British Science Week

British Science Week 10th March – 19th March The British Science Association annually holds a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths called British Science Week. The goal of this celebration is to promote enthusiasm for science in all its forms. Every year, there is a theme which spans across the week and a half. The theme for 2023 is ‘Connections’. Biological Connections In order for the body to perform many important life processes, various organ systems have to connect together. The nervous system, which is mainly made up of the brain and a gigantic network of nerves, is connected to all human body systems. Incredibly, it is connected to the respiratory system, the circulatory system and the digestive system. The nervous system has a direct effect on the body’s ability to breathe, its heartbeat and its nutrition. Here at Naturally Sheepskins UK, we are incredibly invested in ensuring that babies’ nervous systems are as calm as possible. Studies have shown that the naturally cradling effects of sheepskin, make babies fall asleep easier by making them super-chill. They sleep more soundly and for longer. Let’s face it, if baby is asleep then Mum’s nervous system feels less frazzled too! A sheepskin is an absolute staple for your baby or child. Environmental Connections In the 1800s, the British Isles witnessed a change in peppered moth populations and the industry of human technology was found to be directly responsible. Generally, across the UK, the white peppered moth appeared white with black spots across its wings. However, moths began to appear that were predominantly black. Now, normally, the white peppered moth was able to camouflage itself safely amongst the white lichen on the trees, however, the black moth stood out a mile to predators. Amazingly, during the Industrial Revolution, it was found that the sheer amount of soot in the air had actually changed the moths’ different populations. This air pollution had affected the growth of white lichen trees (where the white peppered moth was happy hiding) but the soot-blackened tree trunks made it super-easy for the black peppered moths to camouflage themselves. Crazy hey! Here at Naturally Sheepskins UK, the farming industry is central to everything we do. Our sheepskins are the by-product of the agricultural industry. The farms, where our skins come from, endeavour to cultivate our plants and livestock, and keep our beautiful lands green. Therefore, our skins come from a sustainable resource and are environmentally friendly. The livestock are raised almost entirely free-range and graze on grass all year round in the great outdoors, apart from when the weather is exceptionally bad. The sheep have the most natural of lifestyles – possibly the most natural of all farm animals. The Internet Across the decades, changes in technology have made connections between countries and remote parts of the world easier. The major reason for this is because of the internet! Brought together by wireless and cabled connections, the Internet is a system which interconnects computer networks all over the world. Thanks to the Internet, you are reading this blog! As well as accessing websites, the Internet allows us to send files and emails within seconds of pressing a button. We can connect with people and business across the globe. Created in California, something called the ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) was one of the most important first networks. In 1983, ARPANET used TCP/IP to send information between different computers and the very first version of the Internet was born. Today, we use the Internet daily to connect with people and businesses across the Earth. The Internet sure is an aid to family life and here at Naturally Sheepskins UK, we aim to educate parents about the qualities and health benefits of natural sheepskin. Please do check out our page on health benefits. Link below.

Shipping & Delivery

How long does it take to process an order?

Please allow 1-2 days for your order to be processed for shipping (excluding weekends and holidays). We make every effort to fulfil your orders as quickly as possible.

UK Delivery times

Deliveries are made Monday to Saturday, delivery takes up to 4 business days.

Shipping costs

UK Shipping costs are £4.95 per delivery address.

In-store pickup

In store pickup is free of charge.

How do I check the status of my order?

If you have any queries with regards to your order, please email us at orders@naturallysheepskins.co.uk and we shall reply to you as soon as we can with an update.

Refund Policy

What is your refund policy?

We have a 14-day return policy, which means you have 14 days after receiving your item to request a return.

Eligibility for returns

To be eligible for a return, your item must be in the same condition that you received it, unworn or unused, with tags, and in its original packaging. You’ll also need to include the receipt or proof of purchase.

How to start a return?

To start a return, you can contact us at orders @naturallysheepskins.co.uk.  We will send instructions on how and where to send your package. Items sent back to us without first requesting a return will not be accepted. Returns are to be paid by the buyer.

You can always contact us for any return question at orders@naturallysheepskins.co.uk

The Benefits of Sheepskin

Why are sheepskins good for your health?

Sheepskin has many natural health benefits for people of all ages. Because sheepskin is so incredibly soft, it is extremely effective at relieving aches and pains. The naturally crimped, woollen hairs of sheepskin provide a cushioning effect for your body. Research has shown that because each fibre contains a three-dimensional, crimped curl, it almost behaves like a tiny spring. This springy nature of sheepskin fibres on mass acts like a supportive mattress for your entire body. Sheepskin helps to absorb the weight of your body in an even distribution too. It is therefore advantageous for people who suffer with joint problems by providing support for pressure points and achy limbs.

