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Where do I start other then great.
Kleenex tissues are by far the best tissues around.
The Kleenex man size are great. But unfortunately have no smell to them where as these balsam ones are great when you have a cold. They are great to help clear your nose up. With they strong olbas oil scent.
They are a little pricy but I'm a true believer of you pay for what you get or buy cheap but twice so I stand y these all the time.
They are best qualify I have ever used.
Next time your in a supermarket keep a look out for these and if your lucky they will be on offer. 2 for £3.
We all love a bargain don't we?
So next time you need tissues splash out and buy these little beauty's.
You will never look back .... I dont
I bet you can buy these online aswel
This week I have been struck down with a horrendous cold. It's the type of cold where I am constantly blowing my nose or wiping it and I can't speak properly I feel really miserable!
To put the icing on the cake the cube box of tissues I was using has made my nose so sore and it's starting to peel so I look like rudolph in work! I popped to Tesco express on my break yesterday and I picked up the only tissues they had there which was a multi-pack of Kleenex Balsam. As it is that time of year they were a £1 for 6 packets intead of the normal £1.60.
The tissues came wrapped in a cellophane wrapper and each individual packet contains 9 tissues measuring 21 x 21cm.
The tissues are coated with a protective balm which contains calendula extract. Calendula is soothing and it helps to prevent your nose from becoming sore, red and drying out.
These tissues are also dermatologically tested so are safe for sensitive skin too.
These tissues have no scent. When I opened the packet I forgot how soft these tissues were as I have been using the ones coated in Olbas oil to help decongest my nose which aren't particularly soft.
The first time I used these tissues I noticed the difference! I can't believe I have been using ones like sandpaper when for the same price I could have had these tissues. The are so soft and they are also thick in fact they are 4 ply which is thicker than the loo roll I use!
After using these I can feel a think layer of balm on my nose and these tissues have definately helped to moisturise my sore red nose.
I have used far less tissues today than I have done over the last few days, thankfully my cold is easing now. I would recommend these over any other tissues as they are so gentle they would be perfect for little noses too!
Top marks I have forgotten how good these are compared to others!
I buy these tissues every now and again but not all the time, the reason for this is because we do not really have the need for them, but when I am going to buy a pack of tissues due to somebody in my household having a cold, then I do like to get decent one's. So it is usually these tissues which I end up purchasing when we need them, Kleenex Balsam, they are a high quality tissue and a trusted a brand.
These tissues come in a card board box, with a rectangle shape in the middle, this rectangle can be torn off leaving a plastic cover which has a slit in it, where you can pull out the tissues, making them more hygienic to use. The box colour is a blend of yellow, green and blue.
On the box it explains how these tissues are slimmer and smaller than ordinary tissues, yet the box still holds the same amount of tissues as your average pack, there is also other information on the box, and it tells how these tissues will soothe your nose. These tissues are very strong and durable and there is no worries about ripping them during use, due to there high quality and the thickness of them.
They are plain white tissues of a good size, so there is nothing to fancy about them, and one of the reasons I still buy this brand is because of how soft they are, they feel lovely on your nose, especially when it is irritated due to a cold. A good thing about these tissues is that they are dermatologically tested, they help to protect the skin and help to keep your nose from going red, they even contain within them a protective barm containing Calendula, and it is this which will help to protect your skin.
Although these tissues are the first I choose for me and my family whilst somebody has a cold, they are not a product which I would consider buying regularly, this is not really down to price but because other than helping with colds, I do not really have any other use for them. But when somebody does have a cold or runny nose, then these tissues are fantastic, you can feel the protective balm working, and they do, do a fantastic job at soothing a sore and red nose.
I usually get these tissues from Tesco, and they usually cost me about 2.50 for 80 tissues, if I am not mistaken, they are a little expensive for a box of tissues which is probably a contributing fact to my minimum use of them, but on the other hand they have never failed in making mine and my children's noses better when suffering with colds. I can recommend these tissues as a tissue which are high quality, and they do the job they say they will do.
I brought a box of these Thursday on my weekly shop because having hay fever has given me a really sore and red nose. As I was growing up my mother used to use these tissues when she got ill and we were never allowed to touch them because apparently they were expensive.
