I have a set of expensive Egyptian cotton sheets that we got on sale once. They are silky and smooth, and pretty fantastic. Or so I thought, until Cariloha sent me some of their bamboo sheet sets. I was intrigued when they first contacted me to review them, as I’d never heard of bamboo sheets before.
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet. I say plant because despite it’s tree-like appearance, bamboo is in the grass family. It sends new shoots up every year, reaching maturity in 3-5 years. Bamboo can be harvested continually without impacting the surrounding environment, making it a very sustainable alternative to cotton and also wood. Needless to say, the thought of using bamboo for sheets and clothes is pretty exciting to a Sustainable Agriculture student such as myself.
Aaron and I put our new bamboo sheets on our queen sized bed, admiring their softness as we went. When we were finished, we laid on them with the kids. Our puppy Rosie wanted to check them out as well. We had only had her for a week or so at the time and didn’t want her to miss out on our little family bed sheet snuggle. Unfortunately, Rosie liked the sheets so much she didn’t want to get off of them. Instead of going out to pee, she peed right there on the bed. Luckily for us, we have a mattress protector under the sheets, but it was still pretty annoying. I wanted to sleep on those sheets!!! Instead, we had to wash them and remake the bed with different, less soft and inviting sheets. Humph.
Cariloha bamboo sheets
I kept the pillow cases on though, and slept on them until time to change the sheets again because they are so soft, silky, and nice feeling on my skin. I like them way better than my previous favourite egyptian cotton sheets. I just wish the pillow cases had a little pocket for the end of the pillow to go in so they don’t come out, but I think that is just an American thing. I don’t recall seeing any pillow cases in the U.S. like the ones we have over here in Australia.
Cariloha also sent me a lovely purple bamboo shirt.
This shirt is made out of bamboo.
I like this shirt for so many reasons: the colour is flattering on me (plus I love purple), the cut is flattering on me, it’s really soft, it wicks moisture away, which is important if you are a nervous sweater like me, it’s long enough to cover my butt crack when I bend over (because jeans these days always show the crack when bending!!), and best of all, the scoop neck is low enough to not look weird, but high enough that it doesn’t gape open and reveal my boobs when I bend over. Mom’s do a lot of bending, so this is obviously very important, especially for someone like me whose nipples show (even if I’m wearing a bra) when I bend over.
They also sent me a pair of bamboo pants. I thought they would be perfect for travelling, comfortable, but also stylish. I usually travel in workout pants or pyjama pants, so these would be much more appropriate.
Bamboo linen pants. They look so comfy.
Unfortunately for me, I didn’t look at the sizing chart on Cariloha’s website and went for a size 4 instead of a size 2. I usually wear a U.S. size 3, so I wanted to be on the safe side and go bigger rather than smaller. The sizing chart is right there on the website, but I am unobservant and didn’t notice it and didn’t use it. When I got the pants, I could put them on without unbuttoning them, even though I am pear shaped and usually have to pull and wiggle a bit to get pants over my hips. I was swimming in them. I could tell that if they fit properly, they would be super comfortable though. You would have to wear light coloured plain undies though, as they are a tad bit see-through.
I ended up giving the pants to a very excited friend who was already a fan of bamboo clothes.
I definitely recommend Cariloha’s products. They are so soft, well made, comfortable, and sustainably produced. To purchase Cariloha bamboo products, click here.
Click here for entry to win a Cariloha sheet set, a pair of bamboo pants, OR a bamboo shirt of your choice. Entry only open to those with a U.S. or Canadian address, must be 18 or over to enter. Competition closes 12am 5 July EST. Rafflecopter will choose a winner at random.
*I was given sheets, a shirt, and pants to review and keep, all opinions expressed are my own.
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