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Margot Elena Discovery Box Winter 2021 Review

Christen Russo
ByChristen RussoDec 13, 2021 | 31 comments

Margot Elena Winter 2021

Margot Elena Subscription Box
4.7 overall rating
59 Ratings | 20 Reviews

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

Happy Margot Elena month! This quarter there was no information card or booklet listing the items included or their prices. But, one great thing about this box is I know the value is always there. Plus, the products are always easy to find on the Margot Elena website. Some of the products I received this quarter are the same as last quarter, just in a different scent or Margot Elena line. Ready to take a look?

Here's What's Inside

The Cottage Greenhouse Carrot & Neroli Body Wash — Retail Value $23

 

Carrot oil is loaded up with vitamins A, B, D, and E, offering a rejuvenating glow to skin. I don't have enough experience with this ingredient to vouch for that firsthand, but I have encountered this claim a number of times. This wash also contains coconut oil, cocoa butter, and honey, offering a blast of awesome natural power players in one product. I can say that after just a few uses I really like this product. That said, this is my first go at trying a "shower oil," and I'm finding there is a bit of a learning curve figuring out how best to use it without wasting any. It does lather nicely with just a small amount, but it's quite runny, so you can't be haphazard about it! The scent, as always with Margot Elena products, is perfumey. But it's an incredibly tasteful, earthy floral scent that mellows nicely after you've rinsed it off. I am willing to bet I'll be stocking back up on this unique body wash once the bottle is empty—but, yay, with a full-size product here that probably won't be for a while.

The Cottage Greenhouse Carrot & Neroli Whipped Body Butter  — Estimated Retail Value $40

 

If you want to keep the sweet scent going into your day, you might slather on this whipped body butter after your shower! In my three quarters of receiving Margot Elena's Discovery Box, this is my third jar of body butter. A little goes a long way with body butter, so I'm actually still on the first jar I received 6 months ago. But also each new scent excites me and makes me want to press pause on my current jar, and enjoy the new one. So I guess I'm in a perpetual rotation of body butter scents. Maybe now that the cold weather has arrived where I live, and I'm reaching for nourishing creams every day, I will start to go through them more quickly. And like I said last quarter, the grand prize for finishing a jar of body butter is getting to use the jar itself as a pretty storage container. I'm declaring 2022 as my year of organization, so that (and smelling good) will be my motivation for movin' through these.

Library of Flowers Forget-Me-Not Shower Gel — Retail Value $23

 

Last quarter I made big claims that I love receiving shower gel in subscription boxes because I know I'll use it. I think the genie was listening! I still have some of last quarter's tube of Lollia Wish body wash left, plus the shower oil you just saw above, so I haven't broken the foil seal on this body wash. But from what I can tell through the seal, this scent has a powdery floral vibe.

There's a part of me that's excited to store this tube in my little bathroom basket and pull it out down the line, and another part of me that hopes ME takes a break from body wash next quarter (and maybe sends a candle instead!) so I have a chance to get through what I already have. Of course, it always stands that these products are gorgeous for gifting, and I may end up doing just that with this tube. Especially because this year my family members have all agreed we're a little burnt out on "stuff," so it would be nice to gift something that someone in my life can use up.

TokyoMilk Finest Perfumed Soap — Retail Value $10

 

Another quarter, another bar of this high-quality triple-milled shea butter soap. I ended up giving last season's bar to a new friend. Just because. It felt right. She was pumped. So, now I have my back stock replenished with another bar! Just like always, this soap has notes of "Crushed Citrus, Jasmine, Crisp Greens & Neroli," and the combo of scents is wonderfully subtle. The same formula comes in about two dozen wrapper designs, so when a new bar comes, I know just what to expect, and can simply delight in the surprise of which fun design was selected for me.

