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Ritual Vitamins Subscription Review

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanJun 4, 2019 | 22 comments

5 overall rating
1 Ratings | 2 Reviews

Ritual is a new vitamin subscription that focuses on the 9 most essential nutrients for women’s health. (They don’t include many of the nutrients in your typical multivitamin that most American women don’t need.)

Their founder is vegan, and the vitamin is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, GMO-free, and manufactured in the USA.

And for the capsule itself, they use beadlet-in-oil technology that allows them to keep nutrients in their original forms and closer to what’s found in food.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

As a lover of minimalist design and good packaging, I’m digging this box, too!

The Subscription Box: Ritual Vitamins

The Cost: $30

The Products: 60 vitamins a month (take 2 a day).

Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add Ritual to your Subscription List or Wishlist!

I have an annoyingly sensitive stomach, so sometimes I go without vitamins instead of trying to find a new formula that won’t irritate me. (My last attempt had been with Honest Co. Vitamins, and while I love so many Honest Company products, their vitamins didn’t work for me.)

Since the Ritual vitamin is about specific ingredients and not trying to jam as much nutrition as they can in a vitamin, I thought this was worth the risk of trying!

Here is a little more on the 9 vitamins they include:

All ingredients are gluten and allergen free, vegan, non-GMO, and manufactured in the USA.

And Ritual’s vitamin is designed specifically to help prevent nausea issues you might have with other multivitamins:

We use a vegan, delayed-release capsule that not only bypasses the stomach to prevent nausea, but also ensures maximum absorption of the nutrients in Essential for Women. A lot of people also get nauseous from taking iron, but the form we use is ferrous bisglycinate, which has better tolerability, absorption, and efficacy than the other iron forms which may cause nausea.

After taking them for several weeks, I can confirm no nausea! Such a win!

How cool looking are these vitamins?

One word of caution, they have a fishy/sushi smell. I at first assumed that meant they were formulated with fish, but the fishy scent is actually from the algal oil in their formula, a vegetarian source of omega-3 fatty acids DHA & EPA.

I’ve had no issues with the fishy taste/swallowing this vitamin, though.

UPDATE: Since this review was first written, Ritual updated the formula and there is no more fishy smell. Just minty!

Verdict: I’m impressed behind the science behind these vitamins! I also appreciate the simplicity in the design, packaging, and the ingredient list! I can’t believe I found vitamins that don’t irritate my stomach! I also like that the vitamin design means you don’t need to take these with food.

What do you think of Ritual? How do you think it compares to other vitamin subscriptions?


"Ritual is a vitamin subscription that focuses on the 9 most essential nutrients for women’s health. (They don't include many of the nutrients in your typical multivitamin that most American women don't need. Their founder is vegan, and the vitamin is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-f... read more.
Liz Cadman
Liz Cadman
Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She's been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

Liz Cadman
Liz Cadman
Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She's been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
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Sorry everybody, but these vitamins still stink they try to mask it with the mint which is helpful but if you put it in your hand and hold it for a few minutes or rub your hands on it by accident you will stink. I couldn’t figure out what was going on my hands stunk super bad really bad. I did a test I washed my hands, I put the two vitamin pills in my hand, lightly rolled them back and forth in between my hands. And wow they stink.. I have to say the companies done a great job of trying to mask the smell by adding the minty fresh preservative piece inside. But however it still stinks sad to say. This was alarming at first and then I started to do some research before continuing to take them to see if anybody else had this experience to find out what it is that’s causing this. I did see however there is a fish oil which is causing this smell. So no alarm that this is bad it’s just not appealing. I’m on the fence about these vitamins but however I will follow up in two weeks because I am completely drained and exhausted all the time and had not been on any multiple vitamin for about two weeks so this is a great trial period for me to tell you whether or not these vitamins actually work. I should feel something different assuming these vitamins are decent. Because I have done this before and tried other vitamins and I can feel them kick in within about two weeks. Keep you all posted


I took the Ritual prenatal for only two days and I had to stop because of the horrible fish burps that would not stop. What an awful day. I kept eating to make the fish taste go away but nothing worked and it was there for so many hours. Already dealing with nausea and heartburn, this was really difficult to add to the list of issues pregnancy women face. I don’t think these are good prenatals at all. They might smell like citrus but that citrus is nowhere to be found when the fish taste comes back over and over.


