Our Story

Food is Our Love Language

Hi! We’re the Schillaci Family (Beth, John, and Julia) and we welcome you to Inner Child. Food has been part of the tapestry of our memories for as long as we can remember. The scents of spices, the aromas of cooking, the memory of how a particular place smelled or a favorite dish never fails to remind us of the people and places of our lives.

One of Beth’s first food memories is being at her Great Uncle’s hotel in Wildwood, NJ and sneaking down to the kitchen with her Grandpa for ice cream before bed. Everyone else knew they were doing this, so it wasn’t sneaking, but she always thought it was. And she still thinks of those times when she eats ice cream.

Fast forward a few decades to when Beth and John first met at work and quickly discovered a shared love of food that is a huge part of our lives still. We have an ongoing joke that when you come over to our house, you can either get good food or a clean house. Lucky for us, our friends and family always opt for the food!

Family time for us most often revolves around time spent in the kitchen. We love to have the house filled with the delicious smell of good food, and we tend to communicate our love to friends and family through food and cooking.

Food is how we most enjoy experiencing the world, too, even if we never leave our kitchen. Trying a country’s cuisine is a great way to begin to understand its culture. When we do travel, we like to ask the bartenders at the hotel where they like to go to eat, and what they order. That’s what we want to eat – something authentic to the lives of the people who live there. We love to try to get a real taste for the local food, which is why you will often find us wandering through the local grocery store picking up a few snacks to sample.

The Spark for Inner Child

It began on a trip to Maui with John’s work. The first morning in Maui we woke up at 2:30 am with no hope of falling back to sleep thanks to jet lag. Everyone told us to check out the sunrise at Haleakala, so we jumped in our Jeep and headed out. I had no idea what to expect, but it ended up being one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. We will never forget how cold it was up there, and the colors the sky turned as the sun began to rise over the clouds.

The drive down the mountain was where inspiration hit. The sun was out, and it grew warmer, so we rolled down the windows. We passed a grove of eucalyptus trees, and the fragrance overtook us. It was so distinctive and so good that we knew at that moment every time we smell eucalyptus, we would remember that day.

That led us to think about what other smells reminded us of places we had traveled throughout my life. Which ones triggered a memory and made us instantly happy? At that point, the spark for Inner Child was born.

Thinking about our most cherished memories, we realized that most of them involved food. That’s why we want to celebrate our love of food and all of the warm memories that come with that love with you, through the fragrances you will find on our website. We hope that you love them as much as we do.

Our Mission

At Inner Child, making people happy doesn’t just mean evoking wonderful personal memories. It means making a tangible difference, too. That’s why we’re committed to supporting our community with our work by giving back.

According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children are unsure where their next meal will come from. Struggles in school, health issues, and behavioral problems plague kids that don’t get enough to eat. We believe that no one should worry about their next meal. That’s why Inner Child has committed to donate 10% of our net profit to local and national groups focused on eliminating hunger.

We thank you for supporting our mission and helping us make life a bit brighter for those in need. Check back with us to see how your purchases are improving the lives of children and their families – with your help, we can help everyone to enjoy better memories.

Our Manifesto

We believe food connects us, our memories, and our playful spirit, our inner child.

We believe that everyone on this planet is more alike than different.

We believe the kitchen is the heart and soul of the home.

We believe no one should worry where their next meal is coming from, especially children.

We believe learning about new cultures doesn’t require a passport.

We believe you should celebrate all your victories, large and small.

We believe you are never too old to learn something new.

We believe in having fun and not taking life too seriously.

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