Escape Monthly Subscription Box Review – November 2014
Hmm, where to start with this review! First, before I get into some of the specific issues I have with this box:
Escape Monthly is a monthly vacation-in-a-box subscription. Each box comes with food, beauty items, and other souvenirs from a new destination.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
Now, a few things to bring up:
On November 3rd, Escape Monthly sent out an email advertising that the November box would be “the highest-value Escape ever, at $113.95 retail value!”
It turns out this promoted value was a mistake. Escape Monthly explained the mistake in comments on this post. While I totally understand that mistakes can happen, I would expect Escape Monthly to then follow up that email with another email to the exact same audience explaining the mistake and allowing for refunds if anyone wanted one.
On the post I did with November box spoilers, one reader commented:
“Last year they already did a Hawaii box and it contained a bunch of the same items. I feel like they’re trying to get rid of their extra stuff. So for those of you who are thinking about trying this: keep in mind that almost everything is at least a year old at this point.”
Rebecca from Escape Monthly responded:
“Hi Wendy! None of the products in this month’s box are from last years box, and nothing is being reused or is over a year old. Some of the top rated brands, chosen by subscribers, are being re-featured though “
I interpreted that comment to mean that there may be some overlap brands from the October 2013 box, but you wouldn’t get any identical products that were also in the October 2013 box. This is not the case – there are 3 identical products in this box and the October 2013 box. And two extremely similar products.
OK – now on to the actual review!
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
Each box comes with a sheet detailing the items included and a brief description of your destination that month. This month’s destination is Hawaii. (Check out the review of the October 2013 Hawaii box too).
Noni Papaya Pineapple Shampoo – 1.25 oz – Value $2
Noni Papaya Pineapple Body Lotion – 1.25 oz Value $2
(The info sheet lists the Noni Papaya items as each retailing for $3, but the $3 body lotion I found on their site is 2 oz, not the 1.25 oz included here).
These two Honey Girl Organics products are the exact same same Honey Girl Organics products included in the last Hawaii box. Neither have a size listed, so I’m using the value listed by Escape Monthly of $38 total – but I’m also skeptical if that’s even correct. I could be wrong, but the face and eye cream doesn’t look like 1.75 oz to me.
Seashell Lei – Value $10? (Price from Escape Monthly)
Hawaiian Rainforest Naturals Stress Release Formula Bath Crystals – Retail Value $4 (On Sale for $2.80)
In last year’s Hawaii box there was also a seashell lei, but it was listed with a retail value of $5.99.
Royal Hawaiian Orchards Kona Coffee Banana Macadamia Crunch – Value $4.15 (listed as $4.15 in last year’s box, $6 in this box)
On a positive note, these are both delicious, and I was happy to see they are both gluten and dairy free!
Verdict: I’m very disappointed with Escape Monthly this month. I like to think they aren’t knowingly misleading customers, but if you send out incorrect emails and don’t follow up, or if you state there will be no repeat items and then send repeat items, it’s just as bad. Changing the values on some of the identical items is also not OK.
At this point as a subscriber I would definitely cancel. If you’re interested in seeing a review of the December Europe box though, I will continue for another month to be able to review the box:
Let me know what you think. And what you thought of this box in general!