What Ingredients are in Always Pads?

What Ingredients are in Always Pads?

Always pads are designed to provide the ultimate comfort and protection. The safety of the women who use our pads is the foundation for everything we do. The pads are made from the same ingredients as most other feminine care products on the market. These ingredients are proven and completely safe for use in feminine products. There are synthetic components in our pads that you might not be so familiar with, but these have been extensively reviewed by physicians, scientists and health authorities and determined to be safe. You can learn more about the rigorous testing our pads go through here.

Why do we need all these ingredients in our Always Pads? These ingredients provide you with the most comfort and protection possible. Learn more about the components that make up Always pads and what each does to help ensure that your use is as easy and safe as possible:

Pad componentsInfinityRadiantUltraMaxiPure and Clean
Top Sheet
A soft fabric that is designed to pull fluid away from skin 
Polyolefins, like those commonly used in clothing; with petrolatum and zinc oxide, (ingredients found in skin lotions) on Infinity and RadiantPolyethylene - Synthetic fibers similar to those used in garments/Clothing
Absorbent Core 
A layer that acquires and stores fluid, locking it away
Absorbent foam (Flex Foam)Absorbent wood cellulose (the absorbent material used in pads since 1920s) with absorbent gel, rayon, or polyesterAbsorbent wood cellulose and super absorbent gel pearls to keep fluids inside
Back Sheet
A soft moisture proof layer to keep the fluid inside 
Polyolefins, like those commonly used in clothing
(printed on Radiant)
Polypropylene and polyethylene - Synthetic layer moisture proof to keep fluid inside
AdhesivesAn FDA approved food additive adhesive similar to craft glue sticksGlue to ensure the layers in the pad keep together and pad adheres to panty
Fragrance 
Provide a fresh scent
Fragrance ingredients. Only on versions labeled as scentedNot present
Wrapper
Protects the adhesives before
the pad is used
Printed polyolefin like that used in clothing,
and paper (Maxi only)
Printed polyethylene - film to keep pad protected and convenient to carry
Wing paper
Protects the wings adhesive before the pad is used
Printed paperPaper to protect wing adhesive before pad is used
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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 the women who use our products that are the foundation of everything we do. We share our safety assessments and ingredient information with independent experts including physicians, university scientists, and health authorities. Also, we have published many of our safety assessments in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Importantly, pads are medical devices in the U.S. and are required to meet the strict safety expectations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Will your pads cause allergies or irritate the skin?

All of our products go through a rigorous safety evaluation to ensure 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 the materials that are used in our pads, including the fragrance in our scented products should not be irritating, cause itching, or cause an allergic reaction. Both our scented and unscented pads can be used safely and it’s a matter of personal choice if you want it with fragrance or not. Additionally, the fragrance used in our scented pads meets the strict safety standards set by the International Fragrance Association, the world’s leading authority on fragrance safety. We recommend our unscented pads for women who prefer fragrance-free products or who may already have allergies or sensitivities to fragrances.

Why aren’t your pads made of 100% cotton?

We know that no two women are the same, and neither are their periods or their choices. All Always products meet rigorous safety and effectiveness standards, regardless of what they are made of, and there’s a choice of product for every woman, every period. Our mission is to make sure that women have the choices they want when it comes to period protection – and the Pure and Clean collection from Always and Tampax is now one of those choices. It was created for women who want pads or tampons made with simple ingredients that they can count on, but who are dissatisfied with current options in the “naturals” category due to leaks or discomfort. Pure and Clean offers women the trusted comfort and period protection women expect from Always and Tampax, and simple ingredients free of dyes, fragrance, and chlorine bleaching.

Is there chlorine bleach in pads?

No, none of our pads contain chlorine bleach. Always Pure and Clean pads are purified by a totally chlorine free process, while the rest of our pads are purified using an elemental chlorine-free purification process. Both processes are equally safe.

Why is any bleaching done on pads?

We use an elemental chlorine-free process to purify the fibers used in our products. Purification eliminates impurities and cleans the fibers. Whitening the fibers is a result of this process, but not its goal. Always Pure and Clean pads offer an option where the pad materials are purified through an alternative method that is Total Chlorine Free and uses hydrogen peroxide.

I’ve heard talk that pads contain toxic amounts of dioxin. Is this true?

No, the fiber purification involves an elemental chlorine-free process which does not cause the production of dioxin.Before the 1990s, elemental chlorine was used in one step of the purification process. This method is no longer used because trace amount of pollutants, like dioxins, were formed. Today, pulp and cotton are purified using an elemental chlorine free process or totally chlorine free process, and neither process forms dioxins.The FDA has addressed this topic on their website. Please visit their pad information at this website.

Do you have toxic dyes in your pads?

No, we do not. Pigments that are used in some of our pads have been rigorously assessed by scientists, health care providers and authoritative bodies to assure they can be used safely.

How do you assure 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 materials that meet science-based safety standards can go to market. Further, we share our assessments with scientists, health care providers and authoritative bodies to assure that our products can be used safely. For more information about our safety process, check out this website.