Here at RICA bath + body, we often draw on time honored family traditions to inspire new products and new directions for growth. When it came time to design our Home Collection it only felt right for us to go digging through some favorite memories, people, and places that have helped shaped RICA into what it is today. Like sorting through an old box of photos, we would like to bring you on a scent journey and share some cherished moments of RICA's Comfort Food For The Home.
HONEYSUCKLE + QUINCE
BATCH No. 1
This scent was inspired by seeing my mom in her favorite yellow blouse, buzzing around her garden like a bumblebee at days end; watering can in one hand, cocktail in the other. Light this when its time to celebrate the balance between work and play.
TARRAGON + BITTERS
BATCH No. 2
This scent was inspired by the smells at the many Thanksgiving dinners spent in my grandparents log cabin; my favorite place to laugh, love, listen, and be grateful for all the wonderful people in my life. Light this when you've been too busy to remember that what really matters is often right under your nose.
WHITE PEPPER + SUGAR CANE
BATCH No. 3
This scent was inspired by the first time I went to the Caribbean with the man who later became my husband; the smell of grilled seafood seasoning, dark rum over cracked ice, and a beach bonfire drying the salt water drops on our skin. Light this for someone who loves you the way you deserve to be loved.
PEONY + WEEPING WILLOW
BATCH No. 4
This scent was inspired by those hot Virginia summers, my grandmother holding court beneath the shade of her weeping willow, family and friends ducking in under its leaves, bringing gifts from their gardens and later, leaving, laughing, full of sweet tea and tall tales. She taught me the importance of “between time”, the time where instead of hurriedly walking over this earth without giving it a thought, remembering to stop long enough to feel the grass between your toes.
WOODS + WHISKEY
BATCH No. 5
This scent is inspired by my outdoorsman grandfather’s favorite things; his English briar pipe, his soft, flannel hunting shirt, his aftershave, the perfectly worn leather which covered his sipping flask, and the dog-eared notebooks where he carefully recorded his thoughts. To me, this scent is a reminder that the big answers are often found by putting on your most comfortable shoes, and taking a long walk in the woods.
BASIL + MINT
BATCH No. 6
This scent is inspired by what was the most important room in our house; the kitchen. It was a place of tastings and talk, where words could as soothing as soup, or be as spicy as the bushels of hot peppers hanging above the butcher block. The kitchen was where we all gathered to participate, celebrate and marinate in the flavor of life’s stew, refining it’s different ingredients each day, to create our own unique recipe.
BLACK CURRANT + CASSIS
BATCH No. 7
The scent is inspired by my grandmother’s jam cellar, where a colorful army of sweet preserves in glass jars sat waiting on old pine shelves. Come Sunday breakfast, when my grandmother would send me down to choose one, I’d feel like a little adult, the fate of everyone’s toast resting in my tiny hands. No matter which one I selected, it was always the right one, because when I’d reach the top of the stairs, out of breath, holding the jar like it was something precious, everyone would turn around from the table and smile.
SALT + SHORE
BATCH No. 8
This scent is inspired by the times I stumble across a favorite t-shirt gone missing. It’s perfectly broken in, maybe a little tattered, maybe a little bleached or faded, nothing but a rag to anyone else, but it’s secret is that it still carries the smell of a too-long-ago seaside vacation. The scent reminds me that even if it’s snowing outside, in my heart, I’ll always be skinny-dipping in the ocean. Light this candle for the feeling of finding that wonderful thing you forgot you lost.
COCONUT HUSK + TURBINADO
BATCH No. 9
This scent is inspired by something my grandmother once said: “Be sweet, but not too sweet, because cavities aren’t cute”. Nothing cute here; maybe a lil’ smattering of sexy ugly. This scent is musky not musty, crisp not cloying, buttery but not rich, crisp but not starched, a whisper not a holler…this is the smell of understated elegance unencumbered by proclamations of bling. Light this on a night where good taste is mandatory, the company is savory, and clothing is optional.
BOURBON + CAVENDISH
BATCH No. 10
This scent is inspired by the first cowboy I ever met; “Big Jim” Moss, who owned the Virginia stable where, as a little girl, I learned to ride. When I’d fall off, “Big Jim” would say: “It’s ok, Krissy, we all fall. You jus’ gotta git back on up”. I’d smell whiskey-tinged sweat through old denim as he dusted me off and wiped away the tears with his tobacco-stained hands before I was back in the saddle. Light this candle after a day of taking life at a gallop, knowing those who believe in what you do are always right behind you.
FENNEL + RYE
BATCH No. 11
This scent is a combination of slightly more masculine notes; teak, coriander, desert lime, and dill leaf, all blended into a subtle reminder of what we love about men. That brush of stubble, the strong hands that hold you, that hint of clean sweat, a stiff drink, a warm kiss, that sameness which makes us feel safe, and that otherness that makes us tingle. Fennel and Rye reminds us of girding up for our next adventure, feeling unafraid to go there, wherever "there" may be, and never, ever, looking back.
VANILLA + CHARCOAL
BATCH No. 12
This scent was inspired by that potent mixture of surprise, satisfaction, and bewilderment you derive from a whiff of a previous intimacy, an event which made you realize everything you knew, was just an idea, overshadowed by the fact that opposites attract. Wear this to celebrate conquering a fear, embarking on a search, or simply trying something deliciously different.
AIR + ASH
BATCH No. 13
This scent was inspired by Indian summer’s fading warmth giving way to the deliciously cool evenings my family often spent by a fire. Air and Ash is the southern Yin and Yang; different elements united, memories of the inner hearth in my grandfather’s outdoor fireplace, built with old stones, strong hands, and a forever love. Swaddle yourself in the contrast of crisp night air with a whiff of split kindling; cypress, cedar, Frasier fir, all ignited by scrunched up wads of burning newspaper. Our Rica recommendation is as follows; use this scent when you feel inspired to stoke the naked embers of your own unstoppable blaze.