I first heard of Hesta, a organic cotton underwear line from one of my favorite conscious style blogs, Dr.It Girl, soon after I did my PACT underwear review. I love that I now have options for purchasing organic cotton underwear. I purchased the set of 4 organic cotton Hesta undies from Amazon for $38 (compare that to 2 for $23 for PACT's organic undies at full-price so the Hesta underwear is a tiny bit cheaper). It's interesting to note that Hesta also makes reusable organic cotton panty liners and incontinence pads.
So what did I think of Hesta's organic cotton underwear? Sorry to say but I'm not a fan. And that's mostly because the elastic band around the leg holes ruin it for me. I ordered a size medium (which is what I also ordered for PACT) and even though the waistband fits fine, the leg bands are tight (and the rest of the underwear feels big). I also much prefer the flat elastic bands that Pact uses for their leg and waist bands. I would say the Hesta underwear fits like boy shorts/hip-huggers but look like full-on granny panties.
I emailed them to ask about where their undies are made, and they quickly replied letting me know their production factory is located in South Korea. When I heard that, it clicked with me that these undies feel like my undies from childhood (since my mom used to buy my underwear from Japan all the time). So if you're used to Asian-style underwear, this is what Hesta feels like.
So I'm glad I gave Hesta a try, especially since I now know I will be reordering PACT again for the rest of my underwear needs. But I have relegated these Hesta panties as back-up underwear and we'll see if I ever wear them.
P.S. Did you see Leah's post about some other ethical undies brands? I might try one or two of them (after I do a bit more research). Have you guys tried any of these brands? Or I wonder if I should just stick with PACT since that's what I like?
P.P.S. Actually since writing this post (about a week ago), I've ordered some items from Naja (bra, sports bra and cheeky underwear) to try out. I really liked their message of female empowerment and eco-consciousness, but I hope their underwear is good too. I guess I need to try more than one other brand to know whether or not Pact is the one for me!