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      04.04.2012 15:57
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      A bit of a gimmick?

      I bought these from a local store as they were on offer as part of a "buy one get one half price" promotion. The tissues are said to kill 99.9% of cold and flu viruses. They have a special layer inside them which is activated when the tissues touch your nose, well when you blow into them. The tissues come presented in a box and they are of a standard shape and size. I expected them to smell quite medicinal but they don't really smell of anything. They are white in colour with tiny blue specks. The tissues feel soft to the touch and they feel gentle on the nose. They are quite mild and they don't irritate the nose and/ or nasal passages. I like this about them, plus they don't make your nose appear red. They certainly don't give you a "Rudolph" nose! The tissues can be used a few times before they need to be thrown away as they are quite thick. The tissues are decent tissues. They certainly don't feel cheap and they appear to be of good quality. However, I have not evidence that they kill 99.9% of viruses and I think this may be a bit of a gimmick. Would I recommend them? I would but I would only buy them when they are on offer. Worth a try.

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      04.12.2011 20:45
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      Not something I would buy again

      If I was to say two words about these tissues it would be 'don't bother'. I think they have had a lot of hype and claim to kill off bacteria and germs and virusus because they are impregnated with special stuff like citric acid and sodium laurel sulpahate. To be honest, I don't like the thought of this stuff being used by my little lad when he needs to blow his (for ever) snotty nose. The box says they kill 99% of germs but I personally think it's just an advertsing ploy because the more I read about it the more I am scepetical. One of the reasons is because I know the tissues do not kill the actual bugs in the snot until up to fifteen minutes after the snot has been blown out. Well, I don't know about you, but I don't tend to walk around with a snotty hanky in my hand for up to fifteen minutes after I have blown my nose! They are soft in my opinion, they are nicely packaged in a bonny blue box and the tissues come out one by one, nice and easily but that is about all I can say about the positives. They are expensive at nearly three pounds for seventy two three ply tissues but I'd rather pay less and not have the added ingredeients, which frankly I don't think are going to do much about getting rid of germs and bugs. We got ours cheaper in Home Bargains but we still paid a lot for them and we also bought two boxes one of which is still under the kitchen cupboard stairs. I think I will take this box into work for people to use because I don't really like the idea of us as a family wiping these things around our face and mouths. All in all not a product I would recommend. review also posted on Ciao as sorehead

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      15.03.2011 09:52
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      ** Kleenex Anti-Viral Tissues **

      ** Kleenex Anti-Viral Tissues ** After I have been disappointed with some tissues of some other cheap own brand ones I gave up and bought the more expensive Kleenex ones. I was a little bit tricked into the promise of this brand with the whole Anti-viral thing. It sounds so good and I trust Kleenex as a brand and how bad can tissues be? You can buy these tissues for around 2,25 pounds which makes them more expensive then the cheaper brands out there but also the normal Kleenex tissues. The tissues come in a pretty looking box with blue and yellow and on the top and front you can see the name of the brand. N the back you can find more information about the product and contact information of the company. The tissues are 3ply and when you touch them they feel quite strong and unlikely to break easily. A big difference with the cheaper brands tissues who feel like to break when you just touch them. The tissues are white but have some tiny blue dots which makes them different then the normal version tissues. What makes them even stand out more is the whole Anti-viral thing. Kleenex promises that these tissues will kill 99% of all germs and viruses who are responsible for spreading cold and flu. This sounded very promising but apparently the tissues will kill them after fifteen minutes and not instantly when sneezing. I think it's great for children because they always leave these tissues laying around and then another child will pick it up and might use it, so for them it might be handy. For me it's a little bit pointless but the tissues are of Kleenex quality which means they are strong and feel really soft that they don't cause any skin irritating for me. With the cheaper brands the tissues might feel a bit rough but it never have that problem with these. Perhaps these tissues are not for me and I'm better off with the cheaper normal version, it might be handy for somebody with children. For that reason four stars.

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      11.03.2011 12:32
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      Just don't bother...

