With summer fast approaching, I have been focusing a lot of the outside appearance of my home. I love making our cozy home enjoyable by our family, and I also enjoy giving it a bit of curb appeal so my neighbors and passersby have something nice to look at. The inside of my home, is another story. The more time spent outside, the less time spent inside, and unfortunately, that doesn't mean that the messes dissipate! I am trying to let some of the little messes go, but still can't take a messy home.
I have always been a stickler for making the beds every morning. Even if the room is a big mess, making the bed seems to somehow make it look much less messy, and give you a good place to start when you're ready to clean up. I love my bed- it's a cozy place to chill, it's where I want to be when I don't feel well, or want to relax, and it's where I get my beauty rest. I've been spending a lot more time in my bed than I used to, because hubby and I just got a new set of sheets that have changed our world!
Introducing Cariloha, a company who was inspired to take their ideas to new heights by their love for Hawaii and the Caribbean. After 20 years spent vacationing, working and cruising to and from the islands, the Cariloha team wanted to share their love with the rest of the world. After a rocky start, Cariloha (a combination of Caribbean and Aloha) looked to bamboo as a start for their products. Since the islands were hot and humid (which I can attest to- I have been to the Caribbean twice), the team knew that vacationers wanted items that would help to keep them cool and comfortable. Bamboo, though much less known for its fibers at the time, was a wonderful choice, because it's 3 degrees cooler than cotton, and has the ability to wick moisture away from the skin. Today, Cariloha has 40 stand alone shops and stores in 13 countries, and focuses only on bamboo products, including apparel, accessories, bedding, etc. Cariloha customers enjoy the soft touch of Cariloha's products, and their green footprint, will be appreciated for years to come.
My hubby and I have been intrigued by bamboo over the past couple of years. I received my first bamboo dress last summer, and fell in love with how soft it was. We've talked about bamboo flooring, and have even talked about bamboo sheets, but never really made a leap to change our bedding, because we have always slept on 100% cotton sheets. When we were given the chance to try a bamboo bedding set from Cariloha, I was so excited, and couldn't wait to see what bamboo sheets felt like!
Our package from Cariloha has arrived!
Our Cariloha Bamboo Bed Sheet Set came packaged in a plastic zip pouch, wit
h a printed Cariloha card inside. I fell in love with the blue color of the sheets right away. Though there were several colrs to choose from, I went with the blue, because it's such a calming color, and makes us think of being near the ocean. We've been on two cruises to the Caribbean, so I was ready for a touch of island life back at home through these sheets.
Don't they look great!?
Care instructions on the back of the sheet packaging...
My mother-in-law happened to be over to our house for dinner when we first opened the sheet set. We were all eager to run our fingers over the bamboo sheets, just to see what they felt like. At first touch, they felt very soft- sort of creamy and buttery. I took the sheets to the laundry room, to give them a wash before using them for the first time, which I would recommend. I was very careful when it came to washing the sheets. I washed them in cold water, and then dried them in the dryer on the super low/delicate setting. The sheets need to be removed from the dryer immediately, or they will wrinkle.
Once the sheets were out of the dryer, I made the bed with them, immediately. Check out this gorgeous blue fitted sheet!
The fitted sheet fit perfectly on our Queen mattress.
I was so happy that the fitted sheet fit right onto our mattress, with ease. Some of our cotton sheets have fitted sheets that are so tight, I can't get them onto our mattress by myself, because I'm not strong enough to pull them tightly enough! The Cariloha bamboo fitted sheet went on with no problem. As soon as I got the fitted sheet onto the bed, I jumpped onto the bed and laid down on top of the sheet. It felt amazing against my skin- though I knew the true test would come later, when we got into bed to go to sleep in between these new sheets.
Next came the flat sheet, which had a lot of extra overhang on the sides, so I tucked the sheets in.
I was glad for the overhang on the sides of the queen flat sheet. My husband and I both like to wrap up in the sheet and covers when we sleep, so with the overhang, we're not both fighting for a section of the sheet! We've both got plenty of the sheet to keep us comfy through the night.
Of course, to properly make the bed, I folded the flat sheet down, and make a nice crease...
...and then added our pillows back to the bed, freshly covered in the Cariloha pillowcases, which came with the sheet set.
Our new Cariloha pillowcases and sheets.
I added back our decorative pillows, to complete the look.
