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The other day I wrote about hair and makeup innovations. Today I’ve got a fabulous fashion and health innovation to share: Commandos. It’s a pretty genius idea. They basically took the only part we need from women’s underwear, the cotton crotch, and put some adhesive on it so it adheres to the inside of pants. With Commandos, there’s no need to wear undies. It looks a lot better – no panty lines or “whale tails” – and it’s even good for our health, because it allows for better, ahem, airflow. Gynecologist Dr. Karen Lee calls the patches “a brilliant invention!”
I was really excited to try Commandos, because I hate the look of panty lines and feel so self conscious about them. I especially love it when my underwear rides up. That’s awesome. But I continue to wear them, because I don’t like the way thongs feel – like I’ve got a constant wedgie – and I don’t feel comfortable simply going without underwear.
To learn more about these brilliant panty-replacers, I chatted with Commando-in-Chief Jo Bernard, who was kind enough to provide a nice discount just for Coveted readers.
What It’s Like
I felt a little naughty, a little sexy, and a whole lotta happy that I didn’t have any panty lines.
I tried the Organic Cotton Jersey Patches and loved them. It felt a little weird at first, because I’m so used to wearing underwear. I felt a little naughty, a little sexy, and a whole lotta happy that I didn’t have any panty lines. Even though I was wearing jeans, it was totally comfortable. The soft, cotton patch protected me from scratchy seams. And it stayed in place very well. It was funny putting it on. It’s sort of like sticking a big bandage in the crotch of your pants. But the adhesive didn’t leave any sticky residue behind. Wear it once. Peel it off and toss.
There are four kinds in a variety of colors: undyed, organic cotton jersey for jeans and pants, cotton fleece for jeans, cotton fleece for delicates and stretch, and a thin, combed cotton for jeans and pants.
A Healthier Alternative
Four years ago, Jo Bernard and her partner came up with Commandos, because Jo was tired of her thong straps showing and getting wedgies from bikini panties. But a funny thing happened. They unintentionally invented something that’s good for “hoo hoo” health. These little, cotton patches create a loose, easy, breezy environment that isn’t irritating and let’s yer girl breathe, so to speak.
For some women, these patches have been life changing. Jo said a woman from Wisconsin wrote to her, “You saved my life.” This woman couldn’t wear any type of pants or underwear, because of a health condition. That’s when Jo discovered that Commandos were helping many women who suffered from things like endometriosis, fibromyalgia, yeast infections, and something she’d never even heard of, vulvodynia – all conditions that are irritated and worsened by traditional underwear. Some doctors have been so impressed with Commandos that they began selling them at their offices.
They’re also more comfortable for pregnant women who don’t want extra layers on a bulging belly and anyone playing sports. They’ve become quite popular with equestrians, who have to wear tight riding pants in a saddle, and backpackers, who like that these lighten their load.
Go Commandos with a Coveted Discount
I would totally wear these every day. But going Commandos isn’t cheap. A pack of eight costs $16-18 (about $2 a pop) so I’d be more likely to use them here and there with pants that are more prone to reveal panty lines. A more affordable option is to buy in bulk and get the 50-pack for $72.50 ($1.45 each). If you want to try them, head to gocommandos.com and use your Coveted discount: get 10% off when you enter code COM-COV. Commandos are also available on amazon.com and at a few boutiques, doctors’ offices, and health food stores.
So what do you think of underwear, panty lines, and whale tails? Do you do regular panties or thongs? Ever skip underwear altogether or try Commandos? Do Tell.
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