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Top 18 Best Japanese Blotting Papers to Buy Online 2020 - Tried and True!

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.
  • Last updated: 10-27-2019
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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.
Japaneseよーじや あぶらとり紙
How it felt to use3.3
Amount20 sheets x 5 packs
Absorbency5.0
Size3.5 x 3.7 inches
Overall impression5.0
TypeWashi paper
Japanese加美屋 あぶらとり紙 墨
How it felt to use3.0
Amount80 sheets
Absorbency5.0
Size3.3 x 2.2 inches
Overall impression5.0
TypeWashi paper
Japanese吉鷹金箔本舗 プロ業務用あぶらとり紙<br>オイリー・多汗肌用
How it felt to use2.7
Amount30 sheets
Absorbency5.0
Size3.5 x 2.5 inches
Overall impression4.0
TypeWashi paper
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 use2.0
Amount60 sheets
Absorbency5.0
Size3.4 x 6.1 inches
Overall impression4.0
Type
JapaneseDHC あぶらとり紙 大判タイプ
How it felt to use1.8
Amount200 sheets
Absorbency5.0
Size3.7 x 5.3 inches
Overall impression4.0
Type
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 use4.4
Amount120 sheets
Absorbency4.0
Size3.7 x 3.35 inches
Overall impression4.0
Type Washi
Japanese無印良品 あぶらとり紙
How it felt to use3.6
Amount100 sheets
Absorbency4.0
Size2.75 x 3.9 inches
Overall impression4.0
Type Washi
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 use3.5
Amount200 sheets
Absorbency4.0
Size3.5 x 2.6 inches
Overall impression4.0
Type Washi
Japaneseカネボウビューティワークス 紙おしろい
How it felt to use4.0
Amount70 sheets
Absorbency4.0
Size
Overall impression3.0
Type
Japaneseマルチニーク おいせさん あぶらとり神紙
How it felt to use2.6
Amount30 sheets
Absorbency4.0
Size
Overall impression3.0
Type Washi

Products That Didn’t Make the Cut

And why they didn’t quite make it.

Not Ideal for the Whole Year

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

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.

Powder Problems

Powder Problems

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

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

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

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

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

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!

Dealing with your oily skin on the face wash level can help eliminate the need for blotting paper altogether. We ranked a whopping 53 Japanese face washes marketed for those with oily skin. Read about which one could be right for you!

Summary

We rounded up members from our editing department, purchased the 18 most popular Japanese blotting papers, and tested them all.
We learned that the best of the best blotting papers are made for oily skin, and that your skin type is the ultimate deciding factor when it comes down to it. Washi paper is great for normal skin or concentrated areas of oily skin, while film-type sheets deliver better results to those with oily skin. Don’t forget to consider the small things like scent, size, and design as well, and you’re well on your way to finding your perfect Japanese blotting paper.

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