The Upgrades That Make Us Feel Like Adults

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At what point are you considered a grown-up? Is it when you buy a mattress for the first time? Replace your hand-me-down kitchenware? Purchase various types of insurance? Or is it simply when you have enough money for things other than the necessities? So often we talk about the boring purchases we made when we started adulting. And while there is definite joy that comes from upgrading to a nice linen sheet set or investing in an at-home sauna experience, the journey into adulthood is also about finding out what works (detoxing) and what doesn’t (our joints)—and growing a little wiser along the way. From clean skin care to house renovations, we asked a few goop staffers to share the items that have made them feel the most grown-up. No surprise: Most of us are still figuring this adult thing out.

  1. IF YOU NEED A RESTART…

    “If you were like me, the first four months of self-isolation were filled with unlimited carbs, mediocre homemade bread, and not one dietary restriction. Once July hit, I was exhausted, inflamed, and ready for a reboot—physically and mentally. I started doing research on various cleanse programs and finally landed on Clean 7 after being inspired by the yearly goop detox. All of the recipes from the goop detox are insanely delicious and follow the principles of Dr. Alejandro Junger’s Clean Program, which is essentially an elimination method coupled with Ayurveda and intermittent fasting. Seven days with no caffeine felt daunting, but it was over before I knew it and had lasting effects. I’m now doing the cleanse for the second time, and I continued to eat clean in between cleanses. I’ve never felt better, I have more energy than ever before, and the mental grogginess has lifted.” —Katie Posocco, associate director, experiential marketing


  2. Alejandro Junger, MD CLEAN 7

    Alejandro Junger, MD
    CLEAN 7
    Bookshop, $25

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  3. Clean Program CLEAN 7 KIT

    Clean Program
    CLEAN 7 KIT
    Clean Program, $185

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  1. IF YOU’VE STARTED NESTING…

    “Moving into a new little bungalow with my boyfriend was a pretty major adulting move on my part. We combined all our stuff but had to make a few more purchases to upgrade the place and make it feel like a fresh start. I’ve always had a love for interiors, and my boyfriend is the handiest man on this planet, so I knew this would be a fun project for us. I’d never really invested in high-quality bedding before, and I thought this would be the perfect time. The Morrow duvet, which we got in a gorgeous greige, goes so well with our muted bedroom tones. Because lighting plays a huge role in any house, I wanted to switch out all the ceiling accent lights and add a few lamps. This woven Dear Keaton one adds a nice beachy vibe. And if you don’t have an oil diffuser in your house, you’re doing it wrong! This one from vitruvi has elevated my living room and creates such a peaceful ambience. I am (and forever will be) a major candle hoarder, but a diffuser is stress-free—you can leave it running all day.” —Juliette Favat, associate photo editor


  2. vitruvi x goop GOOP EXCLUSIVE STONE DIFFUSER

    vitruvi x goop
    GOOP EXCLUSIVE
    STONE DIFFUSER

    goop, $119

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  3. Morrow HEIRLOOM FRENCH DUVET SET

    Morrow
    HEIRLOOM
    FRENCH DUVET SET

    goop, $305

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  1. IF YOU CAN TAKE A LITTLE HEAT…

    “I once visited SaunaBar after a long workday, and it felt like I’d discovered a self-care breakthrough. I left deeply relaxed, and my skin was glowing. Luckily for me, goop started carrying the HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket shortly after that session. I jumped on the chance to get those same benefits at home. Since my purchase back in January, I have used it at least once a week. I reach for it to get a good sweat in place of a workout. (Wearing breathable clothes inside the blanket helps absorb the moisture, so there’s minimal cleanup.) Afterward, the blanket folds up easily and slides away under my bed. And I sleep like a baby each time.” —Barbara Ly, web developer


  2. HigherDOSE INFRARED SAUNA BLANKET V3

    HigherDOSE
    INFRARED
    SAUNA
    BLANKET V3

    goop, $500

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  1. IF YOU’RE BECOMING CONFIDENT IN YOUR OWN SKIN…

    “When I started at goop, I was still using drugstore skin care and makeup (I clutch my pearls at the mere thought of it now), so upgrading to good-quality clean products felt like a very big-girl move. The Best Skin Ever face oil was my first foray into moisturizing oils. I was worried it would feel greasy or cause breakouts—boy, was I wrong! I was hooked immediately. It’s light and completely nourishing, and it smells amazing. I also love the GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator. It makes my skin feel so fresh and clean, but it’s still gentle enough to use regularly on my very sensitive skin. The biggest perk of my clean skin-care overhaul is that it’s significantly reduced my makeup routine—my skin just looks that good. Now all I wear, if I wear any coverage at all, is Beautycounter Dew Skin (which is subtle and has SPF), Tata Harper cheek tint, and Kosas Electra if I’m feeling fancy.” —Caitlin O’Malley, food director


  2. Living Libations BEST SKIN EVER FACE OIL – SEA BUCKTHORN

    Living Libations
    BEST SKIN EVER FACE
    OIL – SEA BUCKTHORN

    goop, $31

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  3. goop Beauty GOOPGLOW MICRODERM INSTANT GLOW EXFOLIATOR

    goop Beauty
    GOOPGLOW MICRODERM
    INSTANT GLOW EXFOLIATOR

    goop, $125/$112 with subscription

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  1. IF YOU’RE HAVING (OR WANTING) BETTER SEX…

