How to Buy an Organic Mattress Online

Searching for the most comfortable mattress can be super challenging, whether you’re looking online or in stores or both. Make it an organic mattress search to avoid toxic chemicals like flame retardants and petrochemical foams, and you’ve got a multi-layered puzzle to solve.

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With so many companies advertising “natural” and “organic” mattresses, there’s the added challenge of sifting through false claims. Use the search terms “certified organic mattress” instead of “natural,” “green,” “eco-friendly,” or even “organic mattress.”

Since Lifekind mattresses hold third-party organic certifications – GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) for our natural rubber latex mattresses, and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) for our innerspring mattresses – there’s no way toxic chemicals can be used in the growing or processing of the materials or be added to the finish product. So that makes them a natural choice for those seeking the purest mattresses available.

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Customers call us up and ask, “How can someone pick out a mattress over the phone?” The short answer is, “Have an in-depth consultation.” While there are a number of people who absolutely must try them in stores, most people feel very confident they’ve made the best choice after a 10-20 minute conversation with an organic-mattress product specialist. While we try our best to get it right the first time, we do offer a 90-night comfort exchange policy so you won’t end up stuck with a mattress that doesn’t fit your needs. Three months is a much better trial period than 5 or 10 minutes in a store!

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If you’re ready for a free, personal sleep consultation, or simply have questions, please call our friendly product specialists at 1-800-284-4983.

GOT GOTS? The Logo to Look For on Cotton Products

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By now it’s clear to most Americans that organic food is more healthful, and organic farming practices are safer for the Earth than conventional methods. When we shop organic it’s always comforting to see third-party organic certifications, because “natural” can mean whatever the manufacturer would like it to. If a food product is labeled “organic,” however, it must contain at least 95% organic ingredients.

Soft, breathable cotton — our favorite textile to wear and wrap up in bed with — has dirty secrets that have long gone unchecked, a fact about which most of America has no idea. Cotton is considered the world’s most toxic crop. (Check out the approximately 20 million results for “toxic cotton” on Google.)

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Organic cotton, like organic food, uses less water, doesn’t poison the soil and its farmers, and isn’t treated with toxic chemical finishing agents. In the U.S., the claim “organic” on textiles is protected by the government. Only textiles labeled with a GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) logo can be claimed as organic.

Check out this simple GOTS video to learn more:

Below are some resources to help you learn about the toxic cotton industry.

Let’s start a clean cotton revolution!

How to get rid of chemicals in fabrics (Hint: trick question)

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Fact sheet on U.S. cotton subsidies and production

Lifekind Deals for Fall: Get Certified Organic Bedding for Less!

At Lifekind, we believe the bedroom should be a retreat to escape from toxins and replenish your soul. Our goal has always been to help customers lower their daily exposure to hazardous chemicals by offering the purest consumer products available. For customer assurance, we use USDA-approved third-party organizations to confirm our use of certified organic raw materials.

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Our fall catalog is out, and it has some great discounts.  If you can’t wait for your copy, here’s a glimpse of some of the organic deals it contains:

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Did you know that one of our most popular online items is our GOTS-Certified Organic Cotton Dust-Mite & Bed-Bug Pillow Barrier Cover?  This pillow barrier is so awesome because is protects your pillow from stains, bed bugs, and dust mites.  Our pillows are not treated with chemicals, and they should only be washed, very carefully, as a last resort.  The pillow barrier cover can be washed, so it makes a great insurance layer that can substantially extend the life of your pillow. Right now they’re discounted at 25% off.

LifekindComboOrganicMattressA certified organic mattress is an investment, and you should protect that investment with equally pure bedding.

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All of our organic mattress pads are 20% off right now as well. This includes our flannel pad, moisture pad, and underbed pad.  The flannel pad should go under your sheet, and acts as the first line of wetness defense.  The moisture pad acts as the “insurance layer.” It goes under the flannel pad and directly on top of the mattress, helping to prevent any dampness from getting through. The wool underbed pad can be placed directly on the platform underneath your mattress.

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Other great organic discounts in our fall catalog include 25% off certified organic sheet sets, mattress barrier covers, wool pillows, and more.

