Margot Elena Subscription Box Review – Summer 2021
The Seasonal Subscription 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 Subscription Box
The Subscription Box: Margot Elena Subscription Box
The Cost: $59.99 a quarter + $6.95 shipping
The Products: Discover the world of All Things Beautiful with the Margot Elena Subscriotion Box, filled with over $200 worth of full-sized products curated by the M.E. team.
Ships to: The contiguous U.S.
Margot Elena Summer 2021 Review
Hi, everyone! Christen here. I’m popping in for a quick Margot Elena review this quarter, but Megan will be back next quarter. Of note, because she has the discerning nose of an olfactory genius, and I can’t say that I do, but I am going to try my best. I have encountered a number of Margot Elena products in other subscriptions and shopping in Anthro stores, but this is my first time exploring the Subscription Box. I’m thrilled! Here we go…
This box comes with a card detailing all of the items included. The summer box boasts a “Vibrant Blooms” theme, which from my experience with Margot Elena products is an accurate way to describe most of the brand’s scents and packaging in general. And I mean that as a good thing!
Also included is a card announcing that Margot Elena was picked by you, our MSA readers, as a favorite subscription in three categories: Best Beauty Subscriptions of 2021, Best Women’s Subscription Boxes of 2021, and Best Splurge-Worthy Subscriptions of 2021.
TokyoMilk Honey & The Moon Parfum, 1 fl oz – Retail Value $38.00
This scent is a combination of honey, sugared violet, jasmine, and sandalwood, and while I don’t have Megan’s superpower to call to mind what each of those contributions smells like individually, they make a sweet-yet-not-overly-feminine end product that transforms the longer you sit with it. I’m also detecting hints of cocoa that come on strong early, dissipate, and then return gently down the line—it adds a great dimension to this aroma. Overall I wouldn’t necessarily categorize this scent as a “vibrant bloom”, which doesn’t bother me one bit, I just thought it was of note. One spritz of the perfume on my wrist, and another in the air that I walked through, left me enjoying this scent subtly but noticeably throughout my day.
TokyoMilk Classic Shea Butter Bar Soap, 8 oz – Listed Value $12.00 (similar soaps here)
I just recently polished off a bottle of body wash and was so excited to get back to using bar soap now that there’s a place to put it in my shower again. This hefty shea butter bar is next in line! It says on the packaging that it’s perfumed, and I agree that there’s more to its scent than simply shea butter—a bit of floral and vanilla, it seems—but nothing so overly feminine that it couldn’t be used by bathing people of all genders. I love that, as always, with Margot Elena products, the packaging makes this bar of soap giftable without any wrapping. My only qualm is that there’s fine glitter on the wrapper, which came off on my hands.
TokyoMilk Limited Edition Cocktail Napkins, Set of 4 – Listed Value $25.00
We’re cloth napkin users in my family, and over the years I’ve learned that a thin napkin is a better experience than a thick one. These four mismatched cocktail napkins are thin indeed, making them easier to wipe the corners of the mouth with. Their various florals and ocean-inspired patterns are vibrant and so much fun. They arrived a little stiff, but they softened in the wash. I will absolutely use these not only for hosting a friend or two but just in my day-to-day life when I only need a small napkin. I just wish there were more!
Library of Flowers Field & Flowers Luminary, 5 oz – Retail Value $16.00
Well, I think I’ve just found the scent of my summer! This candle carries apricot, honeyed blossom, and wildflower aromas through my house with enough power to make me stop and sigh over the lovely scent again and again. Even the flowers printed on the label are my vibe with their bright, warm tones. This soy candle is only 5 oz, so I’ll need to stock up on more if I truly want it to last through these warm months, but a trick I’ve found—and it works especially well with Margot Elena products because of how well their scents make themselves known—is that if I’m sitting at my desk working (as opposed to bopping around my house), all it takes is removing the lid to be able to experience this joyful scent.
Library of Flowers Parfum Crema in Forget Me Not, 1.5 oz – Retail Value $22.00
This is my first experience with a cream perfume, though I know Margot Elena offers lots of them. I was taken by this product down to the fox illustration on the lid. Something about a shallow tin of cream reminds me of my grandmother (in the best of ways), and I was overcome with nostalgia as I dipped my fingers into this thick cream. Because of the “perfumed” aspect of it, I started with only a small amount because I didn’t want to be overwhelmed by the scent, but of course, I shouldn’t have been concerned—yet again, Margot Elena offers its aroma ever so tastefully through this cream. That said, it is for sure a style of perfume and not something I would go applying all over, as the fragrance does linger around. The scent is a powdery floral one, light and breathable and further contributing to the nostalgic feel I get from this cream.
TokyoMilk Light Awaken Within Handcreme, 2.7 oz – Retail Value $22.00
TokyoMilk Light, you say? I hadn’t yet encountered this sub-category of TokyoMilk (I may be behind the times), so here’s the spiel:
TokyoMilk’s transcendent take on the light side. A transformative mix of crushed and distilled botanic and floral essences for an uncommon sensory experience, true to the TokyoMilk DNA.
