Respect des Fonds is a principal that states one should maintain records of objects according to their origins. It is a foundation of archival science.
To us, Respect des Fonds is a celebration of and appreciation for the origins. We believe that in order to create the best product, one must have a deep appreciation for where its ingredients come from.
It's also a celebration of the path forward and for what is to come.
We're a group of friends who went our separate ways but found our way back together over a shared love of adaptogens.
We wear many hats: three are former overworked corporate professionals. Two are professional athletes training for the Olympics. Two are neuroscientists.
All of us care about making the wellness industry inclusive, transparent, and effective. First for ourselves, but ultimately, for all.
We were adaptogen users who were disappointed by what was being offered to us. We wanted a brand we could trust and a brand built on science, quality, and transparency.
So, we came together to build that brand from the ground up. Our mission is to make adaptogens, and therefore wellness, something that can be had, enjoyed, and trusted by all.
There's a place for a daily routine in all of our lives... why not start here?
We were founded in New York. Our operations are currently based in Los Angeles, where we make each jar by hand.
We source each adaptogen from partner farms and labs across the globe, including within the US.
We are consumers who created RDF to address our problems with the wellness industry.
At RDF, we pride ourselves on inclusivity, transparency, and giving you direct access to the best adaptogens on earth.
We have specifically curated ingredients that are clinically proven to work, backed in science, and sourced from their natural environments. Through our research, outreach, and partnerships, we have formulated blends with doses that we believe yield the highest possible efficacy for their intended purposes.*
Adaptogens are non-toxic herbs and plants that are meant to help the body resist stressors of all kinds, whether physical, chemical or biological.
In order to be categorized as adaptogens, the species must meet certain criteria: be non-toxic, work through the HPA [hypothalamic-pituitary/adrenal axis] and SAS [sympathoadrenal system], and regulate bodily system functions.
Adaptogens do this by training your body to adapt to different kinds of stress, so that your body is prepared when the actual stressor hits, and your reaction is less severe.*
Adaptogens are not new, and there has been a large amount of formal research done to study their efficacy. Moreover, clinical studies have been ramping up in recent years due to their popularity, especially beyond their places of origin.
As more and more consumers become interested, the number of studies increases. For us, this was what turned us onto adaptogens: that many of them have been studied in formal, academic settings and have exhibited beneficial results.
You can find out about the science behind adaptogens via our quick guide and blog, but we also encourage researching adaptogens on your own.
We are outspoken proponents of continued and more thorough testing of adaptogens. We believe that more testing is only beneficial in better understanding all of the capabilities of adaptogens.*
There are many reasons for this. For one, while some adaptogens like ginseng have been popular for years, many adaptogens are fairly new to the United States.
Secondly, the FDA has a backlog of products requesting review and approval, so this process can take years. In some cases, this can cause a lag between the review process and the progress of science (e.g., new sunscreen ingredients).*
If you'd like to learn more about adaptogens, check out our quick guide or our blog.
We always recommend doing your own research before selecting a supplement brand, as well.
How to use
Adaptogens work best when they are taken daily and for an extended period of time.
Our products have been carefully formulated and dosed to have short, medium, and long term benefits.
Some blends are best taken in the morning, some during the day, and some at night.
Most importantly, we recommended taking an adaptogen daily for at least 3 weeks before assessing its effects. After that, we recommend continued daily use.
Please check the label for our recommended dosage.*
No. We cannot recommend these products to treat medical disease or illness. Nor can we promise that these products will do so.*
We strongly recommend consulting with your doctor before giving our products to your child.*
We strongly recommend consulting with your doctor before taking our products if you are nursing or pregnant.*
None of our products contain nuts, although we cannot guarantee that our facilities are 100% void of interacting with nuts or nut-based ingredients.*
Yes, all of our products are Kosher.
All of our products are produced and manufactured without GMOs.
Our jars are not certified organic, but many of our ingredients are. We recommend checking the labels on our jars to see which ingredients are certified organic.
We source certified organic adaptogens only after we can verify the farm where they come from and after we feel comfortable with the level of quality provided by the farm. Our sourcing team is committed to building more relationships with certified organic farms so that we can become 100% certified organic.*
All of our products are vegan except for Skin, which contains pasture-raised, grass-fed collagen.