    “I firmly believe that lubricant should be in everyone’s nightstand drawer—single, coupled, and any relationship status in between. Good lube is a bedroom game changer. But here’s the thing: You can’t just use any old plain lubricant (I learned that I don’t like the sticky texture of oil-based lubes). I always look for a formula that’s clean, fragrance-free, and water-based, so it’s safe to use with latex and toys. Bonus if the packaging is cute, because why not? With all my must-haves in a lubricant, Nécessaire Sex Gel is my go-to. Highly recommend.” —Alexis Antoniadis, social media manager


  2. Nécessaire THE SEX GEL

    Nécessaire
    THE SEX GEL
    goop, $20

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  1. IF YOU WANT TO LOOSEN UP…

    “Pre-COVID, I had a standing appointment with my massage therapist, Riki, every other Wednesday. So it was no surprise when, after my third missed appointment post-lockdown, my neck and shoulder stiffness was out of control. Like, it was bad. I tried foam rolling, I got back into Glo, I even swung in the neck hammock GP sent to each of us at the beginning of quarantine for a good half hour, but nothing worked for long. Then this story influenced me to finally bite the bullet on a Theragun and—not to be dramatic—it kind of changed my life. Don’t get me wrong: I’m still patiently waiting for the day I can reunite with Riki, but until then, the Theragun is great.” —Amanda Chung, junior creative copywriter


  2. Therabody THERAGUN ELITE

    Therabody
    THERAGUN ELITE
    goop, $399

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  1. IF YOU WANT TO START INVESTING…

    “My then-fiancé and I bought a home together, which is the most adult thing I’ve done. We also purchased a one-of-a-kind piece of handmade furniture from an artist, and owning art in general makes me feel like a grown-up. I was a super late bloomer as far as living like an adult goes. I basically lived in one-room apartments in Seoul and never bought anything for them that was of value or even that I really loved. But then when I moved in with my now-husband, it started to get real adult, real fast. We went from having an apartment with only a dining table and chairs to having bedside tables, a couch from Modernica, a Vitamix, a juicer, and an eleven-piece cookware set. But it was the art that made me feel the most adult because it was about investing in something that would appreciate in value—a totally new concept for someone who’d spent the three years prior living more or less out of a suitcase.” —Sarah Carr, associate editor


  2. Alma Allen CLARO WALNUT PEDESTAL,

    Alma Allen
    CLARO WALNUT PEDESTAL
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  3. Vitamix VITAMIX ASCENT SERIES 3500 BLENDER

    Vitamix
    VITAMIX ASCENT
    SERIES 3500 BLENDER

    goop, $600

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  4. Kuvings WHOLE SLOW JUICER ELITE C7000S

    Kuvings
    WHOLE SLOW JUICER
    ELITE C7000S

    goop, $500

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  5. GreenPan VALENCIA PRO CERAMIC NON-STICK COOKWARE, 11-PIECE SET

    GreenPan
    VALENCIA PRO CERAMIC NON-STICK
    COOKWARE, 11-PIECE SET

    goop, $300

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  1. IF YOU WANT ADVICE FROM SOMEONE WHO KNOWS…

    “I’ve pretty much felt like an adult since I was a teenager. I moved out at eighteen and was completely independent. I worked odd jobs and bought and sewed my own clothes. But at the end of my freshman year at Cal, I used my last $65—which I had painstakingly saved up—to pay for a course in Transcendental Meditation. That felt pretty adult: spending money on something other than absolute necessities. But it was a necessity at the time—the best money I ever spent.” —Gerda Endemann, senior director, science and research


  2. The David Lynch Foundation TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION

    The David Lynch Foundation
    TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION
    The David Lynch Foundation

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  1. IF YOUR MOTTO IS “HERE FOR A GOOD TIME”…

    “The older I get, the more brutal my hangovers are becoming. Something that I have learned with age is moderation. I’m still working on it, but what feels adult to me is having a fully stocked bar cart with nice cocktail glasses, good (not cheap) booze, and also nonalcoholic options. Kin Euphorics High Rhode is a booze-free spirit that impresses all my friends when I tell them it’s nonalcoholic. It has a slightly herbal kick and is great with fresh juices or muddled fruit. I like to top it off with Topo Chico, which is something else I keep on hand to make grown-up mocktails on the fly. I’ve also become a much better host with age. Instead of the old phone-in-a-cup trick, I upgraded to the Google Home Max. The speakers are fantastic, and it syncs up with my lamps. Being able to voice-activate your lights feels pretty adult to me.” —Samantha Saiyavongsa, associate editor


  2. Kin Euphorics HIGH RHODE

    Kin Euphorics
    HIGH RHODE
    goop, $39

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  3. R+D Design Lab VELASCA CARAFE & GLASSES SET

    R+D Design Lab
    VELASCA CARAFE & GLASSES SET
    goop, $205

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  4. Google GOOGLE HOME MAX

    Google
    GOOGLE HOME MAX
    goop, $299

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