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Margot Elena Discovery Box Summer 2022 Review

Christen Russo
ByChristen RussoJun 20, 2022 | 4 comments

Margot Elena Discovery Box Summer 2022

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

 

The humid heat has officially made itself known here in Pennsylvania, so I am so completely in full summer mode. And I'll tell you what, I am loving what the boxes I'm subscribed to are doing to embrace summertime this year. From the colors to the products and scents, it's just delightful. This quarter's Margot Elena Discovery Box is an absolute joy—let's walk through it together.

 

But first, a quick peek at the info card that came inside. Any Margot Elena fan will tell you their love for this brand is just as much about the visuals as it is the quality and scents, this card is a great example of that. After referencing it during my unboxing, I set it in my pile of things to cut up for future collage-making with my daughter!

Here's What's Inside

Margot Elena Exclusive Luggage Tag

 

Margot Elena has been reading my diary! I was just saying aloud that I wanted to buy a luggage tag for my daughter! She is almost four years old and just discovered that rolling suitcases exist, and is so infectiously thrilled to newly have her own. I thought a luggage tag would be a fun "extra" for her, and so this one is headed her way. The tag itself is made of faux leather, with florals and "coming & going" text on one side, and an ikat pattern on the other side. The lilac-purple strap holds the info card in place and has a golden buckle. It's not juvenile at all, but it's playful enough for a child to like!

Lollia Elegance Shea Butter Handcreme  — Estimated Retail Value $27

 

One of the perks of subscribing to this box is that we are often treated to exclusives and collection debuts, as is the case with this new scent of Lollia handcreme. When I first squeezed some out of the tube onto the back of my hand, the fragrance struck me as almost powdery, but as I began rubbing it in the floral aromas were released into something bright and light. The cream is a medium weight and absorbed easily, as is typically the case with Lollia creams. After a few minutes, my hands felt oh-so-soft and the amber scent that's in this new handcreme's fragrance name came forward. I just love the journey that Margot Elena scents take us on. My only wish is that they would design their tubes with caps that could puncture the seal so that I don't have to start every new tube by finding a pen to poke in.

Lollia Special Edition Sugared Pastille Wish Luminary

 

Who doesn't love a Margot Elena candle? They are like the poster candle for throwing scent effectively! This quarter included the Wish Luminary in a special edition size that isn't sold on the site. We received a 3.5 oz candle, whereas what is available outside the subscription is the 11 oz Wish Luminary in Sugared Pastille. While a full-size candle would've been a treat, I'm not complaining—I also love burning through candles and then moving onto the next amazing scent, so really this size works well for me. I think this is only the second candle I've received since being subscribed to Margot Elena, so I'm not sure if this is a larger issue or just an incidental, but my candle's wick required some serious digging out before the candle would stay lit. What you see pictured above was my first attempt (pre-dig) at lighting it, before I realized there wasn't enough wick exposed to remain lit. After some toothpick work we're in good shape and I've been enjoying this soy candle's slow burn and sugary scent so, so much. The gold rim you see pictured is actually the entire interior of the candle, and it's beautiful to see revealed more and more with each use.

TokyoMilk Sonoran Bloom Eau de Parfum — Retail Value $44

 

I think I say this every quarter, but I was not a perfume-wearer until subscribing to this box. And now it is my great joy to rotate between the few TokyoMilk scents in my collection. Prior to discovering TokyoMilk's line, I didn't know it was possible that a perfume could make me feel things. I talk frequently about the layered complexity found in all Margot Elena products, but the perfumes in particular are capable of setting the tone with your presence—and because their scents vary, you can choose which tone you want to set. In the case of this new scent, Sonoran Bloom, it's a variety of light florals ranging from baby's breath to lilac, a freshness, a cleanness. This feels like a great daytime perfume to me. And it also feels like it could work well for a wearer of any age. It's so nice for summer!

TokyoMilk Honey & the Moon Parfum Crema Délice — Retail Value $24

 

Speaking of scents that make me feel things, my first love was TokyoMilk's Honey & The Moon. It was the first perfume I received in a Margot Elena box and what I would choose as my signature scent if I had to pick just one. Here it is this quarter in Parfum Crema Délice form, which is basically a perfumed cream. It has taken me a bit to get the hang of this product—it's something you would use in place of perfume, rather than a cream you'd tote around in your purse for dry hands, because it's heavily scented. But beautifully scented, of course! Mine arrived with a more white color than the one pictured on the ME website; differences in hue don't bother me at all, but it is interesting to see it looking a little deeper in pigment on the site because I do get strong cocoa notes from this scent (it's part of what I love about it so much), even though it's not listed anywhere in the ingredients nor scent profile.

