Jade and Pearl Sea Sponges Review
If you want to go all-in on your natural lifestyle, we recommend these sea sponges. Yes, actual sponges from the sea. No two sponges are alike, so you'll have to cut them down to size. Beyond that they can function similarly to tampons, but they need to be rinsed and sanitized like menstrual cups.
The initial sanitization process can be overwhelming because you're removing ocean debris like sand. Cleaning the sponge afterwards is much simpler and only requires a 15 minute soak in a cup of warm water in a teaspoon of baking soda. You can also just wash it with a mild soap.
Jade and Pearl is one of the oldest companies who sell sea sponges for personal use and they are the most thorough in their pre-cleaning process. We like their variety of sizes and different softness levels. They also sustainably harvest sponges in ways that encourage regrowth and sponges are never taken from protected reefs.
Much like the sponges you're familiar with, sea sponges are much softer when wet which makes them gentle to insert. If it's uncomfortable, the sponge might need to be wetter or you might need to cut it down to a smaller size.
Note: Sea sponges are not FDA approved as tampon replacements and have been linked to rare cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).