Pocket tissues are one of those everyday essentials that I never leave home without. They have a multitude of uses:
* Blowing my nose
* Catching a sneeze
* Mopping up spills
* Cleaning mud off my legs/the back of my trousers after walking on puddly ground
* As makeshift serviettes when eating a picnic
* Emergency loo roll when I go in the ladies' and find there is no toilet roll in ANY of the cubicles!!!
Suffice to say, I get through a lot of packs of pocket tissues.
Since separate impulse-purchase tissue packs are so pricey by the till in places like Superdrug I usually try to pick up a multipack of whatever brand is going in Poundland, or Savers or somewhere like that. For the last couple of years many of the packs I've picked up have been Paloma brand.
Paloma tissues come in a pack of ten pocket packs for around £1 so they're super-cheap! All the packs are enclosed within a cellophane wrap which tears very easily to reveal the individually wrapped packages. Each of the ten packs of tissues contains 10 tissues, each of which is 3-ply. They're a slightly off-white colour and have a simple pattern embossed on them. The individual packs have a perforated 'V' shaped opening which can be resealed via a little blue sticker placed on the front.
* Blowing my nose*
What tissues are designed for! I'm pleased to report that the Paloma tissues work well for catching erm...waste from a good old nose blowing session. Even when I'm unlucky enough to be suffering from a nose bleed these tissues are thick and absorbent enough to clean me up and stop me looking like I've suffered a vampire attack. Since they're 3 ply there's lots of surface area to absorb the inevitable gunkiness that comes out of my nasal cavities. 5/5
* Catching a sneeze*
Again the large surface area makes them well-suited for this, although fiddling around with pulling a tissue out of my pocket and unfolding it all in the split-second's warning I get before a big sneeze can be tricky. 5/5
* Mopping up spills*
The absorbency wins once again. Liquid spills are quickly soaked up by this product. 5/5
* Cleaning mud off my legs/the back of my trousers after walking on puddly ground*
An inescapable occupational hazard for someone who commutes on foot. I always manage to splash a goodly amount of muck on my legs and so tissues are very useful. But here we come to one of the drawbacks of the Paloma brand: these tissues may be absorbent but they shred very, very easily. Many a time I've had to pick little pills of tissue fluff off my trousers when I'm in a rush to make myself look respectable! 3/5
* As makeshift serviettes when eating a picnic*
Their huge size makes them ideal for using as an impromptu napkin when eating a sandwich on a train or on a park bench. It's easy to fold them up with any detritus inside and dispose of the whole kit and kaboodle in the nearest waste receptacle. 5/5
* Emergency loo roll when I go in the ladies' and find there is no toilet roll in ANY of the cubicles!!!*
The product's absorbency and size once again come to the rescue when negotiating a toilet paper-free loo. Two of these tissues make a decent makeshift seat cover and two or three can perform just as adequately as the standard amount of loo roll would (if some idiot hadn't come along, pulled it all off the holder and chucked it down another toilet pan!) 4/5
In conclusion, these Paloma tissues are super-cheap and super-versatile. Whilst they're not the best quality tissue out there (hence the shredding while cleaning trousers problem) they're perfectly adequate for most of my day to day needs.
I use this product many times around the year. I suffer from a cold once a year for a couple of weeks but then I get Hay fever every spring. I can use up to one pack in a day and as I am a busy student they are a great product to use on the go because they are pocket-sized and fit in your bag easily. On average I can use the tissue four times depending on how bad I blow my nose. Sometimes it can last one blow, but I will not weird you out with the details. On a whole they are your average tissue and they do the job you desire them too. Though they are also good for when you are out on picnics and need to wipe your hands or wipe up a spilled product. The packaging is orange with the branding name of Paloma surrounded by a blue bubble. The tissues themselves are white and 3ply and are quite large. I always fold a third of it over to add an extra thickness to the product, but I do that with all tissues. Sometimes I find that this product can rip on the first or second use and if that is the case I bin it and start a new one. The product itself is reliable if you have a packet and not just one. So be sure to keep a whole packet on yourself. When the packet is nearing its end I always carry around two.
COST & RECOMMEND
It varies where I buy this product from. Sometimes it can cost £2.00 other more it can cost £1.50. I would highly recommend this product to every woman and man. I will not be sexist, we all need tissues. They are easy to travel with in any situation, whether it is your bag or a car.