      Introduction My last couple of reviews have mentioned that I am currently in the middle of a nasty bout of cold at the moment and since last Sunday have spent almost a week with a cough, sore throat and runny nose. I haven't complained (much) and have tried to get on with things the best I can but the combination of feeling run down, sleep deprived and aching from coughing too hard has left me feeling decidedly grumpy. In a quest for a quiet life my other half has been buying me various cold and flu remedies which I have gratefully accepted and taken over the past few days and although we share almost everything in our lives together she has up to now managed to avoid catching my cold off me. Now whether my wife has a super immune system or if she has just been lucky I don't know, perhaps the secret of her tolerance to my super-bugs comes down to the subject of this review, the Kleenex Anti-Viral tissues? Introducing (Drum Roll.....) Super Tissues!! Kleenex Anti-Viral Tissues aren't just *any* bog-standard snot rags (as I affectionately call them) oh no, these are super, special tissues if you believe what Kleenex tells you when you take a look at the box they are contained in. Apparently they have been designed to "KILL 99.9% of Cold and Flu Viruses in the Tissue" which, according to Kleenex are specifically the "Influenza A and B that cause the flu", "Rhinoviruses Type 1A and 2 that are the leading causes of colds" and "Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), the leading cause of lower respiratory infection in children". Impressive I'm sure you will agree BUT (there's always a 'but' isn't there?) the tissue takes 15 minutes to work its magic before killing any of the nasty viruses it catches. Oh. 15 minutes? that's ages when you think about it, I don't know about you but when I blow my nose I want to get rid of the tissue straight away either by binning it or throwing it down the toilet. I'm not in the habit of leaving used tissues knocking around the house so even before the super-tissue has had chance to go about murdering the viruses it has caught chances are it's floating around the U-Bend somewhere amongst far nastier germs and bugs than anything my nose could ever produce. To be fair to Kleenex though they do acknowledge the time the tissues take to work their magic and do promote these for families with children who are perhaps not as fastidious when it comes to discarding their used tissues as a responsible adult may be. To this end I think it's quite a clever bit of marketing and whilst their super-powers are probably wasted on me personally I can see why some parents may consider these to be worth their weight in gold although I would probably teach my children to throw tissues away rather than leaving snot encrusted ones laying around, Bug-killing ones or not... Anyway, these are pretty useless when it comes down to bug killing as I've already established but as a standard tissue do they fare any better? Well no, not really, the design of the tissues doesn't help matters I have to say. Constructed as a 3-ply tissue, the 1st and 3rd layer are white as you would expect from a tissue but the middle layer (also white) has teeny tiny little blue dots plastered over it and is effectively sandwiched between the two outer layers. This is obviously the 'anti viral' part of the tissues' construction and Kleenex reliably inform you that the dots contain 'citric acid' and 'sodium lauryl sulfate' which means absolutely nothing to me but it sounds mediciney so must be good. Because of how the 3 parts of the 'tissue sandwich' sit together they are prone to fall apart at the slightest agitation and because I'm not particularly gentle when I'm blowing my nose they end up becoming a crumpled mess extremely quickly. They are soft though I have to admit, some cheap tissues are scratchy and to be fair to Kleenex these are gentle and cause me no irritation so at least I can be positive about something. They may be useless at bug killing, holding their shape and are incredibly expensive but they are soft - not exactly a glowing recommendation is it? At £2.30 for a box of 100 tissues you are, in my opinion, paying for a gimmick with these, the overstated 'Anti-Viral' properties are misleading when you discover how long they take to start killing any bugs they may capture and all in all you'd be far better off just sticking to a decent brand name tissue. I can conclude then that my wife has just been incredibly lucky not to have caught my cold off me (for the moment) and that these tissues have not made an iota of difference, once my Anti-Viral box is used up I'll be switching back to something cheaper and can't say I'd bother buying these ever again. 2 Stars from me just because they are soft. If these were a super-hero then they'd be rather a useless one, maybe one of the mutants from the X-Men with a power that no-one would particularly want... Overall then definitely *not* recommended. Thanks for reading my review.

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        11.03.2011 10:25
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        Kleenex Anti-Viral Tissues

        Kleenex Anti-Viral Tissues I do have to say when you are standing in the shop it's always more interesting to get something new. I just normally get the normal Kleenex Tissues or even the own brand one of the supermarket but sometimes (when we have a bit more money to spend) it's fun to try something new that sounds really good but also is more expensive. I'm talking about the Kleenex Anti-Viral Tissues. Apparently these special kind of tissues help against spreading the flu or cold and preventing other around from getting it. They even say dramatically that it prevents from your whole family to get sick. The tissues are designed that they kill 99% of the cold and flu viruses in the tissue before they spread. When reading more carefully it actually says within 15 minutes. The Kleenex Anti-Viral Tissues exists of three layers with the outer layers having a special softness additive which should prevent your skin getting irritated. Now I do have to say that Kleenex does normally have really nice and soft Tissues and they never make my skin to irritate. The centre layer has a anti viral formula which should kill the 99% of the cold and flu viruses preventing them to spread. While it all sounds very interesting I'm getting the feeling that it's all pointless these tissues because it's great they kill the viruses in the tissues but I always throw my tissue in the bin after using it so why does it matter that it kills the viruses then. I don't really see them climbing out of the bin anyway. I can understand that it might be helpful if you don't throw away your tissues after using them but who does that? Maybe children I suppose but then again I don't see children sharing their issues with each other either. Even Kleenex says the most luckily that a person will get the cold of flu from somebody else is by coughing and sneezing and by sharing for example cups and not washing your hands. You can get these tissues for 2,25 pounds which makes them a bit more expensive then the standard ones. I would say to save your money and or for the normal ones at least that's something I'm going to do next time I'm going for the Kleenex brand.

