You’ll often find us shouting out about how wool bedding can deliver up to 25% more stage four regenerative sleep, or how it’s a great solution for those who suffer from allergies and night sweats. We also love wool because it’s incredibly fire resistant, which is more than can be said for goose down, duck feather or synthetic alternatives.
But not everyone shares this view. There are plenty of people who think they know the truth about wool and see it as an uncomfortable fibre to wear, expensive to buy and too hot for the summer months. But that’s where they’re wrong. So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to debunk the myths and make sure you know the real truth about wool.
The truth about wool: 7 myths debunked
Wool myth number 1: Is wool itchy?Possibly the most common misconception of wool – is wool itchy? It would be unfair to completely dismiss this myth without acknowledging that some coarser wools can in fact irritate delicate skin, because sheep that live in certain environments can produce coarser fibres. But in most cases, you’ll probably find that the issue is lanolin, which is an oil that is found within wool. It can leave you with a nasty rash after wearing mass-produced wool clothing. But with wool bedding, it’s a different story.
It’s always best to choose the right wool for the right purpose, and the coarser wools are in fact more resilient and ideal for bedding and mattresses – which is why our products are encased in a 100% natural cotton outer as a protective barrier. But any lanolin is washed out during the manufacturing process, meaning that you can sleep soundly with all the benefits of wool, without feeling itchy.
Wool myth number 2: Does wool attract dust mites?There’s a lot of misleading information out there about these little critters! But they don’t ‘eat wool’ and they don’t ‘eat dust’ either. The truth is, they eat the bacteria and fungus that grows in the soft furnishings around our homes – yuk!
Synthetic and feather/down-filled furnishings create a great environment for bacteria and fungus to grow in because they hold moisture so well. But because of its temperature-regulating qualities, wool is too dry and therefore uninhabitable for dust mites and allergens – which is just one of many benefits of wool.
Wool myth number 3: Is wool flammable?It’s not entirely clear where this wool myth came from, but some people believe that wool is flammable. But that’s just not the case. The truth about wool is that it’s actually often used in situations where fire safety is paramount. In fact, the fabrics used in aircraft, cars and even in fire and military uniforms are all made of wool. Meaning that our wool bedding sets are naturally flame retardant and safe to sleep in.
Wool myth number 4: Is wool warm?It’s true that wool is fantastic for keeping you warm in winter, but did you know that it will also keep you cool in summer? One of the best benefits of wool is that it has evolved over thousands of years to keep sheep healthy and comfortable, no matter how much wool they have on their backs. In fact, its microscopic structure can keep you cool by wicking moisture away from your skin – so that no matter the weather, with wool bedding you can sleep comfortably.
Wool myth number 5: Is wool expensive?The truth about wool is, that on the face of it, it’s pretty expensive when compared to synthetic alternatives – but what’s not considered is the long-term value of this natural material. For example, a wool duvet can last you in excess of 20 years if looked after correctly; whereas a synthetic alternative is likely to last just three years. Add into the mix the extensive list of benefits of wool and it’s easy to see why it is a better, long-term solution.
Wool myth number 6: Am I allergic to wool?Genuine wool allergies are extremely rare, with approximately one person out of 100,000 suffering from them. So why do so many people think they’re allergic to wool? It’s simply a case of poor-quality fibres feeling prickly or itchy on your skin. In fact, it’s the lanolin that most people are allergic to – which is washed out of our wool before being made into bedding.
Wool myth number 7: Does wool smell?This wool myth likely stems from the fluffy animals that you see in the farm, rather than the natural fibre that we use in our bedding. The truth is that sheep do smell a little, which is understandable. However, your wool products (such as throws, blankets, bedding, clothing and yarn) are all specially washed to remove lanolin and any organic matter – which eliminates the risk of bad odours. But if your wool product does smell slightly, it’s worth airing it for a day or two.
And that’s the truth about wool! Now you know that every item in our wool bedding collection comes with a whole host of benefits, including temperature regulation, anti-allergy properties and all-natural qualities. Still worried about these wool myths? Our wool bedding sets come with a 30-Day Sleep Trial – meaning that if you’re not fully satisfied you’re feeling all the benefits of wool, you can return it for a full refund. Order your wool bedding online today and experience your most natural night’s sleep yet – or your money back.
28 Oct 2022
I'm finally convinced I should buy a wool duvet but want to buy once as they do seem expensive compared to my current duvet.
Before I buy one of yours- I'd like to know if they are made in the UK as on Amazon I've read they're made in Europe somewhere?
they are not made in the UK, they are made in Lithuania and Estonia. This is purely because the wool industry declined massively since the introduction of oil based synthetics and the quality of production and making them machine washable is consideribly better than in the UK, to ensure a quality product we make them in the EU by 4th generation specialists.
by Maria smith
05 Jun 2020
31 Aug 2019
Bedding is used daily and with washing, movement and drying it does not last as long as wool products do. Our bedding is completely natural and has manyh properties that you simply can not find in man made fibres and we love the fact that our bedding is anti allergy, chemical free and sustainable.
14 Dec 2018
Sorry I couldn't be of more help,
11 Oct 2018
I hope this helps.
17 Sep 2018
by Charlotte Mason
14 May 2017
I personally don't have a problem with the smell, but I'm worried in case it's a problem for my toddler.... With your wool expertise, could you advise if a significant sheep's wool smell is ok for a baby to sleep with? Both products are way too big to fit in my washing machine, so I'm hesitant to do a meagre hand-wash and risk worsening the smell...
I'm presuming your mattress topper isn't one of ours? I can't see an order on our system under your name, and our toppers are twice scoured to remove the lanolin, and most of the scent of wool.
As for the sheep smell, I don't see this being a problem for your toddler (though for safety purposes, I wouldn't like to guarantee it won't be). The smell of sheep should start to subside over time.
If this isn't the case, I'd suggest that you try and air the products as well as you can by hanging them over a washing line on a nice day.
I do hope this helps,