Have you ever slept in linen sheets? If you haven’t, I recommend you invest in SOL Organics 100% Certified European Linen bedding immediately (you can thank me later).
Before SOL’s linen bedding came into my life, I was quite happy to continue sleeping and dreaming on their certified organic cotton sheets. But when the brand got in touch to share the news about their recently released linen range, I was excited when they offered to send some over so I could give them a whirl. I had the pleasure of sleeping on linen sheets for the first time when I recently escaped to the Sunshine Coast so I was thrilled to own a set.
When the bedding bundle arrived, I opened the box to find it stored in two separate and Instagrammable gorgeous blush linen bags, so Instagrammable in fact, I went right ahead and took some pics. I often reuse the fabric bags and decided that these were stylish and large enough for storing my shoes in my travel bags; separating them away from my other travel items.
After taking the sheets out of the storage bags – the bedding bundle contained a fitted sheet, flat sheet, duvet cover, two pillowcases and two shams – one word automatically came to mind: pretty. As a millennial woman drawn to soft hues, the bedding’s blush colour is highly appealing to my sensibilities. My partner Ben, on the other hand, took one look at the sheets and didn’t have to say what was on his mind since it was written all over his face– girly. If, you’re like Ben and not feeling the blush, SOL’s linen sheet sets also come in safe, universally-beloved classic white lol!
100% Certified European Flax Linen
The fabric has a luxurious, buttery feel, and it makes sense given that SOL has chosen to use premium 100% certified European flax linen in its bedding. Linen, if you aren’t aware, is a natural fibre made from the stalk of the flax plant and like hemp, its strong and durable, but unlike traditional hemp fibre, it’s soft! Given that linen is a natural fibre, it’s biodegradable and won’t release microfibres when washed, thus making it eco-friendly.
It’s at this point you’re probably thinking, what’s up with European flax? Why is it more superior and why certify it? Let me explain: this particular flax is grown in specific coastal regions of Western Europe (France through to Netherlands) and the unique combination of climate and rich soil produces healthy flax plants that produce longer, stronger fibres than flax grown elsewhere in the world. And since this variety of flax has been cultivated in Europe for hundreds of years, its centuries-old growing techniques and the plant itself has rightfully earned a reputation for premium quality and performance excellence. Copycats are always looking to pass themselves off as the real European thing but the genuine fabric comes certified, just so you know.
Now in addition to being a sustainable fabric, SOL’s linen is also free from harsh chemicals as it meets Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex, an internationally recognised standard that tests for more than 100 substances known to be harmful including Azo dyes and colourants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium and nickel. This certification is particularly important for those who suffer allergies or skin sensitivities.
Like its other products, SOL’s linen bedding is ethically made in India, in factories where the workers are treated fairly and there is no child labour. Seriously, who can sleep knowing that they’re contributing to human suffering and exploitation? Not me.
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about SOL’s linen sheets. For one, they’re elegant and definitely makes my entire bedroom look stylish (watch out, more Instagram snaps to come!)
I’m also a massive fan of the linen as the natural material is light, airy, super soft on the skin and I like the look of the woven fabric. It’s winter here in Australia and surprisingly, the linen feels warm, as though its tucking me in. The fabric seems to regulate body temperature well as I don’t feel cold in bed at all, no matter how chilly the winter night gets. I’m looking forward to testing it out in summer as linen has a way of cooling you down on a hot summer’s day. Following that logic, I expect the linen bedding to keep me cool on a warm summer’s night.
As someone who has extremely sensitive skin and sometimes finds it hard to fall asleep when my skin reacts to synthetic or chemically treated fabric (prone to happening when I’m on a business trip and staying in a hotel), I had zero problems with getting to sleep on this bedding. I’m going to credit that to the fact that the bed linen is made of natural fibres, is Oeko-Tex certified and is naturally hypoallergenic.
I’m also enjoying the fact that linen is as low maintenance to wash as cotton. Just wash in cold water with an eco-friendly detergent and hang to dry. The linen doesn’t require ironing which is another big plus. It naturally creases and the texture gives it character. But, and this is a big BUT, if you must iron, use a delicate setting (although it’s way more eco-friendly if you just don’t iron it all – and that goes for your entire wardrobe too!)
Now that my infatuation with SOL’s linen bedding has turned into a full-blown love affair, I’m seriously wondering how I am ever going to be able to sleep on anything else again!
Prices start from $299. To view SOL’s range of 100% Certified European linen bedding or organic cotton bed sheets, visit their website here.
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Stylist/Model: Jennifer Nini | Photography: Ben McGuire