Smell like Grandma

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream

Normally, I’d be loathe to want to smell like a senior citizen, but there’s something oddly comforting about the medicated aroma that Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream gives off. This thick, gylcerin-based ointment, invented in the ’50s by Japanese pharmacist Yoshikiyo Nowatari, is enriched with vitamin E, vitamin B2 and camphor. It’s the latter ingredient that gives it a pleasantly grandmalike smell. Lather it on dry hands, elbows, lips—whatever—and it’s almost like Nana herself dropped by to give you a hug and make it all better. Yu-Be products are available via and Sephora, or through the company’s website, where a mere $4.95 nets you a nifty little sampler pack.