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Best tissues in Australia 2020

We read real customer reviews to find the best facial tissues to help you blow your nose in comfort.

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The best tissues in Australia

How did we pick this list?

Our editorial team selected the products on this list based on actual customer reviews. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the products with the highest review score within those parameters.

Read more detail on our methodology below.

Best overall tissues: Kleenex Large & Thick Facial Tissues

Kleenex Large & Thick Facial Tissues

  • 50% bigger than standard Kleenex tissues
  • 3-ply
  • Not the cheapest option
  • Only 95 in a pack

Where to buy

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Why we chose it

With positive reviews from Chemist Warehouse and Amazon customers, Kleenex Large & Thick tissues is our pick for the best overall tissues you can get in Australia.

Almost 50% larger than standard Kleenex tissues, these tissues provide plenty of coverage. Made in Australia, they're 3-ply for extra softness when you're blowing your nose repeatedly throughout the day.

Kleenex Large & Thick Facial Tissues are also FSC certified to ensure responsible forest management.


Best tissues with aloe: Kleenex Facial Tissues Aloe Vera

Kleenex Facial Tissues Aloe Vera

  • Soft on sensitive skin
  • FSC certified
  • Pricey
  • 140 pack means you can go through a box quickly

Price (RRP): $3.59 for 140-pack

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Why we chose it

With plenty of positive ratings from Chemist Warehouse customers, and an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 from more than 600 Catch customer reviews, these Kleenex tissues are our pick as the best tissues with aloe.

If your nose feels red and raw after repeated blowing, these tissues feature aloe vera and vitamin E to help soothe your skin. Made in Australia, they feature 3-ply thickness to help reduce the damage to sensitive skin.

Environmentally conscious buyers will also be pleased to learn that these tissues are FSC certified.


Best tissues with eucalyptus: Kleenex Facial Tissues Eucalyptus

Kleenex Facial Tissues Eucalyptus

  • Help clear your nose
  • Made in Australia
  • Not cheap
  • Some customers complain tissues stick together in box

Price (RRP): $2.49 for 95-pack

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Why we chose it

With an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 from Chemist Warehouse customer reviewers, plus 4.7 out of 5 from Amazon customer reviewers, these Kleenex tissues are our pick as the best tissues with eucalyptus.

Featuring eucalyptus to help clear your nose, these tissues are handy to have around when you’re suffering from a cold. They feature 3-ply thickness, they’re made in Australia, and they’re FSC certified to ensure responsible forest management.


Best environmentally-friendly tissues: Health & Beauty Bamboo Tissues

Health & Beauty Bamboo Tissues

  • No trees used
  • Competitively priced
  • Only 2-ply
  • Some customers complain that they aren't as soft as regular tissues

Where to buy

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Why we chose it

If you're keen to minimise your environmental impact, these Health & Beauty Bamboo Tissues are well worth a look. They feature an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 from more than 20 Chemist Warehouse customer reviews, and no trees are used to create them.

Designed to be ecologically sustainable, these 2-ply tissues are made from bamboo rather than paper. They're also competitively priced, with a 200-sheet pack available for around $2 at the time of writing.


Best family-sized tissues: Sorbent Silky White Facial Tissues 275 Pack

Sorbent Silky White Facial Tissues 275 Pack

  • Value for money
  • Sustainably sourced
  • No added ingredients to help soothe a sore nose
  • Not as widely available as some other facial tissues

Price (RRP): $3.17`

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Why we chose it

Looking for a jumbo pack of tissues to serve the nose-blowing needs of the whole family but don't want to buy them in bulk? This 275 pack of Sorbent Silky White Facial Tissues could be just what you need.

It scores an average of 4.3 out of 5 from Chemist Warehouse customers, and provides plenty of tissues for everyday use. Sustainably sourced, these tissues provide good value for money and are designed to be both soft and strong.


Best pocket tissues: Sorbent Soft White Pocket Tissues

Sorbent Soft White Pocket Tissues

  • Convenient
  • Easy to carry
  • Some customers say they could be softer

Price (RRP): $2.65 (6 x 10 packs)

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Why we chose it

With several positive reviews from Chemist Warehouse and Catch customers, Sorbent Soft White Pocket Tissues are our pick if you're searching for tissues to use on the go.

