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Margot Elena Discovery Box – Summer 2018 Review

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The Seasonal Discovery box from Margot Elena is a quarterly subscription box featuring full-size beauty and lifestyle items. (If you aren’t familiar with this brand, it’s carried in stores like Anthropologie.)

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

On the inside of the box is a letter from Margot Elena:

In general, the packaging is fab, and this would be a great box to send as a gift!

The Subscription Box: Margot Elena Discovery Box

The Cost: $49.99 a quarter

The Products: Discover the world of All Things Beautiful with the Margot Elena Discovery Box filled with over $200 worth of full-sized products curated by our team

Good to know:

Ships to: US

This box comes with a card detailing all the items included:

Now, on to the items!

Margot Elena Infinite Beauty Nail Color in Love is All – Retail Value $15

(Just a heads up, the packaging on all the products in this box is so lovely – expect more pictures than usual!)

This nail polish formula is 7-free, and I got full coverage in one coat!

It’s a high-gloss creme, and I was impressed with how quickly it dried. (I’d still recommend doing 2 coats + a top coat to avoid chipping, though.)

TokyoMilk Dead Sexy Bon Bon Shea Butter Lotion – Retail Value $20

This lotion is fragrant, absorbs quickly, and provides moisture without any greasy finish.

One one side the lotion is all business, and on the other side, the “Dead Sexy” part is in full force:

The lotion has notes of Deep Vanilla, Exotic Wood, White Orchid, and Ebony. It’s a lovely scent, and a little goes a long way!

The Cottage Greenhouse Cucumber & Honey Relaxing Bath Soak – Retail Value $12

More adorable packaging! I love the wooden spoon and cork top!

The cucumber + honey scent is light and lovely, too.

The Cottage Greenhouse Dry Body Oil – Retail Value $24

OMG! This is probably my favorite scent in the box. I don’t come across a lot of ginger-scented beauty items, but I wish I did because this is divine!

The scent isn’t too strong, the oil is light and absorbs quickly – all in all, this is a perfect summer body oil.

TokyoMilk Dark Pretty Rotten Lip Elixir – Retail Value $7

Green tea + jasmine = another fabulous scent!

This lip balm is moisturizing without adding too much shine. (If you aren’t a fan of lip balms in tins, this could double as a cuticle balm.)

Margot Elena Rhassoul Clay Face Masque – Retail Value $12

How gorgeous is this mask packaging?

The mask is a powder that you mix with water, and it comes in a resealable pouch:

It’s 100% natural, and there are many uses in this pouch. Just add water to make a paste, apply to your skin, and remove once it dries. Easy!

(And the instructions are on the inside of the package, too.)

This was gentle on my skin, and easy to use – I’m happy!

The Cottage Greenhouse Rosemary Mint Foot Cream – Retail Value $28

I realize I keep saying this, but this is another amazing scent! The peppermint scent is so refreshing!

This is a decadent cream – it’s super hydrating and takes a while to absorb. (This would probably be great to wear with socks overnight.)

Lollia Poetic License Fine Perfumed Soap in Sleeping Under the Stars – Retail Value $8

Next up, we have three fancy soaps from the Lollia line!

This first soap is a blend of sandalwood and honeyed vanilla.

Lollia Poetic License Fine Perfumed Soap in Velvet as Night – Retail Value $8

This scent is a blend of rose milk and frankincense.

Lollia Poetic License Fine Perfumed Soap in Score from the End Credits – Retail Value $8

And the last soap is described as a “fresh, twilight musk.” It’s probably my favorite out of the three!

The Cottage Greenhouse Rosemary Mint Foot Scrub – Retail Value $26

This pairs perfectly with the foot cream – it’s the same lovely refreshing peppermint! And the scrub is equal parts exfoliating + moisturizing. A+!

