Best Organic Pillow

Best Organic Pillow

Have you been searching for the best organic pillow like I was?  Well, if you have don’t worry, I’ve got your back!  I’ve tested out many options and I’m here to report on my favorites.  Finding a pillow shouldn’t be a hard process, but it can be if you don’t know where to start.  I take the guess work out so you can find your perfect pillow, minus the toxic load.

So why should you avoid conventional pillows?  

Well, for starters most pillows are either filled with polyester, or cotton.  Polyester contains a toxic chemical ethylene glycol, most commonly known as the deadly substance in anti-freeze.  Cotton contains harmful herbicides and pesticides- many are carcinogenic.  If you think about the amount of time you spend sleeping on your pillow it adds up to a toxic load.  Even memory foam pillows are a toxic recipe since they’re off gassing VOC’s(volatile organic compounds).  As you sleep you’re breathing in all those harmful substances.  These VOC’s have been known to cause a host of problems from irritation to the throat, nose, eyes, headaches, nausea, damage to liver, kidneys and nervous system, some of the organic compounds have even been found to cause cancer in humans.  No thanks!

Besides the toxic load it puts on your body, investing in a conventional pillow also puts a toxic load and burden on the environment.  The herbicides and pesticides are then thrown back into our environment where they end up in our streams, lakes and rivers.  Then they make their way into our water streams.  I think sometimes people forget that when you purchase something you are casting a vote for the kind of world we live in.  Good or bad- it’s up to us to make our voice heard!

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As you can see picking up a new pillow requires a little more thought than just going to Target.  Whenever I think about detoxing my home, I really have to stop and think about what kind of impact this will have on my health.  In my opinion, pillows are pretty high on the priority list.  Since you spend so much time sleeping, the toxic load of your pillow adds up.  I want the peace of mind knowing what I lay my head on at night is not negatively impacting my health.

Something to think about…

I’ve seen “organic” pillows popping up in Costco or Target and other major retailers that aren’t necessarily organic.  Allow me to explain.  Marketers are catching on and realizing consumers want to see the word organic.  So they’re putting organic on anything and everything these days.  I’ll see “organic” pillows at these stores for $10 or $15- which isn’t possible if it’s truly organic.  What they really mean is the cotton sheet encasing the fill of the pillow is organic but not the actual fill of the pillow.  Which can be hard to know unless you’ve done your research.  Bottom line: don’t be fooled by marketers and always ask lots of questions!  If it seems to good to be true it often is.

So what materials should you look for in an organic pillow?

  • Organic Cotton- Make sure it is certified GOTS ensuring it has gone through testing to vouch for it’s pureness. Cotton is a firmer option, but not the firmest.  More of a medium firmness.
  • Organic Wool- Naturally flame resistant and pest resistant.  Also, naturally microbial.  It’s also comfortable in the summer and winter because of it’s insulative properties.  Some people can be allergic to wool, so something to consider.
  • Organic Buckwheat- These pillows are made from buckwheat hulls.  They offer firm support for your head.  They are great at circulating the air, which helps you stay cool throughout the night.  They’re also naturally resistant to pests.
  • Kapok- It’s a natural fiber that comes from the Ceiba Tree in Central America.  This is a vegan option for those who like a down pillow. It’s fluffy like a down pillow but plant based.  It has an overall lighter feel than cotton as well.
  • Latex- Shredded latex is great for those who like a soft pillow.  Your head will sink into these pillows.  They will keep you cooler too.  It is similar to conventional memory foam but without the toxic chemicals. It’s also mold and mite resistant, 100% biodegradable, and even antimicrobial.

Ok, now that you know the different types of materials to look for in a safe natural pillow, let me review the natural pillow options I’ve personally tried.

White Lotus Home sent me 3 different pillow options to try.  They are store that offers pure and natural mattresses, bedding, and home furnishings all made in the USA.  It’s your one stop shop to clean up your bedroom!  When I was choosing my pillow options to try out they were so helpful.  Walking me through the whole process and asking questions to ensure I had the best options for how I sleep.

I ended up with the Shredded Latex pillow for my husband, the 100% Organic Cotton pillow for myself and the Kapok Travel pillow to try out as well.

Shredded Latex Pillow- My husband LOVES this pillow!  I’m not just saying that.  He probably tells me at least twice a week how much he likes his pillow.  He had been on me for  while to pick up a new pillow.  He’s a side sleeper and likes his pillow to have some softness with it, but still offer some support.  The shredded latex pillow hit the nail on the head for him.  He said he’s never had a pillow he’s loved more!  The overall weight of the pillow is pretty heavy, it reminds me of a down pillow a little.  What’s great about White Lotus Home is you can customize the fill amount.  Just get a zippered case for the pillow when selecting the type of pillow and you’ll be able to take latex out if it’s too much.  I love this feature!  I did try my husband’s pillow too and I have to say I really loved it as well.  It offers the support I like but still felt fluffy.

