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7 Mindful Shopping Practices

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 | Author:

Twenty years ago organic food was not so popular, but I sought it out. People would ask me, a struggling single mother at the time, how I could afford organic groceries. The heart of my decision to shop organic was, and still is, the principle of it. I know I’m directly supporting the environmental movement every day, plain and simple.

Today organic groceries can be found in almost every grocery store in America. Healthier, organic food has become the norm for many, and there is more collective knowledge about what organic means.

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This message isn’t about healthy food. It’s about sustainable choices. We need to embrace change (yesterday!) and apply what we’ve learned about the food we eat to products we buy for everyday use. The chemicals used in conventional products and their manufacturing are just as dangerous as chemicals used in agriculture.

Observing the explosion of Whole Foods Market all over the map, it’s not hard to imagine a paradigm shift from “more for less” to “less is more.” Are you with me? Great! Read on for seven simple tips to help you keep your mind where your heart is while you’re shopping for everyday items.

1. Think quality, not quantity. Once you adopt a minimalist mentality, it is very difficult to go back. No more going to a dollar store for two items and ending up spending $20.

2. Support local. Read labels to find out where things are made. Unfortunately most items are made elsewhere, but it’s like striking gold when a surprise “Made in America” label is found. When you find products you love made in your region, state or country, latch on and don’t let go. Why not inform friends and neighbors, as well?

3. Disposables and planned obsolescence. Seek out longer lasting, recyclable, reusable or compostable alternatives to disposable or short-lived products you currently use, like diapers, razors, toothbrushes, feminine products, light bulbs, paper towels and napkins, paper plates, plasticware and cups, trash bags, sandwich & storage bags, and grocery bags. If you’re unsure where to find these alternatives, please leave a comment for us below.

 

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4.  Think about sources. What materials were used, using what chemicals in the process? For example, cotton fabric is made from soft plant fibers, so it’s perfect for textiles, but cotton is considered the world’s dirtiest crop involving tremendous amounts of pesticides, chemical treatments and water. Organic cotton is an excellent substitute, and as we continue buying more of it, more options will become available.

5.  Awaken your senses. Commercial household cleaning products and personal-care products are made with chemicals that are toxic to the people manufacturing them, the people using them, animals that come into contact with them, and the water systems where they end up. You can smell the pollution walking down the cleaning-products isle at conventional grocery stores. If it doesn’t smell like something from nature, don’t buy it. Tip: go to a health food store and sniff the pure essential oil samplers to get a better idea of what non-toxic scents from nature smell like.

6. Educate yourself and others. Tell people what you learn about consumerism, toxics, trash, and great alternatives. We have an opportunity to change the future for the better by educating children. To get my daughter to understand what clothes (something she has a genuine interest in) are made of, we made up a game I’ll call “animal, plant or other.” Her eyes lit up when she realized that the cotton shirt she was wearing was made from plant flowers. When I explained that rayon fabric is mostly made from wood pulp, she was like, “Whaaat?!” In a fun way, that forced her to think about material processes.

 

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7. Take it in stride. Don’t go out and replace everything all at once. I suggest you take it as it comes, which will give you time to research better options. When you need new sheets, buy organic cotton sheets. When you need new razors and toothbrushes, buy Preserve recyclables. And on and on.

 

“Change is the only constant.” –Heraclitus

 

 

 

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Pulling the Wool Over Your Eyes – It is possible to pass the open-flame mattress flammability test without chemicals

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 | Author:

This great blog from our sister company OMI, (who manufacturers all of Lifekind‘s mattresses), touches on a “hot topic in the organic mattress industry.  Since we don’t use any chemical flame retardants, customers often ask how we can pass the flammability requirements with just wool.  Well, we worked hard to make it possible.  Be sure to watch the video below, which is of one our mattresses during an actual open-flame mattress flammability test (which we pass with flying colors!)

Although we know how important it is to reduce your chemical exposure during sleep (since you spend 1/3 of your life in bed), most of the country doesn’t understand the risks associated with sleeping on a traditional mattress.

As is the case with most specialty products, there is a fairly limited customer base of people who are aware of, and ready to purchase, an organic mattress.  This means that there are companies out there that will say anything in order to take a mattress sale from their competitors.

