Parasol Co Diapers Subscription Review – October 2018
Parasol Co. is a diaper company that offers a subscription for their name branded diapers and (optionally) wipes. Their products are hypoallergenic, latex-free, chlorine-free, made with inks without heavy metals, fragrance- and lotion-free, cruelty-free and vegan, and eco-friendly!
They’re also super cute! As of the publication of this review, there isn’t an artist currently being featured, but their designs are still adorable.
We received this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This is a review of the Diapers box, regularly $84/month.
Vase not included.
About This Diaper Subscription
The Subscription Box: Parasol Co. Diapers
The Cost: $84 per delivery for Diapers (4-5 weeks supply). Additional subscriptions are as follows:
- $46 per delivery for Diaper Pants (3 weeks supply)
- $45 per delivery for Baby Wipes (800 wipes per delivery)
- $40 per delivery for All-purpose Wipes (800 wipes per delivery)
- $50 per delivery for Feminine Wipes (300 wipes per delivery)
- $50 per delivery for 72 Panty Liners, 60 Regular Pads, 40 Overnight Pads, 50 Femme Wipes
- Shipping is free within the contiguous 48 states, and $50 per subscription for Hawaii and Alaska
The Products: Parasol is a chemical-free baby diapering and personal care product brand. Their products are never tested on animals and are manufactured using eco-friendly and sustainable practices.
Ships to: US
October 2018 Parasol Co “Limitless Sky” Review
We previously reviewed Parasol Co’s diapers and loved them, and learned that they’ve made some big changes since January. Their designs have changed, the diapers themselves have gotten an upgrade, and they’ve introduced a number of new products, too. We reviewed the trial kit post-upgrade here.
Parasol HI Diapers, Size 1 (20 per pack)
Parasol has two new diaper products now: the HI line which is for standard diapering and most similar to their previous diapers, and the LIVE line of diaper pants (which are more like pull-ups).
These are made from sustainable wood pulp and are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, latex-free, and chlorine-free.
Here is a clearer view of the sizing chart. My two-month-old, Lorelai, is currently a little under 10 pounds, so I chose size 1 (7-12 lbs). We had previously been using Honest brand diapers in size 1 (which is 8-14 lbs for them) and interestingly, those ones seem to fit more snugly than Parasol’s size 1. We often “wear” Lorelai in a Solly wrap, and when we would unwrap her after a walk and change her diaper, she’d be left with a deep imprint of the diaper elastic around her thighs. That hasn’t been the case with Parasol diapers so far, and my guess is that it’s due to both a softer material and a looser fit (the latter which will change as she grows, of course).
There are two prints included in this subscription: flying birds and monstera leaves. I haven’t been dressing Lorelai in overly feminine clothes, and I appreciate that these patterns are unisex while still having some personality to them.
As both of our previous Parasol reviewers have noted, these diapers are insanely soft. I’m so impressed with their feel especially given that they’re an eco-friendly diaper; several of the common “green” diaper brands that I tried when Lorelai first arrived felt so stiff and paper-y to me. It didn’t feel right to have something so rigid against a baby’s soft skin and made the eco-friendly aspect of them feel less worth it. So, these diapers are a dream come true!
I like that the diaper features a cutout where her belly button is. Lorelai’s belly button stump is of course long gone, but this would’ve come in handy when she was still in newborn size diapers—as first-time parents getting the hang of putting a diaper on just right, it was sometimes tricky to fold the front of the diaper over enough to clear her stump.
They’re made to be used both during the day and overnight. We hadn’t yet delved into trying separate overnight diapers because we haven’t had the need, but I’m glad to know we’ll continue not having to worry about that. Just one less thing to keep track of, which is appreciated.
Even the tabs on these diapers are soft! Again, some of the previous eco-friendly diapers we used seemed to have such Velcro-like closures, and it was just a little abrasive-feeling. I can confidently say there’s nothing scratchy about these diapers at all.
Here’s Lorelai rocking her first Parasol diaper! As I mentioned above, she is just under 10 pounds and in size 1 (meant for babies weighing 7-12 pounds). Given that she falls right in the middle of that weight range, I was surprised to find how closely I needed to pull the tabs—you can see in the picture above that they’re about as tight as it gets. That makes me feel good knowing that she’ll likely fit in these diapers a little longer than expected. We won’t have to worry about her growing out of them before we get through our supply.
Parasol YAS! Overnight Pads and Regular Pads (2 per package)
Love this packaging! I’m not using overnight pads at this point in my postpartum life, but I’m hanging onto these for next time I need them.
These pads were nice and long with good, sticky wings and seemingly lots of absorbency. I couldn’t believe how soft they were, which seems to be a theme for Parasol goods. In the weeks following Lorelai’s arrival, I became really disenchanted with the pads out there on the market. I was frustrated that I couldn’t see or touch them before buying them and opening the packaging (thus, making them non-returnable), and often times I opened them up to find really plastic-y feeling pads. They made for an awful wearing experience—they were uncomfortable, clammy, and just generally unpleasant. It seems weird to say I can’t wait to use a pad, but when I need one next, I’m going to be happy I have these Parasol ones!
One quick note: this diaper subscription doesn’t come with wipes. I’m actually glad about that because we were gifted so many wipes at my baby shower and we don’t use them at all (we keep wash clothes and warm water on her diapering cart per the pediatrician’s recommendation—they’re a little easier on her bum).
Parasol vs Honest Co
Lacey, who reviewed Parasol subscriptions previously, made this comparison to Honest Co diapers, and I thought I’d share it here for your reference. She says:
I had originally compared Parasol to Honest Co, which is the biggest name in diaper subscription products (outside of subscribing via Target or Amazon). Both companies are eco-friendly and offer high-quality products, but there are some big differences:
Subscribe to only what you need vs add-on products. Honest Company’s diaper subscription you get both diapers and wipes in every delivery, and you can add personal care and cleaning products to your bundles at a discount. Parasol’s products are all subscription, so you’ll subscribe to each product that you want to receive and set a frequency for it.
Choose when to get wipes. Since Parasol’s diapers and wipes are separate subscriptions, that means you have more control. With a toddler, we were accumulating a lot of extra wipes every month when we subscribed to Honest Company, so having the ability to pick and choose when to get wipes with Parasol was a big win.
No separate night time diapers. Parasol says their diapers are suitable for both daytime and nighttime use, whereas Honest Company has a separate product for overnight.
Verdict: It may seem silly to say, but trying new diapers can be a little anxiety-inducing—can probably agree that a failed diaper situation is no good for anyone involved. But, I was an instant fan of Parasol! I can’t emphasize enough how nice and soft they are, I love their designs, and so far they have been secure and leak-free for us.
Value wise, these are definitely a more expensive diaper but are overall in line with similar eco-friendly brands. For the diapers-only subscription, Parasol will run you about $0.26/diaper for Newborn size and $0.58/diaper for size 6, which is similar to The Honest Co. The Honest Co doesn’t sell a diapers-only subscription, so it’s hard to compare the prices box for box.
To Wrap Up:
Can I still get this box if I sign up today? You can start your subscription with Parasol today. All new account orders ship within 1 to 2 business days.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $84 a month. I received a total of 13 products (12 bags of diapers and a pack of 2 overnight pads), which is an average of $7.00 per item.
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