The Best Way to Wash Your Bra: Valentine’s Day Edition

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While we talk about it in February,  remember that you are worth new undergarments all the time, no matter the time of year! We are all guilty of occasionally hanging onto a bra too long, even though it’s discoloured and stretched out, and the straps have lost their elasticity. As women, a bra is likely the most complicated garment we wear – modern bras have a fair bit of engineering not to mention elastic, metal, plastic, and often padding. Considering the effort you put into finding a good bra that you feel comfortable and beautiful in, it’s worth taking care of it.

Choosing a Bra That Makes You Feel Beautiful

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Chances are, you already have a comfortable bra or two that you love and reach for more days than most.  When shopping for something new, look for bras that have the same elements that you love- is it a smooth band, a no-frills cup? Is it wide straps,  or a full coverage cup?  Find bras that have those key elements, and details that you might not have tried before- our example here is the Dame de Paris bra from Marlies Dekkers, a European designer who has a core line that is specifically designed to be comfortable while also being a little out of the ordinary. If you like what you see, you can find this style and others at these sites:

www.peacheslingerie.com
www.lineaintima.ca
www.thebrabarboutique.com

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You might think that the straps on the top would be strange, but the bra is incredibly comfortable, and the straps are low enough that unless you are wearing a deep v-neck, most shirt necklines are well above the straps and will not show. A matching bottom is a wonderful treat for yourself – if you find a great bra that you love, go ahead and buy the matching bottoms. While not every day is a matching-bra-and-underwear sort of day, when you do it you will feel extra put together, even if no one sees it but you!

To prolong the life of your bra you should wash it regularly, after every 3 or 4 wears. The exception is if you were heavily perspiring in your bra, then it should be washed sooner, to avoid bacteria build up and sweat stains. Body lotion, sweat and even your natural body chemistry can cause the elasticity of your bra (think straps and the band) to deteriorate over time. Washing regularly helps prevent that.

Hand Wash

Fill your sink with cool water, adding one capful of Eucalan (we recommend Wrapture for your undergarments, which is lightly scented with jasmine essential oil) while the water is running. Put your bra in the sink and lightly agitate, squeezing the fabric very gently to help ensure that the bra is totally saturated. To save time, feel free to add more than one bra (or bottoms!) to the sink and wash them in batches. Let everything soak for about 10 minutes, then agitate them again through the water and take them out. No need to rinse when you use Eucalan! Do not wring them or squeeze them too aggressively, especially if you have padding or underwire. Have a clean, thick towel ready to lightly roll the items in to absorb excess moisture. Hang away from heat and light- your shower is probably a good place for them to dry.

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We have a great video right here if you want to see how it’s done:

Machine Wash

Before washing, make sure that the bra hooks are fastened to avoid snagging any fabrics. Place in a mesh lingerie bag, and add one capful of Eucalan to the washing machine. Set washing machine to delicate cycle. Hang to dry away from heat or bright light – your shower is probably a good spot.

Important- never put your bras in the dryer! The heat will destroy the elastic very quickly, and likely cause underwires to get distorted and cause damage to the cups, if there is padding.

 Additional Tips:
  • When hanging up bras to dry, don’t hang up by only one should strap. Either drape them evenly over the shower rail or hang them on a clothes hanger on the shower rail. This is especially important for underwire bras, when the weight of the wet bra could cause fabric and the underwire to stretch from the weight of a wet bra.
  • If you have sensitive skin, wash your bras and underwear with Eucalan before first wearing them. The clothing manufacturing process often uses additional chemicals and fabric agents to help ensure that garments don’t look too wrinkled when they arrive in stores.

  • If you want to save time, pick one evening a week when you will batch up the washing of your bras and delicate underwear all at once.

When you take care of your undergarments, they will last longer and be a joy to wear.  And they will love you back! Or at least, smile at you from the sink:

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Spa Day for Luxe Lingerie & Active Wear

Luxe lingerie deserves the very best to preserve it for years to come. Just as you would treat yourself to a spa day, why not show your extra special pieces some TLC?

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Marlies Dekkers top and bottom with Lavender Eucalan.

