Thursday, December 10, 2015

RITUALS Body Care Gift Guide | Review

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RITUALS is a surprisingly affordable luxury skincare line that makes some of my all-time favorite body products. Their beautifully fragrant and nourishing treasures delight the senses and the skin, and they make perfect gifts during the holiday season. I have selected a few of my all-time favorite RITUALS products for your consideration.

About RITUALS,

Founded in 2000, Amsterdam-based home and body brand, Rituals, offers pampering bath, body, skincare, home, and fragrance products inspired by ancient Eastern philosophies. Traveling the world, Raymond Cloosterman saw how ordinary routines could be transformed into meaningful rituals and watched these positive traditions provide a healthy, comforting, and relaxing escape from bustling everyday life. Enriched with potent herbs and botanicals like nourishing white lotus, soothing ginseng, restorative ginkgo biloba, and energizing Mandarin orange, each Rituals collection uses all-natural, renewable ingredients to promote wellness and relaxation for both the body and home.

One of my very favorite bathing products is the Rituals Zensation Foaming Shower Gel Sensation Organic Rice Milk and Cherry Blossom. I fell in love with this innovative shower gel from the very first moment that I used it. It's an extraordinary take on the ordinary, and for me it makes my bathing experience anything but mundane. The unique gel to foam technology not only makes it immensely fun to use, but it exceeds my every expectation of what a body cleansing gel should do. It cleans beautifully, smells glorious, and leaves the skin lusciously hydrated and soft. Furthermore, the rich dense foamy texture lends itself to being one seriously amazing shaving cream that cleanses, softens, and gives a seriously close shave. My legs have been transformed into the most soft and silky skin imaginable, and this gorgeous product has quickly given the boot to all of my other shaving creams!

According to RITUALS,

Unique gel-to-foam technology. Squeeze a small amount of gel into your hand - contact with water transforms the gel into a rich, relaxing foam. Zensation combines Rice Milk, a natural ingredient that nourishes the skin and leaves it silky soft, with Cherry Blossom, the Japanese symbol of purity. Enhance your showering ritual with Zensation shower foam by following with Magic Touch body cream to experience the same fragrance sensation.

Ingredients: Aqua / Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Isopentane, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sorbitol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Parfum / Fragrance, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Isobutane, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Glycerin, Prunus Cerasus (Bitter Cherry) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool.


As previously noted, the unique gel to foam technology not only makes it immensely fun to use, but it exceeds my every expectation of what a body cleansing gel should do. It cleans beautifully, smells glorious, and leaves the skin lusciously hydrated and soft. Furthermore, the rich dense foamy texture lends itself to being one seriously amazing shaving cream that cleanses, softens, and gives a seriously close shave. My legs have been transformed into the most soft and silky skin imaginable, and this gorgeous product has quickly given the boot to all of my other shaving creams! The combination of Green Tea and White Lotus makes this one of the most delectable scents imaginable. It is fresh, clean and utterly delightful!

Unique shower foam technology based on organic ingredients White Lotus and Green Tea. Due to its self-cleaning properties, the White Lotus is a symbol for purity and spiritual growth, while the powerful antioxidant Green Tea has a strong calming effect. The gentlest shower foam your skin has ever experienced. 

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Isopentane, Sorbitol, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Parfum/Fragrance, Isobutane, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Seed Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Flower Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citric Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Linalool, Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.


This is yet another masterpiece from Rituals, and this is not an exaggeration. Their Foaming Shower Gels are decadent things of beauty, and once you try them you will be hooked. The gel formula turns into a dense and rich foam upon contact with water. It is highly concentrated so a little goes a very long way, and it not only cleanses skin effectively, but it leaves skin soft, supple and moisturized. Furthermore, it doubles as one of the most effective and emollient shaving creams that effortlessly facilitates a very close shave. The scent is a gorgeous fusion of Indian Rose and Sweet Almond Oil, and this exotic blend not only leaves the skin with a sensual veil of fragrance, but it also leaves the bathroom smelling delectable.

