Thursday, July 24, 2014

July Escape Monthly - India

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: 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.

India Escape Monthly Box. 


Contents of box with retail value:

Moon Travel Guide, Taj Mahal. Value = $14.99

Maya Kaimal Madras Curry. Value = $4.99/($7.39) - This said it was $7.39 on the info sheet but I saw it on the shelf of my local Sprouts for $4.99 regular price.

Banyan Botanicals Healthy Hair Oil. Value = $12.95

Banyan Botanicals Peppermint Soap sample. Value = $??

Pure Indian Foods Organic, Grass-Fed Ghee. Value = $2.95

Saffron Road Korma Simmer Sauce. Value = $3.99

Masala Pop Chai Masala Popcorn. Value = $5.49 - This was solo good! I love chai and it was perfectly chai tasting!

Nemat International Inc. Amber Perfume Oil. Value = $9.00

Nemat International Inc. small perfume sample. Value = $?? - This smells really good but I think it's different than the amber oil because they smell different. 

Bonus:

Gouri Puja Indian Bindi. Value = $2.00

The total approximate value of this box is $56.36. I liked this box much more than I thought I would. I don't have a  use for the travel guide because I have no plans to go to India anytime soon. I received the Korma simmer sauce in another box and haven't tried it yet. I'm actually glad I have two now because it will make enough for everyone. The info sheet said it was tikka masala which I was kind of bummed that it was korma sauce instead because I do love a good tikka masala. I was totally expecting some sort of curry item and I like curry but a little curry goes a long way so I hope the sauce it's too strong. I'm wondering if the hair oil is similar to argan oil. I hope so because I use argan oil several times a week.   The small vial of perfume smells super good and the amber one also smells good but not as strong. The popcorn was freakin' delicious! I would buy that again for sure. The jar of ghee is pretty small so it won't go far but I will definitely use it. Maybe I'll cook up a little shellfish dish to use with it. The bindi jewels are super pretty but I'm not sure I will wear them because I feel like I would be insulting the Indian community by doing so since it actually has meaning behind it and it's not just a fashion trend. Am I being too cautious?

Verdict: This box was better than I expected. Next month is Paris!

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Close up of the Bindi Jewels. 

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