Rifle through the average handbag and you’ll probably find some coins, a spare hair tie, and a couple of year-old tampons lurking there. Gisele Bündchen, on the other hand, lives up to her wellbeing guru status with an assortment of items that help her perform at her best, boost health, and remain zen. Of course, it’s not just any bag—it’s a denim quilted Chanel bag that the supermodel has had since her mid-twenties. Below, Vogue discovers some of the wellbeing essentials she keeps with her at all times.
1. A roll-on aromatherapy fragrance
Gisele knows all too well the power that our olfaction can have on our wellbeing. As well as smelling good, inhaling an aromatherapy oil can directly impact the brain’s limbic system, which is responsible for emotional and behavioral responses. The scent you use will impact this system in different ways, whether to calm or uplift. “I have a bunch of them for different reasons,” she says. “I have some with peppermint, but this is more ylang ylang and lavender.”
A commonplace ingredient in beauty cabinets the world over, Gisele is also no stranger to arnica. “I am a very athletic person so arnica is great for that… if you have injuries, it’s very helpful,” she says. From softening bruises to alleviating muscle ache and reducing inflammation, if you don’t already know about arnica, it’s a topical treatment to get acquainted with.
Touting incense as a way to make her surroundings feel cozy and warm, it is also the perfect partner to her morning and nighttime rituals. “I start my day with meditation and the practice of asanas, which is movement in yoga, and I always light an incense or candle,” she says. “At night, I always pray.”
4. Caffeine-free tea
Coffee? Gisele doesn’t know her. “I love tea—I drink tea all day long,” she enthuses, showing off a ginger and chamomile tea bag. “I did drink caffeine when I was in my early twenties, and I had anxiety for that!” She no longer drinks caffeine, but loves herbal tea in all its forms.
Gisele is known to eat a predominantly plant-based diet, free of dairy and any kind of processed foods, so it will come as no surprise that her vitamins come everywhere with her—in particular, vitamin D3 and K2. “I believe that as much as we [should] nourish our bodies through food first, then you can supplement with vitamin D or zinc, or different things that are good for us,” she says.
6. A lip and cheek blush
While not technically a wellness essential, we all need a little help to achieve a healthy glow sometimes. “If you feel like you’re looking tired…” she says, holding up a Beautycounter Cheek Clean Cream Blush, which delivers a sheer finish to lips and cheeks. “You can put it on your lips, on your cheeks, and you have a little mirror.”
7. Resistance band
From jiu jitsu to yoga, Gisele lives an ultra active lifestyle—so it’s no wonder she carries a resistance band with her in her handbag. “I had shoulder surgery, so I take little breaks throughout the day and do my shoulder exercises,” she says. “This little band is amazing.” Taking five minutes to do a mini workout, she uses it to squat, to activate muscles within the body and to open up her shoulders.
From Vogue US