When it comes to taking care of your most personal needs, and we’re talking really personal, like only in the bathroom personal, we’re going to bet that you do things the way they’ve always been done. The sad fact of the matter is when it comes to handling business in the bathroom, women are using the same products that our mothers and our grandmothers used. Where’s the innovation? Surely in this world of “smart” everything, we can take care of ourselves in a smarter way. One woman wants to change the way every other woman in the world lives her life by giving smart solutions for personal care. Let’s join her revolution.
Meet Miki Agrawal, the creator of three innovative products that are set to change the personal care habits of women everywhere. Her innovations make the world a better place by allowing women to care for their bodies in a more natural and healthy way and by reducing waste on our planet.
Miki is a brave and bold woman who isn’t afraid to change things up. She is the epitome of cool, and in this reawakening of feminism happening right now, she is the kind of woman that our little girls can aspire to be. Accolades seem to follow her wherever she goes, having just been named 2017's Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. A few years ago she was on Forbes’ List of Millennials on a Mission, and she certainly is on a mission. She’s on a mission to get stuff done and change the way we all do things by living out her dreams despite taboos and apparent road blocks.
What makes Miki’s story so fascinating is how she has reinvented herself, more than once! She’s a Cornell graduate who left behind a life on Wall Street as an investment banker for a life as a professional soccer player. After two seasons of soccer, she opened up her own restaurant. Somehow from all of that, she went on to launch her next business, Thinx. Miki is the SHE-E-O (CEO) of that company and a social entrepreneur on a mission to break taboos and make things suck less for all women.
If you want to learn more about Miki and what makes her so fascinating, perhaps the best place to start would be reading her bestselling book, DO COOL SH*T.
Miki has changed the way women can deal with three major lifetime activities: periods, poop, and pee! Yep, you read that right. Through her three companies, Miki offers women innovations in how they deal with their periods, their poop, and their pee. Without further ado, check out Thinx, Tushy, and Icon!
Every month, we deal. With the roller coaster emotions, the chocolate binging, and the disgusting bleeding. We mope, we whine, we get horny, we add two more pimples to our collection, we curse tampons, and pads even more, and we hate ourselves for eating a pint of ice cream in one sitting while bawling to This Is Us; and then, when the week is over, we recover and wait for it to happen all over again in 28 days.
While dealing with our period is just one of the many unique things that make us women, it doesn’t mean we have to be completely miserable and uncomfortable during those grueling days. One way to feel fearless during your flow is ditching the mini plastic penises and the skinny version of diapers, and making the switch to Thinx.
Thinx is a trendy line of period panties on steroids. We all have them – the stretched out, super thin, holey, and stained granny panties that are permanently kept on our butts during our period. Heaven forbid someone see them, and WE even turn up our noses on laundry day as we fold them up and stash them deep under our pile of presentable underwear. Imagine if you could replace your regulars with silky smooth, on-trend styles, that are made for menstrual bleeding, are long lasting, stain proof, and actually hold blood!
These blood beauties are masterfully created and designed, with magical, technologically advanced layers of fabric that fight bacteria and odor, absorb liquid, wick away moisture, and keep leaks far, far away. It’s basically like a super thin pad integrated into a pair of underwear. So, yes, it actually is possible to bypass the feminine aisle at Target and focus your attentions and money on more pressing items, such as the latest mid-century modern inspired bar cart or a new boho bikini… money much more well spent in our opinion.
Here’s the skinny on the panties. Buy one pair, or better yet, one pair for every day of your flow. You can save even more cash by building a cycle set, customized to your specific bleeding needs.
Wear them on their own or paired with a tampon or cup, for those first, open-the-floodgates days.
When your Thinx are filled to the brim, or you’re ready to slip them off for the night – which don’t! They are ideal for overnight wear! – simply rinse them out, wash them in the machine on cold with or without other clothes, then hang them up to dry.
There are six different styles available, divided into heavy, medium, and light days.
- Holds up to 1 1/2 tampon’s worth
- Comes in Black or Beige
- Comes in Solid or Print (“real menstruating human”)
- Comes in sizes XXS-3XL
Thinx believes in their undies so much so, that they have no hesitation with offering a 60-day trial period to their bad-ass lady customers. That’s two full months of cycling for you to undie-up and see how much more satisfying and liberating bleeding from your crotch can be. And if you decide that you want to go back to cardboard tubes and squishy, blue turning paper, then they will refund you, with no judgement or questions asked!
Thinx is all about breaking the taboo of menstruation talks and thoughts around the world. Since before January 2014, they’ve been sharing period stories with girls all over, been knee deep in research and development for the next big thing to hit the menstruation world, and fascinated with discovering the period culture in other countries. Now offering their innovative and life changing underwear to the masses, they’re also collaborating with companies to bring period products to girls and women around the world who otherwise suffer physically, emotionally, and academically, all because of the most natural thing that happens to a woman’s body.
This post is all about getting real about your everyday issues as women, right? Here’s something we all know: everyone poops. Think of it this way. If you got dog poop on you, would you simply wipe it off with dry toilet paper and go about your day? Washing with water actually removes the poop, instead of just spreading it around and wasting paper in the process. We’re here to introduce you to the better way to drop a deuce: Tushy.
