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!
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
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.
Check out our past Escape Monthly reviews!
The box came with a full-color trifold brochure detailing the items included. It also had some information about the destination – Arizona. And it reminded me of a real travel brochure.
Moon Tucson Guide – Value $14.02
The listed price is for a new copy on Amazon. One Amazon review said this book should appeal to the “double income no kids set,” which definitely applies to me. Though both of my mom’s sisters spend at least half the year at homes outside Tucson so I probably don’t need a guidebook (or hotel room, for that matter) if I visit there!
Blue Mesh Shower Puff – Value $1?
Arizona Sun Bath and Shower Gel (4 oz) – Value $8.60
I haven’t tried this yet because I am getting over a rash caused by a different shower gel (not from a subscription box). I like getting a beauty item or two in this box, as long as the whole box is not a beauty box, and this does smell good. I’m looking forward to using it soon. The Arizona Sun company uses natural plant-based (including cactus-derived) ingredients in their skincare products, which are never tested on animals.
Arizona Sun Lip Kist Lip Balm – Value $3.50
This is SPF 15 and I know I should be better about using SPF lip balms even in winter. The Coola one I got from Birchbox did not work for me, but maybe this one will?
Phizz (10 tablets) – Value $7.50
This appears to only be available in the UK. These are electrolyte tablets for your water and would certainly be useful when hiking in Arizona although they seem more of a summer item for me. I’ll probably end up using them during workouts.
Cowgirl Chocolate Mild Dark Chocolate Bar (4 oz) – Value $2.50
Guess what the first item gone from this box was? I just wrote a Love with Food review and I realized how much of a chocolate fiend I am. (Cowgirl Chocolate is actually an Idaho company, but this was a fun bonus.)
Handcrafted Turquoise Necklace – Value $20?
Handcrafted Turquoise Bracelet – Value $10?
These values are total guesses. (These were non-branded items so I had no way to look them up. You just try Googling “turquoise necklace” sometime!) Turquoise is the state gemstone of Arizona and you will see a lot of it in the Southwest, so this is a good fit for the box.
Route 66 Travel Mug – Value $15?
This is another guess for a value, based on similar items I found online. Route 66 runs through Arizona. My fiance was looking for a travel mug so I have let him have this one. (Anything to get him interested in subscription boxes, right?)
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $82 for the November Escape Monthly box. Granted, at least three of the values were total guesses. But even if I’m off by a bit, that’s over the cost of the box, and there are often coupons and deals available for this subscription. There was a good mix of items this month from a variety of different categories.
What do you think of the November 2015 Escape Monthly Box? Do you subscribe?