Meet the Makers: Dr. Ivy of RICA Body is based in Brooklyn, NY and dedicated to presenting local, Brooklyn-made products — fashion, home décor, apothecary, children’s toys, and edibles— all of the highest possible quality. Started with a simple idea, to uncover and offer well designed, hand-made, hard to find goods made in the borough we love – Brooklyn that we wanted ourselves.

Boroughmakers is a celebration of the handcrafted goods made by local makers right in our neighborhood. One of the most exciting aspects of creating Boroughmakers is the I have gotten to know the innovative makers and artisans who have turned their passion for quality and well-designed goods into a way of life.  I am in awe of their focus, resourcefulness and talent.

In this months editorial, “Meet the Makers” Boroughmakers is pleased to take a personal look at Dr. Kristina Ivy, the founder and visionary behind RICA Bath and Body, a Red Hook, Brooklyn company.

Mdr ivyeet Dr. Kristina Ivy, of RICA Body:

Dr. Kristina Ivy is a holistic clinician whose practice specializes in stress reduction. Looking to nature to calm the mind and soothe the body is something Dr. Ivy learned as a little girl growing up in Virginia. For over three generations of women, Dr. Ivy’s family have been making natural beauty remedies by utilizing botanicals grown in the rich Virginian soil around their home and combining them with natural ingredients found in the kitchen.

Kristina continued the traditions of her family using fresh ingredients from the garden and her kitchen to make handmade bath and body recipes. She moved to Brooklyn and has a very successful clinical practice but always was involved in making natural skin care and bath products.

Dr. Ivy decided to share her knowledge and her incredible products and started RICA Body. RICA Body now brings fresh made to order natural bath and body therapies. The products are pure and natural with no synthetic preservatives, colorings, parabens or petroleum. With RICA products, you will bathe in buttermilk and rose petals, exfoliate with pure sugarcane crystals and moisturize with shea butter, mango butter and avocado oil.

Kristina calls her products “comfort food for the skin, making you feel good inside and out.” And her products have been well received by the press. Vogue calls RICA Body products, “Certified Chic, Remember when all-natural meant a certain sacrifice in aesthetics and performance? Rica … revives a generations-old recipe from Brooklyn founder, Kristina Ivy.”

A Boroughmakers’ bestseller is the “BUTTER ALL OVER” product, a rich all natural and fluffy shea butter. It is actually a one stop shop for getting rid of dryness. Can we used on your body, feet, hair and nails, it is a quickly absorbed butter cream with coconut, avocado and passionfruit oils that leaves skin and hair nourished, protected and oh so soft. Lightly scented with essential oils and sweet orange, BUTTER ALL OVER is a delightful treat for dry skin and hair.

Just give it a try and you’ll be convinced. is pleased to carry RICA Body products on our website and to celebrate our neighbor’s creativity and resourcefulness.  Innovative is alive and well in Brooklyn!

Author: Barbara Devaney is the founder of, a DUMBO, Brooklyn based start-up ecommerce business which features the best and most innovative handcrafted, small-batch products made by local makers from the borough of Brooklyn. Barbara is native New Yorker, who now lives in the most vibrant borough of Brooklyn.