Yes, all of our products are gluten-free.
Flavor profiles depend vary by product, although most can be categorized as having an "earthy" flavor. For specifics, please refer to the flavor profile information on each product label.
At RDF, we prioritize keeping the product as true to its natural form as possible, rather than adding fillers, sweeteners, or artificial flavoring. This way, you know you are getting the highest quality product available and you can do the mixing.
We recommend adding our products to flavorful drinks and foods [e.g., coffee, protein shakes, and teas]. Explore our recipes for more inspiration.
Our products have been carefully formulated and dosed to have short, medium, and long term benefits.
Because adaptogens affect a wide range of systems within the body, results will typically vary based on your unique body and its needs.
We recommend taking our products daily for an extended period to see the initial effect. As a rule of thumb, we like to say around 3 weeks.*
Yes. In fact, we recommend it.
We create blends of adaptogens that work synergistically to target specific stressors. Only you know your body and so we recommend testing our different products to get the results you want.*
Our products remain fresh for up to 18 months if unopened and up to 6 to 8 months once opened.
Our ingredients are individually sourced from farms across the globe, including from within the US.
We do not batch source, meaning we select each partner farm on an ingredient by ingredient basis.
Most importantly, every adaptogen is traceable back to the farm it comes from, in the geographic regions where they naturally grow.*
Every month, you'll receive a recyclable rice paper package to refill your jar.
And a discount - it's our 'thank you' for helping us reduce our footprint with sustainable materials.
Yes, 100% of our shipping materials, as well as our manufactory bi-products, are recyclable.
We ask that you join us in cutting down on waste by upcycling your jars or by joining our refill program.
Adaptogens, like many food products, are photosensitive. Our amber glass jars are an environmentally friendly way of protecting the active ingredients and keeping them fresh and effective.*
Yes. You can personalize each jar when you purchase it.
All of our products are labeled by hand in our Los Angeles manufactory. Because of this, we are unable to make any cancellations after 24 hours of placing an order.
Please contact us immediately if you'd like to cancel within 24 hours.
If you need to change address and you haven’t received a shipping notification or tracking information, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
After you have received a shipping notification or tracking information, we unfortunately are unable to reroute your package. But, you can return if it after receiving it.
Unfortunately, at this time we cannot ship specific samples upon request.
We currently ship to the United States. You may experience longer delivery times when shipping to Hawaii and Alaska.
We are working on making our products available beyond the United States. Tag us on Instagram to let us know where you'd like us to make our products available next.
Please note: every single jar is made and labeled by hand. As soon as you order, we process, create, and then we ship.
Typically, orders are shipped within 2-3 business days Monday-Friday. Orders placed after 10am EST / 1pm PST are processed starting on the next business day.
You’ll get a shipment notification email with a tracking number as soon as your package ships.
Shipping typically takes 2-5 business days.
All US orders ship for free over $50 [via standard shipping].
If you have a monthly prescription and your jar breaks, please contact us and we can work with you on getting a replacement.
Yes, we do parter with select stockists [retailers]. Please contact us to tell us more about where you'd like to sell our products.
Yes, we're happy to say that we partner with a wide, diverse community of affiliates.
We vet all potential affiliates before establishing a partnership.
If you'd like to become an affiliate partner, please contact us.
Yes, we offer virtual gift cards for use on our site.
Yes, we cater events of all sizes in both Los Angeles in New York.
Outside of our founding cities, we can ship in bulk for events of all sizes. If it's a large event, please give us ample time to create the required number of jars required.
If you're interested in something more custom, please contact us.
This dagger is an asterisk for the FDA statement that you can find at the bottom of any of our web or mobile pages, as well as on our product labels. It applies to all public-facing statements made by RDF.
† * The statements made on this website and quiz have not been evaluated by the FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration). The products sold on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information provided by this website or this company is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with your physician, and should not be construed as individual medical advice. The study and research references mentioned are for informational use only. Respect des Fonds provides this information as a service and does not receive compensation for studies referenced. This information should not be read to recommend or endorse any specific product. Results in studies may not occur in all individuals.