Are Control Plus Diapers Back?

Wish those celebrating today a happy Vesak Day! Hope the rest of you good rest today.

I was in Guardian pharmacy the other day. It was a routine grocery trip but since I was alone I sort of detoured past the diaper section, and I did a double-take. For right in front were the packages of Control Plus diapers!

The shop wasn’t crowded so I took a closer look. The packaging was as I remembered it from way back in 2014, but something seemed different. I couldn’t see if the diapers themselves were plain or had a design but I didn’t really want to prod a pack of diapers too much in public.

Something telling was the fact that these diapers were displayed on the 2m high shelf – a prime spot in retail. I didn’t see any of its sister diapers though – the Control Plus Overnight diapers.

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Control Plus diapers in a Guardian Pharmacy in May 2018

I compared this photo with a package of diapers I bought in 2014 and the packaging is identical. Perhaps, it really has been resurrected – there seems to have been enough demand from customers for a major retail chain to want to restock these, and it seems that the Control Plus brand was never really dead these past few years.

I had noted earlier this year when I was doing my Guardian diaper review that some promotions that Guardian pharmacy was running suggested some sort of shift in their diaper sales. But I’ll admit that seeing the Control Plus diapers back on Guardian shelves was something unexpected, especially when you note that they are still retailing their own store-brand diapers.

It remains to be seen if these diapers have truly made a come back for the long-term, and if other retailers, chain outlets to specialty stores, will start to carry them again. I will have to wait till school starts to try these out, but when I do, I will write about it.

– Selv

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Old Attends

I was browsing through Youtube diaper ads again and I found this old Attends ad. It’s way back from 1990, before I was even born. It’s kind of interesting to see how diapers have evolved, and the Adult Diaper industry is no different.

Attends produced beltless products, which some thought were a hassle to put on and instead introduced their ‘stick on to the underwear’ type. This blurred the line between a diaper and an incontinence pad – which companies were hoping would reduce the stigma surrounding them. They even went the extra length by using CGI to animate their competitor’s product to make the beltless Attends seem more user-friendly.

Anyway here’s the ad:

– Selv

 

Selv Travels

Hi guys,

It’s been a busy week of sorts, both in school and in my writing space. I’ve been trying to catch up on my work as mush as possible as there are a ton of tests headed my way. But that’s student life for you.

I’ve also been preparing some stuff behind-the scenes, some new initiatives are headed this way this month of April. Those of you who have been paying keen attention will know that I’ve been hinting at certain things, and this month some of them are coming to life, the first of which is happening tomorrow.

I am pleased to announce the launch of my travel blog – Selv Travels.

Selv Travels is a collection of my travels over the years. Did you like reading my blogposts about my diapered escapades around the region? Then you would definitely enjoy reading about them, this time in greater depth and with more photos.

Tomorrow, to serve as a soft launch, I’ll post my first blog at noon, and I will be posting every 2 days for about 2 weeks. Do keep a lookout then and there for for updates on my travels. It is an ABDL Travel blog, that serves as an album of sorts of my travels. Do give it a look, and don’t forget to follow it if you would like to follow me on my travels!

As for dlselv@SG, it will be business as usual here, not to worry about that ūüôā I will continue to post at least once a week on a variety of topics centred around my DL lifestyle as well as on happenings in the general ABDL community.

At this juncture I wish to thank you, reader, once again for your continued support!

– Selv

Mamy Poko Promo

I was grocery shopping in my neighbourhood’s Fairprice wast weekend. Wasn’t all that unusual, except for the giant Mamy Poko giveaway counter at the entrance. The result? Several parents walking around the supermarket with a giant pack of Mamy Poko Air Fit diapers.

There was a competition of sorts previously and many were there to collect their ‘winnings’. I have to admit, winning an entire pack of diapers sounds so cool! Even though I don’t wear baby diapers I still kinda felt envious. There was the buy-1-get-1-free promo, which meant many people were walking around carrying that large pack.

But it was fun seeing all these young women unabashedly carrying a pack of diapers around. (Unfortunately that also means they are all mums, and not diapergirls )’: ) I overheard at least 2 people joking to their kids/siblings that they should wear diapers again, just to make use of this promotion. Guess it’s a uniquely Singaporean attitude.

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A poster for the giveaway.

– Selv

Yet Another DCo Disagreement

There have been rumblings online over the lawsuit between ABU and Tykables over the word ‘space’. I read through some of the comments, some claiming that one of these companies have a better case and would likely win. Last I heard was that a restraining order had been filed against Tykables.