100% Organic Cotton- So this is the pillow I got for myself.  It offers more of a firm support then the shredded latex. This is especially great if you sleep on your stomach.  I don’t sleep on my stomach but I do like a decent pillow firmness.  I used to sleep with two pillows before getting this one.  I also got the medium fill because I knew I could always take some fill out if I wanted too.  It felt a little firm initially so I did take some of the cotton out.  Another perk of getting the zippered case!  That helped a lot.  Then I felt my head could sink more into the pillow and not be so stiff.  It’s also nice because once the pillow flattens out a little, I know I can go back and add more fill that I took out.

Kapok-  A great option for a side or back sleeper.  This one felt light on the head and not as firm as the cotton.  I like how it molded to my head after a while and didn’t feel as firm as it did in the beginning.  It seemed more breathable than my cotton one too.  The pillow we got to try was a travel pillow so it was a little harder to get an accurate idea of what a kapok pillow might be like since the pillow itself is smaller but overall I was happy with it.  I think the next time I order one I would order a kapok pillow.  I’ve been letting my 22 month old use the travel size pillow and she loves it!  It’s the perfect size for a toddler pillow.  The kapok pillows are also more budget friendly compared to the other two options above.

If you’re looking for a good quality pillow that isn’t going to off gas toxins I would definitely look into White Lotus Home.  They really offer so many great options for natural pillows.  I didn’t get to try out their wool or buckwheat options but they’re reviews look great for both of those pillows as well!  What I love too about White Lotus Home is that each of their pillows comes in a smooth 100% organic cotton sateen pillow casing.  You can know your pillow is doted on from start to finish!  Use Coupone Code: GGG for 20% off your order!!

Have you swapped out your conventional pillow for a natural alternative?  If so, what was your favorite pillow you’ve tried?

 

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The Green Home Gift Guide

The Green Home Gift Guide

I’ve rounded out my top picks for the domestic diva and created The Green Home Gift Guide for you!  I’ve got picks for everyone.  Gift giving just got easy!  Stay tuned for more gift guides coming soon! Also, be sure to check out my green beauty sales roundup here!

Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bag  These silicone bags are amazing.  I love that they are reusable and not plastic.  I have too many of these and already need more.  Ditch the plastic bags and get these!  They come in a variety of sizes too. Get your Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bag bag here!

Vitruvi Essential Oil Diffuser Instead of toxic plug in’s get an essential oil diffuser.  Not only does it look chic on your counter but diffuses essential oils instead of toxic fragrance. Your house can smell good and be toxic free.  Get your Vitruvi Essential Oil Diffuser here!

Primal Palate Organic Spices I finally got some of these recently and I have to say they live up to the hype.  They’re organic, gluten free, non-gmo, non-irradiated, whole 30 approved, and kosher.  They have so many yummy blends!  They even have AIP blends.  Get your Primal Palate Organic Spices here!

Excalibur I got a dehydrator this year and let’s just say I haven’t looked back!  I use this all the time from raw veggie breads, dried fruit and kale chips.  I can’t recommend one enough. Get your Excalibur here!

Blendtec Love, love my Blendtec Blender!  I’ve had mine for over 3 years and use it multiple times a day.  It makes my smoothies so smooth, makes nut butters in minutes with the twister jar.  I make sauces in it too- there really isn’t much it doesn’t do.  Grab your Blendtec here!

Cuisinart  I’ve had my immersion blender for a year and I don’t know what I did before it.  It’s perfect for soups, baby food, really so much.  It’s so easy to clean too!  Get your Cuisinart here!

SodaStream Crystal Sparkling Water Maker We love our soda stream- end of story.  Let’s just say we have an obsession with sparkling water.  Not only does this reduce the glass bottle consumption but it’s more economical.  We love the because it uses glass bottles and not plastic.  Grab your SodaStream Crystal Sparkling Water Maker here!

Espresso Machine-  My hubs and I have had this espresso machine for 7 years and we are sold!  All the compartments are stainless steel which we love and it grinds the beans right before brewing ensuring the perfect espresso shot each time.  Get your Breville Espresso Machine here!

Kosmatology Hand Soaps-  Hands down favorite hand soap!  It’s non-toxic, doesn’t dry out my hands and doesn’t squirt out weird but foams.  Trust me, you will love it!  They even have holiday soaps! Get your hand soap here!

Coyuchi Towels- Towels so luxurious, you’ll feel downright spoiled!  These towels are fair trade and organic.  They are designed to quickly dry too.  Get your Coyuchi towels here!

West Elm Posse Blankets- My friend raves about these organic blankets all the time!  They’re perfect for over the bed as an extra blanket or layered as a comforter.  They hold their shape too!  Get the Plisse blanket here!

See anything that would make the perfect gift?

