“ Brand: Asda / Subcategory: Bathroom Care / Type: Tissue / Category: Cleaning Products & Utensils > Wipes, Towels, Tissues „
Toilet tissue is not something that I am particularly brand loyal to. Instead I tend to go for whatever is on special offer although I must admit there are some brands that I am pleased to see on special offer and yes, I'm afraid I am a sucker for the cute little bears printed on!
I always buy white tissue despite my mother telling me years and years ago that the white paper is a little harsher and scratcher due to the extra bleaching needed in the process. I'm not too sure whether there is truth to this statement as I can't say I have ever compared white against, say, peach tissue at the same time to be able to draw a comparison! Sorry mum, another piece of "advice" that I have never listened to.
When shopping last weekend I decided to give Asda's own brand "shades" a go. It was on special, right?
So a 9 roll pack costs £4 but you can currently buy 2 for £9. There is nothing special about the packaging, the rolls come stacked in a 3 x 3 formation the same as any other brand.
These rolls though are scented. I thought it would be nice to give them a go for a change. Apparently the inner cardboard roll is scented and the idea is that the light scent makes the tissue itself lightly scented and in a small room, you can detect a subtle light scent too.
I'm afraid I cannot comment on the claim re the small room getting scented as my bathroom is a normal size and I cannot detect anything when I walk in there although I can imagine that in a downstairs cloakroom the scent might be enough to scent a room.
The tissue itself is fragranced when taken from this roll. Although it makes quite an unusual gimmicky idea, the reality of it, to me, is that the scent isn't particularly nice. It kind of reminds me of dusty old roses smells and reminds me (sorry Nan) of old ladies.
One word of warning when using this is that if you whip a bit off the roll to sneeze into when you have a cold, for goodness sake don't inhale while you're holding this over your mouth and nose. I did it once and nearly choked on the musty, dusty sensation.
Finally, this is not the softest tissue I have ever used but neither is it the worst. It is noticeably harsher than Charmin but hey, it doesn't have the same price tag as the bear print!
When I buy loo roll, I'm really not too fussy . I'm loyal to no brand, and frankly I don't care what colour it is, whether it has puppies printed on it, or whether is had pretty embossing. Its for one purpose and one purpose only - bum wiping.
Those pretty patterns aren't going to look so good when its used, after all . So, I was a bit dubious about buying scented loo roll, but, It seemed like a fun idea, and at £1.69 for 4 rolls, it wasn't too pricey . However, I still had some mild concerns - namely that putting perfumed products on delicate lady areas often tends not to be a good idea .
So, opening the plastic packet, a lovely rose scent began to invade the bathroom - not overpowering, but still subtly noticeable. It turned out that not the paper itself but the cardboard bit inside was scented . It claimed to be 'Ylang Ylang and Rose' - personally, I have no idea what a Ylang Ylang might be, or what it should smell like, but the rose scent was most definately present and correct .
I found that the smell was strong enough to disguise milder toilety smells, and was noticeable when entering the bathroom from the hallway . The paper itself, a very pale peach colour ( although you can get it in white also), was luxuriously thick and soft , absorbant, and didn't tear easily. It was two ply, and the perforations made it easy to not pull more off the roll than was needed .
I also found that every time I pulled a sheet or two off the roll, the scent seemed to intensify - as though the movement had released a little more of the scent .
While I did like the smell , I found that after a while I kind of became immune to it - it just didn't seem as noticeable to me after a week - however, thats not the loo roll, thats me, I'm the same with room fresheners and pot pourri - I have to change them around regularly or I just don't see the benefit .
The inner cardboard tubes, which are the parts that are scented, make quite good drawer scenters - I popped them in with some clothes I had stored away, and it kept them smelling nice until I needed to wear them again .
Personally, although I'd buy these again, it would only be on the odd occasion I fancy a bit of a treat , as I get used to the scent . However, I think these would be marvellous for people who, for instance, have friends over a lot - I did have several visitors to my house compliment me on this , and ask me where they could get it .
Overall, a good tissue, does the job, but the scents more for novelty than usefulness in my opinion . However, the price is very reasonable , so it needn't be a luxury buy. I'd recommend it, and I will buy it again, but not every time .
When buying toilet tissue I almost always go with a well known brand and most often it will be Andrex but on a recent trip to Asda I decided to give Asdas own brand (shades a try). Asda shades I soon noticed had a scented version which would also keep the bathroom smelling fresh so those are the ones I tried.
The paper itself is not scented so no need to worry that you are going to have a botty smelling of flowers, it is the cardboard core that has the scent on it and it is just enough to give off a little freshness to a room in the house that does not always smell its best.
