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What Rob Thomas Can’t Live Without

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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 hair spray and the electric toothbrush. We asked the musician Rob Thomas about his grown-up peanut butter, the candle he converted his tough-guy friend to, and the bar soap he and his wife can’t get enough of.

I’m a grazer. I like to grab a spoon and just get a little bit of peanut butter. It’s like pouring cereal into your hand. Because of that, I’ve become more aware of the actual taste of it, more than when I’d eat it on a sandwich or mix it with something else. I’ve tried really natural peanut butters, but they taste really gross, bland, and kind of cardboardy. And more main-brand peanut butters taste like salt and sugar. Justin’s is 100 percent natural, and it tastes like a peanut. It’s some grown-man shit. I’m 50 years old, and I feel like I’m having adult peanut butter. Now, it’s one of those things that’s on my road rider. They also make a really good almond butter, if you’re so inclined. I’m not, but you know, shout-out to Justin’s and their fucking fabulous peanut butter.

Like discovering my peanut butter, this felt like a revelation. Before, body wash and soap were just decorative. My wife and I were checking out little specialty shops in Westchester, where we live, and they had these little soaps piled up. I picked it up, smelled it, and I was like, Well, this is heaven. I realized, like most guys, I’m not really good to myself. I do all the stuff to stay healthy, like work out, but I don’t really think about things like a nice moisturizer or soap. And so I bought the soap. I took a shower with it, and all day long I was smelling my arm. My wife would come up and smell my neck and be like, “Oh my God, you smell great.” And that was it. If your significant other is more attracted to you because of the soap, then you just buy as much of that soap as you can.

I don’t have a big regime. I’ll use Cetaphil to clean my face, maybe a scrub every now and then, and a good moisturizer. I think that keeps my skin pretty okay. I’ve used this shave cream for years and years. At hotels, I’d use their shaving cream, and it’d smell like Axe body spray — just perfumey in a really not good way. I don’t think your shaving cream should give you away before you walk into a room. This doesn’t have any odor, but it does have menthol that seeps into the skin. They say you could use it without water and shave dry. I couldn’t even imagine doing that, but it’s nice to know that I could.

I’m a four, maybe five cups of coffee a day kind of a guy. Sometimes I have more because I like this machine so much that I walk by it and it calls to me. I’m like, Ah, why not? I almost only use it to make coffee, but it’s the most perfect cup every time. The funny thing about it is it does everything, right? It froths milk, does lattes and espressos. It’s like I’m using a really expensive Macbook just to play solitaire. It’s more expensive than my television, but I probably drink more coffee than I watch TV. Paul, the guitar player from Matchbox Twenty, was staying over, took a sip of it, and was like, “This is the most amazing cup of coffee I’ve ever had.” So I got him a slightly smaller version of it fo