Soaring Heart avoids synthetics and makes sure all of our materials are natural, organic, and grown responsibly—no synthetics, no chemicals.
Soaring Heart supports small farms and ranches and has vetted each of our suppliers. All of our organic cotton and wool is grown by people who are passionate about the industry, their craft, and providing a quality product.
At Soaring Heart, we take pride in going against mainstream mattress manufacturers because we believe that every Soaring Heart mattress is honest, individual, and beautiful. Just like the people who own them.
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What makes a Soaring Heart mattress so comfortable, supportive, healthy, and long lasting? Two simple things: craftsmanship, and using only the highest quality materials. Every fiber and stitch has been inspected and tested. Every farm, carding mill, cotton gin, and latex plant has been vetted and scrutinized. Each supplier we work with is someone we have a personal relationship with and can attest to their commitment to organic processing, exquisite craftsmanship, and environmental stewardship.
We believe that a mattress should be simple, and the simplest way to make a beautiful mattress is by using time-tested construction techniques and only the finest natural and organic materials.
Organic latex is an amazing material. It is uniquely strong and durable and at the same time very comfortable and healthy. With its natural elasticity, latex supports and conforms to the geography of the entire body, easing pressure on hips and shoulders while also supporting the small of the back and the waist. Studies have shown that latex relieves 30% more pressure than memory foam.
An organic latex mattress has a 20-year warranty, but can last 30 years or more without any significant change in support or softness. Latex's long-lasting comfort can easily carry a person from childhood well into adulthood. Latex does not dip or flatten out over time.
Organic latex in its natural form is a milky substance from the Hevea rubber tree that flows in ducts just outside of where the sap runs. The tapper harvests latex by scoring the bark of the tree with a knife just deep enough to reach the latex ducts. The dripping latex is collected and mixed with
We are proud that our latex mattresses are made with the only Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) certified latex in the world. The Dunlop process, used to make our organic latex, is relatively straightforward: compressed air is mixed with the latex and the mixture is whipped like a cake batter. Then the mixture of latex and air is poured into a mold and baked until it is firm. The firmness of the final product depends on the ratio of air to latex. The video below takes you all the way through the process.
More than 20 years of experience has taught us that foamed latex is safe and non-allergenic for just about everyone. Latex is also naturally resistant to dust mites, mold, mildew, fungus, and bacteria so including latex in your sleep system is very beneficial to people with allergies.For more information on the health benefits of latex, Click here.
Our Dunlop latex has been tested and certified to be safe by independent testing laboratory, The eco-INSTITUT. Our latex is organically certified by the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), the most stringent third-party organic certification agency in the industry.
Soaring Heart Natural Beds works exclusively with premium New Zealand organic wool. Our wool is a blend of certified organic wool from sheep raised on small farms (most under 100 animals). By blending wool fibers of various thicknesses our goal is to produce better, stronger, more durable sleep products. Plus, our exacting specifications require our wool buyers vet our ranchers to insure both their proper treatment of animals and compliance with the highest global organic standard because we firmly believe that happy sheep = happy sleep!
Wool is one of the best materials to use in mattresses or bedding. Soft, resilient, and an amazing insulator, the naturally complex structure of wool is unmatched by anything made by humans. The surface of wool fiber is comprised of overlapping scales and a thin, finely porous membrane. This unique layered structure gives wool the ability to quickly absorb and disperse water vapor while repelling actual water droplets. Wool is stronger and more resilient than most fibers. It lasts longer because its natural crimp acts like a spring, continually flexing and bouncing back to its original shape.
Wool is an incredible insulator. It surrounds the body with a layer of air that adjusts to your body temperature, so wool has the remarkable property of keeping you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. "Wool in the summer?" you ask. Think of the Bedouins in the desert, loosely dressed in lightweight clothing made from the wool of their own goats and sheep, insulating them from the sun.
Wool not only keeps in warmth and keeps out excess heat, it also breathes, meaning that air can cycle through the spaces in the fibers. This means the body will stay dry while finding the temperature range it needs for the most restful sleep. Wool makes a great comforter, keeping you warm without making it too hot or damp to interfere with your sleep cycle.
For more information on the health benefits of organic wool, Click here.