Do sheepskins keep your Baby cool?

One of the most amazing natural properties of sheepskin is body temperature-regulation. Many people know that the wool fibres in sheepskin help to increase heat when it is too cold, thus keeping you warm. Additionally, though, sheepskin helps to reduce heat when it is too hot. This is particularly beneficial for new-born babies, especially those born prematurely or with a low birth weight. Babies are unable to regulate their own temperature – particularly in warm environments. The natural woollen fibres of sheepskin promote air circulation, insulate against heat and wick away moisture from the skin. These qualities found in sheepskin help to keep babies cool in the summer and warm in the winter from head to toe. Scientists also believe that the temperature-regulating properties of sheepskin can help to promote better blood circulation. This is particularly beneficial when adults are lay or sat down because sheepskin helps to keep their bodies at the right temperature. Isn’t it incredible what those natural fibres can do?

Is sheepskin good for the skin?

Sheepskin is renowned for being kind to the skin because it is amazingly, bacteria-repellent, and liquid, dirt, and stain-resistant. Its fleece is naturally resistant to the growth of dust mites, mould, odour and bed-bugs. The natural wicking properties of this amazing natural textile mean that it can draw moisture away from the skin. By keeping a dry environment, bacteria are less likely to thrive. The breathable nature of sheepskin allows air to circulate, once again, reducing the chances of hot and clammy conditions that pesky bacteria love. Moreover, sheepskin is hypo-allergenic and has been found to soothe skin. It contains a natural substance called lanolin which is an effective treatment for dry, itchy skin. Sheepskin is ideal for sensitive skin because it can help to soothe and de-sensitise skin rashes and skin conditions, for example, eczema, psoriasis and cellulitis. In this way, natural sheepskin is medically magical and perfect for precious young skin and beyond. Please see our section on sheepskin care tips too to find out how you can also regularly wash your sheepskin to keep it clean and in excellent condition. It is also worthy to note that we do not use any harsh dyes or chemicals on our products too during the tanning process.

Maintenance of Sheepskins

How to care for, wash & clean your Baby's sheepskin

Soft Brush Cleaning

Sheepskin products are satisfyingly easy to care for. Being naturally dirt and stain resistant, they are very low maintenance and do not require regular cleaning. This is perfect for life’s fast pace! If you do start to notice your sheepskin getting a little dirty, first and foremost, all you need to do is give it a brush with a soft brush. A quick brush and a shake will restore your sheepskin to its full and fluffy appearance. By combing the sheepskin, air gets back into its natural fibres and brings it back to full lustre again.

Spot Cleaning

If your sheepskin product becomes lightly soiled over time, it can be spot cleaned using a damp, clean cloth.

Heavier Soiling

If your beloved woolen product becomes soiled more heavily, you can either hand wash or machine wash the item at no more than 30 degrees Celsius on a gentle ‘wool’ cycle. We strongly recommend using a sheepskin detergent in your washing machine. This is essential so that the leather backing does not harden. The sheepskin detergent we recommend using is called ‘Woolskin Woolwash & Shampoo for Sheepskin, Lambskin, Shearling, Fleece & Woollens (500ml)’ and can be found on Amazon.

The detergents that are found in normal washing powders or pods, will attack the suede making the skin brittle. These harsher detergents can even discolour fleeces and possibly lead to disintegration.

A specialist wool detergent will keep the skin supple, yet it will very effectively gently clean the sheepskin – seeing off any dust mites, pet allergens or mould spores.

Drying

Sheepskin products should be dried in an airy place but must be put out of direct sunlight. If you wish to dry your sheepskin in a tumble dryer, this can be done on a low heat setting. It is essential however that you do not dry your item on a radiator or heater. Remember to shake, lightly brush and stretch out your sheepskin after it has dried.

To Note

It is worthy to note that sheepskin is a natural product and therefore some discolouration can occur during the washing process. This can equally occur if the product is left in direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

When you first receive your sheepskin, you may notice a distinctive lanolin smell. This is due to natural oils that exist within sheepskin. This natural odour can be intensified after the products have spent long periods confined in packaging. This is completely normal and simply airing the item after unpacking should quickly reduce any residual natural fragrances.