Friday, May 23, 2014

Don't Worry, Be Happy (on a Natural Latex Mattress)

Afraid to go to bed? Really, stop worrying about how you can get a decent night's sleep on that old mattress. It's often known as denial, characterized by a pile of extra layers on top an uncomfortable mattress! Pads, extra pillows, foam toppers, all mixed together in hopes of a good nights sleep. Oh, did I mention all of the chemicals that go along with that scary old mattress and the extra layers on top?

OK, in the interest of keeping the solution as short as possible, I'll do it with three pictures!

Oh yeah, that's a natural latex mattress, clean, non-toxic and supremely comfortable!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Find the Perfect Firmness for Your Natural Latex Mattress

Let's start from the bottom on this one. Every mattress needs a core, which is the supporting component in your mattress. In more familiar terms for most, this would be the springs in a old-style innerspring mattress. The advantages of latex can be immediately recognized.  Latex defined the curves of your body perfectly, conforming easily to every nuance. An innerspring, by design, can only support your body in uncomfortable steps, because of the coils.

(NOTE: Just by way of comparison, if you want to see the dramatic difference between a latex mattress and an innerspring mattress, just go to your control panel and pick the low possible resolution. Coils are just like the jagged steps that define a curve in low resolution, as coils are about 2-3 inches in diameter.  Now, move on to the highest possible resolution. Latex conforms to your shape as in high resolution, perfectly smooth due to the extremely fine cell structure. Pretty easy to imagine the difference, right?)

O.K., on to firmness selection for the core of your latex mattress. DO NOT be mislead by the progressive firmness approach, i.e., three layers of  3" Dunlop or Talalay latex. Rather than making it easier to determine the correct firmness for the supporting core, most of these mattresses confuse the issue completely. The core should provide the proper support for your size, weight, sleeping position and preference for a firmer or softer feel.

Keep it simple, choose one type of latex and one firmness for for your supporting core. A 6" SOLID core is more durable and consistent in feel. How durable, well here's feedback from a customer posted on the FoamSource website.

We just wanted to thank you for the great service, and to extol the virtues of your long-lasting mattresses. We bought our original latex mattress at the Foam Source back in 1991--18 years ago...

On visiting your store last month searching for an upgrade, we were amazed to learn that we could keep using the latex core from our old mattress (which is as good as new inside the cover) and simply add a new 2" soft latex topper. We took your advice and also splurged on a beautiful new cover that accommodates the extra height... Ahhh!

Let's take a look at the comfort (topper) layer. Again, in more familiar terms, this would be a pillow-top or the foam padding on top of inner-springs, added to provide a more comfortable sleeping layer. The memory foam layer on top of a TempurPedic is another example of a comfort layer. This layer is designed to conform to your body, and, particularly for side sleepers, to relieve pressure points at the hips and shoulders.

In a premium natural latex mattress, the comfort (topper) layer should work in conjunction with the latex core. This because of the natural qualities of latex, where even the core is far superior in conforming to the contours of the body. One simple 2" softer latex layer is all that is necessary to combine with the core, keeping support, while adding additional conforming and relief of pressure points at the shoulder and hips. (NOTE: back sleepers and stomach sleepers can often use a comfort layer that is the same firmness as the core.)

But so many firmness choices are available, particularly with multiple layers, why is this solution so simple? Hmm...

Friday, January 31, 2014

FoamSource - Direct Manufacturer of Natural Latex Mattresses

FoamSource offers the low pricing you can expect from a direct manufacturer of natural latex mattress. If you consider sale pricing from other online vendors, even at $1000 off, to be a bargain, STOP and compare our everyday low prices. Yeah, you won't get a dopamine rush and the warm fuzzies of a SALE, however, you will find the lowest possible prices for certified 100% natural Dunlop and Talalay latex mattresses.

What does FoamSource mean when we talk about certified 100% natural latex? It couldn't be more simple, we actually post current certifications showing the the article tested is shown as 100% natural latex. Go for a $1000 off on a queen misrepresented as 100% natural Talalay and see if the certificate posted reads 100% natural latex. Yeah, it doesn't, because it's not! Call Latex International before you buy a 100% natural Talalay latex mattress, to determine which vendors are actually using their latex.

All latex is NOT the same. FoamSource is proud of our enduring relationship with Latex International, and the fact that we began using their 100% natural Talalay 10 years ago, when it first became available. Please understand that most of the Talatech latex from L.I. is an excellent blend of synthetic and natural latex. After designing and building Natural Latex Mattresses for more than 28 years, we find that most of our customers prefer the 100% natural Talalay!

