When searching for potential culprits of your vulvar pain, toilet paper might seem an unimportant candidate for this title.

But believe me – toilet paper (often stuffed with harmful and toxic chemicals) can be one of your main problems causing your v irritation, puffiness, allergies, and pain. And yes, it can also be one of the main reasons of your vulvodynia. In the end, you use it every single day – sometimes even several times per day!

It was one of my problems too. After spotting this, I freed myself from the dry and raw feeling that accompanied me every day.

In this breakdown, I have listed toilet papers that either I or my fellow vulva warriors have tried, and in which I was able to find further precise information about; through the brands’ websites or reviews online.

I haven’t included any virgin toilet papers (papers that are made straight from trees) because first, they always tend to have random chemicals and additives in them, like lotions, fragrances, dyes, etc. And second, they are not environmental friendly.

RECYCLED TOILET PAPERS

Recycled toilet paper is a good, environmentally friendly choice to consider when choosing toilet paper for your sensitive v.

Before switching to bamboo toilet paper, recycled and unbleached toilet paper was my main go-to option.

Here are a few essential points to keep in mind when choosing recycled toilet paper as an option for your v:

1

Recycled toilet paper tends to be a bit rougher than virgin toilet paper - it might be a source of vulva irritation.
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Recycled toilet paper tends to be thinner and weaker when wet. Please pay attention to linty-residues left on your vulva after wiping. They might be a source of irritation and vaginal infections.
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According to a multitude of sources (including the Seventh Generation website), it is impossible to get BPA-free recycled toilet paper nowadays - due to thermal paper which is coated in dye and developers like BPA which end up in recycled content. So if a toilet paper producer states that their product is BPA-free - I would still remain skeptical.
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Good recycled toilet paper tends to not contain lotions, perfumes or colorants - however, before purchasing any product, always look for information on the packaging indicating if the product is free from additives and chemicals. Alternatively, check the producer’s website if you have any doubts.

#1. Seventh Generation 100% Recycled, Chlorine Free

(Available in the US and Canada)

  • 2-ply
  • Average sheet count: 240 sheets per roll

This Seventh Generation toilet paper is a good eco-friendly choice for your sensitive vulva and vagina. This is 100% recycled paper containing 50% post-consumer and 50% pre-consumer content.

It is bleached with oxygen using the Processed Chlorine-Free (PCS) process – which means that your vulva won’t be exposed to chemicals like dioxins. This toilet paper is hypoallergenic, free from fragrances, perfumes, softeners, chemical irritants, dyes, inks, and formaldehyde.

Even though it might be rougher that virgin toilet paper, the company claims that the paper is created with sensitive skin people in mind. It dissolves very quickly, which is great if you have any plumbing issues.

#2. Seventh Generation Unbleached

(Available in the US and Canada)

  • 2-ply
  • Average sheet count: 400 sheets per roll

Another good eco-friendly choice for your sensitive vagina and vulva. This 100% recycled paper contains 80% post-consumer and 20% pre-consumer content and is totally unbleached. Like its predecessor, it is also hypoallergenic, free from fragrances, perfumes, softeners, chemical irritants, dyes, inks, and formaldehyde.

According to user’ opinions, it is relatively soft in touch, easy on the skin, and durable so it can be a great solution for your vulva irritation. Plus it is easy on the pipes.

Company Information

Seventh Generation is an American eco-friendly company established in 1988. The company is focused on sustainability and the conservation of natural resources while producing environmentally friendly, non-toxic products.

#3. Green Forest 100% Recycled

(Available in the US)

  • 2-ply
  • Average sheet count: 352 sheets per roll
  • Average sheet size: 4.5” x 4.0” (11.5 x 10 cm)

Green Forest toilet paper is made of 100% recycled toilet paper. It contains one of the highest post-consumer recycled (PCR) content of any brands, reaching up to 90%. It is whitened using a chlorine-free whitening process (PCS), so it’s a gentle option for your vulva.

