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What Ballet Dancer Erica Lall 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 hairspray and the electric toothbrush. We asked ballet dancer Erica Lall — who is currently a member of American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet — about the epsom salts, cookies, and electric toothbrush she can’t live without.

During our busiest season from mid-May until early July, we have eight weeks of dance and about eight different shows we do pretty much every day. Every week is basically a new ballet, but one week might even have two or three ballets in it. It’s hectic. After each show, I go home and immediately take a bath in epsom salts — sometimes I eat dinner in the bath, too. The Epsom salts help relieve any pain from dancing, relax my muscles, and make me feel better. Also, the lavender smells amazing and puts me in the mood for bed.

My mom is a dentist. When I was around 8 years old, she bought me a Sonicare toothbrush. It was the most exciting day of my life. We’re big Sonicare users in my family. Normal toothbrushes can’t get the grime and plaque and whatnot off my teeth as well as an electric toothbrush can. My Sonicare gets in crevices so easily. I was once on tour for a while and wasn’t using it; afterwards, I went to the dentist and they told me I need to work on my teeth more.

I eat these all day. One day, my friend had a pack of them, and I was like, Hold up. These are the airplane cookies that I’m obsessed with. So from then on, I’ve picked some every time I get groceries. They taste incredible.

I don’t remember why I started using men’s deodorant, but it has been six or seven years since I started using this. It works better for me, and I like that the scent isn’t fruity or flowery. It’s a nice mellow scent that still smells good. If I’m getting really sweaty during, say, Swan Lake or La Bayadère, then I definitely have to reapply. But if I’m not doing an intense show or practice, I can just put it on once in the morning and that’s it.