We’re Anna Mooney and Aisling Grimley, and The Silk Pillowcase is our baby. We both love the luxury and comfort that a little bit of silk has added to our everyday lives, and when we learned the multiple, expert-endorsed benefits of sleeping on silk for our hair and skin, we fell just a little bit deeper. As women in our middle youth, we both get an extra benefit from our silk pillowcases: thermo regulation, helping to cool us down when our hormones are heating us up at night.
We got really interested in developing a Silk Pillowcase when we were working on My Second Spring, the menopause website with a global community of 1.5 million women. Those women told us their symptoms daily and as well as pointing them in the direction of sound health advice, we figured we could meet them with practical solutions, too. The starting point was a silk pillowcase.
We loved the idea of a natural, luxurious everyday item that banishes our bed head, loves our skin, keeps us cool when the night sweats swoop in. And this little beauty can pack up and go with us anywhere.
Anna: I remember when you started talking about the wonders of your silk pillowcase years ago. How did you first discover it?
Aisling: Silk scarves and shirts – that was where I started. The smoothness of silk against skin is very comforting and cooling. And as I’m a massive fan of sleep (!) I thought a silk pillowcase would really enhance my night-time ritual: lavender bath, dark room, a lovely book, and blissful silence. And I find I sleep much better since I’ve used it. I’ve since given silk pillowcases to several friends, who have had the same reaction. It’s a near-perfect gift. Personal, thoughtful, luxurious.
Anna: For me, it was the seduction of a silk shirt. So, then you started looking more closely at silk?
Aisling: I did a lot of reading about silk, and watched Joanna Lumley’s wonderful documentary, The Silk Road. I found out that silk is a real multi-tasker, and has been used in beauty and sleep routines across history and culture for millennia. I particularly love that it is a natural fabric with inherent anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic properties. But I really didn’t appreciate that a silk pillowcase can make hair feel silkier, smoother preserves a blow-dry, and for me, anyway, stops those pesky sleep lines that can hang around til lunchtime! I’ve since discovered that silk pillowcases are a real ‘thing’ around the world. Especially with those in the know in the hair and beauty worlds.
Anna: It’s a secret too good not to share, isn’t it?
Aisling: I really do think every woman should have at least one! So with that mind, why not design and source our own?
Anna: And the adventure began! The quest for a really high-quality silk took longer than we thought – but the quality has been key, hasn’t it?
Aisling: You can’t fake good silk. But people still try. It’s important to look at Momme count, which is akin to thread counts in quality bedding. Our silk pillowcases are 19 momme, which is considered ideal for silk bedding. And the provenance of the silk is crucial. We wanted to find a supplier with a reputation for luxurious mulberry silk that applies the highest ethical standards to their production. We tried a lot of different samples and suppliers before finding our excellent partners in the Zhejiang province, China – the home of mulberry silk. They are BSCI audited and carry the OEKO-Tex® mark for excellence in textiles.
Our pillowcase is ivory in colour so that no dyes or chemicals are applied to the fabric – it’s a simple, lovely luscious silk that will help transport you to a night of deep and satisfying sleep.
OUR ETHICAL COMMITMENT
Our luxury silk pillowcase is produced by our partners in the Zhejiang province, China – the home of mulberry silk. They are BSCI audited to ensure they adhere to best practice in employee welfare and carry the OEKO-Tex® mark for excellence in textiles.
OUR CHARITY COMMITMENT
As silk pillowcases have been known to be comforting to women undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer, we have chosen to support the ARC Cancer Support organisation, which offers support, complementary therapies and counselling services in a warm and welcoming environment to people with cancer and those who care for them. We pledge 5% of our profits to the charity.