Lifekind loves its customers, and would like to offer the promo code EXTRA5 to give you an extra 5% off your order (ends Oct 15).  Organic luxury for less. You deserve it!

New Products at Lifekind

New Products at Lifekind!

If you haven’t been on our website in awhile, now is the time to stop by!  We’ve posted some new products (and there are more on the way)!  Here are highlights from a few of our newest additions:

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Liven up your living room with these beautiful cable-knit items (available in cream or heather grey).  The soft, stretchy, honeycomb-pattern woven material is made from GOTS-certified organic cotton and truly low-impact dyes (no heavy metals or toxic substances).  The pillow insert features kapok fill — kapok is the fluff that comes from the seeds of the kapok tree, in case you were wondering — inside a GOTS-certified organic cotton sateen cover.  Staying natural down to the last detail, the pillow cover even closes with coconut-shell buttons!

At 47″x56″, the throw blanket is the perfect size for cuddling up on the couch; the 12″x20″ pillow fits nicely behind your neck or in the small of your back.  The elegant and universal design make these the perfect items to give as wedding or housewarming gifts.

Crush Pillow & Economy-Style Certified Organic Pet Bed

Both of these products provide a fresh take on an old favorite!LKwomanCrushPillowCrushUnzipped_High

For the Crush Pillow, we’ve taken our popular Wool-Wrapped Shredded Rubber Pillow and simply removed the wool.  The result is a softer, more bouyant-feeling pillow with all of the same great customizability.  A heavy-duty zipper on one end of the pillow allows you to adjust the fill to get the ideal “loft.”  The resilient shredded rubber pieces easily form to the shape  of your head and neck, but all it takes is a quick shake to “reset” them — which means no permanent impressions.

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The Economy-Style Certified Organic Pet Beds are so-named because they offer a cost-effective alternative to our standard pet beds.  These beds feature shredded rubber fill (instead of cotton and buckwheat) and an olive canvas cover (which is non-removable).  The shredded rubber gives a cushy feel and, as with the Crush Pillow, can be “fluffed” to restore the original loft.

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– Organic Baby Gift Baskets

We’ve updated our gift baskets to include some adorable new products!  The baskets still contain long-time customer favorites — like the Organic Cotton Stuffed Bunny, the Baby Hooded Bath Towel, and the Naturally Safer Unscented Castile Soap — but now there are some new items to look out for:

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Baby Clothes:
The elephant-print romper and the gingham kimono found in some of our baby baskets just couldn’t be cuter!  These soft, breathable jammies are made of GOTS-certified organic Egyptian cotton and are colored with natural, metal-free dyes.  The romper snaps at the shoulder and inseam to allow for easy on/off and diaper changes.  The kimono has snap tabs to help avoid pinching and an open bottom that gives baby room to move!
** The romper is part of the Snuggler Set and the Swaddler Set; the kimono is part of the Newborn Bath Set

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Baby Barrier Balm:
There is no better way to protect baby’s delicate skin than with this USDA-certified organic barrier balm!  Simply apply to the diaper area to prevent irritation.  This balm is made in the U.S.A. and is free of petroleum, parabens, zinc, and fragrances.  The ingredients are as follows:
Castor oil (Ricinus communis),* Sunflower oil (Helianthus annuus)*, Olive oil (Olea europaea)*, Beeswax (Cera flava)*, non-GMO Vitamin E (Tocopherol)*, Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita)*, Calendula (Calendula officinalis)*, and Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)*
* Ingredients with asterisk are certified organic
**Part of the Newborn Bath Set

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Sherpa Wash Cloths:
These chamois-like baby wash cloths are the softest I’ve ever felt!  Made with the finest GOTS-certified organic Egyptian cotton; there is a knit finish on one side and a fleece finish on the other.  The 6″x8″ size is perfect for baby, and the yellow or sage trim adds a little fun to these pure white cloths.
** Part of the Newborn Bath Set

DollSleeping Doll:
This adorable sage-colored doll is the perfect comfort companion.  Made with the same GOTS-certified organic Egyptian cotton (body and fill) and natural dyes used in the baby pajamas, this doll is even machine-washable!  The eyes and mouth are stitched — no buttons — to avoid choking hazard.
** Part of the Snuggler Set and the Swaddler Set

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Our Top 10 Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Spring is here, which means it’s time for spring cleaning!  OK, I know that you aren’t as excited about that as I seem to be, but hopefully these tips and tricks will help you when you are getting your house in tip-top shape this spring.

