Rituals Ritual of Advent Calendar Review

I love advent calendars!

For the last four years, I have done an advent calendar every December. My husband started it by buying me the bareminerals advent calendar from Ulta a few years ago. I loved it so much that after that I tried the Sleek makeup calendar and then last year I opened the LookFantastic calendar every day on my instagram story. When Tryazon offered the chance to try the Rituals advent calendar aka Ritual of Advent I was so excited! If you’d like to see my unboxing video, check out the YouTube video in the middle of the page.

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Ritual of Advent 2019

Advent is essentially the time leading up to Christmas day. It is observed in many religious traditions but has become a secular celebration of the holiday season as well. I have found in my search for advent calendars that they are much more popular in Europe than they are in the United States, although they are becoming more popular. After doing several makeup only advent calendars I have found that it’s just too much makeup so I definitely prefer a mixture of skincare items. Rituals is already a favorite brand of mine, in part because of the opportunities I have had to try them via Tryazon! Check out my Ritual of the Sakura video and my review of the Ritual of the Dao calming treat.

Please note that the video on the rest of this view contains FULL SPOILERS for the calendar!!!

2019 Ritual of Advent details

The Rituals 2019 Ritual of Advent calendar retails for $74.50 and is available at Lord & Taylor or the official Rituals website. Many of the individual items are available other places that carry Rituals products like Ulta and Macy’s but if you want the calendar you’ll need to get it at one of those two places.

The first thing I noticed about this calendar is that it is really a great deal. I paid $123 for the LookFantastic calendar last year (including shipping from the UK). Comparable calendars from L’Occitane and Kiehl’s start at $99 and the Elemis calendar is $250!

If you watched my YouTube video you saw that the box is shaped like a Christmas tree with fold-out parts that come off, I thought I had ripped it but luckily they do pop in and out easily. Presentation-wise I think this would make wonderful gift if you can stand to give it away once you see it!

Spoilers ahead!!!

Ritual of Advent 2019

Ritual of the Advent 2019 Review

Items included:

  • Mini Candle Private Collection Oriental Vetiver
  • Mini Candle Private Collection Sacred Saffron
  • Mini Candle Private Collection Savage Garden
  • Mini Candle Private Collection Precious Amber
  • The Ritual of Karma Soap Bar
  • The Discovery Collection Bath & Shower gel
  • Amsterdam Collection Body Mist
  • Amsterdam Collection Hand Wash
  • The Ritual of Namaste Hydrating Ampoule
  • The Ritual of Namaste Purifying Charcoal Wonder Mask
  • The Ritual of Namaste Velvety Smooth Cleansing Foam
  • The Ritual of Namaste Pure Face Oil
  • The Ritual of Sakura Shower Scrub
  • The Ritual of Samurai Foaming Shower Gel Sport
  • The Ritual of Hammam Black Soap
  • The Ritual of Ayurveda Foaming Shower Gel
  • The Ritual of Ayurveda Dry Oil VATA
  • The Ritual of Samurai Shower Gel
  • The Ritual of Dao Night Balm
  • The Ritual of Happy Buddha Body Cream
  • Exfoliating glove
  • Nail file
  • Miracle travel wipes

I absolutely love how every day has something for you to read. They truly incorporate the ritual part of the brand into every part of this calendar! I love the variety of scents, some were new to me and some were favorites like the Ritual of the Dao and the Ritual of the Happy Buddha.

I only have two criticisms. The first is that while they do include several foaming shower gels they did not include my favorite product, the shower oil. I thought it was very odd when I tried it but I absolutely love it for my dry skin which gets even more dry in the winter! Second was the nail file. Everything else in the calendar felt very on-brand for Rituals but the nail file felt thrown in because they ran out of items/ideas. I would much rather have had another scent in the small soap or even another pack of travel wipes.

All in all I give it 4.5/5 stars! Highly recommend. None of the links in this article are affiliate links, they are just for your convenience. Also I highly recommend joining Tryazon if you would like your own items to try!

Ritual of Advent 2019

Ritual of the Dao Calming Treat by Rituals

Rituals is a brand that I have been interested in trying since I first heard about them. I love the idea of promoting mindfulness and self-care in body care products – it’s a unique viewpoint I have not seen much of especially not in international brands! When Tryazon offered an opportunity to try them I jumped at the chance and was very excited to be selected for a free box. As always, even though I received this for free for review purchases, my opinions are my own. If you know me, you know I have no problem saying I dislike something even if I received it from a brand. I have been intrigued by Ayurveda since I read a book by Depak Chopra and I take an Ayurvedic herb so I felt like Rituals products were made for someone like me, who loves luxury beauty products but also values spirituality and ancient practices.

Ritual of the Dao Calming treat

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I received the Ritual of the Dao Calming treat which is a 4 piece set with a gorgeous reusable box. If you or the person you are a buying a gift for appreciates beautiful packaging these sets will impress. This retails for $29.50 so it is not going to break the bank if you are looking for a thoughtful holiday gift for your yoga teacher or child’s teacher, even a coworker or friend. The Dao also comes in larger packages, the Calming Ritual for $45 and the Calming Ceremony which is $99.
These items are avaliable for purchase on the Rituals USA website but many of their products are now at Ulta Beauty’s website and select stores as well. That’s also great for those of us who love to get Ulta points on everything possible.
Ritual of the Dao Calming treat
I loved the scent of white lotus and yi yi ren, it was fragrant but not overpowering. It had sweet notes to it which surprised me. The body cream did not leave my hands feeling greasy which I appreciated, you can never tell when a product will make you feel like you need to wash your hands. I had never tried shower oil before and it was a lot of fun. Now that it has finally cooled down in Mississippi, I know my skin will start to get dry as it does every winter. Overall, I loved this set and I would love to receive it as a gift or give it as a thoughtful present. While you don’t have to use them in a ritualistic way, following the directions will absolutely leave you feeling calmer and more centered.

Dao is an ancient Chinese philosophy centred on achieving balance between Yin and Yang. This enables you to experience a harmonic flow where you’ll feel that everything is perfect; just as it is. – Rituals 

Other rituals include The Ritual of Sakura, The Ritual of Hammam, The Ritual of Ayurveda, The Ritual of Happy Buddha (which I am considering purchasing as a gift for myself once I run out of Ritual of the Dao products!), Ritual of Samurai, and the new Ritual of Yalda. I don’t think you could go wrong with any of these, just pick the one that resonates most with you as each ritual has a different theme such as renewal or balancing.
Ritual of the Dao calming treat
Have you tried any of the Rituals products? What did you think of them! Leave a comment and tell me which other rituals/scents you recommend.