It’s hypoallergenic, free from fragrances, perfumes, added dyes, and lotions. Unfortunately, on the producer’s website, I haven’t found any information about formaldehyde.

According to user reviews, it might be a bit rougher than other brands, however, it is still relatively soft, with average strength and is absorbent when wet.

It is biodegradable and easily breaks down, so it is a good choice if your home has heavy bathroom traffic. It is a good, economical and environmentally friendly option for sensitive skin.

Company Information

The Green Forest is a small eco-friendly, American brand established in 1990. The company is focused on producing environmentally friendly paper products while preserving natural resources and energy.

#4: Who Gives a Crap Recycled

(Available in Australia, the US, Canada, and Europe)

  • 3-ply
  • Average sheet count: 400 sheets per roll
  • Average sheet size: 3.94″ x 3.94″ (10 x 10 cm)

Who Gives A Crap recycled toilet paper is made from 100% recycled paper with no dyes, inks, scents or lotions.

The company claims to source their materials from local schools which includes textbooks, workbooks, and office paper and because of this, their paper doesn’t include BPA (although they can’t offer a 100% guarantee.)

According to reviews, this toilet paper is softer and sturdier (it doesn’t leave pills or particles behind which can irritate the vulva), is tightly packed (i.e., more toilet paper per roll) and is more efficient than other recycled papers.

The con is the whitening process in which WGC toilet paper is treated with hydrogen peroxide along with Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) bleaching. ECF, unfortunately, produces dioxin which might be a source of vulva and vagina irritations.

WGC papers are biodegradable, they are ok for almost all septic tanks and truly eco-friendly – they’re wrapped with paper printed with soy ink.

Company Information

Who Gives a Crap is an Australian company founded in 2012. They donate 50% of their profits to non-profit organizations working to improve access to hygiene, water and basic sanitation in developing countries.

BAMBOO TOILET PAPERS

Bamboo toilet paper is an amazing option if you suffer from vulvodynia or any type of vulvar pain, irritation or sensitivities. I discovered it several months ago, and believe me – I’m never going back.

Here are a few essential points to keep in mind when choosing bamboo toilet paper as an option for your v:

1

Bamboo toilet paper by default does not contain harsh chemicals as bamboo doesn’t require fertilizers, insecticides or pesticides to grow.
2

Bamboo is naturally antibacterial (it doesn’t collect bacteria) making it a great option if you are prone to vaginal infections.
3

Bamboo is a rapidly renewable, sustainable material, making it a great eco-friendly alternative to tree-based recyclable toilet papers.
4

Bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic and kind to skin. The long fiber in bamboo contains less dust particles, which reduces irritation if you suffer from sensitive vulva skin.
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Bamboo toilet paper is stronger and more absorbent than its tree-based equivalents - it does not leave a linty residue which makes it perfect for sensitive vulva skin prone to rashes and irritations.
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Bamboo is a virgin fiber and because of this, it is BPA-free by default.
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Bamboo toilet paper tends to be additive and chemical-free. It doesn’t contain inks, colorants, dyes, lotions or fragrances.
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It is more expensive than recycled paper, but from my experience, is way more efficient - 1 roll lasts me even up to 4 days!
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Most bamboo toilet papers are whitened using a healthier bleaching method called the Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) bleaching process. During this process, a chlorine dioxide is usually the main bleaching agent (instead of harsh elemental chlorine). However, the by-products of ECF are still dioxins which can cause vulva and vagina irritation.

#5: Caboo Tree-Free

(Available in Canada and the US)

  • 2-ply
  • Average sheet count: 300 sheets per roll

Caboo Tree-Free bamboo toilet paper is made 100% from bamboo and sugarcane pulp.

The paper is strong and absorbent thanks to bamboo fiber, and is extra soft, thanks to sugarcane. This product is additives, chemicals, and GMO-free.

Caboo’s paper is 100% biodegradable and fast in dissolving – making it safe for all septic systems.

Company Information

Caboo is a Canadian company that prioritizes the reduction of their environmental impact by offering commercial and household paper products made from renewable, sustainable alternatives to tree-made paper – bamboo and sugarcane.

