Best silk pillowcases 2022: 12 best buys for better hair, skin and sleep

The best silk pillowcases aren't just luxurious to look at. Discover the benefits these covers have on your beauty sleep

A luxury neutral bedroom with button back headboard and Audley Pure Silk Oxford Silk Pillowcase With Border from The White Company
(Image credit: The White Company)

Looking for the best silk pillowcases? Look no further. Getting your eight hours is just one part of looking and feeling great. But, if we're going to part with our hard-earned cash, then the covers that envelope our best pillows better be multi-purpose.

Aside from the soft and stroke-worthy feel, this organic and hypoallergenic product was literally made for your beauty routine. Endorsed by aestheticians and interior stylists, this choice material will pay dividends to your decor as well as your hair, skin, and quality of sleep. Its anti-aging properties are perfect for stopping fine lines and, are suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types.

If you're already overwhelmed, the good news is the Real Homes team is here to help. We've been snoozing on the job putting the best silk pillowcases - and brands - through their paces, and have rounded up our tried and tested favorites for sleep's sake, looking at various price points, mommes (the measurement used to define the density and quality of silk) and the colorways available. And, as we become much more conscious buyers, we've also taken a look at vegan options which aren't derived from caterpillar saliva from their spinneret.

Best silk pillowcases

A bed with cream grid motif duvet and silk dot design organic pillowcase


(Image credit: John Lewis & Partners)

1. Mother of Pearl X John Lewis & Partners Spot Organic Silk pillowcase

Best patterned silk pillowcase: 100% organic silk pillowcase in an aesthetically-pleasing spotted print

Specifications
Composition: 100% organic silk
Mommes (mm): Not specified
Color(s) available: Cream spot, pink spot, tan spot
Reasons to buy
+Attractive print+Can be ironed+Machine washable+Can be tumble-dried+Exclusive to John Lewis & Partners+Available in three colorways
Reasons to avoid
-Not suitable for vegans-Mommes (mm) not specified

The best silk pillowcases often come in gorgeous white, cream, or at most, pastel/neutral shades. But unless you go high-end or designer, you're unlikely to find a pattern that serves up style.

However, British retailer John Lewis & Partners has collaborated exclusively with sustainable brand Mother of Pearl to bring us this contemporary spot organic silk pillowcase design with attitude that doesn't cost the earth.

Available in three colorways (cream spot, pink spot, and tan spot), these luxurious pillowcases (sold singly) are made with 100% silk that is also Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified. 

This certification ensures that high social and environmental standards of manufacture have been met across the entire textile supply chain.

The packaging has been thoughtfully designed to have a second life too. The box can be reused for storage or gifting, and the branded element can be removed and recycled.

This luxe-looking product is machine-washable at 40 degrees Celsius, can be tumble dried at a low temperature, and can be ironed at a maximum temperature of 110 degrees Celsius.

A luxury bedroom with white wall paneling and Audley pure silk Oxford pillowcase with border by The White Company


(Image credit: The White Company)

2. The White Company Audley pure silk Oxford pillowcase with border

Best silk pillow for a luxury brand we know and trust

Specifications
Composition: 100% Mulberry silk
Mommes (mm): 19
Color(s) available: Chalk
Reasons to buy
+Made using mulberry Silk+Well-known luxury brand+Superb quality+Color
Reasons to avoid
-An investment (but so worth it!)-Not vegan friendly

This limited-edition mulberry silk Audley pure silk Oxford pillowcase with border celebrates The White Company's 25-year heritage of crafting impeccably beautiful and high-quality products – a journey that started with bedding.

The ultimate luxury in bed linen, silk is not only renowned for its ability to help hair and skin retain their moisture (hello glowing skin and frizz-free strands) but is thought to help prevent wrinkles, too.

