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Juice Cleanse Review: Ritual Cleanse

August 2, 2012

Today’s post is the third in a series of reviews of delivered-to-your-door 3-day juice cleanses from companies that offer nationwide delivery on their fresh juices.
See also: reviews #1 and #2.

Last weekend’s juice cleanse came to me courtesy of Ritual Cleanse, based out of Irvine, California. Ritual Cleanse uses a hydraulic press to extract their juices with very little heat or friction. Their slogan is “Made from plants, not manufactured in one,” which I love!

Last Friday through Sunday, I completed their 3-day Seasonal Reset juice cleanse program.

Arrival: The package was delivered at 9:15am, having been sent with overnight shipping in an insulated box. The contents of the box were tossed around a bit, but everything arrived intact and extremely well-chilled.

The round bottles can’t be stacked on top of one another, but I had cleared plenty of space in my fridge for them, so it was no problem.

Options: When ordering a Ritual Cleanse, you choose between the Classic Reset or the Seasonal Reset. I did the Seasonal Reset, which replaces one of the four green juices in the Classic Reset with a seasonal fruit juice.

Each Reset contains a pre-selected set of 6 daily juices (i.e. you don’t have the option to choose individual juice flavors.) Each bottle is labeled with a number to indicate the order in which you should drink them. Beyond that, you get to decide how quickly and at what times of day you drink each of them.

Variety: Although you’re not able to choose your individual drinks on each day of the Classic or Seasonal Reset cleanse, you do have the option to add their “Shred” component – a pair of drinks for especially active people, one (an energizing root juice) to drink before a workout and one (a protein-rich almond milk) to drink afterward – to any or all of the days. I didn’t try those, myself, but they sound great!

The Juices…

Reset 1: spinach, romaine, kale, celery, cucumber, green apple, lemon
Each day of the cleanse begins with this green juice. It lands right in the middle of the sweetness spectrum for me—sweet enough to be enjoyable to the last sip, but not so sweet that you feel like you’re drinking pure fruit juice. In my eyes, this made it pretty perfect—and that’s a very good thing, because as you’ll see, there were two more drinks just like it each day.

Reset 2: strawberries, watermelon, green apple, young coconut water, lime
Speaking of drinking pure fruit juice, the second daily juice is the “seasonal” part of the Seasonal Reset. I was so excited to find this craveworthy blend was my mid-morning treat each day. I can’t even tell you how incredible this juice is—except to say that it is, hands down, the best juice of any kind I’ve ever tasted. Can I order a gallon of this, please?!

Reset 3: spinach, romaine, kale, celery, cucumber, green apple, ginger
This third juice of the day was identical to the first, except with ginger in place of lemon. Equally delicious!

Reset 4: alkaline water, lemon, raw agave, cayenne pepper
The fourth juice was this Master-Cleanse-esque lemonade drink. It wasn’t too spicy, and it provided a nice citrusy interlude between green drinks.

Reset 5: spinach, romaine, kale, celery, cucumber, green apple
The fifth juice each day was identical to the first and third, except without lemon OR ginger. Once again, it was tasty and refreshing.

Reset 6: raw cashews, vanilla bean, raw agave, filtered water
The cashew milk was the only drink of the day that I didn’t fall in love with. It wasn’t as smoothly blended as I expected, and it was unstrained, so I was surprised by the grittiness (but a quick whirl in the Vitababy took care of that). Although I wish they’d use dates to sweeten this drink instead of agave, the flavor of the milk was mild and pleasant, and not overly sweet.

Extras: Ritual Cleanse includes a handy little insulated tote bag (featuring a zip top, side pocket, and stable bottom panel) to keep your juices chilled while you’re on the go. It’s roomy, too—you could fit a whole day’s worth of juice inside it. They also send you reusable ice packs that you can place in the bag with your juices.

Cost: Ritual Cleanses cost $80 a day plus shipping (which costs $60 per 3-day cleanse). This brings the total price of a 3-day cleanse to $300, or $100 per day.
(Full disclosure: Ritual Cleanse sent me this cleanse “on the house.”)

Support: Ritual Cleanse sends you an email with pre-cleanse guidelines and offers unlimited email support with your cleanse.

How to Order: Online. They deliver nationwide, but local pickup or delivery (which is cheaper) is available in Orange, San Diego, and Los Angeles counties.

Final thoughts: All of Ritual Cleanse’s juices are yummy and satisfying, and the bright flavor of their green juice is truly excellent. I do wish their cashew milk were smoother and more naturally sweetened, but it still made a great “dessert” each night. I appreciate that they make the nutritional info of their drinks available on their site, and they were very responsive via email, even over the weekend. The price is awfully steep, but I was happy with my experience overall, and would recommend the Seasonal Reset especially—I’m telling you, that strawberry-watermelon juice is simply to-die-for!

BONUS: Ritual Cleanse is extending an exclusive 20% discount to Almost Vegan readers from now until August 16th! Use coupon code vcreader at checkout to get 20% off any cleanse purchase.

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. Mallory permalink
    August 2, 2012 2:52 pm

    mmmmmmmmmm watermelon juice sounds so good! I’ve never tried juicing watermelon but I just so happen to have a watermelon in my fridge right now. I know what kind of juice i’m making tonight! 😀

    • August 2, 2012 2:53 pm

      Watermelon juice is yummy as-is, but apparently mixing it with strawberry juice and coconut water turns it into heaven in a glass!

