Benefits

You can find further information at benefits.

The cost usually is even within about two years.

Kulmines are pads made from high quality cloth, and sewn with a special level of care. That is why some clients cloth pads have lasted for more than 15 years, even with regular use (pantyliners accordingly less). Kulmines made from cotton last longer than the ones made out of silk – we do not have year-long experience with this material yet.

“Now I finally have to say ‘thank you'! I bought my first Kulmines about 15 years ago and I still use them! Even though I dry tumble them they are all still in good condition! Great quality!” “I have been using my Kulmine pads for 12 years going and they still are ok (only one has a small hole in the top layer). I even took them on long trekking tours in northern Sweden and washed them in the icy waters of a mountain brook (at home I put them in the washing machine, of course) I am still entirely satisfied and cannot imagine using another product anymore.”

 

My product range

You can find further information at my selection.

Mini Kulmines are especially short and narrow, midi Kulmines offer more protection on both sides and to the front and back.

Our product range is as diverse as the needs of the women using them. We are constantly inspired by our clients desires and our products continually evolve.

cloth pads

pantyliners

are more absorbent
(2–5 drops)

are thinner (1/2–2 drops)

used for menstruation, up to post partum and incontinence

mainly used for underwear protection, weak menstruation or as backup while using a menstrual cup or sponge

cotton

cotton and silk

Our mini series was developed together with young women. This is why we recommend all mini and midi cotton liners for young girls who are looking into Kulmine. We offer sets at a special price to try out different products.

“I will put the mini Kulmines into a small basked for my daughter, next to a few natracare pads. That way she can choose and experiment herself, because it won’t be long now until her first menstruation. It is my wish to accompany her better in this time of life than I was, and maybe the Kulmine pads will be an excellent support. I hope they will continue to be available for a very long time. Thank you for your great work.”

If you have been using disposable liners or pads so far, the needed amount will be comparable. With pantyliners for daily underwear protection you should consider how often you run your washing machine – the less you run it, the more you need.

To find out which Kulmine is right for you we recommend either buying a small selection of different models or to buy a set – we recommend this also in terms of how many Kulmines you might need. After a cycle with Kulmines you can estimate better how many Kulmines you will need.

“I own more pantyliners than I need and enjoy the luxury of asking myself‚ would I rather use silk or cotton, folded or a classic model, blue or rather nature?” “The new pads really excite me. I did not know what to order because there are so many different options, ranging from various pantyliners to bigger cloth folding pads. I have ordered a little of everything and now cannot wait to try them out!”

Frequently, women need pantyliners more often or for the first time during pregnancy. During this special time they prefer materials that are good for their skin during daily use, just like our breathable organic cotton (kbA). During childbed, many women would prefer to go without liners, but if they have to use them, material such as our silk with its neutral, even cooling and has healing properties, is prefered.

Maxi Plus is ideal for nights with a heavy flow, for lochia and incontinence. As this pad is very long you can sleep on your stomach, back and on the sides, protected in all directions. Midwives regularly recommend cloth pads for childbed.

A midwife says: “15 years ago I bought your cloth pads at a continuing education seminar (back then they were still called ‘Vivas’) and have been using them exclusively ever since. The pads are still without fail after 15 years of use (interrupted by three pregnancies). After giving birth, I quickly switched from post partum pads to cloth pads. I can therefore only recommend them also to my clients post partum.”

All our Kulmines are great, and our wide product range makes it possible to adapt to all your individual needs. And yes: we do offer a wide range of different models. This is why we have created different informational texts (for example comparison and my selection) that might help you with the process. However, you can also just buy the set that looks best to you, and use this  starting point to find out what works best for you. 

 

Material and manufacturing

You can find further information at material and manufacturing.

Our cloth is dyed without optical bleach, the colored ones are dyed in Germany according to  IVN-Best standards.

Our cotton is from certified organic production in rainy areas of Uganda and Kirgizstan. It complies with the highest organic standard of IVN Best.

