Cariloha Bamboo Sheets Set Giveaway

24 Oct

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There’s a chill in the air and Cariloha wants to make sure you’re cozy and comfortable! Enjoy the softest bedding on the planet made from naturally luxurious bamboo. These odor-resistant sheets are softer than 1,000-thread-count Egyptian cotton, making them a must-have favorite for the entire household. I can vouch for these soft Bamboo Sheets from Cariloha because I have a set! They are so soft and they launder very well. Did you know that Cariloha isn’t just known for their Bamboo Sheets, they also make Blankets, Towels and Bath Mats in their home line.

Cariloha also has a clothing line for men and women with a special section called Bamboo Fit for Women! The Bamboo Fit is flexible, breathable and versatile. You can choose from an assortment of styles and colors. Each piece of clothing is made of viscose from bamboo, is hypoallergenic, and keeps you 3 degrees cooler than cotton. Cariloha’s men’s and women’s wear also keeps you cooler than cotton. The accessories Cariloha carries are unbelievable! Here’s just some of what that line carries: Handbags, Scarves, Headbands, Belts, Sandals and more! I want to try so many of their products and their flip-flops are just so cute and cozy looking.

About Cariloha:

“Driven by a comfort, health and eco-conscious lifestyle, Cariloha joins the Style of the Caribbean with the Spirit of Aloha to provide the best in natural luxury. Since 2007, the brand has grown to become the only multi-store retailer in the world to provide an entire store experience that’s completely merchandised with products made from eco-friendly bamboo.

By turning self-replenishing bamboo fields into crazy-soft bamboo fabrics, Cariloha offers an exclusive collection of bedding, apparel, active wear, bath goods, and accessories made from soft, cool, clean and green bamboo. Inspired by the essence and energy of the islands, Cariloha blends style and self-expression into every piece of clothing and bedding it makes. Special care is taken to drape customers in soft, comfortable, naturally breathable bamboo fabrics that leave them experiencing tranquil days in paradise time and time again.

Thanks to an ever-growing, rich supply of bamboo, Cariloha has a growing fleet of stores in 14 countries offering its proprietary bamboo apparel, bedding and bath goods and enjoying the quality, soft touch, and green ‘footprint’ of this renewable resource.”

$100 Cariloha Bamboo Sheet Set Giveaway:

One reader will receive their choice of size and color for a complete Bamboo Bed Sheets Set provided by Cariloha.
This Giveaway is open to U.S. only and ends October 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST

Enter on the Rafflecopter here for your chance to win!

Top Modern Uses of Bamboo

23 Oct

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The use of bamboo spans many cultures and has benefited humankind for thousands of years. While its applications have evolved over time, bamboo continues to support a variety of industries with a wide range of products. These areas include decorative products, building materials, fabric, food and beauty products just to name a few. This blog post will be examining the versatile functions of bamboo in our society today.

Decorative Products
Bamboo has long been used to craft a host of elegant decorations for the home. These items range from picture frames to dividing screens as well as furniture and rugs. These decorations and furniture pieces can feature the rough natural quality of bamboo or can be manufactured to display a sleek lacquered finish. Bamboo is often colored to complement different types of décor.

Building Materials
The use of bamboo for building purposes is growing, which is likely due to its incredible strength and flexibility. It’s used for scaffolding and bridges, to build road reinforcements and even homes. The attractive appearance of bamboo paired with its durability makes it an ideal choice for many building requirements. Bamboo is also more readily available and tends to be more affordable than many other types of building materials.

Fabrics and Clothing
Bamboo fibers are used to produce high quality fabrics and clothing. The extremely soft and breathable characteristics of bamboo fiber provide an alternative to more expensive material such as silk. Bamboo is also used for other products such as jewelry, bags, hats, and even diapers. This growing trend offers many advantages for the consumer as well as the environment.

Cooking
Bamboo is used both as a food source and a material for cooking products. Cooking with bamboo shoots is common in many Asian cultures and the antibacterial properties of bamboo have been used to preserve food. As far as kitchen products go bamboo has become a popular material for cutting boards, steamers and a various types of kitchenware.

