About Lavender Luxe
Lavender Luxe is a hypoallergenic orthopedic memory foam pillow that features an infusion of real lavender extract to help soothe your nerves, calm your mind, sleep more deeply, and wake up with more energy.
Not only this, but the memory foam contours to your neck and head at night, isolates your head and protects it from disturbances, and springs back to shape in the morning.
For what amounts to a subtly scented pillow, the commercial makes it seem like Lavender Luxe is the proven answer for delivering “an amazing sleep experience,” regardless of what ails you. Here, we’ll quickly help you discern whether or not this is what you might realistically expect.
What’s the Relationship Between Memory Foam, Lavender, & Sleep?
ExplainThatStuff reports memory foam is a viscoelastic material, in that it moves when force is applied and returns to its shape once the force is removed. It's also temperature sensitive, so it softens as body heat warms it up, allowing it to mold to a person’s unique contours and provide customized support.
As such, memory foam has been a popular material in bedding for decades, including multi-layered mattresses, toppers, and pillows. However, the Lavender Luxe commercial doesn’t cite any sources when advertising that memory foam has the “highest customer satisfaction rating over the longest period of time.” We also couldn’t find third-party support for this claim during our research.
What about the manufacturer’s claim that “research shows people who smell lavender before bed sleep more deeply and wake up with more energy”?
Without going into unnecessary detail, there is some evidence associating lavender with a mental state that’s more conducive for sleep. For example, the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed listed 66 clinical studies related to lavender and sleep. Here’s a random sampling of some of the most recent:
- A 2017 study from the College of Nursing at Eulji University showing that lavender oil aromatherapy “alleviated stress and improved sleep quality in intensive care unit patients” after two days.
- A 2017 Turkish study showing that the use of aromatherapy (including lavender) “applied by inhalation improved sleep quality, decreased fatigue level and severity in hemodialysis patients.”
- A 2016 Korean study indicating that inhaling lavender might help improve quality of sleep for nurses who work night shifts.
With this said, based on the cumulative (versus individual) clinical evidence, sites like the Natural Medicines Database and WebMD indicate it’s inconclusive as to whether or not inhaled lavender (whether from a pillow like Lavender Luxe or another aromatherapy method) will provide meaningful benefits in humans.
However, they also point out that lavender is likely safe when inhaled in medicinal amounts, although you’ll certainly want to talk with your doctor in advance, especially if you have any breathing concerns.
How Much Does Lavender Luxe Cost?
Two Lavender Luxe pillows are priced at:
- Queen: $29.99 + $19.98 P&H
- King: $34.99 + $24.98 P&H
Per an image on the home page of the Lavender Luxe, the pillow comes with a 100-night risk-free guarantee, while the site’s Guarantee and Return Policy page references 30-days. We contacted customer support at 877-399-3491 and confirmed it’s 30 days.
Who Makes Lavender Luxe?
Lavender Luxe is manufactured by Spark Innovators, a company based out of Fairfield, NJ who’s been making As Seen on TV products like EpiSmooth, Luma Smile, and Engrave-It Pro (as but a couple of recent examples) since 1988.
The company held an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on one customer review and 13 closed complaints, as of 3/19/18. Where details were available, most seemed to reference service concerns, although a representative solved the problem in each instance.
Are There Other Aromatherapy Pillows Like Lavender Luxe?
If you search for the term ‘lavender scented pillow’ or ‘lavender infused memory foam pillow’ on marketplaces like Amazon, Google Shopping, and Walmart.com, you’ll encounter dozens of options making many of the same claims as Lavender Luxe’s manufacturer, the majority of which are priced between $50 and $100, putting the product in question at the lower end of the spectrum.
How to figure out which of these—if any—will deliver the most bang for your buck? As we outline in Top Pillow Picks For Each Position, it turns out that the best place to start when choosing a new pillow isn’t necessarily its aroma. Instead, it’s often your preferred sleeping position. Why?
Primarily, because this position could determine your ideal loft and firmness level. For example, we explain that back sleepers will likely prefer something with medium firmness and extra loft or height in the bottom third to support the neck, while side sleepers might opt for one with maximum firmness and a center cavity design for plenty of head cradling.
On the other hand, if you’re a stomach sleeper, you might prefer a very thin pillow with “total softness and malleability, to avoid distending your head backward.” Or, no pillow at all.
Does this mean you should go ahead and place your order for the Lavender Luxe pillow? Let’s wrap up as we help you answer this important question.
Our Bottom Line About Lavender Luxe
We didn't test the pillow ourselves to provide firsthand feedback, but based on what we learned from the website and commercial, Lavender Luxe seems like a medium-loft pillow with a mid-level amount of sinkage so that it might appeal to the widest variety of sleeping positions. As such, if you tend to frequently move around at night, it might represent a viable option.
On top of this, as claimed on the website, there’s a fair amount of clinical support that the scent of lavender could help promote a calmer mental state, which is more conducive to sleep.
With this said, as consumers ourselves, our most pressing concern about Lavender Luxe isn’t necessarily one of effectiveness, it’s one of value. After all, while it’s one of the least expensive options currently on the market and you get two for the price of one, between $20 and $25 of each purchase (depending on model) goes toward P&H fees. And if you decide to process a refund, all of this money will immediately go out the window.
On top of this, we spoke with several customer service reps during our research, none of whom were able to answer important questions like:
- Is the memory foam infused with lavender scent, or just the cover?
- How long can customers expect the scent to last?
- Specifically, what kind of memory foam is used in the pillow? Is it a single piece, or thousands of shreds?
- What’s the loft/height? How about the density?
Bringing these two concerns together, if you’re looking for the least expensive option possible, you might consider purchasing a sub-$10 bottle of lavender oil spray (from a reputable manufacturer who stands behind their products with a refund policy, of course) and apply it to your current trusty pillow.
Then, if you find that it helps you calm down and that it promotes better sleep, you might consider committing to spending more of your hard-earned money on a pillow like Lavender Luxe.
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