Since we opened our doors, we have been fighting an uphill battle against greenwashing.  Other mattress companies have thrown in a handful of eco-friendly ingredients and called their products “natural,” trying to charge a premium for something that isn’t much better than mainstream.

Now that the country is becoming more aware of the greenwashing epidemic, we have seen mattress companies telling flat-out lies and mistruths, with the hope of seducing a customer with promises they can’t back up.

One fallacy that you will see promoted is that wool alone can’t be used to pass flammability tests. This argument is often used in a company’s justification for using chemical fire retardants because it is “the only option.”

I am here today to tell you “yes.”  Yes, wool can be used as the sole fire retardant for a mattress to meet federal flammability requirements.  And that, in fact, we have been using wool (without any chemical treatments) as our only fire retardant for years.

The purpose of a flammability test on a mattress is to make sure that the mattress doesn’t flame up in the event of a domestic fire.  We don’t claim to make fireproof mattresses (I can’t even imagine the kinds of chemicals that would go in to that!) We make mattresses that won’t turn into a six-foot fireball if your house catches fire.

Our competitors have shown photos of a piece of wool yarn that is set to fire, and predictably, the fire travels up and burns the piece of wool yarn.

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Well, of course it is going to burn.  It is a natural material that has been shaped into a “wick” and a flame has been set to it.

Of course, you don’t have to just take my word for it.  The video below is an actual open-flame flammability test of one of our mattresses, which shows just how well our chemical-free design works.

The only raw materials used to make this mattress (or any of our mattresses) are organic cotton, wool, and 100%-natural rubber.  The mattress is sitting on a wood-slat foundation.  Both pieces are built in our GOTS-certified factory and are GREENGUARD® certified.  There are no added chemicals, no silica barrier, or any other methods employed to assist in the flame test.

So there you have it: It is possible to pass the open-flame mattress flammability test without chemicals.  And we do it every day.

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Our Top 10 Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 | Author:

Spring is here, which means it’s time for spring cleaning!  OK, I know that you aren’t as excited about that as I seem to be, but hopefully these tips and tricks will help you when you are getting your house in tip-top shape this spring.

1. Put an organic bed-bug and dust-mite barrier cover on all of your pillows and on your mattress.  Even though natural rubber mattresses naturally repel dust mites (it’s not a very hospitable environment for the little buggers), these covers can also keep the surfaces of your bedding clean, and can be thrown in the wash very easily.  If you have an older innerspring mattress, a dust-mite barrier cover can keep the dust mites away from you.  If you already have covers on your mattress and pillow, this is the time to throw them in the wash.

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2.  Freshen up your non-washable bedding by airing it out in the sun.  Wait for a nice sunny day, and put your wool comforter, pillows, couch cushions, and anything else that can’t go in the washing machine out in a sunny part of your yard.  You can even sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on the surface while it sits out in the sun for extra freshness.  The sun is a natural brightener, and will make your bedding feel nice and refreshed.

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3.  Instead of using your dryer to dry your bedding, hang it outside to dry.  Not only will it give you that great straight-off-the-line crispness, it doesn’t cost anything, and is a great way to save on energy costs when you are washing all of your bedding.

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4.  Is your house feeling a little stuffy after being closed up for the winter?  Open all of the windows on a nice day, and let it air out.  It makes a huge difference in switching your mind from “winter mode” to “spring mode,” and makes the chore of cleaning a little bit more enjoyable.  If your house is especially stuffy, try one of our HEPA air purifiers.  Lifekind has several different sizes that can handle an area as small as your car to a space as large as 1,300 square feet!

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5.  Dust all of your surfaces, starting at the top of the room, and work your way down to the floor, saving vacuuming for last. Don’t forget to wipe down your light fixtures and baseboards to remove contaminants that aggravate allergies.

6.  Vacuum after you have done the rest of the cleaning. If you vacuum first, you will just end up knocking all of the dust from higher up in the room back onto the floor, and you will need to do the floors again.  Save yourself a step.

7.  For hard, water-safe surfaces throughout your house, you can use our All-Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser.  It is made with grapefruit-seed and orange-peel extract, and has a nice, clean scent, so your house will smell great, without smelling like chemicals.  I usually dilute it for wiping down counters, painted walls and other light-duty cleaning, but also use it full strength for tougher cleaning.AllPurposeKO8.  Flip your mattress!  Most of our mattresses need to be flipped only once a year, and this is the perfect time to do it.  If you have a mattress that doesn’t need to be flipped, you can still rotate it (move the head of the mattress to the foot) so that it wears evenly and will last as long as possible.

