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Check Out Monica Ricks’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Monica Ricks.

Hi Monica, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
As an undergraduate at North Carolina Central University, I majored in chemistry with the hopes of becoming a cosmetic chemist and working for Revlon or Bath and Body Works. However, life took a different turn and I ended up in pharmacy school.

After graduation, I started working as a pharmacist and had given up on my dream until I went through my divorce in 2019. I started this business as a hobby along with my mother because I needed an outlet for the stress of all that life had thrown at me during that year. We started off just selling foot soaks in about 5 scents and I noticed people enjoyed the items.

It was then that I realized I could fall back on my old chemistry knowledge and develop other skincare products and that’s when I started developing my body butter. So in that year, I took over and expanded the business to include body butter in over 15 fragrances.

I continued to research and test and eventually expanded even more to include two more product lines for men and kids. In all, what started as a dream I thought disappeared came back around in full force and catapulted me into entrepreneurship.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
As the first entrepreneur in my family, I have definitely had to learn on the fly. There have been struggles with learning how to set a delivery schedule and not to even mention the beast that is shipping!

Additionally, as a single mom of three children ages 6 and under, it is a struggle every day to find a balance between being a fully present parent and attending to my business needs. Operating a business is not easy and especially hard when the business is a “one-woman show” but I have had to learn ways to make my roles merge into one.

Sometimes it means that on a trip to take my children to the park we stop and take a “field trip” to the post office to drop shipments. Sometimes it means that I involve them in testing new scents and products for my kid’s line of products.

I try to make things as fun for them as possible so they feel like they are a part of the business too.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am currently a full-time staff pharmacist at East Carolina University’s Student Health Services. In my role at Student Health, I help a number of college students manage acute sickness and counsel them on different medications.

Being away from home is hard enough but imagine being sick in addition to that and you can quantify the amount of stress a lot of these students are under. I enjoy being a kind voice and face that they can come to in their time of need.

I also help develop programs that give students access to free and discounted medications for HIV prevention and opioid abuse. I really take pride in offering a helping hand to those in need.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
The work that I put into developing my skincare products is my passion so I am always looking for ways to improve, seeking out mentorship and critique from other entrepreneurs, and helping get the word out about my company.

It always helps people to buy and share my products too.

Pricing:

  • $8.00 Body Butter (4 oz.)
  • $10.00 Beard Balm (4 oz.)
  • $7.00 Men’s Body Wash (6 oz)
  • $10.00 Kids’ Whipped Soaps (6 oz)

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