Escape Monthly Subscription Box Review – September 2014
Escape Monthly is a monthly vacation-in-a-box subscription. Each box comes with food, beauty items, and other souvenirs from a new destination. You also get a tourist book – so this box might help you plan your next actual vacation too!
FYI – They recently introduced a mini-version of their box for $24.95 that doesn’t include the guide book, and is only 4-5 items. This review is of the full box.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Escape Monthly
The Cost: $49.95 a month ($39.95 a month with coupon)
COUPON: Use coupon code YOURESCAPE to save $10 off every month for the life of your subscription.
The Products: Each box is a destination-inspired monthly delivery of luxury products to help you relax, renew and escape.
Ships to: US only
Bonus Points: Each month, one lucky member will be selected at random to win a vacation to the current month’s theme destination. Escape Monthly will pay for the winner’s airfare from a major US hub and two nights of accommodations, up to $1000. (They announce the winners publicly on Facebook).
Each box comes with a sheet detailing the items included and a brief description of your destination that month. The September destination is Puerto Rico.
I have to admit – I’m pretty disappointed that this box is the most expensive item in the box.
Isleno Plantain Chips – Value $1.50
Yaucono Coffee – (4 oz) Value $2
The info sheet lists the value of this coffee as $10 – but I can’t figure out how they got that number if an 8 oz bag costs $3.75. (They also list the value of this 1.2 oz bag of chips as $3, but I think $1.50 is a more accurate price).
Authentic Puerto Rican Souvenir Hat – Value $7? (This is the price listed)
Coqui Frog Pin – Value $9
Caribbean Vela Coco Candle – Value $5
I feel like I’m tearing apart Escape Monthly’s pricing this month, but I can’t believe this souvenir hat would cost $7. (I also think the $9 price for this frog pin seems high too). If you’ve been Puerto Rico and the souvenirs are really expensive – let me know!
Mi Madre Pique of Puerto Rico Hot Sauce – Value $2.99
Dulzura Coconut Pineapple Candy Bites – Value $5 (Found on Taste of Puerto Rico site for $1.85)
I expected this hot sauce to be blended – but it is actually made with whole peppers, garlic and herbs.
Verdict: I’m pretty disappointed with this box. Going by the retail values provided by Escape Monthly for items I couldn’t find online, this box has a retail value of $46.50. It doesn’t feel like it to me though. I also wish they would have sent more items that would be product discoveries from Puerto Rico instead of souvenir items. (AKA more beauty items please!)
What did you think of this Escape Monthly box this month? Am I being a little too preoccupied with value? Here’s hoping the October box delivers though:
I’m looking forward to London!