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9.  Move all of your appliances and clean out from behind them, including vacuuming off the dust from the back of the fridge, getting the schmutz from around the stove (full-strength Cleaner and Degreaser works great for this!), and all of the lint that hides around your dryer.  These hidden allergens can be annoying your sinuses, even if the rest of your house is spic-and-span clean.

10.  Put a few vases of fresh flowers around your house. Even though this isn’t really cleaning, it is a great way to put a smile on your face and remind yourself that spring is just around the corner after a long, cold winter!shutterstock_73432741
Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to change your household air filter.  You should be doing this every month to make sure your HVAC system is working as well as possible, but if you haven’t done it in awhile, do it now!

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5 Must-Have Organic Items for Baby

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 | Author:

As both a mother of two perfect little angels and a Product Specialist, I have the unique opportunity of thinking about babies of all ages, everyday. Life with a newborn can be overwhelming, and every parent wants only the best for their new arrival. With that in mind, here is a simple guide to the basics of the best investments you will ever use over and over again.

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1. Organic Crib Mattress – Natural Rubber: Both our natural rubber and innerspring crib mattresses are the purest thing to put your little love on for a nap, or hopefully a full night of rest, but I have some reasons near and dear to heart for recommending the natural rubber first. The properties of natural rubber make it mold-, mildew-, and dust-mite-resistant without the extra layer of a barrier cover. Some other benefits are the even feel, minimal body impressions over time (or through multiple children), and, when baby becomes a toddler jumping, bumping, thumping, and trying to escape, there are no innersprings to damage. If you consider how many children will begin life on that same mattress, the investment pays for itself as a future toddler bed or a crib for siblings yet to come.

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2. Essential Bedding: Everyone who has experience with babies knows they are messy! So this “must have” is a two-parter, because both are equally essential through toddlerhood and beyond the potty-training years. First up is the non-negotiable Naturally Safer Pure Wool Moisture Protector Pad. This is a liquid-resistance barrier layer to keep any mess off your beautiful organic mattress. This low-maintenance layer requires only a warm-water rinse as needed (which can easily be done in a bathtub) and fresh air to dry. The next essential is the Certified Organic Flannel Mattress Pad to layer on top of the Wool Moisture Protector. This organic cotton flannel layer is a soft, absorbent layer to catch the bulk of the mess and prevent shifting liquids from wiggling, like your little one, on top of the wool pad. This more practical of the two layers is machine washable and dryable, so it can be cleaned during play time and be ready when baby is ready for nap or bedtime.

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3. Organic Cotton Travel Changing Pad: Not just for frequent changing; this genius pad will be used a million times over to create a soft, organic surface anywhere. This can be for tummy time on the floor, or in grocery carts when baby is old enough to sit unassisted. These durable changing pads wash up beautifully and are available in tan or sage colorgrown organic cotton.

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4. Stain & Odor Eliminator: Babies, and kids of all ages, are natural born stain and odor experts. Diapers, spit-up, food, mud, finger paints — children don’t discriminate, and make endless messes effortlessly with an arsenal of everyday items. This is why every new parent I know gets a bottle of this miracle cleaner! The natural enzymes can tackle just about every surface in every room of the house, including carpet, upholstery, and laundry, with the added bonus of taking care of pet messes also. There aren’t enough good things to say about it, and I have never spoken with a disappointed user. Most of the time people are eager to tell me about the challenges it has conquered.

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5. Certified Organic Cotton Stuffed Bunny: This adorable bunny is sturdy enough to be chewed on through the newborn times, and large enough to be a play companion in the the toddler years and beyond. Another huge benefit to the size of this sweet bunny is that even a new parent can easily spot clean this guy using some Stain & Odor Eliminator on a damp washcloth and giving him a brisk rub down. The perfect organic gift for those parents who want a surprise instead of an ultrasound for either a boy or a girl.

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I hope this helps narrow the choices and support the new little one in your life for sleeping, playing, and living safely for many years ahead!