Mulberry Silk is especially known for its excellent strength, naturally hypoallergenic properties, and temperature regulating abilities. Silky-smooth to touch, this superior bed linen is a sumptuous addition to your bedroom and feels simply heavenly to sleep beneath. And, if it wasn't tempting enough, this soft pure silk pillowcase is finished with a smart Oxford border.

An M&S branded ivory silk pillowcase with personalized initials in bottom right corner

(Image credit: M&S)

3. M&S personalised silk pillowcase

Best personalised silk pillowcase: add a unique touch with three initials or characters

Specifications
Composition: 100% silk
Mommes (mm): Not specified
Color(s) available: White
Reasons to buy
+Great personalized gift idea+Delivered within 10-14 working days
Reasons to avoid
-Not suitable for vegans-Only available in white-Cannot be refunded or exchanged (if not faulty)-Mommes (mm) not specified

Bring a luxurious feel to your bedding with a personalized silk pillowcase, embroidered with your chosen initials in classic white thread, and sewn smartly in the bottom right corner of the case – so whether your kids share a bedroom or you're trying to differentiate whose pillow's whose from your spouse, there'll be no arguments.

This bespoke bedding accessory also makes a great wedding gift idea and beats generic boxed presents any day. Thanks to their rectangular shape, these cases will suit most pillows and beds.

Check our Marks & Spencer discount codes for the best offers available.

Grey/Silver luxury silk range pillowcases from Wayfair

(Image credit: Wayfair)

4. Belledorm luxury silk range pillowcase

Best silk pillowcase for hygiene: anti-microbial, dust mite resistant and bed bug resistant properties

Specifications
Composition: 100% Mulberry Silk
Mommes (mm): Not specified
Color(s) available: Platinum, ivory, powder pink
Reasons to buy
+30-year brand reputation+Suitable for machine or hand washing+Anti-microbial+Dust mite resistant+Bed bug resistant
Reasons to avoid
-Not vegan friendly

If you love your beauty sleep, look no further than this luxury Silk pillowcase by Belledorm, available at Wayfair. Scientifically speaking, these best silk pillowcases are hypoallergenic because of their protein structure, and they contain many amino acids common in the human body. Available in platinum, ivory, and powder pink, it's sure to make a style statement in your room. Plus, it comes presented in a fold-out box with tissue paper wrapping – fancy.

And, unlike cotton or linen, which tugs on the skin, silk glides over your face and reduces the stretching and pulling that causes lines on your skin.

A classic Ivory silk pillowcase on a bed with button-backed headboard and white floral arrangement


(Image credit: DUSK)

5. DUSK luxury silk pillowcase

Best silk pillowcase for great hair: get that 'I woke up like this' look with smooth and luscious locks

Specifications
Composition: 100% Mulberry silk
Mommes (mm): Not specified
Color(s) available: Ivory
Reasons to buy
+Trusted British brand+Exclusive design+Packaged in eco-friendly packaging+Satin weave detail
Reasons to avoid
-An investment-Not vegan friendly-Only one colorway

Much more than just a pillowcase, the best silk pillowcases offer a host of desirable beauty benefits for sleeping beauties. Proven to be less absorbent than other materials, a silk pillowcase can help to keep your skin feeling and looking healthy. Its non-friction material means your locks will feel the love too.

So complete your classic bedroom interior with this luxuriously smooth 100% Mulberry Silk pillowcase from DUSK. Whether for yourself or as a gift, this limited edition silk pillowcase comes in a timeless ivory hue to suit both traditional and contemporary sleep spaces.

To wash, you'll just need to turn it inside out. Then, for the slickest of results, iron on a cool setting for smooth results.

