Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites (such as @cosme, Amazon, and Rakuten) for the best blotting papers. We then chose the 18 most popular products and tested them.
We focused on two things: how absorbent each sheet was and how it felt to use the product overall. We then compiled everything we learned into a buying guide about and list of the best Japanese blotting papers available online.
Top 18 Best Japanese Blotting Papers to Buy Online
We picked out 18 of the most popular products and tested them for the following: how well they absorbed oil and how good it felt to handle them.
Then, based on how they performed on our tests, we graded and ranked the top 18 Japanese blotting paper available online.
※Japanese prices for the products are given; they’ve merely been converted into USD for easy viewing.
1. Yojiya Japanese Oil Blotting Paper
The Best All-Around Blotting Paper
Out of all the blotting papers we tested out, these are the ones that felt best to use and had the most absorbing powers. The Japanese washi paper is delicate yet strong that other blotting papers just don’t stack up to it. One of our testers even claimed when they used the paper prior to applying makeup, the finish of their makeup ended up totally different (in a good way, of course).
The only con we found with Yojiya’s blotting paper is that the sheets are a little hard to peel apart. Exercise caution when removing paper from the case and you should be fine!
|Japanese||よーじや あぶらとり紙||How it felt to use||3.3|
|Amount||20 sheets x 5 packs||Absorbency||5.0|
|Size||3.5 x 3.7 inches||Overall impression||5.0|
2. Kamiya Oil Blotting Paper Sumi
Best Blotting Paper for Seeing Results
Besides its incredible absorption strength, the dark shade of Kamiya’s charcoal-colored blotting paper gave us the ability to see the oil removed from our pores. All it took was one sheet to do the job. We also found the size of both paper and package perfectly portable.
We did notice the same problem with this paper as with the Yojiya blotting paper, though; when we tried to remove just one sheet, we had to rub it a bit to get it separate from the others. Again, use with a gentle hand and you should be all set.
|Japanese||加美屋 あぶらとり紙 墨||How it felt to use||3.0|
|Size||3.3 x 2.2 inches||Overall impression||5.0|
3. Yoshitaka Kinpaku Blotting Paper for Professionals for Oily Skin
Best Blotting Paper for Professionals
Yoshitaka Kinpaku’s Blotting Paper for Professionals feels like just that – professional. The super-strength papers are thick yet soft, and just one sheet is enough to absorb that shiny layer of oil on your skin.
When our staff tried it out, they said it was easy to carry around and they liked that it didn’t mess up their foundation. However, they also said the packaging wasn’t exactly easy on the eyes, almost like a medical prescription product. If you don’t care too much about packaging, though, this blotting paper would be an excellent choice.
|How it felt to use||2.7|
|Size||3.5 x 2.5 inches||Overall impression||4.0|
4. Kose Softymo Lachesca Oil Blotting Paper Gold
The Best Blotting Paper with the Cutest Package
We had no complaints when it comes to how well these Lachesca blotting papers absorbed oil from our skin, and what really tickled our fancy is that we could see the results on the gold-colored paper. It’s also a pretty portable size, so you can take it with you on the go.
What we didn’t enjoy too much was the texture of the paper; this is the first non-washi paper in our ranking, and it felt a little stiff on our skin. It also has a scent that might turn some people off, but hey, why not try it out for yourself?
|Japanese||コーセー ソフティモ ラチェスカ あぶらとり紙 ゴールド||How it felt to use||2.0|
|Size||3.4 x 6.1 inches||Overall impression||4.0|
5. DHC Oil Blotting Paper Large
The Biggest Blotting Paper with Great Absorbency
Okay, so this is a little too big to tuck discreetly into your handbag, but we think DHC’s large blotting paper would be a great addition to your counter top or office desk. Some may have a hard time figuring out how to use this large-sized paper effectively, but we were blown away by its ability to absorb oil.
|Japanese||DHC あぶらとり紙 大判タイプ||How it felt to use||1.8|
|Size||3.7 x 5.3 inches||Overall impression||4.0|
6. Chantilly Rosy Rosa Mino 100% Washi and Natural Hemp Oil Blotting Paper
The Best-feeling Blotting Paper
We’re not sure what to compare the feeling of this blotting paper to anything other than really soft tissues with lotion. It feels absolutely great on the skin with the perfect balance of soft and gentle. One of our staff even said it felt like the shape of the paper was forming to their skin.
It didn’t receive top scores in the absorbency department, but the way it made us feel more than makes up for it. We’d definitely recommend this blotting paper especially if you have sensitive skin.
|Japanese||シャンティロージーローザ 美濃和紙天然麻100%あぶらとり紙||How it felt to use||4.4|
|Size||3.7 x 3.35 inches||Overall impression||4.0|
7. Muji Oil Control Blotting Paper
Price: $4.10 per pack
The Best Bang for Your Buck
At the low, low price of just $0.97 (without tax) in Japan, we were surprised at how effectively this blotting paper absorbed oil from our skin. It costs a bit more to buy it from a site other than Muji, but when you consider there are 100 sheets in a pack and they’re made with delicate washi paper, we’re sure you wouldn’t mind shelling out a few extra dollars.
