the drugstore project

109 Famous People on Their 149 Favorite Drugstore Products

Including the cold remedy used by a poet, a designer, a Kardashian, and three others.

Photo: New York Magazine/Portraits from Getty Images/Products courtesy of the retailers
Photo: New York Magazine/Portraits from Getty Images/Products courtesy of the retailers

When we started reporting on the stuff that famous people can’t live without, we wanted to know about the hand sanitizer and deodorant that they add to their carts. And boy, did we learn about a thing or two — or thousands. For Drugstore Week, we combed through all the products that celebrities told us they can’t live without to surface the drugstore buys that populate their medicine cabinets and bathroom shelves. So whether you’re looking for the cold remedy that a poet (Cleo Wade), a fashion designer (Jenni Kayne), a Kardashian (Kourtney), and three other celebs swear by, or a mouthwash that one celebrated academic (Walter Isaacson) says will kick you into a new “quantum orbit,” or the sweet-and-sour candy that Golden State Warriors player Steph Curry treats himself to, read on for our entire list of 149 drugstore products that 109 famous people always stock up on. To make it easier to shop, we’ve organized products by the aisles you’d find them in, including the face-care aisle, the cosmetics aisle, the hair-care aisle, the body-care aisle, the oral-hygiene aisle, the cleaning aisle, the health and wellness aisle, the vitamins and supplements aisle, and the snack aisle.

From the face-care aisle

“As a pale person of Irish descent, I have to be aware of sun protection at all times,” says actor Matt Walsh, who told us he slathers on this moisturizer with SPF multiple times a day.

Performance artist and model Amanda Lepore claims to have the “most expensive body on earth.” This SPF 55 sunscreen is what she uses to keep her skin “like a baby’s, or a 14-year-old girl’s.”

“I do feel it sort of eliminates some lines that you don’t want,” cookbook author Corky Pollan says of this anti-aging cream that she uses before bed.

Good Morning America co-host Michael Strahan, Architectural Digest’s Keith Pollock, and actor Noah Schnapp all count on this balm to keep their lips moisturized, and Pollock also uses it to calm his nerves. “Because the Burt’s is a yellow tube, it’s sort of disguised in your palm. It’s a good trick,” he told us. “If you’re ever speaking at a wedding or something, put something in your hand. So this is essentially a lip moisturizer and a fidget spinner in one.”

Actress Sutton Foster also loves Burt’s Bees, but told us that grapefruit is the flavor she uses on a daily basis.

Actress and television host Vivica A. Fox is another Burt’s Bees fan. She opts for the brand’s peony-toned lip shimmer: “Even in my everyday look, which is a warm-up suit and baseball cap, I’ll put this on and instantly feel done up.”

Strategist columnist Buzz Bissinger’s “illicit pleasure” is lip balm, and this $5 lip shimmer is what he recommends for some “non-sexy” nourishment.

At first, Rebel Wilson balked at her makeup artist’s ChapStick recommendation. But now the actress always keeps it in her handbag. “This keeps your lips moisturized, but with a bit of tint, so it looks like your lips but just extremely enhanced rather than like makeup,” Wilson told us. “And if I lose it, I can just go to CVS and get another one, which is my favorite part.”

Novelist Celeste Ng never travels without this Dr Pepper–flavored chapstick, which she says is always in her carry-on for “moisturizing and just a hint of color.”

Actresses Ellie Kemper, La La Anthony, and Skai Jackson, along with Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown, all swear by Carmex. “It’s just better when you’re talking to people or kissing people,” says Brown.

In addition to hydrating her lips, actress Megan Good says this tinted Vaseline plays an essential part in her makeup routine. “When I put lipstick or gloss over it, it holds without it coming off,” she told us.

Both Sutton Foster and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne say Aquaphor’s lip-repair ointment is for more than just lips. Foster uses it on chapped hands, and Jayne says, “I use this daily on my lips and sometimes on cuticles, my hands, feet, and even on the elbows.”

“The thing everyone teases me about. It’s the only thing that works on my lips, honest to God. It has to be the Walgreens store brand of lip balm. On set, they call it my special sauce,” says actress Susan Kelechi Watts.

“I use it on my lips as a lip balm because it has a pinkish tint to it, but also in a pinch for ashy ankles or elbows. I’m addicted to it and feel okay with that,” says writer, television host, and activist Janet Mock of this salve.

Similarly, Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen has been using the minted version of the very same salve for 15 years. “It’s perfect, not too thick or goopy, and definitely not medicated, which is good if you’ve ever lived through the dark times of a Carmex habit,” she adds.