have so many sizes to choose from (here is our size guide)!

But the biggest plus in my opinion is that a menstrual cup does not have the unpleasant “plasticy” smell that used to bother me so much whit traditional hygiene products.

Not to mention that you can swim with it! Basically, LaliCup gives you a feeling of freedom!

Want to hear more of what Klara has to say (how she changes the cup, where does she put the blood etc?) Check the video below – period segment starts at 4:35. 🙂

In last week’s newsletter, we talked about how to prevent period leaks.

But what if you haven’t figured out your perfect period alternative yet or forgot your extra period panties at home?

Boom, there is a little red circle on your clothes now. What to do now?

Our Lalipanties

 

FEEL NO SHAME


I know, I know – it is easier said than done, but try not to be embarrassed if you have had a leak while in public – it has happened to the majority of us!

Wrap a sweater or cardigan around your waist for an easy solution.

Bonus tip: always keep a spare pair of period undies or trousers on hand for those heavy days.

Let us now concentrate on attempting to save your favourite clothes and bedding after the leak. Try these stain removal tips, and you’ll be a pro in no time.

 

menstrual flow types blood stain on my clothes

 

FRESH BLOOD

1. Soak the item in cold water (cold water is required because we don’t want to “bake” the stain in with warm water).

2. Apply a bar of soap to the stain.

3. Rub in liquid laundry detergent.

4. Wash in warm water.
 



 
DRIED BLOOD
  1. Make a pre-soaking solution of cold water and laundry detergent.

2. Let the item soak in it for an hour.

3. Before washing, use colour-safe bleach.



SEVERE STAINS

Before washing the item in question, soak for a few hours or overnight in water mixed with bleach-free detergent and a bit of ammonia.

 
Hopefully, these tips will help you leak-proof your life! Catch you next week. 🙂

Aren’t unexpected leaks and stained bedsheets reserved for teenagers? If only… Our cycle’s length and intensity vary throughout our lives, so it’s no surprise that leaks are something many of us experience in adulthood as well.

Prevent Period Leaks period  panties

 

Why it happens?

  • heavy flow is more difficult to control and more likely to cause leaking.
  • You might not have found the right product or a combination of products for your flow.
  • If it is happening during the night, it could all come down to your sleeping position.

Prevent Period Leaks period cup

So, what are my options? 



Explore new products
There’s a chance you simply haven’t found the best solution for yourself. You might feel more at ease using something that collects your blood before it leaves your body, such as a menstrual cupPeriod pads or period underwear are another alternative menstrual protection.
 
Double up on protection
Another option is to stock up on period products on heavier days. Wearing period underwear with your menstrual cup is an option, as is adding a washable pad to your already absorbent undies.

Alter your sleeping position.
Many of us discover that leaks are more likely to happen during the night, so experimenting with a new sleeping position could be the simple fix you need to save your favorite bedding. Period cups with large capacities like LaliCup model XL and bigger pads are available in our store to assist you during the night.


Do you want to know what to do if blood stains persist despite following all of the above recommendations? Do check us out in our next newsletter, as I’ll reveal a couple of tricks.