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Escape Monthly Subscription Box Review – Jan 2014

Escape Monthly Subscription Box Review - Jan 2014 Review

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!

Escape Monthly Subscription Box Review - Jan 2014 Items

The Subscription Box: Escape Monthly

The Cost: $49.95 a month ($39.95 a month with coupon)

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).

Check out all of my Escape Monthly reviews and the complete Vacation Subscription Box List!

Escape Monthly Subscription Box Review - Jan 2014 Info

Each box comes with a fold out card detailing each item included in your box.

Escape Monthly Subscription Box Review - Jan 2014 Colorado

Moon Colorado Handbook – Value $19.99

Geode from Pikes Peak Rocks – Value $1.99

I didn’t even realize this rock is a geode until I started reading the brochure. I just thought it was a rock that got rock dust on everything else in the box! (Did anyone else have that problem? I wish they would have wrapped this rock in some packaging).

Escape Monthly Subscription Box Review - Jan 2014 Candle

Bluecorn Naturals Beeswax Candle – Value $4.99

Colorado Aromatics Mountain Mist Lotion in Lavender – Value $5.20

Rocky Mountain Mud Bath in Stress Relief Blend – $7.25

I’m always on the lookout for candles that are made with all natural and safe ingredients, so I’m very happy to have this travel candle. I think I’ll definitely be purchasing full size candles from the Bluecorn Naturals company!

The lotion and mud bath salts are made with all natural ingredients as well – and everything smells amazing. Now I need to have a mini Colorado spa day!

Escape Monthly Subscription Box Review - Jan 2014 Salsa

Jackson’s Honest Sea Salt Potato Chips – Value $2.99

Chocolove Orange Peel Chocolate Bar – Value $2.99

Whitegirl Salsa – Value $7.99

Bobo’s Gluten Free Peach Oat Bars – Value $3.95

I’m not sure if it’s a Colorado thing, or just how Escape Monthly curates their boxes, but I love that all these items have natural ingredients!

Verdict: I paid $39.95 for this month’s box and I received about $57 worth of items. I would have preferred if $20 of that value didn’t go to the Colorado book, but I’m still happy with the value of this box. I think Escape Monthly does excellent curation of their boxes. I feel like this is the box someone who knew me really well would bring back for me if they visited Colorado!

What did you think of the Colorado box? And what do you think of the February destination – New York?

Escape Monthly Subscription Box Review - Jan 2014 NY

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

Posted in Escape Monthly Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| 22 comments

Comments (22)

  1. Hey everyone! Rebecca from Escape Monthly here. If anyone who has experienced a messy box hasn’t been helped yet, please email us at [email protected] and we would be happy to fix our error. We’re so sorry for the crummy experience!


  2. We’d like to thank everyone for the feedback and comments with our box. We really appreciate it 🙂 For anyone that had less than a perfect experience (due to dust from the geode or otherwise), please email us at [email protected] – we’d be happy to make it up to you!

    Thanks again for your feedback! We can’t wait for New York 🙂

  3. I’ve decided to give this box a try based on the fact that I will be going to NYC in the fall…seems like a good intro to have a destination I plan on going to as my first box! It also sounds like Escape does a good job of listening to its customers as it seems to always be improving!

    One thing I’ve learned about boxes – especially from your site! – is that it is super easy to try new boxes and cancel of I don’t like it. I’ve probably tried 8 boxes already and have only kept 3 longer than a few months, so it makes it a lot of fun without feeling like I’m making a huge commitment. Thanks for this site!!

  4. They need help with packaging. It’s like they dont realize these boxes get dropped and shaken. Last month the lotion spilled on the book and this month there was dust on everything. I was wondering if that is what its like in Colorado. I didn’t see the rock at first and I was really confused. The book can be found at amazon for $10. I kind of wish they would pick a different type of book as I don’t really like the moon books. I was going to cancel because of all the gluten all the time but this box was the best so far. The salsa is amazing, so happy that didn’t break. I think Colorado has more natural products and this is not normal for escape box. I didnt get the booklet that says where we are going next month in my box. Strange!

  5. The Colorado box was my fifth box from Escape Monthly, and I have to say that I totally disagree with everyone else about the travel books! But, that may just be because I really love to read and travel! I informed EM on their Facebook page about the geode getting dust on everything, and they said that they would definitely take that into consideration for future boxes! I absolutely love Escape Monthly, and I can’t wait to see what comes in the upcoming chocolate box, and then and the New York box!!

    • I totally agree. Living in New York I look forward to the NY box and especially the book as a great guide to getting around with things to see and do. I’m also signed up for the chocolate box. It makes a great Valentine’s gift to share with my husband.

