Prod­uct review: Period under­wear from Pourprées

von Britta
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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!

Note: The arti­cle was orig­i­nally pub­lished in August 2020 (prod­uct test of Cat­t­leya only). In Octo­ber 2021 the arti­cle was updated and also the period slips Lys and Dahlia were tested.

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.

On the web­site, small sym­bols in the shape of blood drops are used to show how much period blood the dif­fer­ent panties can absorb. The descrip­tions also indi­cate for whom the period panties are rec­om­mended. The mod­els I tested have 3-4 blood drops, which is good for medium to very 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 four 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!

Update: I tested two more panties from Pour­prées. The model Dahlia has a sim­i­lar fit as the model Cat­t­leya – high up to the belly but­ton. The model Lys has a sportier cut and is fit­ted on the hips. 

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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. I also tested the panties Dahlia and Lys in size 40 and they fit great as well.

Note about the sizes: There are both Ger­man and French sizes writ­ten in the panties. Do not not get con­fused by the fact that there will be two dif­fer­ent sizes printed on the slip.

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. I also like the styles Dahlia and Lys. 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. 

Veröffentlicht am 3. October 2021
Von Britta
Britta Wiebe ist die Co-Gründerin von Vulvani. Am liebsten recherchiert, schreibt und konzipiert sie den ganzen Tag neue Artikel oder innovative Bildungsformate rund um Menstruation. Wenn sie nicht in der weiten Welt unterwegs ist, genießt sie ihre Zeit mit lieben Menschen im schönen Hamburg. | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter

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