Face blotting paper: Cute, practical, and makes a great gift

January 6, 2009 at 11:03 am 4 comments

When Himawari goes to Japan, she likes to check out the latest candy selection. That’s high on my list as well, and I also love picking up face blotting paper.


Developed in Kyoto 90 years ago by Yojiya Cosmetics, the ultra thin, small squares of paper are used to dab away shine from your face and absorb any oil that’s built up, but without smudging your makeup. Keep a small case in your purse for easy access and you’re good for a clear, blemish-free complexion. (Or at least that’s the hope.)

Originally used in the 1920s by stage actors, Geisha and Maiko who needed to keep their faces fresh without ruining their greasepaint makeup, face blotting paper caught on with Japanese women from all walks of life in the 1990s. As usual, presentation is key. You can buy the paper in bulk at any beauty store and dress it up by carrying it in a thin, snap shut case decorated with traditional artwork or kawaii cartoons. Squares of pretty packaging with 20 or so sheets inside are popular souvenirs from Kyoto, and are found at the markets and stands just about everywhere there.


It may be too late to use them as stocking stuffers this year, but they do in a pinch as a cute and practical gift, whatever the season.

Sarah S.

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