What Essentia were the first to do was create a memory foam like feel from natural latex.
Memory foam is a chemical product that cannot be recreated with natural products. However what Essentia does is get as close as one possibly can to a natural memory foam mattress.
The Essentia range are among the most eco-friendly and comfortable mattresses on the market. They are unique in what they do and that is what makes them worth considering when you are looking for a new bed.
The base ingredient the Essentia mattress uses is natural latex from Indonesia, certified under the Global Organic Latex Standard. This is harvested sustainably from the rubber tree, or the Hevea brasiliensis. The latex sap is collected without killing the tree.
How the Essentia mattress is actually made is unknown because the method is under patent. However we do know the ingredients that they add to the latex to make the finished product:
Memory foam is not suitable as a mattress material on its own. It needs a firmer layer to sit underneath it. So these mattresses have a bottom layer of natural dunlop latex with the layer of natural memory foam going on top. It is then wrapped in certified unbleached organic cotton.
Essentia mattress range offers 7 different mattresses to cater for people's diverse needs.
They are made with a supporting layer of latex with their unique natural memory foam on top.
The major differences among Essentia mattresses are the thickness of the layers and the density of the foam. The thicker the foam and the higher density it is the better the quality.
The Bionda is the basic model that is natural latex without the memory foam. It has a 3 inch layer, followed by a 2 inch layer, followed by another 3 inch layer.
The Stratami is also a basic model but a small step up. Instead this one has a 5 inch layer of natural latex and a 3 inch layer.
The Classic 8 has a 6 inch layer of latex and a 2 inch layer of 5.25lb density memory foam. At 8 inches it is the same as the previous two but it has Essentia's famous natural memory foam as the top layer.
The Energie Opus is the next step up. This has a thicker layer of memory foam than the Classic 8, with 3 inches of 5.25lb density foam, sitting on top of a 5 inch layer of latex. This is softer than the Classic 8. Yet a higher proportion of memory foam and a softer feel is not necessarily better. It is personal preference. Some people prefer a firmer mattress, some people prefer a softer one.
The Beausommet steps it up again. This has 2 inches of higher density 6.25lb memory foam and 1 inch of 5.25lb memory foam on top of 5 inches of latex. This is medium firm.
The other difference with the Beausommet (and also the Dormeuse) is that Essentia uses a special molding technology that they claim creates a more luxurious comfortable feel.
At the moment this molding process is patented so Essentia isn't elaborating as to how exactly this creates superior comfort. What they do say is that the process doesn't use glue or adhesives to join their layers. It sounds good but it's impossible to tell if this is really anything special while it's under patent.
The Beausommet is medium firm and specifically suited for people who have either mid body (apple) or bottom heavy (pear) body types. It offers extra support for the lower spine, or lumbar region.
The Dormeuse takes it to the next level with a total of 4 inches of natural memory foam, 2 inches of 6.25lb and 2 inches of 5.25lb. This sits on top of 4 inches of latex. This is softer than the Beausommet and offers maximum contouring support.
It is much the same as the Beausommet, except for the additional inch of memory foam. The extra memory foam makes this model softer and better at conforming to and correctly aligning the body. The Dormeuse is the best option if you are suffering from neck, back or shoulder pain.
The Dormeuse Fior mattress is the highest end in the range. The base is 3 inches of latex, followed by 2 inches of 5.25lb density memory foam. The final layer is named the "Fior" layer, which is a very soft type of memory foam designed for a more plush feel.
To break it down Essentia are offering two cheaper latex mattress without memory foam, two mid range mattress with memory foam and three high end mattresses.
The differences are in the levels of firmness and the proportion of natural memory foam. The memory foam is the expensive bit, but it is also the feature that makes these mattresses so unique and so effective.
At the lower end you have the Bionda and the Stratami. In the middle you have the Classic 8 and Energie Opus. At the top end you have the Beausommet, Dormeuse and Dormeuse Fior.
These three are of better quality than the others because of several features:
Essentia are a fast growing company and for good reason. They have taken the organic mattress market by storm with their unique high quality products.
If you want the benefits of memory foam but also want a natural product then I recommend that you check Essentia out and see if it is the right product for you.