Silk Pillowcases Reviews and Comparisons

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I can’t count the number of times I’ve woken up to matted, tangled hair that bears a concerning resemblance to a birds nest – I’m sure some of you can relate! Over the past few years, I’ve heard a lot about silk bedding as a solution and its other claimed benefits. I was hesitant at first to splurge on a more premium pillowcase since I had gotten used to my basic cotton ones. However, there are a lot of options these days including very budget friendly ones, and when thinking relatively about how many hours a week you spend on said pillowcase, the cost feels a lot more justifiable! I’ve only been using my silk pillowcases for a few months, but they are a delightful small treat at the end of the day, and it’s very hard for me to turn back now! 

Benefits of sleeping on Silk Pillowcase:
  • Helps reduce hair tangling and breakage
  • Helps alleviate some skin redness and minimize irritation for sensitive skin (Nick has eczema prone skin and kept stealing my silk pillowcases until I got a few extras!)
  • Helps keep more face products on your face (silk allegedly doesn’t absorb as much product as cotton).

All of the varying options for silk pillowcases, however, can be overwhelming. So in today’s post I’m sharing a few good ones at three different price points, and my initial thoughts on each! Based on my research and testing, I liked all of the below options. I would say selection just depends on your budget and what you are looking for.

Silk Pillowcase Best Options Great Quality Silk

Options under $25

Zimasilk Silk Pillowcase
Features: Shiny finish, 19mm mulberry silk, hidden zipper enclosure.
Notes: Budget friendly option which feels like good quality for the price and comes in lots of colors and prints. However as with most items on Amazon, there is not a lot of info about fabric sourcing, dyes, or manufacturing other than being made in China.

Pinzon Silk Pillowcase 
Features: Semi-matte finish Mulberry silk, hidden zipper enclosure.
Notes: Another budget-friendly option by Amazon’s own brand which feels good quality for the price point. This one is slightly less shiny than the Zimasilk which I actually like. The sourcing, silk quality and silk weight are not disclosed (weight feels like 19mm), however they are listed as made in China and claim their factory is OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified.

Options Under $60

Brooklinen Silk Pillowcase (use code ALLURE15 for 15% off $50+ their site)
Features: Shiny finish, 22mm weight mulberry silk, envelope enclosure
Notes: Silk option from popular bedding company (we get our cotton sheets from here) in a charmeuse weave that feels a little bit thicker and nicer than the Amazon options. This one comes in just a few muted color options, and there is also not much info about the sourcing and manufacturing other than being made in China.

AdorabellaBaby Silk Pillowcase
Features: Shiny finish, 19mm weight mulberry silk, option to choose your pillow closure
Notes: This Etsy shop is a great way to support a women-run small business that handmakes their products in the USA. The company was founded by a mom who wanted to develop gentle, natural products for her baby’s hair and for her own sensitive, eczema prone skin. Their silk fabric is woven and dyed in a USA mill, and their products are hand sewn one by one domestically as well. Their pillowcase is a little thinner than the Brooklinen but nevertheless feels nice against the skin. They also make various other silk-based products, including scrunchies and raw silk wash cloths which I’ve been using daily (read their listing for more info and supposed benefits!).

Premium Priced Option

Slip Standard Pillowcase: (Sephora, Nordstrom—check for Nsale value set restocks, Anthropologie)
Features: High gloss finish, 22mm weight mulberry silk, hidden zipper enclosure
Notes: Noticeably different option that comes at a higher price point. In our feel tests, this option was clearly thicker compared to the other ones above, and the silk fabric was very wrinkle resistant when I tried to scrunch it up in my hand.  Slip does not share details about their sourcing but their website claims their pillowcases are made in China with the “highest grade 6A long fiber mulberry silk,” use non-toxic dyes, and that they work with their suppliers “to ensure that fair workplace practices are enforced.” One feature I did not love about this pillowcase is that the zipper closer is a little shorter than the full length of the pillowcase edge, so it takes some wiggling to get it on and off. 

Hopefully this post helps you navigate the world of silk pillowcases and find one that suits your budget and wish list! If you already use a silk pillowcase or plan to get one, leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts! And to help keep your silk pillowcase fresh, check out my blog post on how to wash and dry your silk items at home.

 

26 thoughts on “Silk Pillowcases Reviews and Comparisons

  • Reply Briana July 23, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Girl yes, I love the silk!

