Lunapads partners, Suzanne Siemens (left) and Madeleine Shaw
O.b. tampons have been slowly disappearing from the shelves of local stores in Vancouver since last November. And although manufacturer Johnson & Johnson promised that they would be back in the stores weeks ago, new stock hasn't arrived. As a result, Vancouver-based Lunapads has seen a growth in sales of 40 percent, owner Madeleine Shaw said, adding that orders have been pouring in for "The DivaCup", a reusable silicone menstrual cup.
"Seriously, what kind of bull**** is this??," a woman commented on o.b. tampons' Facebook page. "This is not the product to cut corners on or discontinue. What are you thinking, Johnson & Johnson??"
Indeed, o.b. tampons have an impressive cult following in North America. Women say they like them because they are small and compact and do not require an applicator.