I don’t really think about tissues. In general, when I’m going out to buy them I tend to look for the soft ones with lotion that is on sale… Of course, then when I have a cold, it’s a completely different story as my nose has a tendency to complain if I get anything that is remotely rough to the tender overly-sensitive overused nasal skin.
BTW, this is the first time I’m using a “read more” thing, testing the waters. As it goes…
The product description per Amazon: “After two years of research and developments, the world’s first moisturizing tissues are extremely soft and smooth to the skin. The patented tissues contain moisturizing ingredients often found in cosmetics such as glycerin and sorbitol that absorb moisture from the air. As a result, each tissue contains about twice the amounts of moisture as regular tissues. With small amounts of oil and emulsifier added to every single piece of Kawano‘s best-selling tissue, it soothes the skin with every touch. Those with sensitive skin and who blow their noses often can use this product with full confidence. Less lint to prevent sneezing; 100% virgin pulp guaranteed; 10 tissues per pack, 16 packs per order; compact-size, perfect for traveling.”
At 16 packs per order, with 10 tissues per pack, that’s 160 tissues. The box of brand name tissues that I had in my room has 124. These Kawano tissues average about $0.09USD per tissue, compared to the brand name tissues previously mentioned $0.04USD per tissue (plus tax; also to note, this is a single box, as opposed to a package of travel packs, which likely cost more depending on the brand). They’re both 2-ply, by the way. I’ll be comparing these two throughout this post.
I did a feel test – did it feel soft if I rubbed my fingertips over it, did it feel soft against my face and did it feel soft on my nose. Yes, it did! It says it contains moisturizers (oil, emulsifiers, glycerin, sorbitol), I was expecting to feel these oils, but it is not “oily”. Similarly the other tissues has “lotion” added, but that, as well does not feel “lotiony”.
Here’s a side by side comparison of the two texture wise (Kawano on the left, other brand on the right):
You can actually see a visual difference in the texture of how soft the Kawano tissue is compared to the other. The Kawano almost looks blurred, but it isn’t.
Thickness difference (Kawano on top, other brand on bottom):
I did a pull test, holding and using the fingers of just one hand. The Kawano pulled/ripped easily, but the way it did it seemed gentler than when I did the other brand. The rip was also softer edged and the sound was definitely lower, less papery.
In conclusion, these are definitely softer, though they are thinner, so you may need more if you have a cold. They may also be a little more expensive than the American brand names, but if they work for your nose when you have a bad cold, then that price difference might mean the world to your poor nasal skin!
*Disclaimer: This product was given to me complimentary in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This evaluation and review is an accounting of my true opinion and experience, and is written in the same manner as if I had bought it at full-price, been given as a gift, or received as a sample.
You can purchase this on Amazon:
- Japan Moisturizing Tissues, pack of 16 (10 tissues per pack) for $14.99 + free Prime shipping.
Price and availability current as of the time of writing this post.