“ Brand: Waitrose / Type: Toilet Tissue / Category: Cleaning Products & Utensils > Wipes, Towels, Tissues „
For years I tended to buy Tesco Luxury Soft toilet roll because it was good quality and reasonably priced, however recently I've noticed that the 'Soft' roll was feeling considerably rougher. The reduction in quality combined with a 2 for £6.50 offer on several varieties of Waitrose luxury bathroom tissue (9 roll packs) prompted me to try Waitrose Aloe Vera (previously reviewed) and Waitrose Cashmere toilet rolls.
The Waitrose Cashmere toilet rolls come in a nice looking deep purple plastic bag. The deep, rich colour stands out on the shelf or online product listings.
===Look, Feel, and Smell===
The Waitrose Cashmere toilet roll is white in colour, quilted, and feels very soft and thick (although not nearly as thick or soft as the Aloe Vera variety). They feel much more substantial than standard sheets due to the extra thickness and quilting. The quilting also lends the sheet extra strength and prevents the layers from coming apart. I found the sheets to be very absorbent so, like the Aloe version, I used fewer sheets than normal (I'm comparing to Tesco Luxury Soft, Waitrose Essential, and Andrex Aloe Vera) which meant the rolls lasted a bit longer.
I also noticed that the cardboard centre is slightly smaller on the Waitrose rolls than either Tesco or Andrex but the rolls are all about the same size- meaning you get a bit more paper with the Waitrose roll. I'm fairly certain it isn't just due to the extra thickness as the rolls also feel a touch heavier.
As far as I can tell, this paper has no scent, which is a very good thing in my book as I am extremely sensitive to fragrances and don't need any irritation in such a sensitive area.
===Price and Availability===
Waitrose Aloe Vera toilet tissue comes in 4 and 9 roll packs. The 4 roll pack is available from Waitrose and Ocado for £2.19 and the 9 roll packs for £4.69. Waitrose currently have the 4 roll packs on a 2 for £3.50 offer (mix and match across the luxury range- so try the Aloe version too).
I like this toilet tissue; it is exceptionally soft, thick and cushy, but I found the Aloe Vera version marginally softer so I'd probably buy that one instead (and since both are expensive at full price I'm unlikely to buy either often).
I shop at Waitrose for most things as its within walking distance from our flat and I really trust the quality of their products. I usually get the Waitrose Essential Toilet roll, however occasionally I get the "posh" Waitrose toilet paper, that is if it is on offer. There are three "posh" Waitrose own brand toilet rolls on offer, the jojoba and aloe vera, which are thick, but not quilted like the cashmere toilet paper, which really is the poshest of the lot.
**Super Duper Quality**
The quality is really excellent - its thick, soft, strong and long. I can feel the quiltedness under my fingers and when you squash the sheets, they sort of bounce back to shapde. There is a geometric kind of pattern imprinted onto each sheet and each of the sheets are 3 ply, rather than the usual 2 ply, so really cushiony on your nose and neither regions, plus one sheet of paper with 3 layers is much more absorbent than one sheet with 2 layers. Each roll has 170 sheets and the roll is really quite chunky and bouncy too if you drop it, filling the toilet roll holder. This toilet role only comes in white, so it has no artificial colours.
**So What Does This Level of Luxury Cost?**
9 rolls = £4.79
4 rolls = £2.29
This is more than I would usually spend on toilet roll, one has to cut back somewhere and as long as its soft, absorbs and does its job I am happy on a day to day basis. Hence, I've only bought it when this luxary versions when it is on offer.
It does have a very lovely smell of cashmere, which is quite strong but subtle, refreshing and very clean smelling scent. I like that when I blow my nose I can smell the cashmere, and if I have a cold its good to be able to smell the cashmere after blowing my nose, knowing I am a little less blocked up. Also, the scent does waft from the toilet roll, so I can smell it when I am on the loo!
The packaging is quite simple soft and stretchy plastic, with a draw string plastic handle on the 9 pack. The 4 pack is just wrapped in then same plastic, but with no handles. "Cashmere" is written on the front in large letters, which is the first thing you see on looking at product. The background of the packaging is a deep purple colour, with a subtle pattern of soft folded loo roll within the purple colour.
Obviously it flushes away and disintegrates nicely to where we don't need to think about...however the outer wrapper is a low density Polyetheyene which is recylcable as is the cardboard tube of the inner core. Also the cardboard tube is good for making models with the kids!
I do really like this toilet roll, however I am not prepared to pay the extra 40p for a 4 pack and 80p for a 9 pack than the Waitrose "essential" which I usually use and more than does the job. However if on offer at a price near to my trusted "essential" roll then I definitely get it as a little toilet treat!