My nose the past couple of weeks has become very sore and dry and as the UK has experienced a huge heatwave these weeks I have been outside enjoying the weather even with hay fever. I have been going out with generous amounts of these tissues in my bag or pocket because the box itself is too large to carry out with you. I can usually use one of these tissues up to four times before its useless because they are quite large. They are very soft on the nose and since I have been using them the past couple of days the redness on my nose has gone down.
You can get this tissues in different sizes. There are the standard one's like I have mentioned and then there are also mansize which don't particularly have to be used only by men, but the tissue comes quite large.
The tissue itself is really light and smooth. It is also thicker than your average cheap branded tissues. This helps them to be more effective for their price. The tissues are 3ply and usually come with 80 sheets inside the box. The tissues apparently contain protective balm and calendula to help make your nose feel less sore and dry. I think this is spot on.
The packaging is quite bulky as it comes in a very thick cardboard box. The box itself is rectangle and easily fits on a big enough cupboard or shelf. The box is green which blends into other colours such as yelllow and blue. The front of the box has the Kleenex branding logo and image of a face outline.
The supermarket price of these tissues currently stands at £1.99 to £3.99. As you can see this is really expensive for a tissue, so be sure to use them more than once. I also mentioned the mansize tissues. These are more expensive than your average Kleenex Balsam tissues.
I would recommend these tissues to people who have money to expense and would require them for every day use. However, for those with little money I would highly recommend them for colds or flue symptoms for that extra bit of comfort when blowing your nose. I find that the redness goes down rather than up with cheap tissues.
The only silver lining to the huge cloud that my recent cold became is that it gave me quite a few more products to review! A couple being different tissues I used... and I bought a full size box of these Kleenex Balsam tissues to keep on the desk at work.
I chose these primarily because it told me on the front that it would soothe my nose! Closer inspection gave more detail, that it had a "protective balm containing calendula". At the time of purchase I had no idea what calendula was, but it sounded like it would be kind to my sore nose!! A quick google tells me that it's a herb used for its soothing and healing properties.
These weren't cheap - £2.50 for 90 tissues, when there were larger boxes of tissues for just around £1. The Kleenex name and the mention of protective balm were the factors which persuaded me to invest, plus the box says in large letters "slimmer box" to reassure or at least get us to consider that there are as many tissues in there as in the other boxes alongside.
The box itself is a striking mix of blue, green and bright yellow colours, with the "Kleenex Balsam" lettering in white. There is an outline of a face profile, reminding you to "think of your poor nose!" as the only other feature of the packaging.
Breaking the perforated oval section out of the top of the box reveals a plastic covering to the tissues themselves, which is slit to allow you to pull the first tissue through. The first tissue was easily accessed without ripping it and since then, pulling one out easily offers the next one out so there are none wasted.
The tissues themselves are definitely softer than "regular" tissues. They are approx 21cm square, so not huge, but big enough for me and (without getting unpleasant) they were strong enough for my requirements!!
Other notes on the box inform me that they are dermatologically tested and also that they are FSC certified which means that they are committed to responsible forestry practices, being conscious of environmental matters.
You can also pick up an 8-pack of the travel-pack version of these tissues very easily - I've seen them in Pound shops, and they contain 10 tissues in each packet. The travel sized tissues are folded small but they are just as soft and strong as their bigger-box brothers, and are really good to keep in your handbag, even when you don't have a cold.
Tissues are something that we do not really buy on a regular basis, we purchase them from time to time so that we have a box in the house but we don't really go through them that often. However I recently developed cold and after a day of using toilet roll to blow my nose it started to get sore so I decided I should buy myself some decent tissues.
I had a quick look to see what my local Tesco had to offer and to be honest I was surprised at how expensive tissues can be, but they did have some on offer and I opted for the Kleenex Balsam, they were reasonably priced and seemed just what I needed to protect the skin on my nose.
The Kleenex Balsam Tissues come in a rectangle cardboard box, it is mainly green, yellow and blue. On the top of the box is a large rectangle shape perforated area which you tear off in order to reveal the tissues inside, on this section is the name of the tissues and then some information about the packaging stating how the new Kleenex Balsam Tissue box is smaller and slimmer but with the same amount of tissues in it, the information also talks about how the packaging is recyclable, the only other information on the top of the box are the words "Soothes your nose", the name Kleenex is written on every side of the box as well as the name Kleenex Balsam in large letters on the bottom of the box, above this in a large red box is written "Switch now to protect your nose".