Health and Beauty Products
Many health and beauty products contain ingredients derived from bamboo, which benefits the skin in several ways. It is also used to produce a good number of tools used in the beauty industry.
• Bamboo Powder
Finely milled bamboo powder is a major ingredient in exfoliating skincare products and powdered cosmetics. It is rich in essential minerals and the particles are smoother than salt or grains, which makes it great for sensitive skin.
• Bamboo Sap
This hydrating ingredient is derived from bamboo stalks and is used to aid skin regeneration as it strengthens and smooths skin quality. It is valued for its medicinal skin healing properties and is rich in amino acids and minerals.
• Bamboo Fiber and Wood
Fabrics made from bamboo fiber blends are extremely soft and also have natural antibacterial, antifungal, deodorizing and hypoallergenic properties. This makes them an ideal choice for bath towels, bath mats and washcloths. Bamboo wood is a first-rate material for beauty tools such as combs, bath brushes, hair brushes, dry skin brushes and nail brushes.

Weapons

While this may not be as common today, bamboo is still used to make different kinds of weapons. It was used for centuries to create archery bows and arrows, blow guns, swords and staves. Bamboo is also used to create training tools for martial arts practice. These traditional weapons are produced today to provide a lightweight and strong substitute to many modern counterparts.

Instruments

Hollow bamboo tubes can be used to create a multitude of musical instruments. While it is mostly associated with wind instruments, the light durable quality of bamboo is used to construct many percussive instruments as well. Whether it is used to create flutes, drums or didgeridoos, these finely crafted instruments will produce some of the most beautiful music you have ever heard.

Although the advantages of bamboo are becoming better known, the scope of their use is still not common knowledge. All the products that can be made from this highly renewable resource are beginning to be utilized in some surprising ways.

Meet Landon Faulkner

17 Oct

How do you define the word athlete? Is it someone who makes a continual effort to live a healthy, fit lifestyle? Webster defines the word athlete as “a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise.” There are many types of athletes and all are inspirational in their own ways.

Most recently, for the Cariloha Bamboo team, one particular athlete stands out and inspires us to get involved with his journey. Meet ultra long-distance runner and self-proclaimed adventurer, Landon Faulkner.

California native, Landon Faulkner, epitomizes the definition of an athlete. He pushes the human experience and digs deep to achieve his goals – all while wearing Cariloha Bamboo fitness wear no less. Let’s get to know Landon and share in his journey.

What inspires you?

“Without getting too philosophical, I’ll say that the simplicity, beauty, and spirituality I find and gain from running in the mountains is what inspires me. The world around me, other athletes pushing the sport, and the solidarity of a trail are all inspirations to me.”

What drives your passion for trail/ultra running?

“Pushing the human experience and the human limit to endure drives my passion. Being able to reach a point where my body feels like it is impossible to continue and working to push through that feeling. Experiencing the sheer beauty and majesty of the mountains and connecting with nature and running through my limits is extremely spiritual for me. One of the most amazing benefits of trail running is to experience that type of beauty and intense physical stress as your body enters a state of almost void consciousness is such an amazing feeling.”

What are your running necessities?

“One of the main reasons I love running is because it is such a basic human sport. Trail running is so natural and pure to me which is why I keep my necessities fairly basic. I just need some comfy shoes, clothes that wick and breath to keep me cool/warm, water, and little food. All I really need is the right clothing, footwear, and food/water.”

What are your goals and what tools do you need to accomplish them?

“My main goals include running some of the well known ultras in the country including the Western States 100, Hard Rock 100, Wasatch Front 100, and others of that caliber. I’m not there yet and have hundreds of hundreds of training miles to get to that point, but I feel confident that I am headed in that direction. Besides having drive and will to achieve these goals, my most important tools really come down to having the right gear. While keeping things simple, not any gear will do. Having the help of Cariloha is a huge benefit to my running and performance. In a sport that requires very little, it’s important to ensure that what I use is the very best out there.”

We’re confident that Landon Faulkner is on his way to achieve his goals, and we’re excited to be a part of his journey. You can find Landon on Twitter, and Instagram. He also blogs.

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What makes Cariloha bath towels so soft and cozy

16 Oct

Cariloha can help you create a spa ambiance in your own home with our plush, quick-drying bath towels made of viscose from bamboo. These soft, simple and sustainable bath towels and bath sheets are highly absorbent and will give you an ultra-soft feel every time you step in or out of the shower.

