Dame Reusable Tampon Applicator Review

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Written by Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT


Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT

Sustainability Expert

Leigh Matthews is a sustainability expert and long time vegan. Her work on solar policy has been published in Canada's National Observer.


If you love tampon applicators but are not a fan of the cardboard versions used by the best eco-friendly tampon providers, Natracare and Organyc, you need to know about the UK company Dame. Set to launch soon, thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign, Dame have designed and manufactured a reusable tampon applicator made with Mediprene®.

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Table of Contents
  1. Product Highlights
  2. Overview
  3. Dame vs. Competitors

Product Highlights

  • Ergonomic design makes it easy and comfortable to use
  • Made with medical grade silicone that helps to keep the applicator hygienic
  • Inbuilt antimicrobial technology makes cleaning simple
Country of Origin:UK
Ingredients:Mediprene® (medical grade silicone)
Certifications:B Corp
ISO 22196 and JIS Z 2801 standards 
Cytotoxicity ISO 10993-5
Biocompatibility ISO 10993-10
ISO 10993-11 (Acute Systemic Toxicity) 
USP Class VI


This medical grade silicone is created in the UK by medical engineers, is BPA-free, and incorporates natural antimicrobial technology to help keep the applicator hygienic. Antimicrobial Sanipolymers® inside the Mediprene® act as sterilizers, with up to 99 percent effectiveness within 24 hours.

The Dame reusable applicator has a semi-gloss matt finish and ergonomic design to make it easy and comfortable to use. It comes with a travel pouch for easy storage, and the company promises free replacement should anything go amiss. This thing is meant to last you a lifetime, making it a solid investment if you’re a fan of tampons and find plastic applicators easier than their cardboard equivalents. No wonder they met their initial £20,000 fundraising goal in just four days.

The Dame works like any applicator, fitting all standard tampons sizes. Materials are tested to ISO 22196 and JIS Z 2801 standards and also conforms to medical standards, passing cytotoxicity tests according to ISO 10993-5, biocompatibility tests according to ISO 10993-10, and ISO 10993-11 (Acute Systemic Toxicity) and USP Class VI.

Because of the inbuilt antimicrobial technology, cleaning your Dame is simple and easy: wipe, rinse, dry and store. Sterilize the applicator between periods by boiling it in water for a few minutes.

Dame have thoughts of everything, even ensuring that their travel pouch is made with sustainable organic cotton. And, when you buy this applicator, you get six organic tampons to get you started. These tampons are free from chlorine bleach, rayon, pesticides and fragrances, are biodegradable and made with 100 percent organic cotton. 

Dame won the B Corp Hackathon for Best Sustainable Business idea and their slogan is the rather marvelous “Bleed red. Think green”. Dame have also partnered with Bloody Good Period, a charity which gives period supplies to asylum seekers, refugees and those who can’t afford them. The pre-made Dame Box costs just £5 and provides a two-month supply of sanitary protection, along with a cotton bag and travel wallet to help a displaced person in need. The Dame Box can be donated as a one-off or on a monthly basis.

Dame vs. Competitors

There is currently no competitor on the market for a reusable applicator for tampon insertion but, even if there was, Dame’s game is on point. 

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