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    Sleep Masks vs. Eye Pillows: A Guide to Silk Sleep Accessories

    If you're craving some deep rest and relaxation -- and who isn't these days -- a sleep mask or eye pillow can send you off to dreamland in style. The terms "sleep mask" and "eye pillow" are often used interchangeably, but in fact they are separate types of accessories that serve different (but equally important) purposes.

    At Mulberry Park Silks, we're here to clear up any confusion. Our collection includes both of these essential bedtime accessories -- made, of course, from the highest grade mulberry silk -- because each offers unique benefits for sleep, stress reduction, and wellness. This guide will help you understand the specific advantages of sleep masks and eye pillows and explain why pure silk is the ideal material for helping you get a good night's sleep (or just a nap to rest your tired eyes!).

    Sleep Masks vs. Eye Pillows

    A sleep mask, also called an "eye mask" is meant to be worn overnight -- or for the duration of rest -- with the purpose of blocking unwanted light to foster deeper sleep. A sleeping mask can be particularly helpful during travel to sleep in transit or to adjust circadian rhythm while adapting to new time zones. Eye masks have straps or ties to keep them secure throughout the night. A well-designed sleep mask will be adequately sized for full coverage and fitted without being uncomfortable.

    A sleep mask, also called an eye mask blocks unwanted light to foster deeper sleep

    The Mulberry Park Silks sleep mask is made from 100 percent pure mulberry silk in a lustrous 22 momme weight charmeuse weave (the same fabric as our signature sheets). It is generously sized with a contoured shape to block light for deep sleep. The comfortable silk over elastic strap holds the mask securely in place without ripping or tugging at hair. It is easily washable and comes in eight colors to coordinate with our sheets. Read more about the benefits of our sleep mask here.

    An eye pillow is a rectangular pillow, typically filled with flax seed or another grain for weight; herbs or flowers; and perhaps essential oil. While the pillow does block light (as long as you are lying still on your back) its purpose is to provide aromatherapy, gentle pressure, and frequently hot or cold relief. An eye pillow is ideal for resting tired eyes, reducing stress, or relaxing after a yoga or massage. Some people also use an eye pillow to help relieve headaches.

    An eye pillow purpose is to provide aromatherapy, gentle pressure, and hot or cold relief

    The Mulberry Park Silks aromatherapy eye pillow redefines luxury and relaxation with the soothing comfort of pure mulberry silk and the calming scent of organic lavender. We crafted this eye pillow to exacting specifications, including an extra-long length to deliver relief to critical pressure points on your temples. The washable exterior pillowcase is a removable cover made from pure 6A mulberry silk fabric (the highest quality) in 22 momme weight (the same silk used in our luxury sheets and pillowcases). It can be used as a stress-relieving eye pillow; to block light while resting or meditating; or to provide hot or cold pain relief to eyes, face, head, neck, and other body parts (the pouch insert can be cooled in the freezer or heated in the microwave). Available in six beautiful colors.

    Why You Should Choose a Pure Silk Eye Mask or Eye Pillow

    Of all the fabrics on Earth, nothing else comes close to the soft, luxurious feel of pure silk charmeuse. But more than just looking and feeling beautiful, pure mulberry silk is has gentle, soothing properties that make it the perfect fabric to put next to your eyes and face:

    • Hypoallergenic and non-irritating
    • Soothes tired eyes and minimizes wrinkles
    • Breathable silk fiber
    • Helps prevent dry eyes and puffy eyes
    • Helps delicate skin around eyes retain natural moisture
    • Our silk is also Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Certified to be free from harmful chemicals.

    A sleep mask or aromatherapy eye pillow made of silk is a far better choice than any other fabric, including satin, which is petroleum based polyester, and cotton, which can dry out delicate skin.

    Which is Right for You: An Eye Pillow or Eye Mask?

    These silk sleep accessories are both wonderful and, as we said above, serve different purposes

    If you're looking to block light to get into a deeper, better sleep, the silk sleep mask is your best bet.

    If you're looking for aromatherapy, stress relief, and hot/cold therapy with gentle pressure, choose the lavender eye pillow.

    That said, we recommend getting BOTH a sleep mask and an eye pillow!

     

    Mulberry Park Silks
    Eye / Sleep Mask

    Mulberry Park Silks
    Aromatherapy Eye Pillow

    Fabric

    22 Momme (900 Thread Count) Pure Mulberry Silk, Grade 6A
     
    Piping edge
     
    Silk-covered elastic head strap

    2 Momme (900 Thread Count) Pure Mulberry Silk, Grade 6A

    Size

    7.75 x 3.5 inches (3 inches at nose bridge), contoured sleep mask for full coverage

    4” x 11” (extra-long length to deliver relief to pressure points on temples)

    Fill

    PP cotton


    Insert made with 100% GOTS certified unbleached cotton and filled with dried organic lavender and food-grade flax seed to offer just the right amount of weight and gentle pressure

    Colors

    8 color options:
    White, Ivory, Sand, Silver, Gunmetal, Rose Quartz, Steel Blue, Black

    6 color options:
    Ivory, Sand, Silver, Gunmetal, Rose Quartz, Steel Blue

    Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Certified

    Yes

    Yes

    Care

    Hand wash in gentle silk detergent

    Exterior silk case is removable; hand wash in gentle silk detergent; do NOT wash pillow insert

    Price

    $40

    $35

    Best for

    Blocking unwanted light for deep sleep day/night
    Car/train/plane travel
    Regulating sleep cycles
    Reducing puffiness, dry eye

    Aromatherapy
    Gentle pressure
    Stress relief
    Hot or cold relief to multiple body parts
    Yoga/meditation

    Mulberry Park Silks: Accessible and Affordable Luxury

    At Mulberry Park Silks, we design and sell the highest quality silk items in the market at fair and affordable prices. We offer a full range of silk products made from 100% pure Grade 6A mulberry silk fabric. All the silk fabric used for our sheets and pillowcases are OEKO-TEX Certified (Standard 100) to be free of chemicals. Please connect with us by visiting our store or call us at (800) 860-1924 to learn more about our silk sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers and shams, and accessories, including sleep masks, eye pillows, travel pillows, and hair scrunchies.