Because it turns to ash when exposed to flame, wool cannot ignite and therefore requires no fire retardant. Incorporating wool as the outer layer of any bed we build makes that bed more fire-resistant as well.
Cotton fiber or "batting" is the most common fill ingredient in traditional futons. Cotton is durable and strong, and it provides plenty of firm support with just enough flexibility to be a great natural foundation for any bed. As with all of our ingredients, we cross-align layers to provide a consistent even surface.
The three parts of the cotton plant used to make cotton batting are:
1. Staple - The staple is the long, strong and most desirable fiber of the plant. It’s also the most expensive.
2. Linter - These are shorter, weaker fibers that are the most commonly-used cotton fiber because they are readily available (Soaring Heart doesn't use any linter in our products).
3. Motes - These are small pieces of underdeveloped cotton seed that add strength, consistency and mass to cotton batting.
Our organic cotton blend successfully passes all federal flame testing without having ANYTHING added to it. No boric acid, no chemicals of any kind.
We are very proud to be using the highest-quality organic cotton, grown right here in the US. The cotton batting is composed of 60% staple fibers and 40% mote. You’re not just paying a premium for an organic certification; this cotton uses the superior staple fiber as opposed to linter which is often used in bedding. This superior blend is best for bedding as it holds up very well over time with minimal felting or compression.
When purchasing an organic cotton futon or shikibuton, it's important to note that the organic cotton batting starts out much fluffier than standard cotton, so your bed might not start out feeling as firm as you're used to. Organic cotton batting will compact down and become pleasantly firm after a short while.
To learn more about our organic cotton and where it comes from, click here.
There is not very much organic cotton grown in the US, only about 16,000 acres as of 2011. However, when cotton is grown organically, pesticide use in the world is drastically reduced. Organic farming does not employ synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers, making organically grown cotton a very clean, pure, natural product without any toxins whatsoever. Organic farming also depends on healthy soil management that reduces erosion and runoff.
Organic cotton is not only healthier for our beds, it is healthier for the natural environment in our farming communities.
For our mattresses (excluding the Madrona, Sitka, and Laurel latex mattresses, which are quilted with organic sateen and organic wool), we use 7-ounce cotton twill made with 100% organic-certified cotton. The toppers and duvets use a 300 thread count sateen fabric. This fabric has been scoured to remove the corn starch sizing.
At Soaring Heart Natural Beds we fill our pillows with a variety of materials including wool, cotton, and latex. Some of our more interesting fills are organic roasted buckwheat hulls and sustainably sourced kapok fibers. All are comfortable and when matched with the right sleeper, make the Perfect Pillow.
Kapok fiber comes from the seedpod of the Ceiba Pentandra tree, one of the tallest trees to grow in rainforest climates around the world, and one of the only sustainable resources cultivated in the rainforest. This water-resistant lignin/cellulose fiber is about eight times lighter than cotton fiber and many times more buoyant than cork--qualities that allow it to be lifted into the air by the slightest breeze, distributing the seeds inside to new areas of the forest where they may take root.
This airiness is also what makes kapok fiber an excellent pillow filling. It stays fluffy and light without absorbing body moisture, and it is practically
impervious to mold, mildew or decay. The inability of kapok fiber to absorb moisture also makes it an inhospitable environment for dust mites, so kapok can help to control allergies.
At Soaring Heart, we use only use organic buckwheat hulls that have been carefully selected for use in pillows. The buckwheat is also roasted, insuring that the hulls contain no live mold spores, stems, flowers, or other foreign particles.
Buckwheat hulls are a byproduct of milling buckwheat, and in traditional Japanese sleeping arrangements they are used as filling for pillows. The hulls move freely within the pillow casing, meaning that they fill in the contours presented to them, then settle together to hold the weight with a passive, individualized, breathable support.
Buckwheat doesn't retain body heat, so sleeping on a buckwheat pillow always feels cool and dry.
A new mattress that properly supports the neck and spine, relieves pressure points, and reduces tension in the muscles and joints greatly increases your quality of life. And a mattress that is exquisitely crafted with superior, healthful, organic materials and zero chemicals or fire retardants is even better. Our organic mattresses and futons are made from materials that offer intrinsic health benefits such as thermal regulation, dust mite resistance, and pain relief. At Soaring Heart Natural Bed Company, our philosophy is better health through sleep and we constantly set the bar higher on what a quality mattress can offer.
Conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, and chronic pain can be positively affected by improving one's mattress setup. People suffering from allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities, or other auto-immune irregularities may also find comfort in our all natural and organic products, because they are synthetic and chemical free.
At Soaring Heart we provide options for you to explore while offering as much information about those options as we can. We believe very strongly that our natural approach to making organic mattresses will improve overall health for everyone.
That said, we are experts in designing and crafting organic mattresses, but we're not healthcare professionals, and we do not make any claims or guarantees to diagnose, treat or cure any medical condition or physical ailment. Always consult your doctor before making any medically-related decisions.
Our sample kits contain small, individually sealed pieces of just about every material that we use to make our beds. Click the link above to request a sample box today.
To test the materials, we recommend either sleeping with the sample material in question inside your pillowcase overnight, or sealing the sample in a jar overnight and cautiously smelling the air inside the jar in the morning. See how you react to each material. If you have no reactions, congratulations! Chances are that a bed built with that material will be just fine for you to sleep on.
If you already know you're violently allergic to any of these materials, please exercise common sense when considering exposing yourself to them, and proceed in a manner in which you feel comfortable.
The Federal Government doesn't require fire retardants—especially chemical ones— it requires that a mattress pass two tests. 16 C.F.R. 1632 (C.F.R stands for “code of federal regulations”) requires mattresses made and sold in the US to pass a “cigarette test,” during which cigarettes are literally thrown on the mattress and can only smolder a one inch radius from the origin of flame in order to pass. In 2007, the federal government made these regulations stricter, passing C.F.R. 1633. To meet the requirements of C.F.R. 1633:
• The mattress must be sent to a third-party burn facility and withstand 70 seconds of open flame emitted from a blow torch that sits about a foot from the mattress.
• The mattress manufacturer must keep files on the premises to show said tests have been passed, as there are surprise audits to make sure you are in compliance.
• In order to sell a mattress that does NOT pass the flame test, the customer must produce a prescription from a medical professional that states the patient requires a bed free of whatever materials are used to pass the flame test.
NOWHERE does it state that chemicals must be used to pass these tests. All of our mattresses pass both of these tests using absolutely no synthetic or chemical flame retardants. Period.
The lofty softness of wool batting creates a supple cushion for heavier parts of the body such as shoulders and hips.
At the same time, wool's natural resilience fills in the curves that naturally occur in our backs and sides, gently supporting them. It is the perfect top layer of a bed or for use in a pillow.
In addition to providing you with a soft, supportive surface, wool is also a thermal regulator. It surrounds you with a layer of body temperature air, so it has the remarkable property of keeping you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This is because wool is very breathable, allowing air to pass between the fibers while still maintaining its springy structure, which helps normalize your body temperature, keeping you cool and dry throughout the night.
Wool possesses other therapeutic properties as well. It often makes sleep possible for people with arthritis. Because it keeps joints from heating up while at the same time supporting the body, wool relieves the inflammation and stress of arthritis. People who suffer from fibromyalgia also sleep better on wool, because it reduces and relieves pain felt at pressure points, which makes deep sleep achievable. Some studies have even shown that preemie babies thrive better in incubators lined with wool. We've seen people greatly benefit from our Deluxe Organic Wool Topper, in particular.
Wool also helps to reduce dust mites. Dust mites are the biggest source of airborne allergies in the United States, and since wool disperses moisture so quickly, dust mites can't thrive in its low humidity. And because it stays so dry, wool also resists mold and mildew. So for people with allergies, wool can offer some major benefits.
Did you know that most people who think they're allergic to wool actually aren't? Most perceived wool allergies are merely contact irritation from the texture of the wool fibers rubbing against the skin. Actual wool allergies are usually due to a chemical reaction to the lanolin in wool. All our wool products are inside cotton cases and no skin contact ever takes place.
Though our wool is impeccably clean, it is very minimally processed, so it does smell like wool. The scent is faint, it fades fairly quickly and, in fact, we find it pleasant. But for people with high sensitivity, we recommend getting a sample box first.
