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What Maya Erskine of PEN15 Can’t Live Without

Photo: Courtesy of Maya Erskine.

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 Maya Erskine, co-creator and star of Hulu’s PEN15about the eye mask, coffee maker, and natural deodorant she can’t live without (and read about her co-creator Anna Konkle’s essentials, too).

This might be oversharing, but it really works. It’s a Japanese deodorizer for the bathroom. I hate going to the bathroom in public, so I bring it with me everywhere, and even just having it gives me such a sense of security. Just in case I’m met with a bout of diarrhea all of a sudden. You do a drop in the toilet before you go, and then you do one drop after you flush, and it neutralizes the scent. Maybe it works or maybe it’s in my mind, but I do like it best. I tried Poo-Pourri because someone gave it to me as a gift, but it doesn’t really work. It just adds a scent on top of another scent. This stuff seems to really deodorize from the source itself.

I truly cannot live without coffee. I have one every day, and it’s the ritual I look forward to the most. The AeroPress is the easiest form of coffee-making, and it produces great results. You can do espresso or coffee, but I’ll do espresso and heat up the milk, too, and the whole thing is so fast and simple. You just heat up your water and fill it up to whatever line, put in your scoops of espresso, stir, press down, and it’s done. My next goal is to be able to do make flash-brewed coffee, because I like iced coffee and have someplace I go, but I’m not going to be measuring my coffee and ice and water at home myself. I don’t want anything that labor-intensive. My favorite coffee — I’m going to sound like an asshole — but every time I use Intelligentsia Black Cat espresso with Westsoy Original Organic soy milk. It has to be the Original Organic. It tastes like chocolate together. And I know we’re not supposed to have soy anymore, but I’ve been having soy milk my whole life and I’m Asian, so I feel like it’s okay.

I don’t like to wear makeup, but this is the one thing I depend on to feel somewhat presentable every day. I’ve been using the Utowa curler since high school because it’s perfect for my eye. My eyes are flat and my eyelashes are stick-straight, and this curler just opens up my eye. I used to do the Shu Uemura, but really, it’s too curved for my eyes.

Some people prefer some light pressure on their eyes but I like pockets over my eyes, so it feels like the whole room is dark as opposed to having a pillow on my face. I use this mask most nights because I don’t have blackout curtains, and of cou