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Sat Jul 22, 2006 10:26 pm      Reply with quote
Hello everyone, I did a search on blotting paper, and found a couple of alternatives. By blotting paper, I mean the paper that sucks up oil. One of the most popular would be clean and clear paper.

But I was wondering, a couple of cheap alternatives I've read on is using toilet seat coverings. (the waxy paper you get in stalls). Clean ones of course!.

And also, zig zag cig rolling paper.

How do these work? I'm interested in hearing about the toilet seat coverings. Do they really absorb oil well? If so, I think I could find plenty of new ones.

If not then I will continue buying clean and clear Smile.

Thank you for your time.
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Sun Jul 23, 2006 12:14 am      Reply with quote
I have tried the toilet seat cover when I was desperate. It did suck up the oil. Another option is perm papers. I don't know if people still use these nowadays though. You can get them really cheap at beauty supply stores.

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Sun Jul 23, 2006 8:56 am      Reply with quote
In a pinch, I've also used regular facial tissues--just separated the two layers of the tissue, then pressed a single ply against the skin. It actually worked quite well. I had the best results with natural (unbleached, undyed) tissues that were a little stiffer and more paper-like.
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Yeah if you have nothing around and your face is an oil slick, it's good to just find some sort of tissue or toilet paper and dab. Never thought about the toilet cover seat thing, though I would consider trying it in a pinch.

As far as subbing the oil blotters with rolling papers, not sure what the point of that would be. They're about the same price so why not just buy the product specifically designed for the purpose? If money is the issue definitely go generic (most drugstores will carry their own cheaper version).

Related story, though: I had my car broken into and some stuff was stolen from it: CDs, cell phone charger... and... curiously, a pack of oil blotters. I have to guess that my thief thought the papers were rolling papers and went home and tried to roll a joint with them... Surprised
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Sun Jul 23, 2006 9:43 am      Reply with quote
All of those things will definitely work in a pinch, however, I think your best bet ongoing is still just a pack of regular blotting papers.

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Sun Jul 23, 2006 1:34 pm      Reply with quote
I'm currently using Quo Blotting Paper. It costs about $3.50 CAD or so for 50 sheets.
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Sun Jul 23, 2006 1:50 pm      Reply with quote
Thank you all for the reply. That's some good advice. The rolling paper is out of the question. I think the clear and clear paper is usually the best. I like how it shows you how much oil it actually blotted up Smile
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Tue Aug 29, 2006 9:32 pm      Reply with quote
Had to bump this thread because after I read it a couple months ago, I actually started using the toilet seat covers as oil blotters.

It's actually a great trick, if a little weird. (I feel like if anyone saw what I was doing behind the closed stall door, I'd be sent to some sort of asylum on a hill).

I'm the type whose face just collects oil all day long...the toilet seat covers absorb that right up, and are readily available to me all day in my office bathroom!
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Wed Aug 30, 2006 7:25 am      Reply with quote
I've read this thread several times, and if you're not talking about quick-fix-when-you're-out kind of things. . .

I'm wondering if tissue paper (the kind you use in gift bags) might work. Seems about the same in some ways. Just a thought.
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I'm wondering if tissue paper (the kind you use in gift bags) might work. Seems about the same in some ways. Just a thought.


I'm sure it would work -- it has the same texture basically as the toilet seat covers or the blotting papers.

Obviously, the blotting papers are ideal because they're designed for that purpose, but we all get into jams... I know sometimes I'll be out and check myself in the mirror and discover a glistening, oily face...

By the way, I recommend blotter strips from the Body Shop. They have a light powder on them that also helps reduce shine.
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Wed Aug 30, 2006 7:58 am      Reply with quote
I've tried the ones with the light powder on them and I don't like them, maybe since I don't wear a powder or foundation or what have you. I don't like it on my bare face. I personally prefer just ther regular ones I just usually buy the Clean and Clear pack which are pretty cheap.

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Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:49 pm      Reply with quote
i don't like the ones with powder either..paper toilet or any type of tissue paper works just as well
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Sat Sep 02, 2006 6:56 am      Reply with quote
thats so funny.. i use zig zags/rizlas when i am out oil blotters! they only cost like under 1.50 canadian a pack. if you live in the vancouver/richmond area DAISO in aberdeen mall has oil blotter papers for $2. and theres a huge selection.
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Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:51 am      Reply with quote
I get my blotters from DAISO too!! With their huge packs, they are really value for money. I don't blot as much nowadays since i've started using EM's finishing dust, which is really good for soaking up the oilies.
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Sat Sep 02, 2006 1:09 pm      Reply with quote
While I believe cheap blotting papers to be the best for oily skin; I have tried various things in a pinch.

Toilet seat covers do work. Perm papers work but not as well as blotting papers.

I usually use Clean and Clear from J & J. I also tried SDM life brand (about $1.00 or more cheaper) and it looks the same. I can't tell a difference.

I have also used brown Taco Bell napkins and the brown industrial paper towels you sometimes see if in washrooms. These also work.

BTW I am 45 so I am wondering when the oilies will be over.
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Sun Sep 03, 2006 6:42 am      Reply with quote
I used to use white tissue paper, the ones used in gift bags, and they were great. I would cut them to manageable sizes and then fold them in my purse. Usually if I bought blotting papers I would have to use about 3 or 4 pieces. With tissue paper, I could use bigger pieces and blot much faster. Works perfect! Cheaper than blotting tissue and works just as good.
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Sun Sep 03, 2006 6:48 am      Reply with quote
autumn wrote:

BTW I am 45 so I am wondering when the oilies will be over.


Menopause! Shock

My mother was very oily, when she hit it she dried up...

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Sun Sep 03, 2006 11:46 am      Reply with quote
Hi! I work in an office that supplies toilet
seat covers in the ladies room. I have found
them to be the best face blotters I've ever
used. For convenience though, the Clean & Clear
or other brands that come in a small size, do the
trick.
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Sun Sep 03, 2006 1:11 pm      Reply with quote
I love reading this thread because my sister and I have decided that we can supply the entire world with enough oil to heat the planet! I have used the toilet seat covers also, but find the material that Clean and Clear blotters are made from to be amazing. The problem with them is they are way too small! I need almost a whole package for mid-day shine. So can we figure out what they are made of (synthetic paper?) and start making our own larger ones?! We need a DIY blotter kit!

I'm just about at the dreaded menopause and still sprouting oil like geyser!!! Shock

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