According to RITUALS,

This gel transforms into a rich, nurturing foam on contact with water. Combines the ancient Ayurvedic ingredients of Sweet Almond Oil and Indian Rose.

Complete your showering ritual with Yogi Flow shower foam, Honey Touch body cream or Shanti Chakra body oil to experience the same fragrance sensation.

Squeeze a small amount of gel onto your hand, massage onto damp skin and enjoy the rich foaming sensation.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Isopentane, Sorbitol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Parfum/Fragrance, Isobutane, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Coumarin, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil.
RITUALS Sakura Spring Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom Foaming Shower Oil ($15.00 for 6.7 oz. from RITUALS and Amazon):

This is a very moisturizing cleansing oil that emulsifies and turns from an oil consistency to a thin milky emulsion when in contact with water. It effectively cleans the skin, and leaves it delectably soft smooth and moisturized. The scent is a wonderful warm floral that delights the senses.

According to RITUALS,

This shower oil becomes a silky soft foam on contact with water, leaving your skin beautifully soft.
Enjoy the scintillating scent of organic Rice Milk and Eastern Cherry Blossom.

Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soy) Oil, Laureth-4, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocamide Dea, Mipa-Laureth Sulfate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Lauric Acid, Lauryl Alcohol Diphosphonic Acid, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Prunus Serrulata (Cherry) Flower Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Benzyl Alcohol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Citrate, Sorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Ci 42090 (Blue 1).

RITUALS Fortune Oil Sweet Orange & Cedar Wood Caring Shower Oil ($15.00 for 6.7 oz. from RITUALS and Amazon):

RITUALS Fortune Oil Sweet Orange & Cedar Wood from the Laughing Buddha Collection is a wonderfully moisturizing shower oil for the body that functions in precisely the same way as the many facial cleansing oils that have recently flooded the market.

You simply apply a small amount of Fortune Oil Sweet Orange & Cedar Wood to your skin and as soon as it has contact with water it emulsifies and turns from an oil consistency to a thin milky emulsion that effectively cleans the skin, and leaves it delectably soft smooth and moisturized. The scent is a warm amalgam of Sweet Orange & Cedar Wood, and it is neither too sweet, nor too woodsy. While the scent is lovely it does not linger since it is, for the most part, washed away. However, RITUALS does have a full range of products from the Laughing Buddha Collection that will allow you to luxuriate in the beautiful scent.

According to RITUALS,

In ancient China, 1100 years ago, the Laughing Buddha was a famous monk who, with his legendary smile, brought happiness wherever he went. For centuries, rubbing his belly has symbolised good luck and prosperity. Inspired by this tradition, our Laughing Buddha collection brings a touch of happiness to your everyday life.

The shower oil becomes a silky soft foam, leaving your skin beautifully soft. The natural ingredients Sweet Orange & Cedar produce a wonderfully warm fragrance. The shower oil helps you stay brown for longer. The oil hydrates your skin in the shower, so that you lose less pigment. You can thus enjoy your holiday tan for even longer.

How to use: Use Rinse the bath or shower well after use to avoid slipping. Rinse thoroughly if it comes into contact with the eyes.

It is really important to pay attention to their warning that one needs to rinse the shower or bathtub after use because the oil does leave an oily residue that could cause one to slip and fall.

Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soy) Oil, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Laureth-4, Cocamide Dea, Mipa-Laureth Sulfate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Parfum/ Fragrance, Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Aqua, Bht, Linalool, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Citric Acid, Ci 16035 (Red 40), Ci 42090 (Blue 1).
RITUALS Pure Hammam Shampoo ($19.00 for 8.4 oz. from RitualsBarneys New York and John Lewis £9.50):

If you are looking for a color safe volumizing shampoo that gives hair lots of shine, then look no further. Hair is thoroughly cleansed, but never stripped, and the refreshing scent of Eucalyptus is uplifting, but not overpowering. A lovely shampoo, indeed!

