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What’s Inside an Always® Sanitary Pad?

A quick look at how safe Always® sanitary pads are,
what goes into their making, and how women’s protection
and comfort are the top priority for Always Africa.

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How are ALWAYS® products made? What materials are used to manufacture them and what is the process like? Are ALWAYS® pads safe for women and young girls? If you have always wondered about such questions, here’s a quick primer on what goes into an ALWAYS® product.

Read more about the safety of ALWAYS® sanitary pads and other products below.

What’s in an ALWAYS® Pad? - Reassuring Protection

ALWAYS® designs for perfection. Our pads in Kenya, just like in the rest of the world, are made of four layers i.e., the top sheet, a secondary top sheet, an absorbent core, and a back sheet. Each layer aids in delivering comfort and protection during your most private days. The top sheets quickly absorb the liquid and transfer it to the high-quality absorbent core. The core’s gel pearls work to lock the fluid while the back sheet holds the pad in place. 

Dissection of an Always pad


The Ultimate Safety of ALWAYS® Pads in Kenya

As with all our markets, ALWAYS® pads in Kenya and rest of Africa are also manufactured under rigorous international safety standards. The wellbeing of our women stands at the core of every product that we create. The safety assessments and formulas of ALWAYS® products go through several independent experts in the industry including health authorities, university scientists, and physicians. This helps us bring the best comfort to you.

Standard Quality of ALWAYS® Pads - Universally

ALWAYS® products sold around the world are of singular quality – we aim to be the best and the most comfortable product for all women. Every sanitary pad and panty liner that we sell in Kenya, other parts of Africa, and around the world meets the same internationally recognized standards for safety and quality.

How Safe Are Always® Pads?

Here’s how we ensure that each and every sanitary pad that goes out to local shops and online retailers is safe to use.

Responds to the Unique Needs of Every Woman

Our products go through rigorous safety tests. Always® pads are safe for use and are created in a way that they respond to the unique needs of every woman. To further cater to women with sensitive skin, we also produce pads that are designed with a soft and breathable top sheet, like the ALWAYS® Feather-Soft sanitary pad.

An Improved New Range

ALWAYS® believes in keeping up with the evolving times. The new breathable top sheet is soft and gentle on your skin and provides optimal protection during heavy-flow days. Check out our new range of sanitary pads today.

Use of PE Film - For Optimal Quality

Our products are designed using perforated films that contain polyethene (PE). This helps us maintain the quality of our products, just like you have always enjoyed. We use PE, also known as polyethylene, across our products in all the countries that we serve as a way to prevent leaks. PE films are safely used in a large array of industries:

• Polyethene is an element that is widely used in medical products such as bandages, prosthetics, oral care agents, and surgical stitches

• It is used for holding food in the form of food bags, squeezable bottles, milk bottles, cereal box, liners, and more

Working of PE Films in Pads

PE films work wonders in protecting against menstrual leaks as the component holds the fluid securely. Here are a few more reasons why they are so effective:

• Polythene aids in transporting the menstrual fluid to the absorbent core. ALWAYS® uses it in the form of fibre as a top sheet for our menstrual pads • PE films provide a soft and silky feel. This makes the pads extremely comfortable while tackling the risk of rashes

We understand that women have distinct needs. But that shouldn’t mean that they have to compromise. The ALWAYS® promise of safety is true for each and every product that comes out of our factories. Just so you can lead a life the way you want and on your own terms.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please have a look at some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers below. You may contact us here.

Are Always Kenya products safe?


Yes, our pads and liners are safe and are used safely by millions of women every day. Your safety is at the centre of everything we do and so our products are rigorously tested, including assessments by independent experts such as physicians, university scientists, and health authorities. Over 1,800 quality tests are carried out on pad materials during manufacture before use. Over 20,000 tests are carried out on our pads and their components by independent laboratories every year.

Will your pads irritate the skin?


No, our pads should not cause irritation to the skin. All our products go through rigorous safety tests to ensure that they are safe for use.


Are scented pads safe? Won’t they be irritating and make me itch down there?


Your safety is at the centre of everything we do, so like our unscented pads and liners, our scented products are safe for use. We select materials, including the fragrance in our scented products, which are not irritating and do not cause itching when used in a pad. Additionally, the fragrance used in our pads and liners meet the strict safety standards set by the International Fragrance Association, the world’s leading authority on fragrance safety. We recommend our unscented products for those who prefer fragrance-free products or who may be sensitive to fragrances.

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


All Always Kenya products meet rigorous safety and effectiveness standards, regardless of what they are made of. Always pads are designed to provide high levels of protection and comfort. The materials used in our pads better enable us to deliver these performance needs.

Is there chlorine bleach in pads?


No, Always pads are purified using an elemental chlorine-free purification process. This is a safe process.

Why is any bleaching done on pads?


Our suppliers use an elemental chlorine-free process to purify the cellulose fibres in our products. Purification eliminates natural impurities and cleans the fibres to make them ready for production. Whitening the fibres is a result of this process, but not its goal. Always Sensitive Essentials pads offer an option where the cellulose fibre is purified through an alternative method that is Total Chlorine Free and uses hydrogen peroxide.

Do you have toxic dyes in your pads?


No, there are no toxic dyes in our pads. 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 ensure that your products are safe?


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.

Our Safety commitment

Always Kenya is committed to ensuring that all of our products meet rigorous safety standards. In addition, we believe it is important to have our safety assessments and ingredients reviewed by independent experts, who put our products through their own skin safety requirements.