Several years ago I set out on a quest to find the perfect pillow. It seems to me that if a pillow is so soft that your head ends up on the bed, it’s the same as not having a pillow. I like a firm pillow but I have tested a few that are too firm, which makes me feel like I’m eating celery, in a great pizza restaurant. A pillow should be all happiness and peace.
I now have 20 pillows and 14 of the top 15 are Malouf pillows. Every night I have a pillow festival. I have purchased every pillow I own except this “Zoned Dough Chamomile” pillow which was given to me in exchange for an honest review. After trying it out for a few days, I can see now why they were so confident I’d give it a good review.
If I just picked up this pillow I would be basically unimpressed. It doesn’t seem thick or firm or springy enough. I would have to notice, however, the Tencel mesh cover, which I think is just incredible. I put pillow slips on my pillows, even though Malouf pillows feel better without them, but I have not been able to put a pillow slip on this one yet. I don’t understand what Tencel is but I know if makes for amazing sheets and now it is an incredible covering for two of my pillows.
This “Zoned Dough Chamomile” pillow is different than all my other pillows in that I don’t immediately notice if it is too soft or too firm. It’s like my head just floats on it. It’s hard to describe. It’s almost like it’s not there but head is still cushioned, like it is floating on air. Someone really spent some time engineering this pillow just right. It is quite remarkable. I am impressed. It must be from the future.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with the scent. I don’t even know what a “chamomile scent” is. (I know I can’t say it and had to look it up to spell it.) I wanted to get one because a friend has one and he says loves this particular pillow. The scent for me is unusually pleasant, taking me back to my college days when I was young and immortal and I went hiking in the mountains. It smells like wildflowers to me. Sadly, that benefit is mostly lost on me, however, because now I am old and I use a CPAP machine. (I use the pillow without the machine when I take naps, however, and it is very soothing.)
If you are concerned about how strong the scent will be, don’t worry at all. It comes very lightly scented and then, if you spray it with this tiny magic vial that comes with it, you can make the scent stronger with just a spray or two. (Don’t spray it too much. I did six or seven sprays with my peppermint Malouf pillow and I could smell it 50 feet away for an hour or two.)
I’m trying to find something to criticize about this pillow so this review will have some credibility. I guess my only complaint is that I think this is a mid-loft pillow and it just doesn’t seem thick enough. I got a standard size and I think if I had tested a larger size it would have been thicker and firmer. If you like Malouf pillows and you like a firmer pillow, get a high-loft size, if it is available.
My family thinks I’m crazy to have more than one pillow but I strongly believe that investing in your sleep is something that pays off in a big way. It makes night time such a joy. I have tested out a lot of different pillows now and I think this Chamomile one may be the best one yet. (I have another Malouf pillow I may like better, perhaps just because I can tell it is there.) The competition for the number one slot is fierce. I have found several “perfect pillows” and they are all made by Malouf. You can’t go wrong with this pillow, especially if you feel like falling asleep in a mountain meadow.