Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Try the World - Paris Box

Try the World is a new subscription box company with a focus on products from other parts of the world. This subscription box ships every 60 days. I had heard about this box at the end of August and actually I forgot about it, so it's arrival was a nice surprise. The box focuses mostly on food but will also contain some cultural gems. The cost of the box is $45 (shipping included) which is billed every 60 days. The website says no matter when you join you will receive the Paris box then Tokyo then Rio. This was a little confusing to me. So this is the first month they are shipping but if I join in say February 2014 will I still receive the Paris box even though that's when the Rio box ships? How does that work? It also appears if you just want the Paris box you can purchase that for $60.00 as a one time purchase.

This subscription is available to the US and Canada with an extra $25 shipping for Canada. 

The good:

Products: These are definitely items that can't be found at your local store.

Need a Gift: They offer gift subscriptions.

Travel without the cost: Ok so it's not exactly the same but you get to try some cool stuff.

Information: The enclosed info cards are really helpful.

The not so good:

Price: The price is on the high side but at least it's not monthly.

This is the box that was in the box. It had a ribbon with hot air balloons and a wax seal. 

The inside was all wrapped up in pretty blue paper with a Try the World sticker. 

When I opened the box there was a pack of notecards on top of all the treasures.

The notecards tell about the products, have travel tips and one was even a stamped postcard.

Here is the contents of the Try the World box. Look at all the tasty treasures. 

Contents of the Try the World Paris Box:

1 oz. Alain Milliat Orliénas Apricot Jam. Value = $0.78 

1 oz. Alain Milliat Orliénas Wild Blueberry Jam. Value = $1.05

(2) Chabert & Guillot Nougat bars. Value = $2.03/ea. - I love these candies. I first discovered them in Italy and always buy them when I see them. 

Le Palais Des Thés teas in 5 assorted flavors. Value = $3.13

(2) Les Confitures A L'ancienne hot chocolate powder. Value = $7.14

La Maison D'armorine Le Petit Saunier salted butter caramels. Value = $8.50 - I expected these to be better. They weren't bad just not the best caramel I've ever had. 

4 oz. Clément Faugier chestnut spread. Value = $2.31

.275lb. Fleur de Sel from Brittany. Value = $7.50

Exotic Perfume poem by Charles Baudelaire

Parisian Playlist by DJ's Marvin & Oscar - there is an included link to play the whole list through spotify for free. 

List of French Films by Nicholas Slomka, French Filmaker

Postcard of Paris tips for food and culture

Stamped Postcard from Paris with Love

The total approximate value of this Try the World Paris box is $34.47. Now this is a very rough estimate because I had a devil of time finding these products online and some of them required conversion from euros to dollars. I also didn't include the extras like the travel tips, poem etc. I have a great recipe for fleur de sel cake and let me tell you I had to search out the fleur de sel. This was a couple of years ago before artisan salt was popular and it cost a pretty penny. The chestnut spread sounds like it would be delicious on a brioche or a croissant. I am very happy with the items in this box. It contained items that I know I love and items that I may have never been able to try if not for this box. 

Verdict: Even though the value was under $45 I found value in the items they sent. I am going to continue this subscription and look forward to traveling to Tokyo in December.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the break down and everything! I just got this box and am fairly pleased with it... one thing to remember when calculating prices though is shipping costs and costs for the box and such as well.. Shipping probably adds quite a bit at well! (Even a small package from the USA to Europe can be $5-15.