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What Eve Can’t Live Without

Photo: Courtesy of Eve

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 actress, Grammy Award–winning rapper, and The Talk co-host Eve about the incense, deodorant, and lip gloss she can’t live without.

Scents are really important to me. When I first started recording, I remember walking into a studio in Los Angeles and going, “What is that amazing smell?” It was this Indian incense, which has sandalwood in it and is really cheap; I’ve seen it sold at gas stations. Now I burn it five days a week — at home, in my dressing room at The Talk, while traveling. It calms me and makes any room I’m in feel bigger and more expansive.

A friend of mine lives in Turkey, and she always smells like roses. Being a scent lover, I became obsessed with finding something natural that smells as strongly as whatever she uses. I tried a few brands, but this is my favorite: It doesn’t smell manufactured, just like a real rose. I’ll spray it on my face (rose water is great for skin) or just around me (this one leaves a nice, clean smell in the air).

I’ve used different kinds of Crème Shop wipes; at the moment, I’m using the Vitamin C ones, which smell nice and citrusy. Supposedly, they lighten and brighten, but what they definitely do is get makeup off very well. I use one or two before I wash my face at night and will carry them with me on planes to wipe my face down and moisturize before a flight.

I’m a sweater, which is not very attractive. I’ve tried so many natural deodorants and found that, while many smell nice, few work as antiperspirants. Schmidt’s keeps me dry. I notice no visible sweat, and even in warmer climates, I’m sure I am still dry when I wear it. Rose vanilla is my favorite scent: It smells nice, you know it’s there, but it’s not overpowering.

I don’t sleep well — I rarely sleep through the night — and for years used melatonin on an inconsistent basis to help me sleep. My usage became more consistent when I found this brand of liquid melatonin, which I prefer to a pill because I can control the dosage. I take three-to-five milligrams no more than three times a week and find I don’t wake up as much at night.

There are many skincare products I realized you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on (after spending a ton of money on some expensive ones, then breaking out). But I will splurge on certain things that show results — and this is one of them. Before I started using it, my skin was kind of dull and not very vibrant; now it’s plumper and more even toned. And the cream has a nice consistency — it’s not greasy at all.

This stuff is made with lactic acid, and I’ve found it to be a really good exfoliant without being too harsh. It gives my skin a brightening boost, shrinks pores, and also helps calm breakouts (I’ll put some on an inflamed area at night, and by the next morning, it’s calmed down).