According to RITUALS,

Volume and shine shampoo with Organic Argan Oil and refreshing organic Eucalyptus. Its innovative volume system opens and plumps the hair for visibly more voluminous hair. The Organic Argan Oil adds a rich shine while Eucalyptus provides a revitalizing effect. Pure Hammam protects hair color and is ideal for daily use.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Laureth-2, Decyl Glucoside, Parfum/Fragrance, Peg-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Betaine, Glyceryl Laurate, Sodium Chloride, Inulin, Sodium Benzoate, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Methoxy Peg/Ppg-7/3 Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Menthol, Panthenol, Hydroxypropyl Oxidized Starch Pg-Trimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Polyquaternium-10, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Dimethylpabamidopropyl Laurdimonium Tosylate, Lactic Acid, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Rhodophycea Extract, Ci 42090 (Blue 1), Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.
RITUALS Touch of Happiness Body Cream ($29.00 for 6.7 oz. from RITUALSBarneys New York and John Lewis £17.00):

This is an absolutely decadent body cream. It is rich and creamy, but remarkably fast absorbing. It leaves skin very hydrated, silky soft, smooth and delightfully scented. The scent is a delectable blend of Sweet Orange and Cedar, but it is neither too sharp, nor too woodsy.

According to RITUALS,

Rich, velvety body cream to nourish and strengthen the skin. Special technology makes this whipped cream easy to apply, while its rich and velvety formulation nourishes and strengthens the skin. A unique blend containing antioxidants, Vitamin E and the strengthening ingredient Centella Asiatica.  Natural ingredients of Sweet Orange and Cedar provide a heavenly warm fragrance.

Ingredients: Aqua / Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Parfum / Fragrance, Ceteareth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Isohexadecane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ceteareth- 12, Allantoin, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Linalool, Cetyl Palmitate, Alcohol, Olus (Vegetable) Oil, Limonene, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Citronellol, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Cola) Herb Extract, Juniperus Virginiana (Ceder) Wood Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf Extract, Riboflavin, Sorbic Acid.

RITUALS Magic Touch Whipped Body Cream ($29.00 for 6.7 oz. from RITUALS and Barneys New York):

The lightweight whipped texture is exceedingly emollient and hydrating, but surprisingly fast absorbing. Skin is immediately left soft, supple and ultra-hydrated. RITUALS aptly describes the scent as one that is "wonderfully sweet and creamy." It is neither too sweet, nor too assertive, and once it settles into the skin it becomes a barely-there aromatic veil.

According to RITUALS,

Special technology makes this whipped cream easy to apply, while its rich and velvety formulation nourishes the skin. Unique blend containing antioxidants, Vitamin E and the ingredient Centella Asiatica, which helps strengthen your skin. The natural ingredients of Rice Milk and Cherry provide a wonderfully sweet and creamy fragrance.

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Prunus Avium (Sweet Cherry Fruit) Extract, Ubiquinone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Glycol, Allantoin, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-12, Cetyl Palmitate, Ceteareth-20, Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Tocopherol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Metabisulfite, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Isoeugenol, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide.
Left to RightRITUALS Touch of Happiness Body Cream and RITUALS Magic Touch Whipped Body Cream
RITUALS Himalaya Scrub Sweet Almond Oil & Indian Rose Salt Scrub ($29.00 for 15.8 oz. from RITUALS and Barneys New York and John Lewis £19.50):

Given my unmitigated love for everything that Rituals makes, it should come as no surprise that I would effusively gush over their Rituals Himalaya Scrub Sweet Almond Oil & Indian Rose, and trust me when I say that the scent alone will make you deliriously happy. The scent is an amalgam of Rose with a hint of the Mentha Piperita Oil quietly asserting itself. The end result is a delectable rose peppered with a touch of mint, and the overall composition is otherworldly.