Margot Elena Honeycomb Striped Turkish Towel – Retail Value $44

If you’ve read enough of my subscription box reviews, you know I can never have enough Turkish towels! (They are great for beach/pool towels, or even throwing on the arm of a couch for a little nautical decor.) This is another great one to add to the collection! (It’s 100% cotton and machine wash cold.)

It’s a good size, too. Here I am holding it up to give you a better sense of scale:

Neptune & The Mermaid Gold Foil Print Postcard Set – Retail Value $8

Lastly, this box included 3 postcards!

Each of these postcards features gold foil detail, and I think would be lovely framed!

Verdict: I am SO impressed with this box! A $220 value for $49.99? With high-quality and beautiful products? Yes, please! All day, every day! I can’t recommend this one enough. It’s a perfect gift for yourself, and I love that everything is full size!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. As of today (6/22), your first box would be the Fall Box. (I recommend signing up soon as this box keeps selling out.)

Coupon – no coupons available for this subscription.

What do you think of the Margot Elena Discovery Box?

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!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

68 Comments

  1. I took the plunge w that code, thank you!.. How I wish I could cancel my annual PSMH. I’ve found much better boxes I sub too now that for what I believe in and for my lifestyle and although I know I’ll like a couple things, I know I won’t like a couple more…

    • Were you charges for shipping? I noticed Liz shows the price of 49.99 per quarter, but no shipping costs. When I went to check out I’m being charged 27.80 for shipping, for annual.

      • Yes, there are additional shipping costs, unfortunately.

        • Thank you! Just wanted to verify since Liz didn’t list the extra cost.

  2. Would you recommend this sub for someone with allergies? I can’t really tolerate overly floral scents, so I’m curious.

    Also, those who do sub, do you find the products to be repetitive? It looks like some of the same type of items have been in every box.

    I was thinking of getting the annual if the discount is still available, but am hoping to hear some opinions first.

    • Sav, I love this box….. I notice that the scents are light. This was # 2 box for me. I don’t have allergies. The only item that was just a little strong for me was the Gin and Rosewater, from spring box. Have you looked on their site, they have some lotion small size. Maybe order and see if you can handle the scents. My fav in this box was the foot scrub and foot lotion ( Strong peppermint smell ), and dry oil ( lite smell ). the dead sexy had a lite smell. The soaps smell really good, maybe try one of those. If you get on their site and call them the girls there maybe can tell you what scents are really strong. Hate to see you miss out on a great box. Great for gifts also.

    • I don’t recommend this box for you. The scents are heavy and very perfume-y. I think it would trigger allergies.

  3. This was my first box, and I decided to upgrade to an annual subscription. The whole experience of waiting for it, receiving it, and opening it feels so special compared to other subscription boxes. I think it’s because of the beautiful, original packaging–the poem on the box, all of the full size products, and everything smells so amazing! It really feels like thought and care was put into it. Also, the whole box feels artistic and even poetic–I can’t say that about any of the other boxes I receive! This one is really my favorite! I hope they are able to keep up this level of attention to detail and creativity in each box!

    • I just upgraded to annual as well……. my first EVER annual subscription…. this box would be very hard to resist for all the reasons you just said……… 🙂

      • I wish more boxes provided this kind of experience! I also subscribe to Birchbox and Sephora Play, but after receiving Margot Elena’s box, I realize how Birchbox and Play make me feel like I’m being marketed to. The Margot Elena box feels like they care more about the feeling you get from opening it than for how many products you will later buy.

  4. I love this box! I ordered the year sub when this first came out and the value is always awesome and every beauty product I’ve tried is gentle on my skin. The lotion is lovely but the scent is very strong so that is the only product that those with allergies or sensitivities may want to avoid. When you first apply it has a more feminine scent but as it dries it is more unisex, I actually think it smells like mens cologne, and you really get the wood/cedar sort of scent. My favorites are the foot scrub and creme set. They were so smart to actually include both items since sometimes boxes send out partial sets. I tried both in the evening and the next morning my feet were so soft and the creme has a lot of staying power. The body oil does absorb really well into skin, not greasy at all and the scent is light and not overwhelming. I love that they included different nail colors, Im going to have to swap for them all! The only thing I would tell them is not to send lip balm in a container like that, I prefer a stick, and I also would like it to be tinted not plain. But thats it, great box!

