[AD] Here at Fresh Design we’re always interested in ways to make our bedroom more comfortable and get a better night’s sleep. We know only too well that good quality bedding can make a difference (the higher the thread count, the better), but have never tried any form of silk bedding…until now. We’ve spent the last few weeks sleeping on luxurious silk pillowcases from Jasmine Silk and are here now to reveal our verdict.
The product: Ivory silk pillowcases from Jasmine Silk
We tested out the ivory silk pillowcases from Jasmine Silk, in the housewife style (50 x 75cm). They’re made from 100% Mulberry Silk with a momme weight of 19 and a thread count of 400.
We’d not heard of ‘momme weight’ before, but apparently it’s a Japanese term used to measure the weight and quality of silk fabrics. The higher the momme rate is, the heavier the fabric is and the greater amount of silk was used to make it. The momme weight can also be shown as ‘mm’
According to the packaging, some of the benefits of silk pillowcases are said to be that they’re easy to care for, they contain natural proteins and 18 amino acids, the silk helps keep your hair soft and silky and they’re allergy free, asthma safe and kind to sensitive skin.
First impressions of the silk pillowcases
The silk pillowcases from Jasmine Silk arrived neatly packaged in strong clear polythene packaging with white popper fastenings (a useful bit of packaging that can be re-used). We were impressed with the level of information on the packaging, as there was some interesting blurb on the back about silk and how these particular pillowcases are made. There were also clear directions outlining what you can and can’t do in terms of washing and ironing the pillowcases.
When we removed the pillowcases from the packaging, they definitely felt luxurious and like no other pillowcases we’d used before – super soft, silky and with a lovely delicate shine to the fabric.
The pillowcases arrive folded, so when you first take them out, they are pretty creased. Although it says they can be cool ironed, we didn’t want to do this straightaway (just in case…), so put them straight on the pillows with the creases, hoping they would gradually fall out naturally (they took a while).
Sleeping and washing silk pillowcases
We’ve slept on the silk pillowcases for a few weeks now and can definitely notice a difference. The silky fabric has been ideal for the hot weather we’ve been having, as the silk helps regulate temperature more effectively. They’ve felt cool to rest the head on when we go to bed, and still remain feeling cool throughout the night.
We like the fact that they’re allergy-friendly and a good form of bedding to choose if you have asthma or sensitive skin. We’ve definitely noticed no issues with changing from cotton pillowcases to silk pillowcases and are now firmly in the silk camp!
Apparently silk pillowcases can also help prevent having creased skin in the morning, but to be honest, it’s not something that was a major issue in the first place, so we’ve not really noticed any particular benefits with this. Would be interested to hear from anyone who has found silk bedding to be beneficial in this way.
The silk pillowcases can be safely washed at a maximum of 30C. We’ve given them a go and put them through the wash and can report that they’ve come out fine – still just as silky as they were to start with, which was great. They do need be ironed carefully with a cool iron though.
Overall, we’ve loved having the chance to try out the silk pillowcases. They’ve been the perfect bedding material for the incredibly hot nights we’ve been having during the recent summer heatwave and we’d definitely opt to buy more silk bedding in the future.
The housewife style silk pillowcases start at £25 per pair (currently on offer for £23) and are available in a wide range of colours from Jasmine Silk. They also stock the pillowcases in an Oxford style too.
(Disclosure: The pillowcases were gifted for the purposes of the review, but all views and opinions are our own).2