7 Reasons why merino wool is perfect for all seasons
We don't just love merino wool because we raise merino sheep. Pure merino wool is one of those almost magical fabrics that is really hard to beat, in all seasons - not just in winter! Below are 7 reasons why merino wool is just so good.
#1. Pure merino wool is Hypo-Allergenic
If you are someone with sensitive skin, you don't have to choose between comfort and style - you can have both with merino wool. It's great for people with sensitive skin and has also been shown to reduce both infant and adult eczema symptoms compared to other types of fabrics. The fine, hypoallergenic fibres are non-irritating next to the body, wonderful for people suffering from different skin conditions such as dermatitis. Merino wool contains very low levels of irritants compared to other fabrics that use synthetics and other added chemicals.
#2. Merino wool is wrinkle-resistant
One of the popular properties of merino wool is its elasticity. Macrame expert Anna Merilic recommends travelling with merino wool fabrics:
You take it out from your luggage, hang it for about 30 minutes, and you're good. You don't need to iron the shirt. You also don't have to worry about the wrinkles you get from backpacks, seatbelts, and many others. This is definitely your travelling companion.
#3. Merino wool is renewable
Cotton and synthetic fibre materials are very resource and process intensive. Merino wool, on the other hand, is completely sustainable and environmentally friendly. Some merino sheep can be shorn up to twice a year, and their coat layer is continually growing. And all it takes is sunlight, fresh air, grass, and water, and of course happy and healthy sheep!
For the animals, there's absolutely no pain on their end - shearing helps them to remain comfortable. Merino wool is also biodegradable - you can put it in your own compost - and it offers more benefits compared to other materials without having to incorporate any chemical additives.
#4. Merino wool is quick drying
Despite being offering extreme comfort, merino wool consists of fine fabric that quickly dries. It has the ability to release water quickly. Fun fact: it can absorb moisture up to 35% of its actual weight, and it won't feel wet at all. The fibres on the surfaces are dry then the moisture will then travel to the fibres' core. In comparison to polyester, wool is comfortable and warm to wear, even during winter or when it's wet. Additionally, it doesn't stop the body from sweating, one of our body's natural cooling mechanisms. It'll dry faster than your other garments do. Throw in the laundry, wash, hang and it'll be ready in no time.
#5. Merino wool is super insulating
Merino wool is especially popular during the winter season because of its amazing warming features while remaining very light. Its natural fibres are efficient in keeping you warm when it's cold, and even cool when it's hot, better than synthetic materials. Merino wool has magnificent insulating properties that are great for kids, babies and adults alike.
#6. Merino wool is odour-resistant
Aside from its insulating properties and lightweight materials, merino wool has antibacterial properties. This makes it a great hiking and travel essential as it can stay smelling fresh for at least a few days.
Additionally, the wool absorbs the skin's moisture, which means that you won't have a build up of sweat. According to interior designer Gary Hamer:
You can leave your wool clothing hanging in humid weather, and you'll still be able to wear it the following day without having to worry about the bad odour.
#7. Merino wool is comfortable and soft to wear
By now, you probably know that merino wool is comfortable to wear and soft on the skin. This is because it is made up of very fine wool fibres - 16.5 to 19.5 microns. These soft and thin fibres are way beyond a human skin's 25 microns itching threshold. When it gets contact with the skin, it bends beautifully without creating an irritating sensation.