The Ergohacks Verdict
Sleep is a precious commodity and a dark environment that stimulates the production of melatonin can be hard to come by. Melatonin production is vital to health. It lowers blood pressure, glucose levels, and body temperature during the night and helps keep our circadian rhythm in balance. A comfortable sleep mask is an inexpensive and convenient solution that can be used anywhere. Jasmine Silk manufacturers a 100% silk eye mask with an elasticated strap that is designed to block out light throughout the night.
I never travel without a sleep mask and I found Jasmine’s Silk eye mask to be luxurious, soft and light. It doesn’t press on my eyes, the strap fits comfortably after adjustment and although it shifted a little whilst I slept, all sleep masks I have worn do, it never came off. It did let in a little light when it moved, but it was such a small amount that it didn’t bother me during the night, including sunrise. Jasmine Silk’s eye mask gets a definite thumbs up. It is also the first eye mask Cass found comfortable and despite being only six, it fit her perfectly and she found the bit of light seepage reassuring. She borrowed it for a night and the next morning it was slipped into her overnight bag with great subtlety and much subterfuge.
It’s a year later and she still travels with it and I had to buy a second one for myself. It’s not the cheapest on the market, but £7 is a small price to pay for many a good night’s sleep.
Price: £6.99 – £11
Included: Eye mask and set of earplugs in a clear plastic envelope.
“Jasmine Silk was founded in 1982, and is a world leader in finest quality silk. The parent company is based in the Hangzhou region of China, on the Yangtze River delta. Jasmine Silk is a family firm, one of the largest producers of fine silk in China and the name behind many famous designer labels. In 2008, Leon and Olivia realized that it was impossible for UK customers to buy top quality silk bed linen at reasonable prices and decided to open a new branch of Jasmine Silk over here.” *
It’s a simple product, but it makes a huge difference, particularly when traveling and camping during the summer months. Made out of silk, it’s lightweight and soft, yet very durable. After a year of regular use, neither the strap nor the mask shows any wear and tear.
Size: One size with adjustable elastic strap.
Colour: Black, Mocha, Ivory
Materials: Silk filling, Charmeuse mulberry silk* outer layer, elastic strap. Dye and thread type undisclosed.
Decibels: Quiet in use, no rustling or crinkling
Energy use: None
Hand made in China
Care instructions: Hand wash or machine washable at 30°C
Certification: Oeko-Tex Standard 100
The review is based on the Jasmine Silk Sleep Eye Mask (black). Click to read more about our eco icons and access icons used in this review. This article was first published on 5 June 2016 and last updated on 13 July 2017.