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      12.11.2014 19:46
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      Soothing and comforting tissues for a bad cold

      Kleenex Balsam tissues are a standard paper handkerchief infused with calendula, a gentle natural ingredient with qualities of softness and soothing on the skin. I turn to these tissues when I am struggling with a cold and runny nose, because repeatedly wiping or blowing the nose will inevitably lead to the skin drying out and becoming sore and / or chapped.

      The downside of the tissues is the cost. A standard box of these tissues will cost around double that of a ‘standard’ tissue. So I was quite surprised to see these pocket packs in Poundland for 6 packets, and also that these were also infused with menthol, something I had never imagined existed. The packs of tissues each contain 9 tissues, and they are triple ply and really strong. Each one opens out to around the size of a standard tissue, maybe a little smaller, and without wanting this to sound too unpleasant, a single tissue could be used more than once. So they are intended to be more like a handkerchief than a standard tissue. They even have a kind of pattern imprinted within them around the edge of each one, again distinguishing them from a “common” tissue.

      The calendula does genuinely add softness to the tissues, there is none of the harshness or any roughness that some paper tissues could sometimes have. The menthol is surprisingly strong, it's like Vick's Vaporub already rubbed into a tissue! When I had a cold, I found this strangely somewhat comforting. The thing about that however is that it means these tissues are only really suitable when you have a cold, not as an all-purpose tissue.

      Each packet containing the folded tissue is only about 10cm tall and 4cm wide. They are great for keeping in the car as the packaging reseals and keeps the tissues nice and clean. Equally they are ideal for a pocket or handbag. Despite the big price differential between Kleenex balsam tissues and other brands, the price of these pocket handkerchiefs compares really well with others and this 6 pack for £1 represents really great value. In fact, in writing this review and reflecting on what I recently paid for a standard box which contained 80 tissues, these handkerchiefs actually work out lots cheaper!?! They might be slightly smaller individually, but there’s no doubt that these ones are stronger and thicker. That’s crazy … and also pretty annoying.

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      06.12.2013 13:35
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      A useful product to help treat a blocked nose

      So, here comes winter, and along with it comes the obligatory cold that has been circulated amongst everyone in my office. After finding some decent healthcare bargains in Poundland during my last bout of illness, I went there again and discovered these Kleenex Balsam Fresh pocket tissues. Unsurprisingly, a multipack of 6 cost me £1.00.

      These pocket tissues come in small pouches containing 9 tissues in each. There is a flap at the top of the packet with a resealable tab so that you can keep the tissues clean and secure if carrying the pouch in a handbag or pocket. The compact size makes it convenient to take out and about.

      The Kleenex Balsam Fresh pocket tissues are thicker than the usual Kleenex Balsam box tissues, and are constructed of several sheets of tissue paper which are bonded at the edges. They are a square shape when folded out flat and because of the extra layer they are thick and sturdy. The tissues come folded up neatly inside the packet and it is easy to remove them one by one when needed. The tissue is thick and absorbent, and the tissues are secured at the edges so that the individual sheets stay firmly together and don't separate when being used. In my experience they are more durable than other types of tissue and never seem to split or tear through.

      The tissues contain a protective balm with calendula. This is ideal to soothe a sore nose and prevent your skin from drying out. The skin around the nostrils can become sensitive and irritated resulting in sore skin and when I've had bad colds the skin has started to crack and flake which is very painful. These Balsam Fresh tissues do not seem to feel quite as soft as the regular Kleenex Balsam tissues, but they are still better than most other brands that I have used. In addition to being strong and soft for blowing your nose, there is the extra bonus of the easy-breathe menthol used in the Balsam Fresh tissues. The tissues have a strong menthol scent, and I hold one directly underneath my nose whilst breathing in deeply to inhale the menthol. This is very quick to take effect and really helps to un-block a stuffy nose, making it easier to breathe freely again. The scent does fade away a few hours after the tissue has been removed from the packet and exposed to air for a prolonged time, but the rest of the tissues that remain in the packet keep the full strength of the scent until you are ready to use the next one. I swear by inhalant oil products such as Olbas Oil when I have a cold, and these Balsam Fresh tissues are the perfect cold treatment for when you're on the go because you don't have to worry about carrying around a separate bottle of oil as well as tissues, as the tissues already have the ingredients included. These Balsam Fresh tissues are fuss-free and very easy to use.