#6: Who Gives a Crap Bamboo

(Available in Australia, the US, Canada and Europe)

  • 3-ply
  • Average sheet count: 400 sheets per roll
  • Average sheet size: 3.94″ x 3.94″ (10 x 10 cm)

Who Gives A Crap bamboo toilet paper is made from 100% forest friendly bamboo. It is additive and chemical-free.

This toilet paper is soft and super strong. According to reviews, even when used after the bidet for drying – it absorbs water without tearing and falling apart.

WGC bamboo paper is biodegradable (it’s ok for almost all septic tanks) and truly eco-friendly – it is wrapped with paper printed with soy ink.

Company Information

Who Gives a Crap is an Australian company founded in 2012. They donate 50% of their profits to non-profit organizations working to improve access to hygiene, water and basic sanitation in developing countries.

#7: Tushy

(Available in the US)

Tushy toilet paper is made from 100% unbleached (finally!!), silky-strong bamboo fibers. It is free from additives, chemicals, formaldehyde, and emulsifying agents.

According to reviews, it’s soft (a bit less plush than Who Gives a Crap bamboo toilet paper), strong and absorbent with the perforations between sheets a bit tougher to tear through.

The company practices biological pulping, meaning, they don’t use chlorine or chlorine dioxide during any part of the production process. The company uses a water-based adhesive on the end of each roll.

Tushy toilet paper is eco-friendly, containing plastic-free packaging.

Company Information

Tushy is a US Company founded by Miki Agrawal, who is also behind the period pants brand called THINX.

#8: Pure Planet Club

(Available in the US and Australia)

  • 3-ply
  • Average sheet count: 180 sheets per roll
  • Average sheet size: 3.94″ x 4.3″ (10 x 11 cm)

Pure Planet Club is another eco-friendly, sustainable toilet paper but is made a bit different than other virgin bamboo toilet papers. It is made from recycled sugar cane mulch and bamboo (materials that are deemed unusable by the commercial industry). It is additive and plastic-free.

Each roll of PPC toilet paper is individually hand wrapped (to maintain standard hygiene is one of the mentioned reasons) in a paper-style wrapping made also from bamboo and recycled post-consumer waste printed with water-based ink.

PPC bamboo toilet paper is biodegradable, compostable, septic and RV safe, vegan, and cruelty-free.

Company Information

Pure Planet Club is an Australian-owned business, whose mission is to help everyone around the world switch to a more sustainable solution. That is, 100% Tree-Free.

#9: The Cheeky Panda

(Available in Europe)

  • 3-ply
  • Average sheet count: 200 sheets per roll
  • Average sheet size: 4.7″ x 4.1″ (12 x 10.5 cm)

The Cheeky Panda toilet paper is made from 100% natural bamboo. It is free from tissue dust, plastic, additives, and chemicals.

This toilet paper is very soft and super strong – it doesn’t leave linty-residues on the vulva. The company states that they used Totally Chlorine-Free (TCF) bleaching process to whiten their paper – which means they don’t use any chemicals containing chlorine bleach. Thanks to it your vulva won’t be exposed to chemicals like dioxins.

The Cheeky Panda bamboo toilet paper is biodegradable and septic tank friendly. It is wrapped up in 100% recyclable and degradable packaging.

Company Information

The Cheeky Panda is an innovative British company founded in 2016, offering the tissue market a sustainable and health-conscious alternative. They offer a juicy range of bamboo tissue products (from toilet tissues and pocket tissues to dinner napkins and bamboo kitchen rolls).

Conclusion

In this post, you can find information about:

  • Nine different toilet papers and why they are good for your v

Did you find this post helpful? What other types of information would you like me to share with you?

Have you noticed that your pain is caused or worsened by toilet paper that you use? Do you have experience using any of the mentioned brands?

Share with me all of your thoughts, experiences, and questions in the comments below! You can also ask me anything directly on the FB page.

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