The bed looked so gorgeous with our lovely new blue bamboo sheets by Cariloha. Often times, our bed looks so pretty that I almost don't want to get into it at night time, but you know- it's where we sleep, and stuff. So, hubby and I turned down the bed very carefully, and got into our new sheets. As we did so, and my toes wiggled down in the sheets, I felt like I had just gotten into a bed at a luxury hotel. Seriously- these sheets are the most comfortable hotel quality sheets I have ever laid down in between. I have been to a lot of nice places, stayed in some lovely hotels, and have never experienced sheets as soft as the ones we received from Cariloha. If you enjoy the feel of soft Egytptian Cotton, you're going to love Cariloha's bamboo sheets even more, because they're even softer and silkier-feeling than you could possibly imagine.
The true test for these sheets came laster that evening, when we actually slept. I was so comfortable after getting into the sheets, that I fell asleep right away. There was no tossing and turning from me as I tried my hardest to fall asleep- it was a natural, cozy drifting off to dreamland for me, which is unusual. My husband also fell right to sleep. I often wind up chilly in the night, and hubby winds up hot, which leaves the bes a big, tangled mess in the morning. We have both felt like we've been sleeping at the perfect temperature since we switched our sheets out with the Cariloha bamboo sheet set. Neither of us have gotten too hot or two cold- the temperature has been just right. The bamboo sheet set with pillowcases is also hypo-allergenic, which has been helping both of us sleep more comfortably, and keeping us from waking up with lot's of sleep gunk in our eyes. We love our new sheets so much, that we can't wait to get into our bed at the end of each day, and relax a little while, before we drift off to sleep.
Details of the Cariloha Bamboo Bed Sheet Set
Our natural bamboo fibers are woven into silky-soft fabric that’s twice as soft as cotton, giving customers the most comfortable bedding on the planet.
• Softer than 1,000 thread count Egyptian cotton.
• Machine wash cold. Do not use bleach or fabric softener. Tumble dry on low heat, remove promptly, warm iron if necessary.
• 100% Viscose from Bamboo
• Sheet set contents: 1 fitted sheet, 1 flat sheet, and 2 pillowcases (1 pillowcase in twin sheet set)
• King Size Sheet Set includes 2 King Size Pillowcases
• Queen Size Sheet Set includes 2 Standard Pillowcases
Cariloha not only has goregous, luxuriously soft bedding- they offer apparel, accessories, and more! Take a look at some of the products on our Cariloha wish list...
Men's Pique Polo
Blue Lagoon Bath Towel Set
Bamboo Bath Mat
Men's Bamboo Socks
My bed now has a relaxing hotel look and feel, and our new Cariloha bamboo sheets give us an amazing night's sleep!
I'm not sure that we'll ever be able to go back to sleeping in our old cotton sheets... honestly, I don't kow why we'd want to. I wish that we hadn't waited so long to try out bamboo bedding, because it's as amazingly soft and comfortable as we imagined it would be. Even picky little Mr. B loves to snuggle up with mommy and daddy in these soft, yummy sheets! Maybe one day Cariloha will make twin sheet sets, and we can surprise B with his very own set of Cariloha sheets!
Cariloha Bamboo Bedding Sets are available in Queen and King sizes, and come in a variety of colors: tan, sage, white, blue, and ivory. Cariloha bamboo bedding would make a beautiful gift for newlyweds, a lovely housewarming gift, or would be a wonderful way to spruce up your bed, or guest bed for the summertime! The moisture-wicking ability of these sheets will keep you nice and dry, and sleeping at the perfect temperature, through the hottest days of the summer.
Want Them? Buy Them!
Head on over to Cariloha to browse their entire selection of bamboo products, from apparel to bed and bath products. You'll be so pleased by what you discover! Cariloha also has a special sale section on their website, which you'll definitely want to check out! Cariloha is social, and would love to connect with you through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Instagram, and YouTube!
Want Them? Win Them!
One lucky MBP reader will win their very own Cariloha Bamboo Sheet Set- complete with fitted and flat sheets, and pillowcases, in their choice of color and size. Choose from King or Queen in tan, white, ivory, sage, or blue. King set is valued at $199.00, and Queen set is valued at $179.00. Just use the handy Rafflecopter entry form to enter for your chance to win! Giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older.
Special thanks to our friends at Cariloha for allowing us to experience the luxury of their bamboo sheets, and for offering this wonderful summer giveaway for our readers.