      These tissues are super effective, good quality and an essential item for when I'm fighting off a cold. The individual packs are useful for taking out and about, and they are so simple and straightforward to use. I think this is an excellent treatment to help soothe a blocked nose without having to use medication. I am very loyal to the Kleenex brand as I think their products have proven to be far superior to other brands, and I would definitely recommend the Kleenex Balsam Fresh tissues.

      Kleenex tissues are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) which means their materials are obtained from well-managed forests and other controlled sources. Good for the environment and good for your conscience!

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        20.11.2013 10:59
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        Excellent for those blocked noses

        As a teacher, I seem to get colds a lot and this year is no different. I generally try to buy 'nice' tissues for when I'm ill and the Kleenex Balsam ones have become a favourite. As I suffer a lot with a blocked nose, I decided to buy these ones as they are advertised as easy breathe.

        ---About the product:
        The Kleenex Balsam Fresh tissues are part of the Kleenex tissue range. They can either be bought in a pack of 72 tissues that come in a box, or can be bought as a set of 6 little packets, each containing 9 tissues. They are 3-ply tissues with the top layer containing a protective balm to help soothe your nose which contains calendula which appears to help the healing of the skin. There is also some menthol infused into them which helps you to breathe more easily.

        ---My experiences:
        As I suffer from a blocked nose a lot when I have colds, the first thing I need is a tissue which is soft on the skin. I have found these tissues to be lovely and soft and don't irritate my nose any further when using them regularly. They have also helped slightly in the healing of my nose when it has been sore from overuse of other harsher tissues. The menthol is also a big help as it helps to unblock the nose whilst using the tissues so they are more effective overall at unblocking overall. The tissues themselves are a good quality being thick and do not tear easily no matter how hard you blow! They are a good size and can be folded and re-used as necessary. The box they come in is reasonably standard and allows easy access to the tissues as well as keeping them safe until needed. In the box they are constantly open to the air so you do get a slight menthol smell while they are open. This can diminish slightly over the days as they are left open.

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        These tissues vary greatly in price depending where you purchase them from and the offers available at the time. Often there are offers on them and you can buy twin packs of the boxes. Singularly they are between £2 and £3 for the boxes and between £1 and £2 for the packets. I am very happy to buy these tissues when I have a cold, but for normal day to day use I find them a bit too expensive. I would rather spend my money on cheaper tissues for normal use and these for special times when my nose needs a lot of TLC. In that department they are great, and I would highly recommend them for blocked noses and damaged skin on the nose inflicted by too much blowing. I will continue to buy them for my heavy colds and rejoice in being able to breathe again.

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        18.03.2013 21:16
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        The tissue of choice if you've got a cold

        I've regularly used original Kleenex balsam tissues when I've had colds but didn't realise that they did these 'Fresh' ones until my Mum gave me a twin pack of them. I've not been a fan of other tissues which help you breathe and so I didn't think I would like these. When I last got a cold and was very blocked up I thought I'd give these a try and I was pleasantly surprised.

        Packaging
        All Kleenex tissues come in good strong boxes and these are no exception. The perforated cardboard oval on top of the box is easily removed and you can then take out your tissues from the gap in the plastic covering. The box for these Fresh Kleenex tissues is mainly pale blue but still has some of the design from the original balsam box, this allows you to link them to the range but easily distinguish between them still.
        The information on the back of the box tells you that you get 72 x 3 ply tissues in the box and that they have been dermatologically tested. The FSC logo is displayed so you know that the tissues come from a responsible source.

        Are they soft?
        Yes, the protective balm on these tissues is lovely and soft and does a great job at preventing your nose getting sore. Colds make me look like Rudolph very quickly so anything that prevents this is great.

        Do they help breathing?
        Yes, I found that these tissues had just the right level of menthol on them. I was able to smell it even with a blocked nose but when using these tissues without a cold it isn't overpowering. I like that the menthol on the tissues means I am easing my cold symptoms just by blowing my nose.

