Is Bennd Synthetic Free?
Yes! The Bennd brand proudly provides you with synthetic free products.
Bennd yoga mats are made from 100% ethically sourced raw cotton. The underside of the mat is brushed with natural latex directly from rubber trees in India, avoiding preservatives and additives. All Bennd products are synthetic, chemical, PVC, BPA, carcinogenic, and phthalate free.
Is Bennd Chemical Free?
Yes! No chemicals are used in the making of our products, including the dying process. All dyes are natural and come from plants and herbs.
Please note: Bennd products are naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic. If you have allergies to certain plants please contact us.
Caring for your Bennd yoga mat in between yoga sessions:
Do not leave your mat rolled up while damp. Because Bennd is an all natural product, we do not use chemicals or preservatives. The plants and medicines used to dye our products are live and active. To keep the integrity of your mat, please allow your mat to air dry completely before rolling it up and storing it away. Here are some great drying techniques: hang it over a door, a shower curtain rod, or in the shade to dry. Do not place in direct sunlight.
What do I use to clean my yoga mat besides household detergent?
Every Bennd yoga mat comes with a pouch of soap nut powder. Soap nut, derived from the Sapindus mukorossi tree, contains a compound called saponin, a mild natural detergent that has been used for centuries to clean clothing and other fabrics. The powder you’ll find in your Bennd mat’s cotton pouch is a dried and crushed form of the nut. Crushing the soap nuts activates the saponin without needing to boil the seeds first. Even better: soap nut is very gentle, so it’s great for people with sensitive skin.
How do I clean my Bennd yoga mat?
Bennd yoga mats are naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial, so you won't have to clean them as often as a regular yoga mat. We recommend washing your mat 1x a month or less, depending on your yoga activity. Meaning: if you are a super active yogi, wash 1x a month. If you are a less active yogi, wash less.
Hand Wash: In a tub or basin, place 2 tsp's of soap nut powder in the cotton pouch that comes with your mat. Make a lather and wash by hand. Rinse off with a hose, making sure to get rid of any extra soap nut. Place in shade to dry. Do not place in direct sunlight.
Machine wash: You can wash your mat in a high efficiency washer that does not have an agitator in the middle. Use cold water on hand wash cycle.
In between washes: Wipe the mat down with a damp cloth, then hang to dry.
Warnings: Placing in direct sunlight or washing with commercial detergents will weaken the integrity of our products.
How do I clean my Bennd meditation pillows?
Bennd meditation pillows and bolster covers are removable for hand washing.
Is the Bennd meditation collection refillable?
Yes! You can refill and refresh your pillows by adding or replacing the buckwheat hulls and lavender.
How do the medicinal herbs work?
Our skin, being our body’s largest organ, functions not only as a protective barrier but also as a channel for outside substances to enter the body. When our body generates heat or is in a heated area, our pores expand allowing for better penetration of these herbal remedies through the areas that touch the mats the most- our palms and feet.
In addition, the aromatherapeutic scents of the herbs ground you, bringing more awareness to your present state and connecting you to a stronger yoga practice. Thus engaging you in a complete Ayurvedic yoga experience.
How long do the medicinal herbs stay active?
Up to 24 washes. If you are washing your mat 1x a month, the medicinal herbs should stay active for up to two years.
Please note: Fading of color is a natural part of herbal dyes; however, the medicines are still alive and active.
Why does my mat change colors after a sweaty yoga session?
You may notice a change in color, especially in the Turmeric mats, after a sweaty yoga session. Don't worry! That is just the herbs absorbing your body's toxins. Cool, huh?! The color will change back to normal after you wash it or wipe it down.
Please note: The more toxins your body has, the faster the color of the herbal dyes will fade.
Will the plant dye transfer onto my clothing and/or stain my clothes?
For your skin to absorb the potent healing properties of our textiles, we do not use any synthetics or chemicals to keep the dye from transferring onto the skin or clothes. We recommend wearing darker clothing when practicing on our brighter mats with Turmeric, Indigo, or Jaggery in them, for the first few uses or until the first wash.
Are Bennd yoga mats good for all types of yoga?
Yes! Vinyasa, Hatha, Hot, Bikram, Restorative, Kundalini. Whatever your yoga style is, Bennd is your mat. Our outstanding floor grip will keep your mat in place; no bunching, moving, or sliding.
The practice side of our mats have grip lines at both ends. Allowing for better alignment and helping keep your hands and feet in place throughout your entire practice.
What kind of latex do you use?
Bennd yoga mats are brushed with natural latex, on the underside of the mat, for floor grip. Our latex comes directly from the rubber trees, avoiding any additives or preservatives. Allowing us to provide you with a 100% natural, synthetic and chemical free product.
What if I have a latex allergy?
Natural rubber latex is a milky fluid found in rubber trees. There is a protein in the fluid that can cause allergic reactions in some people. Please consult your physician before using.
If you know you have allergy to common latex, but want to try our all natural product for yourself, you can request a 2" x 2" sample square of our yoga mat to be sent to you.
What size are Bennd yoga mats?
Bennd yoga mats are 72in wide x 24in length. Due to their handmade nature, sizes may slightly very.
Why do Bennd yoga mats vary in color?
Nature is so cool! Due to the different seasons of the year, the herbs we grow and use to dye our mats may vary in color, thus bringing us different shades throughout the year.