I’ve been trying several period care subscription services since the beginning of summer and have received 3 boxes from Kali, bringing me to the point where I’m evaluating whether to continue with their service or not. Kali provides monthly or bimonthly boxes of organic period care free of chemicals like dioxin and chorine bleach, and offers a few different kinds of boxes depending on what products you’d like to receive. I’ve subscribed to the luxury box for $22.89, which includes a choice of 14 tampons or 16 pads, 10 organic wipettes, 10 panty liners, and 1 relaxing pampering item. I will start by showing you everything I’ve received in my boxes, and then expand on the quality of the service as a whole.
Here’s a look at the first box I received, which was a half-and-half tampon box, meaning that it includes both regular and super tampons (you can also choose a full supply of either strength if you don’t need both at once). They tuck the panty liners behind the tampons, which are not individually wrapped.
I think including the individually wrapped wipettes in the monthly boxes is a great idea. Not many other subscriptions include something like this, and those that do throw 2 or 3 in a box. Kali includes 10 in each luxury box. The wipettes also use organic cotton, and are paraben and sulfate-free.
Each luxury box includes a relaxing, pampering product. Some of these products are actually produced by Kali, and other are brought in from other brands that are aligned with Kali’s values and priorities. My first box, which shipped at the end of September, included the Coco Bee Naturals Natural Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 15 for face, body, lips, and hair. This is a really simple formula of organic coconut oil, non-nano zinc oxide, and organic beeswax, and has a retail value of $14.
The following month, I adjusted my subscription to receive pads instead of tampons, as I actually like to use both every month. Personally, I have a hard time understanding why most boxes make you choose one or the other, but I’m sure plenty of people will be fine with this.
The fun product this time around was the Kali Mist, a spritz that’s made up of just organic aloe, rose water, glycerin, and phenoxyethanol. It’s packaged in a glass bottle with a nice mister, and Kali could send this to me every other month and I’d be totally satisfied with that. I think it’s a great bonus to receive in these boxes.
My most recent box that just arrived in the mail actually came with two little gifts inside, rather than one. They include a little Kali branded canvas pouch with a zipper and a Color Stick from Zabana Essentials in the shade Dahlia, which can be used on the lips and cheeks.
I like the little pouch a lot. I thought that providing a pouch that can store the menstrual products and wipettes and be thrown in a larger bag was a really thoughtful bonus to provide. It’s not terribly valuable in a monetary sense, but it made me really happy because it’s so useful and fitting for the service.
The Zabana Essentials Color Stick normally retails for $14.95, and it’s cool to be able to try a natural and vegan cosmetic product. Like the other products Kali has sent, this one also has a very simple, wholesome ingredients list: Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Mica, *Maranta (Arrowroot) Arundinacea Powder, Non Nano Zinc Oxide, Essential Oils
The Color Stick is described by Zabana as a moisturizing balm stick meant to be used with fingertips alone. Dahlia’s color is advertised as a “nude wash of glowing peachy pink with gold highlights.” It’s a very light color, and the majority of the 7 other shades offered in the product line look like they are deeper and richer. Dahlia is really subtle, even on my light skin, but the texture is pretty nice. It’s slick and creamy but applies in a thin, even, smooth layer, and my dry winter skin benefits from its moisturizing properties.
I love getting these boxes in the mail, because I think Kali have really nailed an aesthetic, feelings of quality and value, and a really tight focus on natural, healthy products and materials. I like that they incorporate both products made by Kali and others made from outside brands well aligned with the box, and so far everything they’ve provided has been new to me.
The amount of stuff you get in a box is great, and as someone who uses several different kinds of menstrual products, one of the big things that drew me to Kali was that they include the panty liners. Almost as many of them as tampons/pads, even. The only thing the service is missing for me is the option to receive a pad and tampon mix within a single box.
Kali’s downside in my eyes is that the quality of the pads and tampons aren’t the absolute best. I do really respect the use of natural materials, not just to be healthy for the user but to be more environmentally conscious, as well, as the tampons are made with cardboard applicators. My complaint with the tampons is that the two applicator pieces fit so tightly together that they can resist moving. In terms of the pads, I find them to be rectangular to the point of not wanting to sit nicely in place, and the adhesive isn’t strong enough to compensate or keep the wings secured to the back of my underwear. The panty liners aren’t individually wrapped which makes them slightly less practical for taking on the go, but other than that I find their quality to be a-ok.
Both the tampons and the pads do what I need them to, so I haven’t had any disasters. It’s just that I feel like I’m overlooking some real shortcomings because I like the service’s branding and pampering products so much, and that then makes me feel like I’ve lost sight of what’s important in a monthly menstrual care subscription to begin with. And that makes me want to break off my relationship with Kali. I’m not quite sure whether I’m done with it yet, but that’s where my line of thinking is.
You can check out all of Kali’s box options here. Have you tried them? Have you found a period care box that you really like? I’d love to know.