Plumeria Bay® uses only the best Hungarian White Goose Down for our down pillows. Our goose down goes through an extensive state-of-the-art cleaning and sanitizing process, using German made equipment and specialized down soaps.
This process includes at least three separate wash cycles utilizing very hot water and gentle detergents, followed by up to 13 rinses, again using very hot water and steam. Air drying includes a specialized de-dusting vacuum system that further removes dander and fine particles.
By the time this process is complete, our down is considered sterilized, with minimum standards for turbidity & oxygen at 800 mm & 1.6 to 3, respectively. Most merchants use the term "hypoallergenic" to describe down that has been thoroughly cleaned (we should also note that there are no standards in the United States that prescribe when a merchant or manufacturer can even use the term hypo allergenic). We do not use this term, as it would be scientifically incorrect and possibly misleading.
Available in 650 Fill, hand sorted 750 Fill or hand sorted 800 Fill Hungarian White Goose Down. A special (limited quantities available) 900 Fill is used in our Silk Covered Down pillows.
Fill Power can be used to fine tune the "bounce" or "fluffiness" in a pillow. The higher the fill power (larger down clusters), the fluffier and more resilient your pillow will be, compared to a lower fill power (smaller down clusters) pillow of the same size and amount of fill. You can see videos of some of our pillows here. Compare the pillow in the Soft 650 video to the pillow in the Soft 750 video. You will notice that the 750 fill pillow is noticeably more resilient, or bouncy, compared to the Soft 760 fill pillow.
Feather or feather and down blend pillows are appropriate for those who prefer a flatter, hard packed pillow.
Down pillows will "break in" and get softer with use. This is caused by the absorption of body oils, perspiration and humidity through the cotton shell and into the down. A pillow protector will help keep your pillow like new, provided you remove it and wash it often. Down pillows also seem to last far longer in an air conditioned environment, where humidity becomes less of a factor.
Under the strict definition of law that we adhere to, 100% goose down (refers to whole unbroken down clusters) is physically impossible to obtain, even in our hand sorted goose down. So, even though our pillows are only filled with goose down, we never use the term "100% Goose Down". There will always be pieces of fiber (broken down clusters and perhaps a trace of feather) in even the purest down.