Non Toxic Pillows: REVIEW of 4 pillows

Non Toxic Pillows Review of 4 pillows juicygreenmom

I take my sleep routine very seriously. This is why when I found out how much toxic stuff could be in bedding, finding a good pillow substitute for my down-filled pillow was the hardest. I have been on a mission over the last year to try out some non toxic pillows and blog about my experience. And (thankfully) I found the non toxic pillow of my dreams! Hurrah!


1. Wool pillow: I got an organic wool pillow with organic cotton casing for my daughter through Turn a New Leaf Designs’ Etsy shop based out of Nova Scotia. Wool is mold resistant, hypoallergenic, dust mite free, and a natural fire-retardant. I had purchased a toddler pillow previously, so it made sense to upgrade when she moved to her big girl bed. I won’t lie, I have slept in my daughter’s bed. After I invested so much to make it non-toxic and comfy, I have to say it is the most comfortable in the house. Anyways. I like the wool pillow but find that it gets a bit compressed after a while and doesn’t fluff back up the way my down pillow does. I think it’s perfect for my daughter who doesn’t need as much support, though. I would rate it 3/4 for me, and 4/4 for her (at almost 4 years old).

2. Shredded latex/natural memory foam pillow: I got this pillow through Social Nature and was super excited about how much of a steal it was: I paid $49 for a $129 voucher to use on the Essentia website, which was the exact cost of the Comfort pillow at the time. It comes with a removable unbleached organic cotton cover. I found this pillow to be too supportive for my taste – I felt it didn’t have the same kind of give I am used to with a down pillow. I also recently read some information that indicated that the company has been in some trouble for advertising that their mattresses are┬ácompletely non-toxic, when this isn’t┬áthe case. I don’t know if the same issue applies to the pillows. Because I don’t have conclusive evidence on the company, I would rate this pillow 2/4 for me.

3. Spelt hull pillow: I got 2 organic spelt hull pillows through Social Nature (I paid $30 plus shipping for both) from Purity Research Health (unfortunately no longer in business). These pillows are encased in organic cotton and I tried the “medium” firmness. (Their “firm” option pillow has a zipper so that you can remove spelt hulls to adjust firmness.) They are smaller than a standard pillow, so I actually put 2 of them into a pillowcase and used both as one. This is probably the most different type of pillow if you are used to down-filled the way I am. It isn’t fluffy because it is filled with hulls, and it is an adjustment to sleep on them and hear the rustling when you move. However, I found that it offered great support after I got more used to it, and will be fantastic for the summer months because it doesn’t get hot. I have to say that I was also impressed that all of their packaging was also green – recycled cardboard and non-toxic inks. I would rate this 3.5/4 for me.

If you’re interested in trying spelt hull or buckwheat hull pillows – you may want to check out North or Spahket.

4. Shredded latex and wool pillow: I got this pillow from inBed Organics, who graciously gave me a 50% discount on it (regularly $140 for a queen size pillow, shipping was $20). It is made with natural shredded latex and untreated organic wool, with an organic cotton casing. inBed Organics uses certified organic latex rubber from Sri Lanka. Latex rubber is from a renewable source and after twenty plus years it is 100% biodegradable. Latex rubber does not support dust mites, mold and mildew. Jem from inBed Organics recommended I try the latex and wool combo as a good alternative to down, as it conforms to your body, and can be fluffed out and doesn’t get compresed. I am happy to report that it feels as good as it sounds! It really does feel just as comfy as a down pillow, and is easily shaken to get re-fluffed. When my daughter comes into bed with me, she loves to sleep on this pillow too. I would rate this 4/4 for me, as well as for my daughter. Hands down my ultimate top pick!

I hope this review helps some of you with choosing your own non toxic pillow. It is definitely something that takes some trial and error (and it took me a long time to finally be able to write this post because of how long I was looking and trying) but there are a lot of options available. You can definitely find one that works for you!

What kind of non toxic pillow will you try?

(Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions expressed are purely my own.)

5 Responses

  1. I’m very interested in this post as I’ve tried some of the same pillows as you! I got a different Essentia pillow that is made from a solid piece of foam: large, heavy, and very firm. I liked it better as a cushion than a pillow, but my husband took it over and seems to like it.

    I am a convert to the spelt hull pillows! I have a full size one and I like the way the hulls move around inside so it adjusts to support whatever part of my head is whatever position I lie in. My husband laughs at me and calls it my “sack of rocks”. (it’s not really like rocks!) I also got the small spelt hull pillows from Purity Research and I would use one of them together with a thin regular pillow.

    • How cool that you have tried some of the same pillows! I love the “sack of rocks” comment – I’ve heard a lot of people say that! I agree that the ability to adjust the spelt hulls is wonderful. Definitely takes getting used to, and that transition stage may be too hard for some.

      Thanks for your comment – it’s always wonderful to hear what you have tried and what’s worked for you!

    • Thanks for your comment! Pillows are one of those things that you love and need but never really think about what it’s made of. (At least I didn’t until it was brought to my attention – that it started to freak me out!) What’s nice is that there ARE options out there!

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