  5. For people who want to add an annual subscription, the discount code still works. It’s 302018. It takes 30% off, then they add shipping so it’s just a little over $150 for the year. You can direct them to ship a box to someone else if you want to gift an entire box.

    • I bought the annual sub using the discount code yesterday after receiving this box. $150 for 4 boxes of this quality and value is too good for me to pass up.

      These sell out fast–smaller company and limited inventory–and are only getting more popular. ME won’t need to offer 30% codes to get customers much longer.

      And wasn’t BF a candle with annual sub last year? I’ll lock in now and take the 30%. I don’t want to chance it 😉

    • I took the plunge. I have never purchased an annual subscription, but the reviews, products, and customer reaction allowed me to jump on this discount. Thank you for sharing it!

  6. The towel is showing up as a royal blue to me….is that correct, anyone? I know photos sometimes don’t give an accurate color. I love blue…not royal blue.

    • Oh, I can take that off your hands for you.. 😃

    • I’d definitely call it a chambray toned blue, not royal or bright blue in any way. It coordinates perfectly with the PS box towel by Ocean Tribe ( not sure which box it was in but it’s the one with no stripes and an all-over Aztec type design- solid blue with the white design). You can search in the search box for ” Ocean Tribe” and the towel should come up in a search here.

      Also, the towel is a mixture of checks and stripes, as shown in a closeup photo above, but the checks are the same lighter blue, near a chambray or just light denim blue color. The stripes show the true color just a bit better. There are white threads throughout the weave which keep it light and crisp- looking. I hope this helps. 🙂

      • Thank you so much, Mandy! I have that Ocean Tribe towel, and I’ve been kicking myself for not subscribing to the box (didn’t know it was going to sell out so fast). I am seriously going to try to swap for that towel now that you’ve given me a much better description. Thanks so much!

  7. I love this box enough that if there is a BF special I will consider getting a second subscription even though this is the first box of my yearly subscription.

  8. Ok. I’m a dummy but how do i remove the cork lid from the bath salt?

    • Lift the green end of the tape, remove the little spoon so it isn’t in your way and pop the cork out with your thumb, taking care not to spill it if it opens suddenly. Just push a little harder than you are.

  9. This is such a girly/ women box – it caters to those who enjoys moments of luxury, relaxation and pampering.
    Im very happy wirh my box!

  10. I have the entire box up for swap in the MSA Swap section. I got caught up in the excitement after the Spring Box reveal and forgot that I have already too many bath and body products to use up. It’s really as beautiful as the pictures but I just don’t need it. Send me a request if interested 🙂

    • I’m sure I sent you a request!!

    • I will take it if still available 🙂

  11. Thanks for doing this review!

    I regret not getting the last two boxes, however I do love this box and have already signed up for fall.

    The presentation, the quality, the scents, etc. Everything is fabulous!

  12. I am SO SUBSCRIBING to this box!!! These are ALL things I’d use and enjoy. I just canceled FFF and Sugarbash. I have a TON of jewelry, candles, make up, face masks, etc. that I’m not gonna use. Thanks for the review. I’m so excited.

  13. Thank you so much for doing a great review, Liz! It’s really helpful to get your feedback on a lovely sub (and now i am doubly happy I got a year’s sub).

  14. Still have not received nor have I gotten an email. Anybody else?

    • Don’t worry to much, I got a confirmation email when I went annual but nothing more…walk outside today and my box was here!! I’m sure you’ll get your box in the next few days

  15. They had me hooked since the first box and this is the best subscription box out there (IMO). The curation is always well thought out, the scents are amazing and the value is out of the park. While I may not use every single item, they are great little gifts to your family/friends. I converted to an annual box and look forward to the Fall box.

