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Toilet paper. It's a day to day basic though they come with stripes, stars, colours and a seemingly endless variety of emollients to cater for sensitive nether regions. One of the market leaders is pushed by a pup. With this brand we were urged to buy by a bear. The connection was obvious if a little crude. Now a days the bear has been permanently exiled to the wood, the name has been changed from 'charmin' to 'cushelle' and a cute koala bear is on the pay roll. He seems like a nice fella and I'm guessing his main job is to communicate how soft the paper is. So, can we trust the koala?
Cushelle is, I would say, a mid price offering. Sometimes its hard to tell as toilet roll is one of those products that is always on offer. I have never paid full price for this one. It's a basic white paper. Although there is a pretty embossing of a koala on each sheet, there is no extra special benefit such as Shea butter, or different colours.
Cushelle comes in packs of 4 to 16. They are shrink wrapped and the larger sizes have a carry handle. The pack is easy to open. Once open there are no special features to distinguish the roll from any other. It's a similar size to other rolls and has about the same numer of sheets although I have seen a 'compact' variant that costs more but lasts longer. The white colour will go with most bathrooms. It looks cleans and hygienic.
The thickness is ok - there are thicker ones out there and there are softer ones too despite what the koala may imply. But, here's the killer for me. This product, like many of its cheaper counterparts, produces lots of dust. As the roll turns, dust is released as the edges of the paper have a fibrous quality. In a more expensive brand, the edges are sealed. I notice dust gathering with cushelle particularly on my bath.
I haven't done a precise study on this, however, I would say that whilst 2 sheets of a high end paper will suffice, I would probably use three of this. That's down to the weight and thickness of the paper.
So, not one I would seek out and pay full price for whether the bear was on the pack or a koala but I'd still pick up a pack if it was on offer.
Review of Charmin/Cushelle Toilet Paper
*Please note Charmin has been rebranded as 'Cushelle'*
Toilet paper is one of those things that I object to spending good money on, being on a tight budget and being a bit of a cheap skate anyway, it irritates me to spend out on something that is basically being thrown away.
With this in mind, I was interested recently when I saw an offer on a popular social networking site which offered a voucher for a free 4 pack of Cushelle toilet paper for simply liking the brand. Free being my favourite price, I followed the instructions, liked the page and added my details to receive my coupon. This arrived within a week and I took it with me the next time I went shopping.
**The Toilet Paper**
Presented in a purple and white plastic wrapper bearing a cartoon image of a koala, the toilet paper is found Cushelle stocked with other mid-priced toilet paper brands and the product was offered in white only, which suited me as I have no preference colour wise.
Cushelle is available in 4, 9, 12, 16, 18, 24 or 32 roll packs; my voucher was for a 4 pack so this was what I picked up. The 4 toilet rolls each consist of 180 2ply sheets of loo paper, all decorated with an embossed image of a koala bear, cute but adding nothing to the product really!
The toilet paper is certainly thick, but I have to say that it was not as soft as I had presumed it would be. There were no issues with fingers going through the paper I'm glad to report!
The toilet paper does its job and I won't go into details about how we use it, as I am sure our bathroom habits are no different to most peoples' and I doubt they hold any great interest to others, suffice to say it just did the job for which it is intended!
The paper is very absorbent and it is easy to tear off the roll. The roll fitted very well on our toilet roll holder but I did not find that the paper lasted longer than a toilet roll from Sainsbury's own range that I generally buy.
My main bug bear with this product is the thickness of the paper. It is fine in normal use but the problem I found was that as we have an energy saving flush system to our loo, this paper did not always flush away first time when using the water saving flush mode. I wouldn't say that we are extravagant or excessive in the quantity of toilet paper we use, but the sheer density of this toilet tissue does make it harder than our usual brands to flush away. This I feel rather defeats the objective of having the water saving flush system if you are need to always use the 'full flush' simply to get rid of the paper. We are on a water meter and I do try to be sensible with our water consumption, so although a fairly minor gripe, this really irritated me.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
As mentioned I used a free voucher to obtain my pack of Cushelle, the current price is £2.18 in Sainsbury for a 4 roll pack. When compared to my usual purchase of Sainsbury's Basics Jumbo 6 pack at £1.96, I do not think Cushelle represents very good value for money. I find the own brand comparable in quality, cheaper and it lasts longer than Cushelle. Cushelle is a good quality toilet paper, it does what you expect it to, but I certainly won't be buying it as I do not consider the toilet paper to be worth the extra money. I'm glad I took advantage of the free offer.