The Cottage Greenhouse Exclusive Rosemary Mint Foot Care Gift Set — Retail Value $42

 

Over the course of the year that I've been receiving this subscription, I've seen patterns in the types of products that we're sent. This makes sense, given that ME's offerings are focused on skincare and aromas! But this foot care gift set is all new to me! From what I can tell, this set is exclusive to the box in that it's sent in a drawstring pouch as opposed to a plastic tube. I prefer the pouch because it takes up less space to store! The set comes with a pumice foot scrub with an incredibly minty aroma and some good grit to it, a brush with two sides of soft bristles, and a pink-tinted foot cream in the same rosemary-mint scent as the scrub, but in cream form the mint is a little more subtle and the rosemary comes through. In these early weeks of wearing sandals, my feet are working hard. I can see myself doing this scrub-and-moisturization process once per week—definitely before bed so my lotioned feet don't slip around!

The Cottage Greenhouse Grapefruit & Blood Orange Shower Oil & Body Wash — Retail Value $24

 

This Cottage Greenhouse body wash is a familiar formula and a familiar scent, so I'm deducing that what's "new" about it is that this is the first time the two are being combined. I've been sent this wash before and I love it. ME's site says of it, "Cleanse and Quench all at once!" and I would say that is an accurate description of how this wash feels to use. It's an oil, and it pours out incredibly liquidy, but it forms a nice lather and leaves skin feeling incredibly smooth. This grapefruit & blood orange scent is very summery; it's not my favorite Margot Elena scent—and, in general, The Cottage Greenhouse Line is filled with aromas that are less complex than found in its sister lines—but it is one that I can see being universally pleasant to all or most noses.

TokyoMilk Party Like a Rockstar, Merci Beaucoup, and #1 Fan Signature Stationery Greeting Cards — Retail Value $16.50 (sold separately at $5.50 each)

 

Anyone who has been following along with my reviews for a length of time will know that I am a stationery lover through and through, so I'm always happy to receive cards that I can go on to mail to my friends. Margot Elena has a seemingly endless selection of this style of blank card, with a vintage-inspired illustration that's touched with glitter, and a lighthearted, sometimes punny greeting in typewriter-style text. I like how simple and classic the Eiffel Tower "thank you" card is, and how sweet and supportive the fan one is. But my favorite of this quarter's batch has to be the celebratory card because of how absurd the running ostrich is!

Value - Was This Box Worth It?

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

Value Breakdown: The Summer 2022 Margot Elena Discovery Box contained a combination of items available for purchase and exclusive products. Because the exclusive products (like the luggage tag and the 3.5 oz candle) don't have retail prices available, I'm unable to calculate the full value, but the rest of the items add up to $177.50. The info card lists the contents' full retail value at $207, which feels appropriate to me and is right in line with the value of past boxes. There were 8 products in this quarter's box (considering the 3 cards as one), which breaks down to $8.37 per item. Basically, by subscribing, you're always getting these incredibly beautiful and quality gems at a big discount. Plus you get the benefit of having a beautiful, day-making unboxing experience!

Key Takeaways

This was a magnificent quarter for The Margot Elena Discovery Box. I adore everything I was sent, but my top picks are the shea butter handcreme in a new scent (Elegance), the parfum crema délice in my original favorite fragrance (Honey & the Moon), and the Wish candle. Though, as I type out these three top picks I'm realizing the foot creme could have easily made the Top 3 ranking, and so could the Sonoran Bloom perfume!

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Other Things You Should Know

When is this box available? This box is seasonal, shipping out 4 times a year.

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? Yes, as of the publication of this review, Summer 2022 is still in stock. Order ASAP to receive it, or look forward to the Fall 2022 box, which starts shipping on September 1.

Check out all of our Margot Elena Discovery Box reviews!

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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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4 comments

Nan

Great review!

So glad I canceled a couple of my sample boxes for this one.

I prefer lighter scents, so the Cottage Greenhouse products are always my favorites.

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Heather

Love your review! I just canceled some boxes and decided to get this one instead. The products look wonderful and I love Tokyo Milk perfumes.

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cheryl

This is a great review and If I had money to burn, this would be one I would love. I think once I get my skin care subscription in place and cancel the makeup one’s that are always “meh”, this is one that is a treat and luxury with so many warm and cozy items.

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sparker

Yay – glad to see this review, Christen! Was there not one for the spring box? I can’t seem to find it.

I saw a lot of people saying they don’t like the sonoran bloom, and I don’t understand how – its fantastic. I’ve yet to meet a scent I don’t like in this box, but the TokyoMilk fragrances are always my favorite.

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