A set of two pillows encased in ivory silk pillowcases on bed with purple bed decor


(Image credit: LILYSILK)

6. LILYSILK 19 Momme silk pillowcase

Best quality silk pillowcase: only the finest long ­fiber mulberry silk (Grade 6A) has been used to make this pillowcase

Specifications
Type of silk: 100% Mulberry silk
Momme (mm): 19
Color(s): Natural white, dark teal, rosy pink, deep purple, light blue, silvergray, lavender, white marble, blue floral, navy blue, natural golden, white, taupe, black
Reasons to buy
+Grade 6A momme silk+Available in 16 colorways
Reasons to avoid
-Not suitable for vegans

According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, it's normal to lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair per day, but if you want to keep a thick and full mane, one way to do this is to purchase the best silk pillowcase you can afford.

This LILYSILK 19 Momme Silk Pillowcase is made of 100%, non-toxic, OEKO-TEX certified Grade 6A mulberry silk, which can effectively reduce the friction between pillowcase and hair, reducing hair loss. Only 5% of silk in the world meets this standard!

Making sleep time feel like a special occasion, this pillowcase has an envelope closure. Perfect if you like to put their hands under your pillow while you sleep. Additionally, this Oxford-style case features a 2-inch trim to look the part.

An ideal eco-conscious gift idea, this best silk pillowcase, available in 16 different colors, is made from the queen of fibers will add a quality and expensive feel to your boudoir. The natural silk fibers are degradable and only take 1-5 years to decompose (50 times faster than synthetic pillowcases!)

What's more, Mulberry trees require less water than cotton to grow and they are not sprayed with pesticides to protect the soil.

Restorative sleep well set with silk pillowcase, spray and earbuds


(Image credit: Scentered)

7. Restorative Silk Sleep set from Scentered

Best silk pillowcase / aromatherapy gift: This present features a silk pillowcase, Scentered's famous Sleep Well Wellbeing Ritual Balm, and a pair of PU foam earplugs

Specifications
Type of silk: 100% Mulberry silk
Mommes (mm): 22
Color(s) available: Grey
Reasons to buy
+Additional gift included+Packaged in a box made using 100% recycled paper and printed with vegetable-based inks
Reasons to avoid
-Not suitable for vegans-Earplugs made from PU plastic material-Balm not suitable for use during pregnancy-Balm contains tree nuts and may contain peanuts/other nuts

This luxurious and thoughtful Restorative Silk Sleep set is the perfect self-care gift, if you're wanting a calming, restorative bedtime routine for skin, hair, and mind. We think this is the perfect spa-style treat without leaving your home.

This set from Aromatherapy lifestyle brand Scentered includes a silk pillowcase, Scentered's famous Sleep Well Wellbeing Ritual Balm, and a pair of PU foam earplugs to reduce noise disturbance and prepare you for a peaceful night’s sleep.  

The Sleep Well Wellbeing Ritual balm delivers an alluring rich and nourishing, 100% natural blend of Moringa and Shea butter that won’t leave your skin feeling greasy, combined with a sophisticated floral blend of palmarosa, lavender, and ylang-ylang to aid sleep.

The balm is coupled with the luxuriously smooth and naturally breathable, skin-friendly silk pillowcase, made from 100% finest, highest quality 22 momme Mulberry silk, to create a deeply relaxing and restorative nighttime wellbeing routine.  The silk is naturally temperature-regulating, keeping you cool in summer; warm in winter.

Balm directions: Apply liberally to wrists, temples, and neck. Inhale deeply whilst mindfully embracing empowering thoughts as you move on to the next moment in your day. 

Pure Mulberry Silk Standard Housewife Pillowcase by Soak and Sleep in bedroom with wooden headboard, taupe qulit, wooden side table, lamp lighting and book


(Image credit: Soak & Sleep)

8. Pure Mulberry Silk Standard Housewife Pillowcase Pair

Best silk pillowcase pair: get a set of two pillowcases for the price of one

Specifications
Composition: 100% Mulberry silk
Mommes (mm): 19
Color(s) available: Antique silver, ivory, duck egg blue, Champagne, blush pink
Reasons to buy
+Sold as a pair+Available in five colorways
Reasons to avoid
-Not suitable for vegans-Expensive

If perfection's what you want, here's what you need - pure mulberry silk pillowcases from Soak and Sleep. Supple, lustrous, and sensuous to the touch, there simply aren't enough words to describe just how sumptuous this silk bedlinen feels. 

