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This is not a question about menstrual cups, but about cloth pads as backup. I've posted to the clothpads community on livejournal but I do it here as well as they aren't as active as we are here. I hope to get some good advice from you fellow cup users.
First some background information I'm a petite woman (1.58 m and 45 k) with heavy periods. I've switched to the menstrual cup almost 10 months ago but anyway I keep using some external protection from time to time, specially pantyliners.
My periods lasts one week: 1 day of spotting pre-period, 5 days of heavy to medium flow, 2 days of spotting. Even though I'm in love with my cups (Meluna & Femmycycle) I get some minor leakage ocasionally so I always use a pantyliner as backup, also I don't like to have anything up in my vagina if not necessary so I use light pads or pantyliners for the spotting days. Until now I've been using disposables but a couple of months ago I decided to give the jump into cloth. With so little information on the subject I just went blindness on my first buy; a starter pack from Mimi's dreams (pantyliners and minipads) and even though I like them I find them not as thin as I would like them to be (I do a lot of biking and pilates outside my place and I want them to be (almost) unnoticeable with thight leggins).
So now I've done some research looking for thin pantyliners/minipads but I still have some doubts.So here my thoughts on different brands and my questions:
WeeEssentials: although they are ultrathin I've understood the pantyliners aren't very absorbant. Do you think they will work with a light flow, lets say around 5-10 ml (2 mini tampons absorbency)  a day of blood ?
Party in my pants (Pimps): I love the designs and their absorbency is really good compared with their thinnes but I've read so many reviews saying they move around. I know I can order a free pantyliner to try out from their website but I live in Spain so I don't know if it worths paying 13$ shipping just to find out I don't like it. I'm specially concerned because I hardly have any cotton knickers,I own mostly silky like, so do you think they will move around even if I choose the mini ones?
Caroline's Creations: my favourites so far, they are pretty, affordable and the shipping doesn't add 20 extra bucks. The thing with this company is that I've found only 5 or 6 reviews on the internet (all of them great) but I hardly found any information on the thinnes of the pantyliners. Has any of you tried them? How thin are they?
Thank you in advance.
Bea
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 29th, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
I've tried WeeEssentials & Caroline's Creations, and I love love LOVE Caroline's pantyliners (6.5 x 2.5" those can't be seen under clothing)! Plus she's lovely to work with ! They aren't waterproofed but you can have them in 2 different designs depending on if you prefer extra trimness or a few layers, I haven't had a chance to try the new design either. WeeEssentials are not enough absorbency in my opinion, I mean 2 layer of flannel is easy to soak through, I would soak through them around ovulation time.

I like Mimi's Dreams Minis a lot too but I agree they can seem a bit too sturdy for every day wear. FigLeaves Pads on Etsy makes a similar design, only a teensy bit flatter, super thin and comfortable, cotton topped only for now, those are actual pads, so get the smallest and lightest absorbency. I tried the PIMP liner and did not like it. Something about the nylon back that squeeks me out. I prefer all breathable fabric. And I believe they would slide a lot against silk. Not to mention they're way too expensive for liners! I'm thinking there must be other option out there that I haven't tried, and I'm still thinking and asking my facebook group of cloth addicts, because to be honest ultrathin is not my thing, I'd rather have the extra absorbency. So I'll get back to you when I have more ideas.

Other super trimmed brands I've tried and liked all right : RCD Boutique on Etsy (wingless liners), Fuzzy Venus pantyliners, Blossom Pads pantyliners (not available at this time), Obsidian Star small pantyliners, ... recently I've ordred liners form Eco-Owl by Netta on facebook, and those are very affordable, I jsut haven't seen them in person yet. LadyBitsShop on facebook also offers all flannel liners or flannel+hidden PUL so it doesn't slide around. Finally, if you're about to splurge on PIMPS you could ask Mama Jewels Handmade Jems or Rebecca's Reusables on Etsy for a suede top/cotton backed liner (recommended by a friend online) or invest in Homestead Emporium fleece topped liners, they're the thinnest, I wear them for working out : http://hyenacart.com/HomesteadEmporium/mt/269/64408/ONE-7inch-TinyLiner-bamboo-fleece

And another Etsy shop, looks similar to PIMPS, recommended by an online friend : http://www.etsy.com/listing/115007600/75-pantyliner-umbrellas-flannel-cloth?ref=shop_home_active
And these, recommended to me as well : http://www.etsy.com/shop/MotherMoonPads?section_id=6721540 I'd stay away from minky for liners, but this shop stocks other top materials fairly often, so check back again next week.

