With so many choices in silk bedding and accessories, all the different terminology—even something straightforward like the word “organic”—can cause confusion for silk buyers. This article defines what organic silk is; explains why it is not truly necessary; and shows you what certifications to look for instead.
No doubt about it: silk pillowcases, sheets, bedding, and accessories are must-have beauty essentials. The many benefits of sleeping on silk to hair, skin, and overall wellness are routinely documented in beauty blogs, magazines, national network talk shows, and on popular YouTube channels. You’ll also find them touted all over the media, including home publications, as the ultimate in luxury. At Mulberry Park Silks, we couldn’t agree more!
But the fact remains that many consumers don’t really know how to shop for silk, particularly because it comes with a set of unique terminology (for example, momme count, which is a measurement of weight similar to thread count). Here at Mulberry Park Silks, we consider it a privilege to educate our clients about how to shop smart for silk. Today, we’re addressing the topic of “organic silk” so that our clients continue to get the best value for their silk dollar.
What is Organic Silk?
Organic silk refers to silk production conducted without use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. This means that the silk has been made using only natural methods, and is considered to be more environmentally friendly than conventional silk. At the same time, specialty organic silk is far more costly than conventional silk; more prone to damage from pests and diseases through the production process; and often lower quality, as the fibers tend to be shorter and more breakable.
While the decision to purchase organic silk is subjective and quite personal, there are some important reasons why it may not truly be necessary, particularly if you shop from a reputable silk company like Mulberry Park Silks. Indeed, many other factors come into play regarding the quality and safety of silk. Read on to learn more.
Mulberry Park Silks: Safe, Natural Bedding and Accessories
In the world of luxury bedding, silk fabric stands alone to represent the pinnacle of indulgence and luxury. Truly, nothing can compare to the feeling of sleeping on a pure silk pillowcase or sheet set. But our silk holds many other special properties that make it a sought-after, unique fabric:
Hypoallergenic: Silk is woven from the protective fibers of the silkworm cocoon, a pristine and hygienic environment. That makes silk inherently hypoallergenic, and a wonderful choice for anyone who suffers from allergies.
Resistant to mold and mites: Silk naturally repels mold and dust mites, two of the most common sources of allergies.
Non-irritating: A silk sheet is soft, gentle and non-irritating to even the most sensitive skin. Dermatologists often recommend sleeping on silk for their patients with sensitive skin or underlying conditions like acne or eczema (read more about what a leading dermatologist has to say about silk here).
Hydrating to skin and hair: Similar to hair and skin, silk fiber is protein based. Silk contains a range of nourishing amino acids, including fibroin. You will find fibroin,an ingredient in many high-end salon and spa products, because it is naturally moisturizing to your skin and hair. Unlike a cotton pillowcase—which is absorbent and actually pulls moisture away from your skin and hair—silk is gentle, nourishing, and hydrating to your face and tresses.
Gentle to your hair and skin: The soft charmeuse weave of our silk pillowcases helps tame tangles, bedhead, and frizzy hair while preventing sleep wrinkles (no pulling and tugging at delicate skin).
Breathable and temperature regulating: Silk fabric is breathable with natural thermoregulation that keeps you cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and sleeping comfortably year-round in any conditions.
Biodegradable:Silk is a natural fiber that is sustainable and biodegradable.
Our Silk is Independently Lab Certified for Safety by OEKO-TEX®
At Mulberry Park Silks, we are committed to making sure the final silk product you receive is the absolute safest for you and your family. Along with ensuring that our silk sheets, bedding, and accessories meet the highest standards of beauty, comfort and color fastness, we have taken the extra step of ensuring that everything we make is certified STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®.
Achieving this certification is a rigorous and continuous process. The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a global testing and accreditation program that sets standards for the screening of chemicals and harmful substances in fabrics and other consumer textiles. These requirements are significantly more stringent than government regulations. Our STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification means that independent labs have analyzed our products against test criteria for more than 400 harmful substances and certified them to be safe for your home and family. We are incredibly proud of our STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification and the confidence and peace of mind it signifies. You can learn more about STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification here and be sure to look for the distinctive STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® logo and label on all of our products (or any silk you are considering).