TokyoMilk Girl Boss, Whoopsie Daisy, and Drama Queen Signature Stationery Greeting Cards — Retail Value $16.50 (sold separately at $5.50 each)

Margot Elena Winter 2021

This grouping of three blank-inside greeting cards is another replenishment item from last quarter. They have vintage-y illustrations topped with a glittery finish and typewriter-style text that's quirky and fun. I love stationery and sending cards to people, but I admit I'm a little bored with these ones. I see on the ME that there are some really cute Christmas-themed cards and I wish I would've been sent those! I'm particularly fond of this punny "Marie Christmas" one. I'm racking my brain here...they have six holiday cards currently on their site (4 are Christmas-themed and 2 are general holiday cards), but maybe the timing of their production didn't work out with this quarter's subscription? Or maybe they wanted to keep the winter box purely "winter" and not "holiday"? I'm just speculating, of course. The cards I got are cute enough, and they'll get used.

Petite Treat Handcreme Trio: Lollia Always In Rose, Lollia In Love, and TokyoMilk Gin & Rosewater — Retail Value $25.50 (sold separately at $8.50 each)

 

This trio of tiny handcremes came with on-the-nose timing, just as my heater kicked on and started to parch my hands. These tiny 0.5 oz tubes would make perfect stocking stuffers (can you imagine how pumped the Margot Elena subscriber with 3 daughters must be right now?) but I am instead stuffing them in every corner of my life, ha! I have one in the car, one in the diaper bag, and one on my nightstand. I love that all three are equally beautiful-smelling, but with different approaches to their floral song, so my nose can get a little lovely variety throughout my days. Choosing a favorite is no simple task. I am a true rose-scent-lover, so Lollia Always In Rose is so pure and inviting to me. But, the lavender touch to In Love and the citrusy bright notes of Gin & Rosewater are also feeling so spot-on. So, I surrender, I am just so happy to have them all.

 

One thing had me scratching my head about the experience of breaking into these little creme tubes, though. One of the three tubes is plastic. It had a little silver seal on the top of it, under the lid, with a tab so I could pull it right off. The other two tubes are metal. The two metal ones had their seal, like, built into their structure. There was no tab to pull it off, and no pointy part of the lid to puncture it. So I had to grab a pencil to puncture the opening, which then got lotion on my pencil, and then when I wiped it onto my hand it got pencil on my hand. Not the end of the world, but not an awesome experience either. If I had bought these tubes for $8.50, which isn't cheap for 0.5 ounces of product, I would've been really irritated.

TokyoMilk Radiant Gem Parfum — Retail Value $42

Margot Elena Winter 2021

Happy dance! Of all the beauty Margot Elena offers, TokyoMilk scents are my favorites because they're moodier and especially unique. My personal narrative is one of general over-excitedness and song-and-dance expression, so I think I like the more enigmatic scents to balance myself out. Ha! This particular aroma is a bit brighter than many TokyoMilk offerings with a little lemon balm in there, but it's met with amber and musk counterparts to keep its vibe a little lower. It's a gloomy, rainy December day here in Western Pennsylvania, and this Radiant Gem scent shifting under my nose as it mellows on my chest is the primary input keeping my spirits high. I'm thrilled to add this parfum to my growing TokyoMilk perfume collection.

The Cottage Greenhouse Sugar Beet & Blossom Handcreme — Listed Value $26

 

I was so drawn to the earthiness of the rooty beet illustration on this handcreme tube, and I've been receiving beets in my weekly CSA lately so I have been immersed in beet recipes and flavor combos lately. When I took the lid off this tube to smell it, I found that it is very blossom-forward, which made me realize that I've encountered this scent before. My first Margot Elena box contained a Sugar Beet & Blossom bath soak that I also thought smelled mainly floral. I think I was a little more forgiving of the lack of beet aroma last time around; this time I was craving a little more complexity from this creme. But man, a gigantic tube of any ME product still feels like a score. I'm going to pass this tube along to my neighbor who rarely treats herself to lovely things like this, and take joy in knowing it will be meaningful to her.

Value - Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $59.99 + $6.95 shipping to the contiguous United States

Value Breakdown: The Winter 2021 box had a total retail value of $206. That's typical for this subscription. This box costs $66.94 per quarter (including shipping). There are 2 ways of looking at the value breakdown this quarter. If you consider the 3 cards and 3 Petite Treat handcremes as a set, I received 8 total products for Winter. That breaks down to $8.37 per item, including sets. Or, if you consider that the cards + Petite Treats are all actually sold separately outside the subscription, you could consider the total number of products in this box as 12. And that breaks down to $5.58 per item. Either way, incredible value. Can't beat it!

