Ricola and Celebrities

Backstage or tucked away in handbags: Ricola herbal sweets are indispensible for many top stars.

The power of herbs for throat and voice

Many artists performing around the world trust the power of Swiss Ricola herbs on stage. Several famous names are among them! Many singers always keep a pack of Ricola herbal sweets to hand. Why? Because sucking Ricola herbal sweets ‘oils’ the vocal chords. This is important for musicians and actors whose voices must be at their peak throughout concerts, operas and theater performances. In Switzerland and the USA, Ricola supports all those involved in musicals and classical concerts by providing Swiss herb specialties. These stars especially appreciate Ricola products:

Nicki Minaj, Singer
I need to keep my vocal cords right, so I always bring Throat Coat tea bags, Lipton decaf tea bags and Ricolas.
Source: US Weekly, 25 March 2013

Hugh Jackman, Actor
“...he came to set knowing the care of his voice was priority No. 1. He avoided coffee, warmed up at least 15 minutes each day, kept Ricola lozenges at the ready
Source: http://latimes.com, 27 December 2012

Bruno Mars, Singer
I'm a huge fan of Ricola, I even know the Ricola-song (sings out loud).
Source: 20 Minuten Zürich, 7 December 2012

Joe Cocker, Singer
Your voice is ruined after 5 minutes, how do you want to make 35 concerts in 35 of the biggest halls in Europe? Well it's a good advert for Ricola, cause I'm always eating those.
Source: Benissimo (TV Show), 1 December 2012

Urs Bühler, singer with Il Divo
It seems that you can't do without your Ricola herb drops? Quite true! I was desperate in Australia because I couldn't find any and had finished my own. As soon as my voice gets tired, I take some Ricolas. The classic flavour. I can't get enough of them. Every singer has his own unchangeable ritual.
Source: Le Matin, 19 April 2012

Christina Aguilera, pop star
“...In her trailer: tea, honey and Ricola (throat lozenges). Those are pretty much staples in the house, trailer and dressing room. They're the Holy Grail for any singer.”
Source: People Magazine, 14 June 2010

Robbie Williams, singer and entertainer
«At Idalp in Ischgl you’re singing at a heady 2240m. Does performing at altitudes pose any particular problems? You’ll see me popping some special throat lozenges to help my voice. [Robbie’s said to favour Ricola, Swiss herbal lozenges.]»
Source: The Telegraph - Ski and Snowboard, November 2014

“Robbie finds Ricola fantastic! The secret of Robbie Williams’s (31) mega voice is out: he enjoys Swiss herb drops! Along with Diet Coke, sushi and protein bars, the singer enjoys sucking Ricola herb drops.”
Source: Sonntagsblick, 27 November 2005

“Superstar singer Robbie Williams considers Ricola Cough Lozenges to be an essential home comfort whilst performing on his arduous world tours.”
Source: Robbie Williams Biography: “Somebody Someday”, London, 13 September 2001

Mariah Carey, pop star
“The superstar diva is a fan of Ricola Sugarfree Swiss Herb Lozenges (£1.59 for 50 g from independent health stores). They soothe her throat and prevent voice strain.”
Source: REVEAL, USA, 23 July 2005

Placido Domingo, opera star
“Ricola – my secret addiction! They taste great and are like gold dust for my voice. I enjoy sucking the herb drops before a performance.”
Source: Schweizer Illustrierte, 10 October 2007

Cate Blanchett, actress
“Armed with a box of Swiss herb drops, the expectant mum and hubby Andrew Upton joined other celebs including recently returned Antarctic explorer Peter.”
Quelle: http://celebritybabies.typepad.com, 24 February 2008

Michelle Pfeiffer, actress
“At the first sign of a tickly throat, Michelle Pfeiffer immediately takes a steam bath and sucks three or four Ricola medicinal herb drops.”
Source: B.Z. – Berlin’s largest newspaper, Berlin, 16 May 2008

Meat Loaf, rock star
“If you go into my dressing room there's a little bowl with Ricola cough drops in it and Vocal Zones (lozenges) and the spray is Singer's Secret.”
Source: Daily Express, England, 17 May 2008

Chris Patten, Lord Patten of Barnes, politician
“I had a cold before I left London, he said, rattling a Ricola mint from a cardboard box.”
Source: www.bloomberg.com, 11 November 2008

Sina, folk singer
“With a crystal clear Ricola voice! Merci & best wishes, Sina.”
Source: Personal correspondence

Madonna, pop star
“Three Ricola cough drops consumed by Madonna prior to start of show.”
Source: http://www.madonna-store.com/reinvention.htm, 8 December 2008

“Madonna, who gave a concert in Zurich this summer, asked for herb drops with Swiss herbs before her performance.”
Source: Bilan, Lausanne, 5 December 2008

“Madonna loves sucking Ricola herb drops to hit the high notes!”
Source: 24 heures édition complète, 29 August 2008

“The star swears by Ricola's sugar-free herbal sweets to keep her voice in check.”
Source: Daily Star, Sunday, 27 August 2006

Justin Timberlake, pop star
“Always asks for Ricola candies to be ready in his dressing room.”
Source: www.justin-timberlake.org, 8 December 2008

Joaquin Phoenix, actor
“Joaquin just wants some juice, but when he reaches into his pocket at the till, he pulls out a sealed fourpack of Ricola herb candies.”
Source: www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Theater/ 9413/articleFACE95.html, 8 December 2008

Cecilia Bartoli, opera star
“Cecilia Bartoli, 43, pops a Ricola herb drop in her mouth, drinks mineral water and is extremely chatty.”
Source: Migros Magazin, 14 September 2009

Michael Jackson († 25.06.09), pop star
“Jackson's pre-concert ritual includes drinking Ricola candy dissolved in hot water. He claims the beverage helps to keep his throat and his singing voice clear.”
Source: http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/44518/50-fascinating-michael-jackson-facts, 29 August 2008