The objects we keep on our bedside tables are the necessities we treasure when we're at our most vulnerable: bare-faced, pajama-clad, sleep-talking (is that just me?). Call it nosiness, but as an overly curious snoop, I am always fascinated by the personal beauty behaviors and products people use when no one's looking. Plus, who doesn't love a little nighttime product inspo?
To find out what candles, lip balms, and other trinkets our Byrdie editors keeps on their bedside tables, I creeped on them so that you wouldn't have to. Keep scrolling for an exclusive peek at what Byrdie editors keep on their nightstands!
"Slathering myself with oil at bedtime is the only thing that keeps my keratosis pilaris at bay—particularly in L.A.'s very dry climate—so I always have a pretty wide variety on hand. Favorites include Indie Lee's Patchouli Sandalwood Moisturizing Oil ($36) and my own homemade lavender-infused sweet almond oil, but I love One Love Organics' offering for its heavenly scent and handy spray bottle." — VH
"I'm a candle hoarder—I love them so much and I always have a bunch on rotation. That being said, I'm extremely picky about scent and usually gravitate towards woody, earthy scents. No matter the time of year, I like my little bungalow of an apartment to feel like a secluded, nature-bound escape." — VH
"Most of my nighttime routine involves creating an ideal atmosphere for sleep rather than overly primping myself—I'm all about scent, so I like to spritz and burn things that really set the relaxing mood. Aside from just looking good, this dreamy spray contains essences of frankincense, petitgrain, ylang-ylang, lavender, and pinon pine, as well as a tourmaline crystal, which serves as protection against conscious and subsconscious stress. Anything to chase away bad dreams!" — VH
"On any given night, in addition to a candle, I'm usually burning either sage, incense, or palo santo. Palo santo is my absolute fave—it's so grounding and lovely." — VH
"I've been committed to this stuff since I was 14—it's that good. What's more relaxing than burying your face in your pillow and inhaling the smell of lavender?" — VH
"For those lazy nights when a proper cleansing it just out of the question. I keep these wipes by my bed so at the very least, I remove my makeup before falling asleep. They're really gentle but effectively remove mascara every time—no black smudges on my white pillows." — HG
"I have pretty dry skin, so I try to stock moisturizers all around the house to make sure I consistently hydrate. This one is light and smells INCREDIBLE. The scent was inspired by the D.H. Lawrence poem 'Figs' with notes of, you guessed it, figs, as well as jasmine, pepper, and sandalwood. It's the perfect send-off before I shut my eyes." — HG
"For the times when I don't do my usual nighttime regimen (it's late, I'm tired, and I just can't sometimes), this little compact comes in handy. It has a luscious, balmy eye cream and a super-moisturizing lip balm. No matter what, it soothes my tired eyes and chapped lips until morning." — HG
"This body oil is a total splurge, but if your skin gets as dry as mine does, it's absolutely worth it. The texture is velvety, the scent transporting, and the formula 100% natural and organic. A little goes a long way to make your skin feel smooth and healthy. Oh, and then there's the packaging. Goddess bless this gorgeous packaging." — AM
"These bourbon candles are the only candles I keep in my house. They're from this awesome little brand that creates its scents based on different spirits and cocktails. But the Barrel Aged Bourbon ones are my favorite, and I always get compliments on how my house smells when I light them. The scent is warm and woody and hypnotic. Think of how the beard of a hot lumberjack would smell. That's this candle." — AM
"When it comes to lip balm, I'm into super-simple formulas that get the job done without a ton of crazy scents and cumbersome packaging. So this lip balm is my favorite of the moment. It's ultra-moisturizing but also minty, so it leaves a refreshing tingle on the lips. And it's cruelty-free!" — AM
"Because when your skin is as dry as mine, there's no such thing as too much moisturizer. This cult classic body butter is incredibly rich in texture and does a great job of keeping my skin hydrated all day and night. But by far the best thing about it is the smell. I'm not normally a coconut fan, but this is truly divine. Whenever I wear this during the day, it's compliment city." — AM
Is your lube made out of certified organic sunflower seed oil, evening primrose oil, coconut oil, and Vitamin E? Mine is.
"I have very dry lips, so there's usually a collection of lip products for me to choose from on my bedside table. But Pixi's Lip Exfoliator and Lineage's Overnight Lip Mask ($18) are always there. I'm love with Pixi's lip exfoliator. I don't know what else to say about it other than it works. It feels amazing, and it's a not lip scrub, so you don't have to rinse it off. When I'm feeling ambitious, I layer the lip mask over it." — DH
"I have hand cream because, well, hand cream. This Murad is one my favorite (well, tied for the #1 spot with Radical Skincare)." — DH
"I keep my Kayo Cellular Repair Night Oil next to bed as a reminder to use it. I hate the feeling of lotion, but I'm trying to be better about taking care of my skin—all of my skin. Also, because I don't want to forget to take care of the skin on my body, I have a silicone sheet for my chest. I rely on it to undo the 20-odd years of sleeping on my side (aka chest wrinkles)." — DH
"My sleep products are essential. I love my molded eye mask (the key is molded—it makes all the difference)." — DH
"With a spritz of pillow spray, I'm off to dreamland." — DH
"I rotate through a number of candles by my bedside, but the one constant is always this woodsy scent from Diptyque. Lighting it fills my room with its smoky blackcurrant leaf and rose scent instantly, putting me in a happy, zen-like state of mind." — FX
"I spritz this on my pillow after a particularly stressful day and breathe in deeply—the Indian rose and Himalayan honey scent helps me fall asleep instantly." — FX
"I always forget to take my pills, so I need a water bottle on my nightstand to remind me to take them right before bed. It's also nice to get a little hydration in before I snooze and first in the morning." — LM
"This stuff is SO good. I have really badly callused heels, so I rub this stuff on at night and slip some socks on over. The next morning, my feet are incredibly smooth and soft. Plus, it smells like chocolate." — LM
"This is a prescription topical acne cream that actually works as a preventative measure more than a reactive way to treat acne. I just put on a small amount all over my face after moisturizing. It really, truly works." — LM
"After Victoria recommended this cream to us, I had to give it a try. Its claim is that it will firm and tighten your skin, ideal for those problem areas right underneath your tush. Pistachio caramel makes it smell like an absolute dream, too—I want it in a candle and a perfume." — LM
What's your #1 bedside table essential? Tell us in the comments below!