Key Takeaways

The Margot Elena Discovery Box has taught me that filling my life with beautiful-smelling lotions, body washes, handcremes, and perfumes quite literally improves my lived experience. Plain and simple! Plus, gorgeous packaging never hurts and only helps. A big theme of this subscription is how giftable the items are, but I plan on keeping most of them for myself! My favorite products this month were the shower oil and the TokyoMilk parfum. Two awesome scents and awesome experiences.

Keep track of your subscriptions by adding this box to your subscription list or wishlist!

Other Things You Should Know

When is this box available? This box is seasonal, shipping out 4 times a year. The next box is estimated to ship on March 1, 2022.

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No, order now to receive the Spring 2022 box while stocks last.

Check out all of our Margot Elena Discovery Box reviews and the best women's subscription boxes in 2021!

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Christen Russo
Christen Russo

Hi there, I'm Christen! I've been writing with MSA since 2017. I am all sorts of things: a writer, a mother, an outdoors-lover, a low-maintenance self-carer, and general hungry person.

You'll find me collecting stationery and squirreling away stickers, riding bikes and swimming with my family, creating outfits in colors and silhouettes that make me feel amazing, wearing big earrings, drinking beer and asking my husband to feed me harmonies to sing, taking my vitamins, living for live music, roping everyone into a craft, being human and vulnerable, and celebrating the phenomenon of being alive.


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31 comments

Elsi

My first time treating myself to this box. While it may not live up to the value of many previous boxes, I am quite happy with it. The perfume is lovely and will be my everyday go to scent.
In this time of supply issues ( my sister cannot get parts to repair her car after an auto accident for months now)the little handcremes subbed for the candle work well for me, I get to smell three fragrances instead of just one with the candle. The box price averages out to $10.00 per item, good value except maybe for the cards, but I’ve seen them in stores and they are pricey. Nice quality though.

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Lisa

We haven’t unboxed yet. Daughter and I are waiting to do as a special holiday, hot cocoa thing. But looking at this post I too am disappointed. Not much here but the standard product fair, and repetition in scents sent. Boxes like this aren’t meant to make money for the company, they are intended to build the brand. So, with that said, I suspect ME is on the verge of selling out or maybe already has. I’ve picked up several items at large chain off price places in the past few months. Just saw items listed on a website today at one of these companies, we all know who I mean. Once that starts, the “brand” is matured and it’s all about the buyout and commercialization. I personally don’t think the box will go back to it’s origins, they want rid of bulk purchaser below retail.

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CML

This is my first box, and I actually really liked it. Yes, disappointing about the candle, but I’m excited about the body wash and oil, and body butter – those are things I wouldn’t probably buy at first, in case I didn’t like the scent, but now that I have them, it will help me narrow down my favorite products from their line-up. A lot of these are not available in “travel”or sample size, which I like, in order to see if I like the scent.

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Michelle

I’ve been a subscriber for over a year now, and I don’t really care for the stationery items. I think this box is a good value with high quality items that are beautiful and smell great.I do appreciate that all of these items are consumable and won’t clutter up my house with more stuff. I don’t need another soap dish, vase or water bottle.

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Rhonda

I was also disappointed, regardless of the candle swap with more lotion. There’s so many other things on ME’s site that the box no longer feels special, and does not appear to be a good deal anymore. $70 for 8 items, and nothing special or original in the box.

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Kelly

This will be my first time getting this box and it does seem a little disappointing. The most annoying thing right now is that a label was printed last Thursday and it has shown absolutely no movement. Is that typical? I emailed them yesterday to check, but no word. I even live in CO where it is being shipped from.

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Taren

For the first time, since subbing since the second box, I found myself double checking, to see if I was missing anything. I then re-examined everything and asked myself if I really just paid $70 for this. I hate to criticize what once was my favorite box, but I was very underwhelmed. I was so disappointed in fact, that I came right on here to see if maybe they had accidentally left a few items out of my box. Nope. There was no hero item or special holiday items. They really should have made this a little “Extra”, not “less-than”.