Available in separate packs of 10 tissues each, they're designed to be easy to throw into your handbag or car for use whenever you get the sniffles. Each tissue measures 21cm x 21cm


Methodology

  • We compared more than 25 products that are widely available at chemists, grocery stores and online retailers in Australia.
  • We based our findings on real-life customer reviews, key product features and sustainability.
  • The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.

Types of tissues

There are several different types of tissues to choose from including:

  • Virgin. Virgin tissues are made from fresh, or virgin, pulp and do not include any recycled fibres.
  • Recycled. Recycled tissues are made from a mix of reusable materials and have a lower environmental impact. However, using pre-processed pulp can weaken the tissue. This means that recycled tissues often aren't as soft or absorbent.
  • Elemental chlorine-free (ECF). Most tissues are bleached to give them a white appearance, often using elemental chlorine gas. Products with an ECF label aren't chlorine-free, but rather they're bleached using less harmful chlorine dioxide.
  • Processed chlorine-free (PCF). PCF tissues are made using oxygen or hydrogen peroxide and are more environmentally friendly than chlorine.
  • Unbleached. Unbleached brown facial tissues do exist, but they're harder to find than other tissue types.
  • Bamboo and sugarcane. Some brands offer tissues that are made entirely from bamboo and sugarcane. These grasses grow faster and are a sustainable alternative to hardwoods. They also use less energy to process than recycled pulp. However, these products will cost you more and may not be easily available at your local store.

Certifications

International organisations Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certify products that are created using sustainable forestry practices. Several different certifications are available, each with unique requirements. Here is a rundown of the PEFC and FSC labels you might find on tissues:

PEFC certifiedAt least 70% of the wood used in the product is from PEFC-certified forests and controlled sources.
PEFC recycledAt least 70% of the PEFC-certified material in the product is from recycled sources and any timber used is from controlled sources.
FSC mixThe product uses a combination of timber and fibres from FSC-certified, reclaimed and other controlled sources. The entire manufacturing process must be made from 70% FSC-certified material, but the pack of tissues you buy may not actually contain any FSC-certified material.
FSC recycledAll timber and fibres used in the product are made from recycled material.
FSC 100%All timber and fibres used in the product come from FSC-certified forests.

How to compare tissues

Tissues could cost you from $0.10 to $0.80 per 100 tissues, depending on the brand, model and pack size. Typically, you can save on the cost per tissue by buying tissue boxes in bulk.
Here are the other key features to consider when comparing your options:

Ply count

Tissues with a higher ply count or more layers are generally softer, stronger and more absorbent.

Softness

While how soft you want the tissue to feel against your skin is a personal preference, generally avoid products that feel rough or scratchy as they could irritate your skin over time.

Size

Consider whether you are after a box of tissues or a pocket pack. Boxes generally cost less per tissue, but won't fit in your pocket or purse.

Lotion

Some tissues include added lotions designed for those with dry skin during winter. These tissues are ultra soft and can decrease redness. However, they can also cause irritation for those with sensitive skin and are typically less absorbent.

Hypoallergenic

If you have allergies or sensitive skin, pick a hypoallergenic option that is perfume-, ink- and dye-free, which will be gentler on your skin.

Eucalyptus

For those with stuffy noses, eucalyptus can act as a natural decongestant.

Strength

A stronger tissue will deposit less lint and resist tears better.

Absorbency

How well does the tissue soak up moisture and liquids before getting saturated?

Package design

Most tissue brands offer a range of designs and patterns. These could add a pop of colour to your home or bag and some even feature fun characters for kids.

Tissues vs handkerchiefs

While tissues are convenient and hygienic, they are not eco-friendly. Manufacturing single-use paper leaves a large water and energy footprint and produces a lot of waste.

Handkerchiefs are reusable, washable and less harmful to the environment. They are only considered unhygienic if they are used several times without being changed. If you carry several handkerchiefs with you, you could use multiple and put them in the wash once you're home.


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