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What Antoni Porowski Can’t Live Without

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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 Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski — who has a partnership with OLLY — about the white T-shirt, garlic salt, and candle he can’t live without.

This basically tastes like slow-roasted garlic. It’s kind of sweet and aromatic, but it doesn’t have the sharpness of raw garlic. It’s like they took that, dried it, crushed it, and added it to salt. It is the most delicious thing ever. Take some arugula, toss it with some really high-quality olive oil, sprinkle a little bit of this salt and pepper, and drizzle a little honey, and you’ll have the most amazing salad ever. I season my fish with it, I’ve used it on steak, on chicken breasts, even on tofu. Even on a nice grainy bread with some really good butter. It’s freaking delicious.

I’ve actually switched favorite shoes; I used to be an Adidas Stan Smith guy. The Stan Smith’s are great but they’re a lot more structured. I have a really exaggerated Achilles’ tendon, so my ankles get really messed up when I have new shoes. But the Continentals are super-soft all around. They look really nice when they’re crisp, and then when they get really destroyed, they kind of sink down and look like slippers, which I love. They have a really good lining on the inside, and they’re really nice and low. I notice these weird details, like they’re easy to slide on and off. I don’t know how to tie my shoelaces — I only know how to do bunny ears — so I usually wear them when I go on a flight and they just slide right off. Also, they’re not expensive enough where you have to be precious about them and worry that you’re going to fuck them up. And there’s something really cool and ’80s about the little blue and red stripes.

If you look at any previous interviews over the past year and a half, I always say that I don’t use hair products because I don’t wash my hair. But I’ve been growing my hair out, and since it’s pretty long now, I have to wash it a little more regularly. I used to shampoo once every ten days and now it’s every five days. My awesome, awesome groomer, Anna Bernabe, taught me about this product. It’s really gritty. It feels like it’s sandy or chunky almost, which is really bizarre. But right after I wash my hair I’m basically a chia pet. My hair gets really fluffy and I can’t control it. This stuff manages to get it really textured. I do this little technique where I put my hair in a curl and then I kind of like tease it a little bit until it gets texturized and messy.