But one thought that kept bugging me: why fight? Our community is so small, why sow discord amongst ourselves? Why couldn’t they just settle it amongst themselves?

Got reminded of a Buzzfeed article I read about the time Rearz tried to trademark ‘ABDL’. ¬†The owner dropped the case when people voiced out their opinions. I just hope that one of these companies takes the lead and leads this discussion offline and directly with each other. Remember, the rest of the world is watching our already-misunderstood community.

– Selv

The New Tena Value Hits Shelves

It’s been a while since I bought Tena Values, but I was reminiscing about them because they were my first ever Adult Diapers, and despite having a huge stash at the moment, I decided to get some.

The first thing that caught my eye was the ‘1 free diaper’. This meant I got 13 diapers for the price of S$10.10. Hmm, that’s strange, given that the line has been stable for some time.

Then I opened up a diaper. Still didn’t seem funny, until I saw the colour of the top-sheet ¬†– the internal padding.

It is green!

Then I realised that the core of the diaper no longer had a firm bond with the plastic back-sheet of the diaper.

But otherwise, it still retains its standing leak guards and end-to-end frontal patch for the tapes. As far as I can remember from the previous iteration, its fitting (which is different from the slip line) hasn’t changed.¬†The packaging, at first glance, hasn’t changed it’s design scheme apart from the¬†‘1 free diaper’ logo, which must have been why I was taken aback.

So that leaves the absorption, and that is something which I feel has gone down a little. Not a noticeable amount but yes, I feel it is lesser. The packaging¬†now clearly displays a 5/9 drops rating. ¬†So does that mean it is 55% of Tena’s maximum, compared to the TSP’s 75%? I still don’t get their rating, 1 drop is supposed to mean 200ml but it doesn’t feel like so.

Which leaves the question of the green backing – what is its use? Tena’s website says its is ‘a skin soothing layer with 4 botanical extracts’. I’ll admit, that the top-sheet does feel soft to the touch. But I’ll admit that I didn’t expect this in an economy diaper.

Overall, I feel that the new TSV’s look has improved, while keeping all of the good features it has been known for all these years, so I’m not going to complain. As for it’s absorbency I’ll admit that it is pretty good as it is so I’ll definitely continue to use it. The only thing that remains for now is to test out that green layer.

– Selv

Wearing Diapers in 2018

It feels funny to be writing this post without actually wearing a diaper, but many of the points came to me while I was wearing the Tena Slips from 2 posts back heheh.

Diapers have been my way to de-stress. Some people like to smoke, some people drink, some even run long distances. But I wear diapers, cos they help me relax. And every night in school, I’ve been wearing a diaper to sleep. It is a luxury many ABDLs don’t get, and to this end I am really thankful that I am able to do so.

I’ve mentioned previously that being a DL is a grey area with respect to my religion. Not directly at least, but it is implied. It is not against the law, I mean, there is no scripture that says what we do is wrong. The thing is we are dealing with humanly emissions and since they are considered unholy we have a conflict of interest here. So, I try to avoid wearing on certain “auspicious” days. This trend I think I’ll continue.

Then there are high intensity days, such as exam dates and family functions. My dad, when he caught me, used to say that I’ll be distracted because I’m wearing a diaper. Which is true to some extent. These days, I get distracted mostly due to the guilt of doing something my parents are against. But still, I will skip wearing them on these high intensity days, just so that I remain focused.

I aim to go on at least 3 diapered escapades this year, the first one I’m planing to go this late-February (do let me know if you guys are keen on a collaboration). Beyond just wearing diapers on backpacking trips I aim to build up a proper travel blog to document my journeys.

Then there is the whole affair of what to tell my future girlfriend. Somehow I have a feeling that this might be the year it finally happens, but I don’t want to open that can of worms here now. What I will say is that the search for an existing ABDL girl has failed, and my only way forward is to get a vanilla girl and hope she accepts this part of me. Fat hope – ¬†but I must try.

Coming up this month would be my Tenth anniversary of wearing my first adult diaper. Need to think of a way to celebrate it, and I have a rough idea on how to do it. I’ll keep you guys posted.

And finally, I’ve been thinking about starting a Patreon page. I had done the preparations, but Patreon threw a spanner in the works with their recent fees announcement. So that is something I’ve been trying to tread carefully. *EDIT* Of course, special content that warrants a Patreon page on on the cards, but more on that very soon.

