Satin vs silk

Head to head: Silk vs Satin Pillowcase

Silk and satin are both seen as luxurious fabrics, often used in high-end fashion and home decor. While both materials have a glossy, smooth finish, there are some key differences between the two.

Silk is a natural protein fiber obtained from the cocoons of silkworms. It is considered the most luxurious of all natural fibers and has been used for thousands of years for its beauty and durability.

Silk is soft, smooth, and has a natural sheen that makes it perfect for creating elegant garments and home textiles.

It’s also naturally hypoallergenic, making 22 momme silk pillowcases the number one choice for those with sensitive skin.


Satin: Skin disruptive

Satin, on the other hand, is a synthetic fabric typically made from polyester or nylon. It is known for its glossy finish and smooth feel, but it can’t match the natural luxuriousness of silk.

Satin is not as breathable as silk making it disruptive for certain skin types, and it tends to be less durable over time.

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As silk is a sustainable fibre, especially compared to satin & cotton. Silk is a renewable resource, making it more sustainable than many synthetic fibres.


Silk is a natural material that is non toxic. Materials like satin are made from polyester (plastic), which is carcinogenic material that can be absorbed by the skin if you sleep on it regularly.



Silk is a breathable fabric that is considered one of the most luxurious of all natural fibres. It's naturally hypoallergenic which helps keep your skin hydrated & refreshed.


Silk is known for being a very smooth, shiny durable material while simultaneously being known for it's strength & elasticity.

In addition to its luxuriousness, silk is also eco-friendly, natural, biodegradable material. Silk is also a renewable resource, making it a more sustainable choice than many synthetic fabrics.


Is satin harmful?

Yes, well sort of.

Silk is a non-toxic material, unlike statin. As satin is made out of plastic, it is deemed potentially harmful to humans if used over a prolonged period of time.

This is because the skin the largest organ of the body which can absorb 60-70% of everything you apply to it. This is a concern because long term use of a plastic satin pillowcase could be detrimental to your health as your body can absorb some of these plastic fibres.


In conclusion, while satin may have a similar glossy finish, it can’t match the natural beauty, luxury, and versatility of silk. Silk is the premier choice for health & wellbeing while being a sustainable choice for the environment.

See our Silk FAQ for more information on silk.

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