If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked John Cameron Mitchell, writer, director, and star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as well as the writer/director of the upcoming How to Talk to Girls at Parties, which items he can’t live without.
Calabria 721SB Flexies Round Sun Bi-Focal Reading Glasses
I definitely can’t live without my round bifocal reading sunglasses, made for aging rockers. Remember to use Amazon Smile so a percentage goes to your favorite charity!
Coola Suncare Mineral Face SPF 30 Sunscreen Matte
My favorite non-shiny facial sunscreen. I wear it every day and always tell people my age so I can be complimented. It’s expensive, but maybe they’ll give me a lifetime supply — hint, hint.
Simply Protein Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar
$25 for a pack of 15
The best-tasting (vegan, 1g sugar, no artificial anything) protein bar, by a company owned by a very nice Canadian lady named Cathy.
Earth Science Liken Unscented Deodorant
The only natural unscented deodorant that really works. It’s made of lichen that can actually live at the North Pole (which never smells).
Wellness Formula Herbal Defense Capsules (240 count)
When a cold is coming on, I swear by this. It’s, of course, cheapest when you buy in bulk (as Scottish people like me do).
Earth Therapeutics Nail and Cuticle Care
The best nice-smelling, nongreasy cream for dry hands. With tea-tree oil to help disinfect your bitten hangnails.
Van Leeuwen Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream
Xocolatl de David Brown Butter Chocolate Bar
The best American bar, bar none (and I’m a connoisseur).
Eden Botanicals Yuzu Essential Oil
One of my favorite scents: Japanese grapefruit, or yuzu. I’ve been making my own oil blends as gifts (shout out to anyone who wants to sell ‘em). Eden Botanicals is one of the best oil distributors, and they even offer small sample vials.
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