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Lifekind Organic Mattress Profile: The Duet

Tuesday, March 04th, 2014 | Author:

In the lineup of Lifekind organic mattresses, the Duet can be something of an enigma. It’s made from three internal layers of natural rubber, which would normally lend itself to softness, but the top and bottom layers are made from the firmest natural rubber we use – plus it’s got a closed cover, which makes for a firmer mattress. Then again, the center layer is made of the softest natural rubber, and the firm top and bottom layers are sculpted into contoured ridges, which makes them softer.

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So what does the Duet organic mattress actually feel like?

 

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Overall, it’s quite firm – almost as firm as the Euro, which is the firmest mattress we make. The Duet is designed to offer uncompromising support, but also pressure-point relief via the sculpted ridges in the top and bottom layers. This can come in very handy for sleepers who need a combination of firmness (or back support and cushioning for pressure-point pain.

Think of it as a medium-firm mattress that’s cushiony enough even for side sleepers.

To talk about the Duet or any of our other mattresses with a product specialist, give us a call at 800-284-4983 or email sales@lifekind.com.

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Are you eating organic foods and sleeping on a chemical mattress?

Monday, February 24th, 2014 | Author:

Are you eating organic foods and sleeping on a chemical mattress?

Americans are aware of the benefits of choosing organic when they’re in the grocery store, but so many people I meet haven’t even thought about their bedrooms.

We spend about 1/3 of our lives in bed, so it’s important to make sure your sleep environment is as free from chemicals as possible.

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Lifekind is America’s most trusted name in organic mattresses and bedding. As you flip through the pages of this catalog, you will see that not only do we make the world’s purest mattress (backed by our Purity Promise), but we also offer a full line of organic bedding essentials and personal-care products.

And don’t forget, when you use promo code NEXT14, we’ll take 20% off your next order!

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How to Dress a Bed Organically

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 | Author:

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Bed dressing is an art form that has been passed down from ancient times – some of the first evidence of bed-like structures is found in South Africa and dates back to about 77,000 B.C. Over the centuries bedding materials have ranged from straw and hides to velvet and woven gold, but the main purpose has remained the same: comfort. Here at Lifekind we get lots of calls from customers who want to know what kind of bedding they should get and why.

Proper bed dressing is important because not only can it improve the overall feeling of the bed, it can also extend the life of your mattress. The picture below shows the ideal bedding configuration. Since it usually works best to start at the bottom and work your way up, we will start with the underbed pad.

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The purpose of the underbed pad is to keep your mattress in good shape so that it can continue to provide you with the best possible sleep for years to come. A thick wool pad is an ideal way to protect the underside of your mattress from rubbing against wood bed slats or exposed metal hardware. Furthermore, a wool underbed pad will protect the underside of your mattress from dust build-up and can even help prevent mold and mildew from forming on parts of the mattress that get less airflow (wool is naturally dust-mite resistant and has the ability to wick away excess moisture).

If a wool pad offers protection for the bottom of your mattress, it only makes sense that wool would protect the top, too! Many mattress pads are made of synthetic materials, which may prevent spills from leaking onto your mattress, but can also prevent your mattress and your skin from breathing. We believe a wool moisture protector pad is the best way to start dressing the side of the bed you actually sleep on. This pad is meant to protect both you and your mattress – wool wicks away excess moisture from your skin (guarding against overheating and skin irritation) and at the same time creates a water-resistant barrier between you and the mattress (preventing mold, mildew, stains, etc.).

Next comes the flannel mattress pad. Many people are somewhat confused by the concept of needing both a moisture barrier and an all-purpose mattress pad (I know I was when I first heard of it), but with time I have come to realize that these two are like my favorite Jack Johnson song – it’s always better when they’re together. While a wool moisture pad provides a perfect water-resistant barrier, a flannel mattress pad acts as a sponge and gives pesky spills a place to go, rather than leaking into the mattress. The mattress pad is also one of those accessories that can change the feel of your mattress – either for better or for worse. We recommend a loose-fitting pad that is made from natural fibers (cotton flannel is awesome). These two rules of thumb will ensure that the pad is breathable and that it does not make your mattress feel taught (the “trampoline” effect).

The next layers – and possibly the most important ones of all – are the sheets. The reason why sheets are so important is that they are usually closest to your skin. Keeping in mind the fact that most people spend roughly one-third of their lives in bed, it is important to choose sheets that are free of dyes, chemicals and synthetics. Organic cotton is our best suggestion because it fits this standard of purity while also boasting breathability and washability! Dust mites feed on skin cells (and our entire epidermis is replaced within a period of about 48 days), so keeping your sheets clean is the key to protecting your entire bed from these icky invaders.