Eucalan brings to mind a “spa-like” atmosphere. The natural formula, free from dyes, optical brighteners, enzymes, bleach and synthetic fragrances, shows well in the natural bottle. The bottle itself is see-through, showing  that we are transparent: there’s nothing to hide. Most people feel refreshed when they use Eucalan, which can be attributed to the light, natural essential oil fragrances which scent the air and your delicate garments as well as the fact that laundering with Eucalan couldn’t possibly be any easier.

Active wear lasts longer when properly cared for; visit the Eucalan blog for easy to follow instructions.

Giving lingerie, swimwear and active wear a quick wash in the basin is not a laborious task. A quick dip and squeeze is all it takes (click here to view our complete care instructions over on our website). Because Eucalan is free from all the harsh stuff other cleaners have, there’s no need to rinse the product out – in fact, our lanolin-enriched formula will condition and soften your luxe and specialty fibres. Better yet, our gentle, natural formula won’t dull colours or break down the elastic. In fact, your stretchy garments need that quick bath to remove body oils, perfumes and lotions so they can go back to their original shape, which will help them to last longer.

We have four great scents, plus a natural fragrance-free option. For the ultimate spa experience, we recommend our Lavender and Jasmine scents. Click each image below to learn more on our website!

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Handwashing Hosiery

Did you know that hand washing hosiery not only cleans and refreshes, but it can actually extend the life of your item if you use Eucalan? Since there is no need to rinse out after washing, there is a decreased chance of snagging or inadvertently causing a run in your stocking or thigh high. The lanolin naturally conditions and softens fibres, and our all-natural formula is free of optical brighteners or other additives which break down elastic fibres. We recommend Lavender, Grapefruit, or our jasmine scent Wrapture to care for these delicate items, as each scent contains naturally antiseptic essential oils; for the truly scent-sensitive, we recommend Natural, which contains no added chemicals to hide the natural scent of the product.

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If you have invested in high-quality hosiery or thigh highs , make sure you are caring for them properly using these simple steps to hand wash:

  • Add Eucalan to  basin or sink; fill with tepid water (room temperature water, not hot and not cold).
  • Insert article to be washed and soak for 15 minutes (minimum).
  • Squeeze article gently to incorporate water and soap through fibres.
  • Pull article out of water and gently squeeze out excess water. Do not twist or ring.
  • Hang hosiery to dry.
  • If you need to launder in a machine, place hosiery in a mesh laundry bag or pillow case and be sure that it is separate from items with clasps or velcro (click here to find out how to use Eucalan in your washing machine).

VienneMilano makes some of our favourite thigh highs which are perfect for wearing year-round; their Spring and Bridal collections are a breath of fresh air for the changing seasons! Show below is the Elisabetta style in white, perfect for adding a touch of seduction to your wedding day (or night).

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We recommend washing each thigh high in Eucalan and storing in the VienneMilano box when dry to prolong the life of your stockings. Click here to learn more on our blog archive and here on the Vienne Milano website.

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Recently, The Lingerie Journal shared an in-depth article about luxury hosiery from Glamory and recommended Eucalan to keep them clean – click here if you missed it! 

A Perfect Match: Marlies Dekkers & Eucalan

As many of you may already know, Eucalan has now partnered with the iconic Dutch brand Marlies Dekkers with the help of Bill Schmitt, President of DW Schmitt Global Ltd (click here to read more on the Lingerie Journal). Together, we are looking forward to sharing these two complementary products in the North American market: a quality undergarment will last longer when properly cared for, and Eucalan’s gentle, no-rinse formula is the perfect choice for the job. In the case of Marlies Dekkers, many pieces include metal or beaded embellishments which require special care – and as a general rule, luxury lingerie should always be hand washed to extend the life of the piece.

A match made in heaven: Marlies Dekkers & Eucalan Delicate Wash. Includes instructions to care for your luxury lingerie.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to share  our quick step-by-step guide to caring for luxury undergarments:

  1. Gently submerge item(s) in a sink filled with tepid water and Eucalan – we recommend our JasmineLavender or Grapefruit scents, all of which are naturally antiseptic.
  2. Allow item(s) to sit for a few minutes, then gently squeeze the item and allow the water to drain from the sink.
  3. Lay lingerie on a clean, dry towel and press on it gently to remove as much excess water as possible.
  4. Lay item(s) on a fresh towel to dry, making sure that the cups are in shape and the straps are straight . If it’s not a heavy piece, it can be hung to dry after pressing out the water.

Click here for more free tutorials at Eucalan.com.

