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Honest Remrise Review - 3 Experiences With This Natural Sleep Supplement

Our Honest Remrise Review

Is Remrise a Good Substitute for Melatonin?

Remrise is a sleep care brand that makes natural, herbal capsules intended to help improve your sleep over time. You start by taking a two-minute quiz to inform Remrise of your sleep patterns, and their system will suggest one of five proprietary blends to help dissolve your unique barriers to restful sleep. Remrise combines Eastern and Western holistic practices to help you achieve long-lasting rest and balance, leading to greater health.

In this review, you’ll hear from three members of our team: Megan, Sara, and Salina. Each has a unique relationship to sleep, and accordingly, each was matched with a different Remrise formula. They each approached the Remrise experience coming from different levels of knowledge and experience with sleep supplements, but after a month of use, every one of them gave their experience a thumbs up. Read on to learn if they’ll be sticking with Remrise. 

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by Christen Russo, MSA Reviewer, Reporting for My Sleepy Colleagues
July 9, 2020| 30 comments

About Remrise

The Subscription: Remrise

The Cost: $55 for a 28-day supply. Save with longer subscriptions. Sign up here!

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The Products: Natural, herbal sleep aid supplements personalized.

Ships to: The contiguous US only.

Remrise carries five proprietary lines of sleep aids:

  • Rise & Shine: “Nourishes, calms, and clears your mind while cooling your body so you can fall asleep, stay asleep, and arise rested.”
  • Power Off: “Lets you let go of the day’s vexations for a deep, restorative night of rest.”
  • At Ease: “Puts your mind and spirit at supreme ease so you can heal your body’s ability to rest well.”
  • Chilled Out: “Takes the edge off and grounds restless energy for a better state of sleep.”
  • Peace of Mind: “Who me, worry? Unwinds overthinking and obsessing into a relaxed, restful state.”

Each Remrise blend is unique, and their specific ingredients vary. But here are some ingredients that you can expect to see in the nutrition facts, from a combination of Eastern Medicine traditional practices and Western Medicine technology:

5Htp, Albizza Flower (He Huan Hua), Anemarrhenn Rhizome (Zhi Mu), Angelica Root (Dang Gui), Calcium Citrate, Cyperus Rhizome (Xiang Fu), Dragon Eye Fruit (Long Yan Rou), Fleeceflower Vine (Ye Jiao Teng), GABA, Gastrodia Rhizome (Tian Ma), Ginseng (Ren Shen), Hops Flower, L-Theanine, L-Tryptophan, Magnesium Glycinate, Magnolia Bark (Hou Po), Passionflower, Phosphatidylserine, Polygala (Yuan Zhi), Reishi (Ling Zhi), Salvia Root (Dan Shen), Schisandra (Wu Wei Zi), Spine Date Seed (Suan Zao Ren), Spirit Poria (Fu Shen), Tart Cherry, Valerian Root

Again, not all of these ingredients are represented in every formula Remrise offers.

If you have food allergies or dietary specifications, you’ll definitely want to do more research before trying Remrise! But here are a few notes on some of the common allergens or otherwise avoided ingredients that these formulas may contain:

  • Soy-free? No, Remrise contains phosphatidylserine, which is derived from soybean.
  • Gluten-free? Yes, all Remrise products are gluten-free.
  • Caffeine-free? Yes, all Remrise products are caffeine-free.
  • Non-GMO, vegan, and organic? Sometimes—when possible, Remrise sources ingredients that meet these qualities.
  • Natural? Mostly yes—the majority of Remrise’s ingredients are all-natural and plant-based. However, they also blend their formulations with supplemental amino acids that are synthetically derived.

Notes on ingredient quality, from the Remrise site’s FAQ:

  • “Remrise is fully compliant with all current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP 21 CFR Part 111) established within the industry and meets or exceeds all quality standards for Nutritional Supplements. Remrise’s process is consistent with NSF/ANSI 173, USP-NF for Dietary Supplements and in accordance with FDA guidelines.”
  • “Though herbal supplements aren’t registered with the FDA, we only work with manufacturing facilities that are registered with and regulated by the FDA. Because of this, we must frequently submit testing, documentation, and samples to them when we are importing herbs and extracts.”

These packages were sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Why Did We Try Remrise?

Our team recently realized that we share a common conundrum: many of us are having trouble sleeping. For some of us this is the first time we’ve ever struggled with sleep; for others it’s a familiar issue with new intensity. In stressful times, restful sleep is often compromised—but just because it’s common doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be addressed! Here’s why each of the voices in this review decided to give Remrise a go:

Megan: “I tried Remrise because, for the first time ever, my sleep hasn’t been guaranteed or easy. It is harder to wind down and stay asleep, so I was willing to try something new, especially if it meant something non-prescription.”

