The safety of the women who use our pads is the foundation for everything we do. The materials we use in our ALWAYS pads have been thoroughly assessed toensure they can be used safely. Our assessments are shared with independent experts including physicians, scientists, and health authorities.
Ok, so here is an overview of our pads and their components.
A soft fabric that is designed to pull fluid away from skin
|Synthetic fibers in polyolefins, like those commonly used in clothing.|
On Sensitive, topsheet softness is brought by different "care" ingredients typically used in body lotions which are stated on pack.
|Absorbent Core |
A layer that acquires and stores fluid, locking it away
|Absorbent foam (Smart Foam)||Absorbent wood cellulose (the absorbent material used in pads since 1920s) with polyolefin, absorbent gel, rayon, or polyester|
A soft moisture proof layer to keep the fluid inside
|Polyolefins, like those commonly used in clothing|
|Adhesives||A food additive adhesive similar to craft glue sticks|
Provide a fresh scent
|Not present||Perfume ingredients -|
Only on versions labeled as scented
Actipearls / Neutrapearls -
On versions labeled as odor neutralizing
Protects the wing adhesive
before the pad is used
|Printed polyolefln like that used in clothing, and paper (Maxi only)|
Protects the adhesives before the pad is used
We sometimes get a question about whether our pads and the ingredients used to make them are safe.
Yes, our pads can be used safely. Since 1983, ALWAYS’ focus has been your comfort and protection and that begins with your safety. It is the safety of thewomen who use our products that are the foundation of everything we do. We share our safety assessments and ingredient information with independent expertsincluding physicians, university scientists and health authorities. Also, we have published many of our safety assessments in peer-reviewed scientificjournals.Will your pads cause allergies or irritate the skin?
All of our products go through a rigorous safety evaluation to ensure that they can be used safely and should not cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction. An example can be found here.Are scented pads safe? Won’t they be irritating and make me itch down there?
We make sure that the materials that are used in our pads, including the fragrance in our scented products should not be irritating, cause itching or cause anallergic reaction. So, like our unscented pads, our scented pads can be used safely. Additionally, the fragrance used in our pads meets the strict safetystandards set by the International Fragrance Association, the world’s leading authority on fragrance safety. We recommend our unscented pads for women whoprefer fragrance-free products or who may already have allergies or sensitivities to fragrances.Why aren’t your pads made of 100% cotton?
ALWAYS pads are designed to provide an optimised level of protection and comfort. The materials used in our pads better enable us to deliver theseperformance needs.Is there chlorine bleach in pads?
No, our materials are purified using an elemental chlorine-free purification processes.Why is any bleaching done on pads?
We use an elemental chlorine-free process to purify the fibres used in our products. Purification eliminates impurities and cleans the fibres. Whiteningthe fibres is a result of this process, but not its goal.I’ve heard talk that pads contain toxic amounts of dioxin. Is this true?
No, the fibre purification involves an elemental chlorine-free process which does not cause the production of dioxin.Do you have toxic dyes in your pads?
No we do not. The colour on our pads is from pigments that have been rigorously assessed to assure they can be used safely.How do you ensure that your products are safe?
Please rest assured: our science-based assessment process works to ensure the safety of the women who use our products. Only the products and the materialsthat meet science-based safety standards can go to market. Furthermore, we share our assessments with scientists, healthcare providers and authoritativebodies to ensure that our products can be used safely. For more information about our safety process, check out this website.