We make all our organic mattresses, organic futons, organic shikibutons, and bedding using only 100% organic cotton which is grown without pesticides and is completely chemical free.
Organic cotton is hypoallergenic. Because there are no chemicals used in the production or growth of the cotton, none end up on or in your body, thus helping to reduce risks of asthma, skin irritation, and allergies.
Cotton is also a very supportive material, compressing minimally under pressure. This means that an organic cotton futon or shikibuton will keep its form instead of compacting down overnight as would beds made with materials such as down or polyfiber. Minimal compression keeps the back in an elevated and straight position, reducing tension and strain on the spine and easing back pain and aching.
Like our wool, our USDA-certified organic cotton, although impeccably clean, is minimally processed. It does have a slight linseed smell, which dissipates over time. If you are sensitive to odor, we recommend getting a sample box first.
In addition to being amazingly supportive and completely botanical, organic latex is hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, mold and mildew resistant.
As a result, many of the most common allergens in the home and bedroom are reduced or eliminated when sleeping on organic latex, giving allergy sufferers a comfortable place to rest and wake up. Mold and mildew spores can also have an impact on the health of people who are not allergic, sometimes severe. Reducing your risk for mold or mildew is a very important step to a healthy home.
Organic latex contains no synthetic materials, no chemicals, and no fire retardants. Therefore, organic latex does not outgas, making it safe for children and adults alike. Unlike many foam mattresses that are made with petroleum products, latex doesn't need to be aired out and is 100% safe.
One of the most important health benefits of latex is its unparalleled support. Organic latex contours to the curvature of the body, forming to the unique shape of each individual, and providing him or her with a luxurious night's sleep. Latex cradles the body in a neutral position, keeping neck, shoulder, spine, and hips in proper alignment. This reduces stress and strain on joints, leading to a deep and relaxing rest and a morning free of aches and pains. Studies have shown that latex relieves 30% more pressure than memory foam.
For those suffering latex allergies (only about 1% to 6% of the general public), almost all latex allergies are caused by synthetic latex and are contact allergies. For people who are allergic even to natural latex, the organic latex used in our mattresses is made using processes that eliminate a significant portion of the protein associated with the allergy. Plus, the latex cores of our beds are inside three layers of wool and cotton, so direct skin contact never occurs. To our knowledge, nobody without a previous latex allergy has developed sensitivity to latex from sleeping on one of our latex mattresses.
Organic latex, like any other material, has a scent. Latex is rubber and because there are no odor-neutralizing chemicals or perfumes in it, it has a very slight rubber smell, which will dissipate over time. If you are highly sensitive, we recommend ordering a sample kit.
Each tatami mat is made with up to 66 pounds of rice straw that has been compressed down to two inches, making a firm, flat sleeping surface with just a little give and plenty of air flow. Tatami mats are great for any mattress, but really make a noticeable difference with shikibutons, especially single shikibutons.
Due to a shikibuton’s thin construction, if it is placed on slats the slats can often be felt through the shikibuton. Some people can even feel the slats through two shikibutons. A tatami mats, on the other hand, has a smooth and rigid surface that keeps the shikibuton flat, supported, and properly aerated without the dips and valleys slats create.
Our tatami mats are made in Taiwan and are heat treated, not chemically treated. Customers with high sensitivity should note that our tatami mats are made of grass and, especially when new, will have a cut grass odor. This odor will dissipate in time.
Soaring Heart Natural Bed Company has a variety of mattresses. From the supremely supportive Madrona or the luxuriously plush Linden, to a traditional Japanese shikibuton, each mattress is made to complement the individual’s comfort needs. Use this guide to help find the perfect mattress for you. If you still have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us so that we can help you further.
Our five-zoned organic latex mattresses are the ultimate in comfort and support. The culmination of our decades-long experience in the industry, they are specially designed to provide you with unmatched comfort by giving different areas of the body the unique firmness or softness they require.
Your hips— the heaviest part of the body— need dense, firm latex to keep them from dropping too far into the mattress, making your spine sag, putting strain on the spine, and causing back pain. Soft latex, meanwhile, contours to your shoulders—the widest part of the body—allowing them to sink deep into the mattress and remain in the "Open" position, reducing morning aches and strain.