Our silk is produced in India according to organic animal farming standards and is called peace silk: This means the cocoon is only used after the silkmoth has hatched and has been able to leave the cocoon. Our quality demands are extremely high, so we might experience delivery delays from time to time. We thank you for your understanding.

Yes, our press buttons are from nickel-free brass. They are especially small and not bulky.

“I have tested the foldable model with press buttons, and it is fantastic. My suspicion that the press button might feel uncomfortable was not confirmed. In fact I can hardly feel the button. In contrast to a bodysuit where the press buttons would be very near to the skin, I have several layers of the wonderful Kulmine cloth inbetween. […] The foldable pantyliner is really beautiful and very soft and […] it prevents the ‘Kulmine drops into toilet’- problem.”

cotton

silk

10 pads and 10 pantyliners available

1 pantyliner (further models to come ) available, not for men

comfortable warming

cooling in summer, warming in winter

breathable

breathable and healing (contains amino acids that have a positiv influence on your skin)

long durability

probably less durability than cotton models, no long term data available yet

washable up to 95°C

washing recommended up to 40°C, handwash preferred

colours: natural, night blue, crimson and changing special editions

colour: natural

cotton is more affordable

silk is luxury for your vulvina

 

Last week I was frequently wearing a silk panty liner and I was pretty excited about it, no sweating and I felt quite confident and secure even with white trousers.”The silk has such a nice grip and doesn't crumple at all and wearing it is so wonderful, I couldn't even feel it. The cotton cloths are nice as well, but the ones made out of silk are just a little bit more to my liking.”

Yes, our Kulmines are either from certified organic production (kbA) or in case of the silk from certified organic animal farming (kbT).

The cotton cloth has the label “IVN Best” and our silk has been awarded the label “GOTS” (Global Organic Textile Standard). Both of these labels conform to the highest standarts in the textile industry. IVN Best (IVN means “International Union of natural Textile Producers”) is regarded as the highest level of certification in the textile industry. There are more than one hundred different standards and certifications in the textile industry that are awarded based on different criteria. Some only apply to organic cloth, others can be seen on products from conventional production. Some have very strict standards, others are rather vague or do not give any guidance on certain aspects.

We only use cloth with the labels IVN Best or GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard). Both labels take ecological but also social aspects into consideration. This is why our cloth is both organic and fair. Social production criteria are working hours, workplace safety and wages. Ecological aspects include soil and forest protection, use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers and water use.

The labels “kbA” (controlled organic production) and kbT (controlled organic animal farming) are protected in the EU, just as the label “organic cotton”. To use these labels certain standards have to be met – only products from organic agriculture can obtain this label. However it only refers to the fibre – further production steps can be conventional. Both kbA and kbT do not include any information on the social production circumstances
This is why these standards are not enough for Kulmine. GOTS and IVN Best move far beyond the scope of  the EG-Eco-Regulation and contain all production steps in ecological and social aspects.

  • for the growing of cotton fibre
  • in the production of cloth
  • in sewing the finished product

kbA, kbT, IVN Best, GOTS
Kulmine guidelines in detail

We produce all Kulmines in Osnabrück in the lovely Teutoburg Forest.

 

care and wash

Further information can be found at care and wash.

It is indeed possible that your underwear might be stained if the pads are changed too infrequently. For the first use we recommend trying them out at home to get a good sense of when the pad needs to be changed.
If you are a woman whose blood mainly flows laterally and longitudinally, Kulmines with wings or foldable Kulmines might be right for you.

Kulmine pads are as absorbent as comparable disposable products. Clients say that especially the folding Kulmines are among the most absorbent pads they know. Nevertheless, they still need to be changed on a regular basis and adapted to the strength of your menstrual flow.

“The comfort is really unique, no itching and hardly any scent. The absorbency can hold up to the competition of artificial pads at any time, really great.”

To prevent irritation such as itching or rashes it is important for the cloth to be breathable. This is why we did not integrate a waterproof layer such as PU (also known as PUL)  in our Kulmines on purpose. Without this foil Kulmines also do not make a noise – neither during changing nor while wearing.
If you should prefer a PU layer, please let us know – we happily produce special editions on request.