The light coolness of silk is a lifeline in warm summer months and for people who have a tendency to hot flushes or overheating at night. Perfect when paired with the best fan.

A stack of 3 pillows in Lanham Silk Pillow Cases by Sheridan in cream and brown bedroom


(Image credit: Sheridan)

9. Sheridan Lanham Tailored Pillowcase

Best silk pillowcase for tumble drying: This pillowcase can withstand the pressure of machine drying without damage

Specifications
Composition: 100% Mulberry silk
Mommes (mm): Not specified
Color(s) available: Blue, white, silver
Reasons to buy
+Machine washable+Suitable for tumble drying
Reasons to avoid
-Not suitable for vegans-Mommes (mm) not listed

If there's one thing we've learned about our cousins from down under, is that they know a thing or two about designing the best silk pillowcases. 

This Lanham silk pillowcase from Australian-owned brand Sheridan, available from Debenhams, is made from 100% mulberry silk and is softer and smoother than a Koala!

Machine washable and suitable for tumble-drying, this pillow slip can be taken for a spin in your tumble dryer if you're short on air-drying time outside or space on your radiator.

A set of two Bedsure vegan silk pillowcases in white and blue bedroom with white headboard, wooden side table, white lampshade, white photo frame and duck egg blue mug

(Image credit: Bedsure)

10. Bedsure Satin Pillow Cases 2 Pack

Best vegan silk pillowcase alternative: Non-animal derived silk-style satin pillowcases

Specifications
Type of silk: 100% polyester satin
Mommes (mm): NA
Color(s) available: Black, duck egg, teal, navy, pink, cream, grey
Reasons to buy
+Suitable for vegans
Reasons to avoid
-Non-genuine silk product

Tired of waking up with messy hair? This vegan and affordable alternative to the infamous silk pillowcase by Bedsure, available at Amazon is a winter must-have for anyone with long hair. With a material that reduces friction when you sleep you can cut down on your early morning disentanglement routine from day one.

If you hadn't already guessed, Mulberry silk is made from silkworms and this animal product means that it isn't suitable for anyone who adopts a vegan lifestyle or wants to know how to master a vegan and eco-friendly home

Available in six different colorways, this satin pillow provides a resilient feel with a distinctive and lustrous appearance. Just like its silk counterpart, it creates less friction on straight, wavy, and curly hairstyles and is much gentler on hair than cotton cases.

The envelope closure will stop your pillows from escaping from the pillowcase during the night and with no zipper, you won't have a hard metal causing discomfort or digging into you while you sleep.

A set of two pillows encased in silk pillowcases on bed with velvet button back headboard


(Image credit: The Silk Collective)

11. The Silk Collection pure silk pillowcase

Best independent silk pillowcase

Specifications
Type of silk: 100% Mulberry silk
Momme (mm): 22
Color(s) available: Pearl White, Champagne, Oyster
Reasons to buy
+Independent brand+6A long fiber graded silk+Accessible price+Handwritten gift notes+10% of profits to mental health charity, MIND+Free from toxic dyes+Eco-friendly dyes, certified STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®
Reasons to avoid
-Not suitable for vegans

It's not that often we highlight an independent brand so, we're going to let Ratnavel do the talking here, on why her company produces the best silk pillowcases and why her products can help if you are lying in bed with your mobile phone searching for advice on sleep hygiene.

'As we know, it can be difficult to get a restful night's sleep,' she explains.

'Our pure silk pillowcase adds a little bit of luxury to the home and also has a wide range of benefits for your skin, hair, and the quality of your sleep. Our silk pillowcases are made from the highest grade (6A long fiber) 100% mulberry silk with a luxurious thickness of 22 momme.'

