Thursday, 10 January 2013

Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers

Biodegradable blotting papers take mattifying to a new level of luxe.

Price: $19 CAD (for 2 pack including 1 original, 1 evening)*
Size: Original: 30 sheets 10cm x 10cm; Evening: 40 sheets 7.5cm x 7.5cm
Made in: Japan
Availablity Score: 2

Ingredients: 100% abaca leaf & gold flake

Directions: For a petal fresh complexion, gently pat a single leaflet of Tatcha™ Aburatorigami to the face anywhere there is excess oil. Will not disturb makeup or steal moisture from the skin. Use both sides of each sheet. Discard after use. Biodegradable.

Notable Facts About This Product: These blotting papers are all natural and handmade in Japan.  The story goes that the papers were originally used by gold craftsmen to protect precious metals when being hammered into leafing for the buildings of Imperial Japan and geishas discovered that they were also good for removing oil from the skin.

Personal Experience (Andrea): I really like beauty products that are different, and using these pretty gold-speckled papers to combat shiny face seems a modern route to mattifying.  I use my Tatcha papers all the time, and have been onto this brand for two years now.  My skincare is mostly oil-based; facial oil, coconut oil-based concealer, creamy cheek colour etc, so I reach for these to help control the shine, as I'm not one for piling on powder on top of actual oil (yuck, that feeling!).
These are by far the best blotting papers I've found, and you could say I've been through the paper trail (starting with powdered, scented papers from the body shop in grade nine, then on to Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets later in my life, and then pulling apart 3-ply tissues for a bit too).
These are a nice big size, one sheet will do the entire face, as both sides can be used.  They biodegrade too - just pop them in the green bin when you're done.

*It does seem like these papers were easier to get a year ago. My previous shop used to stock them and they were easily found at most online clean & green beauty shops in Canada, though now I can only find them at Sephora in a two pack. The Tatcha brand has expanded into luxury skincare which is available exclusively to Barneys New York in the US, so maybe that has something to do with it.  If you can find them in singles - stock up!

Verdict: ❤❤❤

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  1. I am seeing these everywhere and may have to suck it up and get some to try! They look a lot more glam than the Clean & Clear sheets of years gone by (like that you used them too!). I'm glad I found your blog via Stark Skincare — love adding new green/clean reading to my list! Come check me out at too :) xoxo

    1. Thanks for checking us out. If you can get your hands on some Tatcha, snap them up! They are perfect in the world of blotting papers. Cheerio!