Tuesday, September 2, 2014

August Escape Monthly - Paris

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.

Paris Escape Monthly Box. 

Contents of box with retail value:

Rick Steves Paris Pocket Travel Guide . Value = $12.99

Pierra Biscuiterie French Butter Cookies. Value = $4.25 - These were delicious as butter cookies usually are. 

Institut Karite Paris Shea Butter Hand Cream in rose. Value = $26.00

L'Abbaye De Flavigny Gourmet Candy. Value = $5.00 - These are ok but a little flowery tasting. 

Edmond Fallot Mustard. Value = $6.25

1.8 oz. Nuxe Body Scrub and 1.6 oz. Nuxe Shower Gel Set . Value = $16.00

Bonus:

1 oz. Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves. Value = $0.50

The total approximate value of this box is $70.99. I thought this was a pretty good box. I really like the food items they sent. I can't wait to try the tarragon dijon. I think tarragon is a widely underused herb. I also like that they included a pocket travel guide this time. I have no plans to go to Paris anytime soon but I would rather carry this with the little map in the back than the big book.  The candy was ok but it was really flowery tasting. I've received a small version of the hand cream from another box and it really is good lotion. It's thick but doesn't leave a film.

Verdict: This box had some good stuff in it. Next month is Puerto Rico. Having been to Puerto Rico I'm curious on what they will send.

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