Tuesday, September 24, 2013

September Escape Monthly - Oregon

Escape Monthly is the newest and most eagerly anticipated subscription box this summer for me. It combines two things I love which are traveling and luxury products. Escape Monthly ships every month and includes full size luxury 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 have a promotion if you use code GIFTESCAPE it takes 25% off.

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: The 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. 

The not so good:

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

Oregon Escape Box. 

Contents of box with retail value: 

Moon Portland, Oregon Travel Guide. Value = $21.99

Doug's Nuts from Eugene, Oregon. Value = $5.95 - Nice variety and I like that they have a salty sweet combo to them. 

Metolius Tea and Apothecary from Bend, Oregon. Value = $10.00

Molly Muriel Volcanic Bliss from Portland, Oregon. Value = $6.00

Oregon Orchard Cherry Chocolate Hazelnuts from Cornelius, Oregon. Value = $3.29 - These are really tasty, even the boyfriend liked them and he doesn't like nuts. 

Oregon Rain Soap - Portland Rose Lotion from Portland, Oregon. Value = $8.99

Portland Bee Balm made with NW Oregon beeswax. Value = $2.75

Primitive Lights Beeswax Cinnamon Roll Votive. Value = $4.00 - Oh my this candle smells amazing!

Grounds for Change Whole Coffee Beans from Poulsbo, Wa. Value = $10.45

Wooden Pumice Brush. Value = $5.99

The total value of this box is $79.41. So it seems each month a travel book is included in the box. I wish the book was more generic meaning Oregon versus a specific city like Portland but I will still flip through it. I was happy to see the pumice brush because I have one in my shower but needed it when I was taking a bath the other day. I didn't want to get out of the warm tub so I just did without. I know, I know this isn't the problem of the century but now it's not a problem at all because now I have two!  I liked the snacks in the box very much. I noticed two things about the coffee, #1 it's not from Oregon and #2 it's whole bean. Sadly I don't have a coffee grinder. I could borrow my moms but I think I will just give her the coffee instead.   

Verdict: The Escape Monthly box is still high on one of my favorite boxes list.  Next month the box escapes to Hawaii - I really want to win that trip!

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  1. This looks like a great box! I subscribed to Escape Monthly on, I think, the 16th? (It was right after the cutoff date for this month.) Normally I'd think that meant I was getting the next month's box, but the thank-you page suggested I'd be receiving this Oregon one (however, I haven't received any shipping info, so... hmm.) Basically, I'm not sure which will be my first box. I kind of want this Oregon one -- I wasn't too excited about it at first (since I live all of 2 hours north of Portland) but, realistically, my husband and I are much more likely to use... and even re-use... that Portland book. And some of these other goodies look awesome! Thanks for the review!!

    1. which box did you end up getting? I hope next months Hawaii box has some macadamia nuts in it.

  2. I received this month's box too. Instead of the Portland book I got the Oregon book. All of the other items in the box were the same. I too noticed that not all of the items in the box were from Oregon. I will continue to receive this box for a few more months, but I am not thrilled. The promo for the box doesn't seem true for the box that is sent. I expected more personalized tips about the area the box covers. Not the generic guidebook that I could pick up on my own. Also, some of the spa type items are not the highest in quality. The floating candles in last month's box were similar to those at the dollar store.

    1. I wish I would've got the Oregon book. We go to Oregon once a year and a comprehensive book would've come in more handy than the Portland one. The floating candles weren't spectacular but they were fun. I did notice the coffee was from Washington and I was wondering what the Oregon connection was. I'm looking forward to the Hawaii box.