        Quality of the tissues?
        As you would expect from the Kleenex Balsam range these tissues are good quality. They hold together well in use and can even survive a washing machine cycle pretty much intact!

        Price and availability
        I haven't had to buy any of these yet but they are available in Asda, currently (March 2013) £2.48 for a box of 72 but are on offer 2 boxes for £3. They don't appear to be available in the other supermarkets or Boots online in this pack size which is disappointing.

        Would I recommend?
        Yes, all the great features of the original balsam tissues but with the added bonus of Menthol. If I were purchasing tissues during a cold I would definitely be looking out for these.

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        18.03.2013 16:56
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        Should be good enough for anyone, would recommend

        Kleenex balsam fresh

        Prices two twin packs for £5.00 at present
        6 small hanks pkts £1.47
        Strangely the 6 pks still work out cheaper.

        Kleenex has always been my brand of choice for a cold, others just leave me looking like Rudolf and don't always hold a sneeze. Kleenex claims these are Dermatologically tested, infused with a touch of menthol to help ease breathing, leaves behind a micro fine layer of soothing calendula, soothes and protects the nose.

        So how do they do; they have 3 layers they are not mansize but probably around 7 inches square. These do hold a good old sneeze without problem and based on recent advice to use it and bin it, should be perfect for everyone.

        Have no idea how the micro fine layer of calendula gets left on the nose as the tissues are dry and feel no different to other tissues, however looking at the Kleenex site these were launched in 1994 'This was a very exciting year for Kimberly-Clark with the UK launch of the first "dry to the touch" lotion-treated tissue.' (Kleenex web site). While this does not explain how it works the only thing I can think of, is that the transfer of calendula occurs as the tissue gets 'wet'.

        The menthol smell is great if you are not to blocked up to smell it, I'm on my last two tissues at the moment and the smell has disappeared. For these I think the 6 pks which are re-sealable are probably better, though I do find if you don't leave the tissue half out of the box they do last quite well.

        After 2 colds this year I am pleased to report no red nose! Not the most glamorous item in my repertoire but possible one of the most essential!

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        17.02.2013 22:44
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        An excellent quality tissue with the additional of balm and menthol

        We're only midway through February and I'm already suffering my second cold of this year! Back in January, just after returning to work following the Christmas break, I came down with a really heavy cold. Feeling pretty rubbish with a nose redder than Rudolph, I nipped down to Sainsburys in my lunch break and came back with a twin pack of these Kleenex Balsam 'Fresh' tissues.

        In all honesty, I bought this particular variety of Kleenex Fresh tissue entirely by accident. I'd rushed down the aisle and saw twin packs on offer so just picked them up, thinking they were the usual Kleenex Balsam brand. To be fair, the colouring on this box is slightly different but not striking enough to really stand out from the usual offering. The main difference between these and the standard Balsam tissues is the addition of menthol - a product which is often used as a decongestant.

        I have learnt the hard way that it is a false economy buying cheaper brands of tissue, as I have a tendency towards dry, sensitive skin and find that cheap tissues can make the area around my nose dry and sore with repeated use. I prefer to pay a little extra for premium branded Balsam coated tissues from Kleenex, as they are so soft and gentle against my skin and the addition of a layer of calendula balm helps to protect my nose from irritation, no matter how frequently I need to blow my nose.

        When I first tried this relatively new Fresh version, with the added menthol, I didn't actually realise they were any different. My cold was so heavy at the time and my nose was totally blocked and I couldn't detect any aroma whatsoever. By the following day, as my cold was starting to loosen a little, the scent of menthol was unmistakable. It is a distinctive scent that I associate mostly with Vicks Vaporub, so automatically associate it with feeling poorly and the actions of being soothed back to full health! It is quite a strong scent and I could imagine that not everybody would find it a pleasant smell but it does seem to ease my nasal passage a little, which can only be a good thing.

        The quality of the tissues themselves is in keep with the quality I associate with the Kleenex brand name. The tissues are very thick and strong and robust enough to be folded between blows, without falling apart or tearing. I find the size of the tissues to be generous enough for everyday use and can't fault the quality at all. The packaging is sturdy too and the opening large enough to make dispensing the tissues trouble-free.