As a proponent of regular exfoliation, I routinely seek new scrubs to remove dead skin cells and leave skin baby soft, velvety smooth and utterly supple, but often times skin is left stripped and dehydrated. However, this scrumptious scrub is suspended in glorious moisturizing oils that leave skin unbelievably moisturized, and it would be a understatement to state theta it fulfills my desire to be left with skin that is baby soft, velvety smooth and utterly supple. This is an A+ scrub any way that you do the math!

According to RITUALS,

Revitalise your skin with this velvety soft and cooling body scrub. This purifying scrub leaves a deep-acting, moisturising and protective film on your skin. Enriched with the luxurious fragrance of Indian Rose and soothing Sweet Almond Oil.

Traditional Ayurvedic medicine shows that scrubbing is an extremely effective way to purify your body and stimulate your body's energy flow. The process is accelerated if you take a warm bath afterwards.

Contains prehistoric Crystal Salts from the Himalayas which have a purifying and harmonising effect on inner balance and vitality.

Directions: Massage the body scrub onto damp skin. Rinse off with warm water in the shower or bath.

Ingredients: Sodium Chloride, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Parfum/Fragrance, Limonene, Menthol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Mentha Piperita Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopherol, Ocimum Basilicum Extract, Ocimum Tenuiflorum Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil.
Overall Assessment: RITUALS makes so many delightful products, and they make absolutely perfect gifts. If you need a good hostess gift, or something for those difficult to shop for people on your holiday list, then you really can't go wrong with any of their wonderful skincare products!

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24 comments:

  1. Zensation shower foams and Tao love me. Yogi Flow disappointed me.
    Himalaya scrub texture, smell .... 10. Magic Touch another 10 and Happiness is not bad. Shower oils have them in my wishlist

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    1. Hi Magan, Isn't RITUALS an amazing line?! Why were you disappointed by Yogi Flow? Did you dislike the scent? I completely agree with you about Magic Touch, it's definitely a 10! The Shower Oils are really really lovely! They leave the skin clean and so beautifully hydrated!

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  2. I'll take one of everything! lol I got one of their hand creams in an Allure Beauty Box, and I love the scent. The formula is so hydrating too!

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    1. I'm so happy that you have tried one of their hand creams! Their products are absolutely fantastic, and such a pleasure to use!

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  3. Like you, I love the Zensation shower gel as a shaving cream! I recently got a Rituals hand balm in Ginkgo's Secret and absolutely love it!

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that you use it for shaving as well! Such an amazing product! I haven't tried their hand balm, but based upon your experience, I really want to try it now!

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    1. I absolutely love Rituals, too! It's such an amazing line!

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  5. I just finished up a Rituals Touch of Happiness body scrub. It was such a pleasure to use.

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    1. Their body scrubs really are such a pleasure to use!

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  6. I've heard of this brand but haven't tried it yet. Thanks for your comprehensive review!
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    1. Hi twinsy, you really need some Rituals is your life! I know that you will absolutely love the line!

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  7. Lots of good stuff! I've never heard of this brand, so thanks for reviewing! Lots of new stuff to check out.

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    1. Hi Destany! You are so welcome! This is definitely a line that you need to try. I am sure that you will love their delightful products!

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  8. OMG I've heard of this and wanted to try the T'ai Chi and forgot but you reminded meeee!!! YAY!

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    1. You definitely need to try this line, Brooke! You will become obsessed with their products!

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  9. How do you even choose a favorite? I want to try this line for sure!

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    1. It's nearly impossible to choose a favorite. I generally choose based upon my mood! It's a truly fantastic line– you really must try it!

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  10. Your posts always make me want all of the things. Now, if I can just dig up a rich uncle... lol

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  11. You have some serious goodies. I love body creams an scrubs. This time of year scrubs are a must.

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    1. I completely agree with you about the necessity to use scrubs this time of year! RITUALS has so many perfect products for this time of year!

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  12. How have I not tried this brand? I want one of everything asap (but especially the shower foam!)

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    1. I have no idea, Bailey! You definitely need to try the line, and the shower foam will blow your mind! I am obsessed with their products!

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