I define luxury as something I can live without, but don’t want to. It can range from a Rick Owens jacket (which, I admit, felt like a carnal need at point of purchase) to a cup of cream tea. One thing is certain, whatever its form, I need the pleasure of a little luxury to get me through the everyday. This is one of the reasons I love Tatcha Aburatorigami papers. I’ve always had a thing for blotting papers -- for my oily skin, but also on photo and film shoots with executives who don’t respond well to a powder puff. Tatcha Aburatorigami papers are quite different. They are utilitarian, in that they get rid of shine, and decadent at the same time. Dating back to Imperial Japan, authentic Aburatorigami paper was created by gold leaf artisans who used it to protect the precious metal they hammered into whisper-thin leafing to enrobe the majestic pavilions. In the 1800’s it was discovered and became the beauty secret of Geisha for its skin benefits. To call it a blotting paper is a disservice. Most blotting papers are made with a mixture of pulp and linen. This material can be drying, and while it removes the slick, it doesn’t do much for the overall appearance of the skin. Tatcha Aburatorigami papers are made of the highest grade of 100% Abaca leaf and leave skin soft and velvety smooth. I also love the extra large size (4x that of blotting papers) and decadent packaging. In the last few weeks of using them, I’ve skipped powder entirely and my skin looks better for it. Tatcha Aburatorigami papers (three pack: $30 for 90 sheets or one pack: $12 for 30 sheets) are available at SPACE NK boutiques and Tatcha.com
* New guidelines require I report I was sent samples to try, although I was already a fan and was going to write about this product anyway. So there. Guilt free.