I am awarding Cushelle a 3* rating as to be perfectly frank, I did not find it to be anything special.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 March 2013
N.B. My reviews maybe found on other sites under the same user name.
I've been buying Charmin toilet tissues for quite a long time though I tend to wait until they were on a money off offer before I'd buy them as they are quite expensive at full price. A while back now I suddenly realised that I as unable to find Charmin toilet tissue in my local supermarket and then I spotted some at a knock down price in Lidl, of all places. The assistant in the shop explained to me that Charmin had changed their branding (and their name) and they were now to be known as Cushelle. For this reason they were actually selling the old named toilet tissue for about half the price of the RRP as they were trying to get rid of old stocks before the newly branded rolls hit the shops. I stocked up with a lot of Charmin at that point. So much, I fact, that my husband had to put the extra rolls out in the garage as we had no room in our airing cupboard for them all.
These toilet rolls come in various pack sizes, starting off at 4 rolls in a pack right up to 32 rolls. I actually bought myself 8 packs of 18 rolls packs, which they were selling for the crazy price of £4.39. We do go through a lot of toilet roll in our house and I manage to keep about an 18 roll pack in the airing cupboard, but really there is no room for any more rolls than this in our house.
These toilet tissues have 180 sheets on each roll and they are all 2-ply really soft and luxurious feeling toilet tissue. I would personally say that Charmin toilet tissue are the only toilet rolls which even begin to compare to my current favourite Nicky toilet rolls. Charmin rolls have lovely deep perforations across every sheet so we are not left with horrible looking strands of tatty paper in the loo whenever someone has been using it. It is really a very thick and absorbent paper so therefore you don't have to use so much as you would a cheaper toilet tissue. I love the fact that when a roll is brand new I am not having to stand there for ages digging my nails in and looking for the place where I need to start off unrolling the paper form the roll. This can be a nightmare with some cheaper toilet rolls.
These are one of the better loo rolls around at the moment and the fact that they have changed their name is a mystery to me but they haven't changed the quality of the toilet tissue in the process. They are overpriced unless you can manage to get them on offer and whenever I see them reduced I always stock up.
Strong, soft and absorbent - everything I need and want in a toilet tissue and I give it four out of five stars, simply due to the price.
Charmin is a toilet roll which has recently been renamed as Cushelle however they are one in the same product. A couple of months ago there was a offer on the Cushelle Facebook page where if you liked the page then they would send you a coupon for a free 4 roll pack, not one to pass up on a free item I liked the page and have recently used my free pack.
The pack in my opinion is easy to spot and quite cute, the wrapper is see through in parts but also has a lot of lilac and purple on which looks really nice together and then a picture of a cute little Koala. The packet promises cushion softness, give you details for if you are not happy and tells you there are 4 rolls in the pack each one having 180 2 ply tissues on it and each one measures 120 x 104.5mms just if you were wondering!
The packet is pretty much like all toilet roll where you simply rip the packet to open it and then inside are 4 white toilet rolls, the rolls as a whole are rather soft and when you squeeze them they bounce back. It is easy to peel back the first sheets of the roll which is great as some toilet rolls I have tried you have wasted the first few sheets trying to start the roll.
Cushelle is available in normal rolls and supersized rolls and it comes in a variety of pack sizes too, in normal rolls you can get 4, 9, 12, 16, 18, 24 and 32 roll packs and in the supersize where each roll is apparently double the size of a normal roll you get pack sizes of 4, 6 and 9 rolls.
