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 Maria Sharapova, Grand Slam–winning tennis player and founder and CEO of Sugarpova, about the wine opener, shampoo, and slippers she can’t live without.
My friend gifted that to me for Christmas this year. I usually am a creature of habit, and I usually tend to use very similar things all the time. If I like something, I stick to it, but I love the size of this. It’s also a roll-on, so you apply it a little bit differently than a spray. And it almost smells like something that you would create with your own essential oils. It doesn’t feel like it came produced. It just feels very natural to wear, “Oh, I just saw this at home and put a few essential oils together, and this is what I came up with.” Except they didn’t. It’s on the woodier side, I think it’s a little cedar. I’d say you’re walking through a forest, and that’s kind of the experience I have when I put it on.
I randomly ran into this product many years ago at a Lake Arrowhead trip with a few friends of mine at a kitchen-appliance store and picked it up. It was one of those things where you think it looks cool and will probably never work, and I’ve used it to open every single bottle of wine ever since, because I don’t know how to use anything else. Everyone that sees it most of the time has never seen anything like it, and I’ve probably sold like 500 of these things by using it. It’s just really quick, it’s fun, and it seemed like an appropriate something to add to the list. It looks like a really thick needle, so you insert that into the cork, all the way, and then you press the button on top and it just comes out. I just keep thinking what a French sommelier will tell me when I pull that one out. Probably not great things.
I think that their product, generally, has the best sound and I listen to music all the time when I work out. These wireless ones just came out, maybe a year — maybe even less — ago, and I love them because the sound is just so much better than so many other brands that I’ve tried, so I just kind of stuck with them. I have these that I use when I’m training and I just can’t have my phone in my hand, but other times, I actually also use one that has the cord, but it’s the same brand, looks the same, but it’s not wireless. I strictly use it because of the sound and I love the touch of pink because they usually don’t get lost in my bag. My music choices are kind of all over the map. Usually when a 2Pac song comes on, I’m like, “Okay, this is good.”
I wash my hair so often, it’s not really good for your hair. It thins out your hair, and my hair is already really thin, probably from all the times of washing it, and it’s very straight, and I just don’t have — like a lot women, on the go — a lot of time to do many things with my hair, and with how straight how mine is, [this shampoo and conditioner] just gives me a nice, natural texture that I really love, and ever since I tried it, about a year ago, I use it all the time. I have the regular size and the travel size and and I stock up. The technology, it’s a keratin protein. I think that the company, they started based on this technology that wasn’t meant to be for hair, but then after doing research, it’s scientifically proven to improve the strength of your hair and it’s really changed my hair. So I’m not going back to anything else. It feels fuller. I rarely, unless I’m going to a nice evening out, I’ll do something, I’ll add other product to my hair, but it leaves a really nice texture in my hair without having to do anything.
I love everything in mini sizes, because of traveling and it’s convenient. But it’s very rare you can put on a moisturizing mask that doesn’t look odd in front of other people or that you’re comfortable with, and if it’s not a sheet mask, it’s this product that I use. I usually take off my makeup before flying and then this just goes on without any toner, without anything, and I just slather it on and it looks like a silky smooth cream on my face and that absorbs really well and I feel like when I get off the flight, kind of ready to go. I put maybe put a little foundation under my eyes and my concealer pen, and some mascara, and I’m ready. It’s very lathery. So it goes on very easy, and I’d say you can get at least 10, 15 wears out of it.
I read that book a couple of years ago, and I think books make sense in certain parts of your like and influence you in different shapes and forms. It’s very inspirational in the sense that when you’re stripped down from everything in life, what is it that you get up for in the morning, what is it that you look forward to? What gets you going? What is it in your mind when it’s not materialistic, when it’s just you, and you have nothing really around you, and the toughest circumstances, how do you find the fire in yourself? If someone like [Viktor Frankl, psychiatrist and holocaust survivor] could get up and find meaning to life, we have no excuses.
So those, I just wear all over the house all of the time. They’re like my best friend when I come home. Super cozy and warm. I find whenever people come over to the house, when you’re wearing socks, it’s a little bit strange, and when you wear slippers most of the time they’re not very nice-looking. So this was a really happy medium and they’re super chic. I wear them everywhere in the house. I don’t [have multiple pairs] yet, but I’m thinking of investing another one, maybe in a different color.
I love flowers, as I think everyone does, and I actually love creating bouquets myself, and I go to the flower market very often. But it’s such an indulgence when you receive a bouquet that’s beautiful, and I like bouquets that are a bit rustic and raw, that are not highly produced, and they just do it right, even their bouquets that are like straightforward roses. I think a friend of mine, a few years ago, sent me a bouquet and I was like, “Wow.” The calligraphy on the envelope in the note was beautiful and the presentation, and you know when you’re getting a bouquet from the florist, it’s a special occasion. I don’t think I have a favorite flower, but I love English roses, because they go in any type of setting in a home, even if you have a contemporary or modern home, or mid-century, or if it’s a loft or Mediterranean. I feel like they fit in really well with different atmospheres.
I think they just created a complicated version of “basic” [for the name]. I discovered this brand in Australia many years ago and they opened the shop in Venice, California, a couple years ago so I was super excited. But so I got to know the brand when they were just starting up, and as their name represents, I think they do a really great job of creating pieces that last long but are made really well and they fit really well on your body. Particularly I love this shirt because I love striped T-shirts. You immediately feel chic when you put one on, like no matter what you’re wearing — jeans or like a sporty bottom or sneakers — you feel like, “I’ll be good in Paris right now.” So I have a few different ones, and this is my favorite. I love the weight of it. It has a nice little shape. I love all their pieces, but this is my go-to.
Editor’s Note: Though Maria’s favorite color combination is the teal and white, this stripe classic vintage T-shirt is also available in pink and white at Goop.
Well, I have a huge sweet tooth, and I have since I was very young. And I started Sugarpova six, seven years ago and started with gummies and then we went into chocolate and then I was like, “Why not have the best of both worlds?” So we added a coat of chocolate over our gummy lips, and it’s quite rare, there’s not many chocolate-covered lips on the market. So we worked really hard on perfecting these, and this is my little treat and usually one that I would get at the airport as well, when I’m traveling. We worked on so many flavors, so every flavor that’s in that bag works well with chocolate, I can guarantee you. Part of the process is tasting a lot of different things, some great, some not-so-great, so we know that when something ends up in that bag, it tastes delicious.
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