We’re always on the hunt for the next great bedtime routine. In our Sleeping With… series, we ask people from different career paths, backgrounds, and stages of life how they make sleep magic happen.
Nicole Richie went from living the simple life to striving for a life that’s slightly simpler. The actor, House of Harlow 1960 founder and designer, and wife and mother of two has added some grounding habits to her routine since her time in the fast lane: Richie keeps a bountiful garden, maintains a backyard chicken coop, and prefers a 7 p.m. wind-down time—7:01, if we’re being specific.
“I take care of every living thing in the house,” she says both of the several pets the family has in addition to her children with musician Joel Madden: Harlow, 13, and Sparrow, 11. Richie spends most of her day working on her successful lifestyle brand, which includes everything from apparel to home goods, and hanging out with her kids when they’re not in virtual school. “Joel and I both travel all the time, and so it’s a lot of coming and going. I think this moment for us to really spend time with family has actually been really nice,” Richie tells SELF. “We really love it.”
Below, Richie, who is currently partnering with vitamin and supplement brand Olly, walks SELF through her (very early) bedtime routine, including her curly-hair rituals, her favorite wine, and how she teaches her kids to unplug.
I didn’t sleep at all in my 20s, and I think to myself, Maybe that’s why I was so insane.
There are so many messages out there that you have to do it all. Everyone’s doing a million things, and we have to realize that self-care and rest is just as important, and you have to have that in order to be the best version of yourself. Something that [Harlow and I] talk about quite often—and even more so now with my kids in virtual school—is that having time to unplug is so important. That’s something that I feel like my whole family and I have been constantly having to discuss this whole past year.
My bedtime routine, if it’s up to me, starts at 7 p.m.
At 7:01, I like to call it. I started that when my kids were young and they used to go to bed at seven. My friends would call me at 7:01, because that’s when I started to turn down. Now [my kids] don’t go to bed at 7 p.m., but I’m definitely trying to. So I start my routine with, well, it used to be tea. Now that has turned into wine. I’m very into Avaline wine right now. I just like to have a glass, a little splash of that, and get on the couch, watch some episodes of Yellowstone.
Avaline Tasting Duo
This white and rosé duo is the perfect way to get the full Avaline wine experience.
If I take a bath, I take an Epsom salt bath.
Joel’s mom lives in Maryland, and she lives close to an Amish community. This community makes my favorite handmade soaps. So she sends me those soaps, and those are the soaps that I use at night in the bath. They’re great.
I get out of the bath, put lavender oil at the bottom of my feet to calm me down, and apply all my grape seed oils and all the moisturizing things that I do. The lotion I use is Kiehl’s Creme de Corps. And then I have various oils that I use, but they’re not necessarily a specific brand. So I put on all my oils, and then wash my face with basically just Biologique products. I do a little face oil from Kora Organics.
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps
Dr. Mudgil calls this “a little splurge,” but its soothing ingredients are worthwhile for those who want to engage in a little at-home eczema self-care. “The cream contains cocoa butter and squalene, which are both killer moisturizing ingredients,” he says.
Biologique Recherche Lotion P50
This cult-favorite French beauty product exfoliates, hydrates, and balances skin.
Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil
The face oil from Miranda Kerr’s skin-care line is known for making all skin types look plump, dewy, and hydrated without oversaturation.
Handcraft Lavender Essential Oil
This soothing essential oil is suitable for a handful of wellness uses, from your skin to your diffuser.
I love talking to fellow curly-haired people, because the first question is always like, “What are you doing? What are you using?”
Kérastase makes a really great curly-hair care line. So that’s what I’ve been using, their shampoo and conditioners. Tracy Cunningham, who’s my hair colorist and also has curly hair, gave me this Khairpep hair mask that I use every day. [Editor’s note: Khairpep is now K18 Hair.] And then I’m using this Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Gloss Multi-Tasker. That’s actually made a very big difference in my hair texture.
I know it’s the one rule of having curly hair is not to mess with it all day and put your fingers through it, and I do that 100 times a day, and what happens? It gets frizzy. But anyway, these products definitely help me not do that, which is good.
Kérastase Discipline Sulfate Free Smoothing Shampoo
This smoothing, anti-frizz shampoo is ideal for folks with curly hair.
Kérastase Discipline Smoothing Conditioner
This Kérastase conditioner provides soft, frizz-free movement for curly hair.
K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask
This patented bioactive peptide treatment strengthens and improves elasticity while reversing damage from chemical services, thermal styling, and mechanical styling.
Fekkai Brilliant Gloss Multi-Tasker Perfecting Crème
This perfecting cream is perfect for air-drying hair without frizz and with shine.
Then I go back to the couch, hang out for a bit, and then get in bed, and fall asleep reading.
I just finished On Beauty, and now I’m very deep into Lonesome Dove. When I’m traveling, I definitely have to have a book on me. I do like to travel with some lavender oils. I have a whole bag of things that I bring with me, like my candles and all that stuff, if I’m traveling. But I haven’t traveled in a year. I also always keep water next to my bed.
I also take a few Olly gummies before bed. I love the Miss Mellow Olly gummy, and I love their Sleep gummies too. [Editor’s note: Richie is a spokesperson for Olly.]
“On Beauty” by Zadie Smith
“On Beauty” is a classic best-seller by literary legend Zadie Smith about an interracial, intergenerational family living in Massachusetts.
“Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurty
The Pulitzer Prize–winning American classic of the American West that follows two aging Texas Rangers embarking on one last adventure.
Olly Sleep Melatonin Gummy
These melatonin gummies from Olly make falling asleep a little more fun.
This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.