I’ve used blotting papers in the past (MAC, Clean & Clear, Crabtree & Evelyn, and a Japanese brand I found in Tokyo airport among others). With oily skin, I’ve tried many. The type with powder seem like a good idea but the additional powder makes you look pasty and overly made up. The plastic polypropylene sheets from Clean & Clear work but I’d prefer not to add more plastic to the world.
I recently received a package of 100% natural Tatcha Aburatorigami papers. Each sheet is a 3.75 inch x 3.75 inch square of abaca leaf paper, handmade in Japan. For a touch of luxury and a nod to history, the sheets have bits of gold leaf in them as well. There is also a slightly smaller size which would be ideal in a clutch bag for a night out. Each packet includes 30 sheets.
Aburatorigami was first made around 794 AD when very thin gold leaf was being used to adorn the temples in Kyoto. The ability to make gold into very thin layers was also used in paper making and these became the first version of Aburatorigami in the early 1600s. At some point in the 1700-1800s, it was discovered that this thin paper could absorb oil on the face and they became widely used by kabuki actors, geisha, and finally housewives.
What I love about the Aburatorigami blotting papers is that they do not change your makeup at all – they just remove a bit of the oil on your face above your makeup. They manage to do this while not drying out your skin. I’m carrying them everywhere now particularly in this hot weather. If you find that your face is shiny half way through the day, I highly recommend Tatcha Aburatorigami papers for a natural oil fix.