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What Zac Posen Can’t Live Without

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 designer Zac Posen, whose new cookbook Cooking with Zac is out now, about the tingly face wash, salty candy, and razor-sharp knife he can’t live without.

Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Face Wash

A good face wash is essential when you’re in New York City and I’ve done a good amount of research that says that if you can infuse your skin with Vitamin C, you should. It’s anti-aging! So if you think about being able to do it with a face wash, why not? I’ve tried a lot of different face washes, but with this, I can really feel the Vitamin C activating — it has a bit of a tingle when you leave it on. I feel like it’s working.

Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge Dressmaker’s Shears

They’re actually in my hand right now. When you make and drape clothing, the scissors are your tool. What can I say about them? They’re my babies. And you have to take care of them correctly. You have to have them sharpened and you can’t use them for any other material. What do I love about these? They have a great glide to them, and a nice weight that can go from a more structured fabric to a fluid one with total ease. That may be more than you wanted to know.

Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution

For me, I’ll unwind at the end of the day by soaking in epsom salts. It’s the routine I prefer for coming down after crazy days. I find that the eucalyptus is incredibly soothing, especially when the seasons are changing. It clears your sinuses, and I think the epsom salts are supposed to pull out toxins. I’m a big proponent of the stuff mixed with magnesium flakes.

Gustaf’s Dutch Licorice Coins

Ah, salty licorice. When I was little, I had a Norwegian babysitter — and that was my introduction to both regular and salty licorice. We all know the ordinary version, but the salty kind is a favorite candy throughout Northern Europe. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine that I have to try not to keep around because I’ll eat the entire bag in one go. It’s a particular and odd delicacy, but I love it because it just takes me back to childhood. The normal reaction of people I’ve introduced to it is not to finish it. People do not like it. But if you were raised with it, you’ll be obsessed.

The Price of Illusion by Joan Juliet Buck

I think Joan has had one of the most fascinating journeys within media, and she put together this incredibly reflective and honest memoir. She’s just a wonderful writer, and she hasn’t had a book out in some time, so it’s been such an exciting thing to read more from her.