When you receive a Nu-Lex Talalay latex mattress, you will find that it is clearly labeled with a designation of N3 or N5 on the core. The topper layers are cut by L.I from these cores, so the label is also cut, however when you do find a topper label it will read read either N1, N3 or N5. Important? You betcha', as only the 100% natural Talalay from L.I. carries labels that read N for natural, followed by the numeric 1-6 for different firmness levels.

The growing interest in natural latex mattresses has created a glut of online vendors, many of whom prefer to let the details fall through the cracks, particularly when it comes to the actual latex used in their mattresses! Is FoamSource the only provider of 100% natural Talalay latex from L.I.? Not at all, however, we strive to have the lowest possible prices. Most importantly, we want the consumer to be certain that they get what they pay for!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

How to Purchase a 100% Natural Talalay Latex Mattress

It's very simple, first the basics straight from Latex International:

Founded over 35 years ago, Latex International is the largest Talalay Latex producer in the world. Our Talalay material is used in millions of the finest mattresses, pillows and toppers.

Currently, there are only two companies that go the extra mile to produce this extraordinary sleep material and we are the only one producing in the USA. Our team is proud to make what is widely regarded as the finest Talalay Latex in the world. We are driven by our quality standards which improve peoples’ lives every day, and night.


While you sink through ordinary foam, OUR Talalay Latex sleep products (Mattresses, Toppers, Pillows) lift your body which relieves tension and relaxes your muscles delivering an exquisite nights’ sleep. Talalay Latex is actually supple “rubber” not “foam”, don't worry, you'll feel the difference.

Now their description of latex:

Basically: rubber particles in water.

Natural Latex is a milky substance harvested from rubber tree plants (Havea brasiliensis) which are grown in tropical climate plantations around the world. Most are located in Africa, Malaysia, South America, and Indonesia. Natural Latex is bio-degradable and naturally resistant to mold, mildew & bacteria
Synthetic latex is a man-made molecular copy of natural latex. The scientific name for this compound is Styrene-Butadiene (SBR).Styrene is named for “styrax”, the resin from a Turkish tree.

Low levels of styrene occur naturally in many kinds of plants as well as a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables & nuts. Butadiene is produced by dehydration of butane obtained from petroleum. Butadiene is also used in the manufacture of latex paints and nylon fibers used in rope and clothing.

Blended latex is just what it sounds like, a combination of Natural latex and Synthetic latex mixed together.

Our commitment to perfection: From the selection and mixing of raw materials to final product testing and assembly, our entire manufacturing facility utilizes the latest technology to create the most supple, resilient and comfortable Talalay Latex sleep products in the world.

Talalay latex is the premier material in bedding, LI Talalay delivers a unique buoyant quality which relaxes muscles and relieves tension, lifting away the pressures of the day while you sleep. Careful attention to detail at every step makes certain this amazing feel comes through in the finished product.

Use the best recipe – Next, we mix our premium ingredients into a liquid latex formula or “batter”. Creating different formulas of liquid latex “batter”, we meet specific customer requests for 100% natural or more commonly used blended natural/synthetic latex recipes. Think dark chocolate vs, milk chocolate- it’s a matter of personal taste and desired product attributes.

Now, be certain that your mattress manufacturer can supply their Oeko-Tex Certification, and that the product tested is listed as "100% natural" Talalay rubber foam.

FoamSource is proud of our enduring relationship with Latex International. We have designed our mattresses around their Talalay latex for over 15 years, with our Nu-Lex family of mattresses constructed with ONLY the Latex International 100% natural Talalay latex. We proudly post our certifications for what we consider to be the finest latex available in the world today.

The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 (link to oeko website) is the leading global testing and certification process that ensures textile materials and home furnishing products do not contain harmful substances or pose a health risk to consumers. Very few latex or foam producers in the world meet the standards of this independent, third-party certification.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Buying a Latex Mattress...Experience Counts!

Wow, is the latex mattress marketplace confusing! Latex mattresses have been the fastest growing niche in the mattress industry, due in part to the 2007 fire codes. FoamSource, one of the first online retailers of natural latex mattresses, has watched as more and more websites appeal to prospective customers by "greenwashing" their products.