With a variety of colors and sizes to choose from, your bathroom will match your style and feel just as good. Not only are these luxurious bath towels more comfortable than anything you’ve ever felt, but they’re also better for the environment because they’re made from bamboo viscose, one of the most sustainable, renewable resources on the planet. Don’t take our word for it, though. Read this unbiased review of Cariloha bamboo bath towels and bath sheets for yourself:

Cariloha Bamboo Bath Towels

Cariloha Plush Bath Towels and Sheets
By Pawsitive Living

Bathrooms are considered a high traffic room. We tend to our physical needs, put on makeup, fuss with our hair, and of course bathe and shower. If we reflect a little deeper, towels would be by far the hardest working item in our home. Just think about what the towel has to cope with, drying, patting, buffing, absorbing, cleaning, blotting, wiping…and so on. The last thing we want is a rough fabric that’s abrasive and harsh on our tender bodies. We want soft and cozy!

Cariloha is the creator of a fabulous selection of gorgeous eco-friendly bamboo products. Bamboo has antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antibacterial qualities. It’s absorbent, highly breathable, anti-static, and great for sensitive skin. It’s also incredibly soft to the touch and gentle to the body.

Cariloha Bath Sheets are ginormous and the epitome of all that is lavish and plush. The Bath Towels are equally as abundant, but slightly smaller. All their towels are made from a blend of rayon from renewable bamboo and cotton to create an extra smooth texture. They’re plump and deliciously smooth and supple on the weary body. They absorb moisture quickly and feel so warm and snugly. I’m so happy they’re snag resistant; I don’t know how many towels I’ve caught my ring on, leaving it frayed. Considering the various sizes, the towels are fairly lightweight so even little kids can enjoy the pure joy of its welcoming wrap. They come in several solid colors as well as white with decorative colored strips.

The Towel Sets offer the same high standards as the bath sheets. The set includes a bath towel, a hand towel, and a wash cloth. I personally love towel pieces to have color and pattern harmony, it just feels better when everything is congruent. If you have several members of your family using the same bathroom, having the different color sets is ideal, they each have their own personal towels. They are also great for students and perfect for taking to the gym or pool. Using Cariloha towels is a glorious experience.

Read Pawsitive Living’s entire review of bamboo bath towels and bath sheets here.

Hot or Cold, Cariloha Bamboo Fitness Wear is Performance Ready

10 Oct

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If you’re like us at Cariloh HQ, we enjoy exercising, but we especially enjoy exercising comfortably. Many people (especially women) avoid going to the gym because they don’t want to look out of place (they assume everyone at the gym will be regulars and they’re afraid they’ll stick out). This is a real concern that you need to overcome. One main legitimate concern is “What do I wear?” When we’re demonstrating our Bamboo Fit line, we always make sure to mention how these products are “in style” and “trendy” and “everyone is wearing something like this… ours are just more comfortable because they’re made from ultra-soft, eco-friendly bamboo.”

You don’t need to take our word for it, though. Read this unbiased, field-tested review of Cariloha’s Bamboo Fitness Wear by ultra-runner and outdoor adventurer, Landon Faulkner…

Cariloha’s Bamboo Fit Review
By Landon Faulkner, Ultimate Runner and Adventurer

Finding the right fit for all of your fitness apparel needs is a whole lot easier when you shop Cariloha’s Bamboo Fit line. I’ve been sponsored by Cariloha for a few months now which has given me a great opportunity to test Cariloha’s Bamboo Fit line in many different situations.

Why Bamboo?

First off, lets talk briefly about why the heck bamboo is so awesome (for a full look at the benefits of bamboo read this prior post). Bamboo is an all-natural and renewable resource that has inherent qualities that are perfect for a fitness apparel line. Some of the great benefits of bamboo include; durable, soft, oder free and naturally wicking. Basically said, bamboo is a pretty rad wonder product.

Performance Ready

Whether you’re hitting the gym, running the track, or hitting the trails, Cariloha’s Bamboo Fit line is performance ready. Bamboo is naturally wicking and odor free. Because bamboo is a natural product unlike polyester it doesn’t easily harbor the bacteria that creates odor. Cariloha’s bamboo products also wick, which for me is great. I sweat like a crazy person and having a product that wicks well is very important to me.