Last (but not least), I wish to thank all of you who have been writing PMs and emails to me. Thank you guys, it has really been a pleasure writing to all of you, I really appreciate the time and effort you guys put in to writing to me.

– Selv

I Bought A Case

Being the money-scrimping student that I am, I figured out long ago that I could probably save a lot of money on diapers if I bought in bulk.

My favourite diaper is the Tena Slip Super. It is super comfy in that it has just the right fit, ¬†is cloth-backed, and has the right amount of absorbency for an overnighter. So I’ve been on the lookout for deals on it, as well as its cousin the Tena Slip Plus. On an ordinary day I’d usually have to fork out $14.15 for a pack of 10 diapers, which corresponds to $1.41 per diaper.

There are some periods where there are discounts available on these usual TSS packs, and I’d be able to get them for about $12 per pack of 10. Still, it was much higher than a TSP diaper which clocked in at about 93c per diaper.

Then, I had the 28 pack TSS haul back in March. That one I got for $29.95, or $1.07 per diaper. I thought it was a significant price drop . But I was put off by having to lug it over to my university room without a way to conceal it. Here’s a recap on my thoughts there.

With the price being very high, I had to settle on using TSPs, which were having their own set of promotions which meant lower prices. But I kept looking out for discounted prices, and I knew that online sites had several of them. Lazada and Carousell had some great steals. Carousell in particular had several bargains, especially on case purchases.

But how on earth would I bring a case of diapers on public transport? There was no point taking a taxi all the way to my university, it’s about $30. And no way was I going to Uberpool or GrabHitch, the driver would know my identity. Nope, I had to borrow my dad’s car, on a one-off trip to school, during the holidays. And so I waited.

Months after I first saw the ad on Carousell, I arranged to deal with that seller. The ad didn’t say anything about stocks running out or stuff, and no weird questions were asked ¬†by the seller except for a small request to deal again in the future.

Quickly, I drove over to my school, dragged the box with a huge Tena logo up to my room, dumped it in a corner and ran off for my meeting. It only was later in the evening that I was able to relish my savings; I had gotten a case of 6 packs of 10 Tena Slip Supers for $50. That’s 83c per diaper!

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Admittedly it’s way more expensive than an equivalent case of plastic-backed diapers like the Tena Value, but I felt like I really saved quite a bit of money. This case also had the distinction of being my largest ever haul of diapers, at 60 pieces in one go!

– Selv

If Kids Never Quit…

Sometimes parents worry about how their kid may never give up ‘that babyish thing’. Like when their six year old kid is still drinking from a milk bottle every night, or still wears diapers.

This video is in part a parody on this concept, of how much parents, mums in particular, worry when their kid hasn’t ‘given it up yet’. It’s also supposed to motivate parents to press on, but not to woes too much as they eventually will get it, that nobody doesn’t just stay in diapers… right?

But the thing is, such people do exist. Welcome to the ABDL community! Yea, we do give up our diapers, bottles, pacis for a couple of years but it restarts anyway. Yup, we wonder about what if we hadn’t become ABDLAnd yup, we are proud of it mostly, just like the ladies in the video!

You can watch this video here.

– Selv

Sensationalising Diapers?

I was reading a Channel NewsAsia article earlier this month about how a nursing home in Tokyo promotes independence in their residents. This concept is good for the seniors living there as it helps them regain their dignity and mobility.

But seeing the word ‘diapers’ in the title should have prepared me for the emphasis about it in the article.

Like how the article quotes how diapers are taken off when the resident first arrives. Sounds like a kindergarten removing a kid’s diaper. I found that sentence very iffy, but maybe that’s cos I’m an ABDL.

And how ‘other’ nursing homes use laxatives to manage constipation, resulting in diarrhoea in which diapers are used to contain it. Somehow I feel that this is a general statement, too general to reflect what’s really happening. Because you don’t use diapers just to manage bowel incontinence, they are used to control day and nighttime wetting too. I feel that the ‘poop is shocking’ factor was deployed here.

But what the article definitely got right was the part where seniors find it embarrassing to wear diapers. One’s bodily functions often remind us of our humanness and when another person has to take control of it, we feel that we lose that humanness. They could have mentioned it more in detail.

I think that this nursing home is on the right path, and it is something that the Singapore government can push nursing homes here to emulate. With the first such centre opening in a few years, it is the right step in caring for our pioneer generation.

As for this article, while it did sensationalise the diaper segment, it did a pretty good job in reporting some of the struggles faced by a resident of nursing homes.

– Selv