Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rituals Cosmetics Review + GIVEAWAY!

Get ready to meet your new beauty obsession.


I was recently invited to a special Birchbox event at the Rituals Cosmetics store on the Upper West Side. This gorgeous shop is less than a 10-minute walk from my apartment, so I was thrilled to discover a hidden gem of beauty products right in my own neighborhood!


While this company is fairly new to the United States, it's already created quite a stir in Europe. In fact, it originated in The Netherlands, which just so happens to be one of my very favorite places in the world since I spent some time there as a teenager.


While Rituals has European roots, the company has an Asian influence which carries through the products and into its decor. Each store features beautiful cherry blossoms to create a serene atmosphere.



Rituals brands itself as "a story of passion to create pure simple happiness." The lovely ladies who work there talked about how people go through their daily routines without always being mindful of what they're doing, and that Rituals wants us to take the time to enjoy the simple pleasures of using beautiful bath and skin products.


Here is how company founder Raymond Cloosterman describes his vision: 
“I passionately believe that we can transform our daily routines into more meaningful moments if we pay just a little bit more attention to the details. This philosophy led to a unique concept of combining home and body cosmetics, and this is how RITUALS... was born. With a luxurious collection of high quality products to enrich body and soul we offer anything from body and facial care to scented candles, clothing, perfumes, gemstone make-up, and tea."

After learning about the company's origins and mission, we roamed the store to sample the various products and learn more about the different lines. Birchbox was kind enough to provide a bountiful breakfast spread, which included some yummy mimosas and macarons.




I seriously could have spent all day in that store (and I've already been back since to do some more shopping!). The scents were all fresh and light, and the creams felt super luxe on my skin. My daily beauty routine has definitely gotten a bit monotonous, so it was great to have some new inspiration to shake it up!


While I honestly loved everything I tried out, I kept coming back to the Laughing Buddha collection. This collection is all about focusing on the positive and adding an extra dose of happiness to daily life, which I think is a great way to start each morning! Plus, the mandarin scent is simply divine!


After receiving a hand massage with the Good Luck sugar body scrub and washing it off with the Happy Buddha shower foam, I was sold on taking home that collection. Birchbox and Rituals kindly gifted each attendee with the product line of her choice, so I was able to take home the scrub, shower foam, and body cream to begin my new daily ritual.

BUT...here's the best part...


Rituals and Birchbox DOUBLED their gift so one lucky reader will also be taking home the Laughing Buddha collection! One winner will receive the same sugar scrub, shower foam (which was in the swag bags at the Golden Globes!), and body cream (total retail value: $69). 

Enter below for your chance to win - the giveaway will run through October 28th, and we'll announce the winner on October 29th.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Thank you to Birchbox and Rituals for a fantastic day! Which Rituals product are you most excited to try?

xoxo
B

36 comments :

  1. Rituals looks like such a pretty and serene store! I love a great sugar scrub!

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  2. What a fantastic day for you!! I've never heard of Rituals! I'd be so happy trying any of their product!

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  3. Thanks so much for the introduction to a new brand!!! Sounds like it was a really great morning for you of pampering!!

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  4. The products sound divine! Such a lovely way to spend the morning :)

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  5. This is the place where they tried to wash my hands. Their products look amazing though. Maybe it was just a weird employee at their Soho location?

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  6. Ohh thanks for the review! I love hearing about new brands. And this sounds like an amazing morning of pampering... jealous!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  7. Looks like a great time...so jealous! The products look wonderful too - I might have to try and find them!

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  8. I've never heard of these products, what a nice event!

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  9. That looked like a nice event. I would love to try any of the body care items, love good smelling stuff lol!!

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  10. Ooh great giveaway and I love all of the colorful packaging!

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  11. sounds like a great store, and a fun event!

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  12. Fabulous giveaway and what a fun event! Mimosas and macaroons.. yes please :)

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  13. This brand sounds great! I hope I get a chance to try it.

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  14. Oh, my.This is wonderful! The laughing Buddha collection sounds fabulous. I love it all! Fingers crossed!

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  15. My Instagram is PANDAP34. I'm sorry. Some of the rafflecopter wasn't working. I am following you!! Thank you so much!!!💜

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  16. I love the look of this store. I really wish I could be there in person. It just looks calming and one of those kinds of places I could spend money I don't even have lol I really would love to try the Laughing Buddha set. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  17. Sighhhh I love a good sugar scrub! Honestly, I want to try everything. Such a great review!

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  18. I discovered them through Birchbox too and was so thrilled to see their shop in the Amsterdam airport during a layover on a business trip last month! Lesson learned - if you need to have a stopover in Europe, make it Amsterdam so you can visit Rituals!! :)

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  19. This looks like it was so much fun! The products look amazing and now I want it all! Thank you for the giveaway!!

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  20. The body cream sounds divine! I would really like to try there products. i have heard of the laughing Buddha and how luxurious it feels but I have never been had the privilege to try it out. I sure would love to win this product line. Thank you for this giveaway.

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  21. What a beautiful store!! You guys go to the best events!

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  22. This looks like an amazing store! The products look awesome - I'm such a fan of scrubs. Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway! :)

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  23. That store is BEAUTIFUL! I love scrubs andddd that I found your blog because it is so awesome. XO-Emelia

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  24. Sounds like a fantastic event! I have never heard of Rituals before, but I will have the check it out!

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

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  25. The store look wonderful, just the atmosphere I like.

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  26. Rituals seems like a Zen Sanctuary-a place of complete relaxation. I love the concept and the products!

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  27. I've been to that store! AMAZING!

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  28. Never used Rituals before but they look lovely!

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  29. I've seen ads for this before, but never tried it! Im a lover of luxurious body lotions and creams, so Im dying to try this!

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  30. These products sound interesting, I would love to give it a try! Especially with fall here!!

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  31. I would love to take home the scrub, shower foam, and body cream to begin my new daily ritual.

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  32. I love the scent of mandarin, I'll need to check out these products I think I would really like them.

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  33. I love hearing about new brands. I love trying different beauty and bath products.

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