With a single-firmness mattress, a compromise between what the hips require and what the shoulders require must be made, but an organic zoned latex mattress, gives each area of the body the level of support needed to provide you optimum comfort for a healthy, restorative night's sleep.
With our signature organic zoned latex mattresses, there are no compromises.
Capped with our four-inch-thick Deluxe Organic Wool Topper, the Madrona organic latex mattress is the ultimate in luxury. Soft as a cloud but with unmatched support, the Madrona mattress is perfect for people who love a truly plush night's sleep and demand only the best.
Two layers of our organic Dunlop latex—6 inches of zoned latex topped with two inches of soft wool-wrapped latex—allows the Sitka organic latex mattress to hug the body, forming to the unique curvature of each sleeper. Firmer overall than the Madrona, with a tauter feel, the Sitka is great if you're looking for the ultimate in comfort without the fluff.
The Laurel is perfect for customers who want the unrivaled spine support of the zoned latex core, but prefer a firmer sleeping surface. Two inches of our premium organic wool rest on our Organic Zoned Latex Support, giving the mattress just enough soft.
Our organic latex mattresses contour to the curves of the body while luxuriant wool and latex layers provide soft support, letting you sleep soundly and wake up refreshed, free of aches and pains. Handcrafted to insure exquisite craftsmanship and longevity, our mattresses are warranted for 20 years and come with a 30-day Comfort Guarantee.
We use only the highest-quality organic materials; cloud-like organic wool, supple GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) certified latex, and USDA-certified organic cotton.
Arguably our softest mattress, the Linden organic latex mattress matches organic Dunlop latex with four inches of fluffy organic wool for a truly sumptuous night's sleep. Sink deep into the cozy wool and feel the supportive latex form to the curves of your body— you'll think you fell asleep in a cloud. The Linden is preferred by many side sleepers.
With two layers of latex—the thick Organic Latex Mattress and softer Organic Latex Mattress Topper—and only a thin layer of wool, the Rowan organic latex mattress has less of a cushy feel than our mattresses that feature more wool, but is still soft and luxurious.
On the firmer side of soft, the Tamarack organic latex mattress is perfect for someone who likes a firm mattress, but doesn't enjoy the feel of a futon or need the density of extra firm latex. The Tamarack is comfortable, supportive, and just soft enough.
For many people a firm supportive mattress is key. Whether it's because of back problems, it's what you grew up with, or you just like the feel of a solid bed, firm mattresses can be truly wonderful and restorative. We have a variety of options for firm mattresses from organic futons and shikibutons, which are by their nature firm, to the extra-firm versions of our signature organic latex mattresses. They are all firm, but their feel can be quite different.
When people think of a firm mattress, many picture a futon. Our futons are handcrafted from the finest locally-sourced organic materials and are hand-tufted to insure long lasting comfort. We use quality ingredients such as American-grown long-fiber cotton, Pacific Northwest organic wool, and organic-certified latex. These are not your parents’ futons.
While they are all on the firm scale, there is a range:
Organic Cotton & Wool Futon
While it is softer than the Organic Cotton Futon, it is only marginally so. The real reason we add the wool is to benefit from all the great attributes of wool such as thermal regulation, moisture resistance (this will make your futon last longer), and the fact that it is hypoallergenic.
Organic Cotton, Latex & Wool Futon
Our softest futon, its organic latex core provides a springiness not generally found in futons. It also adds a lot of compaction resistance, making it particularly long-lasting and great for use as a couch.
Shikibutons are the traditional Japanese mattress and what the American futon evolved from. They are simple, elegant, and firm. The Organic Cotton & Wool Shikibuton will be the firmest, followed by the Organic Latex Shikibuton.
To customize your bed set-up, try layering multiple shikibutons. Two popular set ups:
• Organic Cotton & Wool Shikibuton on top of an Organic Latex Shikibuton.
• Organic Latex Shikibuton with a Deluxe Organic Wool Topper.
These extra firm versions of our Organic Latex Mattresses are exactly what the doctor ordered for customers looking for a non-futon style mattress that is still very firm and supportive. Great for back sleepers and people suffering certain back issues (consult with your physician).