Tushy is a bidet that attaches easily to your current toilet that makes a messy situation more pleasant. It’s available in many different color combinations, the original cool water, and the warm/cool option. Neither model requires any electrical hookup, and operates fully on the water pressure already there in your toilet plumbing. The warm water option must, however, be situated next to your sink so that you can access the heated water function. The original cool water is an affordable $69 (hehehe), and both models will fit all standard sized toilets. Turn the Tushy on to “clean more” to spray your backside, or turn it the other way to clean the bowl or unit. There are pressure and angle controls, so you can have the water hit juuuuust the right spot. The nozzle pops out when it sprays, so that everything is confined when it’s not in use, and super clean. Once you’re done doing your business, you can use a few sheets of TP to dry off, or grab some of the super rad, anti-bacterial Tushy Towels.
It’s better for you than using toilet paper, in three massive areas:
1. It’s better for the environment.
- It takes 37 gallons of water to produce one roll of toilet paper. The average home uses 1.5 rolls per week. Tushy only uses 1.3 gallons of water per week, and no trees were harmed in the process.
- Every year, we chop down 15 million trees per year to just produce the paper to wipe your butt with. Tushy doesn’t use a single tree.
2. It’s better for YOU.
- Water reaches and cleans places that toilet paper simply can’t.
- It’s a known fact that using a bidet cuts down on the frequency of UTI’s, yeast infections, and hemorrhoids.
- Using Tushy, we could prevent 26 million combined cases of UTI’s, yeast infections, and hemorrhoids per year.
3. It’s better for the world.
- Poor sanitation around the world means that over one billion people practice open defecation, and one child dies because of it every 17 seconds. You guys – 17 freaking seconds!
- 14 million pregnant women around the world are infected with worms yearly because of open defecation.
- Tushy aims to actually do something about that gross statistic, and has joined forces with Samagra.
- Samagra builds toilet facilities in those developing communities.
For every one Tushy sold, one family gains access to clean and free community toilets in developing countries across the globe.
Tushy was Miki’s brainchild when she had the eye opening cultural experience of using the bidet. She was inspired by this daily ritual, and shocked that American toilets literally haven’t changed since the 1800’s.
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On to the third “p” in this post: pee! Yep, we’ve talked about periods and poop so we might as well talk about pee too. Icon creates pee-proof underwear for women who don’t want to deal with bulky pads or disposable granny panties that make you feel like you’re wearing a diaper. Honestly, we can’t believe the taboo surrounding the issue of a little pee in our pants. It happens, people! It happens all the time, and we are so thankful to Icon for doing something about it that doesn’t involve us cruising the aisle at Walmart for adult diapers.
There are lots of reasons why women leak, and if you’re a mom you are all too familiar with the main reason: babies! Those damn babies have us leaking and doing the pee pee dance before they are even born, and the problem doesn’t vanish upon delivery. In fact, it can get worse. We can end up with pee in our pants at any age. Have you ever been crushing a cross-fit workout and had to run for the bathroom? All that jumping and squatting while working out can squeeze your bladder, and you leave the gym with wet panties, feeling frustrated and embarrassed.
Leaking, for whatever reason, can leave you feeling anxious. Live your life in peace; don’t let a little pee control you. Choose the Icon Undies that fit your style and needs, and you won’t think twice about leaking a little. These underwear feature a fast-wicking lining that absorbs leaks. No one will know when you leak thanks to the odor-eliminating treatment in each pair. The sides are leak resistant, so go ahead and jump around, dance, take your favorite yoga class. Live your awesomely, amazing life as a strong, beautiful woman. In Icon undies, pee won’t slow you down.
- Little leaks, holds up to 3 tsp. of liquid
- No visible panty line under those yoga pants
- Sizes XS-XXXL in Nude and Black
- Great pee protection, holds up to 6 tsp. of liquid
- Classic panty that anyone will love
- Sizes XS-XXXL in Black, Nude, Blue, or Grey
- Comfortable coverage, holds up to 6 tsp. of liquid
- Flattering hiphugger cut
- Sizes XS-XXXL in Nude and Black
- Extended coverage, holds up to 6 tsp. of liquid
- Wraps you up in protection
- Sizes XS-XXXL in Black, Nude, Blue, or Grey
You can wear any of the Icon undies during any stage or season of life. We think they are amazing for women during pregnancy and are a dream postpartum. Wear them to the gym to prevent leaks during your toughest workouts. Wear them dancing. Wear them when you are chasing your grandchildren around. If you deal with daily incontinence, you are going to want to replace all your panties for Icon Undies immediately! By wearing Icon undies instead of disposable incontinence wear, less waste is sent to landfills, leaving the planet a little happier. You can also feel happy about your purchase knowing that Icon supports the Fistula Foundation in treating women around the globe struggling from this common but often untreated condition women suffer after childbirth.
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We hope this left you feeling inspired and empowered to break old habits in your own life and adopt these new ways of dealing with your personal care in a way that is better for you and the world. Daily Mom is sending a virtual fist bump to Miki Agrawal for having the moxie to look at the way things have always been, and for saying “Screw that! We can do this better!”
Photo Credit: Dani Nicole Photography, Kristen