I find that the toilet roll is pretty soft however I have felt softer, the toilet roll is absorbent so you use less than the really cheap rolls and you don't end up putting your finger through the sheet as it is strong. The sheets are easy to tear off the rolls as it has really good perforations however it is not really any better than Asda or Tescos own version of toilet rolls and I don't see any reason to pay extra for them.
These rolls score 4 out of 5 with me simply because you can buy cheaper which is just as good, a 4 roll pack of these will cost you £2.18 but compared to Asdas shades which are only £1.78 it is a fair difference especially in our house where we go through loads of toilet roll.
Charmin is a mid - high range toilet roll brand.
Its advertised as being of "outstanding quality and softness" with "200 sheets per roll".
I am a big Charmin fan - it's very soft but yet strong with a reasonable level of thickness .(I hate some of brands which are practically translucsent!). This toilet roll is comfortable against the skin. I find that due to the quality you need to use less - so whilst Charmin is relatively expensive (for 4 rolls it would be around £2.50 or above depending on which Retailer you go to) I find its a false saving to buy a cheaper brand as you only need to use more! And I find that Sainsburys/Asda/Tesco will frequently have 50p off coupons in their magazines for this brand which is great!
The rolls themselve are very white and clean in appearance - I find occassionally in cheaper brands you will find little tiny specks of off white or grey colours - which is a pet hate of mine!In terms of packaging its pretty standard plastic casing.
The only thing I don't like about Charmin is that they don't appear to have any focus on the environment - some competiting toilet roll brands replant trees, others use recycled products. Charmin don't refer to the environment on there packaging (or website) so for this reason I have marked them down to 3 * otherwise I would have given 4* as the product is excellent.
Like a lot of people I'm sure, I hate spending a fortune on toilet paper, given its use and the fact that it gets flushed away. At the same time, I hate buying the value toilet roll, and always try instead, to find a bargain somewhere in the middle. Often I hae picked up bargains in my local chemist or superdrug rather than teh supermarkets, but recently, I was running out, and I had no choice but to purchase some on my weekly shop. Unfortunately there weren't too many bargains to be found in Tesco on the toilet rolls at that time, but one that was reduced slightly was this Charmins, now known as Cushelle, at a lower pried of £3.50 for a 9 pack.
I have previously used the Charmin brand (when it was on offer a previous time) and I knew that I was gettgin a decent product, so I picked up the pack. I was pleased on the front of the packagin, that it claims that these nine rolls are XL, so I was hoping that I would be getting my money's worth out of them.
Also on the front of the packaging is a picture of a cuddly koala bear, holding on tightly to the toilet rolls. THis image is then replicated on the roll itself with the name Cusheele embossed on each roll. I actually think it is a very clever idea, as I have been at friends houses, and I know exactly the toilet roll I am using when I spot the embossed label on the roll - so it is a great way to advertise your product. Andrex does a similar thing with its puppies on the roll.
On the back of the product, it states that this product is 'super soft...ultra cuddly toilet tissue'. It also likes to promote the fact, that despite the name change, it is the same great product. On the back, it also advertised some of hte larger packs of this product, which all claim to have the XL rolls.
When you take the product out of the wrapping, you can immediately feel how soft the roll is. You can also see clearly the thickness of the roll, especially if you were to compare it to some of the cheaper options out there. I have found so far, that we haven't seemed to have went through as much toilet rolls as we often do, and I do think that their claim that this is XL, is honest.
My only complaint about the product is the full price. It's a bit like andrex in that regard. At full price these toilet rolls are pretty costly for literally a bit of paper, and I would far rather put the money into something more useful, however, I will always happily pick this brand up when on offer, as it is then that I feel that is is good value for money, because of its durability and thickness.
So all round a great product, but pity about the full price tag!
AVOID AT ALL COSTS. Well, I am a loo paper snob, Andrex, ho ho ho, tried charmin/cushell, its the loo paper from hell, i spent friday night in the dark lifting a man hole cover and shoveling wads of the stuff into heavy sacks, it doesnt melt like proper paper. Worse than that, its so tough i shouted at my daughter and blamed her for flushing baby wipes, which she assured me she hadn't done.6 days later i'm at it again, the toilet is backed up and theres a whole new wad of cush HELL in my drain :(If i had had to call a plumber, i would seriously Sue these mongrels for making a stupid paper not fit for its purpose.
