Sitting down to write this review, I thought to myself (multiple times) …… “Where Do I Even Begin?”. Nothing I can say will be able to describe just how amazing these products are. The thought of trying to express how fabulous Cariloha’s products are in words seemed like such a difficult task. See, the word “fabulous” does not even begin to describe Cariloha. So , throughout this review as you read my descriptive words like “fantastic, amazing, great, impressive” and more, take them and imagine their meaning to be thousands of times better than what they normally are, and that is Cariloha products.
This is a pretty interesting story
For me, knowing the history of a company makes me like their products that much more. First off, the name “Cariloha” is a very clever combination from Founder and CEO Jeff Pedersen, mixing “Caribbean Culture and Hawaiian Aloha”. worked for years on popular islands in top tourist spots like St. Maarten , Oahu, Costa Rica, the Mexican Riviera , Bahamas and more. After becoming deeply involved in the island culture & lifestyle, he began to notice that there could be more to beach front shopping & souvenirs for cruise parties and tourists to return home with.
Have you ever been on a trip and wished that there something more than the typical shot glass, magnet or post card to take home? I have! And Jeff Pedersen saw an opportunity to provide tourists with products that would remind them everyday of their trip. The same type of towels they may have used from their hotel. The same type of sheets they may have slept on in their Cruise ship Stateroom. How about the light, flowing sundress or Hawaiian Shirt that kept you cool during those hot tropical nights? The use of these items back home would transport you right back to the islands, that is what I gather Mr. Pedersen had in mind. You can read the rest of this inspiring story here : About US
Cariloha is the world’s only retail brand with stores that are completely merchandised with ultra-soft, comfortable clothing and accessories made of bamboo. Customers can choose from dozens of clothing styles, bed and bath sets, home décor, hand bags, jewelry and more all made of Cariloha’s proprietary bamboo blends. An ever-growing rich supply of bamboo makes it possible for Cariloha to offer an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories, home décor, bed and bath sets and more all enjoying the soft touch and green ‘footprint’ of this renewable resource.
The use of Bamboo as a fabric provides not only a “green” sustainable alternative, but it also has practical features such as :
- The material keeps you cool and draws moisture away keeping you dry
- Bamboo has natural qualities that make it antibacterial & hypo-allergenic
- Bamboo is considered sustainable because of its alarming growth rate- 4ft per day !
- Although we think of Bamboo as rough and tough , it is actually softer than cotton when made into fabric
The process of making this rough and tough stuff into a softer than cotton fabric involves harvesting, seasoning, husking, separating and then wearing it ! You can read the details here: Bamboo Process
I had the pleasure of reviewing a few different products from Cariloha. Before I gush about these items, I will tell you that if the representative that I spoke with is any indication of their customer service and support then that in itself speaks volumes about this company. He was super nice and very professional. I will not mention his name, as I had not made sure it was ok to first, but ….Thank you S.B!
Let’s start with the Queen Bamboo Bed Sheet Set in Sage Green (also available: Blue, Ivory, White & Tan)
Included: Flat, Fitted & 2 pillow cases
The sheets are softer than 1,000 thread count Egyptian Cotton , Hypo-Allergenic and silky soft. The best thing about this sheet set is the Deep Pocket fitted sheet. We have a large mattress, 4inch memory foam topper AND a 1inch thick down mattress pad/protector. So you can see how a normal fitted sheet will do nothing but fall off every night! The fitted sheet in this set, fit over everything with room left over so that we could tuck it really good and not worry about slipping. I have machine washed these 4 times since I received them (a month) and see no sign of wear, color fading or piling. The material seems to wrinkle easily but actually a few seconds in the dryer will take them right out (somebody happened to leave them bunched up in the laundry basket too long….oops) I was busy! 🙂
Bath Towel Set (Available in white, sage, chocolate, blue & taupe)
Bath Towel, Hand Towel & Wash Cloth
This towel set blew my mind. Imagine the best hotel towel you have ever used ….. these are better. The first thing I noticed was the weight of this set. It was SO heavy. I was so surprised that I had to weigh them and compare to my regular bath set.
This is what I found:
This picture shows a regular everyday bath set from a popular department store
(bath towel, hand towel & wash cloth)
506 grams = about 1.2lbs
This is the Cariloha Set
(bath towel, hand towel & wash cloth)
1081 grams= 2.6lbs
2.6lbs ! That is more than double the weight of the other set. Let me tell you, this bath towel is HUGE . 30 x 56 in ! Actually, the hand towel and wash cloth were both significantly larger than the normal department store ones. These towels are extremely thick and high quality. They are embossed with the Cariloha logo and will make you feel like you are using fancy luxury hotel towels!
Available in Women’s sz XS – 2XL
(Note* This one slightly varies from that on their website, the front & back are opposite, maybe a new version? Also I noticed some spotting on the left hand picture – that is strictly from my camera, there is no faults at all with this shirt)
THE BEST !
This is kind of neat – the Cariloha Jersey is #7 because that is the year they began ! This is the softest, most comfortable shirt you will ever wear ladies. If you like this cute sporty look then it is a must have. Cariloha is so sure you will love the quality and feel of this shirt that they offer 100% guarantee satisfaction for quality, durability and supreme SOFTNESS, or your money back.
The shirt is 70% Viscose from Bamboo and 30% Organic Cotton. I want to completely upgrade my wardrobe to be a full line of this fabric mix.
Here come those descriptive words again that I mentioned at he beginning of this review. Remember? The ones that I said could never do Cariloha justice. These absolutely fabulous products from such an amazing company are worth every penny you will spend on them. If you want to be part of something great and do your part to live a greener life, Cariloha is the way to go. You can not get any better than Bamboo, versatile AND sustainable.
Cariloha has a full line of Home accessories, Bedding , Bath , Clothing for men, women & kids, belts, hats and so much more. Head over to check them out and experience the islands from your own home. Shop Cariloha !
They have just rolled out their FALL line ! I don’t know about you, but I am in Maine and we have been feeling Fall for 2 weeks!
Don’t forget to LIKE Cariloha on Facebook !
They are GREAT about interacting with their fans !
Disclosure* I received the above mentioned items free from Cariloha for the purpose of a review. My opinions are true and my own, at no time was I asked or influenced to provide a positive review.