Obsidian Star (www.obsidianstar.com.au
) is a small (WAHM) business, started in 2000 and stocking a wide range of lengths and styles of Cloth Pad. With fabrics such as organic cottons, hand dyed bamboo velour, funky pop culture prints and luscious minky – you’re sure to find something you like!
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A label is attached to the underside of the pads to indicate the level of absorbency of the pad and if it has PUL waterproofing or not. This also tells you which way up the pad goes (the side with the label goes against your underpants), as well as a reminder of where you got the pad! Reversible pantyliners/pads have no labels so that you can wear them either side up.
I designed my labels to give the absorbency and waterproofing information in the star. “L” stands for “Light”, “R” for “Regular” and “H” for “Heavy”. The darker purple stars indicate the pad has PUL in it, the lighter purple labels are used on pads with no PUL. If there is an empty star (no letter inside it), it means the pad has adjustable absorbency (such as boostable or pocket pads)
The absorbencies of “Light”, “Medium/Moderate” and “Heavy” in reference to the cloth pads are a guide only. It is recommended to change your pad before it becomes “full” for hygiene and comfort reasons (around every 2-4 hours), regardless of the absorbency of the pad. I also list the exact composition of the pads in the product description so that you can make your own determination of the absorbency level for your needs.
Most of the pads you’ll find here are made in the “regular” absorbency (also known as Moderate or medium) – These pads should be suitable for use throughout most of your period, even on heavy days (though you will want to change more frequently on heavy days). You would most likely want to change the pad for comfort before the pad was too “full”, and additional unneeded layers can make the pads slower to dry.
The longer the pad, the more surface area of absorbency, so a Priestess or Goddess pad of “Regular” absorbency will hold much more flow than a Nymph or Maiden “Regular” absorbency pad. Pads without waterproofing will allow the blood to soak through eventually, so it is recommended to check regularly to make sure the pad has not soaked through. Pads made with PUL waterproofing will allow the flow to spread out through the core of the pad more, as well as helping prevent leaks. If you have heavy flow or flow that soaks through the one spot quickly rather than spreading out over the pad, you might want to wear pads with waterproofing or use a waterproofed booster under the pad.
Please note the brand/absorbency labels are sewn onto the pad after the pads have been sewn up, so there are small stitching lines visible on the top of the pad. If the pad has PUL this does mean the stitching goes through the PUL layer, however I position the tags on the back of the wing so that there is minimal chance of leaking through any needleholes in the PUL layer.
Older pads will have my old iron-on labels instead of the newer sew-on ones.
I offer a range of fabric options and make pads both print up and print down. Each pad listing will explain which side is which, and unless the pad is reversible, a brand label is attached on the back (underside) of the pad, which also helps you know which side goes up (label side goes against your underpants)
Obsidian Star pad cores are made with the “hidden core” technique where there is a full layer of flannelette through the entire pad and the bamboo fleece core is sewn onto this layer in graduating layers. This means that in a “regular” absorbency pad there is a full layer of flannelette, a layer of bamboo fleece that covers most of the inner surface of the pad (not into the wing) and a second layer of bamboo fleece in the very centre of the pad. “Heavy” pads have a total of 3 layers bamboo fleece, “Light” pads have 1 layer bamboo fleece (unless otherwise specified)
I don’t use “zorb” in pads, because I feel that is it important to use natural fabrics where possible (primarily because of the eco-impact) and zorb is made with polyester nylon.
I use PUL instead of fleece because PUL is regarded in the industry as being completely leakproof in a pad and is a very thin fabric. Whereas fleece is only leak-resistant (unless treated with a DWR chemical coating) and adds extra thickness. The use of synthetic fleece fabrics is causing micro-plastic pollution in our oceans. This is where tiny particles of the fleece fabric is shed through the washing process and ends up in the ocean where small fish consume it and it works its way up the food chain (Link, Link, Link). So I feel that a PUL fabric provides a more effective waterproofing fabric in a pad, which is better for the environment.
“Hemp” Fleece/terry is 55% hemp 45% cotton or organic cotton
“Bamboo fleece” is 70% Bamboo, 30% Hemp (320gsm)
“Flannelette” is 100% cotton
“PUL” is a “breathable waterproof” fabric made from polyester with polyurethane film
Products shown on here are displaying stock that is available over on my own online store (www.ObsidianStar.com.au) – Clicking the button to purchase the item will take you to my website where you can complete the purchase using my shopping cart, with bank deposit and paypal payment options.
To reduce the environmental impact by reducing the amount I drive to the post office – I post orders twice a week. Usually on Mon/Tues and on Thurs/Fri. If you need your order sent in a hurry please contact me to check if this is possible before ordering.
Shipping is available Australia-wide. If the cost of postage & packing is less than the amount you have paid for shipping, I will refund any excess.
Please note that I do not ship Internationally.
Photos taken of the pads are done to the best of my ability to show the product. Variances in the brightness or colour settings in your monitor/screen (as well as mine), may make some fabrics appear to be slightly different in colour to what they appear in reality.
Often I will make more than one pad from the same fabric and photograph pads to show the back and front of the pad. Unless otherwise specified all pads are sold individually, so if a product photo shows 2 pads, you will receive only one.
When pads are made from printed fabrics, the pad you receive may have a slightly different print placement to the pad shown, but will be made from the same fabric. If a fabric print is such that each pad cut from it will look different, then each pad will be photographed separately.
These pads are handmade and as such will have minor imperfections in the workmanship – however these imperfections are cosmetic and will not affect the performance/function of the pads.