1. Put an organic bed-bug and dust-mite barrier cover on all of your pillows and on your mattress.  Even though natural rubber mattresses naturally repel dust mites (it’s not a very hospitable environment for the little buggers), these covers can also keep the surfaces of your bedding clean, and can be thrown in the wash very easily.  If you have an older innerspring mattress, a dust-mite barrier cover can keep the dust mites away from you.  If you already have covers on your mattress and pillow, this is the time to throw them in the wash.

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2.  Freshen up your non-washable bedding by airing it out in the sun.  Wait for a nice sunny day, and put your wool comforter, pillows, couch cushions, and anything else that can’t go in the washing machine out in a sunny part of your yard.  You can even sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on the surface while it sits out in the sun for extra freshness.  The sun is a natural brightener, and will make your bedding feel nice and refreshed.

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3.  Instead of using your dryer to dry your bedding, hang it outside to dry.  Not only will it give you that great straight-off-the-line crispness, it doesn’t cost anything, and is a great way to save on energy costs when you are washing all of your bedding.

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4.  Is your house feeling a little stuffy after being closed up for the winter?  Open all of the windows on a nice day, and let it air out.  It makes a huge difference in switching your mind from “winter mode” to “spring mode,” and makes the chore of cleaning a little bit more enjoyable.  If your house is especially stuffy, try one of our HEPA air purifiers.  Lifekind has several different sizes that can handle an area as small as your car to a space as large as 1,300 square feet!

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5.  Dust all of your surfaces, starting at the top of the room, and work your way down to the floor, saving vacuuming for last. Don’t forget to wipe down your light fixtures and baseboards to remove contaminants that aggravate allergies.

6.  Vacuum after you have done the rest of the cleaning. If you vacuum first, you will just end up knocking all of the dust from higher up in the room back onto the floor, and you will need to do the floors again.  Save yourself a step.

7.  For hard, water-safe surfaces throughout your house, you can use our All-Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser.  It is made with grapefruit-seed and orange-peel extract, and has a nice, clean scent, so your house will smell great, without smelling like chemicals.  I usually dilute it for wiping down counters, painted walls and other light-duty cleaning, but also use it full strength for tougher cleaning.AllPurposeKO8.  Flip your mattress!  Most of our mattresses need to be flipped only once a year, and this is the perfect time to do it.  If you have a mattress that doesn’t need to be flipped, you can still rotate it (move the head of the mattress to the foot) so that it wears evenly and will last as long as possible.

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9.  Move all of your appliances and clean out from behind them, including vacuuming off the dust from the back of the fridge, getting the schmutz from around the stove (full-strength Cleaner and Degreaser works great for this!), and all of the lint that hides around your dryer.  These hidden allergens can be annoying your sinuses, even if the rest of your house is spic-and-span clean.

10.  Put a few vases of fresh flowers around your house. Even though this isn’t really cleaning, it is a great way to put a smile on your face and remind yourself that spring is just around the corner after a long, cold winter!shutterstock_73432741
Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to change your household air filter.  You should be doing this every month to make sure your HVAC system is working as well as possible, but if you haven’t done it in awhile, do it now!

5 Must-Have Organic Items for Baby

As both a mother of two perfect little angels and a Product Specialist, I have the unique opportunity of thinking about babies of all ages, everyday. Life with a newborn can be overwhelming, and every parent wants only the best for their new arrival. With that in mind, here is a simple guide to the basics of the best investments you will ever use over and over again.

