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Purple Mattress Powder – Is it Dangerous?

Purple Mattress Powder Controversy

In the past week I’ve been attacked by people (not literally, no one beat me up in person) who have heard the controversy over Purple mattress and the white powdery substance that is inside of the mattress.

The same substance is also inside of the pillow which is where we first noticed it. Since you can unzip the pillow cover it was easy to see. I thought it was strange and later visited the factory in Utah. While I was there I watched workers apply the powder to the purple gel – or top layer of the mattress. I had no breathing issues, there was no scent, I had zero concerns. I literally think there’s more risk from baby powder because it is actually airborne.

Is Purple Mattresses Dangerous??

While at the factory, I asked about it the white powder. The staff informed me that they added it to keep the gel layer from sticking to itself. That’s only a problem because the mattress is rolled up tightly and compressed so they can ship it to your house in a box. If you ever get a sample of the purple gel stuff (they put samples with your order), you will know that it really does stick to itself. It’s simply a packing material to keep the gel from sticking to itself when the mattress is rolled up and compressed tightly so that it can be shipped. This was a smear campaign and I’m happy to see scientific evidence showing that it has no validity.

Why Purple Has the White Powder

I asked Dan in marketing about the white powder because I was curious what the white powder was for. Here’s a demo of the gel stuff and why you need to add something so it doesn’t compress and stick together. They call these Purple squishies.

What About the White Powder Warnings About the Plastic Particles in the Purple Honeycomb Part of the Mattress?

I took one photo of the white stuff – wish it was better and that I took more. I was curious about WHY they used it and had no reason to question or be concerned about it.

Purple mattress powder
This is a picture of workers putting powder on the Purple gel. It’s a very small amount. If I’d known this was so controversial I would’ve taken more/better pictures! I took exactly two.

Is HONEST Mattress Reviews HONEST?

Honest Mattress Reviews posted a video expressing concern about the white powder.  Interesting enough the website owner Ryan Monahan never allows comments and is really good at creating controversy. Ryan says he tried to determine EXACTLY what the white powder is. He has asthma and didn’t want to take any chances. When he didn’t get a full answer and was later sued by Purple, it only made him more determined to get an answer. The problem is he works or worked for a competitor – Ghostbed. It’s clear that he’s biased towards Ghostbed but paints himself as a victim when he’s really on a smear campaign.

Ryan said he thought they had something to hide.  This lawyer addresses the conflicts of interest that Honest Mattress Reviews has…I’m also suspicious on how Ryan gets paid. Maybe it’s not an affiliate link but he’s definitely using tracking links. Even if the entire purpose of the site is to discredit competitors (Purple being the biggest one) he’s getting paid. Which is fine, it’s just not honest.

From my perspective I never worried about the white powder or thought it was a health risk, I was simply curious about it. Still, people said I should be concerned.

Ryan Monahan is very good at inciting people. He even used a photo from my blog (click here to read my article about Purple pillows) without my permission.

IF THE POWDER WAS AFFECTING ME – don’t you think I’d notice it from putting my face on that pillow again and again and literally breathing in and out all night long? The pillow should be the real test — not the mattress.

If you’re worried about the powder maybe you should order a pillow as a test first! Incidentally, I unzipped my pillows and the powder is hardly visible at all now. It’s already absorbed into the pillow material.


white powder on a purple mattress
Photo @Copyright 2017 Newspapermom.com

Later the story hit the front page of Reddit and I started to get very angry comments from people who were sure that I was poisoning myself and putting my family’s health at risk. They call me a sellout and worse.

I want to point out that not only do my husband and I sleep on Purple, our 5-year old has also. We have all happily and soundly slept on a Purple mattress for over a year now. There is no other mattress we like more. So we should know if there was any problem. However, people were very insistent that I was taking a horrible risk. Here’s an example (I deleted the ones that just swore at me).

Enjoy possibly inhaling that plastic powder each night. From a video I’ve seen it could be completely unsafe and should have WARNINGS considering the safety of you and your family is more important than comfort. This company also filed a lawsuit on a man for asking them 4 questions concerning the powder. The man had his lawyer send in the product for testing to a leading Harvard doctor and scientist and the results were that the micro plastic balls had the potential to be inhaled and cause respiratory irritation. In my opinion you should do your research first before you buy this product. 


 Click here to read What We Think of Our Purple Mattress

Putting the White Powder Issue to Rest (or to Bed)

Purple Publishes a Third Party Scientific Study of Possible Health Risks of Powder

Purple recently posted a third party study conducted at the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health. It basically says you have a higher health risk breathing dust in the air than the powder. 

“the potential exposure levels to Purple® mattress consumers …indicate that polyethylene copolymer exposures would be hundreds of times lower than everyday particulate dust levels that have been determined to be safe even for sensitive individuals. Therefore, there is no scientific or toxicological basis for suggesting that Purple® mattresses represent a consumer health risk.”