This stuff is horrible. Every time I buy it we have to break out the plunger. And it is expensive. It clogs horribly and it a major pain. I don't care how soft it is...it isn't worth it.
Charmin Toilet Tissue - Pack of 4 Rolls for £2.09.
I tried this toilet tissue for the first time last week and have to tell you that it's name has now changed from Charmin to Cushelle. The name change was something strange to do with Koala Bears!
I decided to try this toilet tissue because it was half price - I only paid about £1 for 4 rolls. This was down to a promotion concerning the name change.
I usually buy Tesco Value Toilet Tissue and using a luxury toilet tissue was a real treat. The pack contained 4 rolls - each roll had 200 sheets. The toilet tissue was the softest I have ever used. It was slightly quilted and had little Koala bears embossed onto the paper. The rolls are really wide, soft and squidgy and they lasted some time.
The toilet paper is fragrance free and dye free so it may be a very good alternative for someone with allergies, sensitive skin etc. It also goes easy on your plumbing, this toilet tissue breaks down quickly when mixed with water so there are no problems flushing it down your toilet.
This really is a luxury brand of toilet tissue and it really exceeded my expectations. I would definately buy it again but as I am on a budget I would only buy it if it was on special offer.
Very nice and very soft as it is - at the end of the day it is only toilet tissue and I can find more important things to spend my money on.
Asda Prices: a packet of 9: £4.60
or a packet of 18: £7.78
I'm always looking out for good deals - especially when it comes to loo roll. Yet I can not bring myself to buy the cheap stuff. I mean, it is comfort we are all looking for when it comes to loo roll!!
Charmin are by far the softest tissues on the market. After spending years experiementing with various loo roll brands - from harsh and uncomfortable, to thin and crumbly....these are quilted.
The only real competitor on the market is Andrex Quilts. This is because they are also quilted and feel almost as nice as Charmin.
The rolls seem to be thicker too - I believe they are slightly larger than others.
Charmin only comes in white - so if you're looking for loo roll that will match your yellow walls then Charmin might not be for you. Instead, pop over and buy Andrex which comes in a variety of colours.
Charmin is also excellent to use when you have a cold. I currently have one and have been using Charmin to clear my nose - it doesn't feel dusty like most loo rolls do. This is always good!
I can't say a bad thing about it really. Charmin are great!
I am a big fan of bargains and I don't like paying over the odds for basic products, so I often purchase things from supermarket value ranges. However one product I am not willing to compromise on is toilet paper. I find cheap toilet papers to be very scratchy and unpleasant to use, and seeing as they are something which we all use several times a day I think it's important to feel nice when doing so.
That's why I always buy Charmin toilet tissue. Charmin toilet paper comes in large white rolls, so those of you who like to have coloured toilet paper which matches your bathroom are out of luck. However it is very cute looking as it has little embossed pictures of the cuddly Charmin bear on it. This is fun for both children and adults!
The toilet paper has special 'absorbubbles' in it which make it very absorbent. It is also thick and strong and I have never had any break or rip when I am using it. It is really soft and never irritates my skin. It is a considerably different and much more pleasant experience than using cheap toilet paper which is usually rough and thin.
Charmin comes in different sized packs. You can purchase a packet of 4 for £2.12 from Asda, a packet of 9 for £4.60 or a packet of 18 for £7.78. The pack of 18 works out cheapest at 43.2 pence per toilet roll.
This obviously is much more expensive than many other toilet rolls, so if you don't have sensitive skin and are happy with the value ranges then this will be a big waste of money for you. However I think it's worth the price, and it's not the most expensive paper out there either, as some of the quilted brands are pricier.
Normally, I'll buy bog standard toilet tissue . Quite frankly, I've never seen much point in paying for luxury loo paper when it's money I will, quite literally, be flushing down the toilet.