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1. Organic Crib Mattress – Natural Rubber: Both our natural rubber and innerspring crib mattresses are the purest thing to put your little love on for a nap, or hopefully a full night of rest, but I have some reasons near and dear to heart for recommending the natural rubber first. The properties of natural rubber make it mold-, mildew-, and dust-mite-resistant without the extra layer of a barrier cover retro jordans for sale
. Some other benefits are the even feel, minimal body impressions over time (or through multiple children), and, when baby becomes a toddler jumping, bumping, thumping, and trying to escape, there are no innersprings to damage. If you consider how many children will begin life on that same mattress, the investment pays for itself as a future toddler bed or a crib for siblings yet to come.

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2. Essential Bedding: Everyone who has experience with babies knows they are messy! So this “must have” is a two-parter, because both are equally essential through toddlerhood and beyond the potty-training years. First up is the non-negotiable Naturally Safer Pure Wool Moisture Protector Pad. This is a liquid-resistance barrier layer to keep any mess off your beautiful organic mattress. This low-maintenance layer requires only a warm-water rinse as needed (which can easily be done in a bathtub) and fresh air to dry. The next essential is the Certified Organic Flannel Mattress Pad to layer on top of the Wool Moisture Protector real cheap shoes
. This organic cotton flannel layer is a soft, absorbent layer to catch the bulk of the mess and prevent shifting liquids from wiggling, like your little one, on top of the wool pad. This more practical of the two layers is machine washable and dryable, so it can be cleaned during play time and be ready when baby is ready for nap or bedtime.

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3. Organic Cotton Travel Changing Pad: Not just for frequent changing; this genius pad will be used a million times over to create a soft, organic surface anywhere. This can be for tummy time on the floor, or in grocery carts when baby is old enough to sit unassisted cheap ladies air max
. These durable changing pads wash up beautifully and are available in tan or sage colorgrown organic cotton.

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4. Stain & Odor Eliminator: Babies, and kids of all ages, are natural born stain and odor experts. Diapers, spit-up, food, mud, finger paints — children don’t discriminate, and make endless messes effortlessly with an arsenal of everyday items. This is why every new parent I know gets a bottle of this miracle cleaner! The natural enzymes can tackle just about every surface in every room of the house, including carpet, upholstery, and laundry, with the added bonus of taking care of pet messes also. There aren’t enough good things to say about it, and I have never spoken with a disappointed user new balance toddler shoes sale
. Most of the time people are eager to tell me about the challenges it has conquered.

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5. Certified Organic Cotton Stuffed Bunny: This adorable bunny is sturdy enough to be chewed on through the newborn times, and large enough to be a play companion in the the toddler years and beyond. Another huge benefit to the size of this sweet bunny is that even a new parent can easily spot clean this guy using some Stain & Odor Eliminator on a damp washcloth and giving him a brisk rub down. The perfect organic gift for those parents who want a surprise instead of an ultrasound for either a boy or a girl.

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I hope this helps narrow the choices and support the new little one in your life for sleeping, playing, and living safely for many years ahead!

Are you eating organic foods and sleeping on a chemical mattress?

Are you eating organic foods and sleeping on a chemical mattress?

Americans are aware of the benefits of choosing organic when they’re in the grocery store, but so many people I meet haven’t even thought about their bedrooms.

We spend about 1/3 of our lives in bed, so it’s important to make sure your sleep environment is as free from chemicals as possible.

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Lifekind is America’s most trusted name in organic mattresses and bedding. As you flip through the pages of this catalog, you will see that not only do we make the world’s purest mattress (backed by our Purity Promise), but we also offer a full line of organic bedding essentials and personal-care products.

And don’t forget, when you use promo code NEXT14, we’ll take 20% off your next order!

How to Dress a Bed Organically

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Bed dressing is an art form that has been passed down from ancient times – some of the first evidence of bed-like structures is found in South Africa and dates back to about 77,000 B.C. Over the centuries bedding materials have ranged from straw and hides to velvet and woven gold, but the main purpose has remained the same: comfort. Here at Lifekind we get lots of calls from customers who want to know what kind of bedding they should get and why.

Proper bed dressing is important because not only can it improve the overall feeling of the bed, it can also extend the life of your mattress. The picture below shows the ideal bedding configuration. Since it usually works best to start at the bottom and work your way up, we will start with the underbed pad.

