If my sleep tracker could talk, it would say that I’m kind of a restless sleeper. I can spend five minutes — and sometimes as many as 30 — trying to arrange my legs in the perfect sprawl (a foot peeking out, one full leg out, both legs out, half my body exposed). My positioning is all relative to how hot I’m feeling at the time, and, while I certainly like my current Buffy Cloud Comforter (which is made from recycled PET bottles, a common material in insulation), I can’t say I love it — because I often wish it ran much cooler.
So when I heard that Buffy was releasing a new 100-percent, plant-based comforter that set out to solve my specific problem of temperature regulation, trying it out seemed like a no-brainer. The new comforter, called the Breeze, is the first made entirely with eucalyptus-derived materials — which nod to Buffy’s commitment to eco-friendliness (the plant fibers soak up ten times less water than cotton), and are supposedly a natural coolant, according to the brand.
The best way to describe the sensation of lying beneath the Cloud and then immediately slipping under the Breeze is that it almost felt like stepping out of a warm bath into a cool shower. I’ve slept beneath dozens of duvets, cotton quilts, and “summer blankets” in my lifetime, and have truly never felt anything as cool-to-the-touch as this thing. Lying under it feels like being cocooned in a cold compress, or sleeping beneath a canopy of silk. The Breeze is even airier than the Cloud; I never feel like I’m drowning under layers of fabric. Its cooling eucalyptus filling keeps my body temperature down enough that my limbs never yearn to venture from beneath the comforter, and the thing also looks crisp and stylish, thanks to its wave-stitched design, which is inspired by the rolling hills of artist Maya Lin’s Storm King Wavefield.
Buffy also claims the Breeze has antimicrobial and skin benefits, but I found these harder to qualify. I can’t say I experienced any “skin boost,” but I definitely experienced noticeably better sleep on the days I tested out the comforter this spring. Even on the warmest nights, I dozed into a deep, near-comatose slumber beneath it (which is very rare for me), and only awoke because of my alarm. I’ve already suggested the Breeze to a colleague who asked me to recommend a “breathable duvet that won’t kill me in the summer” — and suggest anyone searching for something similar order one before summer’s hot, sticky, oppressive nights officially settle in.
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