Tencel® Bedding Explained

Tencel® Bedding Explained

What is Tencel®?

Tencel® is soft as silk, strong as polyester, cool as linen, warm as wool and as absorbent as cotton.

It is a break-through fibre and the perfect fabric for allergy sufferers or those with sensitive skin.  Environmentally sustainable, Tencel® is a man-made, natural fibre which is also known as lyocell, a biodegradable material made from wood pulp cellulose sourced from sustainable tree farms.

Benefits of Tencel®

Tencel® is;

  • Highly breathable
  • Chemical free
  • Naturally anti-bacterial
  • Exceptionally soft
  • Offers superb moisture wicking

Protecting yourself from allergens deep within your bed and bedding will help you get the great night’s sleep you need, without compromising on comfort. Our Tencel® encasements make the ideal protection from allergens in your bed by creating a barrier between you and the allergens that naturally build up in your bed and bedding.

Anti Bed Bug & Allergy Pillow Encasement Tencel® Premium

How is Tencel® different from other synthetic fibre?

Tencel® transfers moisture, unlike other synthetic fibres which have reduced moisture wicking properties. Synthetic fibres cannot absorb moisture into their fibres in any form. However, part of Tencel’s fibre is made with fibril structure support, which can absorb 50% more moisture than cotton.

How can Tencel® bedding help my eczema or sensitive skin?

Tencel® is soft and supple against the skin and its incredible moisture wicking abilities make it the ideal choice.  Absorbing excess liquid and releasing it again quickly into the atmosphere stops bacteria growth keeping your skin clean and hygienic. The highly breathable nature of Tencel® will also allow your skin to breathe. Fabrics with rougher fibres can cause skin irritation; however, due to the extremely smooth surface of Tencel®, it feels soft and pleasant against your skin.

Tencel® Bedding Explained

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All You Need To Know About Cotton

Cotton is a fibre that we all use in our day to day lives. It is a soft, fluffy fibre made of cellulose that grows in a protective case, around the seed of the cotton plant. Available naturally, cotton is an incredibly breathable fabric, so will feel cool against your skin.

Benefits of Cotton

Cotton is:

  • Temperature regulating
  • Durable
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Biodegradable

How Does Cotton Regulate my Temperature?

Cotton is a natural fabric that allows your skin to breathe and doesn’t trap heat under the covers. More breathable than oil-based synthetic fabrics, it is designed to keep you cool and dry throughout the night, drawing moisture away from your skin and onto the fabric.

Cotton Thread Count Explained

The thread count of cotton refers to how many threads are woven into one square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count, the higher the quality. Standard cotton has a thread count of around 150. Good quality cotton starts at a thread count of 180. Egyptian cotton uses finer threads, meaning more can be woven into each square inch. This creates a finer, softer and more flexible material1.

 

Resistant to Pilling

There’s nothing worse than finding your favourite duvet cover has started to pill. Pills are balls of tangled fibres that pop up on the material when the fabric rubs against another material. It mainly affects nylon and polyester blends, but cotton does not pill, instead of shedding any pills when washed2.

Belledorm 200TC Egyptian Cotton Oxford Pillowcase

How is Cotton Hypoallergenic?

100% pure cotton, unique cotton blends and organic cotton is hypoallergenic. It is just as effective as other materials and can be a cheaper alternative3. Irritating synthetic pesticides or chemicals are not used in the growth or production of organic cotton so it is ideal in reducing the risks of allergies and asthma4.


Velfont Respira Organic Cotton 2 in 1 Pillow Cover and Protector

How is Cotton Biodegradable?

Cool Cotton Filled Duvet 3 Tog 100% Natural

Cotton is a natural material that is completely biodegradable. These properties mean that it will break down when put into a composting bin. It is one of the most biodegradable fabrics you can have with some cotton taking as little as a week to biodegrade in compost. Usually, it will take around 5 months. When composting it is recommended that you cut or tear the fabric into small strips and remember to remove any buttons or zippers. It can also be easily reused and recycled and is often used for insulation, upholstery stuffing and carpet padding5.