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The purpose of the underbed pad is to keep your mattress in good shape so that it can continue to provide you with the best possible sleep for years to come. A thick wool pad is an ideal way to protect the underside of your mattress from rubbing against wood bed slats or exposed metal hardware. Furthermore, a wool underbed pad will protect the underside of your mattress from dust build-up and can even help prevent mold and mildew from forming on parts of the mattress that get less airflow (wool is naturally dust-mite resistant and has the ability to wick away excess moisture).

If a wool pad offers protection for the bottom of your mattress, it only makes sense that wool would protect the top, too! Many mattress pads are made of synthetic materials, which may prevent spills from leaking onto your mattress, but can also prevent your mattress and your skin from breathing. We believe a wool moisture protector pad is the best way to start dressing the side of the bed you actually sleep on. This pad is meant to protect both you and your mattress – wool wicks away excess moisture from your skin (guarding against overheating and skin irritation) and at the same time creates a water-resistant barrier between you and the mattress (preventing mold, mildew, stains, etc.).

Next comes the flannel mattress pad. Many people are somewhat confused by the concept of needing both a moisture barrier and an all-purpose mattress pad (I know I was when I first heard of it), but with time I have come to realize that these two are like my favorite Jack Johnson song – it’s always better when they’re together. While a wool moisture pad provides a perfect water-resistant barrier, a flannel mattress pad acts as a sponge and gives pesky spills a place to go, rather than leaking into the mattress. The mattress pad is also one of those accessories that can change the feel of your mattress – either for better or for worse. We recommend a loose-fitting pad that is made from natural fibers (cotton flannel is awesome). These two rules of thumb will ensure that the pad is breathable and that it does not make your mattress feel taught (the “trampoline” effect).

The next layers – and possibly the most important ones of all – are the sheets. The reason why sheets are so important is that they are usually closest to your skin. Keeping in mind the fact that most people spend roughly one-third of their lives in bed, it is important to choose sheets that are free of dyes, chemicals and synthetics. Organic cotton is our best suggestion because it fits this standard of purity while also boasting breathability and washability! Dust mites feed on skin cells (and our entire epidermis is replaced within a period of about 48 days), so keeping your sheets clean is the key to protecting your entire bed from these icky invaders.

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When it comes to blankets, layers are the key! By choosing breathable materials and doubling (or even tripling) up, you get a cozy bed that can easily be adjusted with changing weather. Comforters are prime suspects when it comes to finding synthetic fillings and chemical additives in your bedding. Wool offers a much safer and more comfortable alternative with its natural flame resistance and temperature regulation. Top it off with an organic cotton duvet cover and – voila! You’ve got a bed that’s “dressed to the nines.”

Top 10 Customer Favorites

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We’ve just wrapped up another great year here at Lifekind and we would like to take a moment to look back at the products that made our customers happiest in 2013.  So, here’s a list of last year’s Top 10 Customer Favorites (in no particular order) and a brief description of why they’re so great!

10. Certified Organic Cotton Towels

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First up, we have our lovely 100% Certified Organic Cotton Towels.  These generously sized terry towels feature a twill pattern and a 550-gram weight – making them both elegant and absorbent!  Our customers love the softness of these towels and many of them comment on how nicely the slim binding avoids puckering after being washed.  Your skin is most vulnerable after you bathe, so it is important to choose your towels carefully.  Our towels are free of dyes, chemicals and pesticides – just like all of our products – making them a great way to finish your bathing routine!

9. Pure Organic Sheet Set

Next we have our 300-thread-count sateen sheet sets.  Just like the name states, these sheets are PURE (free of all the icky things I just mentioned above).  Who would want to sleep on anything less?  These sheets are soft, durable and all-around a great value!  Each set contains one flat sheet, one fitted sheet and two pillowcases (except for the twin set, which contains one standard case and the king set, which contains two king cases).  Many customers purchase this set as the first step in their transition into an organic sleep environment.  What better place to start than with the first thing that touches your skin when you crawl into bed?

