The Best Way to Wind Down Before Bed, According to Coyuchi's Design Director

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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!

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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.



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