When you tear the perforated area from the top of the box the tissues are covered with a clear plastic cover, this has a slit in the centre of it which allows you to pull the tissues out of the box but at the same time keeps them clean and hygienic. To be honest I was quite surprised at how little information there was about the tissues on the packaging, but the basics were there.
The tissues themselves to look at are nothing fancy, they are plain white with no pattern on them at all. The tissues measure 20cm x 20cm and are 3 ply, this makes them a decent size and a good thickness, you do not have to worry about the tissue falling apart when you blow your nose on it.
It was the fact that these tissues are designed to protect your nose and prevent it from becoming red that made me buy them, they have a protective balm containing Calendula and it is this that protects your skin.
The Kleenex Balsam Tissues are also dermatologically tested which again helps with the protection of the skin on your nose and preventing redness. When you remove one of the tissues from the box they really do feel extremely soft to touch and not rough and scratchy compared to some cheaper brands you can buy which when suffering with a cold and constantly blowing your nose this is very important.
As I have mentioned I purchased my Kleenex Balsam Tissues from my local Tesco, the box of 80 tissues normally costs £2.40 but is currently on offer for £1.50. Personally I think they are a little on the expensive side for just a box of tissues but with the money off they are quite reasonably priced, also if they worked and kept by nose from becoming sore and red they would be worth the money.
You do get quite a lot of tissues per box and they are of a good quality but I personally probably wouldn't buy them unless they were on offer or I had a good reason to.
Since I bought the Kleenex Balsam Tissues I have been very pleased with them, my nose was already a bit sore and red from using toilet roll on it, however since I started using the Kleenex Tissues this has not got any worse and my nose has not gone dry and flaky as it so often does when I get a cold.
When I blow my nose on the tissues they feel extremely soft on my skin you can definitely tell there is some sort of protective balm on them, the tissues do not feel like they are making my nose gradually worse, they are certainly doing their job.
The only down side to these tissues is the price but as I have mentioned I would be happy to buy them again should I need to in the future. I would certainly recommend the Kleenex Balsam Tissues to anyone, they are ideal for the whole family and make your cold a little bit easier to manage.
I generally only buy the Asda Smartprice or Tesco value tissues in my house as the girls go through so many of them and they simply end up in the bin which seems a waste however if anyone in the house is suffering with a cold then I will buy better tissues are I feel it's bad enough having a cold never mind ending up with a sore nose to boot.
Before Christmas my girls were both ill and then of course myself and my husband followed so I bought some of Tescos tissues but as we began running low I went into my local Asda store and found that these tissues were selling at half price. A box of these tissues usually sells at around £2 and I paid £1 with them being on offer which was much more reasonable.
The tissues come in a blue, yellow and green cardboard box with the Kleenex name on it, there is a perforated area at the top of the box for you to remove to get to the tissues and on the box you are told that they leave a "micro fine layer of protective balm on the skin." The perforations are really good and allow you to pull it away from the box without tearing into the box and then the tissues are nicely pack inside so that when you pull one out the next one pulls up ready rather than you ending up pulling loads from the box in one go.
The tissues are rectangular and they are white in colour, the tissues are very thick as far as tissues go and you can most certainly feel the quality. The tissues are really absorbent and for a good nose blow I found one tissue was enough where as with other tissues I have used I find you need to double up your tissues.
The tissues are fantastically soft on your nose and they make a cold much more bearable by preventing that sore red nose that normally comes along with a cold. I would most certainly buy these tissues again if we are suffering from colds as they are well worth it, if they hadn't been on offer I would never have paid full price for them however I would now after using them.
I tend not to spend a lot on tissues given that they get put straight in the bin once used, however, I don't tend to purchase the cheapest tissues on the market either, and go for something in the middle bracket, however, a while ago Tesco had an offer on their Kleenex balsam tissues and I thought for the price I paid at the time, it was a good deal for a better quality tissue. Prices vary, but a box of these tissues is currently on offer buy one get one free in Boots £2.50.
These Balsam tissues are dermatologically tested tissues that supposedly leave a 'micro fine layer of protective balm on the skin'. Each tissue contains calendula which is designed to soothe the nose and protect the skin around it from becoming red or broken.