        The only minor disappointment that I've experienced with this particular version only became apparent when using these over the past few days. I'm still using the same boxes opened a few weeks ago and have noticed that the menthol fragrance is much less noticeable that it was when the boxes were first opened. Sadly, there is no means of resealing the boxes once opened so the scent is likely to deteriorate when exposed to the air, somewhat defeating the object of buying this particular variety.

        I purchased these on a half-price offer and have found the twin pack format useful, as I have a box to hand at home and one sitting on my desk. I would consider repurchasing this particular variety but, due to the gradual decline in the menthol strength, I may well buy the resealable pocket packs instead. Ultimately, value for money will play a part in my next purchase - I would be unlikely to buy either variety if they are considerably more expensive than the standard Balsam offering at the time of purchase, as I'm not convinced the menthol is effective enough to justify too much added expense. I would also be reluctant to pay much in the way of a premium for the convenience of the small pocket packs either.

        I do like these tissues and have far too much personal experience of using them over the past couple of months. They are currently available from Asda for £2.78 for a pack of 72 wipes (or two boxes for £3) compared to £2.48 for the standard Balsam tissues, although the offer price remains the same for both varieties. By contrast, the pocket packs cost £1 for nine mini-packs of six tissues (which surprisingly works out cheaper per tissue.)

        These prices don't seem unreasonable for a good quality, soothing tissue with the added benefit of menthol so I'm happy to recommend them and, unfortunately, am pretty likely to need to buy more in the near future.

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          11.01.2013 18:16
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          Good tissues with menthol!

          Whilst out shopping I came across people giving away these Kleenex balsam fresh tissues for free as a sample. I thought they were just ordinary standard tissues but when I got home I realised they are with menthol.

          On opening the tissues the menthol smell is quite strong when you put it to your nose but not overbearing.
          It really helps to unblock your nose and breathe easy.

          In terms of the quality of the tissues they are quite strong and do not rip coming out of the box like some others. It is also easy to grab one tissue without a load of others being attached to it. The tissues themselves work fine and are soft so would be suitable to use daily without being harsh to your nose.

          However as these tissues have menthol on them I tend to keep them aside for when I have a blocked nose or a little bit of a cold as they really help more than standard tissues then. Also I would feel like im wasting them to just clean up a little spillage of juice or wipe something if I used them constantly.

          The key selling point for these tissues would really be the menthol, it is of good quality and I would think it's just as good as using a product like Vicks!

          I've had a look on Tesco's website and found you can buy a pack of 6 pocket tissues for £1.47 or a regular twin box for £3.99. The price may be more expensive than standard tissues but the higher price would only be due to the menthol.

          I would recommend these and will probably buy them myself to keep for when I have a cold, and for the quality and use of them give them I give it 5 stars. However I also think standard tissues will probably work out better for general use and will be cheaper so I wouldn't be just sticking to these.

          In terms of packaging, the tissues have the same design as the dooyoo picture above and would be easily found in shops. The good thing about them is that they are clearly packaged differently from the standard tissues so it would be easy to differentiate between the menthol tissues and the standard ones.

          Thanks for reading :)
          This review may also be found on ciao.

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            08.12.2012 17:37
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            They do the job well

            Kleenex Balsam Fresh - Price ranging from £2.00 to £2.50 per box
            Each pack contains 72 tissues

            Now I have to admit when I first bought these tissues I had just had eye surgery, and was coming down with a bit of a cold. So thinking that as I was putting eye drops in every few minutes and needed to blow my nose constantly these would work a treat.

            I was a little bit on the wrong side... I hadn't paid much attention to the box, and thinking they were the usual kleenex balsm tissues had thought they'd be good for my nose. Now these like the usual kleenex balsm tissues do have the wonderful calendula layer in them. Which does a great job of stopping my nose get as red as it can do (this depends on how much you are blowing your nose, they help but they can only do so much of you have a streaming cold). However these beauties also have the added bonus of menthol.... You can probably see where the issue came in for me.

            They should not be used to wipe excess drops from ones eyes when they are feeling a bit sensitive... (This caused me much hilarity - however if if had been the week before there would have been tears before bedtime, and maybe a trip to A&E because I am that much of a wimp)!!

