Escape Monthly is a monthly “vacation in a box” subscription. Each box comes with food, beauty items, and other souvenirs from a new destination. There are three versions – the regular box (what I’m reviewing here), a mini version, and a luxe version. In the regular subscription, you get a tour guide book, which may be of use in planning your next vacation!
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The Subscription Box: Escape Monthly
The Cost: $49.95
Ships to: US (free shipping)
The Products: Each box is a destination-inspired monthly delivery of luxury products to help you relax, renew, and escape.
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Normally, the box comes with a full-color trifold brochure with more information about the items and the destination. This time, my box didn’t have one. I had to go to their Facebook page to figure out the destination – New England. I went to college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, so I have spent a lot of time in New England, but I graduated 15 years ago so my memories are a little hazy. At any rate, I was excited about the destination!
Frommer’s Easy Guide to Boston, Cape Cod, and the Islands – Value $12.63
The listed price is for a new copy on Amazon. I had fun flipping through this and looking for things I remembered from my college days.
Body Brush with Strap – Value $2.30 (?)
I linked to something similar. Without any context, this is just strange. This is the third month in a row we’ve gotten a body-exfoliating tool. Perhaps if there had been a brochure, I would have better understood the inclusion of this item. (It sheds bristles like crazy, by the way.)
Plum Island Soap Co. Face Moisturizer – Value $4 (?)
Plum Island Soap Co. is based in Newburyport, MA. This moisturizer has a lemony scent and lots of good, natural ingredients. The value is just a guess because there is no indication of a size on the jar I got nor on the product page on the company’s website. I’m guessing this is a sample size?
Nature’s Mysteries Lavender Roll-On Perfume – Value $18
This looks to be a full-size bottle, but that’s another guess. This is pretty much straight lavender oil diluted in a carrier. I’m thinking it will be good to use around bedtime to help me get to sleep. (This company is based in Vermont.)
This is made in Vermont in small batches. I haven’t tried it yet because there is only so much chocolate one person can eat at a time (see below). I am looking forward to it, though.
True North Maple Vanilla Granola (2.9 oz) – Value $2.24
Maple vanilla is a great flavor combination for fall. I nibbled a bit on this and I like it but am saving the rest to put on yogurt. This is gluten free (does contain oats) and nut free, although a lot of the other flavors contain nuts so proceed with caution if you have allergies. This is from another small company from Vermont.
Delights of the Earth Cran-Lavender Handmade Lip Balm – Value $3 (?)
You can only buy this wholesale right now (or locally in some New England area shops and Whole Foods locations), so the price is a guess. This is nicely moisturizing, but be forewarned that the flavor is far more “lavender” than “cranberry” (at least to me). This is from a small Massachusetts company.
Dan’s Chocolates, Assorted Bars (6 pieces) – Value $7.50
Dan’s Chocolates is based out of Vermont with a factory in Rhode Island. Their website has some beautiful chocolate photography – I am drooling and itching to pull out my credit card, even though I don’t *need* any more chocolate right now. I went for the peanut butter one first, followed by white chocolate. They were delicious. I am trying to pace myself with the rest of them…
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $54 for the December Escape Monthly box. Granted, several of the values were total guesses due to lack of size information, and the Amazon price for a book is almost always going to be lower than the MSRP. But even if I’m off by a bit, that’s slightly over the cost of the box, and there are often coupons and deals available for this subscription.
However…this was a really weird box. There were SEVEN chocolate bars! I like chocolate, don’t get me wrong (I will eat every bit of it eventually), but I feel like this box could’ve been a lot more (and more varied). The only companies represented were from Massachusetts and Vermont. What about Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Connecticut?
Anyway, I am crossing my fingers for next month. The destination is India. I love stuff from India and there are a lot of possibilities for handicrafts, spices, foods, etc.
What do you think of the December 2015 Escape Monthly Box? Do you subscribe?