Felice Noordhoff walks the runway during the Altuzarra Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2020 fashion show. Image credit: SAVIKO/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

In the discipline of astrology, the rule is “as above, so is below” meaning that a relationship exists between planetary orbits and the human experience. Whether you’re into star gazing or not, chances are you’ve heard about the perils of mercury going into retrograde. Put simply, it’s a period of time where Mercury, the planet of communication (including listening, speaking, learning, reading, editing, researching, negotiating, selling, and buying) cycles backwards, scrambling things. As a rule of thumb, from October 31 to November 20 2019, you should triple check email correspondence, avoid entering into new contracts, back up your data, and consider rethinking big purchases. Outside of that, you can refer to the list below: your mercury retrograde survival guide. Good luck.

Susanne Kaufmann Oil Bath For The Senses, $212. SHOP NOW

Sometimes, the best cure for a day gone awry is a long, hot soak in the bath. Whether it’s an email addressed incorrectly, a traffic bungle, or a smashed iPhone screen, Susanne Kaufmann’s oil is rich, soothing, and smells like fresh cut herbs and lavender. Add a capful or two, close your eyes, and forget mercury ever went into retrograde (at least until tomorrow). 

The Beauty Chef Sleep Inner Beauty Powder, $55. SHOP NOW

The Beauty Chef’s Sleep Inner Beauty Powder is loaded with turmeric, lemon balm, and passionflower to promote restful sleep. It’s beautiful in warm almond milk with a dash of honey after a long day, and especially useful if you’re feeling restless, and/or frazzled.

Fornasetti Rosetti Candle, $297. SHOP NOW

If the planets have well and truly flattened your spirit, retail therapy might be the best viable antidote. Kill two birds with a candle you can burn whilst you decompress or map out your birth chart. Fornasetti is one of the best, and Rosetti (the Italian word for lipstick) is a heavenly white floral that can make any apartment feel like the inside of a chic hotel in Milano. 

NARS Summer Lights Face Palette, $90. SHOP NOW

Chances are you’ll run late at some point due to traffic, a missed alarm, or mis-reading your calendar. Fall back on a do-it-all palette like this one from Nars. You can built out eyes, cheeks, and highlight in the back of an Uber, sans stress.

An Organised Life Zodiac Notebook, $16. SHOP NOW

Star gazers know all to well that you can’t rely on your digital calendar during Mercury Retrograde. Instead, pencil down appointments the old fashioned way – pen to paper. The fact that this notebook is tailored to your zodiac makes it all the more appropriate.

Tarte Sting Zing Plumping Lip Serum, $33. SHOP NOW

If you’re really deep into astrology, you’ll know that plastic surgery and the like is absolutely not advised when mercury is in retrograde. If you’re a lip filler enthusiast, make do with a plumping serum. This one by Tarte has red pepper to increase blood flow, and hyaluronic to plump superficially.