Frequently Asked Questions
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- General Bedding & Sleep Questions
- Product Specific Questions
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- Chemicals, Dyes, Testing, Certifications
- Allergies & Chemical Sensitivities
Is your wool organic?
We offer a certified-organic wool blend and a locally sourced natural option.
GOTS-certified Organic Wool - Our organic wool is harvested and processed following the rigorous guidelines of the Global Organic Textiles Standards. The mill works directly with family sheep operations in Europe, South America, New Zealand, and Australia to ensure the highest quality organic product. In addition to sourcing GOTS-certified organic wool, Holy Lamb Organics’ production facility is GOTS certified and subject to yearly audits. From the moment the wool arrives, it is handled in accordance with GOTS protocols, ensuring the integrity of the organic designation is maintained throughout the fabrication process. All GOTS-certified organic products are clearly identified as such on the label and display the GOTS logo.
All-Natural Wool - Our natural wool option is sourced directly from family ranches in Oregon and northern California. Sheep ranchers participate in a sustainable wool program, managing their flocks in a humane, chemical-free, and environmentally thoughtful manner. Milled without the use of chemicals in a dedicated wool-only facility, the producers are committed to the same demanding standards of sustainability, health, and quality associated with organic wool.
Why is wool so special?
Wool has a long list of qualities that make it the ideal choice for comfy, healthy bedding.
- Dust Mite Resistant (dust mites avoid wool because it has a low-humidity microclimate)
- Hypoallergenic, Antimicrobial, and Anti-bacterial
- Moisture wicking, allowing it to naturally regulate body temperature
- Inherently fire resistant, eliminating the need for chemical fire retardants
- Soft, supple, and cushiony
Does wool have a scent?
Wool has a mild natural scent which comes from lanolin, a natural oil that helps sheep regulate body temperature. Approximately 1% of the lanolin is intentionally left in the wool after the scouring and cleaning process. This ensures conditioning effects and increases the longevity and vitality of our wool. We find the majority of customers either don't notice a scent or find the natural scent to be mild, pleasant, and benign. If you're sensitive to smells, order a sample of our wool to see if it will work for you.
Are the sheep raised humanely?
Yes. The wool mill maintains personal relationships with small Oregon and California sheep ranches to ensure best practices, establishing strict criteria to make sure flocks are managed humanely and the ranches employ chemical-free, environmentally safe methods. Sheep are pastured on hills and valleys out in the fresh air with plenty of room to roam. They're not harmed during the yearly shearing process; think of it as a haircut. Trained herding dogs protect the flocks, and the ranchers practice proper grazing and refrain from using herbicides and pesticides. The health of the sheep is monitored, and healthy veterinary practices are employed as necessary.
I may have a wool allergy. Can I use your products?
While very few people are allergic to wool, some are allergic to the 1% of the sheep’s natural lanolin intentionally left in to keep the wool supple. For those who are irritated by wearing wool, from finding it scratchy to breaking out in hives, such reactions are likely due to the fact that the majority of wool used in the garment industry has gone through a chemical carbonization process. Our wool is never carbonized and has never gone through any chemical processing, so this isn't an issue.
If you are unsure if wool is right for you, order a Sensitivity Kit.
Is your wool tested?
To certify the integrity of its commitment to being chemical free, the mill’s wool is periodically tested by the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory at the University of California at Davis. Thorough testing confirms the wool used to create your bedding is free of herbicides, pesticides, mold, and heavy metals.