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Period Underwear Brands + THINX Alternatives » Saying NO THINX

THINX AlternativesThe secret is out — THINX isn’t the feminist utopian company they claimed to be. Miki Agrawal, founder and former CEO, has now been accused of mistreating vamployees in various ways; one employee has even come forward to accuse her of unwelcome sexual advances. Day by day new accusations are coming to light as employees find the courage to face their aggressor —  this is still a developing story.

Miki has responded to the accusations with no apology or accountabililty by throwing her hands in the air to essentially say “I was working super hard and not paying attention.” PACII has been quietly taking a stance against THINX since last summer by no longer promoting any of their products. We originally came out against the company in May 2016 by sharing the stories of bloggers and influencers who had bad experiences with their referral program. While we could have (and desperately wanted to) say more about the company and why we couldn’t support them we decided to hold back. It was already incredibly hard to come forward against a company that the outside world was heaping boundless praise upon as the savior of all menstruators and the taboo busting Jesus of period products. Sadly, we have had multiple people in the industry tell us in confidence things that confirmed the “off” feelings we had about the company’s founder all along.

Now that there is public evidence to support the “icky” feelings we had about their marketing that used feminism and transgender issues as steppingstones for marketing success we are here to help you find alternative brands worth your hard earned dollar bills. TBH we are pretty much on team #anythingbutTHINX and hope our list will help you find your new favorite period underwear.

No, THINX didn’t invent the period panty. Aisle (formerly Lunapads) did. THINX just had the seed money and marketing prowess to have their product burst through the taboo and into your underwear drawer. Meanwhile LunaPads have kept on trucking and innovating their own underwear offerings.What We Love About Aisle Period Underwear: They come in a boxer brief style and if you love that lacy look they offer that, too. Some versions even offer loops that secure an additional cloth liner/cloth pad that can be changed out if you want to use them full time. Their underwear uses 100% organic cotton for absorbency.What We Love About Aisle: Other than inventing the period underwear LunaPads is a socially and environmentally conscious company that puts their money and actions where their mouth is. LunaPads went through the rigorous work of being B Corps certified and they endorsed the start-up of AFRIpads. AFRIpads is a Ugandan pad making company now employing over 100 women who made cloth pads based on the LunaPads design. They also participate in One4Her with their purchase matching program. You can read up on their efforts here: Aisle Values.

Size Range Offered: XS-3XL

Styles Available: Boxer Brief, Brief, Bikini, Hipster (various colors and materials)

Price Range: $40+

Where to Buy: PeriodAisle.com

Aisle is Made in Canada

What We Love About Saalt Period Underwear: The color and design of these period underwear is exquisite. They are lightweight and come in a variety of shapes to meet most needs. They do not offer a period boxer, but they are one of the few with a thong!

What We Love About Saalt: Saalt cares about intentional design, listening to what the community needs, and acting on it! They started with a single cup available in two sizes and have grown to include a softer cup, for those with sensitives, and a specially sized cup for those who are younger (teens!) or more petite.

Size Range Offered: XS-3XL

Styles Available: High Waist Brief, Hipsters (2 Varieties), Thong, & Bikini XS-2XL (various colors and materials)

Price Range: $29+

Where to Buy: Saalt.com

Saalt is Ethically made in Sri Lanka

What We Love About WUKA Period Pants: They buck traditional lace designs and come in gender-neutral styles that anyone can appreciate and feel comfortable and confident in.

What We Love About WUKA: WUKA is registered with the Vegan Society, they eco-friendly fabrics, and are committed to their ethical foundations and being socially responsible.

Size Range Offered: XS-XL

Styles Available: Bikini, Brief, & matching Bralette available

Price Range: $25.00+

Where to Buy: Wuka.co.uk

WUKA Designed in UK and Made in China

What We Love About Dear Kates Products: The brand offers their products in sizes up to 3X!

What We Love About Dear Kates: We love their website presentation and the many styles they offer but we do wish we knew more about the company itself. Their website is pretty bare about the company and their technology. We reached out to ask about any additional chemicals added to the fabrics made with “Underlux technology” and are waiting to hear back.

Size Range Offered: XS-3XL

Styles Available: Hipster, Thong, Brief style cuts available in Basic, Fancy, and Sport designs in a wide range of color options.

