WHAT IS EGYPTIAN COTTON? 5 REASONS THAT IT'S THE DOGS BOLLOCKS
I don't know what it is about getting older but you get so much more picky about things... your taste levels go up and you become less tolerant of crap quality. When I was younger I didn't really appreciate good quality bed linen. I'd find the cheapest thing on offer, and as long as it looked alright and was in the right colour scheme I didn't give a monkeys about the feel or quality. Well, all that has changed! I hear things about types of cotton types and thread count... so what is Egyptian cotton? Here are some reasons that I think you should be thinking about investing in good quality bed linen, along with some helpful educational facts about cotton that I basically learnt from the university of google.
P.s for my non UK readers:
The dogs bollocks basically means good. I don't know why!
Here's what I learnt in the last ten minutes.
Egyptian cotton is the best type of cotton in the world. Why? Something about the soil that it grows in. Pima cotton, from America, is apparently next best, but Egyptian is ruling tings out here right now. Reason being, it's hand picked and has a much longer fibres. Thread count (how many threads are woven into one square inch) is also a big factor and experts recommend only going for 200 thread count upwards.
So why invest?
1. It will last longer
Good quality bed linens are usually made from Egyptian cotton. The fibres in Egyptian cotton are a lot longer (as we learnt in the last ten minutes) so when woven together they create a thread that is much more resistant to stress. Stress being your body rubbing all over it when you sleep! If you don't want to be replacing your bedding every couple of months, then you might want to go for a high Egyptian cotton percentage and an over 200 thread count.
2. You'll get a better night's sleep
Egyptian cotton is a lot more porous than regular cotton. 'Ok great Sarah but I'm not planning on spilling water all over it?' I know. Buuuutttt, as gross as it is, we all sweat when we sleep. Egyptian cotton helps to absorb (I know eww but stick with me) that sweat, not leaving you feeling all clammy and gross. Less clam = better sleep.
3. You don't need to 'wear it in'
Those cheap duvet covers might feel ok after you've slept in them for a couple of weeks. Yeah, they start to soften a little bit. But let me tell you... good quality Egyptian cotton bedding will feel BETTER than that fresh out of the packet. No more having to buy it, wash it and then sleep on it for a week or so before it starts to feel less like sleeping on a crisp packet. Oh no my friends, good quality bedding feels as soft as a chinchillas ass on arrival.
4. You'll save money in the long run
As mentioned above, good quality bedding is more resistant to wear and will last longer. Plus, I always find when I have spent a little bit of money on a really good quality product I look after it so much more. So you'll probably actually find that you end up saving money because you're not replacing those crispy-ass sheets every couple of months. But good quality, buy once. Buy crap, buy two, three or four times over. It's a lesson that I'm ashamed to say has taken me a long time to really value.
5. It's super soft
I mean this basically trumps all of the rest. IT'S SO SOFT PEOPLE. I don't know about you but I want my bed to be super snuggly all the time. It's where I want to feel cosy, at home, comforted. It's where I hang out with hubby and Marley (my daughter) and I literally want to feel like I am inside a cloud. NOTHING ELSE WILL DO!
I hope this little post has helped you understand a little bit more about good quality bedding. Next time you reach for a cheap old set just because it looks good, remember these wise words (that I googled ten minutes ago). Check out the latest bedding range at Debenhams - this is where I got this beautiful 500 thread count Egyptian Cotton set from Jasper Conran.
*I received the Jasper Conran bedding set from Debenhams in exchange for this post*