'All of our silk items are certified OEKO-TEK standard 100 which means they are certified to be free from any toxic or harmful chemicals. Each silk pillowcase is hand-packaged into our signature gift box to make the perfect Christmas gift.'

'We spent a long time sourcing the best quality silk so that our products maximize the multitude of benefits that pure mulberry silk can offer. Find out more about the benefits of silk on our website and why you should switch to sleeping on a silk pillowcase.'

'The Silk Collection is a luxury London-based home and lifestyle brand creating beautiful gift boxes containing silk pillowcases and accessories.'

'As a female-founded business that was created during lockdown, we have experienced an amazing growth in supporters and customers who have loved our unique luxury gift boxes, with our key focus being on improving well-being and self-care routines during difficult times. We donate 10% of all profits to charity in support of mental health awareness.'

A slip branded burnt orange/rust silk pillowcase

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12. Slip pure silk pillowcase

Best silk pillowcase for acne-prone skin

Specifications
Composition: 100% pure mulberry silk
Mommes (mm): 22
Color(s) available : Dusk, desert rose, marble
Reasons to buy
+Helps prevent sleep creases+Won’t absorb your skin and hair products+Reduces stretching and tugging on delicate facial skin
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Not available in neutral colorways

If you're a sucker for stats and science-backed beauty products – this one's for you. 

The slipsilk™ silk pillowcase has been developed and refined for over ten years to provide the ultimate combination of shine, thickness, softness and durability.

In laboratory testing, these cases were shown to absorb significantly less facial cream than cotton pillowcases, so they can help keep your skin’s moisture and valuable face and hair products where they belong. 

In other experiments, they were also shown to create 43% less friction on average, which can reduce stretching and tugging on delicate facial skin to stop the signs of ageing and wrinkles as well as avoiding the dreaded bed hair, knots and tangles.

How to identify natural silk?

Lilian Wu, marketing manager at LilySilk says there are two key identifiers to distinguishing between real and faux silk.

1. Type of flame 

Genuine quality silk: Burning genuine silk produces a smell very similar to that of burning human hair. The flame is close to invisible when burning the edge of the natural silk fabric. Very soon after the flame source is taken away from the fabric, the silk will self-extinguish.

Fake silk: Most fake silk is, in fact, petroleum-based polyester products. When burned, these materials tend to combust rapidly in intense flames and smell burning plastic.

2. Ashes from burning

Genuine silk: The ash from burning is black, crispy, and turns to powder quickly when ground.

Fake silk: The ash of artificial silk tend to be sticky, twisted, and difficult to break apart.

What is Momme in silk fabric?

'Mommes (mm) is a unit traditionally used to measure the quality of silk fabrics,' says Wu.

'One momme = 4.340 grams per square meter; 8 mommes is approximately 1 ounce per square yard or 35 grams per square meter. Momme is used to measure the density of silk.'

'The density of the threads in the 25 momme variety of silk is also significantly higher than that of the 22 momme or 19 momme. Our 25 momme silk pillowcase boasts a thread count of 750, while our 22Momme silk pillowcase has a thread count of 600+ and 19mm silk pillowcase, with a thread count of only 400. More threads = more durable and expensive.

'Usually, the higher the momme weight, the more durable the weave, the more luxurious the fabric is, the more suitable it is for heavy-duty use, and the longer the shelf-life. Generally, all silks can be washed and the heavier ones can be washed repeatedly. The heavier the silk, the more opaque it becomes.'

What is the difference between cotton and silk?

'Silk is a natural protein fiber, some forms of which can be woven into textiles,' says Wu.

'The protein fiber of silk is composed mainly of fibroin and is produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons. The shimmering appearance of silk is due to the triangular prism-like structure of the silk fiber, which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles, thus producing different colors. Mulberry silk is the highest quality silk available for purchase.'