  16. This is hands down going to become one box I never cancel! I am IN LOVE with everything I got, and I mean EVERYTHING!! I got a really pretty periwinkle nail color which is going with me next week to the salon for a much needed pedicure and manicure treatment!! I love how even opening the box you have a bunch of divine smells coming at you! I am disappointed with myself that it took me this long to get on the ball. LOVE IT!!!

  17. The Lollia Poetic License soaps (and handcream and perfume) are on sale at Anthropologie’s site for $4, $10 and $30 if you like the scents!

  18. This is my first box, and I’m impressed! I loved opening everything, and there are so many items inside. I can’t believe I got this with the 30% off coupon for $38 total per box. It’s a nice selection of different items. I got the same pretty pink nail polish shown above. Love the addition of the towel, as well.

  19. This is a nice box! I am keeping most of it. I am only swapping away a couple of the soaps. I also recieved the dark blue nail polish and would love to trade for the pink/red color if anyone is interested.

  20. Sold! That value is killer and any unwanted items would make great gifts. Can’t wait till September!

  21. How many of the items are vegan and/or cruelty-free? I’d love for that to be mentioned in future reviews 🙂

    • Their packaging all says cruelty-free, but I’m not sure about vegan.

    • A lot of the items in the box have honey or beeswax.

  22. Really love this box. The box itself is a joy to open. I hope they do this box forever! What I don’t use I give as gifts and everyone is happy! My sisters and friends are very grateful for my cast offs, and I even received the color nail polish I wished for. ME is the best box out there. I am glad it is a quarterly though, I am overloaded with product. Please don’t change a thing ME.

  23. I wish this was my first box – I love everything in it. The Tokyo Milk Dead Sexy fragrance is my current favorite scent. I’m looking forward to getting the Fall box. Thanks for the detailed review, Liz!

    • Me too! I decided to hold off til Fall or possibly the Black Friday sale because so often the summer scents are too floral for me. Really regret not jumping in sooner.

  24. This looks like I box I would enjoy. I’m down to two subs right now and am going to cancel one after the next shipment. So I guess I need one to fill its place : ) I’m sad to have missed this box as I love everything in it. But I signed up for Fall so I hope to get a box just as nice.

  25. I am officially obsessed I’m so sad it’s not still available

  26. This is the best box on the market. All the products are of the highest quality. I have been subscribed since day one. I love it so much, I wish it was monthly.🧜‍🧜‍🧜‍

  27. This is why sub boxes exist, IMO. To be a decadent, deep dive into self-care. I certainly would never have the time, money or patience to individually purchase these items, but having them arrive, at my door, perfectly chosen for the season feels like the ultimate indulgence. If someone told me I had to give up every sub and only keep one, this is the one I’d choose. Hands down.

    • Amen!

  28. I used the foot cream tonight, after the foot scrub, with socks for a few hours, and it is probably the best I have ever tried. My feet are smooth after just a few hours.

    • Me too, I’m obsessed! I usually don’t like mint things since it burns but this kind doesn’t, it’s perfect! The nail polish is such high quality too. I used the dry oil and it smells really good, like lemongrass. I have some more favorites to add to my list!

    • Has anyone not received yet?

      • Just received mine yesterday. It took forever after the shipping noticed, almost 2 weeks. Fortunately everything was intact. This and FFF are my favorites this summer!

      • Just got mine a few minutes ago!

  29. My ultimate favorite subscription box!!! I loved the packaging, the scent, the curation, the products! It’s perfect!!! Something to look forward to every season!

  30. I delayed too much and missed the first 2 boxes so this was my first one–very happy with this and I think that it is very well put together.

