Before 2016, I didn’t realize how import natural fibers are to health and wellness. I never thought about toxins in synthetic fabrics. I knew nothing about petrochemicals in clothing.
After 2016, my life was turned upside down due to toxins in my airline uniform. That’s when I began focusing less on designer names and more on tags hidden somewhere inside an article of clothing. For me, fabric is more important than the designer. Whenever I find something made out of 100% cotton, silk, linen, or wool, it feels like I’ve discovered a pot of gold, even when I’m shopping for second hand clothing at Goodwill.
If you had told me a year ago I’d feel grateful to own a wool face mask, I would have laughed, but here we are at the end of 2020 in the middle of a pandemic and I love my Under Cover Sheep Merino wool face mask so much that I panic when I can’t find it and have to resort to wearing my old favorite mask. I won’t name the brand. I like my Under Cover Sheep Merino wool face mask so much I reached out to the company to see if they’d like to work with me, and they said YES!
I’m excited to announce I’m giving away Under Cover Sheep Merino wool face masks to a few lucky readers. To be eligible to win you must reside in the U.S. and leave a comment, any comment, preferably one about how much you love natural fibers or maybe a funny story about a mask or something you learned about yourself during the pandemic. Keep it positive and you’ll be entered to win. I’ll announce the winners names on my blog on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 5 P.M. Pacific Time.
Now for a few interesting facts about Merino wool.
- In contrast to synthetics, Merino wool can absorb moisture vapour which means less sweat on your body. Merino wool even absorbs the odour molecules from sweat, which are only released upon washing.
- In contrast to synthetics, Merino wool is an active fibre that reacts to changes in body temperature. So it helps you stay warm when the weather is cold, and cool when the weather is hot.
- Merino wool fibres are extremely fine, enabling them to bend far more than traditional, coarser wool fibres. This makes Merino wool feel soft and luxuriously gentle next to your skin.
- Natural elasticity helps Merino wool garments stretch with you, yet return to their original shape. So Merino wool clothing is ideal to wear when exercising.
- Most Merino wool garments can be machine-washed and tumble dried, providing a simple solution to the common question of ‘How to wash wool?’
- Merino wool fibres have a natural protective outer layer that helps prevent stains from being absorbed. And because Merino wool tends not to generate static, it attracts less dust and lint.
- When a wool fibre is disposed of, it will naturally decompose in soil in a matter of years, slowly releasing valuable nutrients back into the earth.
- Merino wool is one of the most breathable fibres. Wool fibres can absorb large quantities of moisture vapour then move it away to evaporate into the air.