I am about to try these out too so I’m glad I found your review.
The thing is, finding high-quality vitamins at a reasonable price is NOT easy…yes, there are cheaper “once a day” alternatives, but you’ve got to do more research because a lot of these vitamins have fillers. I’m going to give Ritual a try and I’ll come back in a month or two with an update if I’m allowed to post again here 🙂

Dana Favreau

I am contemplating about ordering, however, what age group is it best suited for? Lastly, do you offer a discount?


Let me start by saying I NEVER leave reviews but I read a TON. For anyone on the fence about trying Ritual vitamins… don’t be! I decided to order Ritual because I was tired of not feeling good… not bad, not great, just felt like I was missing something. I wasn’t able to get a good nights rest on a consistent basis, my skin looked dull and it seemed like my energy level and ability to focus on simple tasks was depleting rapidly. I have been taking these everyday for the past two months (starting month three tomorrow) and they are simply amazing. This is the FIRST vitamin that didn’t make me “toss my cookies” shortly after taking, no matter if I took before, during or after eating. I immediately noticed that my sleep quality was improving and no longer felt sluggish in the afternoon. My brain feels less foggy throughout the day and I am able to stay focused.
Before starting Ritual, my skin always felt “sensitive” from my scalp, to my arms to my legs. I also suffer from cystic acne (which I take other medication for) which has left me which pretty dark post acne scarring and malasma. Since starting Ritual my skin quality has improved tremendously! My skin feels hydrated, my overall complexion looks brighter and I feel like over all my skin can breath for once.
I would highly recommend Ritual vitamins to anyone, they have done nothing but IMPROVE my over all quality of life, and who doesn’t want that? I had no idea one problem I was experiencing could be related to another. The company is SUPER helpful so don’t be afraid to reach out and ask anything and everything. You really have nothing to lose from giving them a try, they offer a full refund if you are unsatisfied.


Hi there, I wanted to try these but I’m waiting to see updated reviews from people who have had these vitamins for at least a month… Anyone? Do they actually work?

I get sick from most vitamins so I’ve lately been taking nothing at all, and boy am I TIRED.

Also, $30 a month… Why are people complaining about that? That’s actually fairly cheap! If you go to a GNC and get their women’s monthly vitamin pack you pay about $60, not to mention their stuff is crap and will def make you sick.

I might just go for it and try! But I just got done cancelling everything with a group called Melaluca… Which was a scam. So I don’t want to fall for one again.



Yes, Melaluca threatened me on several occasions. Horrible people to cancel with and if you ever even “look” at their site again, you are automatically signed back up and they send out an unwanted order. Don’t ever deal with them. As for Ritual? I am new, so too soon to tell, but I bought a single bottle, so I am not on a subscription.


Any chance of a discount code for Ritual? I’ve had my eye on these for a while, but the $30 is hard to swallow! Pun intended 😉


I just wanted to say that I recently started these vitamins and am in LOVE. 😍 Fresh minty smell and taste after swallowing. No burping or upset tummy. No side effects. No weird buzzy vitamin feeling. I’m super sensitive with medication (and I know everyone says that, but I am like the 1% that gets all the weird symptoms) and this has been great. I’m really hoping that I see the positive benefits (improved energy, better complexion, etc) but I am newly taking them and doubt I’ll see anything for a month or so. I really like their ingredients and I think the price is in-line with other top quality vitamins. I hope you keep reviewing them! I’d love to hear what other women taking them think!


I complained about the horrible smell to customer service — I take them first thing in the morning and they nearly made me retch every time. They sent me a new bottle for free right away with the new peppermint formula. 100% improvement because now they smell and taste like mint instead of garbage!


I’m really considering these, but, I have a few questions. First, if there is a fishy smell, even though it’s been stated it doesn’t actually come from fish…I have had issues with fish oil vitamins, unless they are “burp-less”. Do these ever give you that sort of issue–burping and tasting something not so enjoyable later on? Or causing a little heart-burn-type of issue?