I have allergies, so I go through tissues pretty fast and have become a connoisseur of the humble tissue.
These tissues are a reliable, cheap option for general use, however if you blow your nose as much as I do, you'll want something softer.
~~~ Packaging ~~~
Paloma means Dove in Spanish. The implication being that you will be blowing your nose into a nice, soft, fluffy tissue that resembles Dove feathers...eh...right... more on that later.
The packaging is bright orange with a little blue bubble containing the name of the product - Paloma. The tissue packets always have a little picture of a wee family of birds at the top and they kindly inform you that the hankies are 3 ply and that you get 10 in the little pack. Theres a useful resealable tab to keep your tissues fresh when they're kicking about the bottom of your handbag/glove compartment/guitar case etc.
The packets I have say they are made in Slovenia.
~~~ The tissues ~~~
Okay, so the tissues themselves are not in any way luxurious. Yes they are thick enough, but they are pretty rough, similar in texture to toilet roll. This can mean that if you have a bad cold or allergies and you have to use these often, you can end up with a sore, red nose.
Each tissue measures roughly 8 inches square and is a soft white colour with a faint dotted pattern around the edges. They are soft enough for occasional use and are compact enough to keep in a handbag.
As I have said, if you need a lot of tissues, like during a cold or flu, I would avoid these as they can be a little bit hard on sensitive noses. I'd opt for Kleenex Balsam or something instead. If, on the otherhand, you just want handy tissues for one off occassions (and for wiping sticky mouths, fingers etc) then these are the very chaps!
~~~ Price and Availability ~~~
These tissues offer excellent value for money. You can get a 15 pack multipack in Poundland (for £1). You can also buy the little individual packets for about 35p. Obviously this is much cheaper than other brand name tissues and they really are great for general use and if you're not suffering from the lurgy.
These tissues are available in most supermarkets and pharmacies as well as in places like Wilkinson, Poundland and PoundStretcher so they are easy to come by and cheap to purchase.
~~~ Conclusion ~~~
It was more difficult that I imagined to write a review for these tissues!
In my opinion these are good to have around as a back up or as a one off use type of thing. They are neat and tidy and easily transported. They're great for the odd sniffle but perhaps a little bit too rough from sensitive noses or for people cursed with allergies or those suffereng from the cold as frequent rubbing with them will cause a red, raw nose or horrible little sores as the skin around the nose is so delicate and easily irritated.
I would advise you to buy them for a back up or for general use but if you are looking for something soft and kind to skin, check out Kleenex Balsam instead.
With allergies to dust, my boyfriend and I get through a lot of tissues and can spend an absolute fortune on them. Unfortunately the cheaper the tissues, the worse the quality which means we need to buy them more regularly. We prefer to buy small packets of tissues which fit in my bag or that we can keep by the side of the bed. About 6 months ago we found a bumper pack of Paloma tissues in Poundland and have been buying them ever since.
The tissues are in sets of 10 tissues packaged individually within a larger pack of 15. The outer packaging is a plastic wrapping which bright and bold in orange with the word Paloma across the front. It managed to catch our eye in Poundland which I think is saying something about how it stands out from the others! Within the outer packaging there are 15 packets of tissues, each individually wrapped in the same type of orange plastic. The packets each measure 5½ cm in width by 10½ cm in length. The packets open relatively easily and the sticky tabs work well for the first few re-seals, however tend to lose their stickiness after a while.
The tissues themselves are folded up as you would expect in a small packet. They are 3 ply so quite thick and of good quality tissue that doesn't aggravate the nose (unless it's already sore and then it does!)! The tissues don't compete with Kleenex or other varieties when it comes to quality and softness but they are perfectly adequate and you can blow your nose into them several times before they need to be thrown away. Some other cheap options need to be thrown after one as you can blow straight through them or they tear easily, however Paloma tissues are strong and sturdy and fully absorbent. They are not the largest tissues I've seen but a good size and perfectly suitable for nose blowing. They are not 'man-size' tissues which are available from Kleenex but I've never met a man who needs a tissue that large! Unlike some other packs of tissues these do not contain any moisturising ingredients to help sooth soreness or to ease a blocked nose.
What can you use them for?
Obviously, a packet of tissues is a necessity if you have a cold. During the winter months, even if I don't have a cold, I always carry a packet of these tissues with me in my bag for any sniffles and sneezes as they are the perfect size for carrying around. They are also very absorbent so are great for wiping up any water spillages or mess and wiping dirty mouths!
