Elle Lorraine’s Must-Have Products to Get Through a Long Winter’s Night

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Elle Lorraine stars in "Bad Hair" on Hulu, following appearances on "Dear White People" and "Insecure." Photo by MK McGehee


January 12, 2021

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Elle Lorraine stars in Bad Hair, a 2020 Hulu original that debuted in October 2020 to rave reviews. This horror satire set in 1989 follows an ambitious young woman who gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television. But her career comes at a great cost when she realizes her new hair may have its own ideas. You might also know Elle from the 2016 comedic hit Insecure.

We recently caught up with the actress to find out what she considers a perfectly cozy night in the depths of winter—from the right blanket to the perfectly brewed mug of tea.

himalayan salt lamp

1. Himalayan Salt Lamp

I love that salt lamps purify the air and are healthy to have around, but I love them most because of how comforting they are during the winter months. When it’s dark and gloomy out, the warm color fills my home and brings me peace.

Buy it: Original Himalayan Salt Lamp, $70

pf candle co sweet grapefruit candle

2. P. F. Candle Co. Candle

Walking through the door and inhaling the sweet scent of a great candle makes me so happy. I can’t get enough of P. F. Candle Co’s No 10: Sweet Grapefruit.

Buy it: Sweet Grapefruit candle, $20

berkshire blanket heated blanket

3. Heated Blanket

Snuggling up on my couch and watching movies is one of my favorite hobbies, and I almost always do it wrapped in one of my heated blankets.

Buy it: Berkshire Blanket & Home Heated Blanket with Intellisense, $175

natures best pure michigan honey

4. Lemon Ginger Tea

What’s not to love?! Morning, noon, or night I drink tea. I chop ginger, slice lemon, boil water, and add a hefty dose of Nature’s Best Pure Michigan Honey.

Buy it: HoneyTree Great Lakes Raw Michigan Honey, $24

taylor gs mini guitar elle lorraine

5. Taylor GS Mini Guitar

Music is my second calling. I sing and play nearly every day. And of all my guitars, my Taylor has the most soul. It gets me.

Buy it: Taylor GS Mini Guitar, $499

lovecraft country matt ruff

6. A Good Book

I mostly read biographies and nonfiction, but lately I’ve been trying out new genres. I’m reading Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff right now, and I’m loving it.

Buy it: Lovecraft Country, $9.79

benefit badgal bang volumizing mascara elle lorraine

7. Benefit Mascara

Everybody’s got their secret weapon, and BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara is mine!

Buy it: BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara, $25

burts bees conditioning lip scrub

8. Burt’s Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub

Soft, kissable lips are definitely my thing. I do lip scrub occasionally—weekly in the winter months with Burt’s Bees.

Buy it: Burt’s Bees Lip Treatment Lip Scrub, $9

alikay naturals lemongrass leave-in conditioner elle lorraine

9. Alikay Lemongrass Leave-in Conditioner

I use this Alikay Lemongrass leave-in conditioner every day. A good leave-in conditioner keeps my curls hydrated and on point. This is my go-to. And it smells incredible. It’s made with silk amino protein, aloe vera juice, and lemongrass oil.

Buy it: Alikay Lemongrass Leave-in Conditioner, $14

keurig pink k-mini coffee maker elle lorraine

10. Keurig Pink K-Mini Coffee Maker

I’ve never been a morning person, and although I try not to drink coffee daily, I just do! My pink Keurig mini has been my saving grace.

Buy it: Keurig Pink K-Mini Coffee Maker, $80


A version of this article originally appeared in Sixtysix Issue 05 with the headline “Hygge Hour.” Subscribe today.


Photographs by MK McGehee
Lighting and digital by Alexander Fenyves
Location and production byLinse Studios
Makeup by Tiffany Kilgore
Hair by Sophia Porter
Styling by Toye Adedipe