Ritual Self Care is product savvy and isn’t fooled by green-washing or other deceptive marketing tactics, which means you won’t be fooled either. Each skin and body care line offered is thoughtfully curated based on purity, efficacy, quality, safety and sustainability. The companies that we work with are also engaged in high standards for social and environmental responsibility. Our apothecary is devoted to skin, body and hair care products that are:
- Truly natural
- 100% organic certified – if carrying this seal
- Cruelty Free
- Free of toxicity
- Consciously sourced and produced
If you aren’t able to make it to the spa get in touch to have products shipped to you! We can ship all of our products around the US. At Estrella we also make and ship customized gift boxes.
Our Product Lines
- Agent Nateur
- Anima Mundi Apothecary
- Be Loved
- Cardamom Collective
- Coola Sunscreen
- Dental Lace
- Dock 6 Pottery
- Henne Organics
- Kjaer Weis Makeup
- Laurel Whole Plant Organics
- Love & Leche
- Pearlbar Oral Care
- Sanae Intoxicants
- Schmidt’s Deodorant
- Strange Invisible Perfumes
- Sun Potion
- Urban Moonshine
- WM Chocolate
- We also carry a variety of locally made gifts such as beeswax candles, pottery, and facial compresses.
Over 20,000 synthetic chemicals are used in personal care products today. While the use of organic on a product label is now regulated by food labeling laws, the use of natural is not regulated, meaning you have to study a product’s label to know if it is truly natural. With multiple levels of organic certification and use, many companies make claims that favor natural or organic but actually contain a number of synthetic chemicals, leaving us to wonder how safe and effective a product really is. Or what else is dishonest, or hidden in our products? Product integrity and label transparency is especially important when underlying health conditions impact the way our skin responds to certain ingredients.
It is well known that companies are not required to disclose contents of what is considered to be a proprietary blend, something often seen on a label as flavor or fragrance. But what is not known is that these blends often contain dozens, even hundreds of synthetic compounds that make up one flavor or fragrance. Most of these ingredients are known carcinogens and hormone disruptors. Many of these synthetic chemicals are so pervasive that they are now found in babies when they are born.
At Ritual Self Care we do the research so you don’t have to.
In the U.S. there are no requirements for safety testing, long-term health impacts, or environmental impact from use of personal care products, in general. With the exception of color additives and a handful of prohibited substances (nine total), cosmetic companies can use any raw materials without proper review or approval.
We are as concerned about the products you will use to care for your skin and body as we are about ensuring your services are safe and appropriate. Your skin is your largest sensory organ – a protective barrier between you and the environment. What goes on the skin is absorbed into the body at a much higher rate than when something is consumed during eating. Based on ingredients and composition, a product can ultimately enhance and strengthen your skin health, or cause it to suffer more damage and weaken its many important functions. You should never have to wonder if a product really is good for you, or have to decipher which ingredients are safe and which ones you might have to compromise with.
At Ritual Self Care, we believe that beauty should not come at the expense of our health.
Here are some of the ingredients we have chosen to avoid and why.
Benzyl Alcohol – skin sensitizer, allergen, linked to asthma and bronchitis.
BHT (Butylated Hydroxy Toluene) – Mimics estrogen, allergen, creates free radicals in the body damaging cell’s DNA, increases sensitivity to the sun, carcinogen.
Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives – human carcinogen linked to occupational cancers: nasal and nasopharyngeal, allergic reactions and linked to harm of the immune system.
Parabens – readily absorbed into the body, found to interfere with estrogen receptors and raise levels of estrogen.
Petrochemicals (a huge host of ingredients fall under this umbrella), lung and skin irritants, interferes with the body’s natural moisturizing mechanism, skin photosensitivity, allergic reactions, linked to skin cancer
Phthalates – endocrine disruptors, linked to breast cancer, early breast development in girls, reproductive birth defects in males and females, increased risk of diabetes. These are not disclosed on many products because they can be part of the secret formulas in fragrance.
Propylene glycol – skin irritant and penetrator, linked to dermatitis and allergies.
Sodium Benzoate – neurotoxin to aquatic animals, endocrine disruption, cytotoxic (liver toxin), forms benzene (a known carcinogen) when combined with Vitamin C or citric acid.
Sulfates – skin, lung and eye irritants, interacts and combines with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen, linked to kidney and respiratory damage, eye and skin irritant, hair loss and scalp scuff similar to dandruff.
Synthetic Fragrance and Flavor – This could be dozens or even hundreds of synthetic compounds. Fragrance is considered a trade secret so labels don’t need to tell us what the ingredients are. They are associated with a range of skin, eye and respiratory reactions. They are allergens and sensitizers, chemical pollutants in the human body, neurotoxins and hormone disruptors.
Tetrasodium EDTA – cytotoxic (liver toxin), highly absorbable and increases absorption of other chemicals present, respiratory irritant and linked to asthma.
Toluene (benzene, toluol, phenylmethane, methylbenzene) – skin irritant, linked to developmental damage in the fetus, immune system toxicity and respiratory irritant.
Triclosan – an antimicrobial chemical, known endocrine disruptor (thyroid and reproductive hormones), skin irritant, linked to skin cancer and phototoxicity. Studies are now showing that triclosan contributes to making bacteria antibiotic-resistant.
Urea – contact dermatitis and skin irritations.