Saturday, December 28, 2013

December Escape Monthly - Italy

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.

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. 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.

Italy Escape Box

Contents of box with retail value: 

Living Abroad in Italy Book. Value = $19.99

Skin & Co. Roma Truffle Body Gel. Value = $9.00

Skin & Co. Roma Truffle Body Milk. Value = $11.00

Olio and Olive Castelvetrano Olives. Value = $9.00

Rigoni Di Asiago Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread. Value = $6.09

La Civetta Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Value = $2.50

Isiciliami Passione Pasticcera. Value = $9.00 - I like that these are individually wrapped. A little dry on their own but would go great with coffee or tea. 

Perugina Baci. Value = $2.00 - These are really good, one of my favs.

Province of Terni Umbria Book. Value = ?? - This looks like a travel book from a tourism board or chamber of commerce type place. 

Skin & Co discount code for $19.00 off. Value = $11.00. - I valued this at $11 because you can get an item for free but you have to pay shipping which is a minimum of $8. Still a great deal!

The total value of this box is $79.58 or $48.59 if you don't include the book or the discount for Skin & Co. I'm actually kind of excited to flip through the travel books this month. My mom and I went to Italy in 2006 and she talked about moving there. I told her to do it. She's a nurse and I'm sure she could find a job and of course I would be able to visit. I don't care much for olive, especially green ones. The boyfriend likes them though and with the festivities this month I'm sure I will be able to use them. The Skin & Co stuff smells and looks yummy! Whenever we go to Pier 39 in San Francisco we always get a banana nutella crepe. The best part is the hazelnut spread. I think I need to learn how to make crepes and use this fancy hazelnut spread.

Verdict: I'm glad I didn't cancel this box. I wonder who the lucky person is who won the trip?

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