            These tissues are 3 play, and a good size for general use. I personally choose to fold tissues in half for nose blowing, but that is a habit, and these are good enough quality that you wouldn't have to do this. I love the balsm as I do think that it helps Rudolph syndrome, and when you feel rotten with a cold it's nice not to look as bad as you feel. The menthol does help me to feel that my nose is clearer, and I have a nice stock of these in the smaller handbag sized packs. (Last time is was in Superdrug it was buy one get one free of the six pack - making them the cheapest handy sized packs available at the time)...

            I would highly recommend these tissues as they really do help when you are feeling under the weather but be wary of contact with eyes!!

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            13.06.2011 00:33
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            The only tissues you need when you have a cold/flu!

            So, it's always the way isn't it, you have a week off work, looking forward to going off somewhere, having a few relaxing days in to yourself even, and then A, the dreaded lurgy strikes, and B, the person who gave you the dreaded lurgy is off work with it too, thus getting under your feet, and totally ruining your week off with incessant moanings of "Urghhh I've got the man flu!"....I'll give you the bloody man flu if you don't shut up....sorry, excuse my mumblings, but this is what I've had to put up with all week, this and a sore throat, blocked nose....you get the picture!

            So after going through a whole box of tissues between us, supplies needed topping up, so a visit to the supermarket was in order. A box of mansize was popped into the trolley along with some of these Kleenex Balsam Fresh Pocket Tissues to help and heal my sore red nose.

            The usual retail price of these is £1.29 for a pack of 6 packs, with each pack containing 9 tissues. I got these at Tesco, and at the moment, they have these on offer for just a pound, and this offer is on until the 10/8/11. They also sell singular packs for 55p.

            Now, these aren't just any tissue, these are "special" tissues! They really are different to your bog standard tissue, they really do serve a purpose other than for blowing your nose with. Upon taking one out of the pack, my first reaction was "Ah Menthol!" To me they smell very much like Vicks Vapor Inhaler. After the first use, the menthol was so strong (but not overbearing), that it instantly unblocked my nose, and I could breathe freely again for the first time in days. Also, as you can imagine, after days of nose blowing, my poor nose was dry, red and sore, but after a few uses of these tissues, my nose seemed to magically heal, no having to reach for the vaseline or balm like I usually have too.

            The reason why these are so caring and healing is because is because they leave behind a micro fine layer of Calendula, which is a balm which helps soothe. A quick google tells me that Calendula is a field marigold, and that extracts from it have anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties and that they soothe irritated tissue.

            There is these tissues, Balsam Fresh and the ordinary Balsam ones, the difference being the original one just contain the Calendula balm, but these ones contain both the balm and the Menthol, which to my mind is much more beneficial in helping in helping ease the symptoms of a cold, and it seriously does help you to breathe much clearer too.

            They are 4 ply, and are 21 x 21cm, so they are large enough, and are excellent quality, very strong, no falling apart and disintigrating in your hands after one blow of your nose.

            One thing I have noticed from them though, is that because of the menthol content, and because your ear, nose and throat are all connected, I sometimes get a menthol taste in the back of my mouth after blowing my nose, it doesn't happen everytime, but I have noticed it, or maybe it could be because I'm breathing in the menthol, I don't know? It's nothing majorly off putting, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

            This is the first time I have used these tissues, and from now on I'll always try and have some of these in, and carry some around in my handbag, as I feel that they really do help and really do soothe when you have the nasty symptoms of a cold. Though for day to day use, I will just use ordinary tissues that don't contain any menthol or any balm. Not just because they work out cheaper (although I was very impressed at how inexpensive these Balsam tissues actually are!), but also because they are more versitile than these, as I feel that the Balsam ones could possibly have the potential to sting or irritate if you used them anywhere else but your nose, namely if you used them near your eyes for example.

            Without a doubt, these are the tissues to go for if you are suffering from a cold or the flu!

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              18.02.2011 14:46
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              A new version of the already good Kleenex Balsam

              I've spent most of this week feeling absolutely rotten with sinusitis - blocked nose (and I mean unable to breathe through it for days), chest pain and facial pain have made me rather unhappy. While tissue shopping a few days ago, I came across the new Kleenex Balsam Fresh range - having been intending to buy Kleenex Balsam or similar, I decided to try this new version which claimed to have menthol in it to aid decongestion.

