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My New Green & Clean Mattress

We recently got an Essentia mattress and we really love it! You might remember them from our dog bed giveaway. They’re the only company making natural VOC-free memory foam mattresses, made of water, natural latex, cone essence, green tea essence, jasmine essence, and plant solid extracts.

Anywho… if you like Tempur-Pedic, but don’t want to deal with all the chemicals and icky stuff, then this bed is for you. We got the Essentia Beausommet mattress and it’s nice and firm. We got matching pillows as well. It’s one of those beds where if someone moves on one side, you don’t even notice on the other side. My husband loves that! And so does Bear!

The best part? It’s all made of eco-friendly material. And they are healthier than most mattresses.

I realize these mattresses are a major investment. But getting a clean and supportive mattress is one of the best things you can do for your health. You spend half of your life on your mattress and most of them have awful chemicals that you breathe all night long. Why not invest in a mattress that is better for your health? If you’re eating organic food and drinking clean water, having a toxic-free mattress seems like the next step in a healthy, happy journey.

By the way, all mattresses are required to contain enough Fire Retardant to withstand a 2-foot wide blowtorch open flame for 70 seconds. Because it’s cheaper, most mattress companies use a super toxic fire retardant, but I don’t want my baby sleeping on those toxic chemicals!! With the other mattress we have, I was able to get a note from a doctor to get around that (we haven’t gotten rid of that mattress; we still love it, but we just needed another bed). Instead of those chemicals, Essentia uses a non-toxic fire retardant. By using Kevlar, a VOC free, non-toxic mattress fire retardant, Essentia’s mattresses and crib mattresses are just as safe from fire as other brands, without all the nasty stuff.

What kind of mattress do you have? Are you interested in investing in a healthier one?



  • Jo Ella

    thanks, that was really interesting, I have been wondering about how eco mattresses are for a few months now but never got around to looking it up. Certainly gives you something to consider.

  • tammy

    I find that lifekind is the best. I don’t trust any fire retardant – wool is a natural fire retardant that doesn’t need a doctor’s note. They have pure natural latex which I prefer over processed foams with wool and organic cottons.

  • Carla Lini

    There are many kinds of pillows in the market that one
    may have difficulty choosing the best fit for his needs and preferences. You
    spend a good amount of time resting on your pillow and a third of your whole
    existence sleeping, that selecting for pillows that match your body’s contour
    well is pretty crucial. Shopping for the perfect pillow is not an easy task.
    Latex pillows are firmer and provide maximum support that conforms perfectly
    around your head and neck.

  • April

    Didn’t Essentia just get sued (and lost) for making false claims about their mattresses?

  • bkt3

    Hi, I purchased a Beausommet Essentia mattress from the Laval
    Quebec showrooms about a month ago. Unfortunately, my husband and I were unable to sleep on it. It didn’t provide proper spinal alignment for us so we returned it. Had such high hopes–just not the right fit for us.

  • Ashley

    Curious what bed frame you got for your essentia matress… We are considering getting one too

  • Laura

    I know this is an old thread but I am looking for a new mattress. Wondering if there are any updates to this? Thank you!

    • TheKindLife

      Hey Laura,

      Keetsa and Naturepedic are also worth checking out!

      Thanks for being here.

  • Harriet Sugar Miller

    How is the heat factor with the Essentia? Does it get warm like other memory foams have been known to do?

  • Laura

    Can you also recommend some good Eco-friendly sheets? I just bought my son a Naturepedic mattress so now I have to put non toxic products on it!! Thank you!