Cariloha’s Babmoo Fit line is truly performance ready. One of my favorite aspects of the fit line is the softness of the bamboo. I’ve never worn such soft products, especially not fitness products. I suppose this could be a downside on those early mornings, however, when nothing feels better than some soft clothes and a warm bed instead of the trail or gym.

In the Heat or In the Cold

I have worn Cariloha’s Bamboo Fit apparel from hot California summer afternoons to cold Utah mornings. During hot runs the bamboo has been able to wick very efficiently. My crew top will look soaking wet from sweat, but it doesn’t feel wet on my skin. The bamboo breathes really well and has helped keep me cool on the those triple digit runs.

Cariloha’s Bamboo Fit line also preforms well in the cooler weather. They even offer a fitted long sleeve top that is great for those cooler morning workouts. Still breathable and lightweight this top also help keep you warm and pushing hard even when it’s cold.

Read Faulkner’s entire review of Cariloha Bamboo Fit wear here. Then, head over to Cariloha’s website and get some bamboo fitness wear for yourself.

Cariloha Launches Golf Towels Made From Bamboo

9 Oct

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Cariloha this week launched its promotional bamboo golf towel to Cariloha stores worldwide. Golf towels are made from Cariloha’s soft, sustainable, eco-friendly bamboo viscose fabric, which was developed by Cariloha’s Product and Design Teams.

Available exclusively at Cariloha stores, the bamboo golf towel is primarily intended for promotional purposes, although it will be available for resell as well. The towel comes in graphite color and measures 15″ x 24″.

“The bamboo golf towel is designed to be useful, durable and softer than any other golf towel on the market today,” said Scott Brady, Cariloha VP of Communications. “Its highly absorbent, soft bamboo fabric easily removes grass, dirt, sand and mud from golfers’ clubs and can basically take on any punishment the golf course can dish out.”

Cariloha’s proprietary viscose-from-bamboo material comes completely washable and colorfast for extended use. Retail price is $25 and is free in participating Cariloha stores with any $100 qualifying purchase.

“Not only is the Cariloha bamboo golf towel a great promotional item for our stores,” said Brady. “But it also helps customers complete a Cariloha bamboo golf set, which could include a bamboo polo, bamboo socks, bamboo golf tees, bamboo hat, and now a bamboo golf towel – makes a great gift.”

Thanks to bamboo’s naturally occurring properties, it stays 3 degrees cooler than cotton fabrics, is hypoallergenic, odor resistant, moisture wicking and highly breathable.

Cariloha bamboo golf towels come with a lifetime quality guarantee. If the towels don’t live up to customers’ expectations, Cariloha will replace them free.

See all the Cariloha Bamboo golf-related products here.

Learn more about how Cariloha Bamboo is harvested and transformed into irresistibly soft clothing, bedding and bath goods right here.

Aside from your golf clubs, what essential items do you need or wear when you’re golfin? Tell us what you can’t golf without in the comments.

The Difference between Bath Towels and Bath Sheets

3 Oct

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Bathroom towels come in a lot of varieties. In fact, you probably never realized just how many choices there were until you walked into a store looking to buy a towel for the first time. You can find all different kinds of sizes, materials, and colors on the shelves, so where do you start?

The most important thing to start with is the size. Consider your needs so that you can pick the towels that are right for you. Here are some basic things to know about the difference between bath towels and bath sheets:

Bath Towels

• Come in all different sizes, typically ranging in size from 27″ x 52″ to
30″ x 58″.
• Very versatile when it comes to drying since they’re great for blot drying and wrapping up hair.
• Often are available in color coordinated or decorative sets.
• Easily fit on towel racks either bi- or tri-folded racks.
• Considered the standard in bath linens.

Bath Sheets

• Usually 35″ x 60″ – much larger than bath towels.
• Considered more luxurious.
• More absorbent because of the extra surface area.
• Great for wrapping around the entire body.
• Best to hang on towel hooks since they are too big for towel racks.
• Come in more standard colors that usually coordinate with towel sets.
• More expensive than towels since they use more material.

