Organic Cotton Vogmask
Since their introduction just a few years ago, the Vogmask line of face masks has grown dramatically. One look and it's not hard to see why. Vogmask has
taken the filtration that many people need and wedded it to the designs and styles that people want. This point might seem like a trivial one to many, but for those who rely
on allergy masks to help clear the air they breathe, having options in terms of style, patterns and color is no small thing. With the Organic Cotton Vogmasks, the approach is
the same, but instead of a microfiber filter, these masks rely solely on certified organic cotton. With the most sensitive people in mind, these masks provide large particle filtration
without the use of the chemicals and substances that can cause problems for those with MCS or sensitive skin. How does the organic cotton Vogmask compare to other organic cotton
masks or other Vogmasks? Here's what we find.
What I like about the Organic Cotton Vogmask
Unlike other Vogmasks, or the majority of face masks for that matter, the organic cotton Vogmask is composed only three materials. There is no microfiber polyester, rubber or
plastic. The body is constructed of two
layers of certified organic cotton. These layers of tightly woven cotton forms the filtration barrier of the mask. Inside the trim and the ear loops is latex-free
spandex to provide elasticity and a snug fit, and around the nose a small, flexible piece of aluminum is sewn in to make up the nosepiece. So, with this organic cotton mask,
there are more inert, and fewer overall, components to provide filtration, without the reactions.
While there is just a plain white color, Vogmask Vanilla, there is also a print version. The ink used with the Vogmask Batik is non-toxic vegetable ink. So while it will
fade some with washing, it lacks the chemical additives that are found in common, textile dyes.
In terms of filtration, the 2-ply organic cotton does well with larger particles. Particulate that cannot be seen with the naked eye, like pollen and fine dust, as well as
all visible particles can be filtered out with the organic Vogmask.
Like other Vogmasks, the organic cotton masks are lightweight and can be easily folded up and carried in your pocket or purse. They are also soft on the face and with only
two layers of tightly knit cotton, very breathable.
These organic Vogmasks are hand washable. Unlike the microfiber Vogmasks, they fare a bit better with washing, particularly since immersion in water can affect the
filtration efficiency of the microfiber Vogmasks, and the organic cotton lacks this issue. After a few washings, you may notice the silk screen pattern
fading a bit, but the filtration is not affected.
What I did not like about the Organic Cotton Vogmask
There are two drawbacks with the organic cotton Vogmask. First, the filtration is not as robust as other masks. This, though, is largely unavoidable if you remove
the most common filter media - layered polypropylene. When relying strictly on tightly woven organic cotton versus synthetic materials, the particles you can effectively
trap decreases. This drawback is a universal one when it comes to organic cotton face masks. The second drawback is the lack of carbon and odor/smoke/chemical filtration. If
nuisance levels of these pollutants are a problem, there are a variety of masks designed to trap these, and if the problem is more severe you are most likely going to have to go
with an industrial-style 3M respirator.
There are variety of people for which the Organic Cotton Vogmask is a good fit - mild to moderate allergy sufferers, those coping with MCS or with sensitive skin, anyone wanting
to filter large particles or simply wanting to support a more environmentally friendly product, and people looking for an inexpensive, reusable dust mask. If any of these are things
you want or need, these Organic Cotton Vogmasks are going to be an excellent fit.