Wool is a fibre that can be derived from many different animals, but it most commonly comes from sheep. Wool has several unique features that differentiate it from hair, such as crimp and elasticity. Often, wool is mixed with other fibres to reduce costs, but we at Nature's Embrace use only 100% pure virgin wool to ensure you get the full benefit of this natural super fibre.
Wool is a natural climate control system for your sleep environment. When you’re cold, wool traps warm air escaping from your body and circulates it around you. When you need to cool down, wool traps the water vapour accumulating on your skin and slowly evaporates it away. This dynamic action helps you remain in the optimal temperature range for a deep, restorative REM sleep.
All jurisdictions have mattress regulations regarding mattress flammability. Regulations vary per jurisdiction, but the one thing that remains constant is the need for fire retardants to legally sell a mattress. Fortunately, wool is a natural fire retardant. Wool ignites at a higher temperature than cotton, has a low rate of flame spread and does not melt or drip. Wool also forms a char that is insulating and self-extinguishing. Due to wool's inherent fire retardant properties, wool batting alone or special needle punched wool barriers will pass the most stringent mattress flammability standards, ensuring that no chemical additives are needed.
Mould & Mildew Resistant
Mildews and moulds require moisture to live and grow, and the natural characteristics of wool forbid that.
On the exterior of each wool fibre resides a layer of yellowish wax called lanolin. Lanolin is a natural disinfectant that provides a protective anti-microbial coating which inhibits the growth of microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi.
Wool is a biodegradable fibre composed mostly of keratin. Keratin is the same structural protein that makes up human skin, nails and hair.
The lanolin coating on wool provides numerous therapeutic benefits. Renowned for its rejuvenation and healing properties, wool lanolin can be found in such products as sunscreens, hand lotions, baby products, shaving supplies, manicure products, hair care products, eye care, lip ointment and facial makeup.
Elastic & Resilient
Wool is naturally very elastic and resilient, which leads to incredible durability. Elasticity is critical in mattress applications, since it allows the cover to seamlessly adjust to your body contours. Our suppliers maximize the inherent resiliency and elasticity of wool by mixing fleeces from various species of sheep to maximize loft and durability.