“With pads with waterproof layers you quickly get this wet feeling, and they just do not feel as good as the Kulmines, they might slip even with wings or just scrunch up….!” “I was really surprised recently. I tried a supermarket pantyliner a few days ago, and my underwear got stained because it could not absorb enough, even though I did not even have my period. This never happened to me with cloth pantyliners.” “I think it is wonderful that you produce your pads withouth PUL and the comfort is just heavenly. I have never felt this good during my menstruation.”

Instead of Origami, we invented Origa-Mens – let your creativity reign and fold your Kulmines the way you need them!

  • You have a bigger surface that enables variations in length, width and thickness.
  • On the road (and of course at home) you have a fresh surface readily available without having to change the pad. Depending on the model and strength of menstrual flow, even several times.
  • They are your ideal combination partner: for example underneath winged pads or as an envelope for our classical models.

“I have tried various models and as a pad‚ I think foldable models are most practical because I always have a fresh side on top. This always feels very cuddly and soft. I would love to wear them every day because they are much softer than my underwear.” “Tried and tested and found great during my last menstruation: I combined foldable winged pantyliners with regular pantyliners. Depending on the strength of the flow, one or more liners – great!”

Many women consider washing their Kulmines at 30°C or 40 °C sufficiently clean, some even only do hand washing (recommended for silk pantyliners). If needed, cotton Kulmines can be washed at 60°C or 95°C.
The question of remaining stains after washing is quite individual. Some long term Kulmine fans do their washing with organic washing powder at 60 °C. Some of their pads are more than 20 years old and do not have stains.

“I had been put off as a potential customer by the ‘wash within 24 hours in cold water’ for a long time – since having my Kulmines, I never soaked them, and I always wash them at 40 degrees with the next regular load, and my (crimson) pads have no stains. However, they are not fully soaked because I mainly use them as a backup for my menstrual cup and at night.”

After the first wash you can expect shrinking length-wise. It will be ca. 5% for flannel cloth, ca. 8% for molleton and silk cloth.

After washing, the surface of our cotton Kulmines will be a little bit less smooth. This is due to the high quality of our flannel with thick, one side roughened cloth. The textile is therefore very soft, absorbent and offers extra traction against slipping out of place. 
Following the recommended care, your cloth pads should not change anymore after the first washing.

Our cotton Kulmines are used to handling quite a lot. A tumble drier is no problem. However, you should treat silk Kulmines with more care and we recommend not to put them in your tumble drier.

“…by the way, whenever I inadvertently put a silk pantyliner into the dryer, I just iron it smooth and continue using it without any issues.”

All our pads and liners can be worn without additional straps or wings. They usually do not slip in snugly fitting cotton panties because cotton and silk do not slip on cotton. Our winged Kulmines are especially suitable for loose fitting panties or panties from synthetic materials.

“…After initial doubts if those tiny thingies (thong pantyliners) will hold in place and not wander around, I have realized after an extensive test that the liners do not only fit perfectly in all thongs used, but they also stay in place during sports and other physical activites (even in satin underwear);-))…”

The belief that menstrual blood is not hygienic is outdated. Usually menstrual flow of healthy women only starts smelling once it comes in contact with synthetic materials and if no air contact is available.
 You can find more information at health.

Anja Peters, OB-GYN: “My advice on daily use of pantyliners: if at all, then only Kulmines! For women who suffer from vaginal yeast infections frequently I strongly recommend to use Kulmines instead of common sanitary articles. Combined with naturopathic therapy the switch to Kulmines is successful in nearly all cases.”

Yes, you can. Many women and several men use Kulmines for cases of light or even stronger bladder weakness. Sometimes they also use it as a skin friendly addition to disposable products.  You can find information on absorbency in the product descriptions or in the comparison table.

