Ingredients TENA

For years, millions of people around the world have been using our TENA products safely every day. We understand that it is important for you to feel comfortable and secure with the products you use. All TENA products are made from approved materials and we have far-reaching procedures and the highest safety standards in place to secure that only safe materials and ingredients are used and that all products comply with all relevant legislation.
The materials we use in all of our hygiene products have been thoroughly tested both by internal and external experts, such as certified test institutes, to ensure that they can be used safely for their intended purpose and fulfill all legal and regulatory requirements. 
To help you understand what is included in our products we have created this overview containing the different materials and their constituents. Further down the page is a also a glossary.

Are TENA products safe to use?

All Essity´s hygiene products are safe to use for their intended purposes and contain common materials that have been safely used in a wide range of absorbent hygiene products over many years by millions of women globally. Raw materials are generally chosen for their ability to absorb and retain fluids, to avoid leakage and to provide comfort.
In addition, we collaborate with EDANA, the international trade association for the nonwovens and related industries, to ensure we comply with the highest environmental and product safety standards. Edanas’ members have voluntarily committed themselves to high levels of quality and safety of absorbent hygiene products.

Are all materials used declared on the pack?

This is currently not legally required. To help our consumers we declare if perfume has been added so that people who are sensitive to it are alerted.
The table below shows the main raw materials in the products. They are selected because of their superior ability to absorb and retain liquids.

What is in a TENA product?

Part of productMaterialFunction
Surface material Fiber material made of polypropene/polyethylene polyester/viscose. The product keeps you dry and comfortable by absorbing the liquid. 
Acqusition layer Porous material consisting of wood fiber or polyester fiberTransports liquid from the surface to the center of the product, where the liquid is stored.
Absorbent corePaper pulp, a combination of paper pulp and superabsorbents for pads and panty liners. A porous paper-based material is used in some products.Absorbs and stores the liquids.
AdhesiveThe adhesive consists of various polymers and synthetic resins.

The adhesive has two functions:

  1. Binds together the different layers of the product.
  2. Attaches the product to the panties.
Backsheet materialPolyethylene film. A fiber material is used in some panty liners.Prevents leakage.
Fastening materialPolymere materialsKeeps the product in place. 
Elastic materialPolymere materialsGives the product a good fit.
Fragrance (only certain products)Perfume Gives the product a fresh smell.
PrintInkEmphasises the product's shape and function. 
Release paperSilicone coated paper.A paper that protects the adhesive on the back of the product.
Single pack (regards certain products) Polyethylene film, which is silicone coated in some products.  Protects the product so that you can carry a single product around without it getting dirty
External product packagingPolyethylene bags or box.

Protects the product. This is the package you see on the shelf in stores.


Renewable paper pulp: Pulp made of wood fiber from responsibly managed forests. The pulp is used in our pads and panty liners. 

Fiber material (non-woven): A thin, textile-like material. The term is used in the textile industry for materials that are neither woven nor knitted, such as felt.

Polymers Large-chain molecules that can be either natural or synthetic. For instance, plastic as well as your DNA consist of polymers. 

Polypropene/polyethylene/polyester: Some of the world's most common plastic types. Used in a wide range of everyday products, from underwear to blankets.

Superabsorbent polymer (SAP): Used for its moisture-retaining ability. Commonly used in pads, diapers and compresses.

Synthetic resin: Viscous liquids that harden quickly, making them ideal for binding together materials. 

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