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When it comes to blankets, layers are the key! By choosing breathable materials and doubling (or even tripling) up, you get a cozy bed that can easily be adjusted with changing weather. Comforters are prime suspects when it comes to finding synthetic fillings and chemical additives in your bedding. Wool offers a much safer and more comfortable alternative with its natural flame resistance and temperature regulation. Top it off with an organic cotton duvet cover and – voila! You’ve got a bed that’s “dressed to the nines.”

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My Top 6 Favorite Naturally Safer Personal-Care Products

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 | Author:

After working at Lifekind for over 2 years now, I feel like it’s time to give our readers a list of my top 6 favorite Naturally Safer personal-care products. In no particular order here they are:

 

Naturally Safer Rejuvenating Shampoo- This amazing shampoo helps relieve dandruff, psoriasis, and scalp irritation from chemical processing thanks to the special “herbal complex” listed high on the ingredient list. This herbal complex contains rosemary, ginseng, arnica montana, and hypernicum (aka St. John’s wort), all of which are proven effective soothers in the plant world. The nourishing botanicals also include coconut oil, panthenol (vitamin B5), and tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), which help to moisturize and leave hair shiny. The MSM (a naturally occurring sulfur) nourishes both hair and scalp in a gentle formula that won’t strip natural oils, but still really cleans.

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Naturally Safer Rejuvenating Conditioner- My 11-year-old daughter’s smiling face and tangle-free hair are the greatest testimonials I have for this conditioner. She is blessed with very long, thick hair that equates to a three-and-a-half-half hour endeavor to pick through after a lice scare at school (oh, a mother’s love…). We discovered that using this conditioner after the MSM Revitalizing Shampoo in the shower, then rubbing a pea-size amount through the ends of her hair left her hair smelling fresh, and no more tangles, naturally. Life is beautiful when a mother and daughter smile together!

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Naturally Safer Crystallite Deodorant- There is no subtle way to sing the praises of this deodorant – it really works! I tend to be a rather, ahem, odoriferous lady, and this is the only natural product that can keep up with me. Within a week of switching, even my husband noticed. Customers often ask if the active ingredient, potassium alum, is unsafe or contains aluminum; the good news is, according to Dr. Mercola, “Potassium Alum or Ammonium Alum are natural mineral salts made up of molecules that are too large to be absorbed by your skin. They form a protective layer on your skin that inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria.”

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Organic Buckwheat Hull Heat Lumbar Wrap- Use it cold for sprains, or warm to ease muscle pain; ease fever discomfort on your head, or sooth your spine while on your back in bed. You can tie it around your waist, or tuck under the shoulders to treat the neck and stay in place. I truly love this lumbar wrap; it gives relief anytime, in any space!

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Naturally Safer Organic Body Polish- Did you make a New Year’s resolution to work out and get in shape? This can help you stay on track. Last year when I took up running, and felt pained even thinking about moving, I discovered this fantastic treat after a workout. The crystalline salt helps to smooth skin and the natural oils mean no need for moisturizer once you are out of the shower, so feel free to indulge without adding extra time in your routine. Adding organic lavender and geranium essential oils means you will feel calm and rejuvenated — perfect after a long day or a slow morning. The organic sunflower and safflower oils are easily absorbed and formulated to blend with water so the greasy shower effect is greatly reduced. Still, use caution though, as you will be extra slick!

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Naturally Safer Moisturizing Lotion with MSM- A common question we hear is: What is MSM? MSM, or methylsulfonylmethane, is a naturally occurring (deodorized) sulfur that supports the joints and connective tissue, reduces hyperpigmentation, and has anti-inflammatory properties. As if that wasn’t enough to convince you, this lotion also helps treat itching, minor burns, sunburns, bug bites and rashes. The optional lavender scent comes from the addition of organic essential oil and gives some extra “oomph” in relieving these everyday ailments, along with a calming fragrance.

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The “honorable mention” of this blog is the Naturally Safer Personal-Care Travel Kit. A great way to travel with your favorites, or try a little bit of everything until you love it all as much as I do.