A few days ago though, I ran out of loo roll, and rather than head off to the shop in the rain, I decided to pop round and ask Louise, the lovely lady next door, if I could borrow some loo roll . I don't mean literally borrow, of course, because returning it once used would not be very neighbourly , but that I would take a roll off her and give me one back .
Now, I have to say I could feel a difference between this and the value brands I normally purchase immediately - the sheets were larger, thicker, and more importantly, were incredibly soft and smooth. The rolls themselves were lovely and plump, and a look at the packaging when I went to do my food shop today told me that there were 360 sheets per roll - not bad, almost double my budget bum wipes .
Well, it's all very well sitting and stroking the loo roll like a beloved pet, but did it work well in use - and the answer to that is a big fat yes! The paper wiped clean very easily, and I found it very absorbant. I didn't need to use reams and reams of it either .
It's even passed the eyes and nose test - I have some issues with depression, and last night was a bad one, resulting in be having a bit of a sob and a whinge , with a lot of tears and nose-blowing . The paper coped admirably, it wasn't rough on my eyes or my nose, and again, I found it absorbed well when I had to blow my nose .
Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this loo roll, but it does have a downside . A four pack of Charmin costs £2.06 in my local supermarket, while their economy brand loo roll, the stuff I would normally buy , costs just 43p for four rolls.
However, on balance I think Charmin doesn't work out any more expensive really - I find I have to use less to get the same clean feeling, and then of course you have the fact that they have many more sheets per roll . I can certainly see a switch to Charmin in the future, and I'll give it 4 stars - one off, because that's still a lot of money to spend on spending a penny.
Charmin toilet tissue has incomparable 'wet strength' which is why, although it's relatively expensive, these days I always buy it.
It's not cheap - around the £4 mark for 9 rolls, but as is the case for almsot all 'premium' (ie. not the shop's own brand) toilet tissues, there's almost always some kind of promotion for it running somewhere. Buy 12 rolls for the price of 9; buy a block of rolls the size of a bale of straw for a fiver, that sort of thing.
Yes, I understand they sell it at 'Lidl' now at (lots of rolls) for £5 which is an offer I must look out for the next time I'm doing my discount Germanic shopping.
As to my requirement for a toilet tissue that has excellent 'wet strength' and properties of great absorbency, without wanting to go into too many lurid details, I was brought up having certian...Middle Eastern....personal hygiene habits, which effectively means that every time after I....go...I always need to dry my bum, and this stuff Charmin is absolutely tops for that. It dries very efficiently; the sheets are really thick so it all stays in one wodge and doesn't flake apart and generate 'bits' and 'flakes' that go all over the bathroom floor. Brilliant.
I read a 2005 review on dooyoo wherein someone related their plumber's opinion that 'Charmin clogs the pipes'. Yes, sadly in the upstairs bathroom, I have been noticing a certain toilet-bowl-filling-ominously-full-property since we 'converted' to 100% use of Charmin, but I still find it so good the thought of a blocked upstairs toilet fills me with minor panic (we've just had the ceilings done) it'll take more than a hint of an approaching blocked-drain disaster to wean me off it now.
Quite frankly the last time my Mum and sister came to stay, between them they managed to stuff so bloomin' much regular bog-roll down the loo that the pipes really DID get blocked (cue a noisesome morning spent poking about under the sewer cover with some hastily-purchased Dynorod), so it's clear that with enough concerted effort you can quite successfully block your household drains with even the el cheapo supermarket stuff.
I see that some other dooyoo reviewers say this stuff's good enough to be used 'all over your body'. While I'm certainly intrigued by what that's all about, I couldn't possibly comment.
I am someone who likes to go cheaply when it comes to shopping, but I have to admit I'm a bit of a loo paper snob. It's not that I want a brand name or anything, it's just that, well, my bits prefer not to be bothered with inferior quality papers that are harsh and don't wipe well if ya know what I mean!
For me Charmin Loo Paper offers a really good combination of decent quality and value for money. No, it's not cheap at around £5 for 16 rolls, but it's not crazy expensive either like some papers (Andrex for example). The value for money bit comes in because once you've spent your £5 you do know that the rolls will last a decent length of time. This is mainly because they seem to have thought all round the angles on this one.
