This arti­cle has been rea­li­zed in coope­ra­tion with Pour­prées. We always write honestly in our arti­cles and remain true to our per­so­nal opi­ni­ons, regard­less of the cooperation.

There is a new brand for period pan­ties on the Ger­man period mar­ket: Pour­prées. As the name indi­ca­tes, the com­pany is from France and makes peri­ods a little more ele­gant and sen­sual. I have been tes­ting the sus­tainable period under­wear from Pour­prées over the last few mon­ths for you and today I am finally sharing my pro­duct review with you!

Factbox  What I like  What could be better 
Com­pany: Pourprées  + Fair pro­duc­tion in France  - Limi­ted variety of products 
Sam­pled period pan­ties: Cattleya  + Orga­nic cotton  - Only avaible in black 
Cer­ti­fi­cate: Stan­dard 100 by OEKO TEX  + Vegan  - Hig­her price 
Price: 34,00 - 44,00 € + Large selec­tion of sizes 
Sizes: 30 - 56 

Pourprées: The company

Iris and Aga­the Pil­lon are two sis­ters from Paris who foun­ded the period com­pany Pour­prées tog­e­ther in 2019. To rea­lize their idea, they laun­ched a crowd­fun­ding cam­paign which was a com­plete suc­cess: at the end of the cam­paign, 6,000 period pan­ties were pre-orde­red and the first pro­duc­tion star­ted. All pan­ties are pro­du­ced under fair working con­di­ti­ons near Paris in France. Initi­ally they star­ted with Pour­prées in France, but they are beco­m­ing more and more popu­lar on the Ger­man period mar­ket as well. They sell their high-qua­lity period under­wear via their own online shop. The period under­wear is vegan and Stan­dard 100 by OEKO TEX certified.

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Photo Credit: Pour­prées

How (well) does the period underwear from Pourprées work?

An absor­bent tech­no­logy is inte­gra­ted in the period under­wear from Pour­prées, which makes them com­for­ta­ble to wear. The first layer of the briefs quickly absorbs the mens­trual blood, so that there is no fee­ling of damp­ness. The last layer pro­tects against leakage and retains the blood. In total, the briefs con­sist of three dif­fe­rent lay­ers. These are desi­gned in such a way that the pan­ties are still slim, only 3mm in the thi­c­kest part. I per­so­nally find this very exci­ting, because it makes it feel almost like nor­mal under­wear. The addi­tio­nal lay­ers are sewn generously into the crotch area, but not in the whole under­pants. So the extra layer is only in the pla­ces where it is really nee­ded. This is defi­ni­tely a bonus point for the briefs from Pourprées! 

How much blood can the panties from Pourprées absorb?

The briefs are desi­gned to absorb the blood from about 3 tam­pons. Accord­ing to the web­site, this means about 30ml. To be able to really try the period under­wear, I did not bleed freely during my period. Unfor­tu­n­a­tely I do not know exactly how much blood I lose during the every day of my period. Howe­ver, it worked well for me to change my period under­wear in the morning and in the evening, just as recom­men­ded by the com­pany. And I am happy with the absor­bency of the pan­ties. Howe­ver, I pro­bably should men­tion here that I do not have a heavy bleeding.

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What do I particularly like about period underwear from Pourprées?

One thing I really like about Pour­prées is that they are pro­du­ced regio­nally and fairly in France. Per­so­nally, I am also a fan of orga­nic cot­ton, which is used to make the briefs. For me, orga­nic cot­ton just feels the most com­for­ta­ble on my skin, espe­cially in the crotch area. The beau­ti­ful lace app­li­ca­ti­ons on both sides in the form of embro­ide­red tulle com­plete the Catt­leya pan­ties and make them look ele­gant. Even though I wear period under­wear, I don’t feel that I have to com­pro­mise on the com­fort or appearance of my under­wear with Pour­prées pan­ties. They appear more valu­able and spe­cial than other period brands. The briefs are also vegan and free of sil­ver nano­par­ti­cles and other che­mi­cals. The period under­wear from Pour­prées is avail­able in sizes 30 to 56, which I find a good size selection.

How do the panties from Pourprées fit?

As the com­pany is still very young, they only have three dif­fe­rent styles in their collec­tion so far – all in black. I have cho­sen the style Catt­leya for the pro­duct review. Even though I gene­rally pre­fer high-wais­ted under­wear, I was a bit sur­pri­sed when I first put on the pan­ties. Because they really are high-wais­ted – up to the bel­ly­but­ton. This is, howe­ver, how it is descri­bed on the web­site: ‘Our Catt­leya is a high wais­ted panty’. But when I put the pan­ties on again on the first day of my period, all of my doubts and worries were gone: The Catt­leya panty could not fit any bet­ter! The hig­her cut makes it feel as if the pan­ties lovin­gly hug all my period pain. Exactly in the pla­ces where there are cramps during my peri­ods, Catt­leya pro­vi­des warmth and com­fort. No more unne­cessary pin­ching of under­wear during periods! 

What about the sizes for the period underwear from Pourprées?

I orde­red the Catt­leya in size 40, which is the right size for me. Actually, I would have orde­red the pan­ties in a size sma­ler, a 38. But on the web­site there’s a note say­ing, ‘If you’re in bet­ween two sizes, go for the lar­ger one’. For me it worked well and I am happy with my Catt­leya! Also the butt is almost com­ple­tely cove­red, which I pre­fer during my period.

How much do the panties from Pourprées cost and how long can I wear them?

The price of the period under­wear from Pour­prées ran­ges from €34 to €44 depen­ding on the style. In addi­tion there is a 2,80€ ship­ping fee to Ger­many. Com­pa­red to other brands the price is a little hig­her, but the pan­ties are pro­du­ced under fair con­di­ti­ons in France – which is great! And we all know that fair and regio­nal pro­duc­tion has its price. You can also buy the pan­ties in sets to save bet­ween ten and 15 per­cent.
For me, Pour­prées pas­sed the washing test: Even after repeated washing and wea­ring, the briefs are still just as com­for­ta­ble and full in their black colour as they were when I first got them. The qua­lity is great! Accord­ing to the web­site, Pour­prées briefs can be worn as long and as often as nor­mal underwear.

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To summarize…

I am exci­ted that I was allo­wed to try the period under­wear from Pour­prées. I felt very com­for­ta­ble with the Catt­leya style, espe­cially on the first days of my period. If you are thin­king about giving period under­wear a try, I can highly recom­mend the Pour­prées pan­ties. Do you have any ques­ti­ons about the pro­duct? Or do you maybe already have period under­wear at home? Then do not hesi­tate to write us! We are loo­king for­ward to hea­ring from you – also about your experiences!

If you have gene­ral ques­ti­ons about the use and care of period under­wear, then you will find all the infor­ma­tion here.  

Britta Wiebe, period education, Vulvani
Britta 
Co-Foun­der Vulvani | britta@vulvani.com | Web­site | + posts

Britta Wiebe is the co-foun­der of Vul­vani. She loves rese­ar­ching, wri­ting and designing new arti­cles or inno­va­tive edu­ca­tio­nal con­cepts about mens­trua­tion all day long. When she is not tra­vel­ling the world, she enjoys spen­ding time with her loved ones in the beau­ti­ful city of Ham­burg in Germany.