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How to Choose the Perfect Pillow

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 | Author:

You may be thinking….that’s easy, you go down to the bed and bath store and pull a few off the shelf and squish, press, lay your head on them and whichever feels good and is within your budget will be fine (trial and error, I guess?). Or maybe you’re replacing your old pillows with cruelty-free, organic alternatives, but don’t know where to begin.

Everybody is unique, so there is no one “perfect” pillow for everyone. It’s just not that simple. Deciphering the “pillow puzzle” might have you throwing in the towel and settling for anything soft-ish to prop your head up on. Read on for advice on how to best match your comfort needs to various types of pillows.

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 I believe the first thing to consider when purchasing anything really, is what it is made of. Since about 1/3 of your time is spent in bed and pillows are right in your face, I wouldn’t recommend petroleum-based poly-fill or memory foam, which is found to contain 60+ toxic VOCs (volatile organic compounds). The healthiest choice is always organic.

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The inside of our Organic Cotton Pillow

Next, consider your sleeping position(s) and the pillow loft (or height) needed:

  • Side sleepers: Choose a pillow that is the proper loft, so your head and neck are supported in a neutral position. For example, if the pillow is for a child, you may need a light-loft pillow. If it’s for a person with broad shoulders you may need a full-loft pillow, and medium- and full-loft pillows are generally best for the average-sized person.
  • Back sleepers: A puffy, light- to medium-loft pillow is usually best, to gently lift your head without putting too much pressure on your neck.
  • Belly sleepers: Try a light-loft pillow, or none at all, so your head isn’t too high.

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Now for the fun part. What a pillow is stuffed with greatly determines how it feels. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, click on the links to the organic pillows after the question, and that pillow could be the best one for you.

If you’re still unsure, just call and talk to one of our knowledgable pillow experts at Lifekind at 1-800-284-4983. I love getting calls about pillows, because I enjoy using adjectives like “puffy,” “shmooshable,” “buoyant,” and “moldable.”

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Top 10 Customer Favorites

Tuesday, January 07th, 2014 | Author:

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We’ve just wrapped up another great year here at Lifekind and we would like to take a moment to look back at the products that made our customers happiest in 2013.  So, here’s a list of last year’s Top 10 Customer Favorites (in no particular order) and a brief description of why they’re so great!

10. Certified Organic Cotton Towels

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First up, we have our lovely 100% Certified Organic Cotton Towels.  These generously sized terry towels feature a twill pattern and a 550-gram weight – making them both elegant and absorbent!  Our customers love the softness of these towels and many of them comment on how nicely the slim binding avoids puckering after being washed.  Your skin is most vulnerable after you bathe, so it is important to choose your towels carefully.  Our towels are free of dyes, chemicals and pesticides – just like all of our products – making them a great way to finish your bathing routine!

9. Pure Organic Sheet Set

Next we have our 300-thread-count sateen sheet sets.  Just like the name states, these sheets are PURE (free of all the icky things I just mentioned above).  Who would want to sleep on anything less?  These sheets are soft, durable and all-around a great value!  Each set contains one flat sheet, one fitted sheet and two pillowcases (except for the twin set, which contains one standard case and the king set, which contains two king cases).  Many customers purchase this set as the first step in their transition into an organic sleep environment.  What better place to start than with the first thing that touches your skin when you crawl into bed?

8. Organic Flannel Mattress Pad

Eighth in line is our double-layer essential Flannel Mattress Pad.  Our catalog says, “If you purchase only one accessory for you mattress, this should be it!”  And the continued popularity of this product reminds us that it’s true… think of this pad as the sponge between you and your mattress.  Your sheets keep you cool and clean and your moisture pad provides a moisture barrier, but the flannel pad soaks up any spills (and can be washed in hot water, unlike wool).  The corner straps keep the pad in place without making your mattress feel more taught.

7. Certified Organic Dust-Mite & Bed-Bug Barrier Mattress Cover

This item is a must-have for anyone with allergy concerns!  Our 100% certified organic cotton mattress barrier cover has a tight weave to keep out invaders while still allowing your mattress (and your skin) to breathe!  By skipping out on the synthetics you also skip out on the “crumpling plastic” noise you get with some other mattress covers.  The heavy-duty zipper is brass (so it won’t rust) and makes it so much easier to remove and wash the cover.  Our barrier cover is also available in different sizes and depths, so we are sure to have what you need.