Salina: “I wanted a holistic way to address sleep issues, and I grew up in a household where my mom had an endless list of home remedies for things. This felt like it was a more “professional” version of that mom home remedy.”

Sara: “Although I understand what triggers my sleeplessness, over the last few months, my normal routine has not been working as well. I prefer natural remedies and supplements, and was especially intrigued after taking Remrise’s sleep profile.”

Getting Started

The Sleep Quiz

Remrise has you start with a sleep quiz to assess your sleep issues.

Image via Remrise.

To understand your specific concerns and issues with sleep, Remrise starts you out with a 2-minute quiz.

One of the questions in Remrise's sleep quiz.

The questions cover topics like whether you have more trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, your relationship with stress, the nature of your dreams, whether you’ve tried herbal or non-herbal sleep aids before, your age range, and more. They pepper stats in so you know how common some of your experiences are.

Remrise Quiz results for Sara.

Once you’ve answered all the questions, your results will show immediately, along with a suggestion of the Remrise formula that might be right for you. You can sign up right then and there for a one-month subscription ($55 per month), or 3 months ($49 per month) or 6 months ($42 per month).

Or, Skip the Quiz

Do you already have a handle on the areas where your sleep hygiene could be improved? You don’t have to take the quiz—you can explore all five Remrise blends here (scroll down a bit). When you click into each combo offered, you’ll see the main ingredients used in each blend highlighted and explained in layman’s terms.

Our Personalized Sleep Supplement Recommendations

Remrise recommended a different sleep aid blend for each of our reviewers. I asked the gals if they were familiar with any of the ingredients in the formula that was chosen for them—and if not, did they do research or trust Remrise and just go for it? Their answers are below.

Megan: Chilled Out

“I just went with it! I am pretty oblivious when it comes to supplements and herbs and probably way too willing to just take whatever without really researching. I did read through the descriptions on the Remrise site and thought it seemed like a really cool blend of Eastern and Western medicinal elements. I also thought the site did a nice job of explaining each in short and succinct ways that even I could digest.”

Salina: At Ease

I was familiar with them. My mom follows a lot of Eastern medicine practices, and I had heard of some of the ingredients from her. This just felt way more organized and methodical than trying to follow mom advice. You know when moms are like, “a little bit of paprika” when they’re cooking, and it’s like…what is a little bit? This avoided that confused look after you get a golden piece of advice.”

Sara: Power Off

The only ingredient names I was familiar with were calcium and magnesium. I was particularly happy to see magnesium because I have been taking this supplement for the past 7 years and it has truly been a difference-maker in easing my morning anxiety. 

After reading through the booklet, I didn’t feel drawn to Google additional facts or opinions. I decided to go for it and so far, I haven’t noticed any negative side effects.”

Starting Our Regimens

What’s In the Box

 

Each Remrise shipment arrived with 28 days’ worth of natural sleep aids, plus two booklets. Take a peek inside the booklets below.

 

The first booklet reminds you of your quiz results and tells about the Remrise app. The app can be used for progress tracking and sleep journaling, but it also offers guided meditations, gentle music, and tips for helping you get into a restful space. Additionally, this booklet highlights the key ingredients in your personalized blend.

Usage Instructions

The second booklet gives nutrition facts and lists the ingredients in a familiar format. Remrise suggests you take 4 capsules (the content of one packet) per day, about 1 hour before bed.

How’d It Go?

Megan:I am kind of the worst when it comes to supplements. I don’t even take a multivitamin! Thankfully though, I have zero issues swallowing pills and could take multiples at once as long as I had water. No taste for my formula and since I ended up taking these later at night, I took them around 4 hours after dinner and 1 hour before bed.”

Chilled Out sleep supplement capsules from Remrise.

Capsules from the Chilled Out package.

Salina: I generally am not a fan of taking supplements. I am the person that’s like, meh it’s going to taste terrible. I didn’t like the number of supplements in my packet (4). Plus I take Vitamin D and a multi-vitamin so I was really pushing my limit here as someone who generally gets an aftertaste from vitamins. However, I believe that good health starts with a good sleep pattern so I was motivated. 

I made sure to have all four in the evening between two bites of food so that I didn’t have the after taste. This is an overshare, but sometimes after taking vitamins or supplements I burp a weird taste. I didn’t get that with these for what it’s worth, just in case that happens to you too.”

