Whether you’re packing your baby off as a college freshman or dropping an upperclassman back to campus, you’re likely busy outfitting your student with everything they need for a successful school year. And that means making dorm life as cozy and comfortable as possible. But along with the usual necessities—shower caddy, school supplies, shower shoes, and bath towels to name a few—there are some other essentials to add to your college shopping list: a silk pillowcase and accessories from Mulberry Park Silks.
Why Send Our Pure Silk to College?
We’re definitely dating ourselves here, college dorm life was a lot different a generation ago (we were overjoyed to have a mini fridge and wouldn’t know what to do with a memory foam mattress topper). Today, families realize that the move to college from high school is a big endeavor and a time of enormous personal growth. With that in mind, dorm room décor has evolved with the goal of making the small space of a college dorm the most comfortable—and comforting—environment possible. And pure, soft, luxurious silk accessories can do just that. Silk is also hypoallergenic, temperature regulating, resistant to mold and mites, which make it an important part of your student’s self-care and wellness routine.
Here are our recommendations for five silk essentials that definitely deserve a spot on the dorm packing list (and they don’t take up much storage space):
Pure Silk Pillowcase . A true dorm room essential, our silk pillowcase collection is made from 100% pure mulberry silk of the highest grade (6A) in a range of colors. A silk pillowcase prevents tangles, frizz and bedhead; wicks away moisture and regulates body temperature for comfortable sleep; and is hypoallergenic and resistant to mold and mites (perfect for dorm life, where mold and dust are often problematic, and great for helping manage allergies). Silk is also ideal for anyone with acne, eczema, sensitive skin, or other skin conditions; in fact, dermatologists recommend sleeping on silk for these issues . For college students, we recommend 19 momme or our signature 22 momme weights, which are available in a range of colors with envelope or hidden zipper closures.
Silk Sleep Mask. It’s no surprise that sleep can be tough to come by in college. At the same time, college students need quality sleep for optimal academic performance, physical and mental health , and overall well-being. That’s why Mulberry Park Silks sleep mas k belongs on your college packing list; it is the perfect solution for creating a dark and soothing sleep environment, even in a bustling dormitory. Silk's gentle touch on the delicate skin around the eyes ensures no irritation or creasing for a relaxed and restful sleep. Block out unwanted light and embrace a rejuvenating slumber with this luxurious and practical silk accessory. Choose from a dozen shades in 19 and 22 momme weight with a one-size-fits-all elastic headband.
Silk Aromatherapy Eye Pillow. Residence life in college can be stressful, and finding ways to relax and unwind is crucial. Our silk eye aromatherapy pillow is filled with lavender and food-grade flax seeds to deliver a soothing and calming experience. The oversized pillow provides gentle pressure on eyelids and helps to relieve tension and stress, while the subtle aroma of lavender induces a sense of tranquility. Whether it’s a quick break on the dorm bed between study sessions or a moment of meditation ( savasna , anyone?), the silk eye pillow is a go-to companion. Even better? It can be used hot or cold on eyes and other body parts.
Silk Glam Band . Maintaining good grooming habits in a college dorm room or a communal bathroom can be challenging. However, a silk glam band helps the effort by keeping hair gently off the face during cleansing, skincare, and makeup application. The smooth and silky texture prevents hair breakage and minimizes product transfer, allowing you to focus on your grooming routine effortlessly.
Silk Scrunchies . Regular elastic hair ties can tug and damage hair, leading to frizz and breakage. Mulberry Park Silks pure silk scrunchies are a much better option! They are incredibly gentle to prevent hair from snagging or tangling; help hair retain natural moisture; and reduce the risk of split ends. Whether for sleep, the gym, or around campus in a casual messy bun, our silk scrunchies keep hair securely in place while preserving its health and shine. Sold in a combo pack of three in varying colors and two weights (for thin or thick hair). Read more about silk scrunchies here .
Why Shop at Mulberry Park Silks?
Not all silk pillowcases and accessories are the same. In fact, many bedding and accessories sold as silk are actually polyester satin, a blend, or an inferior quality silk (learn how to tell the difference between silk and satin here and how to shop for a silk pillowcase here ). And we understand that price is an issue, especially when putting dorm room ideas together. That’s why we are committed to delivering the highest quality silk in the marketplace at fair and competitive prices (our silk pillowcases start at just $28!). And all of our silk products are STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified , which means they were independently tested as being safe from hazardous substances or chemicals.
More than that—especially if your family is new to silk—Mulberry Park Silks is based in the United States (a rarity for silk companies) with headquarters and warehouse located in Branford, CT. Our design team is here and available to answer questions and help you shop and answer questions either on the phone or by email.