  6. This was my first Escape Monthly box. I did enjoy the products they included and I love the concept, but the value was just okay. I, too, do not like that the $20 book is a big part of the “value”. Nowadays you can find much of that information on travel sites and blogs, so I’d rather get other products. My lotion bottle leaked so I had more of a dusty paste (lotion + geode = dusty paste) in my box. Luckily there was still plenty of lotion for me to try, but it did get other products a bit greasy. I must say I loved the oat bar and the candle, I was very happy with those products. I am going to stick around for the NY box, I am looking forward to that destination.

  7. I love the Escape box. I find they always have things I like and can use. I do like the travel guides since I am interested in each destination and the guides help find interesting places to explore there. Will be very interested in New York next month since I live there.

  8. This is the next box on my list to get if I can find the money for it, but I just cant decide if it’s worth it or not. New York sounds awesome, so definitely tempted to sign up now

  9. My plan was to subscribe to both Escape Monthly and Travelbox, both around $40/month, for a few months and then cancel at least one of them. I’ve gotten the Dec. and Jan. Escape Monthly boxes and the Jan./Founder’s TravelBox, so I was on my way to picking my preferred box, but then last week TravelBox sent an email that they aren’t sending a Feb. box because they are dropping the price to $26. Curious to see what they’ll send in early March, but it’s going to be harder to compare the two now…

  10. I stopped getting this box because of the travel guide. I might find them useful if they were apps for my phone or something, but not paper. I think it would be awesome if there was a book inspired by the destination. Like the New York box could have The Great Gatsby or something. Or a million other great novels.

  11. My geode was already broken open, but not pieces to show it had broken in shipment, so I guess they just sent me a broken one? I saw someone else’s review and was looking forward to opening it, but I lost out on that fun. I am looking forward to the New York one, but unless the destination after that is really awesome, I think I am going to quit. $40 a month is expensive!

  12. My geode got everything dusty, too. I thought the box was pretty exciting, but agree that I would rather the travel guide didn’t count toward the value. I would prefer either not getting a book and getting more products instead or not getting a book and having the box cost less. I feel like after subscribing to this box for a while, I’d accumulate a ton of travel books that I might never use. I got this box half price through PlumDistrict and cancelled after. I think the New York destination sounds really cool, but the inclusion of the travel guide in the box value throws the whole thing off for me, so I’m not going to keep subscribing.

  13. Yes, mine had dust everywhere and couldn’t figure out why they sent a rock–THEY FORGOT TO INCLUDE THE BROCHURE IN MY BOX! I googled someone else’s review and then realized what it was and how to crack it open. HOW FUN?! I loved that!

    The reason I was hesitant about this box is the travel guide. I figured the other products would be good, but I doubt we’ll ever go on vacation to CO. However when the Plum District deal came up and it’d only be $25, I figured it’d be worth it and told my husband the subscription would be a good b-day gift for me. Glad he got it for only $25. I lived in NYC for a few years so I am looking forward to the next box too now.

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  15. I love this concept for a subscription box and the only thing that is keeping me from subscribing is the $20 book they seem to send every month. Unless I’m going to the place in a short timeframe the book is worthless to me so in my mind I would have to deduct it from the value. Still if you include shipping you are not spending more than its worth, just not getting a great value IMO. Ny is really tempting tho.

  16. My geode got dust all over the other items, too. At first I thought it was a pumice stone!

  17. I loved this box! The geode dust was a minor irritant and I usually am not terribly fond of getting a travel book (I would rather have more stuff), but I lived in CO for several years so this was a treat. The lavender lotion is especially nice and the beeswax candle creates a wonderful scent. I love that the candle is contained in a tin. This company had a candle in the Oregon box that ended up melting outside of the votive I put it in all over a lace doily! The mud bath was unique – be prepared – the water turns brown! But it was relaxing. The oat bar, chocolate bar, and chips were delicious. I think this box gets better and better each month.

    • I’m so glad you loved the box. And thanks for the head’s up on the mud bath! 🙂

  18. I’d been waiting for a theme that is place I really want to visit to subscribe. With next month being New York, I couldn’t resist! Thanks for your review. 🙂

    • You bet! Hopefully the New York box will be amazing! 🙂

  19. Agreed – I love this box and am a big fan of Escape Monthly (started with the Vermont box, so this is my third). Also gifted the holiday box to a good friend, and she loved it. And ordered the special chocolate box for our family as a treat. But, I agree about the geode – while really cool and my kids look forward to opening it with my husband, it would have been really nice to have it wrapped in some bubble wrap or something so that there wouldn’t be rock dirt/dust all over everything.

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