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Next month, Eucalan will exhibiting in Las Vegas at CurveNV@Magic (February 16-18) and in New York at CurveNY (February 21-23), the top lingerie trade show in our industry. For our retailers in attendance, you can click here to book an appointment with us ahead of time. Please note, our CEO Jennifer Edgar will only be attending the Las Vegas show, though we will have representation at CurveNY in the DW Schmitt Global booth.

Be sure to stop by booth #73952 at CurveNV@Magic and #351 at CurveNY to ask about our show special!

Holiday Gift Guide: Lingerie

It’s that time of year! We’d like to make your holiday shopping just a little bit easier with our gift guide for virtually everyone on your list! On today’s blog post, we share our top lingerie picks – stay tuned for more holiday gift guides on future posts!

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The vintage-inspired silk slips, gowns and robes from the Layneau Collection are a luxurious indulgence for that special someone; shown here is the Alla Silk Gown.

Muchachomalo socks are fun for the whole family; choose from many vibrant, eye-catching designs in sizes for Men, Women, Boys and Girls. More fun prints from Muchachomalo are also available in Women’s & Men’s bottoms here.

Don’t forget the man in your life! Saxx has several fun holiday styles such as the New Holiday Vibe Boxer Modern Fit, shown here in Frost and Teal.

Great for moisturizing dry skin and cuticles, Wrapture Fragrant Balm is a travel-friendly essential featuring the romantic scent of night-blooming jasmine that does double-duty as a perfume.

Made in Italy, Vienne Milano thigh highs feature exclusive designs which range from classic to daring; shown here is Elisabetta.

Marlies Dekkers‘ iconic styles are designed for the perfect fit; shown here is the Dame de Paris top and bottom in Black from the Signature collection.

Wrapture Delicate Wash will keep your silks, hosiery, and other lingerie looking their best with its natural no-rinse formula. Enjoy the naturally antiseptic benefits of night-blooming jasmine essential oil, which is also an aphrodisiac.

Give the gift that keeps on giving with a customizable subscription service from The Enclosed: choose from three, six, or twelve months of luxury knickers – size guaranteed!

Essentials Tools, Tips & Tutorials for Fall

Fall is here! Now is the time to start bringing out your woolens, quilts and handmade items for the chilly autumn season. Eucalan is perfect for freshening up items which have been packed away for the summer – click here for free tutorials demonstrating the best way to wash and care for your specialty items such as quilts, woolens, furs, leather, and more!

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Sweater weather is once again here, and we recently spotted the Cocoknits Sweater Care Kit in the Fall issue of Knitty.com. This clever kit includes everything you need to keep your handmade (and store-bought!) sweaters looking their best – including a small bottle of Eucalan!

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Handknitters will want to check out a brand-new instructional video, Basic Finishing Techniques: Transform Your Knitting With Blocking and More.  Get answers to the most commonly-asked questions accompanied by detailed demonstrations (featuring Eucalan, of course!) from designer, author, and instructor Tanis Gray. This comprehensive DVD will help viewers achieve professional results for their handmade projects!

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Outside of the fibre arts world, Eucalan was recently featured on the Lingerie Journal as part of a feature by Kaaren Bedi, founder/designer of Layneau. In it, Kaaren shares her best tips for keeping luxury lingerie and heirloom pieces looking their best for the next generation. It should be no surprise that Kaaren prefers our delicate, no-rinse wash for preserving these special items; click here to read more of her sage advice over on the Lingerie Journal website.

More August Events: CurveNV & Twist Fibre Festival

Our next event is CurveNV in Las Vegas August 17-19, and this year, it’s being held at Magic!  Magic is an international fashion trade show which includes a comprehensive marketplace for Women’s, Men’s, and Children’s apparel, plus accessories, footwear, and more. CurveNV at Magic will be representing the lingerie and swimwear categories, and there are some very exciting events for attendees. We’ve exhibited at Magic before and are so happy to get back to the hustle and bustle and energy of the show floor! If you’ll be attending CurveNV, look for Eucalan in booth #77329 – or click here to book your appointment with us ahead of time – and don’t forget your comfortable walking shoes!

To get a taste of CurveNV, click here to view their photo gallery from past events.