Other Products: Yoga Pants with their Underlux technology and Bralets to coordinate with underwear selections.

Price Range: $32-$44 per underwear. Bralets $48 and Yoga Pants $99-$109

Where to Buy: DearKates.com

Dear Kates Made in USA

What We Love About EvaWear Stain Free Period Underwear: They made a seamless option and all varieties are budget friendly.What We Love About EvaWear: This is a no frills kind of brand without a social justice agenda or cause. You’re here to buy affordable period underwear, period.

Size Range Offered: XS-XL

Styles Available: Hipster, Brief, Bikini, Boxer brief

Price Range: $18.95+

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

EvaWear Made in China

What We Love About Lilova Period Proof Underwear: While they don’t offer a boxer, we love the simple black designs with optional color accents that look sexy but not overly frilly

What We Love About Lilova: They offer one of the best size ranges on the market

Size Range Offered: XS-3X

Styles Available: Thong, Bikini, Hipster, Hip-Hugger, High-Waist

Price Range: $24.00+

Where to Buy: Lilova.com

Lilova Made In China

24 Responses

    1. I tried both eva and panty prop. I found the panty prop , but not eva. I already purchased panty prop, they have super options built-in

    2. There are lots of other Period Panties alternatives out there, check out Yaioa Discovery Panties Post and you will see a detailed list of Options and Variations

  1. I’ve been against this company from the start. I could not believe so many would buy into their demonstrably false claim about being the first innovation in, was it, 70 years. I contacted several outlets about the truth behind these claims, and nobody cared because it was easier to buy into the pretense of this horrible public figure.

  2. I bought their products and wish I hadn’t. They work ok, except for the smell, but I just wish I’d saved my $$ for something else. Their politics are atrocious, and they have even gone from pretty, feminine underwear, to more masculine looks just to appease the transgender community. Which is insane because there is no reason they can’t cater to EVERYONE. Isn’t that what inclusions and tolerance is all about??
    I realize most period panty company is going to be left leaning, but they are flat out, over the top NUTS!!

  3. Modibodi is an Australian brand of period undies that also makes maternity singlet tops with absorbent cups to eliminate the need for breast pads. Good for those who are suffering from bad exchange rates with the US dollar!

  4. Thanks for the info about sizes for younger women. Looking for options for my tiny, ballet dancing young teen! Would really like a comparison of modibodi as well. I like the wool options.

  5. Pantyprop/Rubylove’s underwear didn’t work for me – all four of the bundle I order leaked despite their many claims of “leakproof” plaster all over their site and social media. They also delete negative feedback on their page and block customers. Really research before buying online!!!

  6. WUKA (wake up kick ass) is a UK company that do period pants and they’re great. they also have a fantastic policy that if you try them out and don’t like them you can return them!

  7. I am deeply disappointed by Lunapads. I find them to be too bulky between my legs and the absorbent layer to be too short in the back. Also, their 60-day return policy is 60 days after ORDER, not shipment or delivery. My order took over 10 days to get to me and I missed the window to return by one day and they refused to allow me to return my items, despite the fact that I had not washed only one, as instructed.


  8. I really appreciate this article. I had originally been considering Thinx for my first pair of period underwear, and I am glad that I looked here first. These days it feels like we ordinary citizens have little control over policies and politics, but I can still vote with my dollars. I love that this article provided several great alternative brands to choose from. After looking into them, I’ve decided to purchase from Lunapads, which has changed their name to Aisle (perhaps this can be updated in the article, because I was confused when I tried to search for Lunapads). It is great to know that my money will be spent, not only on a quality product, but with a B Certified company that cares about it’s manufacturing processes, environmental impact, and treatment of employees. The fact that Aisle also supports initiatives to provide greater access to menstrual products to those in need is icing on the cake! So, many thanks to PACII for drawing my attention to an awesome company that would have been otherwise buried in my Google search results. I’m excited to try out Aisle’s products with my new menstrual cup 🙂

  9. I know this is an old post but wanted to add to hopefully prevent others from making the mistake I made with Joyja. I bought into the cute styles, ordered a bundle, and they leak badly as the liner doesn’t go up high enough in the front. They also block negative reviews. SO disappointed!

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