“the potential polyethylene copolymer exposure from using a Purple® mattress is orders of magnitude less than 24-hour NAAQS value designed to protect even the most sensitive members of the U.S. population from adverse health effects resulting from a continuous, lifetime exposure to environmental PM2.5. Unpacking and using a Purple® mattress may potentially result in polyethylene copolymer exposures that are approximately 8-times and 325-times lower than the PM2.5 NAAQS. This analysis provides high confidence that adverse health effects will not occur in any consumers from inhaling or touching polyethylene copolymer powder that may migrate from a Purple® mattress over the lifetime of the mattress.” READ THE FULL REPORT HERE: https://ooct02lw8lz4birov2w1j67g-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Final-Polyethylene-Copolymer-Safety-Assessment-5.4.2017.pdf

How to Protect Yourself In Case Nothing Purple or Scientists Say Satisfies You

Honest Mattress Review doesn’t allow comments on his posts. No matter what happens it seems like they don’t seem to back down and continue to focus on this. My question is if you’re so worried about the white powder, why not use what everyone should have on their bed anyway – a mattress protector!

Here’s is my favorite mattress protector brand that you can find on Amazon and is the brand of mattress protectors sold by many major mattress retailers.

A mattress protector will protect you from the bacteria, dust mites, old skin cells and other junk that is inside everyone’s mattress (and that you could be breathing in every night as you lay innocently sleeping). Also, a mattress protector will keep your bed clean. Obviously, you can’t put your mattress in the washing machine, but you can wash your mattress protector! A mattress protector will prolong the life of your mattress too. Food and other particles will degrade your mattress over time. Keeping it covered and clean means you keep sweat, liquids and other things from going into your mattress and anything coming out of it.

I want to know if the people complaining have ever

  • Slept on a Purple for a significant length of time (we’ve slept on our for over a year)
  • Ever slept on or touched a Purple mattress (unlikely)
  • Have actually been to the factory where the white powder is applied

Note: if after reading this you still have concerns, you can look at an Intellibed which is a higher end non toxic gel mattress like Purple. Read more about Intellibed.

Here’s some video I took at Purple…

I don’t have allergies. I don’t have problems breathing. I probably have more risk from using my cell phone as much as I do! Anyway, I tried to find others who have slept on Purple to see if there was any mention of issues. I picked Amazon since the Purple cannot control the reviews there. I didn’t see any mention of any issues there – even from the few lower star reviews.

Look at the reviews for yourself – this link is an affiliate link that goes directly to the reviews for a king size Purple mattress on Amazon (affiliate). There are over 400 reviews. I’ve referred many friends to Purple and when I follow up they say they don’t want to get out of bed in the morning because their mattress is so comfortable.

Purple is still my favorite mattress – I’ve tested a few other mattresses and will continue to test them (because one brand truly doesn’t fit all). However, we prefer Purple and plan to always have a Purple mattress.

What do you think about the Purple mattress powder?

And if you disagree with anything I’ve said, please keep your comments respectful – any comments that are derogatory or have profanity will not be published. 


2 thoughts on “Purple Mattress Powder – Is it Dangerous?”

  • I love that you went in-depth in this review. It’s scary when someone goes on a crusade trying to convince others something toxic might be in their home. For years we were told put babies on their back, their side, their tummy, no now their backs. We’ve gone through eggs being bad for cholesterol and cancer causing, to orange juice isn’t good for you. The truth is nothing on this planet is truly all out healthy unless you live on an island somewhere remotely away from everything. We are living in a society where we are putting ourselves in plastic bubbles because of so much fear I honestly believe we are doing more harm than good. I didn’t even need to be at the warehouse you were at to guess it was a talc they were using because just like feet sticking to rubber in shoe talc was used to dry things out and make it more pliable. I’m glad you did your review and brought this to light. Thank you for your honesty as a blogger and mother. For those who left you nasty comments, that’s just awful. We doo what we think is best for our families that includes using the products we feel are safe and healthy. Even if it turned out unhealthy that doesn’t mean we don’t love our kids. It means we learn as we go. I’m glad you ignored the riff raff calling you out, keep up the great work on your articles and thanks again for your honest post on this.

  • Thank you Jodi, I can tell you understand. It can get out of control. Of course if there were any symptoms or reports that showed issues I’d have a different response. Honestly, the chemicals they use to make mattresses fire retardant are often known to be toxic. You’re right, just about anything could be bad for you and it can be overwhelming. Attacking people for not agreeing with you is not helpful no matter what! Thank you so much for your comment – it means a lot. Thankfully I haven’t heard from the band of people who were so angry in a while and continue to love our Purple mattress.

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