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Eucalan is proud to sponsor the Twist Fibre Festival!Later this month, we’ll be sponsoring a totally different sort of event: the Twist Fibre Festival in Québec, Canada which will take place August 22 & 23. This annual event is the only one of its kind in our neck of the woods, and it features something for everyone: over 40 workshops, free activities for kids, a textile art exhibit, a gourmet local food fair, and over 125 exhibitors from all trades of the fibre industry.  This two-day event is open to the general public, and you’ll find fibre producers, fleece animal breeders, skilled artisans and casual fibre enthusiasts all rubbing elbows under the same roof.

Click here for more info about Twist!

 

Keeping Up with Eucalan

The lazy days of summer are anything but at Eucalan HQ! Right now, we’re preparing to head to New York City for CurveNY, the lingerie trade show! It’s taking place August 2-4, 2015 at the Javits Center in Manhattan, and we’ll be in booth #355 (click here to book an appointment with us ahead of time if you plan to attend). After that, we’ll be heading to Las Vegas for CurveNV at Magic, August 17-19, 2015 – look for Eucalan in booth #77329.

We’re looking forward to seeing what’s new for Spring and Summer 2016 from the top brands in lingerie, loungewear and more!

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We’ve also been busy awarding prizes as part of our 25th Anniversary Giveaway extravaganza, which is happening now through September 30, 2015! There are still plenty of opportunities for you to win a prize (click here for details on our previous blog post); below are the latest winning photo submissions to inspire you!

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One of the most recent #EucalanFan Giveaway winners!

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One of the most recent #EucalanFan contest winners!

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Remember to post your photo using the #EucalanFan hashtag so that you can be entered in our prize drawing!

 

Spring Clean Your Wardrobe

We know some parts of North America are still dealing with wintry weather, but now is the perfect time to think about spring cleaning your wardrobe to make sure you’re ready for summer…whenever it decides to arrive!

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First and foremost, we recommend washing all of your winter woolens in either Eucalyptus or Lavender Eucalan before you pack them away for the season. Both of these scents contain essential oils which are naturally moth-repellent; our formula also contains lanolin will soften and condition even the most delicate fibres. Cleaning your your garments before storing not only prevents discoloration, it will also help to keep moths and other pests away since they are often attracted by body odors on garments.

viennemilanoWhile many folks choose to forgo hosiery in the summer months, now is still a great time to check in on your stockings and knee-highs: be honest, when was the last time you washed them? We actually recommend cleaning hosiery in Eucalan after each use, so now is a great time to start this habit if you prefer to wear hosiery year-round. For those who have heavier-weight tights for winter or skip hosiery altogether when the temperature rises, we encourage you to give them a wash in either LavenderGrapefruit or Jasmine Eucalan, all of which are naturally antiseptic.

While we’re on the subject, slips and camisoles can also benefit from a hand wash session with Eucalan – again, these are delicate items which are probably not washed as frequently as the bras and other undergarments worn on a more frequent basis.

896cc-6a0120a6d87c1f970b0162ff3d62bf970d-piIf your workout routine went into hibernation over the winter months, now is the time to pull out your sports bras, yoga pants, and other high-tech workout gear. Hand washing these garments will keep them looking and performing like new, and since you already have some Eucalan lying around, there is no additional investment on your part!

Last but not least, those lightweight linens, silk and cottons can probably use some freshening up after sitting in the back of your closet (or in storage) for the season. Many of these items are probably marked dry clean only; luckily you can safely and effectively clean these items with Eucalan, which will save you a trip to the dry cleaner and leave money in your pocket!

For more spring cleaning ideas and tips using Eucalan, click here.

Happy Spring!

August: CurveNY and CurveNV

wraptureCurveNext month, we’ll be attending two exciting expos for lingerie, men’s underwear, and swimwear in North America:

CURVENY NEW YORK August 3, 4 & 5 2014 – Javits Center North, Booth #100

CURVENV LAS VEGAS August 18 & 19 2014 – Venetian Hotel, Booth #414

Both of these shows will feature previews of the Spring & Summer 2015 collections from notable lingerie designers worldwide. In years past, Eucalan has debuted new products such as our Wrapture by Kristin Omdahl Delicate Wash and Wrapture Fragrant Balm, both of which feature the romantic scent of night-blooming jasmine.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to attend an event such as this, here is a quick interview with designer Kristin Omdahl from the February 2013 CurveNY show, which gives you a peek behind the scenes:

We look forward to sharing the latest trends with you soon!