 

 

 

 

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Benefits of Silver Ions in Bedding

  • Natural anti-bacterial
    Silver ions are a safe, natural anti-bacterial product that can be added to bedding materials when they are made. Their anti-bacterial properties help stop the growth of bacteria and mould before they have a chance to multiply. It works continuously for the lifetime of the product, reducing levels of bacteria and mould by up to an impressive 99.9%
  • Non-toxic and odour resistant
    Silver ions are non-toxic and odour resistant. They provide a cleaner sleeping environment and are recommended for those who suffer from allergies and spot prone, sensitive skin. They are particularly recommended for use in mattress covers as they will prevent the multiplication of bacteria and reduce allergies. Silver Ions are kind to your skin and do not interfere with its natural balance.

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Regulates your temperature

Bamboo works with your body to keep you at the perfect temperature all night long.

If you are suffering from hot flushes brought on by the menopause Bamboo bedding is a perfect choice. When your hormones kick in and raise your body temperature, bamboo bedding wicks away the extra heat and sweat twice as fast as cotton reducing the humidity in your bed by 50%. By keeping you cooler and drier, you won’t overheat when you sleep meaning you’re less likely to wake from a hot flush and you can finally sleep through the night1. Therefore by working together with your body, bamboo bedding is able to keep you at the ideal temperature all night long2.

Hypoallergenic

Naturally hypoallergenic, Bamboo is mild and gentle. Unlike many other materials, it is not treated with pesticides or fungicides and does not hold onto odour.

Naturally anti-bacterial, bamboo has a unique antimicrobial agent called bamboo-kun that kills bacteria and other microbes. As a result, fewer bacteria prevents irritated or eczema prone skin from becoming infected3.

Velfont Bamboo Double Sided Mattress Protector

Moisture Wicking

Four times more absorbent than cotton, Bamboo keeps skin cool and dry by wicking away moisture helping you to retain a natural body temperature. It is also mould and mildew resistant.

A Bamboo sheet will pull the moisture away from you into the fibres of your bedding, unlike traditional cotton. This moisture rises to the surface of your organic bedding and evaporates, cooling you off exactly the same way your body does when you sweat.


Velfont Bamboo Knitted Pillow Protector

Naturally resistant to dust mites, mould and mildew

Bamboo bed sheets minimise allergies by reducing the amount of moisture in your bed.

Dust mites love to make their homes in synthetic and down materials. They retain moisture and provide a better living habitat, making the dry environment of Bamboo uninhabitable. Allergy sufferers often experience restless sleep due to the irritating symptoms caused by dust mites, but by investing in bamboo bedding products, these triggers are minimised and sufferers can enjoy the full night of deep, undisturbed sleep they deserve.


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Silk- The Super Material For Your Skin

For anyone who has ever woken up with a bad case of creased morning skin and bad bed hair, help is at hand – and it could be easier than you think to become a sleeping beauty apparently, the answer to rejuvenation is silk.

According to sleep expert Sammy Margo, better skin and glossier hair can be achieved with minimal effort. In fact it’s so easy, you can do it in your sleep.

The answer is to switch to silk pillowcases.

Why should you switch?

Sammy, the author of The Good Sleep Guide and The Good Sleep Guide For Kids and sleep expert for SlumberSlumber, says that cotton, linen and polyester pillowcases all wick away moisture from your skin. Eight hours’ of cuddling up to those fabrics can leave skin looking ‘folded’ and make hair dull and lifeless.

The potentially rejuvenating benefits of silk have their basis in science. Sammy says, “No pillowcase can stop wrinkles from forming – unfortunately! – but using silk can dramatically reduce the amount of moisture which we all lose from the skin during the night and which can cause dry, aged looking skin. Because moisture levels are maintained and not absorbed, deeper lines and wrinkles don’t get a chance to form at the same rate.