Price and availability
I have seen Paloma tissues in a range of shops from Wilkinson and Home Bargains to pound shops and they are always good value. However Poundland is the cheapest I've seen them and at £1 for a pack of 15 it works out that one packet only costs 6 pence. This is considerably cheaper than Wilkinson's own tissues which retail at 16 pence a packet and Handy Andies or Kleenex which usually cost around 50 pence a packet and can be bought separately in supermarkets, pharmacies, stationers and newsagents.
Paloma is a Slovenian company and these tissues are not sold in as many shops as Kleenex and other pocket tissues. It's worth popping into discount stores and stocking up as everyone needs tissues and I can't imagine finding a better deal!
Overall these are a very handy buy providing 15 packs of tissues for a very low price. They are a great tissue of a good size and quality and I would recommend them to anyone. They are an ideal size for keeping in your bag as you never know when you're going to need them! For the price and excellent value I would give these full marks but am taking away one star because although I'm very happy with them, they are not the softest tissue in the world and not ideal for sore noses.
I've just finished the box of Paloma tissues that sits on the table, the small packets lie empty as well. they saw me through a short but nasty cold. It may not be an instantly recognised name in tissues but Paloma make decent priced, relatively soft, does exactly what you need it to do tissues.
The multi-pack (pictured above) is really well priced and yet doesn't fall apart like other cheap tissues. Ok it's not covered in balm, or smelling of roses, but then you don't need that when you can't smell anything and your nose is like a tap with no washer. They are not claiming to be as soft as silk either, but they are not scratchy, and surprisingly good quality for the price. It's a darn sight better than the loo roll, which if we are honest is where we all end up. Each mini-pack opens to find 10 tissues, which seems to be the standard in the industry. I just can't seem to close them up again properly, as the whole sticky tab thing doesn't really work consistently, but they are enclosed in plastic enough to protest them from the keys and such in my handbag. They don't separate or tear as soon as you pull at them like other cheap tissues, but they do have a strange way of being folded which reminds you that your not opening a packet of Kleenex.
The boxes, not pictured, are really cute too. Ours was junior and so had a tropical beach hut cartoon on the side. They contain 60 tissues (cube box pack).
Cheap tissues are a false economy, but at the same time I resent paying over the odds for a throwaway item. In the UK I like soft hankies that you chuck in the washing machine, but now I'm over here I'm (a) washing by hand and (b) more likely to be using tissues for loo paper rather than colds, which means it has to be disposable paper all the way.
When I'm at home, I love B&Ms and Home Bargains and the like for picking up branded products at knock down prices. Although this wasn't a brand I was familiar with, the idea of getting 10 packs of tissues for £1 was enough. Often small packs are disproportionally expensive compared to a standard box, but at the same time they're the only feasible option to carry round in your bag.
Like Kleenex and other brands and shops own attempts, Paloma tissues come in cuboid packs made of plastic. Having worked my way through a multipack I'd say these aren't the best design I've come across, but nor are they the worst. The packs are possible, but not super easy, to get into, and the sticky tab tends to work initially before losing its umph and refusing to reseal.
Each pack has 10 tissues inside, which is normal and about the right amount given that the sticky seals don't last through 10 openings and closings, leaving the packs open to dust and dirt. The tissues inside initially feel quite soft and almost plush - definitely not scratchy like value brands. They are adorned with a subtle circular pattern which is punched into the edge of each tissue. Other than that they are a plain white which perhaps makes them a little more unisex than some flowered designs.
The tissues are folded in the packet but you only need to get hold of a bit of one to tug it out. They are sturdy and don't tear, even if you've only got hold of a small corner. If you deliberately try to do so, you can tear them, for example to make a small piece to tab TCP on with, but you do need to make a concerted effort and with general use they shouldn't tear.
The tissues are normal, not man-sized, but I prefer this as there is less wastage. After all, I'm hardly likely to want to save my toilet paper for later, just to use it up entirely...
In the UK I had these for all the normal sorts of tissue uses that arise: nose blowing, hand wiping, ice cream mopping up and so on. Here, as I said, I've added another use, that of toilet paper. It's hard enough to find loos here full stop, but the chances of you finding a public loo stocked with paper are non-existent, even in the nicer restaurants. These tissues perform solidly in all these areas. They hold up well under liquid and while they might not pass the old Bounty test, I've had no complaints.