  2. August 2, 2012 3:00 pm

    I love to look at the labels and get some inspiration for my own juices or smoothies. That watermelon juice sounds delicious and would be so easy to make at home!

  3. August 2, 2012 3:31 pm

    I juice the white part of the watermelon that still has some red but before the green. I would throw it away anyway (well, compost it), so I feel really good about juicing it. (Sometimes I feel guilty about the left-over pulp and not eating the fiber when I juice.) I love the watermelon juice flavor, but I’ll have to try throwing some strawberries in with it next time 🙂 I’m not a fan of coconut water, but I’ve never had it straight from the coconut. I imagine it tastes a lot better.

    I’ve never researched the correct way to juice fast/feast before (I’m sure one of these days I’ll try one), but I’ve been surprised that each of the companies you’ve tried has included an almond milk for the last drink of the day. I wouldn’t have expected that, but apparently it’s common? (Yes, I just up-talked that last sentences – ha ha)

    • August 2, 2012 3:38 pm

      The white part of the watermelon rind is actually REALLY good for you! It contains something called citrulline, a hard-to-find non-essential amino acid.

      Coconut water straight from the coconut is the ONLY way it’s good (the pasteurized canned/tetra-pak stuff is disgusting), and it’s not just “good,” it’s life-changing! I can drink a quart of fresh coconut water at a time and still want more. There is ONE brand of truly-raw coconut water that just came out, Harmless Harvest – give it a try! It really tastes almost just-as-good as fresh.

      It’s very common – in fact, it seems to be standard – for the last drink of the day in these cleanses to be a nut-based concoction. Gives you fats and proteins, lets you go to bed not starving, and helps keep you on the “fast” – I bet fewer people would do/like/order them if they didn’t have at least one very filling drink! 🙂 It’s not something most “real” juice-cleansers would drink while on a fast, but I actually love it. I look forward to it all day!

  4. August 2, 2012 6:04 pm

    Ah, now this sounds amazing! If I had an extra $300 kicking around, I would totally order this just for the taste of those enticing juice combinations. 😉

    • August 2, 2012 6:05 pm

      Ha, tell me about it! And people think we cookbook authors are rolling in dough…well, some are, but not the money kind! 😛

  5. Francie permalink
    August 2, 2012 7:23 pm

    Surely I am not the only person who is appalled that you would promote a company that charges $300.00 for 3 days-18 drinks-15.00 a drink. Good lord…

    • August 2, 2012 7:31 pm

      Francie, no one has to purchase a cleanse like this (or read the review, for that matter) if they don’t want to! When I got the chance to try several different cleanses like this one this summer, I accepted – I could never afford one of these on my own either, so of course I jumped at the chance to review them! If these reviews don’t interest you, that’s a-ok; there’s only a couple more to go, anyway. 🙂

  6. August 2, 2012 11:33 pm

    Why do people have to be rude? It’s only a review! And, if I had the opportunity to review these I would’ve and featured/promoted it on my blog, too. Good lord… (ha!)

    This cleanse sounds awesome! I would love to do one that was all prepared and ready to go for me. And that strawberry combo and the cashew one sound so incredible! Thanks for the review and your honest opinion and cost of it. 🙂

    • August 3, 2012 10:23 am

      Agreed, Heidi 😉 No way I was going to turn down these opportunities!

      Still dreaming of that strawberry-watermelon juice…mmm…

  7. August 3, 2012 7:20 pm

    Hang on, you liked the one with watermelon best? Now that’s just crazy talk!

  8. August 3, 2012 8:03 pm

    Oh, I wish I could do this. I tried a modified (breastfeeding) juice diet awhile back and said I would have had more success if I had someone else making my juice for me! Glad you got to try it. Maybe when I’m done breastfeeding and can get more serious about weight loss, I’ll try it.

    • August 3, 2012 8:11 pm

      Oh man, it is SO much easier to stick with when someone else is making the juice for you! I get sick of juice-making verrry quickly…

  9. August 7, 2012 3:18 am

    I am a huge fan of ritual cleanse. This is the first and probably only cleanse I have ever successfully done. I felt amazing….healthy, energized, clear-headed, motivated, productive, and my skin had a glow to it the entire week. I found myself not craving sugar and all that bad food we sometimes get caught into eating….I never felt dizzy or light headed, and that is because on the ritual cleanse you aren’t starving your body like so many of these other crazy cleanses where you basically can’t eat for days. Instead you are eating millions of organic fruits and vegtables all day long..and a delicious (maybe 2 if you do the shred) cashew drink that tastes better than a milkshake….the no coffee thing was hard, but good to do!!!! Green tea was not bad….managed to have more energy from the juices than i get from my normal cup of coffee…… and my favorite part?! the convenience of this cleanse : 3 days (minor!) t-w-th and you still have your weekend uninterrupted..and the juices labeled 1 2 3 4 5 6 makes it the easiest thing ever!!! easier than having to make breakfast lunch and dinner….and your own little lunch bag? more of a reset than anything – resets your body and your taste buds…doesn’t make you want to scarf everything down the second your done…makes you want to keep juicing! love it*order the seasonal drink so it mixes the greens up a little!

  10. August 8, 2012 7:43 am

    I am so glad I found your blog…I’m loving your reviews! Can’t wait to hear what you recommend!

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