Kleenex Balsam tissues have recently launched a new slimline box for these tissues and I have to say it is a great size as it fits easily into part of my sideboard so the tissues are discrete but easy to get at.
The timing of me starting to use these tissues couldn't have been better because my nose had started running the day I opened these to replace my traditional tissues which I had finished. The difference in simply the thickness and softness of the two tissues was unmistakable and I was so glad that I was using the nice thick tissue on my runny nose. My runny nose was the start of a week long cold and there was a definite comfort and soothing quality about these tissues when I went to blow my nose. Other tissues would easily fall apart after a good blow of the nose, but there wasn't a hint of this with one. By the end of the week with a cold and a good chunk of the tissue box gone, my nose wasn't red in the slightest nor showed any sign of drying out or flaking of the skin around it.
I keep a plain pack of tissues at work and so when I used this type again, it made me realise just how much I had got used to the lovely soft balsam tissues. However, unless these tissues are on offer, I doubt I could justify spending the extra unless I had a bad cold. Middle of the road tissues are ideal for everyday use, but there really is a difference and when you have a cold, that little bit of quality and luxury that comes with these tissues is worth paying for, and no one likes to have a red nose with skin flaking off around the edges, and these tissues work at preventing this!
As a general rule, I tend to buy fairly cheap tissues because I don't use them that much (and generally choose according to whether the box matches my décor, and how much they cost!), but on coming down with a cold last week, the tissues I had were just too scratchy to use on my increasingly irritated nose, so I made a trip to buy something softer. Kleenex Balsam tissues were what I ended up with and I've been impressed by the quality of the tissues. Are they actually anything special though? Let's see...
The Kleenex website claims its Balsam range of "dermatologically tested tissues [...] leave behind a micro-fine layer of protective balm on the skin. This unique balm containing calendula soothes your nose and helps prevent it from becoming red or drying out." The box itself variously claims the tissues protect your nose and soothe your nose.
So what are they like? Call me a tissue philistine but to me, they just feel and look like regular, rather soft 3-ply tissues. I wouldn't say they are any softer than regular Kleenex tissues, although definitely a lot more so than certain cheaper varieties. The tissues in action didn't irritate the skin round my nose, even after blowing my nose approximately 350 times a day for the last 5 days (or so it seems). So, mission accomplished in my view.
But are they actually anything special? The claim that they deposit a layer of protective balm on the skin seems rather strange to me, especially as the tissues could be called moist in no way at all. So, in my experience, it would have to be a completely dry balm, which is also absolutely undetectable to the touch once transferred to the nose. Interesting concept, but I'm not fully sold on it!
In any case, good quality tissues, and I would agree that they protect one's nose (compared to rougher tissues) - although 'soothing' may be stretching things somewhat.
They are currently priced (in Tesco) at £2.40 per box of 80 or £3.00 for two boxes. Kleenex also make these in Mansize boxes and in mini packs to put in your pocket or bag.
Thank you for reading!
If you're like me, you're male and don't drive an old E-class Mercedes. So not only will you not have a straw boater handy, you won't have several boxes of tissues either. In fact, you'll probably use toilet paper as a panacea for most of life's worries, nasal or otherwise.
But with every rule there's also an exception. As soon as there's a cold (or flu, man or otherwise) in the house, I will be sure to invest in a box of Kleenex with added balsam. Is this me getting in touch with my feminine side? Hardly. I remember what it's life to sneeze and blow so many times that my nose virtually pulsates with soreness.
Being a brand name, you can be assured of a couple of things. They will be:
1) More expensive than supermarket own brands (unless on special)
2) Widely available
3) Of a consistent, reliable standard.
So what's Balsam? It is a plant by-product, of the resin family. It is most commonly derived from trees, firs and poplars. Whatever the source product, other bits have gone into the mix in order to make the tissues dermatologically tested. One of the most significant being Calendula, derived from marigolds. As a finished article, It reduces redness and inflammation, soothing irritated skin.
The tissues themselves are reassuringly wove into a 3 ply (layers), so you're happy the contents of that blow will stay within its confines, rather than escape into the wild world beyond. (Insert mild apology if you are eating) They feel slightly silky to the touch and there is a pleasant scent that's not overpowering.
The box typically contains 55 tissues for around £2. There are a variety of different boxes available, including travel packs which will happily sit in the glovebox until needed. My wife and youngest son have Asthma, and this does not interfere with it.
