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Looking for a new mattress- Chemically sensitive safe 16 Oct 2020 11:11 #21

My Green Mattress wrote: Hi itsgoofy. A latex topper will give you the best natural pressure relief. Our organic latex has a very clean neutral smell. It is of the highest quality. Feel free to give us a call directly so we can disucss options for you. Ask to speak to Tim and mention the MU post 1-877-737-8237. mygreenmattress.com

Hi Tim! Thanks for the offer. I actually got it today, unfortunately I don't think I can tolerate it. I am very sensitive to smells, and am doing well with the Pure Echo, but the latex is too strong for me. Thanks for the offer though!

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Looking for a new mattress- Chemically sensitive safe 16 Oct 2020 11:37 #22

Sorry that the latex topper isn't working out for you, but a word of caution regarding wool toppers. Don't make the assumption that wool won't have its own odor, and I can tell you from personal experience it can be far more of an objectionable scent than that of latex. Some wool has a strong barn like odor, so if you're going to try a wool topper I'd be sure that you have a return option in case it bothers you.

- Bill

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Looking for a new mattress- Chemically sensitive safe 16 Oct 2020 15:06 #23

Sweet Dreams wrote: Sorry that the latex topper isn't working out for you, but a word of caution regarding wool toppers. Don't make the assumption that wool won't have its own odor, and I can tell you from personal experience it can be far more of an objectionable scent than that of latex. Some wool has a strong barn like odor, so if you're going to try a wool topper I'd be sure that you have a return option in case it bothers you.

- Bill

Definitely. Do you know of any other low-odor options? Cotton is the only other thing I can think of, and it seems like it is going to be quite firm. Thoughts?

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Looking for a new mattress- Chemically sensitive safe 16 Oct 2020 18:10 #24

Sorry but I don't have any experience with similar toppers to recommend, my interaction with wool was when it was incorporated in a mattress.

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Looking for a new mattress- Chemically sensitive safe 17 Oct 2020 06:26 #25

Itsgoofy, why don't you try the intellibed topper? You have to call intellibed to order it, they do not list it on their website.

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Looking for a new mattress- Chemically sensitive safe 18 Oct 2020 14:23 #26

Hey itsgoofy,

Welcome to the Mattress Underground :) ! Thanks for your post.

So I ended up buying the Pure Echo. A few days of offgassing in the direct sunlight and the initial wool/cotton smell dissipated enough to be tolerable, so I am very thankful for that. It is indeed too firm. I now need to figure out if I am going to try a topper, and if I am going to try a new mattress. I am really happy I found one that doesn't smell like chemicals but I also know its way too firm.


itsgoofy, while you've since added newer updates and seem to have changed your mind on the topper, I am responding to this particular post as it seems an educational opportunity for both you and several of your post responders. The term "off gassing" refers to fumes/volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are released into the air you breathe by certain types of synthetic foams . As the Pure Echo's comfort layer is 100% GOTS cotton batting and no foam components are used, there is no "off-gassing" of chemical fumes as your use of the term implies. In the event a mattress you are considering has some type of synthetic foam component (in which case, off-gassing is potentially a concern), ensure that the manufacturer/ retailer has certified their foams for any off gassing or toxicity by a reputable testing organization such as Oeko-Tex, CertiPur or Eco-Institut.

For clarity, My Green Mattress uses natural materials backed by GOLS/ GOTS certifications. As an Expert trusted member of the TMU, I think highly of MGM in terms of quality, expertise and excellent customer support post-sale.

Side bar: exposing either latex foam components or pillows to direct sunlight for extended periods of time degrades the quality of the foam and is not recommended from a durability standpoint.

Latex will always have an odor. We had it for 13 yrs. Airing it in the sun will probably make it worse. I think I saw a latex manufacturer complain about people airing it in the sun and causing it to smell worse. I think some people get used to it and don't smell it after a while. But if you are sensitive to odors like me it will always smell.


Natural rubber latex (NR) is a milky liquid which is gathered from rubber trees and is processed either by Dunlop method or by Talalay processing, with each result being a high quality foam in both terms of performance and durability. For interested consumers following these comments, you may learn more about the properties of Latex foam in Phoenix's article "Latex: Pros and Cons" , as well as "Mattress Comfort Layers: Latex Foam" . Both blended and natural latex are very safe and while they may sometimes have a smell which ranges from "vanilla" to "rubbery", this generally dissipates quickly and is not harmful. Regarding any long-term odor, none of our independent research supports as fact that "Latex will always have an odor," a personal opinion of a responding poster and not one of proven science-based fact. A newly delivered mattress with latex components, pillows, etc. may have something of a "rubber" scent initially, requiring a day or two of airing for dissipation, and while there are those with a more sensitive sense of smell who may have a different experience, this statement overall isn't an outcome for most consumers.

Hope your situation sorts itself out with a satisfactory outcome.

Thanks,
Sensei
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