Margot Elena Discovery Box – Summer 2019 Review
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.)
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
In general, the packaging is fab, and this would be a great box to send as a gift!
About the Margot Elena Discovery Box
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 the M.E. team.
Ships to: The US for a flat fee of $6.95
Margot Elena Summer 2019 Review
This box comes with a card detailing all of the items included. As usual, the floral illustrations are stunning.
We have so many pretty things to see.
‘Imagine’ Travel Eau de Parfum, 2 fl oz – Listed Value $30.00
I am not sure how I feel about this scent. It has a really strong coconut middle that I don’t think I enjoy, though the other notes are lovely! There is some orchid right at the top, but it quickly fades into that creamy coconut middle. Where this fragrance really shines for me is in the base, a heady mix of jasmine, citrus, and woods. The whole scent has a sharp green note that seems to swap and play with the coconut cream, making what could be easily written off as a beachy scent into something more unique and dramatic. I just don’t like coconut scents so this is going to go to a friend who I know will love it. This scent was previously discontinued, and I know a ton of people will be thrilled to see it again, since it did have somewhat of a cult following.
Field & Flowers Handcreme, 2.3 oz – Retail Value $20.00
I always enjoy the hand creams from this sub because the formula works really well with my skin and the packaging is gorgeous. The scent of this cream is super light and floral, almost powdery. It is a really simple scent, just flowers, a little honey, and some sort of sweet fruit. Smelling it reminds me of the Anthropologie beauty and body care section. The cocoa butter formula feels thick and luxurious, instantly giving my dry hands moisture and smoothness.
Chinoiserie Glass Water Bottle – Listed Value $21.00
I actually needed a new water bottle, so this was a welcome addition to this box. I love that it is glass and not plastic! It is covered with bird, vines, and flowers. The top is a shiny gold which works really well with the colors of the illustration. Hidden among the leaves is a poem by Rumi:
You are rain soaking
clouds to ground
TokyoMilk No. 82 Bees Fine Hand Soap – Retail Value $12.00
From the bees on the packaging, I was expecting a warm, honey soap scent, but this bar really surprised me! It is much more green than I would have ever thought, with notes of apples, leaves, and musk. I really love the scent! The bar itself is a shea formula, meaning it left my hands feeling clean, but not overly dry. The lather was very creamy and felt very luxurious.
Lollia ‘Breathe’ Perfumed Shower Gel, 8 fl oz – Retail Value $22.00
A tube of shower gel seems to be a standard offering in this box, which is good because I am getting used to always having some at hand in my shower! This month the scent is called ‘Breathe’ and it is one of those lovely waterly florals that I love Margot Elena for! It has floral (lily?), citrus, and musk notes, and smells a little boozy while still totally fresh and borderline “innocent”. The formula is great, as always—thick, rich, skin hydrating. I love these gels.
Summer of 1982 Travel Candle – Listed Value $12.00
Again, a little too much coconut happening here for me to absolutely adore. This is a summer box though, so, I get it! The creaminess is a little more sophisticated because this candle also has notes of magnolia, musk, and something soapy that I can’t quite place. I feel like there are also tulips in here, or some other form of bulb flower. I did enjoy the scent of this burning much more than I did just sniffing the unlit candle. The fire and burning add a layer of sophistication to an otherwise very sweet scent.
The Cottage Greenhouse Grapefruit & Blood Orange Travel Hand & Body Lotion, 4 oz – Listed Value $12.00
I love this scent! It is just straight-up citrus, with grapefruit, blood orange, sugar, and a little green. The formula has a rich base of Macadamia oil, mango butter, and shea, and absorbs easily, leaving my skin looking smooth and happy. The citrus scent layers really well with my more woodsy perfume, giving my rather autumnal smelling self a hint of summer.
The Cottage Greenhouse Japanese Plum & White Tea Dry Body Oil, 4 fl oz – Retail Value $26.00
I sadly suffer from eczema spots on my legs, so I love body oils. They just seem to work better for me than creams or lotions. I find that you can also use most any oil on your hair for flyaways, even if it isn’t specifically made for hair. This blend of soy, grapeseed, and sweet almond oil is drier than many of my others, and absorbs super fast! The scent is lovely and so summery, of tea, plums, and something slightly nutty. Sometimes fruits can seem too sweet for me, but this one feels sophisticated and very warm weather appropriate.
Water Lily Pencil/Makeup Brush Case – Listed Value $20.00
Cute!! I love little bags like this for travel, especially to store my longer makeup brushes in. You could also use it for jewelry, pencils, tampons, anything! The print is a little different than your normal Margot Elena style. It features stylized hills and koi, alongside lily pads and lotus blossoms. The fabric feels like a lightweight cotton canvas.
Water Lily Graphite Pencil Set – Listed Value $5.00
These cute pencils match the case above perfectly and come with a cheerful, bright pink pencil sharpener.
Love & Toast Cherry Lemonade Lip Balm 0.22 oz – Retail Value $9.00
I really love getting a lip product in a box like this. The flavor couldn’t be more perfect for summer! Cherry Lemonade is exactly that, a sunny citrus with sweet cherry accents. The balm itself is a blend of lip-loving jojoba oil, beeswax, and olive oils. As with everything in a Margot Elena box, the packaging is stunning and over the top gorgeous.
Summer Inspiration Postcard Set – Listed Value $12.00
Lastly, we received a set of 3 oversized postcards, each illustrated by Margot Elena. Each is on super heavy, substantial cardstock, and features beautiful little drawings and beautifully handwritten notes.
Verdict: This is by far one of my favorite boxes. I always look forward to opening it each quarter and seeing all the beautiful packaging and products. The Margot Elena team really goes over the top! The beauty of this box is also its giftability; each item is already beautifully packaged and each makes a perfect present, hostess gift, or ‘just because’ surprise if you can bear to part with anything. I usually love most of the scents in this box, but there were a few this month that were beautiful, just not “me” and I am looking forward to gifting them! This is one of those boxes that feels like a whole experience because everything is curated and special. The overall value of this box is around $201, making it a great value for a $49.99 box.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $49.99 here is what you are paying approximately per item:
- Imagine Perfume $7.46
- Field & Flowers Handcream $4.97
- Water Bottle $5.22
- Bar Soap $2.98
- Shower Gel $5.47
- Travel Candle $2.98
- Body Lotion $2.98
- Dry Body Oil $6.47
- Pencil Case $4.97
- Pencils and sharpener $1.24
- Lip Balm $2.24
- Postcard Set $2.97
Alternatively, each of the 12 items has an average cost of $4.17.
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