              Now I imagine you're thinking how can I be reviewing something having only bought it a couple of days ago? In that time I've gone through a box and 9 pocket packs of Kleenex Balsam Fresh - and that's only in working hours, I had different tissues at home. So yes, I've used enough of them to be able to write a thorough review!

              When it comes to tissues to use during a cold, I need soft ones. I tend to need to blow or wipe my nose regularly, and rougher tissues start to hurt very quickly. I soon discovered that sinusitis is much worse than any cold I've had, so soft tissues were even more essential. I was pleased to discover that the new version of Kleenex Balsam remains as soft as the original incarnation. It's pleasant to use on a blocked nose when you're feeling very sorry for yourself, and I've yet to find a softer tissue than Kleenex Balsam and now Kleenex Balsam Fresh. However, despite this softness, after a few days of continual nose-blowing, I do have some nasty dry and sore skin on my nose - this was probably an inevitability no matter what tissues I used, but as I have used other tissues at home I can't be sure if it would have happened had I only used Kleenex Balsam Fresh.

              I've never been completely sold on the actual soothing effects of balsam/balm tissues, but I have to admit that Kleenex Balsam is gentler on the nose than regular tissues, even regular Kleenex, and Kleenex Balsam Fresh is just as gentle so obviously the balsam soothing effect has not been compromised in favour of the new menthol freshness.

              As for the added menthol, it was two days after first purchasing Kleenex Balsam Fresh that I was able to smell it - my nose was that badly blocked. I'm really not sure that the menthol in the tissue would actually do anything, and I expect not being able to smell it was an indication that it wasn't helping me, but now that I can smell it, it is a nice refreshing scent and it certainly makes you feel like you're taking proactive steps against your blocked nose instead of just blowing it. Any effects are perhaps only psychological rather than physical, but I like the smell at least of the added menthol.

              I find that Kleenex Balsam Fresh are as strong as you would expect from the brand. I've had no disintegration or tearing of the tissue due to over-enthusiastic nose-blowing, which you can experience with cheaper brands.

              I have to say, in the world of tissues, you get what you pay for. Kleenex Balsam Fresh is priced about the same as standard Kleenex Balsam, but these are more than standard Kleenex or Boots own brand Ultra Balm tissues. A box or a 6 pack of pocket packs of Kleenex Balsam Fresh is around the £2 mark in Boots although I must admit I wasn't paying attention to prices, I just needed tissues - but there was an offer of two Kleenex Balsam (including Fresh) products for £3.50. Yes these are more expensive but as far as I'm concerned it's worth it - the softness minimises damage to my nose, and the new menthol is a very nice effect.

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                A great tissue I will use even when I haven't got a cold as I am a hayfever sufferer too!

                Last week, yet again I simply felt awful. Having an eating disorder means I get coughs, colds and flu's really often...in fact if anyone around me is a wee bit snivelly I panic big time! Yet again, I was struck down which was bit worse than usual for me as my boyfriend was coming to stay with me (as we have 183 miles between us) and I felt as rough as a badgers bum. The first couple of days he was here I wasn't so bad than bang I woke up croaking like a fella and with a bunged up nose and felt like I had gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson and looked like the elephant man!

                I ended up going to the see my Doctor as I felt like I had been chewing on glass overnight and felt exhausted and he told me that out of 300 people he had seen that day most of us had some sort of cold and/or throat bug. He gave me a gargle for my throat but basically he felt I had a cold and there isn't that much you can do about that so off me and my partner went to Asda to grab my prescription.

                Whilst I was there I browsed on the shelves for anything that could help aliviate my symptoms and make me feel a bit more comfortable and along with some lemsips and flu relief pills I picked up a box of these tissues cos A) I hadn't seen them before and B) cos of the offer price and them only being a pound for a box of Kleenex seemed a pretty good buy to me!