6. Organic Embroidered Toddler Pillow

Our certified organic cotton toddler pillow with the included embroidered pillowcase is a best-seller online – and who could be surprised?  Not only is it totally adorable, but it is safe for the little ones who use it!  The boudoir-sized cotton pillow is just the right size for a little head, and the cotton sateen material of the pillowcase is soft to the touch.  All of the cotton in this pillow – from the batting to the cover to the pillowcase – is certified according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (one of the highest organic certifications you can find).  While this is true with all of our pillows and mattresses, it is especially comforting when it comes to caring for our precious babies!

 

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5. Naturally Safer Pure Wool and Certified Organic Cotton Pillows

All of our pillows are popular!  The certified organic cotton speaks for itself, but you may be wondering what it means to buy Naturally Safer Wool… well, here’s the deal: our wool comes from sheep that are treated humanely and live on certified organic farms.  The sheep themselves are never fed any antibiotics or any food that has been treated with pesticides.  Which means that you can feel good about your purchase while it helps you feel good, too (by helping you sleep!).  Customers appreciate the fact that our wool and cotton pillows come in multiple sizes (Boudoir, Standard, King, Euro and Body) and multiple lofts (Light, Medium and Full).

4. Customizable Wool-Wrapped Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow

Then there’s our one-of-a-kind wool-wrapped shredded rubber pillow, which can be customized according to the loft/firmness you prefer!  The adjustments are made possible by the brass zipper, which opens into the center compartment of the pillow and allows you to remove/add the shredded rubber pieces.  The wool forms the outermost layer of cushioning and gives the pillow a uniform feel.  Our down- and feather-loving customers are thrilled that we offer a cruelty-free alternative!

3. The Wooly Pillow Top

Of the many pillow tops we offer, this one gives you the most “bang” for your buck!  Three inches of long-staple Naturally Safer pure wool creates a cloud-like sleeping surface and regulates your body temperature (which makes it a comfortable addition to your bed all year long).  Our wool and cotton fillings are always free of chemical fixatives, so the hand tufting is what keeps this pillow top fluffy.  This product boasts a GREENGAURD certification on top of its other designations, which means that it has been tested and meets low VOC-emission standards.

EuroKOmattress

2. The Euro Mattress

This is by far our most universal mattress – meaning that it is comfortable for the widest variety of people.  Whether you lean more toward a firm mattress or a cushy one, the Euro seems to do it all!  The reason for this is the natural latex core that comprises this mattress.  Natural latex (and when I say “natural” I mean 98% natural sap from a latex tree with 2% formatives, not the 20% natural latex which comprises most “natural” mattresses) provides 30% more pressure-point relief than memory foam, and none of the “sinking” feeling.  Natural latex has sort of a split personality: when you put direct pressure on it with your hand or butt, it gives, yet when your entire body weight is distributed across the mattress, the latex “pushes back” giving you the support you need.  Three firmness options give this mattress versatility!

1. The Euro Soft-Top

What do you get when you add a half-inch of med-soft rubber to the top of our best-selling Euro mattress?  The Euro Soft-Top!  This mattress is two-in-one: the rubber/wool cushion quilting gives this mattress a soft, “melty” feel on one side, while the reverse side is the traditional Euro.  This Euro Soft Top gives you a touch of luxury while boasting a more reasonable price point.  Like the Euro, this mattress is available in three firmnesses: medium, medium-firm and firm.

~  Bonus: Naturally Safer Moisturizing Lotion with MSM

We ran out of room on our top 10 list, but we just had to throw this one in because our customers love it so much!  The reason for this is in the ingredients list: methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).  This sulfur-containing therapeutic agent is derived from trees and has the natural ability to relieve pain and inflammation.  The superior moisturizing ability of this lotion will be evident from the very first use and with time it may even relieve the symptoms of arthritis and other similar conditions.  This lotion is hypoallergenic and free of cetyl alcohol, artificial preservative, animal products and parabens.  It is ideal for use on delicate skin (like the skin on your face, or your baby!).  And on top of all that, this lotion is available in “unscented” or our wonderful “lavender” option.

With our Annual White Sale going on right now, it’s an ideal time to order the products you’ve had your eye on.  Click here to check out our full selection!

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