This is why Jorja Smith always keeps a candle, 6 lip balms and 12 razors in her handbag

“Prepared for anything”

Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / October 10 2023

Jorja Smith is constantly looking moisturised and her hair and makeup is always on point, so when she recently appeared in British Vogue’s ‘In The Bag’ YouTube series, we were genuinely interested to see if there were any beauty products she considered essential enough to carry in her handbag. 

As it turns out, there were more than just a few items in the ‘Little Things’ singer’s cyan Telfar Shopping Bag, there were a lot. In Smith’s words, the contents of her bag say that she is “organised”, “ready to go”, and “ready for anything”. And she means it. Smith’s bag is akin to Mary Poppins carpet bag, and over the next five minutes as she pulled out item after item, it became apparent she’d packed everything bar the kitchen sink. 

First up: a nondescript “burnt out” candle and a lighter (she always carries her own in case the hotel doesn’t have one when she’s on the road). “The smell is… I’m really bad at describing things. It smells like… home,” she said. “I like to light this as soon as I get in [a hotel room].” The inclusion of a full-size candle in the first 10 seconds of the clip had the comments section of the Youtube video somewhat perturbed: “Really? A full size candle in her bag?,” said one confused viewer, who was then assured by a person with designer handbag knowledge that “the Telfar is spacious.” However, another commenter was adamant that Smith’s behaviour was untoward: “It isn't about the bag. Who carries a candle? Where do you have the opportunity to light a candle outside? If you're at home or a hotel, leave it there. Why carry it?,” they raged.

If that upsets them, they’re going to reel when they realise a 380g candle is just the tip of the iceberg, because after showing off her singer’s starter pack of throat syrup, vocal spray and in-ears, Smith pulled out a hefty gold perfume bottle. 

“I remember I went perfume shopping to get a new scent and I bought two, [and] I thought this was going to be my nighttime smell but it’s turned into everyday,” she explained. “You can’t see the name of it and I’m not telling you what it’s called, but it’s my favourite. The smell is amazing.” Unfortunately for Smith, someone in the comments section made it clear they’re not into gatekeeping and dished that the perfume is the unisex scent Tiziana Terenzi Kirke ($260 at Feeling Sexy); a chypre fruity fragrance with notes of passionfruit, peach, raspberry, cassis, pear, sand, lily-of-the-valley, heliotrope, sandalwood, vanilla, patchouli and musk.

Tiziana Terenzi Kirke

Next? A value-pack of men’s razors, which one commenter admitted they found incredibly entertaining: “It’s the razors for me… Not one, but 12.” Smith said she always has a spare razor or two “because you never know when you need to shave”, motioning to her upper lip. 

After this Smith pulled a stream of traditional handbag essentials from the Telfar bag; two passports (“one for me and one for my man… I’m joking”), a second phone (“I don’t tell [people] when it’s on, so I can just TikTok away”), two sets of keyrings (“my mum makes jewellery innit and she makes me key rings”), and a Starbucks cup with a straw. 

Smith then reached two hands into her bag and pulled out six different lip products, including a pot of the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($31 at Sephora), the Dior Addict Lip Glow Balm ($62 at MYER), and the Fenty Beauty Pro Kiss'R Lip-Loving Scrubstick ($30 at Sephora), which she said is “really good”. “My bag will always have a massive amount of lip balms or lip glosses at the bottom of [it]. I constantly change lip balm even though I should just stick to one,” she explained. “I dunno why I do that.”

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Dior Addict Lip Glow Balm

Fenty Beauty Pro Kiss'R Lip-Loving Scrubstick

Her bag is also stocked with a lavender pillow spray to help her sleep and “make things feel like home” and a book (‘Everything I Know About Love’ by Dolly Alderton) that she’s been carrying around since January and hasn’t read yet. And there’s a hairbrush with angel wings, a microfibre towel (“I’ve constantly got this on my head”), a scalp oil by Cyndia Harvey (“she’s done my hair before”), teeth whitening strips and another lighter (for when someone steals her other one).

Finally done, Smith sat with the contents of her “prepared for anything” handbag formed into a neat huddle on the table in front of her, before she admitted she actually forgot to pack her phone charger. “So am I that organised? Who knows…”

We think this wise person in the comments section put it best when they said: “A Gemini, she is.”

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Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).