Each sheet is about the size of a business card, so they’re great for when you have a greasy emergency and need a slight touch up. We would have liked them to be a bit softer, but we can’t argue with that affordable price.
|Japanese||無印良品 あぶらとり紙||How it felt to use||3.6|
|Size||2.75 x 3.9 inches||Overall impression||4.0|
8. Yoshitaka Kinpaku Blotting Paper for Professionals for Normal to Oily Skin
A Great Standard for Japanese Blotting Paper
We can’t get enough of Yoshitaka Kinpaku products in our top 10 ranking and for good reason. The thin paper is quite soft and didn’t irritate our skin during our tests. With its high absorbency qualities and its simple packaging, we think this should be the standard for Japanese blotting paper. It would be a great addition to your desk at home or at work.
|Japanese||吉鷹金箔本舗 プロ業務用 あぶらとり紙 普通・脂性肌用||How it felt to use||3.5|
|Size||3.5 x 2.6 inches||Overall impression||4.0|
9. Kanebo Beauty Works Blotting Paper
A Great Blotting Paper for Slight Touch Ups
Rather than a blotting paper to use when your skin is super oily, we found it was better used to speed up cosmetic touch ups. It removed just enough oil to make patting on some extra powder less of a mess. We also found them pretty absorbent and compact.
When we used this blotting paper on rather oily skin, however, the powder from the paper sort of clumped together and left behind residue. If you find the need to touch up your makeup, however, we’d still give this product a thumbs up.
|Japanese||カネボウビューティワークス 紙おしろい||How it felt to use||4.0|
10. Martinique Oisesan Blotting Paper
A Blotting Paper with Great Absorbency
Oisesan’s oil blotting paper definitely has absorbing power, rest assured. We were a bit worried about how stiff the paper felt when we first took out a sheet, but it didn’t irritate our skin in the end.
What we didn’t enjoy too much about this blotting paper is that we found it a bit difficult to use in areas such as around the nose due to its texture.
|Japanese||マルチニーク おいせさん あぶらとり神紙||How it felt to use||2.6|
Products That Didn’t Make the Cut
And why they didn’t quite make it.
Not Ideal for the Whole Year
Biore’s oil blotting paper was great because our staff were able to use it without smudging their makeup, but they definitely noticed effects from the added ethanol. This ingredient can contribute to faster-drying skin, so it may not be suited for those who live in a drier climate or during the dry winter months.
It’s All about the Packaging
When we recommend products at mybest, we consider everything about a product including the packaging. While we were impressed with the paper quality of Katani’s Komachi blotting paper, we weren’t too happy about the fact that it was difficult to take out just one sheet of paper and neatly return the ones we had accidentally taken out in the process.
We were intrigued by the mesh material of Orbis’ blotting paper, but it seemed like the sheet was going to rip whenever we took one out to test. Some staff also said that the size of the package was a bit bulky but that they liked the simple design.
The quality of the powder on blotting sheets is arguably as important as the quality of the paper. Ayura Aura Feel Aroma Paper impressed us with its ability to add shine to our skin, but we did notice that the powder came off the sheets a bit more than we liked.
Rose of Heaven’s Fragrance Blotting Paper gave us the same issue. Along with not being all that absorbent, staff noticed that the white powder stuck to their skin and made them look slightly paler.
Not So Absorbent
Since buying a bunch of oil blotting paper isn’t always cost effective, ideally you’d only need one sheet to do the job. Gatsby’s Oil Clear Sheet didn’t clear oil as much as we were hoping, though it felt pretty good to use.
We had to use several sheets of Shinseido’s blotting paper to get the job done, which landed it a rather low spot in our ranking, especially considering that each package only contains 65 sheets. Staff also commented it has a unique scent that might put some people off.
Kose’s Super Clean Tissues were fairly soft, but the finish of the paper was so matte that it created a little friction when rubbed against the skin. These film-type sheets also didn’t absorb much oil at all.
How We Tested the Blotting Paper
We put the 18 most popular blotting papers through two tests, each designed to gauge a different factor. One was to see how absorbent the paper was, and the other was to gauge how the whole product felt to use.
Test ① Absorbency
The most important thing a blotting paper should do is absorb oil. We tested this by pouring horse oil–which is the closest to human-produced oil you can get–onto a surface. Then, we pressed a sheet of blotting paper to the oiled spot using our pointer, middle, and ring finger. When we removed our fingers from the paper, we laid the paper out to see how much oil it had absorbed.
It’s probably not that surprising to know that the most absorbent blotting papers were ones made specifically for people with oily skin.
Test ② How it Felt to Use
We asked staff who do and don’t use blotting paper on a regular basis to test the selected products. The then scored each type of blotting paper on how it felt to the touch, its scent, its size, and its portability. They told us that while a bigger blotting paper certainly has more of an absorbing area, it’s a bit difficult to apply to specific areas like around the nose.
Tips on How to Choose Blotting Paper – Buying Guide
Here are two big things to look out for.
① Choose a Blotting Paper That’s Right for Your Skin Type
Unless a blotting paper is specifically advertised as “for oily skin” or “for sensitive skin,” it can be a bit confusing to know which kind will work best for your skin type.
If you have normal or slightly oily skin, Japanese washi-type blotting paper is the better choice. Washi paper isn’t capable of absorbing a lot of oil at once, so it’s good for blotting specific spots like your T-zone.
If your skin is on the oily side, we’d recommend film-type or larger sized sheets. These sheets are made with polypropylene, a powerful absorbing ingredient, so they are capable of sucking up a ton of oil at once and eliminating worrisome shine. You can usually get the job done with just one sheet, which means you won’t through a whole pack of paper in just a few seconds. It’s easy on your skin and your wallet!
② Consider the Senses – and Not Just Yours
Is the paper soft? Will it irritate your skin if you rub it too hard? Can you handle the scent? While it may be difficult to judge factors such as touch and scent before ordering something online, there are reviews for each product that can help you gauge whether a product is right for you.
If a product is advertised as having a strong or unpleasant scent, you probably won’t want to use it around your nasal or T-zone area – that smell could linger in your nostrils even after use. Also pay attention to what people say about the texture of the paper; while washi paper tends to be gentle, it’s not always the case.
Looking for Other Products for Oily Skin? Look No Further!
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We rounded up members from our editing department, purchased the 18 most popular Japanese blotting papers, and tested them all.
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