Welcome to Pillow Talk: A series where founders, designers, and other inspirational creatives share their dreamy bedtime routines and nighttime rituals. Today, Whitney Thornburg, Design Director for the sustainable organic home textiles company, Coyuchi, discusses building the perfect organic bed, her go-to Coyuchi sheets, apparel, and towels, and her favorite ways to wind down for the night.
I always start my nighttime routine with a warm bath with salts and a wooden body brush — my favorites are Daughter's Purify in Pink Bath Soak and The Wild Minimalists Wood Massage Brush. I find a bath to be the ultimate way to get into a relaxed bedtime mindset. Even when I travel, I always make sure I ask the hotel for a room with a bath; it's a brilliant way to unwind after a day of travel!
When I get out of the bath, I wrap my hair in a Coyuchi Air Weight towel because they are lightweight and super absorbent so they dry my hair quickly. Then I put on the Waffle Robe because I love how the 100% organic cotton wicks away moisture without clinging to my skin as synthetic robes do.
I start my face routine by cleansing with Earth Tu Face's Palmarosa + Aloe Face Wash followed by Teddie Organics Organic Rose Water Toner. I'm always searching for natural beauty products and I just started using Josh Rosebrook's Face creams both day and night. I also like Earth Tu Face's Skin Stick for the winter months for extra dry lips or patches of skin.
I tend to rotate a few Coyuchi apparel favorites as pajamas. My go-to's are usually the Solstice Romper — that's right, a romper comfortable enough to sleep in — or the Laguna Organic Popover Top and Cropped Pants, which are more like classic PJs. I also never get in bed without a warm pair of socks, especially in the winter months.
For me, building the perfect bed starts with organic. I bought my first Coyuchi product when I was pregnant with my first child; I was looking for a natural mattress pad free of flame retardants, which are commonly used to treat conventional mattress pads, and I love that Coyuchi's uses 100% organic materials which are free of all chemical finishes. I also use the Coyuchi Shredded Organic Latex Pillow, which is hypoallergenic.
As Coyuchi's design director, my sheeting and blankets are in constant rotation since I like to experiment with different ways to style a bed and ensure our bedding blends together from season to season. In the colder months, I use Coyuchi Organic Flannel because it adds instant coziness. As it gets warmer, I will switch to Coyuchi Organic Linen because it moderates temperature well for all seasons. I like to put a blanket on top of the duvet to add some dimension, too — right now I'm using our Cascade blanket in the Undyed Cotton color.
Before I settle in for the night, I like to brew a "tea" of freshly sliced ginger, local honey, and lemon. It's very calming and aids digestion, and it can be great for a cold, as well. I also always take Vitamin D at night to support bone health and Omega 3's.
Katie is a Los Angeles-based writer who covers shopping trends, deals, and product reviews for Hunker. She's written for PureWow, Food Network, and Well+Good. When not online shopping, you can find her collecting vintage glassware or rewatching Nancy Meyers' movies for design inspo.