“In general it is more economic in any case. She orders 7–10 folding pads that can be used for 10 years instead of continually buying disposable pads all of the time. In case of incontinence, she can use the slightly more economical pads in natural color. Furthermore, thinking about throwing away pads every day until her death (that is hopefully still many many years away) – the mountain of waste generated!”

Used washable pantyliners and cloth pads can be stored in small waterproof make-up bags, or zip lock bags – discreet and odourless. While on the road foldable pads come especially handy because you can fold a clean and dry side to the outside.

“I have brought cotton folding pads and silk pantyliners twice to the Himalayas, up to 3900 meters (12800 feet). Women of the Tamang and Tikali people in the remote mountain villages (still) have no access to „modern“ sanitary articles, and use cloth pads, washing them in the river. I was even able to clean everything together with these women, without inhibition, because they also washed there. This was natural for them, and for me it was refreshing. Afterwards everything was dried on rocks and in bushes in the sun. Where there has been more contact to civilization, disposable sanitary products are bought and used, because women consider it a relief from washing – if they can afford it. At the same time, it is more inhibited in those areas to clean pads in the river, with everyone present. Well, maybe ask on your website where Kulmines have already travelled?”

 

Others

In case you have any other questions, please do call us or drop us a line.

You prefer to purchase offline? No problem, just oder via post, e-mail or phone.

Following stores stock Kulmine products:

  • Beauty&Nature (Munich and Leipzig, Germany)
  • Stadelmann Naturgut (Wiggensbach in Allgäu, Germany)
  • Meyerhof (Belm near Osnabrück, Germany)
  • Naturalia (Moscow, Russia)

Furthermore we offer personal consultations in the following locations in Germany:

  • Osnabrück
  • Wiesbaden
  • Freiburg
  • Niederrhein
  • Krefeld
  • Berlin

We offer two different eco-friendly packaging options in our shop:

  • Your order is packed in beautifully rustling tissue paper to give you a feeling of birthday and christmas in one day.
  • If you want to give Kulmines as a present (or for some other reason) we can also wrap them individually in beautiful transparent envelopes.

“My order has arrived and I like the nice, plastic free packaging.”
“I have hardly ever seen such an environmentally friendly and sensual packaging as yours.”

Kulmine celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013.

  • The one time high purchase price might be an impediment, even though the cost quickly pays off.
  • For young people living at home, or people with flat mates communication about the new Kulmines on the washing lines might – depending on the circumstances -  be considered as taxing.
  • You might no longer be able to help out other women with pads or tampons.
  • Having to wash and transport your Kulmines might be seen as tricky in the beginning; however one quickly gets used to the routine.
  • If you have to use disposable products due to adverse circumstances, you might be thrown into utter desperation.
  • You want to share your experience with Kulmines with everyone and suddenly realize how much of a taboo menstruation still is.
  • You are so enthusiastic that you cannot stop expanding your Kulmine collection. ;-)

We are convinced that cotton and fibre (also from indigenous rain forests) is far too valuable to be a disposable product. Not only in concern to menstrual products.
Our fine cloths offer an alternative to cotton wool and a more sustainable possibility for facial care that is both thorough and soft on your skin.  
A client told us there were no organic handkerchiefs available. The satin cloth we found is soft on your skin and very absorbent without moistening quickly..
We have found a lot of great uses for our Kulmine cloths just by using leftovers from production: High absorbency makes the cloths ideal for cleaning and wiping rags and the surface also attracts dust while dry and can be shaken clean easily. They also feel much better than microfiber cloth.

“The cosmetic pad feels really great on the skin and cleanses thoroughly.” “One feels that lime coloured kerchiefs are a bit stiffer than the non-dyed ones. Still, they are incredibly soft compared to regular disposable kerchiefs. With regards to washing, both behave equally great.“ ”I have re-purposed the big kerchief (in lime) and use it as a facial towel. I get redness and irritation from regular terry cloth towels. The kerchief is sooo incredibly soft and gentle on my skin. And it absorbs water much better than the rough terry cloth towels. A spa treatment for my face!”