                The Packaging:

                The box is cardboard and oblong and green, light and dark blue in colour with a perforated oval centre piece you simply push to remove so you can pull the tissues up from underneath it and on that we are told that they are Marque Kleenex Brand Tissues 'Balsam Fresh' and then on the rest of the top of the box we are told that they are menthol breathe easy and that they are soothing. On the bottom of the box ingredients are listed and we are told once opened they stay 'fresh' for about 3 months, that on average there are 72 x 3 ply tissues and that they are 20 x 20cm (total 2.8m2) in size and contact details for Kimberly - Clark are given (the manufacturer of the product). Nice enough, unisex packaging this is.

                The Tissues:

                Pure white in colour these are really soft and have 3 layers of the tissue which are sort of sealed well together but feel really cushioned especially to the centre of the tissues. Not very big and not feeling too thick these are flexible and just like velvet to the touch really.

                Infused with menthol which smells really like a strong Vicks these are simply great at helping to unblock sinuses so they are the perfect tissues for someone blocked and bunged up and they don't put a nasty taste in your mouth on fragrance alone. I personally found these to help me breath more easily and aliviate headaches however not great if you forget yourself and rub your eyes with them because the fragrance really does make eyes water and irritates them!

                These, for me are the perfect size, feel nice and are absorbent and being menthol help me to generaly feel better and with the top section off the box that menthol also nicely fragrances a room day in and day out too!

                Brilliant, high quality tissues once again from Kleenex and I bought mine in Asda on offer but they are available in all good supermarkets and chemists at around £2 a box if not on offer.

                This review is also posted under this same username on Ciao.

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                  11.01.2011 22:56
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                  Goes the extra mile

                  Kleenex is an internationally recognised brand, with this brand name actually replacing the word tissues in some. It is an interesting story how this name and product came about. The first 'Kleenex' was released in 1924 and marketed as a make-up remover with the name likely deriving from 'clean' and adopting the 'K' and 'ex' from their other product Kotex. In the 1930s the idea of using it instead of a handkerchief soared and now it was used by both men and women.

                  There is a whole range of tissues they produce; from boxed, man-size and soft to pocket packs, balsam and anti-viral. This particular variety of Balsam Fresh is already out in handy pockets packs but it has just been released in box size.

                  The idea of these tissues is soothing the nose with their current Balsam tissues but adding decongesting menthol to help aid breathing.

                  The RRP of these boxes is supposed to be £2.09 however I have been picking these up for £1 in Asda which is a bargain. I first found them last week in a big bin in the middle of the hair care and cosmetic isle but have now only found them after looking carefully and finding them on the bottom of a display not containing tissues. They were not on the tissue stand at all so have a careful look for these.

                  The design of the box is very similar to that of the balsam tissues. The rectangle box combines the gender neutral colours of blues, greens and yellow with the outline of a face. The Kleenex name is in big white writing on a blue background in the centre with balsam fresh underneath. The top left corner has a droplet with 'soothes' and the top right a leaf with 'menthol'. The bottom of the box looks to contain much information however it is just the distributor's address and where they were made in various different languages.
                  On one of the sides it says they have a protective balm containing calendula. Calendula is actually a marigold and may have anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties hence why it has been added to tissues.

                  The ingredients listed are: paraffinum liquidum, ceresin, stearyl alcohol, isopropyl palmitate, parfum, dimethicone, calendula officinalis and tocopherol.

                  Onto the tissues themselves, it is easy to remove the oval cardboard in the centre of the box and pull a tissue out. I have found they come out easily one by one and not stick together or break as some do. They measure 20 x 20 cm, are 3 ply and there are an average of 72 per box.

                  Down the left and right side of each tissue is a dotted design, however I have no idea what this is for and can only presume it is for decoration. They will not break when blowing your nose, although I do favour folding a bit of the tissue over on itself first, it just makes it a bit thicker. Sniffing a tissue makes the menthol very much evident and smells exactly like vapour rub. Both added ingredients work well here. The added calendula soothes my nose and stops it rubbing and becoming dry and the menthol does help me breathe easier. Probably not as effective as other decongestants but for an added extra in a tissue this is great as it means you only need the one product when out and about.

                  This is a tissue that really goes the extra mile for your nose. If you can find these about then I really recommend picking up a box because you will not be disappointed.

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