Capsules from the At Ease package.

Sara: My Remrise supplements look identical to a Chasteberry herb I take every day. There are four ~1” capsules in each packet – two of one kind and two of another kind, but overall brown herbs in a clear capsule. They were easy to swallow and I didn’t notice an herby smell or taste like I do with Chasteberry. 

I read through the booklet before day one’s packet and followed the instructions as best I could. About an hour before bed, I took all four capsules with water, but no food. I’m a habitual phone user right up until I shut my eyes, but to follow the instructions, I ended any phone use about 30 minutes before I was ready to shut my eyes. Night one I was more anxious because I wasn’t sure what to expect (and my main issue is the fear or ability to fall asleep), but I noticed falling asleep felt more natural as the first week went on.”

Capsules from the Power Off package.

Our Verdicts

Wondering if our team experienced better sleep after using Remrise for 1 month? They had good things to say!

Megan

I feel like since I am someone who obviously doesn’t prioritize supplements, the auto-ship function is ideal for me. As someone who has never had trouble staying asleep until the past few months of 2020, this might be something I should try longer term and I plan on signing up for at least another month.

Salina

I did subscribe to Remrise for 6 months. I’m willing to try anything for six months when it comes to sleep. I did feel like I was having a more restful sleep overall. My overall life obligations can be fairly demanding so I’m scared to fully rely on it when it’s one night a week that is rough. I hope the company addresses why this is better than CBD because that’s worked for me in the past.”

Sara

It’s clear Remrise knows their stuff and I would recommend anyone try it. The main thing I’m currently on the fence about is the thought of taking 4 supplements a night on top of the 6 vitamins and supplements I consume on a daily basis (and are proven winners!). That feels like a lot to put in my body just in order to fall asleep. The tips Remrise provides along with their app to track sleep and peruse sleep mediations is definitely up my alley, but I’m not sure of my commitment level in taking 28 capsules a week. (or ~120 per month!)

I would 100% recommend anyone who prefers natural supplements. Their profiling and app tracking technology are major bonuses.”

Should You Try It?

Remrise might be good for you if…

  • You’re finding yourself having trouble sleeping, or your sleep is disrupted.
  • You’re interested in exploring natural, herbal supplements.
  • You like to rely on a subscription service to replenish your supply so you don’t have to think about it.

Are you considering trying Remrise? Do you have experience with other herbal sleep remedies? Tell us what you’re thinking in the comments!

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Written by Christen Russo

Christen Russo

Christen is a smile collector, outdoors enthusiast, and appreciator of soggy French fries. Her favorite subscriptions involve eco-friendly products and clothes, nature supplies, stationery, and coffee. She can be easily won over with a good sheet of stickers.

Comments (30)

  1. I thought the MSA community wholeheartedly said they didn’t want to see product reviews. Why ask if you aren’t going to listen. And “honest” just cracks me up, for all the same reasons.

  2. I read that “honest” to mean unfiltered, informal, maybe a little TMI, the kind of review I’d get from a friend, not a professional reviewer. I totally agree that the word honest might not have been the best choice though.

    That said, as someone with insomnia who can fall asleep but has trouble staying asleep, I am really excited to try this product. The questions in the survey captured exactly what my troubles are, and that gives me hope that it’ll work for me.

    • Thanks so much for sharing your two cents, Tiffany—that’s exactly what I was going for! I will definitely be avoiding “honest” going forward.

      I hope you like Remrise if you end up giving it a try! If you think of it, come back and let us know how it went for you. 🙂

  3. Am I the only one that remembers the old reviews that were like, “I don’t wear lipstick but this box has a full size lipstick in bright orange so you should buy it, it’s wonderful!”

    So maybe those were sponsored, not honest & these actually are honest? I do think this review should have had pics of all the ingredients, not just 1 variation.

  4. This is extremely overpriced. I also think these types of promotional reviews read very used car salesman to me. I don’t like them at all.

  5. I think some of the other commenters might check into the Chilled Out pills lol.

    Anyway, this seems kind of expensive. I only take a multivitamin from Walmart, magnesium, and have tried a couple of other supplements here and there, but I guess if it works?

  6. I hate this “honest review” stuff – I was really annoyed at the negative remarks about how the site has gone downhill since Liz stepped back, but unfortunately I’m starting to believe it. It makes the site sound cheap and crass.

  7. The whole “honest” in the title is very odd as others have pointed out. Were they not honest reviews before?

    Also I recently noticed that some of the reviews are written by “MSA” rather than a specific person on the team. That seems sketchy too.

