Saturday, May 01, 2010

Godly? Babygod Organic - A review

Today I'd like to review Babygod Organic briefs which can be purchased at Jacksies. First a little background on the brand. Babygod Organic is exactly what the title implies, it is made from organic fabrics. What exactly does this mean? Well traditional cotton farming is done using a lot of insecticides and pesticides, which takes a toll in the environment. Organic cotton is farmed without these methods and is much more environmentally sound. Not only is the cotton used in these undies organic, but it is also Fair Trade. So you can feel rest assured that your comfort isn't taking on a toll on someone else's comfort.

Now for the briefs. I want to say that these are just basic briefs. And they are. They are a pretty standard pair of full-rise briefs. They only come in white and they have a white waistband and fly front. But they do have a little edge to them. They come in two "colors". I put colors in quotes because they aren't really colors per say but color accents. The ribbing around the fly and detailing on the waistband is done in a contrast color - either orange or baby blue. The pair I tried was orange. As Jacksies describes them, they're "crisp white cotton with a flash of colour". I'd say that's a pretty accurate description. Without that flash of color though, these briefs would just be your everyday briefs.

The fit on these is very modest. They are full-rise and keep everything covered in the front and the back. The leg elastics stay in place and do not gape. There are no side seams or back seams, just a seam at the functional pouch. Unlike most pouches though, there is only a center seam and one on one side (where the opening is). There is not a seam on the other side. This makes for a strange fit in the pouch that does not completely form to your package as it should. Instead there is a slightly awkward bit of fabric in that area that cannot really be fixed with any amount of pulling. The pouch is double lined for extra comfort. The thick waistband stays in place and has no text on it. Instead there is just the Babygod logo in stylish silhouette.


As for the feel of these things. Don't be fooled, organic cotton does not mean that it is any softer or more comfortable than regular cotton. It simply means that it is organically farmed, and in this case fair traded. While these are not bad things to have in a garment, they don't make it any more comfortable. In fact, quite frankly the fabric is a little thick and can be a little too warm for hot days. And since they are 100% cotton they don't wick or dry well. Just like most underwear that is 100% cotton, these have a problem holding their shape after multiple washings. They hold up well for a few washings, but they do begin to get a little stretched out after repeated washings - something that exacerbates that pouch problems. There is also a slight problem with the color-fastness of the accent color. After a few washes, the orange bled a little bit onto the white. It is hardly noticeable and does not make a huge difference, but it is worth noting.

So are they worth it? These are briefs that I really want to like. They are basic and yet stylish and the type of thing that you can wear and just be comfy in but still look pretty. But with all the other companies out there competing for your underwear dollars are they really worth the $22? I want to say yes, but considering what else is out there your money might be better spent on something else. While these are comfy and stylish, they don't hold up as well as I would like. The main problem with these is that they are 100% cotton (which does not wash well). If they added 5% lycra it would greatly improve the quality of these briefs. If you are one of those people into organic and green fibers or you're like me and only wear a given pair of underwear a few times, these are a good option. If you do want to give these a try, they can be purchased at Jacksies for £14.95 (approximately $22 USD).

MY RATING:
Overall, I give the BabyGod Organic Briefs a total score of 6.5 based on the following criteria:
FIT -- 7 (out of 10) - Modest, full-cut fit. The pouch could fit better.
COMFORT -- 8 (out of 10) - These are quite comfy, go-to underwear. The organic cotton is not any more comfortable than regular cotton though.
STYLE -- 7 (out of 10) - Pretty basic, but with a small splash of color.
QUALITY -- 6 (out of 10) - Does not hold up after repeated washes, looses its shape a little.
VALUE -- 6 (out of 10) - Considering that the quality, they may not be worth the price.

********** 6.5

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