First of all you have decent sized sheets - you're not forced to ignore the perforations and fold where is appropriate rather than along the dotted line as you do with some cheap paper. Secondly the paper is of a decent thickness and absorbency, so you don't need hundreds of sheets to do the job. Add this to the fact that you get a lot of sheets per roll (360 it says on the pack) and you can buy a decent sized pack with 16 in it instead of just little packs of 4, which brings the cost per roll down and you're doing ok here I think.
I got stubborn once and decided to do a comparison on how long a roll lasts in our house. Now I know that's a bit of an odd one, but what I did was said ok for £1 you get 3 and 1/5th rolls of Charmin, compare that to the cheapest reasonably ok loo paper I could find - I think it was Tesco own brand, but it might have been Asda, where you got about 6 rolls for £1. Then I marked down on the calendar how long each set lasted, and you know what, the cheap one only lasted a very few days longer which made me decide that it's ok for me to be a loo paper snob because actually the cost to quality makes it worthwhile buying.
A few other things that I approve of with Charmin are that the perforations always line up, again with cheap papers (and some expensive ones tbh), there's often that problem with them being out of line so that nothing matches properly. They stick a handle on their big packs so you're not struggling to carry them home or having to use an extra bag to put them in. I also like that the last sheet isn't glued to the cardboard tube like Andrex seem to do - I really don't understand the need for this, it seems to be a totally unnecessary way of wasting a sheet of paper. Oh, and the pack has a care line number on it so if you do have a problem you can contact them quite easily too, although I have to say I've never had to myself.
*Charmin has recently updated itself and is now calling itself 'Cushelle'. They don't appear to have changed anything other than the picture imprinted onto the paper itself. As Charmin it had a bear. Now as Cushelle it has a koala. Other than this, I have found no differences to it at all.
You might well be thinking to yourself "What is there to review about toilet paper?" or "I know what toilet paper is and how to use it, why do I need to read a review?" Well surely we all want to make sure we give ourselves the comfort we deserve, and sometimes it helps to separate the rough from the smooth!
And smooth is the category that this toilet paper falls into. We had been buying Asda's own, which was generally ok, but then we saw Charmin on offer. 16 rolls for a Fiver - for some reason it seemed like a bargain and a treat at the same time.
So the packet we got was 16 rolls but it does also come in different sizes. As I say, we bought 16 rolls for £5 in Asda, but at time of writing in Tesco, 4 rolls costs £1.60 and 9 rolls costs £4.49, so when it's on offer it's great value, but I can't say that we will be able to carry on using it when the offer stops. It should of course be available in all good supermarkets.
The packaging is see through, except for a purple stripe across the front, which has the name "Charmin" and the trademark smiling bear with some toilet paper. I have always liked this symbol as it takes a joke and turns it into a brand identifier. Also on the front is a thick yellow stripe with big red lettering saying 16 rolls.
The specification on the side of the wrapping says that it contains 16 rolls of 2-ply tissue. An average of 180 sheets per roll, the sheet size is 120 x 104.5 mm, which does seem a little bit smaller than some of the other rolls we have had but they don't tend to last as long and, let's face it, how often does anyone count the sheets on their toilet roll really? The total area is 36.12 metres squared and the total roll length is 21.6 metres.
So, how does it feel? It is a lot thicker than most supermarket own brands - it almost feels bouncy. The roll has the imprint of the bear logo on it, which is sweet if a little bit pointless. It is strong, smooth and feels quite soothing. Most importantly, it leaves you feeling clean, and the paper doesn't rip easily (although it does separate from the other sheets very well if you see what I mean).You don't seem to use as much of it as you would with other, cheaper rolls either.
The toilet paper claims to come with absorbubbles. I'm not sure these really exist, but the marketing works because when you squeeze the sheet, that word definitely seem to fit the feeling quite well!
All in all, a quality product. The only drawback being that it is a shade on the expensive side when it's not on offer in the supermarkets.
Outstanding quality and softness. 200 sheets per roll.