My only minor quibble with them would be that they are soft but not super-soft. They don't have any added moisturising ingredients, and while they don't irritate my nose when I have a cold, they also don't soothe it in the way more expensive brands do.
I would recommend these for general day to day tissue use, the kind you keep in your car or handbag or desk drawer. They are well presented, supple tissues that are a good size, and come at a good price. In this case the truth is something beautiful. I'd put my faith in Paloma.
As you are no doubt aware, for the past month I have been suffering with a heavy cold, sore throat, runny nose etc and have taken the opportunity to review numerous brands of cough and cold remedies. I wouldn't like to hazard a guess as to the amount of money that I have spent on these products, particularly with my dozens of purchases of lozenges and most of all tissues, especially as my nose has been continually running!
When I searched for this product in Dooyoo's catalogue I was surprised that nobody had reviewed it before. A brand of tissues that I have been buying for many years is 3 ply Paloma, which are generally sold in a multi pack where you will find sixteen small pocket sized packets. I always like to keep a couple of packs of these in my handbag and in the glove compartment of the car, particularly as I never know when I will need them. I favour this brand due to the fact that they are extremely reasonably priced; the details of which I will provide at the end of this review.
The outer packaging of the multi pack is a plain transparent thin plastic and when removed you will find the individual packs of tissues, which are manufactured from a soft polythene type material. The packets each measure 5½ cm in width, 10½ cm in length and 2½ cm in depth and are bright orange in colour.
On the upper section of the packet is an outlined image of three white birds, which I presume are doves and located below is a circular image, which advises that these tissues are 3 ply. Slightly off centre is the Paloma logo, which is shown in white italic writing with a purple border. The tissues are manufactured in Slovenia and we are advised in a few different languages that this product is handkerchiefs. In fact, the word tissue does not appear anywhere on the packet.
The rear of the packet contains a circular indentation on the upper section and to open you simply need to pull the blue tab and lift upwards. Consequently, the upper section of the packet is revealed where you can easily remove your tissues. Whilst the blue tab is slightly adhesive, I frequently find it is not very secure, particularly when the packet brushes against other items in my handbag. As a result, I often find the remaining tissues spill out of the packet and end up strewn around the bottom of my bag.
The tissues aren't particularly large as they measure only 20½ cm square, but they are most definitely sufficient for my needs. There is a 3 cm border of dots around the edges and their appearance reminds me of a cheaper branded kitchen roll. However, the appearance is not the important issue here, as the real test is using the tissues.
Unfortunately, I seem to have somewhat of a rather powerful nose blow and work colleagues have taken great delight during this last month in informing me that I sound like the QE2 sailing into port! Consequently, I feel that I am in a good position to review this product, as in my experience the tissues are very strong, extremely absorbent and serve their purpose well.
A problem I have experienced with some of the cheaper brands of tissues is that I can blow holes straight through them, particularly as they are so flimsy. This, as you can imagine, is rather unpleasant, particularly if you have a streaming cold!
In the whole time I have used Paloma I would advise that I have never experienced any problems. However, I would state that as they are slightly rough and a little hard, they are not suitable for when you are constantly wiping and blowing your nose. After just one day of constantly wiping, I had badly chaffed the skin on the end of my nose and any further wiping was causing it to bleed. Consequently, I had to change to a balm tissue until my nose had healed.
Another problem I have found with cheaper brands of tissues is that tiny bits of the tissue would come loose and subsequently end up all over my top half and wedged in my long hair. I am pleased to state that this is not the case with Paloma.
Whilst these tissues are not the best I have used, I would advise for both quality and general nose wiping and/or blowing they are simply perfect. I bought my multi pack of sixteen from Home Bargains for the really low price of 59p, which equates to just over 3½p per packet. I have seen so many single packets of ordinary well-known branded tissues selling for nearly a £1, which in my opinion is a sheer waste of money.
Would I recommend Paloma? Yes, most definitely for general use, but if you are suffering with a runny nose I would recommend the Paloma 4 ply, which are a softer tissue and retail for 10p more per multi pack. Unfortunately, these tissues do not seem to be widely available and the only stores I have seen them for sale is Home Bargains and Poundland. In Poundland I have seen them costing £1 for two multi packs.
As the tissues aren't as soft as I would expect them to be they lose one star, but they most definitely receive a recommendation from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.