Here's just a short list of common "greenwashing" techniques:

  • Natural Latex - blended latex has varying percentages of natural latex so, it becomes "natural" latex.
  • Organic Latex - 100% natural latex, regardless of source, is frothed using additional chemicals.
  • Bio-foam or Eco-foam - refers to to polyurethane foam with added soy-based ingredients, about 5-20%. It does reduce the number of barrels of oil used in producing poly foams, however the foam is in no way "natural"!
  • Natural Memory Foam - heavily promoted by the manufacturer as the "world's only natural memory foam", these claims recently received a blow when the FTC filed complaints against three companies claiming "no VOCs".
  • Organic Mattresses - often even the cover is not organic and, in some cases, the cover has no wool or insufficient wool for a natural fire barrier. Pick from above for possible "natural" claims for the latex or eco-foam used in the mattress.
  • In Business for Over__Years - we've seen them come and go, one large and popular site, in business since the mid 2000s, somehow managed to get another couple of decades out of the sky.
Protect yourself, and your desire for a natural latex mattress, by being aware of the right questions to have answered, before you purchase. Do not buy from sites that have not posted Oeko-Tex certifications showing that the latex tested is 100% natural latex, the only way you can be certain that your natural latex is free of synthetics.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Natural Talalay Latex Topper and Wool - Transform Your Innerspring Mattress

Hey there, why not get started sleeping on natural latex, without breaking the bank! If you've been looking into a latex mattress, and want 100% natural latex, you may be in sticker shock. No problem with price, then buy the best natural latex mattress available. However, if you're looking for the Pure Comfort of sleeping on the best components of a natural latex mattress on a budget, try this idea on for size.

Start from the top down. Premium all natural latex mattresses start with an organic or natural cotton cover, with high quality wool batting. Wool is an exceptional thermo-regulator, wicking away any nighttime body moisture, keeping you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Many tests have shown that wool batting provides a deeper and more restful sleep. There are a variety of products that we suggest for this purpose, from washable natural wool mattress pads and protectors to Pure Organic wool toppers.

Just one more layer to go, a 100% natural Talalay latex topper, the comfort and conforming layer that is at the top of all premium latex mattresses. Talk with an experienced customer service or sales rep, who will guide you through the choice of topper firmness and thickness. The factors to be considered are your mattress firmness (if it has body impressions, you need a new mattress first!), the quality and thickness of the mattress padding, your sleeping position and your size and weight. It's a simple process that will have you floating on natural latex, while you still have the necessary support from your existing mattress.

The overall cost, for a queen mattress, can be a little over $500 for a washable natural wool mattress pad and 2" of 100% natural Talalay latex, manufactured by Latex International. Now you have the Pure Comfort of a natural wool topper and natural Talalay latex between you and your innerspring, providing an extremely durable, clean and conforming sleeping surface surpassing even the best innerspring mattresses. Oh, I forgot to mention that these products, if properly cared for, will last 10-20 years, so they can be either transferred to your next innerspring, or, better yet, combined with a latex core for a complete latex mattress!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Certified 100% Natural Talalay Latex

Researching natural latex mattresses and feeling confused...surprise, that's what many online sellers have in mind with their latex mattress descriptions. At FoamSource we feature our flagship Nu-Lex natural Talalay mattresses, and we post Oeko-Tex certifications from Latex International that clearly state that we use 100% natural Talalay latex in the Nu-Lex. Why are these certifications missing from other sites? Well, it's not hard to post pages on a website, so it's possible that something is missing, probably from the latex mattress description you've just read.

We have only one intention at FoamSource, to create the highest quality and most affordable natural latex mattresses, using only certified 100% natural latex. We have latex mattresses that use both natural Talalay and natural Dunlop latex. We use only two vendors for certified 100% natural latex, Latex International, molding Talalay cores in the US, and Latex Green, molding Dunlop cores in Sri Lanka and distributing from the US. Now, just to be clear, high quality blended latex cores will also pass the Oeko-Tex standard 100. If you're looking for the the comfort and durability of 100% natural latex, take a close look at the latex tested to be certain it's 100% natural latex.

In our Nu-Lex and Natural Slumber natural latex mattresses, there should be no doubt about the natural latex that is used in the mattresses. The covers of these mattresses use certified organic cotton and Eco Wool batting from the Wool Gatherers Carding Mill. Eco Wool is produced without the use of any chemicals and the result is a softer and more durable wool batting. Eco Wool actively supports sustainable, local farming here in the USA, and in addition, is a premium product that is very durable, resilient and a great choice for those with chemical sensitivities or allergies.

If some of the previous hype in your research has left some lingering doubts, just call us! After 28 years of designing and building natural latex mattresses, we're happy to share our information. Final obstacle, prices seem too good to be true? Just compare the latex we use and enjoy the bargain. FoamSource mattresses generally ship in two days, and the shipping is free. Believe it!