Also, since you're in Europe (so am I :)), you might want to consider wholesalers : http://luxurymoon.co.uk/
http://www.femininewear.co.uk/cloth-pads-1-c.asp
http://earthwisegirls.co.uk/

Edited at 2013-04-29 06:54 pm (UTC)
beebs88beebs88 on April 30th, 2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your thoughts on the brands I've asked about and for all the kind suggestions you have made.Homestead Emporium is also appealing to me as well as RCD Boutique wingless pads as I guess at point I would find the snaps against the saddle uncomfortable.
From Europe I knew Feminine Wear (I highly recommend it myself) and Plim (http://www.plim.fr/en/) even though I think this one it's rather expensive. It's nice to know there are more wholesalers around as it's always cheaper and more environmentally-friendly to ship from Europe.
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 30th, 2013 03:03 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to add that I've just recieved some Rebecca's reusables liners (suede top) and OMG they're so thin and nice ! Postage cost me $6. Homestead Emporium is pretty expensive but they're definitely amongst the best, that website is pad porn, lol. The Silver Liner & PeaceLoveCycle were also highly recommended in my fb group for cloth pads enthusiasts. Good luck in your search !
tjs77tsa on April 29th, 2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
I like the panty wrap or original tiny liner from homestead emporium they are very thin.
curlydevacurlydeva on April 30th, 2013 04:41 am (UTC)
cloth pantyliner as cup back up
Hello. I wanted to chime in earlier this morning when you first posted but had trouble posting. I am unable to tell you my thoughts on WeeEssentials and Caroline Creations but I can say that party in my pants I have and those are my least favorite of the liners I own. They do slide around and I had one leak do to movement of the liners. I also own Gem Cloth I love that they are inexpensive, very comfy and thin. They would be great for cup back up and light days. Other cloth liners I have are TreeHugger hybrids I use those for everyday wear they are very thin but will slide if you don't have the right undies on. You mentioned you don't wear cotton so the regular TreeHuggers you may like but not the hybrid style which are thinner but do not offer a core lining so imo not the best for light days. I would say light spotting or minor discharge but that is about it. Lastly I own Paxidoodles another favorite cloth liner I love that are great for light days, cup back up and thick enough for those that have light inconsistency issue. Hope that helps.

Edited at 2013-04-30 04:44 am (UTC)
luxurymoonluxurymoon on April 30th, 2013 08:19 am (UTC)
I would second Homestead Emporium. Also one of the absolute thinnest now are the mini slim pads by Honour Your Flow -they are so slim that they are really floppy.

I sell them so I am biased but Ive happily used them over many years.
beebs88beebs88 on April 30th, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
I had a look at your site and I'm overwhelmed with such a great variety on cloth! I might end up trying Homestead and TreeHugers as many of you have good opinions on them, but first some time to think over all the new options just discovered.
Thank you!

Edited at 2013-04-30 03:15 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 1st, 2013 09:40 am (UTC)
I don't really recommend Tree Hugger if you're after something thin, I find the design of the wings a bit bulky. At least stay away from minky, that makes me sweaty hot.
Enlevéenleve on May 4th, 2013 09:03 am (UTC)
I like the Lunapanties made by a company called Lunapads. My favourite is the hipster panties. They are comfortable, and I like that I can put the pad inserts directly in the underwear. http://lunapads.com/underwear.html
Kengwenkengwen on May 6th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
I use Party In My Pants pads, I would recommend picking one of the ones that is less wide (panty liner not luxe panty liner) and possibly ordering the extra snap (allowing you to snap it a little more closed) to decrease migration - that is what I have found the most significant factor to be. (Let me know if that's not entirely clear, I'm struggling to explain it here.)
I love them because they use a fabric backing that is water repellant, so the blood doesn't just leak through the pad and stain my underwear, which is a big part of why I wear a pad to begin with, it seems like all the other brands I've tried (though I haven't tried any others on your list) the blood pretty quickly leaks through to my underwear and then I have to change and rinse my underwear and the pad even if the pad could have absorbed a lot more...