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As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been trying to get a bit more comfortable talking about normal bodily functions, and I think it’s important that we discuss what works and doesn’t work with reusable period products – about half the population spends about 10 years menstruating, if you add it all up! So I’m reviewing two more brands of period underwear that I’ve tried since my post about Love Luna undies: Modibodi and Bonds.
Modibodi Period Underwear
Modibodi is a more premium Australian period underwear brand. A lot of people vouched for Modibodi underwear, and I’m happy to say they lived up to expectations!
They have three standard absorbencies, plus a “super light” g-string (5 mL):
- Light-Moderate: 10 mL
- Moderate-Heavy: 15 mL
- Heavy-Overnight: 20 mL
There’s a range of options in each category, with seamfree, vegan and side snap button styles (the non-vegan versions use wool, in case you were also wondering).
The prices for the regular range go from $27 to $35 (the g-string is $24). Unlike most other brands, they also have colours other than black (the gusset is still black – probably a good move to hide any blood stains).
I tried the classic bikini in light/moderate and heavy-overnight, as well as the seamfree bikini. All the styles felt well-constructed and durable, and the fabric was thicker and softer than the cheaper Love Luna ones. The waistbands feel more solid than the Love Luna ones, which seemed to start fraying and pilling from the first time I wore them (although they seem to have reached a plateau… fingers crossed).
I was particularly impressed by the construction of the seamfree pair – they’re rated moderate-heavy, but they’re very flat and smooth, and the padding is very thin.
They also felt more breathable than the Love Luna materials, and happily no blood escaped to stain my beige pair. They’re about double the price of the Love Luna undies – while I love the accessibility of the Love Luna ones, the Modibodi undies do feel like they’re worth the extra price.
Bonds Bloody Comfy Period Undies
Bonds is my usual underwear brand, so I was super excited when they came out with period undies with a brilliantly Australian name: Bloody Comfy.
They come in a range of styles and absorbencies:
- Light ($19.95): 2 tampons (10 mL) – only the g-string is in this range
- Moderate ($24.95): 3 tampons (15 mL)
- Heavy ($29.95): 4 tampons (20 mL)
I was particularly excited about these because they come in a Tanga cut, which has less coverage than regular briefs but still has butt coverage and doesn’t ride up like a g-string. I do pole classes a few times a week, and being able to wear hotpants over period undies would solve one pretty annoying problem in my life! I also got the heavy flow bikini briefs to test the absorbency.
Unfortunately they didn’t live up to expectations. While they haven’t leaked and absorb well, they feel bulkier and stiffer than the other brands I’ve tried, which feel close to regular underwear.
The padding also tended to bunch up almost as soon as I put them on, so in terms of bulk they didn’t feel that much different from wearing a disposable sanitary pad.
There’s also the fact that it’s a lot more difficult to rinse blood out of them than with the other brands. The padding swells a lot in water and gets hard to squeeze.
The most annoying part is that these take forever to dry, both after the initial rinse and after going through the washing machine. I’ve had to collect Bonds period undies off the line a full day after the other brands’ ones that I’ve washed in the same load.
I think where they went wrong here is going with cotton-elastane as the main material. I usually love cotton underwear, and the non-padded parts of the underwear are a bit more breathable than the other brands while they’re being worn, but for period panties it’s just too absorbent. Modibodi doesn’t use cotton at all, and Love Luna only uses a cotton blend in the gusset lining – Bonds has a full cotton gusset lining in addition to the cotton-elastane outer brief, so the absorbent padding is sandwiched between two layers of cotton which I think is why it has such a hard time drying properly.
The gusset does have a perforated cover, which I’m guessing was to try to combat the absorbency issue, but it also feels like it’s meant to be disposable and might rip soon.
Modibodi underwear was provided without an obligation to review, however these are my honest opinions of the products as always. For more information, see Disclosure Policy.