Today’s post is the eighth in a series of reviews of 3-day juice cleanses from companies that offer home delivery on their fresh juices.
Last week’s juice cleanse came to me courtesy of Red Carpet Cleanse, based out of Los Angeles. Red Carpet Cleanse uses a hydraulic press to extract their organic raw juices with very little heat or friction, preserving the vital enzymes and nutrients. Red Carpet Cleanses are only available for delivery in the Los Angeles area right now, though they can ship on demand (but be aware that the shipping costs are quite high, since it’s something they don’t normally do).
Last Wednesday through Friday, I completed a 3-day Red Carpet juice cleanse program.
Arrival: The package was delivered at 9:30am, having been sent with overnight shipping in an insulated box. Everything arrived intact and properly chilled.
I liked the ergonomic shape of the bottles, which helped them fit into my fridge and stack on top of one another nicely if need be.
Options/Variety: A Red Carpet Cleanse contains a pre-selected set of 6 daily juices. You can choose between their Signature Cleanse or a seasonal cleanse (they’re currently offering a Summer Cleanse). I mixed it up by trying 2 days of the Signature Cleanse and 1 day of the Summer Cleanse! The bottles themselves aren’t labeled by number, but you receive a “menu” that tells you in what order you should drink the juices each day.
The Signature Cleanse Juices…
1. Ginger Brew: structured water, lemon, stevia, ginger, sea salt
First of all, can I get a “hell yeah!” for the use of stevia here? I’ve been genuinely surprised that no juice cleanse thus far has sweetened their drinks with stevia, but Red Carpet does! I love that this spicy ginger-lemon water had a minimal impact on my blood sugar levels.
2. Ace of Blades: cucumber, parsley, lemon, celery, apple, kale
This mild green juice is not too sweet – it tastes more like cucumber than apple – but also isn’t the least bit bitter. Two thumbs up!
3. Rawkstar Smoothie: almond milk, kale, mango, cinnamon, sea salt, stevia
Yes, a midday smoothie! That’s one thing that makes Red Carpet stand apart from other cleansing companies: two creamy, filling, non-juice drinks per day (rather than one). This smoothie surprised me with its mix of flavors: fruity mango, creamy almond milk, and sweet ‘n spicy cinnamon. The taste of the kale was totally masked by the other ingredients.
4. Some-Tang: carrot, apple, lemon, ginger
Very simple and very tasty, with a nice kick from the ginger.
5. Ace of Blades: cucumber, parsley, lemon, celery, apple, kale
This juice was identical to juice #2.
6. Liquid Churro: structured water, cashew milk, coconut oil, cinnamon, maca, sea salt
This drink was the first one that made me say “Meh.” It tasted a little tangy, almost like there was lemon juice in there (cashew buttermilk?). I had high expectations for it, but it didn’t quite live up.
The Summer Cleanse Juices…
1. Lemongrass Elixir: pear, jicama, green apple, lemon, ginger, fennel, lemongrass
Is this not the coolest, most creative juice combination you’ve ever seen? I LOVED this gingery drink.
2. Ph-abulous Green: cucumber, celery, kale, romaine, parsley, apple, ginger, lemon
In this greenest and least-sweet drink so far, the celery and parsley are prominent, but the apple takes the edge off everything. Very nice.
3. Chip & Kale Smoothie: almond milk, kale, banana, cacao nibs, mint, stevia
This one tasted a little like melted mint chocolate chip ice cream! I liked having the cacao nibs in there to chew on.
4. Root Down: beets, lemon, ginger, apple, burdock root
This scarlet sipper is quite heavy on the beets, but I’m proof that even a beet skeptic can find it an enjoyable drink.
5. Baja Mint Cooler: pineapple, green apple, cucumber, mint, jalapeño
Spice is nice! I liked the pop of jalapeño in this juice, but spice-phobes might not. You can tell by the fragrance and flavor that fresh mint was used, and it’s a great addition.
6. Grasshopper Frappé: almond milk, cucumber, star anise, nettles, cardamom, chlorophyll, stevia
Whoa! The flavors of this one came as a surprise; the star anise and cardamom are front and center. It wasn’t necessarily my cup of tea, but it was definitely a unique and creative drink. I also appreciate the inclusion of ultra-nutritious nettles.
Extras: Red Carpet Cleanse includes a handy little insulated tote bag to keep your juices chilled while you’re on the run.
Cost: Red Carpet Cleanses cost $90 a day, which includes local delivery in the Los Angeles area. This brings the total price of a 3-day cleanse to $270.
(Full disclosure: Red Carpet Cleanse shipped me this cleanse “on the house.”)
Support: Red Carpet Cleanse offers unlimited email support (even on the weekends!) with your cleanse.
How to Order: Online. Currently, Red Carpet Cleanses are only available for delivery in the Los Angeles area, but with any luck, if they experience enough demand for it, they’ll begin shipping nationwide at some point!
Final thoughts: Without a doubt, the thing that stands out the most about Red Carpet Cleanse is the creativity of their juice combinations. I loved the exciting mix of produce they put in their drinks! It was nice to have two smoothies a day, rather than just the one nightly nut milk. I also, as noted above, think it’s awesome that they sweeten their drinks with stevia. The drawback to Red Carpet is, of course, that their cleanses are generally only available in L.A. right now…but in the future, maybe just maybe, they’ll be available nationwide.
Los Angeles readers: You can get 20% off your own Red Carpet Cleanse! Just email September at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know Amber sent you.
P.S. Are you interested in cleansing, but not keen on living on liquids for 3 days—or looking for a more inexpensive alternative? Try my Real Food Cleanse!