I have type II diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, low Vitamin D (I take a 5,000 IU Vitamin D right now) as well as colitis. I know, I’m a mess! LOL I take medications, and I also take multiple vitamins and some extra extra vitamins and supplements to be sure I’m getting plenty of good nutrition. But the quality of some of the products may be lacking, not to mention that can get expensive to keep up with all of that. I’m wondering if this one pill would be enough for me, as far as vitamins go. It states that it’s all “most” women need, but in a case like mine, would it be enough? I’d need to take some more Vitamin D, but I notice there is already 2,000 IU of Vitamin D in the pill. I don’t know if 7,000 IU would be bad for me, or if I’d need to get new Vitamin D that is lower if I’m already getting so much with this pill.

I really want to have more energy to get going on a more active life-style, so if these really do help with that, it would be a major plus.

Also, is there any way to try these out for a month before paying? Or do you have to pay up-front and then just cancel if they’re not for you? The $30 per month may be difficult for me, but if it’s something I end up loving, I’d stick with it. I just hate to waste $30 if I don’t like them.

Thank you!


Hi Laurie,
I know you posted your question almost a year ago, but in case anyone else is reading… I recently started taking Ritual, and I do get mild heartburn and “fishy” burps from it. It’s pretty gross. Not sure if that in itself is a deal breaker, but I’m also EXHAUSTED — which is surprising, since the whole point of this multivitamin is that is supposed to be easily absorbed!! Oh well… I will try to finish the bottle and see if things improve. 🙁


I have fishy burps as well and its absolutely disgusting. Its just fishy burps all day long. I bought the pre-natal which is supposed to do extra for nausea but yikes its so bad. I haven’t figured out the best time/way to take it to avoid these disgusting tasting burps but I hope i figure it out.

Liz Cadman

Hi Laurie,

I’m not best to answer all these questions since I’m not a medical professional, but I’ll help where I can!

Regarding the concern about spending $30 if you don’t like them. I found this in their FAQ: “If you are unhappy with your product we will offer a full refund.”

I personally didn’t have any burp issues with these vitamins, either. (I recommend checking out their FAQ, too!)

Hope that helps a bit! 🙂


Thank you for your quick response, Liz! That’s great that they do offer a refund if you don’t like them! I’ll check out the FAQ, that’s a good idea.


Hmm interesting concept for a box!


I also avoid vitamin/supplement formulas because they make me nauseous and bloated, what causes that? Like you mentioned Liz Cadman, for that reason I often wait years before trying a new brand (for fear of a repeat experience). The truth of the matter is good vitamin and mineral supplements are often quite expensive. The old adage, you get what you pay for often does apply when it comes to vitamins/minerals. That’s not to say that all expensive vitamins are good quality … you need to stick with companies that are transparent in how their formulas are created. I’d say that the one-a-day multi vitamin you pick up at CVS is probably garbage …


Sorry to sound like a wet blanket, but these look gimmicky and the box looks boring 🙁 Just receiving a regular daily vitamin in your box yet paying $30? Seriously? Same thing every month?

I was hoping that this was a supplement box where you got to explore different kinds of supplements and try different ones. If you found ones you like, they’d get your money every month, while meanwhile you use your sub to try new things or whatever you want for a certain value (ala Julep). Now THAT would be a good box idea where people wouldn’t get bored, or at least I wouldn’t. I spend a lot on supplements.


I ordered these vitamins for two months but had to discontinue because as a newly graduated college student, I can’t afford the extra $30 per month. I’ve since switched back to my normal one-a-day drugstore vitamins. The company itself is amazing, however, and I love the simplicity of their packaging and how transparent they are with their sourcing and the reasoning behind which ingredients to include and exclude. I do agree that the vitamins have a fishy taste, which for me was a little difficult to deal with because I am not a fan of fish at all! I remember reading somewhere that they are actively trying to decrease the fishy-ness, as many customers have commented on it! Perhaps someday I will re-subscribe!


Hi Liz, please keep us posted on taking this vitamins and what has changed since taking them. Thanks


I just saw an ad for these vitamins on Facebook. Then I came here and saw that the company has a subscription box. Perfect timing! These vitamins look cool. The price is higher than I normally want to pay for vitamins though. Still, I’ll try these out for a month or two to see if they work well with me.

Liz Cadman

I hope you like them! I’ve been very impressed! 🙂

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