Is This Fancy Silk Pillowcase Worth It?

HGTV road-tested the raved-about Blissy Mulberry silk pillowcase to see if it's really as wonderful as all those reviewers say.

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November 09, 2020

More than toilet paper, more than yeast, more than antibacterial soap, I would argue that the most precious commodity during COVID has been sleep.

If you can withstand our current news cycle and general state of anxiety and get a good night's sleep, you've won a critical victory.

With the home — and especially the bedroom — becoming more and more a sanctuary, how we outfit our beds for a good night's sleep has also become key. From weighted blankets to down mattress toppers and cooling sheets, bed is one reality we can definitely control.

Silk pillowcases are just one item in our better sleep arsenal. They are said to absorb less moisture and dirt, and thus can help in reducing acne and keeping moisture on your face rather than in your pillow.

Reviews of the Blissy silk pillowcase tend to be raves:

"I can’t say enough about this silky wonder!"

"I love this pillowcase!"

"Wow. What a difference a pillowcase can make."

So what makes Blissy such a cult item? For one, at full price it's expensive, which gives it a bit of the lustre of a luxury item. Department store king size versions can retail for up to $240. And it comes in a pretty box, wrapped in tissue paper: like the Birkin bag of silk pillowcases. Made from 100% Mulberry silk, which is smoother and stronger than traditional silk, the Blissy also has a high momme count (a measure of silk's quality and weight) of 22.

But more than that, users rave about how the high quality silk makes them feel: it's luxurious, its friction-free surface makes your hair smooth and helps keep skin from forming the creases and indentations of a good night of face- or side-sleeping. Others talk about the cooling effect of sleeping on silk, which wicks moisture away from the skin, as opposed to a material like cotton which absorbs moisture.

So road-testing the Blissy pillowcase that many consumers are raving about seemed important.

What did I think? I can definitely attest to the smooth hair part. As a resident of the steamy South I have resigned myself to accepting a certain amount of frizz. But I definitely saw a noticeable difference in my hair after sleeping on silk — and far less frizziness than when I didn't use the Blissy pillowcase. When I woke up my hair was smoother and fuller in a way even a new conditioner or shampoo has never delivered.

And I agree with reviewers that the zipper closure is a great feature of the Blissy, along with its machine washability (though you should probably use a garment bag and line dry to keep help your pillowcase last).

And sleeping on the Blissy pillowcase compared to my usual cotton cases does feel better, more luxurious, more comfortable, so in that way, it was a welcome improvement to my bedscape. My Blissy-covered pillow is currently my favorite of the (too many, my husband says) pillows I reach for each night. And with its current price on Nordstrom Rack, I'm tempted to stock up and replace all my cotton cases with silk ones.

I guess you could say, I'm now a convert to the cult of Blissy.

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