Our friends over at Monthly Gift sent us over some sample boxes of their foolproof period plan, and we were mega excited! Monthly Gift is a monthly subscription box that aligns with your period, providing you with customized supplies, plus emergency chocolate. Monthly Gift starts at $10 each month, but you can get your first box for just $5.
First, I love the concept behind Monthly Gift. Your monthly annoyance becomes even worse when you run out of tampons or forget to pick up pads, but Monthly Gift lets you completely forget about your period and your package arrives at your door in a sleek black box. Not only is it very discrete for your privacy- your entire apartment building doesn't need to know you're gushing blood- but the box is super well designed aesthetically. When you first open the package, pads, pantyliners, tampons, and emergency chocolate are sectioned off, so you know exactly what you're grabbing.
All your supplies are wrapped in Monthly Gift branded wrappers with cute black and pink designs. If period supplies could be punk rock, I think these would be it! I also love how quiet the wrappers are. It's the absolute worst when you're in a crowded bathroom and you unwrap a pad or tampon and it just about sounds like you're opening a family size bag of chips in the stall. All the rustling and scratching of some brands' wrappers just makes everyone uncomfortable, but rest assured, Monthly Gift has your back. No loud wrappers here!
After unboxing my Monthly Gift boxes, I got excited. I wanted to see how they stacked up, absorbency-wise. Just call me scientist Susan, I was on a mission. I made a mini testing lab in my kitchen, and we were off!
I colored some water and decided (with no basis for this decision) that tablespoons would be mu unit of measurement. Traditionally pad/tamp absorbency is measured in grams, and the classification ranges are as follows:
Light: 6 grams or less
Regular: 6-9 grams
Super: 9-12 grams
After some online conversion, after the fact, I found that translates to:
Light: 0.4 or less tablespoons
Regular: 0.4-0.6 tablespoons
Super: 0.6-0.8 tablespoons
So let's dive in!
Here's the set up, and below you can see the largest pad, tablespoon by tablespoon, all the way to 6 tablespoons. That's 90 grams. That's a lot. The average woman (according to Google) loses 30-40 grams of blood total. Even the heaviest bleeders only lose 60-80 grams monthly. So you're never going to have to worry about leakage here.
The pantyliner holds 1 tablespoon, as does the light tampon. The regular tampon holds about 1.5 tablespoons, and the super tampon holds 2 tablespoons.
Overall, Monthly Gift is pretty sweet. You get to customize monthly packages to what you need for your period each month, it all comes in adorable packaging (WITH CHOCOLATE), and finally, they really are good products!