Health Benefits

• Our duvets help combat night sweats, especially associated with the menopause

Night sweats are probably the number one cause of disrupted sleep and can bother all sorts of people at different stages of their lives.
Many people just seem to “sleep hot” and get sweaty – men, teenagers and children. But the biggest cohort of suffers of night sweats are women going through the menopause. Some may never have problems until they hit that age during which night sweats can results in severe discomfort and disturbed sleep.
Our duvets are very sympathetic towards all the hot sleepers. By naturally controlling the micro-climate around your body, the duvets reduce the effects of hot flushes and night sweats.

• Our duvets are hypoallergenic. They help relieve a wide variety of allergies and breathing difficulties

Our duvets are made from two completely natural products: 100% pure wool and 100% pure percale cotton. So if you are allergic to feathers, dust, chemicals, moulds and mildew, these duvets can help you alleviate your symptoms by reducing your exposure to those nasty things that you are reacting to.


Instead of taking remedies in an attempt to cope with your allergies, surely it is better to get to root cause of the problem and resolve that?
All this means is our duvets are good news for asthmatics and people with breathing difficulties and sinus problems. Synthetics and feathers do not solve these problems and in fact are often the very cause of allergic reactions.

• Our duvets are naturally flame retardant

Our wool is Bureau Veritas certified 100% flame retardant. In the event of a serious house fire, our duvets will just smolder and then cool off. Unlike synthetic fibres, our duvets will not ignite, give off toxic gases or melt into a burning mass which can cause serious burns. The protective clothing worn by fire fighters has a high wool content and there is good reason for this. All wool is a natural flame retardant. 

• Our duvets will give you an all round better quality of sleep

Don’t take our word for it – read our testimonials and you will see that our customers notice improved sleep both in terms of quality and quantity.
Good sleep is essential for your wellbeing and long term health. Don’t trade that basic necessity for a poor quality cheap duvet – it’s false economy at best, detrimental to your long term health at worst.
If you are in any doubt about the dangers to your health as a result of poor sleep, read Matthew Walker’s book “Why We Sleep”.

“ I’ve a passion for wool and, in need of a new duvet, decided that I couldn’t resist a Southdown Duvet . Whilst sitting in the  farm house kitchen, sharing joint wool enthusiasms with Jessica she asked, cautiously, did I have sinus problems? I do – and to prove it pulled out the prescription my doctor had given me for steroids. I left with a duvet and with a pillow – just in case the wool might help me breath at night.


The duvet is wonderful – warm, light as a feather, it’s everything this site tells us. The miracle is that my sinus problems have literally disappeared over night. I’m astonished – and the prescription for steroids will go in the bin just as soon as I can drag myself out from under the covers.


Jessica, it was lovely to meet you and I’m delighted with our duvet and pillow. Thank you so much for all your help – I’ll be back just now for a mattress cover. ”


JUDY, Hampshire

• Our bedding will reduce the presence of dust mites

Dust mites are nasty.

Microscopic in size and in their millions, dust mites live in our homes and especially our bedding, eating organic detritus such as flakes of shed human skin.

They are the cause and aggravation of many allergies and breathing difficulties including asthma. Unfortunately, they can survive in all climates but thrive especially in warm moist environments. Common symptoms of dust mite allergies might include itchiness, watery and red eyes, sneezing – especially early in the morning, a runny or blocked nose and difficulty breathing.

In some people, especially children, these allergies can be severe and debilitating. Wool duvets and pillows cannot solve eradicate dust mites but they can help reduce their presence. There are two ways this can happen.
Firstly, the wool itself in a duvet or pillow is of little interest to a dust mite and so your Southdown bedding will help reduce (but obviously not eradicate) the presence of the little beasts.

In the second instance, because of the way wool breathes, the wool in the duvet or pillow stays drier than other fillings. The lower the humidity and therefore the less comfortable for dust mites, the less the chance of mildew and mould building up which deprives the dust mites of a potentially tasty meal.

Bear in mind, dust mites love the protein dust they find in feather and down duvets and pillows. While a  down/feather duvet is lovely when new, they do not last and after a matter of a few years, the feathers and down deteriorate into this dust which dust mites find very attractive.

Top Tip!

Stop making your bed. Instead, in the mornings fold the top of your duvet down towards the base, leaving your mattress and fitted sheets exposed to natural sunlight. Sunlight kills dust mites.