Are silk pillowcases better than cotton ones?

'Over our lifetime we will spend around a third of our time sleeping and the majority of us sleep on a cotton pillowcase every night.' says Anya Ratnavel, owner of The Silk Collective.

'While cotton may feel soft, it is more abrasive against our skin and hair compared to silk fabric. This can lead to cotton creases on our face each night (leading to wrinkles over time) and hair becoming tangled and tugged as you toss during the night, causing hair breakage.'

'As silk is less absorbent than cotton, a silk pillowcase or silk eye mask will also help keep any overnight creams you may use stay where they belong, on your face!'

If you're wondering how to cool down a room, it's good to know that silk is naturally temperature regulating ensuring you are warm and cozy in winter and cool and comfortable in summer.

Plus, there's no ruffling, reduced split ends, and less morning frizz after using your best hair straightener – there’s no better way to wake up.

What's the difference between mulberry and tussah silk?

'Mulberry silk is the long silk fiber produced by matured and domesticated silkworms when they secrete liquid silk, also known as “natural silk fiber” ' says Wu.

'It is the earliest animal fiber used by human beings and the most genuine silk fiber for all kinds of silk clothes, which is lightweight, soft, and absorbent of moisture. In addition, mulberry silk contains over 18 amino acids and protein fibers which is healthy for human skin and hair.'

'For example, the hygroscopicity of the mulberry silk comforter is 1.5 times higher than that of cotton comforters. Besides, mulberry silk is pretty hypoallergenic, and as a consequence, many dermatologists recommend silk bedding and apparel for aged and sick people. Compared to other silk fibers, mulberry silk is more luxurious and breathable. It may not be that durable, but who’s going to use the same bedding for life?'

'Tussah silk, also known as ‘shantung,’ is a type of wild silk produced by tussah silkworms that feed on oak and juniper leaves. The silk has a feel and quality different from the mulberry silk. As the worm is not grown in a controlled environment, the moth hatches from the cocoon and interrupts the filament length, resulting in short and coarse fibers instead of long and lustrous ones.'

'Usually, it is widespread in China and other Asian countries like India, difficult to dye, and most often available in its natural color, a creamy tan. It is also lightweight and airy, as well as dressy, giving excellent comfort to the wearer. Moreover, it does not wrinkle easily, which makes it suitable for traveling.'

How do I wash a silk pillowcase?

If you're wondering how to wash silk, the good news is that you won't have to overhaul your laundry routine.

Functionality-wise, there'll be no special wash instructions or fussy handwashing routine as the best silk pillowcases can be popped in your washer at 30 degrees. What's more, they're just as quick to dry as their cotton and polyester counterparts.

Now to the (literally) nitty-gritty. All of these best silk pillowcases are anti-microbial, as well as bedbug and dust mite resistant too. But, to be better safe than sorry, make sure you know how to get rid of bed bugs if you do see critters in your space.

Christina Chrysostomou
Christina Chrysostomou

 CHRISTINA CHRYSOSTOMOU: DIGITAL WRITER, REALHOMES.COM

The newest addition to the team, I am a Digital Writer at Realhomes.com and joined the team in June 2021.

Living in close proximity to Epping Forest, I am spoiled for choice with lush green spaces and also have a lovely English garden complete with a floral melange of roses, lavender, jasmine and an apple tree in my 2-bed ground floor maisonette.


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Quite the juxtaposition, my home is a 'coordinated hodgepodge' of the latest interior styles. However, featuring lots of white and grey decor, oak doors throughout and an upcycled rustic shelf made from a ladder and two wooden planks, the Scandi Chic trend dominates my home.

I'm also a massive fan of multi-functional broken plan design. My living room space is an office by day and social space to relax on evenings and weekends.


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I love entertaining family and friends and often extend my hospitality to include an overnight stay. So my next project would be to renovate our guest room with a boutique hotel style scheme to create a luxe-looking space.


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