Interesting fact of the day: Kleenex tissues were originally called Cheesecloth UGG, and was designed during World War I. It was used in gas mask filters when cotton supplies were redirected for use as surgical dressings.
WHAT ARE THEY?
Tissues in a box that are made by Kleenex. They are special for when you have got a cold or an allergy that makes you keep blowing or rubbing your nose because the tissues have got a calendula balm on them.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
The tissues are very good quality and are 3 ply so they are thicker and softer than a lot of other tissues. The calendula balm is on the tissues so that when you wipe your nose it leaves some behind to protect your skin. I think it is because the calendula balm is moisturising that it works so good and it protects your nose and skin from the scraping of tissues and from the damp when you have a runny nose also.
WHAT I THINK
I do not use these tissues very often because I do not catch a cold very often but if I get a bad one that makes my nose runny or blocked up then I buy them because I think they do help. The tissues feel soft to use but you can feel the balm on them and some people do not like the waxy and greasy feel that the tissues have got even though that is only a very weak feel and sometimes I do not even notice it when I am using them.
I like very much that these tissues are so absorbent because I didn't think they would be with having balm on them. They are as good as any other tissues at soaking up mucus when you cough or sneeze into them and I have used one before when I dripped tea onto my desk and needed to soak it up before the drips ran onto my paperwork.
My nose feels in better condition when I have got a cold for definite when I use Kleenex Balsam tissues and it does not go red and sore like when I use cheap ones. It does not stop the problem all together but at least I no longer have the skin on my nose peeling because I think that looks very horrible and I do not like it when that happens. My nose still gets a little bit sore but not as much as when I am using other tissues and it is only at the end of my nose now instead of all over.
I like the softness of the Kleenex Balsam tissues and how strong they are also. They do not break apart after they have been used even if they are wet and they are a little bit larger than other tissues as well.
Kleenex Balsam tissues cost about £1.89 so they are expensive comparing to other boxed tissues but I think it is worth paying extra to be comfortable when I have got a cold and not have the extra problem of a sore nose. There are 90 tissues in the box now but I read in a trade publication that they are reducing this to 80 tissues soon but I do not know if the cost will reduce as well.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
As a family, we often find that as soon as one of us develops cold or flu symptoms, you can almost guarantee that we'll all be down with a cold eventually. It's inevitable and it always seems to be our daughter who brings all the bugs into our house from school. I suppose it's inevitable really, when you have children. As such, tissues are high on my shopping list, especially during the winter months and I like to ensure that we always have a box in the house. I also buy the small pocket sized tissues for work and school, but at home we share a box or two of the large family sized tissues.
The ones I actually prefer to use is Kleenex Balsam tissues. I prefer them because they are softer, kinder and far gentler on noses which are being constantly blown and / or wiped all the time. I pay approximately £1 for a box of these and I always make sure I buy them in either Poundland or Home Bargains. I wouldn't dream of paying supermarket prices for these when you can get them so much cheaper elsewhere.
The tissues are plainly packaged and they are easy to get into and remove a tissue one or two) at a time. There is an oblong shaped perforated opening on the top of the cardboard box and inside there are 80 2-ply tissues in white. They are really noticeably soft tissues and you become aware of how soft they are just as soon as you remove one from the box. They are really gentle on poor sore noses and it's quite comforting to be able to use one of those and realise you are not going to scratch your nose to bits even more.
As well as being super sot, they are remarkably strong, as tissues go. They never shred up into little bits like some of the cheaper brands can do and it's unlikely that I ever need to use more than one at a time, either, as they are very large. I love that they are coated in a nice balm, and it's this balm which makes them feel nice on sore skin and chapped noses.
They aren't overpriced and they are a brand I like and trust. They have been around for years and I have always used Kleenex as a brand. The balsam ones are perhaps one of their best and I highly recommend them.
Softer than ordinary non Balsam tissues, I find these are good for protecting frequently blown noses from getting sore. Now I only buy balsam tissues. They come up on offer from time to time and I stock up when I find a good offer to avoid higher prices.
The tissues in this box are the smaller square style but they are also available in a mansized version. The tissues are 3 ply- 3 thinner layers stuck together to make them a bit stronger. I find they are pretty resilient but will, of course, tear under pressure eventually. Kleenex say the tissues have a balm containing calendula. I find that, compared to non balsam tissues, they stop noses becoming sore when you are using tissues frequently.
