Thursday, October 30, 2014

October Escape Monthly Box - London

Escape Monthly combines two things I love which are traveling and getting treasures in the mail. Escape Monthly ships every month and includes full size products, travel guides, secret tips and special offers. Each box has a destination theme and every month one lucky member will win a vacation to the destination.  The price of this box is $49.95 a month with shipping included. Right now they are running a deal on their website where you can get 20% off the price of the box for life. This means the monthly box will cost $39.95 a month instead of $49.95.

Price: The price of the box is listed at $49.95/month. but they frequently are offered at $39.95/month. No option to skip.

This box is available in the US only and ships from Lake Oswego, Oregon. 

The good:

Products: You get full size products from the region of that month. 

Referrals: They have an ambassador program that pays you via paypal for members you refer. 

Travel: They give away a trip every month to the destination. There is a card in one box each month telling you if you've won. 

Info cards: These are so important and theirs is fantastic. It includes product info and price as well as info about the destination. I have noticed that the prices they list is not always accurate. 

The not so good:

Skip: So far I can't find anything on skipping.  

Price: The price is quite high for a monthly box.

London Escape Monthly Box. 

Contents of box with retail value:

Rick Steve's Pocket London Travel Guide. Value = $12.99

Soapsmith 3-piece London soap sampler. Value = $8.00 - These smell nice but I'm not sure they are worth $8. 

Westminster Caddy of English Breakfast Tea. Value = $11.00

Hill Custard Creams. Value = $3.00

Orico London Rush Hour Vibrant Dry Body Oil. Value = $7.00

Walkers Nonsuch English Creamy Toffees. Value = $4.50

London Diecast Taxi. Value = $12.00 - This is cute but I don't really have a use for it. 


Corkers Natural British Crunch, pork sausage and english mustard flavor. Value = $3.00

The total approximate value of this box is $61.49 or $48.50 if you don't include the travel book. I was really expecting a lot more from this box. I mean it has some things that are definitely London but they aren't exciting. Also the most expensive thing in the box (besides the travel guide) is a toy car. I don't really have a use for a toy car. The food stuff is fun and tasty but not knock you socks off exciting. I do like the body oils. I used to use Neutrogena Sesame Oil exclusively until I started getting subscription boxes and trying other things. I always like the way body oil feels though.

Verdict: Next month is Hawaii which they did last October. They said it's going to have different items than the last box but I'm just not that excited about it. I'm going to cancel this box for now.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Oprah Circle of Friends Subscription

Ohhhhh boy, look who has a subscription service coming out. Oprah the queen of everything has launched O's Circle of Friends subscription. This isn't a monthly service but a yearly membership. The advertisement says the club features exciting perks to deepen your connection to the world of O. I'm not sure I had any type of connection to the world of O but I do like Oprah and I read her magazine.

There are three levels of membership which is nice, however the premier membership is the one that has all the perks.

I debated back and forth on which membership to get. They all come with a subscription to O magazine which is nice because my subscription expired a few months ago and I haven't renewed. I knew I wanted either the prime or premier membership because those are the ones that include a beauty box. I finally just decided on getting the premier one because I had a sudden fear of missing out. You get a surprise gift from the O list which always has awesome things on it and you get to test and keep products. Oprah is a advertising powerhouse so I'm hoping awesome companies are going to sign up to have their items sent out to her subscribers.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October Bestowed Box

Bestowed was created by nutritionist and author Heather Bauer in an effort to answer the question everyone had when it comes to health food.."which one of these is really the best?" Each month, Heather and her team of health and diet experts carefully curate 7-10 healthy snacks, beverages and lifestyle item and send them to you. Bestowed has also partnered with The Food Trust and for each box sold they supply a kid in need with a days worth of snacks. The price of this box is $20.00 a month with shipping included. They also have 3 and 6 month plans that offer a 10-15% discount.

Bestowed offered this box to me for review for the cost of shipping ($7.95).

Price: $20 a month w/no option to skip. Discounts for 3 and 6 months prepaid plans. 

This subscription is only available in the US and ships from New York. 

Bestowed is offering 10% off any subscription to my using LOVEHEALTHY. 

The good:

Variety: I liked that there was some variety to this box. It wasn't just limited to food or products, you get both!

Good size samples: The samples are full size or close to it.

Information: They include a sheet with product info and tips on usage.

The not so good:

Skip a month: I didn't see an option to skip a month.

October Bestowed Box

Contents of box with approximate retail value:

.5 oz. Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers. Value = $0.50

Gnu Foods Peanut Chocolate Chip FiberLove Bar. Value = $1.00

Gnu Foods Cinnamon Raisin FiberLove Bar. Value = $1.00

Hooray Puree Spinach. Value = $5.00

Little Miracles Organic White Tea & Ginseng Energy Drink. Value = $2.29 - This was very good. I would buy this again and it's conveniently sold on Amazon. 

(2) Numi Tea Indulgent Chocolate Tea. Value = $0.39/ea.

2.1 oz. Peeled Snacks Cinnamon Apple Clusters. Value = $5.49

(2) packs Glee Gum. Value = $0.23/ea. - I'm not a fan of glee gum. 

The total value of this months box is $16.52. This box has a much better value than last months box. It's still not at the $20 mark though. The apple clusters are showing up everywhere. They aren't a new product but maybe they are just trying to boost sales. I tired the FiberLove bars before and as I recall they weren't too bad. The most interesting thing in the box this month is the spinach puree. The box says you add it to recipes to get you veggies in. The off part is it doesn't say how much to add, and the color is really green, is it going to turn your food green? I went on their website and it suggested adding it to guacamole which would solve the green food issue. We don't have issues with getting our veggies in, we happen to love salads and I'm a big spinach fan but I'm still curious about this. I wonder how it tasted plain? And why is green food so scary looking?

Verdict: This box had some fun new food items to try and the value is better than last months.