The normal shades toilet tissue from Asda costs £1.56 for four rolls so at £1.66 for the scented ones you do not have to break the bank. The scent is a floral one mainly of roses I would say, it does smell a little like an old ladies perfume close up but when placed on your toilet roll holder just gives of subtle little whiffs of freshness.
The toilet roll itself is gentle and pleasant enough to use, not quite as good as Andrex but better than other brands. I will probably buy this quite regularly now as it is about a 50 per time saving on the Andrex brand that I was buying previously and it did not have the benefit of keeping my bathroom fresh!
I went shopping last week with my other half, this is highly unusual, usually I go alone with my shopping list in hand and whip round the isles just buying the same products all the time. This time was slightly different, for a start it took twice as long because we were talking and considering different products on the way round.
Having my other half in tow can be likened to having a small child with you when shopping, he gets bored!
I sent him off to get a few products here and there that were on my list and one of them was toilet roll, I sent him to get a four pack of our usual toilet roll, Asda shades. What he came back with was slightly different!
We (or should I say I) usually get the standard shades product in whatever colour comes to hand first.
My other half came back with a Shades pack but it was Shades Aroma. I had previously seen this and just thought what will they do next! He wanted to try it (see like a kid!) and so I let him have it.
He said it was the same price as the rest but that was because it is set out slightly further away from the regular version. The standard four pack is £1.56, this version is £1.66, not much difference. They work out at 41.5p each.
This is four rolls of 2-ply tissue. The wrapping says that they have an average of 220 sheets per roll. Sheets size is 125mm x 110mm with a total area of 12.1m2
The packaging is far prettier and attention grabbing than the regular shades packs, you can easily tell that it is aimed at the female shoppers because lets face it they are the main market and more likely to go for a scented product.
The plastic wrapping is for the main part clear so that the tissue itself can be seen. It has a pink scene for its background of sky fields and a few trees with rose petals scattered in the corner. The wording on the front is very minimal, "ASDA SHADES caring for our trees and forests AROMA".
The trees and forest caring part may make you think it is recycled, oh no it isn't, this range is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified and was the first toilet tissue to be certified. Yes I can hear you, what the hell does that mean? Well on the Asda blurb on this product it says that it has it's own website, what? www.asdashades.co.uk so I took a look. Well the site was one page and didn't really tell me that much. This is meant to mean that this range is as environmentally friendly as possible but what is the FSC and what differences are there?
There was a link to find out more about the FSC so I looked further. They are a international organisation that promotes "responsible stewardship of the world's forests." I didn't think there was much to gain from this site it all seems like the same thing is said in many different ways. Should you be interested take a peek www.fsc.org
Apparently this is "through air dried for cushion softness", what difference that makes I don't know! It is made from well-managed forests, controlled sources and recycled wood or fibre.
We took it home and as soon as I smelt it at home, through the plastic wrapping it was obvious that the scent was very strong and to me not that nice! I got him to sniff it and his reaction was yuck, old granny smell!
It is the regular toilet tissue but it is on a scented cardboard tube. The idea is that the scent is let off in your bathroom making it smell nice, that way you don't need a separate air freshener I suppose.
After a few days the pack was opened and the first roll was in use. The bathroom stank! The scent is meant to be of Ylang Ylang and Wild Rose. Well, to me it smelt of old fashioned perfume that old ladies wear, hence my other half saying it smelt of old grannies.
The smell is of rose but the other thing mixed into the fragrance smells to me like violets.
The toilet tissue does smell of it as it is in such close proximity to the scented card. I used it to blow my nose on one occasion and not again since as it left the smell on my nose for ages after which was far from pleasant! That said if the smell lingered on my nose surely it does on your bum, might be a good thing.
The toilet tissue itself apart from the scent I cannot say anything against, which is why I buy the regular version it is soft and absorbent and basically just as good as any brand of toilet tissue.
Neither of us have had any adverse reactions to this product *coughs* in any area. However I would not suggest those with extremely sensitive skin using it as you never know and considering where it is used a reaction would NOT be a nice thing now would it!?
Would I recommend it? No, as it stands I don't, the smell is enough to put me off completely, the idea is good the scent isn't!
Would I buy it again? No not this one but if they brought it out in a scent that was actually nice then I would give it another try.
Just because it smells so bad I am only giving this three stars, apart from smelling like old ladies the tissue itself is good.
Should you want any more information on this product, on Asda, to buy online or to find your local store then check out Asdas website at www.asda.co.uk you can contact them by phone to ask questions on 0845 300 1111 or alternatively email them through the contact section of the website.
Tissue with a specially scented core helps to fragrance the bathroom in a delicate aroma of Ylang and Wild Rose.