Kosmatology Review

Kosmatology Review

I came across Kosmatology last spring when I tried their “Mint Your Feet” Foot Scrub, and “Mint Your Feet” Soothing Foot Balm.  Let’s just say they definitely did not disappoint!  If you’re looking for a good foot scrub that will leave your feet feeling tingly and wonderful, then this is it.  Their balm is the perfect moisturizer post scrub.  Anyways, after trying those products I knew I was in for a treat when I was sent some more goodies from them.

Kosmatology’s founder is Janis, a pharmacist who had a daughter with eczema.  As a pharmacist, she knew the steroid cream prescribed for her daughter had side effects, and she wasn’t comfortable living with that.  As a result, she started experimenting with different oil combinations, and it wasn’t long before people were asking her to make products for their families.  How cool is that?!  One thing I love about Kosmatology is their commitment to organic, pure ingredients.  There’s no fluff or toxins in these products.  Also, there is something for the whole family.  From bug repellant, to hand sanitizer, even face wash, they are your one stop shop.  They make healthy products, that you won’t have to think twice about.  They’re also affordable organic skincare, and body care, something that can be hard to find.

I was sent the Rose Geranium Face Wash, the Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer, Grapefruit Lotion Bar, the Orange Sweetness Foaming Hand Soap, and the Herbal Fresh Hand Sanitizer.

Rose Geranium Foaming Face Wash-

This face wash comes in an easy to use pump.  It’s a foaming cleanser, so you’re skin feels really clean after using it.  It’s not super drying like some foaming cleansers.  The first several ingredients are oils, which help to bring moisture to the skin.  It has organic ingredients that you can pronounce and understand…can someone say YES!  The rose geranium is a pleasant smell, and doesn’t overwhelm you.  I was also super impressed with the size of the face wash.  It comes in a hefty 6oz. bottle!  The perfect face wash to get the grime off at the end of the day and not sacrifice quality.  They have it in Lemongrass as well.  $22.49

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Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer-

This is another hefty product size, it will take you a while to get through this-such a good value!  This smells again like the Rose Geranium Face Wash.  I used this two ways and liked them both.  The first was for cleansing.  I’ve been a long devotee of double cleansing.  With double cleansing you always start with an oil, and then use more of creamy/foaming cleanser after.  This Rose Geranium Oil is the perfect oil to remove makeup and grime from the day.  I then used a warm towel to wipe off the oil.  After, that I used the Rose Geranium Face Wash.  My skin felt balanced and clean.  The second way I used it was as a facial moisturizer, post toning.  It kept my skin feeling hydrated and soothed.  It would leave a slight oily feeling on my skin initially but within 15 minutes it was gone.  A great moisturizing serum, packed full of goodness, and of course all organic, and available in Lemongrass as well. $24.99

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Grapefruit Lotion Bar- 

The lotion bar is what started Kosmatology, and has helped so many customers with eczema.  If you or someone you know has struggled with eczema, this may be your ticket.  This lotion bar is just like a deodorant, making application so easy.  You just glide it over any area that needs more moisture.  It’s not a thick body butter, but more of a balm texture.  It does leave my skin feeling oily, which I don’t love for day use.  However, at night this was perfect.  I would apply it on my hands before bed, and wake up with soft hands.  I also used this on my body as a moisturizer, and my skin felt oily as well.  I would use it only if I was going to bed to avoid the oily feeling.  Haha, I know I’m weird!  I loved the grapefruit smell, so refreshing and light.  They do have other scents if you’re not keen on grapefruit.  $10.49

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Orange Sweetness Foaming Hand Soap-

I LOVE this hand soap!  Best organic, natural hand soap I’ve tried…hands down.  I have struggled with finding a hand soap.  It either wasn’t pure, squirted out weird or didn’t foam.  This baby does it all, and has the best ingredients.  Not to mention, it doesn’t dry out my hands at all!  The orange smell is the perfect fresh scent.  Everyone needs this in your kitchen and bathroom…trust me.  They have them in several other scents as well.  Of course I want to try them all!  $8.99

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Herbal Fresh Hand Sanitizer-

This hand sanitizer is another amazing product Kosmatology offers.  I love a good hand sanitizer.  Especially when they’re organic and full of pure ingredients.  I’m also a fan of spray hand sanitizers, probably because I have a one year old.  It makes disinfecting little hands on the go so easy.  The smell is really mild and refreshing.   I really liked the size of the pump as well.  It pumped so easy compared to other hand sanitizers.  May sound picky, but everything helps when you have 2 seconds before your kid moves!  They have these in several other scents.  Moms, you need these.  $3.99

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Well, that sums up my review of Kosmatology.  I have loved sampling their products.  It is so refreshing to know companies are really stepping up to the plate, and creating products for the whole family that are not only pure, but effective!  Also, Kosmatology is offering an amazing coupon code right now!  Just enter GURL20 and receive 20% off your order.  Coupon good through 12/31/15.  These are great stocking stuffer gifts too!  Have you tried any Kosmatology products??

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