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What Singer Jhené Aiko Can’t Live Without

Illustration: Joe McKendry, Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Kat Von D Beauty

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 singer Jhené Aiko — who was recently named the face of KVD Vegan Beauty’s True Portrait Foundation — about the bodywash, toothpaste, and candles she can’t live without.

I use it as a bodywash. I use it as a bath soap. I’ve washed my hair with it. I’ve washed dishes with it. I’ve washed my crystals in it, too. I don’t think I’ve done all 18 things that are listed on it, but I’ve definitely used it a bunch. That’s what I love about it. I don’t use this to wash my dishes every day, but I have after running out of the dish soap that I usually use. It’s like, Oh, I can just use the Dr. Bronner’s. It’s super gentle, but it’s also effective.

I have a lot of peach fuzz, and although my skin is mostly oily, sometimes it does get really dry. This isn’t something that I use every day or even every week — probably once every two weeks, when I start to see the hair grow back on my face, or see my complexion get a little dull. It’s kind of like a resurfacer. I put it on the highest setting so it vibrates faster, and I don’t have to apply as much pressure. It sort of does the work for me. I got it from my former makeup artist — her name’s Felicia. I had gotten dermaplaning during a facial, and she was doing my makeup at the time and said she saw such a difference. Then, one day, she gifted me a Dermaflash.

I have so many crystals. I don’t know how many — I probably have 20 big ones? And when I say big, I mean the size of a watermelon or a coconut. But I also have every size in between and all different kinds. Sometimes I’ll leave them certain places or I’ll give them to people. Or I’ll lose them. Rose quartz is one of my favorites — it’s the pinkish one. I definitely am not an expert on crystals. I buy them based on whatever attracts my eye. I have a little book that breaks down the properties of a crystal and what they’re good for and what they’re made of, but I pick mine by sight. Different ones definitely bring up different feelings for me. Rose quartz is supposed to balance out your heart and bring love into your life. I have a heart-shaped rose quartz that I put to my heart sometimes, like if my heart is beating fast I’ll put it there. It could just be me making this up, but I believe it calms my heart. I start breathing slower. And it’s beautiful to look at.

I love something you can use for a lot of things, and coconut oil has multiple uses. I tend to use it more for my skin — if I use it at night, I feel like when I wake up, my skin is more supple. I love lotion, too, but if I was going to a deserted island and was asked if I wanted to bring body lotion or coconut oil, I would bring the coconut oil because I can use it for other things. In quarantine, I haven’t been straightening my hair, and my hair is pretty dry when it’s curly. So I put a little bit of oil in my curls just to give them a little moisture.