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          30.12.2010 21:44
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          Overally a good tissue which is worth the extra if your using them a lot !

          *** Intro Ok so, for the past month I have had what can only be described as an icky wicky cold; which has resulted in me using a lot of tissues, which have seen a shade of green that i never knew existed (sorry to grose you out.) So after having the cheap value tissues and the 2nd in line tissues we finally got the fancey 'Kleenex' tissues. *** The brand These tissues are classed as like the GHD version of hair, and the royals royce of car ... basically you can cath my drift, their a good brand of tissue. They come at a price though, their normally around £1.60+ for a box, which personally I think is a bit much, when you only blow your nose on them. We bought these on offer in Morrisons when we was doing out christmas shop and these came in a twin pack and aws priced at around £1.89 i think; which was reasonable considering they then worked out at 80p per box. *** They are a nice 2ply tissue and have what appears to be a pattern of blue dots all over (which I think is the anti-viral factor) The tissue is quite thick, and when I have been blowing my nose at a speed which could rival the olympics they are quite good at keeping intact, and holding the gunk. Overall a good tissue, which i wouldn'y neccessary buy at full price for everyday use, but when they are on offer they are a nice tissue, and very soft on the nose area. Hope this helps

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          30.12.2010 13:46
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          Can live without

          On a recent supermarket trip we needed tissues and I noticed that Kleenex Anti viral Tissues on offer two packs for £1.99 so this seemed a great choice as everybody we know currently seems to have some cold or viral germs it seemed a great idea. The box itself is not particularly decorated in any floral pattern but does have silvery box which could fit in with a Christmas theme and generally will co - ordinate with any room. The tissues are designed to kill 99.9% of cold and flu viruses. According to Kleenex this is due to a moisture activated middle layer which is designed to be activated when you blow your nose. It claims to kill germs within 15 minutes and states that the virus can live for up to 48 hours. The tissues themselves are white with tiny blue dots .They do feel like soft to the touch and when dry have no aroma but when wet they seem to release a chemical aroma which actually seems to permeate on your lips. This problem if you are simply using them to blow your nose this is not a problem but as a mum to a young child tissues have many uses which include wiping faces after meals which I have now had to buy spate tissues for. Are these tissues any use? In my family I would say they aren't that useful as an everyday tissue. My son will often drink out the same glass as me if he wakes in the night. He usually sleeps in my bed when unwell and will want to sit on my alp during the day if particularly unwell so I tend to be of the opinion that if he has something I will get it or not. I do use normal tissues and as advises use and then bin. But we do tend to acquire them in bed at night but then I do clear up in the morning so this may reduce the transference of infection. I don't see how simply using these will stop the spread of virus's .Every time someone coughs and catches it then touches a door handle it transfers onto the door. If that then lives for 48 hours every time someone else touches the door it will simply spread around. Would I recommend them? Generally no I wouldn't I don't think that this is something that we can't live without and due to the aroma and effects of the tissues .I think that good hygiene practises when you are ill are more important . I think these may be good for the office or the bedroom but I don't intend to purchase them again as I don't want to buy a selection of different boxes for different uses. I think this is something that Kleenex is trying to convince us we need but they have failed to win me over.

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          29.12.2010 16:56
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          a tissue

          Kleenex Anti Viral Tissues..... I really only purchased these tissues becuase they were half price in the chemist next door to where I work. They usually retail for around the £2 region and they were on offer for 99 pence which for a branded tissue is not a bad price. The main selling point of these tissues is the fact that they are supposedly anti viral and that they kill 99.99% of cold and flu viruses. This would be excellent had I not been riddled with the cold virus anyway but I guess it is helpful for Himself who as it stands is man flu free but it surely is just a matter of time before he catches it. One aspect that is worth noting is that these tissues claim to kill nealy 100% of all cold and flu germs but as a purchaser there really is no way to prove this claim and we just have to trust int he brand itself. However I find that these Kleenex anti viral tissues are not just revolutionary in their claim but they are the standard softness of Kleenex tissues and strong as well. For 99 pence these tissues are soft to use and strong to blow your nose into. A box has a good amount of tissues in it which will last for a good few days with a particularly bad cold. The design of the box is not overly bad compared to some of the gimmick tissues from Kleenex as the blue tones of the anti viral tissues are not too offensive. All in all these tissues are soft, strong and cheapish. They did the job of a regular tissue but I can't say for sure if they were killing off viruses or not. For that reason I feel a rating of 4 out of 5 stars is in order and a recomendation. Many thanks for taking the time to read. I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.