Kleenex recently made the box a little slimmer so it now sits a little less conspicuously on the shelf. The quantity of the contents remain the same (there are still 80 tissues in the box). Its a good thing as the packaging is not the prettiest- it is bright green, blue and yellow. Kleenex say on their website that the packaging has been reduced by 33% and the height of the box has changed from 69mm to 46mm high which is great for the environment.
Price and alternatives
Like so many things these tissues come on offer from time to time. By buying them in the right multipack or on a buy one get one free offer you can sometimes buy them for about £1/ £1.20 a box. In other places they can sell for about £2.50 a box. Its worth being flexible about whether you buy the compact or mansized version to get the best deal. Its also worth knowing that other companies have an own brand version of tissues with balm.
We always have a few boxes of tissues scattered around our house. They come in very useful with little kids for wiping noses, cleaning up messes and for blowing my nose. I suffer from really bad hayfever and bad circulation so I am always cold and when this happens my nose just does not stop running so for mot of the year practically, I need to blow my nose. So, I always have boxes of tissues around the house and even more in my handbags.
My favourite brand of boxed tissues is these Kleenex balsam tissues which are really good quality in my opinion. I like to get the 3 ply mansize tissues as they are a bit bigger than normal tissues and are just the right size for quite a few blows of the nose. They also stay a bit drier for longer so you can use just one tissue for quite a long time which I like. I really like the 3 ply thickness too because this means that they are quite strong, obviously strong enough for a man I guess and stand up to lots of heavy duty blowing and do not fall apart just when you need them.
The tissues are actually dermatologically tested tissues that leave behind a micro-fine layer of protective balm on the skin. In my opinion this is the best part about these tissues. They contain a micro-fine layer of calendula which is a balm which soothes the nose and helps prevent it from being sore and red, something I generally suffer from and hate. If you rub the tissue between your fingers you can feel that the tissues have a texture to them but when you rub them on your nose you don't really feel anything sticky or like you have a balm on your nose, it just makes it feel nice and smooth and although it doesn't fully protect against that red look it has definitely calmed my hayfever nose down.
The tissues are white and come in a box. They are joined together but when you pull one out they are designed so that they come apart from each other but pull the next one up so it is ready for you to use next time. It doesn't always work but I find most of the time it does and its a handy part of the box.
All in all a nice tissue to have around the house.
Right now I am suffering from yet another cold. I always seem to have a sniffle of some form. Previously, I just used toilet roll or the cheap brand tissues to blow my nose with, mainly because I had the attitude of not wanting to spend extra money on something that pretended to do something which something as simple as toilet paper could but my Mum bought me a packet of these and now I realise that actually they are well worth paying that extra money!
The tissues come in your standard tissue rectangular box, they are not designed in a very fancy manner like some tissue boxes that have fancy patterns and designs all over them. These are fairly standard looking with yellow and blue blending together on the front and a slight outline of a face on them. This makes them quite formal, not decorative but that is fine, I don't buy tissues to blend with my room decor!
They open by tearing off the area on top which then reveals the tissues. They dispense one at a time although sometimes you get more than one but this isn't a problem.
The tissues are very soft, this is the first thing I noticed when I took one out of the box. It is treated with a balm on it which supposedly helps to soothe your skin and leave behind a protective layer which will continue to soothe your skin after using it. Now I really dislike strong smelling tissues and things but these don't have much of a smell at all, nothing all that different from your usual tissue so the smell didn't put me off at all (even though usually when I use them I have a cold so perhaps the smell isn't such an issue anyway!) They are very soft against my nose when blowing it, they are as soft as they could possibly be whilst still being effective I am sure. They are really gentle so that the irritation around my nose remains as minimum. Obviously when I'm constantly having to blow my nose the skin does get quite irritated and sore but these tissues do seem to have a soothing effect.
I'm really pleased that I used these as now I realise that actually they are better than buying the cheap ones which irritate my nose even more. This is really soft and as soothing as possible so I'm really pleased.
Tissues with added Calendula for softness / Kleenex Balsam tissues leave behind a micro-fine layer of calendula, a balm which soothes the nose and helps prevent it from becoming sore and red.