8. Organic Flannel Mattress Pad

Eighth in line is our double-layer essential Flannel Mattress Pad.  Our catalog says, “If you purchase only one accessory for you mattress, this should be it!”  And the continued popularity of this product reminds us that it’s true… think of this pad as the sponge between you and your mattress.  Your sheets keep you cool and clean and your moisture pad provides a moisture barrier, but the flannel pad soaks up any spills (and can be washed in hot water, unlike wool).  The corner straps keep the pad in place without making your mattress feel more taught.

7. Certified Organic Dust-Mite & Bed-Bug Barrier Mattress Cover

This item is a must-have for anyone with allergy concerns!  Our 100% certified organic cotton mattress barrier cover has a tight weave to keep out invaders while still allowing your mattress (and your skin) to breathe!  By skipping out on the synthetics you also skip out on the “crumpling plastic” noise you get with some other mattress covers.  The heavy-duty zipper is brass (so it won’t rust) and makes it so much easier to remove and wash the cover.  Our barrier cover is also available in different sizes and depths, so we are sure to have what you need.

6. Organic Embroidered Toddler Pillow

Our certified organic cotton toddler pillow with the included embroidered pillowcase is a best-seller online – and who could be surprised?  Not only is it totally adorable, but it is safe for the little ones who use it!  The boudoir-sized cotton pillow is just the right size for a little head, and the cotton sateen material of the pillowcase is soft to the touch.  All of the cotton in this pillow – from the batting to the cover to the pillowcase – is certified according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (one of the highest organic certifications you can find).  While this is true with all of our pillows and mattresses, it is especially comforting when it comes to caring for our precious babies!

 

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5. Naturally Safer Pure Wool and Certified Organic Cotton Pillows

All of our pillows are popular!  The certified organic cotton speaks for itself, but you may be wondering what it means to buy Naturally Safer Wool… well, here’s the deal: our wool comes from sheep that are treated humanely and live on certified organic farms.  The sheep themselves are never fed any antibiotics or any food that has been treated with pesticides.  Which means that you can feel good about your purchase while it helps you feel good, too (by helping you sleep!).  Customers appreciate the fact that our wool and cotton pillows come in multiple sizes (Boudoir, Standard, King, Euro and Body) and multiple lofts (Light, Medium and Full).

4. Customizable Wool-Wrapped Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow

Then there’s our one-of-a-kind wool-wrapped shredded rubber pillow, which can be customized according to the loft/firmness you prefer!  The adjustments are made possible by the brass zipper, which opens into the center compartment of the pillow and allows you to remove/add the shredded rubber pieces.  The wool forms the outermost layer of cushioning and gives the pillow a uniform feel.  Our down- and feather-loving customers are thrilled that we offer a cruelty-free alternative!

3. The Wooly Pillow Top

Of the many pillow tops we offer, this one gives you the most “bang” for your buck!  Three inches of long-staple Naturally Safer pure wool creates a cloud-like sleeping surface and regulates your body temperature (which makes it a comfortable addition to your bed all year long).  Our wool and cotton fillings are always free of chemical fixatives, so the hand tufting is what keeps this pillow top fluffy.  This product boasts a GREENGAURD certification on top of its other designations, which means that it has been tested and meets low VOC-emission standards.

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2. The Euro Mattress

This is by far our most universal mattress – meaning that it is comfortable for the widest variety of people.  Whether you lean more toward a firm mattress or a cushy one, the Euro seems to do it all!  The reason for this is the natural latex core that comprises this mattress.  Natural latex (and when I say “natural” I mean 98% natural sap from a latex tree with 2% formatives, not the 20% natural latex which comprises most “natural” mattresses) provides 30% more pressure-point relief than memory foam, and none of the “sinking” feeling.  Natural latex has sort of a split personality: when you put direct pressure on it with your hand or butt, it gives, yet when your entire body weight is distributed across the mattress, the latex “pushes back” giving you the support you need.  Three firmness options give this mattress versatility!

1. The Euro Soft-Top

What do you get when you add a half-inch of med-soft rubber to the top of our best-selling Euro mattress?  The Euro Soft-Top!  This mattress is two-in-one: the rubber/wool cushion quilting gives this mattress a soft, “melty” feel on one side, while the reverse side is the traditional Euro.  This Euro Soft Top gives you a touch of luxury while boasting a more reasonable price point.  Like the Euro, this mattress is available in three firmnesses: medium, medium-firm and firm.