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Christen Russo

I’m curious if you think you’d feel better about the overall selection if the cards were replaced with an item of greater “substance.” I personally wasn’t left with the feeling that something was missing like you & others were, but I still think I would’ve felt better overall if the cards had been swapped.

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Sherri

Christen – in the Spring (’21), the box included a set of 4 greeting cards AND the scarf. In the Summer (’21), it was 2 postcards AND the cocktail napkins. So there’s some recent past precedence for a “special” item along with stationery. I have only been subscribed for a year so my experiences with this box aren’t as extensive as other commenters, but based on my limited experience, I wouldn’t consider stationery to be the “special” item. And to my view, this box lacked a “special” item.

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April JK

The only reason I’m not even more disappointed with this box is because I can gift most of this since Christmas is coming. But this box is supposed to be for *me* and it’s a let down.

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Julie F.

Very disappointed there is not the candle included as promised. I was looking forward to that for the holiday’s.

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Kc

$67 is too much, I’d rather just pick a few items I want

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Ks

I thought the same until I saw how expensive the retail prices are. For that money, I was able to add a hand cream and a body wash 😅

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Kelly

What happened to the Wish candle that was released as the first spoiler? This box feels like it is missing an element, a candle would have rounded it out nicely.

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Christen Russo

So sorry, Kelly, I should have mentioned that substitution in my review. I’ll go in and add it now for those who might encounter this review later and wonder the same thing!

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Sherri

Substituted with the trio of small hand creams, due to supply issues.

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Sherri

@Kelly – MSA had a post that shared the info about the substitution.

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Kelly

Ok, thank you. How was this communicated? I don’t remember getting any notifications about the substitution.

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Jenn

I agree with all of you. Im super bummed about this box. Usually I look forward to ME arriving but there is only so much hand cream and body wash one person can use. I miss the days of a gorgeous mug or glass water bottle. Almost anything except the bell, a situation I still scratch my head over.
And as much as I love receiving perfume I am disappointed in the rest of this box.
Debating canceling which makes my wallet happy but my heart kind of sad.

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Taren

I believe I am the only one who liked that bell. But I used it as a fan pull in the center of my living room ceiling.

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Jenn

Taren- that is a fantastic use of that item!!

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Caligirl

I have subscribed since day one. Of all the boxes this has to be my least favorite. I miss the special items everyone use to complain about. I hope they will bring back the magic of this box.

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Julie F.

I agree missing a hero item, like a glass, robe or large candle. I thought there was a candle included in this box, and there are too many hand creams.

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Snow

Totally forgot about that bell 😆…. definitely a head scratcher!

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Nat

This is my 2nd box. I think it’s nice. Although it’s weird to have 2 body washes and 2 hand cream type of items. The small ones will for sure be gifted for Christmas. What cute little gifts those will make.

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Christen Russo

I agree that they’ll make adorable little gifts, Nat!

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Sherri

Now that I’m seeing the full spoilers/contents of this box, I have to say that I’m, well… disappointed. And a little surprised, TBH. I love the ME box, even if some of the scents are not for me, but this one just seems kinda, well, haphazardly thrown together. 2 body wash type products, 2 hand creams (yes, I know they had to do a last minute sub on the candle due to supply issues, I get that, but still…), no “special” product (like the recent soap dish, or scarf, or even the cocktail napkins)… and not even an info card? OTOH, the value is definitely there and the products are quality, so I should probably just stop whining, but yeah, I’m disappointed.

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jc

I agree — it really feels like they have abandoned any sort of curation or theme and we’re just getting leftovers. On their mailing list there are so many cool new things, but we’re still getting the scents and formulas from years ago.

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Amy

Ug! I agree, this is so disappointing and would have been boring even with the candle…but would have rather had that… too many soaps and lotions. Hope the perfume makes it worth it.

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melissa

I just cancelled this subscription. How many hand cremes can one have? I wish there were a candle and/or a bubble bath.

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Christen Russo

I just recently finished my bottle of bubble bath from the Summer box, I definitely wouldn’t be mad if I were sent more!

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