My partner and I have used condoms in the past out of necessity, but we don’t use them on a regular basis. If you read my post on infertility, you’ll know that the chances of me ever falling pregnant are very, very limited but I like to use condoms when needed just to be on the safe side. Recently, I’ve needed a couple of doses of antibiotics, which can interfere with the contraceptive pill during the surrounding weeks, so I’ve needed a back-up barrier to feel comfortable. We’ve had to do this in the past and resorted to non-vegan condoms as they seem to be most readily available, but I do prefer to use vegetarian or vegan essentials where possible, so I was really grateful to get the chance to try these out.
The Fair Squared Ultra Thin Vegan Condoms arrived quickly and I was pleased with their presentation. It’s a nice change to see a company use a clean simplistic design with minimal colouring on their condom packaging as most brands seem to opt for garish colours and graphics that scream contraception. The box offers up the necessary information regarding Fairtrade as well as basic facts such as how the condoms should be stored. There’s a leaflet inside with further information about how to place the condoms on properly and how to dispose after use.
I’ve had reactions to Durex (probably because of the lube used on them) and Mates condoms in the past, so if needed, we’d use Skins Condoms. Now that we’ve tried these by Fair Squared, we won’t be going back to any of those brands. Not only are these vegan friendly (yay, no animal cruelty or casein) and Fairtrade (woo, fair working/trading conditions) they also have a few practical things going for them. For starters, these do not have the strong scent of rubber that I’ve become accustomed to from Durex and Mates, but rather a pleasant odour that’s reminiscent of sweet vanilla.
Secondly, the fit is great. My partner is on the larger side but he found no issues with stretching the latex to accommodate himself. He said that the condom felt tight enough to be secure, but not so tight that it was digging into his skin or restricting the blood flow. I think he will try out the XL version at some point though, just to see how much of a difference there is and which feels better for him. He mentioned that these are well-lubricated which aided application for him and penetration for me. We generally have to add some of our own lube to condoms to be comfortable but haven’t needed to do that with these Ultra Thins yet.
And finally, they are durable. Some of the extra thin condoms that we have encountered during the past couple of years have torn easily or felt as though they might, but these Ultra Thins are robust. I haven’t been worried about them breaking during use and it seems that I don’t need to, as we haven’t had one break out of the pack at all. If my partner and I ever needed to use condoms frequently as our reliable method of contraception then I would be comfortable using these, although I think that the bigger pack of 100 would be better value in that scenario.
I received the Fair Squared Ultra Thin Vegan Condoms (£7.99) from Lovehoney in exchange for my honest review. Thank you! Affiliate links have been used in this post.