How to choose a natural bed pillow

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There are many people ready to buy pillows Naturalmade with materials biological And biological, therefore free of synthetic chemicals that could be harmful to health. Let’s see together how to choose a truly natural pillow and the main quality certifications.


1. Types of natural pillows

1.1 Natural latex pillows

1.2 Buckwheat pillows

1.3 Organic cotton pillows

1.4 Organic wool pillows

2. Quality certificates

2.1 OEKO-TEX 100

2.2 GOLS

2.3 GOTS

Types of natural pillows

Natural latex pillows

Latex pillows are often compared to memory foam pillows. The great thing about latex pillows, however, is that they’re natural and chemical-free. Memory foam pillows and mattresses are made with chemicals that, even when tested, remain foreign to our bodies.

Natural latex pillows, on the other hand, are actually nontoxic. The production process of natural rubber latex is respectful of nature and ecological. Another factor to consider is what natural latex is biodegradable. My advice is to check that the pillow you want to buy is certified GOL.

Although latex by nature is not very breathable, the manufacturers have devised a series of manufacturing processes which, by giving particular shapes to the cushions, allow a minimum of perspiration. As with many organic materials, natural latex pillows are naturally hypoallergenic and resists dust mites.

Many people have already switched to natural latex mattress to escape constant exposure to chemicals such as:

  • VOC volatile organic compounds
  • Formaldehyde
  • Benzenes
  • Chemical flame retardants
  • Styrene
  • Boric acid
  • Prohibited phthalates
  • Antimony

Even if I memory foam pillows they have taken the market by storm for their ability to effectively accommodate stomach and side sleepers, are made with synthetic chemicals which in some subjects can cause breathing difficulties and general malaise.

I recommend that you read my review on Kipli natural latex pillow.

Buckwheat pillows

Buckwheat pillows are filled with buckwheat seed husks. These pillows are springy yet firm and shaped. They are popular for neck support. Similar to latex pillows, buckwheat pillows provide good air circulation for a cooler sleep.

You can usually add or remove as many buckwheat hulls as you want to make the pillow more suitable for your sleeping position.

Most people find buckwheat pillows weird at first and take some getting used to. I must say that from my tests I also found an earthy smell, but this is the norm when choosing natural materials.

Organic cotton pillows

Organic cotton pillows are generally firmer and shorter than other natural pillows. Since some people are allergic to wool or latex, organic cotton pillows are a great choice for those who still want natural materials and breathable, cooling pillows.

Verify that the cotton has received certification GOTS when choosing an organic cotton pillow. This way you can be sure that no pesticides were used in its production.

Organic wool pillows

Wool is a very interesting material for organic pillows. As with the other options, it is hypoallergenic and resistant to bacteria and dust mites. Another very interesting feature is its breathability which makes it cool in summer and warm in winter. Wool pillows are available in different versions differentiated by level of stiffness, depending on the support you prefer while sleeping. Wool is a good alternative to goose feathers.

Quality certificates

Certifications are issued by independent institutes that verify the types of materials used and the production processes of mattresses and pillows. Thanks to quality certifications, people have a greater guarantee that they are buying truly healthy and natural products. The certifications listed below are the most demanding in the market for mattresses and textile products.


This certification is awarded to textile products made without pesticides, without harmful chemicals such as phthalates and above all that do not emit dangerous levels of VOCs.


This certification is awarded to organic pillows and other natural latex items made with at least 95% certified organic latex raw materials.


This certification is awarded to organic pillows and other items made from organic materials from start to finish in the manufacturing process.

GOTS certified pillows made with organic wool or cotton are certified by independent agencies, ensuring buyers do not contain many of the toxic substances found in so many other pillows on the market.

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