    Briana

  • Reply Heather July 24, 2019 at 12:02 am

    This is so helpful! I’ve been trying to decide if this is worth the splurge or if the cheaper options work well. I tend to invest in these types of things rather than buy something that may not last. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Janine July 24, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Thank you for including some budget-friendly options!! Tbh, I always strayed away from silk pillow cases because I thought they were a luxury item that is not attainable for me right now. But the options under $25 sound great!
    xx Janine

  • Reply Carla July 24, 2019 at 4:33 am

    Silk is also a rec for not getting pillow wrinkles in your face that happens with cotton and polyester. I think it was Allure where I first saw that mentioned years ago. It’s one of those splurges I never remember to try when there’s extra funds lol.

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog July 24, 2019 at 5:22 am

    I’ve considered getting a silk pillow for the longest time – they sound so good! Thanks for the review! 💕✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Reply Melissa July 24, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Great post! Now I regret not getting the set of 2 from the NSale!

  • Reply Rena July 24, 2019 at 6:51 am

    I’m convinced about their positive effects!
    xx Rena

    • Reply Rachael July 24, 2019 at 10:30 am

      Do you have recommendations for washing them? I’ve been considering one for a while but the change in cleaning worries me.

      Thanks for the links with so many options!

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite July 28, 2019 at 6:16 pm

        Yes! See my post linked at the bottom of the post for how I wash mine.

  • Reply Amanda K. July 24, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Great post featuring different silk pillows, Jean!

    I actually have one: Fishers Finery 25mm Queen (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KWH57X6)

    For my first time, it felt safe for me to go with a higher momme with a Good Housekeeping Seal after gifting it to my brother-in-law who gets bedhead. It wrinkles just a bit but still looks nice and feels so nice & cool to the touch. White is out of stock, so I’m looking else where – am interested in Brookline (since it has an envelope flap) maybe paired with a sleep mask…

    Where did get your sleep mask from? Is it silk?

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite July 28, 2019 at 6:16 pm

      THanks for sharing, Amanda! My sleep mask is Slip.

  • Reply Mireia July 24, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Silk pillowcases are so good for your skin!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Reply Angela July 24, 2019 at 10:41 am

    I’ve purchased several Alaska Bear silk pillowcases from Amazon. Great quality, holds up well and tons of color options! There’s a 10% off coupon now too.

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite July 28, 2019 at 6:16 pm

      Good to know, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Amanda July 24, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    What’s that eye mask you have in the picture?

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite July 28, 2019 at 6:17 pm

      It’s by Slip : )

  • Reply Elizabeth T. July 24, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    I’ve been wanting to get a silk pillowcase for the longest time now! <3 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this great comparison / review, Jean!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

  • Reply Lynette July 24, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    What a great post! I have read about some of the benefits of silk pillowcases, so I really appreciate this comparison! Thank you!

  • Reply Rachel July 25, 2019 at 7:24 am

    where is your sleepmask from, do you have any to recommend?

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite July 28, 2019 at 6:17 pm

      It’s by Slip. It’s nice but on the pricier side!

  • Reply Leslie July 25, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Jean,

    Can you write a post about what you look for in clothing items? For example: where a blouse should fit, (does it nip in at the waist correctly, where should the bottom of the blouse end, what visually throws the fit off?) What materials iron/wash/dry well? What materials shrink evenly if something is too big? Do you avoid something specific like a neckline/color/etc.?

    I have a closet full of items that I love in concept, but never feel great in person. Why? I need help determining what is an issue of fit (needs altering) vs. what is simply not the right piece to accomplish the look I wanted.

    Help please!

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite July 28, 2019 at 6:22 pm

      Hi Leslie, that’s definitely a lot to think about! I don’t follow any hard rules and evaluate on an item by item basis. Also materials can be very unpredictable (even 100% cotton, since some items I get in this material shrink evenly, some unevenly, and some not at all). For determining alterations, I usually have my husband or a friend take some photos for me wearing the item from all angles like the side and back.

      If you’re re-evaluating your closet I’d suggest starting at your staples (like a pair of dark blue jeans, a blazer, a well draping blouse, a flattering dress), getting the necessary alterations, and making sure you have one of each to start that fits great and makes you feel great!

  • Reply Myra July 25, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Finally! Love all your posts, but I have always been curious regarding silk pillowcases (most especially with the Slip brand). Thank you!!

  • Reply Gwen Kennedy July 25, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Yay! Thank you for this post Jean. I’ve been wanting a silk pillowcase for awhile, as I am a side sleeper. This will be my treat to myself for passing the CFP. 🙂

    Gwen

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite July 28, 2019 at 6:25 pm

      Yay ~ Congrats!! What an accomplishment : )

  • Reply Leena August 2, 2019 at 10:55 am

    You should do a post on best pillows for sleep! I’ve been trying to find good down pillows that are worth more than the price tag and it would be helpful for others too,!

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