Merino Wool - what's the big deal?

Merino Wool - what's the big deal?

You might have seen that, in addition to our beautiful range of soft, 100% stonewashed natural linen bedding and sleepwear, we are now offering a selection of bedding and loungewear made from Merino wool! Our extra soft, cosy and stylish loungewear and our natural duvets and pillows can now go hand in hand with our full range of bed linen. “Woolly duvets?”, we hear you wonder. In a nutshell, yes!  We thought we’d take the opportunity to talk more here about Merino wool, why we love it so much and why we think you will too.

 

What’s different about Merino wool?

  • Merino wool is a natural fibre grown by Merino sheep, the majority of which are raised in Australia. In the case of our bedding, the wool comes from Italy and is certified to be humanely sourced from the flocks that are free-range and not farmed. Our loungewear is made from Australian wool, which is Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) certified. 
  • It is thinner and much softer than normal wool, making it easier to wear close to your skin.
  • Merino wool has the advantage over many other materials (such as regular sheep’s wool) in that it regulates body temperature and cancels out odours. It’s natural and keeps you dry and sweat-free. 
  • It is biodegradable and disappears after about 12 months in the ground. 
  • It is also super soft and not itchy! 

Lounge Hoodie and Lounge Joggers, both in Dove Grey 

 

Why we love to wear Merino Wool.

  • Did we mention how soft it is? I think we might have… Wool gets a bad reputation for being scratchy, especially in areas where your skin is more sensitive, such as around your neck and back. The fibres of Merino wool are much, much finer than traditional wool (17-23 micros for the wool enthusiasts out there) which make them far softer and won’t irritate your skin. 
  • Merino wool is antibacterial so you need to wash it less than other fabrics. Even when worn close to your body, Merino wool keeps you fresh for longer and any odors dissipate quickly with an airing. 
  • Merino wool is incredibly moisture-absorbent, which is why it is such a popular fabric to wear close to your skin for outdoor exercise. It keeps you warm (even when damp) and will wick the moisture away, leaving you feeling dry and cosy. 
  • Thanks to its spring-like fibre structure, Merino wool keeps its shape and allows a feeling of elasticity, making it ideal loungewear material - no one wants to feel constricted when comfort is the goal! 

 

Merino wool ribbed tank top and ribbed wide leg trousers, both in Bottle Green.

 

Why is Merino wool a great bedding alternative to feathers and down?

  • Merino wool helps your body’s temperature to self-regulate in cold and warm climates, keeping you cosy when it's cold and cool when it is hot.
  • Wool helps to draw moisture away from the body, allowing for a dry night’s sleep and allowing for your body temperature to remain stable no matter what the climate. In contrast, feathers and down work as insulators which means they will trap heat rather than allow it to circulate making you overheat and sweat.
  • Merino wool is breathable which means it allows oxygen to circulate around the body while you sleep, allowing you to remain dry and comfortable.
  • Naturally hypo-allergenic, merino wool is soft and crinkled meaning that its fibres aren’t coarse and itchy to the skin.
  • Wool is naturally dust mite free. Dust mites need a warm moist environment to survive and by being cool and dry, wool is a hostile environment for them.

 

Merino Wool medium weight duvet 

 

Find out more from our full range of Merino bedding and explore our Merino wool loungewear selection to discover how to incorporate the benefits of Merino wool into your home.  For more answers to any burning questions you might have, please visit our FAQ page

 

 

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