For years, millions of women around the world have been using our feminine hygiene products safely every day. We understand that it is important for you to feel comfortable and secure with the products you use when you have your period . All Libresse products are made from approved materials and we have far-reaching procedures and the highest safety standards in place to secure that only safe materials and ingredients are used and that all products comply with all relevant legislation.
The materials we use in all of our hygiene products have been thoroughly tested both by internal and external experts, such as certified test institutes, to ensure that they can be used safely for their intended purpose and fulfill all legal and regulatory requirements.
To help you understand what is included in our pads and panty liners we have created this overview containing the different materials and their constituents. Further down the page is a also a glossary.
Are Libresse’s pads and panty liners safe to use?
All Essity´s hygiene products are safe to use for their intended purposes and contain common materials that have been safely used in a wide range of absorbent hygiene products over many years by millions of women globally. Raw materials are generally chosen for their ability to absorb and retain fluids, to avoid leakage and to provide comfort.
In addition, we collaborate with EDANA, the international trade association for the nonwovens and related industries, to ensure we comply with the highest environmental and product safety standards. Edanas’ members have voluntarily committed themselves to high levels of quality and safety of absorbent hygiene products.
Are all materials used in pads and panty liners declared on the pack?
This is currently not legally required. To help our consumers we declare if perfume has been added so that people who are sensitive to it are alerted.
The table below shows the main raw materials in the products. The are selected because of their superior ability to absorb and retain liquids.
Contents Essity pads and panty liners
|Part of product||Material||Function|
|Surface material||Fiber material made of polypropene/polyethylene polyester/viscose.||The product keeps you dry and comfortable by absorbing the liquid.|
|Acquisition layer||Porous material consisting of wood fiber or polyester fiber.||Transports liquid from the surface to the center of the product, where the liquid is stored.|
|Absorbent core||Paper pulp, a combination of paper pupl and superabsorbents for pads and panty liners. For tampons (where relevant), viscose is used instead. A porous paper-based material is used in some products.||Absorbs and stores the liquids.|
|Adhesive||The adhesive consists of various polymers and synthetic resins.||The adhesive has two functions:
1. Binds together the different layers of the product.
2. Attaches the product to the panties.
|Backsheet material||Polyethylene film. A fiber material is used in some panty liners.||Prevents leakage.|
|Tampon string (where relevant)||Polyester and cotton.||Helps you pull the tampon out hygienically.|
|Fragrance (only certain products)||Perfume||Gives the product a fresh smell.|
|Ink||Emphasises the product's shape and function.|
|Release paper||Silicone coated paper.||A paper that protects the adhesive on the back of the product.|
|Single pack (regards certain products)||Polyethylene film, which is silicone coated in some products.||Protects the product so that you can carry a single product around without it getting dirty.|
|External product packaging||Polyethylene bags or box.||Protects the product. This is the package you see on the shelf in stores.|
- Renewable paper pulp: Pulp made of wood fiber from responsibly managed forests. The pulp is used in our pads and panty liners.
- Viscose fibers (where relevant as related to tampons): Wood fibers with a structure similar to cotton. They are used in our tampons, and are also commonly used in textile products such as shirts, dresses and linings.
- Fiber material (non-woven): A thin, textile-like material. The term is used in the textile industry for materials that are neither woven nor knitted, such as felt.
- Polymers: Large-chain molecules that can be either natural or synthetic. For instance, plastic as well as your DNA consist of polymers.
- Polypropene/polyethylene/polyester: Some of the world's most common plastic types. Used in a wide range of everyday products, from underwear to blankets.
- Superabsorbent polymer (SAP): Used for its moisture-retaining ability. Commonly used in pads, diapers and compresses.
- Synthetic resin: Viscous liquids that harden quickly, making them ideal for binding together materials.