    I no longer enjoy this site as much as I used to and visit less often.

    • Hi Grace! Thank you for sharing your input. While all MSA reviews are honest, for specific products or more in-depth reviews we try to emphasize that we’ll be going into greater detail, so that’s what I was getting at with the title of this review. I’m now realizing that wasn’t quite the right route to go! I’m definitely going to keep this in mind for future reviews.

      Also! You may see MSA listed as the author on articles that were team collaborations, or for general news & announcements. We’re not trying to hide anything, we sometimes just want to convey that the information is coming from the company, rather than any one author. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have more questions about that!

  8. Also, extremely tired of my comments being screened due to exclamation points and emoji’s… no longer worth the effort…

    • Emojis and punctuation don’t seem to change the fact most of my comments get filtered out and posted way later or not at all.

  9. Seriously!?! … on board with everyone else saying/thinking… so, until these “honest” reviews appeared… likely after people complained of overly “rosy” reviews, that all others were less than “honest”?? Complete turnoff… miss the old days of MSA, however “rosy”… some shoes, you simply cannot fill… 😢😳😷

  10. I’m sure the “honest” in the title is to catch people searching online for that term. However, I get what everyone is saying here about how it makes it seem as though other reviews may be less than honest.

  11. What bothers me about calling this series of reviews “Honest,” is that there’s also an Honest Company, and deals and reviews are sometimes posted. When these first started, I would think that they were about Honest Company products.
    I assume that the reviews of Honest Company were honest Honest Company reviews.

    • That’s what through me off the most when they said honest. The whole time, until I got to the comments, I thought this was a new line from honest company…

    • Oh my gosh I hadn’t even considered that, carol! I’m so sorry for the confusion!

  12. Seems expensive to me.

  13. I wish this had an option for people that work the midnight shift. I also don’t understand how this is an honest review…are the other ones not?

    • Ooh I’m intrigued by your suggestion, Mallie—do you mean you’d like to see a specific formula that would be helpful for those who get the bulk of their sleep during the day?

      As for the “honest” thing—apologies for implying that our other reviews aren’t honest. We do give our candid feedback of every box + item we review! I was experimenting with a title that I hoped would feel fitting for a more in-depth review, but I’m realizing it might not have conveyed the concept I was going for. So sorry for any concern I may have caused!

      • I appreciate your addressing the concerns about the “honest” in the title Christen, but the other thing that jumped out at me about this review is that it doesn’t seem in-depth at all. In the verdict section, the reviewers didn’t even really say much about how the supplements worked for them. MSA has done some really long, comprehensive reviews but this didn’t feel like one of them. JMHO!

  14. I think it’s funny when these review titles say “honest review”- are the other reviews not honest?

    • I take each review with a grain of salt. It says in the beginning that the product was sent at no cost for them to review. MSA is a business and if they all gave honest reviews they wouldn’t get product.

    • Thank you for chiming in about this, PudgeKat. When I write reviews, if something I received doesn’t work out for me I always try to think of someone who it might be a better fit for—but I am always honest! I knew our group review of Remrise would be a one-time thing so I used the word “honest” to try to emphasize the fact that it’s more in-depth. I totally understand why that feels off, though! I’ll consider that for the next review I write. 🙂

  15. I took At Ease for a week and it completely wrecked my digestive system for a solid and miserable 3 months. I highly, highly do not recommend it.

    • Oh no! Thanks for contributing your feedback, Break—it’s always super helpful to have additional input shared in the comments so folks can consider all angles when deciding whether to try a box or product we review. I hope you were able to find another gentle solution to help you get some sleep!

  16. What is with this honest stuff? It’s so annoying and reads as extremely sketchy. I’m going to stop coming to this site, I really hate that.

    • Hey Sandra, thanks for your feedback. In using “honest” I was hoping to emphasize the more in-depth nature of our group review, but I’m realizing it totally came off the wrong way. I’m so sorry for putting a bad taste in your mouth and I sincerely hope you’ll stick around!

  17. Why are some of the reviews labeled as “Honest” ? Are the other reviews not honest?

    • I completely agree! These reviews totally throw me off. MSA is getting less trustworthy by the minute.

    • Hey Shannon! Totally valid concern. We are always honest in our reviews, but I can see why the title might imply otherwise. This is a more in-depth style of review than our regular monthly reviews, so I wanted to give it a title that felt a bit “bigger”—maybe not the best move! I appreciate your asking & bringing this consideration to light.

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