~  Bonus: Naturally Safer Moisturizing Lotion with MSM

We ran out of room on our top 10 list, but we just had to throw this one in because our customers love it so much!  The reason for this is in the ingredients list: methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).  This sulfur-containing therapeutic agent is derived from trees and has the natural ability to relieve pain and inflammation.  The superior moisturizing ability of this lotion will be evident from the very first use and with time it may even relieve the symptoms of arthritis and other similar conditions.  This lotion is hypoallergenic and free of cetyl alcohol, artificial preservative, animal products and parabens.  It is ideal for use on delicate skin (like the skin on your face, or your baby!).  And on top of all that, this lotion is available in “unscented” or our wonderful “lavender” option.

With our Annual White Sale going on right now, it’s an ideal time to order the products you’ve had your eye on.  Click here to check out our full selection!

My Top 10 Tips for Warming Up

Are you one of those people who gets cold easily, and has a hard time warming back up? I am! Here are my top 10 ways to warm up. Much of my advice is common sense, but my hope is that you’ll get at least one new warming idea that will enhance your autumn and winter experiences.

 

1. Get Moving: It’s simply the most effective way to warm up. Even 5 or 10 minutes does the trick.

2. Eat Something Warming: Each food ingredient has a warming, cooling or neutral quality. Chinese and Eastern Indian medicine uses this principle to help create balance in a person’s system. Spicy foods like cayenne, onion, ginger and garlic are warming–you can tell when your mouth catches fire and you break out in a sweat.

 

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But there’s also a slew of less likely foods that have warming qualities. I thought all mints were cooling until I viewed the charts. It turns out spearmint is warming and peppermint is cooling. Check out these links for more warming and cooling foods: Warming and cooling characteristics of common foods (Ping Ming Health)

Food as your Medicine (Le Shiatsu)

 

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3. Have A Cuppa: Bring a thermos of spicy tea with you to sip, as needed, throughout the day. Coffee is on the warming list (YAY!). So is black tea, but green tea is cooling. I love chai tea, the spicier the better. In the winter I enjoy chai lattes with a shot of espresso added. Herbal teas are a delicious and healthy way to bring warmth into your body. View the food charts to find warming herbs to add to your tea collection. You can also add a tiny bit of ginger or cayenne to your favorite tea or coffee (but be careful–HOT)! If you drink chilled water, stop it! Drink room-temp water instead.

 

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4. Get In Hot Water: If you have the time, take a hot bath or hot tub. Simply washing hands in hot water is good for an instant blast of warmth. When I’m cold, I’m the first (and only) to volunteer to do the dishes. I use a sink full of hot soapy water for the washing, and rinse in fresh hot water.

5. Layer Up: Wear breathable clothes that won’t collect sweat and make you cold. Wool naturally wicks moisture and will keep you warm and dry. Wear a scarf out in the wind, and indoors, as needed.  Fingerless gloves are great because you can wear gloves, but still use your fingers for typing or work.

 

6. Be Prepared For Your Environment: Keep a throw or an extra sweater and a space heater at work, especially if you sit stationary while working.

 

7. Use Warm, Breathable Bedding: Get the synthetics out of your bed. They’re typically found in mattress pads and comforters, and don’t wick out sweat, in turn making you damp and cold. Use 100% cotton sheets and mattress pads. Add a wool mattress topper and wool comforter and Zzzzz, you’re a cozy sandwich.

 

8. Tell Yourself You’re Warm: Adding warmer colors and images to your house and work environment, via paint, decorations, etc., will offer a warmer feeling. Picture yourself on a hot sandy beach in the tropics, baking in the sun… Yeah.

 

9. Invite The Sun In: Open the curtains and position a comfy chair and a throw in a sunny spot in your house. In the winter the sun is lower in the sky and will stream further into your house.

 

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10. Choose Cinnamon Over Peppermint: Toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, breath mints, etc. have warming, cooling, or neutral qualities, just like foods. You can also avoid using personal care items with mint: lotions and shampoos, for example.

 

What’s your favorite way to warm away the winter chills?