  31. This was my first box and I am pretty certain I am in the minority BUT it was mostly a miss for me. 🙁 I’m gonna wiat for the next box though as this one was just not “me”. I hate mint. Like hate it. I even use kids bubble gum toothpaste cause I hate mint so much so two items out right there. Body oil? No idea what to do with it so another miss for me. lol I DO like the three soaps, the lip balm and the one lotion in the awesome box so I feel i got my monies worth at least so not mad even a little bit. I just have strange issues I guess. hehe

    The packaging and products are phenomenal, I was impressed while unboxing it so even though it’s a miss, I actually liked the box. Go figure. lol

    • It’s ok if some of the products weren’t your thing! I’m not into self-pedicures and I have a shower, not bath so the foot products and bath salt were a miss for me. I was bummed! I had read the previous reviews and thought candles and shower gel and perfume were what we’d likely get. But like you, I can see these are phenomenally beautiful and quality items, and when you add up the $, you get great value for your money. You can swap or gift the items that don’t appeal to you. My guess is that the next box will not do foot products again as that’s more a summer curation thing. Same with the dry oil. Maybe the Fall Box will be more our jam : ) Either way, I’m impressed with this sub!

    • Would you consider selling it? 🙂 This looks like my kind of box! My email is beccajrichardson at gmail

    • How about the towel? If you’re interested in selling that and the items you don’t want, I’ll pay! Email me at jaclynjoerg at gmail.com! So bummed I missed this box

    • I find body oil so much more effective than lotion. I use it right after the shower before towelling…..just put a little on the various parts of your body while wet. Smooth it all over with your hands and you’re done. I haven’t opened this one yet, but the others I have tried seep right into the skin quickly and moisturize well.

  32. Love, love, love this sub. This was my second one and I already signed up for an annual. Everything looks beautiful, smells divine, and is wonderful quality. Cannot recommend this box enough. If it’s in your budget, give yourself this gift. ❤️ I’m already excited for fall!!

  33. ME boxes are the best! Even if I only keep half the items in the box its worth every penny! I absolutely love the ginger and mint scented items. Love the pretty bottles of nail polish and I want all 4! This box really is like getting a gift, its so pretty I don’t even want to take things out of the box!

  34. I loved this box as much as the previous two – my only wish is for a red nail polish instead of a blue one I got. I adore the towel – my daughter is using it as a bed cover. I generally dislike mint flavored skincare, but since this is for feet – I don’t mind. All other items are fabulous, as well. This is my only way (other than GMA Deals and Steals) to get Margot Elena, since it’s expensive for me.

  35. Oh, I’m so happy you love it too, Liz! This is hands down, my very favorite bath/body personal care sub box ever. It is fabulous.
    I’m already looking forward to the Fall box. ha

    Thank you so much for reviewing this box for people who still may not know how beautiful and fragrant the products are. EVERYONE who loves perfectly scented fine lotions and potions ( and Turkish towels) should be thrilled with the contents and the value, I think.

  36. Box number 2 for me and I still love it! Velvet as Night is my favorite scent in the whole box and I loved how the dry oil wasn’t strong and didn’t leave me greasy. I was going to give the nail polish away to my nieces but love the dark blue color. I’m giving them my mask and bath soak though. The nail color you received Liz looks really pretty on you and great review as usual!

    • Thanks so much, Adele! Glad to hear you love the box, too. 🙂

  37. I just received my box this week and LOVED it! Everything is so incredibly beautiful and the value is AMAZING. And the Turkish towel is excellent quality.

    My husband loved the ginger dry oil as much as I did! It’s a unisex scent and so fresh. And because the lip balm is matte (his preference) , he snagged that too.

    I think this (and FFF) knocked it out of the park this summer!

    Thanks for the review, Liz! I know many people asked for it and you got right on that! : )

  38. Thank you for finally reviewing this sub, it is truly the best out there! The nail polish and foot items were a hit for me. I always find a new holy grail item in the boxes, can’t get enough!

    • Sorry it took so long – I’m already hooked! 🙂

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