Where Does Latex Come From, Anyhow?

Natural latex (sometimes referred to as “botanical” latex) is produced by a number of plants – even, surprisingly, dandelions (the U.S. actually made rubber from dandelions during World War II when Far East sources were cut off). According to the US Department of Agriculture, virtually all commercial natural latex comes from one particular tree: Hevea […]


Why I Hate Memory Foam

Okay, this is no secret: I don’t like memory foam. If I liked it – or even just tolerated it – I could easily offer it here at Santa Cruz Natural Mattress. Every grade of memory foam is available from my suppliers. I could craft a version of my basic mattress with a memory foam […]


Don’t Buy Blind: Some Things To Consider About Latex Mattresses

At Santa Cruz Natural Mattress, we only sell mattresses made from 100% natural latex, covered in 100% organic cotton. There’s no law making us do this. We could – were we inclined – sell $199 economy specials, or extravagant $10,000 Euro-beds stuffed with horsehair and pixie dust. More to the point, we could display and […]


Beware The Dreaded Back-Buster

A Failing Mattress Can Be Dangerous to Your Health Call it a sag. Call it a hole. Call it a trench or a trough or a gully … or just call it what it really is: trouble. Because that’s what a failing mattress amounts to. If you’ve got a sag in your mattress, you may […]


Do Layer Cakes Really Make Good Beds?

To hear many mattress makers tell it, the only way to make a good mattress is to make it like a layer cake. You know, as in: “We’ve got a layer of this, and a layer of that, and a few more layers besides.”  For example, I’m looking at a website that brags how their […]


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