Sunday, February 2, 2014

January Escape Monthly Review

Escape Monthly had been on my on my "subscriptions to try" list for a long time, and I finally decided to purchase a box this past month.  The January destination was Colorado, and I figured there would be some great products featured.

Escape Monthly proved me right!  I was very happy with the selection of items in January's box.  But before I get further into the review, here is a quick rundown on the service: each month, Escape Monthly delivers a "Vacation in a Box" that features a different destination from anywhere in the world.  Past boxes have included Hawaii, Napa, and Italy.  The cost is $49.95 a month, but if you visit their website you can get 20% off for the life of your subscription.

Since Escape Monthly is a lifestyle box, they'll include a variety of different types of items.  This one contained a lot of food, but I love snacks so this wasn't a problem for me.

  • Jackson's Honest Potato Chips in Sea Salt ($2.99) - These chips are fried in coconut oil and I could definitely taste the difference.  I thought these were delicious and had a great crunch.
  • Chocolove Orange Peel Chocolate Bar ($2.99) - I've seen this brand in my grocery before but never tried it until I received it in this box.  At first I was apprehensive about the orange peel pieces, but they were very small and basically just gave the bar a nice crunch to it.  It tasted really great.
  • Bobo's Oat Bars in Gluten-Free Peach ($3.95) - This was my favorite item in the box; it was absolutely delicious!  I never would have guessed that it was gluten-free if it hadn't said so on the label, because it had a lovely texture and taste that I would have assumed came from bread (if that makes sense).  I am definitely going to purchase more of these bars in the future.
  • White Girl Salsa in Medium Tomatillo ($7.99) - When I picked up my box it felt really heavy, and it was because of this full-sized jar.  I'm all about salsas and this one has a great flavor.  It's made with tomatillos and has a hint of spice.

  • Bluecorn Naturals Beeswax Candle in Tranquility ($4.99) - I love candles so I was happy to have one in this box.  This one is made with beeswax, scented with honey and pollen, and has a lovely scent.  The main notes are lemongrass, cinnamon, and rosemary.
  • Colorado Aromatics Mountain Mist Lotion in Lavender ($5.20) - This lotion was formulated by a biochemist and contains local herbal ingredients, including green tea extract and rosemary.  I have a few other lavender-scented lotions and I love using them at night because lavender is a lovely aromatherapy scent to aid in falling asleep.
  • Not The Same Rocky Mountain Mud Bath in Stress Relief Blend ($7.25) - I'm going to hang onto this item for future use because my current bath tub is not conducive to taking long, relaxing baths (it just isn't big enough).  The blend works to relax muscles, improve circulation, and smooth the skin.
  • Moon Colorado Handbook ($19.99) - Each Escape Monthly comes with a book from Moon Handbooks for the monthly destination, which I think is really cool.  I enjoyed paging through this, and since Colorado (specifically Denver) is on my list of desired travel destinations I think this will definitely come in handy when I do end up going
  • Pikes Peak Rocks Geode ($1.99) - When I opened my box I noticed a find dust over all of the items and I thought, "what the heck?"  Then I saw this rock and realized it was the culprit.  At first I thought it was a pumice stone, but it turns out it's a geode (when you crack them in half, they contain beautiful crystalline structures).  I haven't opened mine yet, but I definitely thought it was a fun bonus item.  I just wish Escape Monthly had packaged it in a small bag or wrapped it somehow so that the dust didn't get over everything else.

Bottom Line: I used a blogger coupon to purchase this box for half price, which I thought was a great deal.  Although I loved this box, I can't say I would pay $49.95 for future shipments, which is why I cancelled my subscription after this box.  I wish there was an option to make a one-time purchase for boxes that I thought sounded interesting, because 12 months of Escape Monthly boxes at full-price is just not something I can afford at this time.

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

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