Towel Material

Towels are, of course, made of many different materials. Cotton towels have been a popular choice for years because of their level of absorbency, but they are quickly being replaced with many other options based on quality. With cotton towels, there are three basic kinds:

• Egyptian Cotton – Considered the king of cotton, this form has extra long fibers that make them more absorbent and more durable than other forms. It gets its name from its country of origin along the Nile River.
• Pima Cotton – Very similar to its Egyptian cousin but grows in the southwestern portion of the United States. It also has long fibers and is very absorbent and strong.
• Turkish Cotton – The defining characteristic of this type of cotton is that it gets softer each time you wash or use it. This type of cotton is typically found in beach towels, but not limited to that application. It’s also highly absorbent.

You probably already know that cotton is not the only type of fabric used in towel manufacturing anymore. Many people prefer other materials, like Bamboo, for their unique benefits, such as, extra absorbency, moisture-wicking properties, softness, and economic footprint.

  • Bamboo – Twice as soft as cotton.
  • Bamboo towels have an extra luxurious feel and are also naturally odor-resistant
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Bamboo is resistant to odors, something cotton has never been able to boast.
  • Bamboo towels are highly absorbent and also have special property of wicking away moisture effectively.
  • Many find the real benefit here is that it’s such an earth-friendly choice since bamboo is able to regenerate so quickly and naturally, with some species growing four feet every day at maturity.
  • Microfiber Fabric – These man-made fibers are very absorbent, but not very soft. They’re not very ideal for bath towels, but you can find them available in this material. Most people prefer to use these as beach towels or towels in the kitchen for drying dishes and wiping up spills.
  • Things to Know Before Buying

    The thread count is one way to tell exactly what kind of towels you’re going to get; the higher the number, the better the towel’s quality. Of course, if it’s possible, feeling and handling the towel will usually help you decide if the material is thin or will fall apart after a few uses.

    Another thing to keep in mind is the size of the loops. Long and thick loops are better for absorbing liquid and increase in softness. The longer the loops, the more luxurious the towel is going to feel.

    The next time you’re looking for the perfect bath sheets or towels, keep some of these tips in mind. There are many options, but you don’t have to be overwhelmed or confused. Once you know what you’re looking for, it’s much easier to buy the type that is right for you.

    Cariloha Launches Fall 2014 Graphic Tee Collection

    2 Oct

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    Cariloha’s made-from-bamboo graphic tees are available exclusively at Cariloha stores and on Cariloha.com

    Bamboo clothing, bedding and bath goods retailer, Cariloha, this week launched its fall graphic tee collection for men and women. Each design is printed on Cariloha’s eco-friendly bamboo-blended fabrics and designed and inspired by Cariloha’s Art and Illustration team.

    Available exclusively at Cariloha stores, and online next month, the fall collection features six new women’s bamboo shirt designs and six new men’s all offered on 20+ different color combinations.

    “The new designs provide customers with an assortment of on-trend, comfortable shirts that are adaptable and fashionable enough to be worn in multiple settings and occasions,” said Scott Brady, Cariloha VP of Communications. “Not only are they in high demand right now, but they’re also mixed in with several unique, tonal colors that customers will enjoy.”

    Cariloha’s Bamboo shirts, featuring new graphic prints, are made from Cariloha’s proprietary viscose-from-bamboo blends, which consist of 70% viscose from bamboo (in most shirts) and 30% organic cotton for additional structure and ideal drape. Shirt styles include V-necks, hoodies, crew neck, scoops, racer tanks, Dolmans, and pocket crews. Retail price is $34.

    “If customers are from a warm, humid climate, the hypoallergenic, moisture-wicking properties of the bamboo shirts keep customers cooler and help prevent skin irritation, unlike non-bamboo shirts,” said Brady. “Allergies, odors and heat are repelled easier because of the naturally occurring bamboo properties, which make the shirts ideal for a long, hot day away from home.”

    Cariloha Bamboo shirts come with a 90-day quality guarantee. If the shirts don’t live up to customers’ expectations, Cariloha will replace them free. Cariloha Bamboo shirts are machine washable and tumble dried low, so maintenance is easy and worry-free. Shirts get even softer after washing.

    See the entire Cariloha Bamboo Fall 2014 Graphic Tee Collection here.

    Learn more about how Cariloha Bamboo is harvested and transformed into irresistibly soft clothing, bedding and bath goods right here.

    Tell us what your favorite bamboo shirt design is in the comments.