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            07.11.2010 23:40
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            Don't bother!

            I'm not usually one to have tissues around the house, but after having both colds and flu this year I have realised just how handy they can be! Let's face it, there's only so many times you can blow your nose with loo roll (no matter how fancy or posh it is!) before your nose becomes so red and sore that you can't bear to touch it anymore. Not a good situation to be in when it's only the first day in and you can expect another 3 or so days with a runny nose! If I was buying myself, I would probably just go for an 'Own Brand' box of tissues, but on this occasion a friend (obviously with money to burn!) bought me a few packs of Kleenex Anti-viral. I have the small, pocket sizes tissues which I believe can be bought individually or in packs of three. You can also buy a large, standard sized box of the tissues. Kleenex Anti-viral are slightly more expensive than standard Kleenex. Boots are currently selling them for £2.25, compared to £1.99 for the standard boxes, although they do have a two for £3 offer on, which makes them quite reasonably priced. But are they worth it? I had never really understood the need for tissues to be anti-viral before as they end up going straight in the bin (not going to cause trouble for anyone in there are they?!?), but after looking on the Kleenex website I kind of get the idea. Basically, kids get colds more often than most people (five times more often, apparently); kids then pass the cold on to the rest of the family; they also leave tissues lying around the house (so true!) - Hence the need for virus-free tissues. Kleenex Anti-viral kills 99.99% of viruses, specifically the viruses that cause colds and flu; they also kill the Respiratory Syncytial Virus virus, which is the leading cause of lower respiratory infection in children. Obviously, this is something that we cannot really test for ourselves, so we'll just have to trust Kleenex on that one. The tissues themselves have three layers, the middle of which is the Antiviral sheet. This is the sheet that 'catches' the virus; it looks and feels exactly the same as the other sheets, apart from a pattern of blue spots that cover one side of the sheet. Using them, they feel exactly like the standard Kleenex tissues; soft and gentle, yet strong enough to keep their shape and texture. They really are great quality tissues, although I'm not sure that they are good enough to tempt me away from my Own Brand packs (and Own Brand prices!). I am not particularly impressed by the 'virus killer' tissue claim; my son tends to sleep in my bed with me when he's ill, so it would take more than virus-free tissues to reduce my risk of infection! It is therefore just the softness and general quality of the tissues that would tempt me, and as they are exactly the same as the standard Kleenex tissues, this isn't a huge selling point. I have decided that, although they are a nice idea, the Kleenex Anti-viral tissues just aren't the miracle product that they seem to promote themselves as, and just aren't really worth the extra money. Yes, having virus-free tissues is a nice idea, but just binning the things in the first place is an even better one!

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            07.11.2010 17:32
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            A bit of a rip off to exploit consumer fear of viruses