And, really, this shea butter handcreme has a lightness to it that I’m not used to from the TokyoMilk line. The fragrance notes include jasmine, neroli, orange blossom, and Citrus & Sky—I haven’t a clue what the heck “Citrus & Sky” is, but I’m completely on board with everything Margot Elena by this point in the box and am nodding and yes-ing every decision they have ever made. Does this bright, airy, almost-beachy-but-without-the-coconut scent bewitch? Not in the way that some of the darker TokyoMilk scents tend to (including the perfume from above), but a wildly textured scent isn’t necessarily what I want from my hand cream anyway, so I’m digging this a lot.
Lollia Limited Edition Relax Bubble Bath, 8 oz – Listed Value $18.00
For many years baths didn’t cross my mind, then I sort of resented them because it felt like a lot of prep and cleanup to make it as spa-like of an experience as I wanted; then just recently I’ve landed happily somewhere in-between. My young daughter often asks me to come in the bath with her, and I’ve found myself enjoying just sitting and chatting among the lovely scents that bath products offer. All this to say that if I had received this bubble bath earlier in my life I may have passed it along as a gift, but now I know I’ll use it. The scent here is kept simple—just lavender and honey, which offer a calming sweetness that is no more complex than it needs to be. I’ve found that a little goes a long way and that it feels simple and gentle enough to use with my daughter in the tub. Having received this very straightforwardly lovely product among all the complexly scented ones adds a nice variety to the delivery!
I’ll note that the rubber cork lid gently slides its way up and out of the bottle due to some seeming gentle pressure, which makes it a bit precarious to store. I hope Margot Elena is aware of this issue and that they improve upon the bottle closure!
The Cottage Greenhouse Grapefruit & Blood Orange Fine Sea Salt Scrub, 8 oz – Retail Value $28.00
In Megan’s Winter 2020 box she received this Cottage Greenhouse scent in lotion form—head to her Winter 2020 review to see what she thought. Here, for summer, I’ve received it in salt scrub form. It’s a very clean, light, fruity scent that’s more traditional (or, some may say more “mainstream”) than the others in the box. From what I gather this is true of the Cottage Greenhouse line in general. It doesn’t impress me as much as the others, but it’s still pleasant and one I’ll enjoy. The salt scrub itself is very effective in its buffing qualities, while also leaving my skin feeling hydrated rather than stripped.
Library of Flowers Lemon Blossom Hand Sanitizer Gel, 8 oz – Retail Value $18.00
I’ve had my eyes open to a lot of really wonderful hand sanitizers through subscription boxes over the past year—ones that have lovely scents and pretty packaging and ingredients that don’t just utterly dry my hands out. They’ve all been travel size up until this bottle. Travel sizes work well for keeping a hand sanitizer in every bag I own, in my car, in the stroller—places I want it handy. But this is the perfect bottle to plop right on the credenza by my front door, and with impeccable timing: we have a new baby at home, and it can sometimes be tricky to convince big sister to wash her hands after playing outside. She’s super game to sanitize with this nice gel, though! It’s smooth and rubs in well, rather than being too liquidy. The initial scent is alcohol-heavy, but it settles into a gentle citrus scent after it dries. My husband likes it, too, and says it doesn’t strike him as a feminine scent at all.
Margot Elena Exclusive Summer Greetings Postcards – Listed Value $5.00
I love sending my friends mail, and postcards are one of my favorite approaches! It’s so simple to jot down a quick “thinking of you” note or even a small drawing and send it on its way. For them, it’s fun to find something bright and personal among bills and junk mail. I’m always happy to have a few more options to add to my stationery stash, but these two are so cute that I might fire ’em away before they even make it into my drawer!
Verdict: This Margot Elena Subscription Box experience was a joy-filled adventure for me! I loved getting to know the personalities of Margot Elena’s sub-brands a little better through exploring the Summer box offerings. I’m also really pleased to add a variety of home and skincare items that are just as beautiful as they are impeccably fragranced to my collection. A favorite item this quarter is nearly impossible to choose because each product is awesome for a different reason. That said, the TokyoMilk perfume struck me as having the most intriguing scent of the selection, the candle sends a lightheartedness through my home that I can’t get enough of, and the hand sanitizer brings beauty (through its scent & pretty label) to a mundane need like having clean hands. I think I’ll keep everything I was sent in this box, but any item—or the entire thing—could so easily be gifted and would feel like such a special treat to offer to someone I love.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, the Summer box has sold out. The Fall 2021 box would be your first if you sign up today. It is projected to start shipping on September 7, 2021.
Value Breakdown: At $59.99 + 6.95 shipping, each of the 10 items (counting the cocktail napkins and the postcards each as 1 item) has an average cost of about $6.
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