Let's be real: you probably can't make it past a few instagram or facebook ads without being tempted to purchase Ritual vitamins. The instagrammable subscription-based vitamin brand charges customers $30 per month for shipments of its women’s daily vitamin, Essential for Women, prenatal vitamin, Essential Prenatal, and Essential for Women +, a multivitamin for women post-menopause. For the purpose of this review, we'll be talking about Essential for Women since that's what I've been religiously taking over the past year.
After reading a glowing review from a Buzzfeed editor (no, really, she said Ritual made her skin glow), I was tempted to try and have been hooked ever since. Buzzfeed's Rachel Miller reports:
“I can't say for certain it's the vitamins (I'm CLEARLY not a scientist!!!), but given that nothing else has really changed in my life, it seems likely enough.”
First, what's the scoop on Ritual?
As I mentioned, Ritual is a women's vitamin subscription that focuses on the nine most essential nutrients for women's health based on what women are commonly lacking in their daily diets. Each bottle of Ritual contains a 30 day supply. You're instructed to take 2 pills per day, morning or night (the brand just advises you take the two together). The vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free, non-GMO capsules are smaller than many of the typical large horsepills you may be used to ingesting. Being a subscription service, a new refill pouch of vitamins will show up on your doorstep each month which you can use to easily refill your bottle. You have the option to modify your shipping schedule or cancel at any time; if you are for any reason unsatisfied, Ritual will pay for your first order. Ritual is the OG instagrammable vitamin that really spawned a movement.
What's actually inside the vitamin?
With the tagline "for skeptics, by skeptics," Ritual aims to be ultra-honest about what you're ingesting, which is unique in the supplement industry. The level of transparency they offer is not typical of what you'd find in the industry–see their ingredient page here where you can dig into every ingredient they use, learn what it does in your body, and why they chose to include it. They even have Q&As with every manufacturer they use and include information on the human clinical trials they've conducted so customers can get an idea of the actual effects they can expect.
Aside from their truly transparent and traceable supply chain, they offer a paired down list of ingredients–in other words, you're not getting the whole kitchen sink here, but they think that's for the better. This is a big differentiator between Ritual and most other vitamins on the market. They aren’t trying to give you every single vitamin they can fit on the nutrition label. Instead, the vitamins in the formula are there to supplement the gaps in your diet.
Essential for Women only includes:
- Omega-3 DHA
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D3
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K2
My Experience With Ritual
I've been taking Ritual for so long now that I can't imagine my life without it. I can't promise boundless energy, or that you'll never get a pimple again, but I will say that I do feel a little "off" when I forget to take my two and that I do feel more balanced and aligned, kind of like a better version of myself . Plus, I find just having one product I'm proud to leave out on my countertop refreshing. The swaths of products other companies offer I find to be confusing (and who really knows what happens when you're laying so many different vitamins on top of each other). Ritual takes all of the guesswork out of the equation.
What you'll notice: when you first open the Ritual bottle, you'll be impressed by the fresh, minty smell. You can actually taste the mint, too. I noticed that this really helped ease any nausea that I typically get when taking vitamins or swallowing any kinds of pills. I find taking the pills to actually be quite meditative, and they're the only vitamin I can actually stick to taking every day. Setting an alarm on my phone at the same time every morning helps too!
Even though I bought in from the Buzzfeed review that promised glowy skin, I really bought into Ritual for the long-term benefits: I feel good to be doing something beneficial for my health every day. As the Ritual website shares, "You're more than hair, skin, and nails. Build a stronger foundation for better health." $1 a day for my most important asset feels like a real no-brainer. Some days I'm not able to eat as healthy or hit the gym, buy this makes me feel like I have at least one base covered. Plus, at 30 years old, it was time for me to admit to myself: my Flinstones vitamins probably weren't doing anything for me.
“Are you even adulting if you're not taking Ritual vitamins?”
I will also note that the subscription service aspect and overall customer experience and service is fantastic. No longer do I have to remember to buy my vitamins from Whole Foods or re-order on Amazon (an experience that usually results in me forgetting to take my vitamins altogether (face palm).
Get a one month supply of Ritual for $30. They guarantee happiness, or your money back. What do you have to lose?!