Margot Elena Discovery Box Fall 2021 Review
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.)
For $59.99 a quarter + $6.95 shipping (to the contiguous US only), you’ll discover the world of All Things Beautiful—this box is filled with over $200 worth of full-sized products curated by the Margot Elena team.
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.)
Opening The Box
‘Tis I, Christen, again. I had such a ball as substitute reviewer for my last Margot Elena box that I convinced Megan to let me come back for more. With only one quarter under my belt, I already felt like I had a Pavlovian response to seeing this pink floral box arrive. I just knew whatever lied within would improve my life through quality products in gorgeous packaging, with amazing scents.
This quarter’s folded info page sets the tone with a wish that the products we’re sent inspire beauty all season. It also outlines what all came in our box, including accurate pricing.
This other card introduces Margot Elena‘s new fragrance line, Infinite She. Its tagline is “Beauty + Power Unleashed.” On the back is a code for 20% off the Infinite She collection through the end of September.
Here’s What’s Inside
Lollia Wish Perfumed Shower Gel — Retail Value $22
Who else loves receiving shower products in subscription boxes? They’re one type of product that I 100% know I’ll use, even if not right away—I delight over the excitement of keeping a lineup of quality shampoos and bars of soap, and in this case, body washes, in my bathroom, just waiting their turn to be used. I typically bathe in more earthy scents, less fruity or perfumey than this one, but the fragrance here isn’t as strong as some of the perfumes or candles from Margot Elena lines, which I find tasteful. It’s a sort of bright, vanilla-kissed scent that feels right to bathe in. I also love the metallic gold bees printed on the bottle. They match the tattoo on my arm!
TokyoMilk Kabuki Bon Bon Shea Butter Handcreme — Retail Value $22
Speaking of fruity scents, that angle isn’t something I typically expect from TokyoMilk but it’s hinted at with grapefruit notes in this tube of hand creme. It’s a bit of a web of expectations here because I do think of TokyoMilk scents as being unexpected, but more in the sense that the formulas combine deeper, more robust aromas to create something totally unique, as opposed to “Surprise! Grapefruit!” That said, the cocoa butter scent is showing through a little, and grounding the scent in the richness that tends to bolster the TM line. I’m admittedly a little stuck on the citrus thing, and so this creme not easily winning me over, but I did toss it in my bag to keep trying it out and see how it might grow on me, so that must count for something.
TokyoMilk Finest Perfumed Soap — Retail Value $10
It’s kind of festive to receive a birthday-themed bar of soap, even though my birthday has passed. It’s been said before and I’ll say again that Margot Elena products make fantastic gifts. Perhaps to some, gifting scents can feel risky if you don’t know the person intimately, but it’s hard to go wrong with a triple-milled shea butter bar of soap. The ME site indicates that this bar of soap has notes of “Crushed Citrus, Jasmine, Crisp Greens & Neroli,” but honestly it just smells like a basic bar of soap to me, in a good way.
TokyoMilk Rock On, Go Buck Wild, & Hipster Gnomes Signature Stationery Greeting Cards — Retail Value $16.50 (sold separately)
I am a stationery fanatic and love receiving sets or single greeting cards in subscription boxes. These 3 cards are sold separately on the ME site but grouped together here. The front of each has a different vintage-looking illustration paired with some “cheeky” text, as they call it. One is birthday-specific and the others could be used for a number of occasions. The insides are blank.
The Cottage Greenhouse Exclusive Sugar Beet & Blossom Bath Soak — Listed Value $12
The Cottage Greenhouse tends to be my least favorite ME line because the scents are a little more basic. That said, I don’t know that I would want to soak in a complex-smelling bath. The scent here is Sugar Beet & Blossom, and my nose is picking up on the “blossom” part most of all. (What does a sugar beet smell like, anyway? I cook with beets a lot and I don’t think they really have a smell!) I don’t take many baths these days, but my three-year-old daughter noticed the tiny wooden spoon that—I agree—makes this small jar extra delightful. And it gave me the idea that perhaps we could enjoy a mother-daughter spa day here at home. Honestly, that sounds like more fun to me than a solo pampering in this season of life, anyway. It’s inspiring all sorts of exciting ideas!
P.S. This salt soak is a box exclusive!
The Cottage Greenhouse Japanese Plum & White Tea Body Butter — Retail Value $32
Even though a jar of body butter lasts an eternity and I already have one in progress, I’ll always welcome a new jar. It’s valued at $32, which I may have thought sounded steep a few years ago, but now I feel it’s a totally appropriate cost for how long a jar can be stretched. Plus, when it’s gone, you have a beautiful, sturdy jar for storing things. The scent of this thick cream is “Jasmine Plum & White Tea,” but it reads to me as a classic floral, peony-ish almost. I just adore it.
Lollia Dream Dry Body Oil — Retail Value $42
This body oil seems like it’s coming just in time for cool weather to hit. I’m already seeing the need to ramp up hydration in my skin and fall has just barely begun. As for the aroma, honeysuckle—yes! The light sweetness and hint-of-floral of this flower are perfectly captured here. This is one of the more mildly scented products I’ve ever experienced from Margot Elena and it’s really nice.
New! Infinite She Inspired Eau de Parfum Rollerball — Listed Value $28
Of course, ME wouldn’t introduce a new line and not let us try it out! The Infinite She line is all about beauty and empowerment, and I was so curious to see how that might manifest in a scent. This rollerball holds a bright, feminine perfume, and indeed it does smell more like a traditional perfume than I’m used to from this brand. Honestly, the scent and packaging alike feel younger and not entirely “me,” but perhaps among the other three scents they rolled out with this line I’ll find a better fit.
This rollerball is currently 15% off if you’re curious about giving it a try!
New! Infinite She Exclusive Mini Find Your Fire Candle — Retail Value $20
They say “second is the best,” right? Well, this is the second Infinite She item included in this quarter’s box, and it’s the second product with an “exclusive” indication on the product list. And, yep, it smells pretty heavenly. I would say this candle’s scent combo of light and airy passionfruit with the richer honeyed amber and ginger flower work together to capture the transition from summer to cooler weather impeccably. I didn’t know a scent could do that! Wizardry. I will say this candle doesn’t throw its aroma as effectively as last quarter’s did. Could it be that I have it in a different location in my house? Is there such a thing as “scent acoustics?” I would genuinely love to hear opinions on this. I will say, though, that when I left my house for a few minutes and came back, I was able to smell it more clearly. But I also don’t recommend forgetting to blow your candle out before leaving the house like I did. Eek!
Value – Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $59.99 + $6.95 shipping to the contiguous United States
Value Breakdown: I received 9 products this quarter (counting the 3 cards as a set), which had a total retail value of $204.50. This box costs $66.94 per quarter (including shipping), which breaks down to $7.44 per item. That’s a steal and if I were to encounter any of these items in a store for that cost I would snatch ’em up so fast!
After only my second quarter of experiencing all that the Margot Elena Discovery Box has to offer, I already know with certainty that this will be one I’ll be obsessively watching my doorstep for every season. They just tick every single box so beautifully: amazing scents that do their job and don’t require re-application, gorgeous packaging, gift-ability, great value. It’s all there. My favorite items this quarter were the body butter and body oil, and I’m so thrilled to have them in time for the dry season ahead.
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Other Things You Should Know
When is this box available? This box is seasonal, shipping out 4 times a year. The next box will be available in December.
Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No, the Fall box is already sold out! If you sign up now, you’ll receive the Winter box, which is estimated to begin shipping on December 2.
What do you think of the Margot Elena Discovery Box?