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My Honest Ritual Vitamin Review – Is It Worth the $30 Cost?

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanNov 2, 2022 | 6 comments

Updated September 8th, 2020 to include a new 3-month deal from Ritual!

Ritual is a women's 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.) A monthly subscription is $30 for 60 capsules (a 30-day supply.)

I personally have tried a lot of multivitamins over the years and had a lot of stomach issues with them, so when I first learned about Ritual I was hoping that this different approach to vitamins would work for me.

I first reviewed Ritual after just one month of taking the vitamins. I've now been taking them for over a year, so I wanted to give you an updated review with a better sense of my thoughts + suggestions for who this vitamin is for.

Here's everything you should know about Ritual before signing up:

Is Ritual allergen-free?

If you are looking for an allergen-free vitamin, you are in luck! Their founder is vegan, and the vitamin is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, GMO-free, and manufactured in the USA. (I avoid dairy + gluten in my diet, so this was a must for me.)

What's in the formula? 

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.

This vitamin only includes:

  • Boron
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Omega-3 DHA
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D3
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K2

Is it safe for sensitive stomachs?

This is probably my favorite part of the vitamin: Ritual designed the capsule with sensitive stomachs in mind:

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.

I've had ZERO issues with stomach discomfort or nausea taking the vitamin, and that's pretty rare for me. (I've tried a lot of vitamins in the past, including pricey natural ones like Honest Company's, and had to stop taking them because they upset my stomach so much.)

It also has a lovely minty aftertaste!

What are the benefits of the vitamins in Ritual?

Here are the benefits Ritual lists on their site:

  • Helps maintain energy, immunity, and skin.
  • Supports red blood cells and vital internal organs like your heart.
  • Helps your body use the calcium you get from food to keep your bones strong.
  • Helps your body maintain tissue structure, fight free radicals, and age well from within.

While it's hard for me to say for certain I've seen improvements in these areas AND can attribute them to Ritual, one thing I want to call out is Iron. I have always had low iron levels but never found an iron supplement that I could actually take without stomach pain until Ritual. And I'm pretty sure having adequate Iron levels has helped me with energy, so that alone is a win in my book.

What's up with that capsule design?

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.

Do I recommend Ritual?

I would recommend this vitamin subscription for anyone with a sensitive stomach who hasn't found the perfect multivitamin yet. Also, if you've found it frustrating looking for a vitamin that doesn't have a mile-long nutritional facts listing, the 9-ingredient formula might be perfect for you as well.

On the flip side, if you already have an inexpensive multi-vitamin that's serving you well, this probably isn't a necessary upgrade. (You can check out more about Ritual's ingredients here and here, to see how your current vitamin compares.)

Oh, and if you are looking for a prenatal vitamin and have nausea concerns, they also have a vitamin for you!

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"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... 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!

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Jodi Morton

I am now freaked out about the Boron! Annnnd of course by the fact that you can’t leave a review on their website – that’s sus.

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These are fine vitamins but shipping takes over 2weeks!! The package will sit for weeks which is frustrating when you have to skip days waiting for the new pills. They should offer customers quicker shipping method.

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There is no way for me to leave a review on Ritual’s website. I took the essential for women 18+ vitamin for 3-4 months and after a few months, I had LOST more than half of the hair on my head. Looking back, I realize now that my hair was falling out more and more when I started taking the Ritual. I was and still am devastated!!! I used to have nice long hair. Now I have a mullet. Funny but not funny at all. The vitamin was the only thing new that I was taking and my diet stayed the same. My doctor thinks that my body reacted to the boron that is in the multivitamin. Research says that boron taken in high doses can cause hair loss. The multivitamin does not have a lot of boron in it, but it is possible that my body is very sensitive to it. It is obviously also possible that I lost my hair for some other reason, but it seems like too much of a coincidence that I started losing my hair after I started a new multivitamin.

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It sounds like you are having problems with something else. You should go to the doctors.

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I recently had my thyroid removed due to thyroid cancer. Would your product be safe and helpful for my needs.

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I am interested in your ritual 50+, so please send me on your email list for news & updates.

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