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What Choreographer Laurieann Gibson Can’t Live Without

Photo: Cheryl Fox, Illustration: Joe McKendry

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 choreographer Laurieann Gibson — whose new book Dance Your Dance: 8 Steps to Unleash Your Passion and Live Your Dream comes out on February 16 — about the soap, water bottle, and headphones she can’t live without.

My skin is really dry, especially living in Los Angeles with our highly chlorinated water. And being a dancer who has to work out every day, I also have a lot of challenges with acne. I first tried the Shea Moisture African Black Soap about three-and-a-half years ago. It completely changed everything for me. It doesn’t dry out my skin, it has the ability to moisturize and cleanse at the same time, and it’s affordable.

It stays hot. It stays cold. It’s durable. It’s eco-friendly. It holds a lot of water — really, the perfect amount. It works for me, it gets the job done. I try to drink two a day.

Puff Daddy had the first one I ever saw. I saw him with it and I was like, “I need it.” I don’t always have all the time I need to stretch right after I’ve worked out or danced all day, so this helps release the lactic acid from my muscles. It’s therapeutic: Sometimes just the sound of it can soothe me after a really high-intensity day. I tell everyone about it. I got my mom one and now she’s living her best life.