            ~ Me and the Tissue Fairy ~ I don't think a lot about tissues. In our house they just seem to appear as if by magic. It's the same with toilet rolls, there's a toilet roll fairy that just magically replaces them when they run out. I suspect it's my husband because the tail always hangs down the wrong side but I could be wrong. Aside from stacking up with pocket packs of tissues for our holidays which are focused very much on the 'other end' of the body from the nose (always have tissues in your pocket - never assume you'll find loo roll), I give very little thought to the topic of tissues. On returning from our trip to India I brought home an unwelcome souvenir - a particularly stinking cold. Normally I wouldn't worry about it and would just ignore it but this time I'm up against a deadline. I'm due to have an operation on Thursday and if the cold goes to my chest then the op will have to be postponed. I thus decided that this time I needed to fight. I bought a stack of vitamin C tablets, some paracetamol, a pot of honey, a bottle of lemon juice and a shockingly expensive box of Kleenex Anti-Viral tissues. ~ Expensive Tissues ~ I'm no mug - I didn't actually think they'd fix all known viruses like AIDS or cold sores, but I was intrigued enough to give them a go. At £2.79 for a box I hadn't completely take leave of my senses - if there had been a cheaper box in the shop I wouldn't have bought these but they were the only ones in our local pharmacy so I guess everyone else got to the cheap ones before me. I could have bought nearly 8 boxes of supermarket budget tissues for the same money so what did I actually get for my stupidly inflated price? First things first, an unremarkable looking grey, oblong box of tissues, slightly smaller than normal boxes. The box told me that the tissues would kill 99.9% of cold and flu viruses in the tissue. The assistant in the shop had already rung up all my other items so I didn't give them too much attention, just threw them on the counter and paid. ~ Blowing my nose as well as my money ~ Later that day I opened the box - peeling back the layer over the opening to reveal the slit through which to pull the tissues. So far so simple. The first couple weren't entirely easy to get out but I've got a cold, not total incapability so I soon figured it out. The tissues were of normal family-box size (i.e. not those enormous 'man sized' ones, just the regular size) but they did look a bit different from the standard products I'd normally buy. The tissue is three-ply with surprisingly thin outer layers sandwiching a very different looking thicker layer inside. This inner layer is covered in blue dots which we're supposed to assume contain the active ingredient. I was in no mood to intellectualise my tissues at that point so I stuck them in my bag and took them to work to think about more later. ~ Largely Irrelevant Benefits ~ As the box sat on my desk I wondered what was the magic ingredient that was going to make my tissues into master bug-zappers. Some kind of terribly clever anti-viral chemical straight from a state of the art bug-zapping lab filled with people in white coats and face masks perhaps. My curiosity led me to twist the box around until I finally found the answer. These magic tissues contained some far from magic ingredients - just under 10% of the total weight of the tissue was either Citric Acid (about seven and a half percent) or sodium lauryl sulphate (approximately 2%). To put that into simple terms, I'd just paid a mint for a tissue impregnated with vitamin C and the detergent in my toothpaste. It's not what I expected. How about those claims about killing viruses? Well I wasn't too impressed by that either. The pack specifies which viruses it will kill - Rhinoviruses of type 1A and 2A which cause most common colds as well as Influenza A and B which cause flu and something called Respiratory Synctyial Virus which apparently causes lower respiratory infections in kids. So if you're concerned about bird flu or swine flu you can forget these little babies making a difference. In fact if you don't have kids, you're probably wasting a large chunk of the effectiveness. Further examination shows that it takes 15 minutes for the tissue to kill the virus in the snot that it's just caught. Now that left me a bit baffled. I'm not in the habit of blowing my nose and then handing the tissue to someone else to have another go with it. Nor do I expect someone else to handle my snotty tissues - they go straight in the bin. So what IS the point of a killer tissue that kills virus inside it? The Kleenex website says that families with kids get more colds and that part of this is because kids blow their noses, leave the tissues hanging around and the viruses live in the tissue for up to 48 hours before they die. So I can see some point in these if you have kids or work around kids but for child-free homes and offices inhabited by people whose mums long ago taught them to bin or flush their tissues, these are really a bit pointless. Aside from the magic going on inside the tissue, I wasn't too impressed by their performance as a nose-blowing device. I usually use 3-ply tissues, typically those in pocket packs and usually the really cheap ones in multi-packs from Aldi (classy eh?). You could have the world's most explosive nose eruptions and they won't challenge one of those three-ply tissues but the Anti-Viral's are very different. For one thing the three layers aren't 'bonded' round the edges and the two outer layers seem to be extraordinarily thin. My guess would be that they need to be thin in order for the Vitamin C and SLS to get quick access to the 'snot'. That means you're paying well over the odds for a three ply that barely performs at the strength level of a normal 2-ply. They are nice and soft but they fall down on strength because of these ultra-thin layers. Talking of paying over the odds for something you don't actually need, I'd noticed that the box seemed a bit thinner than the normal standard tissue boxes. It turned out this was because there are only 72 tissues in a box which makes each tissue more than 3.5 pence. I started thinking it might be a good idea to put my box in my drawer and discourage anyone from pinching a few. ~ Are they worth it?~ If you comply with standard cold and flu behaviour recommendations, you should have no need for tissues like this. The old 'catch it - bin it - kill it' guidelines (use a tissue, put the tissue in the bin, wash your hands) will be at least as effective as something like this. If you don't have kids, I'd say don't bother. If you do, just teach them to bin their tissues and you'll have cut out the problem that these tissues are designed to solve. I would classify Kleenex Anti-Viral tissues as a gimmick and since I don't have kids and am therefore not in the target consumer group (which I couldn't have known before I bought them and started doing some research) I won't be buying them again. I can't help but think these tissues are designed to exploit the fears of nervous and slightly obsessive people.

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            Specially treated middle layer helps stop cold and flu viruses in the tissue / Premium facial tissue All the quality and softness of Kleenex