“I did a personal ‘test drive’ with silk pillowcases and became an overnight convert! I haven’t abandoned my bed-time ritual of skin creams, but I have found that, with the silk pillowcase, my night cream is fully absorbed into my skin and doesn’t rub off like it usually does, allowing the cream to work to maximum effect.”

The natural choice

It is also the perfect, natural choice for allergy sufferers because dust mites can’t live on the fabric. The long-known hypoallergenic properties of silk can also ease conditions such as eczema and asthma.

“This is a practical and drug-free step which anyone can take to combat the sort of common morning sniffles, sneezes and puffy faces which are often signs of mild allergies.”

Glossier hair is an added bonus. Sammy says, “Many years ago our grandmothers would have polished their hair with a piece of silk to bring out its natural sheen. Silk which is made up of eighteen amino acids with the same pH balance as your skin can still add lustre to hair. I know that many hairdressers recommend silk pillowcases as a way to retain volume. I certainly find that my silk pillowcase keeps my hair glossy and my style fresh.

“We often see silk on the ingredients list of upmarket skin moisturizers and creams, in mineral makeup, and hair care products – my advice is to bring that luxury into the bedroom. After all, where better to indulge in a little pampering, especially if you can justify it on the grounds of health and general well-being?”

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All You Need To Know About Wool Bedding

Wool bedding has many unique features, making it an exceptional choice for your bedroom.

Temperature Regulating Effects

First of all wool fibres naturally regulate your body temperature keeping you at your optimum temperature throughout the night. The bedding will continue to work in this way despite changing seasons, warm in winter and cool in summer. As a result, wool is an ideal option for couples who can’t agree on the warmth of a traditional tog rated duvet because wool will regulate your temperature separately.

Hypo-Allergenic

Wool has a natural resistance to dust mites, therefore it is asthma and allergy friendly.

Moisture-Wicking

Part of wool’s breathability comes from its power to draw moisture away from the skin and release it through evaporation. As a result, this offers a more refreshing nights sleep on those warmer nights and prevents dampness.

Types of Wool

  • Alpaca
    Depending on how it’s spun organic Alpaca wool can be light or heavy in weight. It is a durable, soft, luxurious natural fibre. It is similar to sheep wool but is warmer, not as itchy and does not contain lanolin which makes it hypoallergenic.
  • Cashmere
    Cashmere wool comes from goats in the Kashmir region of South East Asia. It is a labour intensive wool with each Kashmir goat only capable of producing 4-6 ounces of wool fibre per year. Made without high temperatures or harsh chemicals and works as a natural insulator. Cashmere can keep you up to 8 times warmer than sheep’s wool.
  • Sheep
    Sheep’s wool is a natural insulator. It is a renewable fibre source that is biodegradable and incredibly breathable. It is odour resistant and is naturally hypoallergenic. Above all, sheep’s wool has been a staple for centuries and is the most common wool used in manufacturing.

Ethical, Sustainable and Locally Sourced

We source our wool products from UK based manufactures that nurture traditional handcrafted methods of creating high-quality wool bedding. The fibres they use are natural, renewable materials from sustainable farms in Britain, hand sewn in their workshops and finished to a high standard. Alpaca Wool is one of the most ethical products available as Alpacas are not killed for their fur or meat. Sheep and alpaca wool is also naturally biodegradable and can be used in composting 1 , unlike many synthetic materials that take a long time to break down. Therefore this makes wool the perfect choice if you have concerns about the ethical treatment of animals, the sustainability of our planet and the importance of using locally sourced materials.

Duvet Weight

Wool duvets are generally a lighter choice, this is because wool is measured in GSM (grams per square meter), not by tog. Due to wool’s temperature regulating features it can be used throughout the year, therefore wool is an incredibly versatile material.

Take a look at some wool duvets we have on offer below;

Shop the full range of SlumberSlumber by Penrose wool bedding

Wool Month

We love wool so much that we celebrate it every October during our Wool Month event. This coincides with the global Campaign for Wool Week that is initiated by its patron HRH Price of Wales and has been running every year since 2010.

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