Ever since my husband and I got married, we've been on the hunt for the perfect pillows. We've been through our share of cheap pillows that gave us neck and back aches, not to mention the toxic materials like polyester and pesticide treated cotton. I have always wanted to create a less toxic sleep environment and I started with our baby first. Now two and a half years later I can finally try some quality organic pillows thanks to Obasan.
We were sent two standard Saguenay 8900 pillows for review. We have slept on them for over a month now. They are covered in thick and plush 100% organic cotton knit and filled with 100% shredded natural rubber. Well, what can I say? I've never slept on a luxury, high quality pillow before! I've had down pillows, polyester ('hypoallergenic'), ergonomic memory foam, none of them were satisfactory. I often woke up with neck pain and I was always aware of my pillow because it was never quite right. Now I no longer notice it! I think even my husband has stopped complaining of neck pain.
I also love the fact that it is healthy and non-toxic, especially given the fact that my toddler rolls over onto our bed in the middle of the night and likes to sleep with us. Yes, she likes to sleep on my pillow (though it isn't always her head that's on it!). It doesn't harbor dust mites either, great bonus. Honestly I wish we just bought good pillows like this years ago, they are worth the $95 each since it is something you sleep on every night. We have spent about $120 per person on trying to find the right pillow over the years - we would have saved money if we just bought high quality organic pillows to start with! Well, you live you learn. I guess that's the advice I'll be giving out to newlyweds - get some good organic pillows! It is a worthwhile investment.
Obasan is based in Canada and doesn't just make pillows, their specialty is organic mattresses. Now I would love to get my hands on one of these! I'll have to save up for a couple of years though since the least expensive queen mattress they have, the wool Forillon 5700, costs $1,679 and the rubber mattresses go over the $3,000 mark. They do have something I can afford, I love their organic wool toddler pillows (rather infant, but you shouldn't be using a pillow with an infant) for only $49 and the same price for the shredded rubber one. They also have an organic wool spring crib mattress for $439 and a natural rubber crib mattress for $489.