I’m not sure if it is a cold or just seasonal allergies, but I have been fighting a really bad case of the sniffles the past couple of days; bad enough where I felt the need to stop off an buy a box of facial tissues for my desk at work.
I entered the store with the intention of buying the cheapest brand on the shelf (which is what I usually do when it comes to buying something like this for work). However, I noticed something somewhat different; Marcal Small Steps facial tissue. Since it was only 2 cents more, I decided to give it a try.
Even though I do try to do my part to protect the environment, I confess I rarely buy items that are made from recycled paper because they normally are more expensive. But, like I mentioned before, this brand was only a couple pennies more than the cheapest brand. In addition to the fact they didn’t kill any trees to make these tissues, I liked the fact they are hypoallergenic; something that was a big plus since my need for them is already likely the result of me being allergic to something.
So far, the brand has proven to be better than I expected. When I bought them, I thought I was getting a brand that would prove to be super thin and not very absorbent. But, these tissues are surprisingly strong. Normally, when I buy a cheaper brand, I am lucky if I can use a tissue just once without it tearing. These are strong enough for me to use a few times if needed; something that is appreciated because it means I’m getting my money’s worth.
My only real complaint about this brand is it isn’t very soft. I won’t go as far as to say they are as rough as sand paper. But, they won’t be mistaken for some of the more expensive, softer brands that are out there and, if you are blowing or wiping your nose constantly, you probably aren’t going to want this brand because you will rub your nose raw very fast.
However, under normal circumstances, when used on occasion rather than all the time, I do think the Marcal Small Steps brand is one that is worth looking at. I know I will consider buying them the next time I need a new box of tissues for work.