I hate pants. The leg prisons restrict my movement. The waistband – will it fit? – is a gamble that I don’t always have the self-esteem to take. Therefore, good underwear is a must. 

There’s nothing like a solidly good pair of underwear. Not too tight nor too loose. Not too “grandma-ish” but not riding up my crack every five seconds. A pair that can be counted on in a crisis, like when I vacationed in Albuquerque and ate the enchilada plates three times a day, every day, for five days. Let’s just say, my underwear needs to stretch with me. Soft but not slick. Reliable but not ugly. A tall order, for sure.

When the opportunity came along to review WAMA hemp underwear, I was intrigued. I’m on the well-intentioned side of “earthy,” meaning about 10 percent of my wardrobe is tie-dye and I compost my kitchen scraps in my backyard. I’ve heard of hemp clothing at some of the hippy music festivals I’ve attended, but I didn’t have any experience with them. 

To try underwear and hemp material? I’m in.

Why Hemp Underwear?

Hemp is a sustainable and under-utilized material that grows easy and fast, comparable to bamboo. It’s easy to classify hemp as marijuana plants, but that’s not true. Hemp is grown for its fiber and, to be classified as hemp, must contain less than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Hemp flowers, leaves, seed, seed oil, and protein are used as food and/or medicine while the fiber can be used for clothing and other products.

Aside from sustainability, there are many advantages to using hemp for underwear. Hemp is breathable and comfortable and keeps the nether regions smelling fresh and clean. In addition to anti-odor, hemp underwear has natural anti-bacterial properties. I half-expected that the underwear would be scratchy and slightly uncomfortable, but it was not – in fact, hemp gets softer with each wash. 

WAMA Customer Service

One of the first things I noticed about this company was the excellent customer service. The website is laid out clearly and is easy to navigate. Ordering and purchasing are easy. Shipping is fast and free in the U.S., and affordable at a worldwide flat rate of $20.

There is clear email communication at every step of the process, from ordering to receiving the package. And returns are free in the U.S., which is a bonus. 

Underwear Selection 

I personally love the variety when it comes to the selection of hemp underwear offered by WAMA. I was offered a pair of underwear and a bra to try and I had a hard time deciding which ones to choose. 

The selection for women’s hemp underwear includes bikini, hipsters, thongs, boy shorts, and high waisted bottoms, with triangle and racerback bralettes. For men, there are boxer briefs, trunks, boxers, and briefs. Shoppers can choose to buy one at a time or save more money by ordering packs of three, six, and ten pairs in different styles. 

WAMA Hipster Fit

Hipsters are my favorite style of underwear. They offer the support I need without being too high-waisted. I chose a pair of those and a racerback bralette. 

For the bottoms, I was told to order a size bigger than I normally would. There is also a size chart that correlates dress size with the underwear sizes, and I found this to be accurate. Plus if you need help finding the perfect size, WAMA customer service is available to help via email. 

There were several natural-looking colors to choose from, including black, yellow, green, and different shades of brown. I chose black. They are really high-quality and provided a good fit – stretchy without being too loose, snug without being too tight.

I wore these and the bra while doing a variety of activities, including yard work, grocery shopping, exercising, and relaxing. They are a little “cheeky” but don’t ride up the crack. They work well under sweaty conditions and they do get softer after each wash. 

The Price

I’m 46 years old and have a solid understanding of, “you get what you pay for.” Some things are not worth sacrificing quality, and underwear is one of them. 

Overall, I was really happy with the quality and fit. The price of each pair of underwear is about $20, and it’s worth the money. The hemp is locally-sourced from small farms in China, the products have been well-developed, hemp is organic and sustainable – there’s a lot to appreciate about how this company does business. To save even more, buy underwear in packs of three, six, or ten, and customers can also save 20% by joining their email list. 

My pantsless verdict: a supportive, comfortable, and attractive product that I can use again and again.

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