Thursday, October 30, 2014

October Escape Monthly Box - London

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.

London Escape Monthly Box. 

Contents of box with retail value:

Rick Steve's Pocket London Travel Guide. Value = $12.99

Soapsmith 3-piece London soap sampler. Value = $8.00 - These smell nice but I'm not sure they are worth $8. 

Westminster Caddy of English Breakfast Tea. Value = $11.00

Hill Custard Creams. Value = $3.00

Orico London Rush Hour Vibrant Dry Body Oil. Value = $7.00

Walkers Nonsuch English Creamy Toffees. Value = $4.50

London Diecast Taxi. Value = $12.00 - This is cute but I don't really have a use for it. 

Bonus:

Corkers Natural British Crunch, pork sausage and english mustard flavor. Value = $3.00

The total approximate value of this box is $61.49 or $48.50 if you don't include the travel book. I was really expecting a lot more from this box. I mean it has some things that are definitely London but they aren't exciting. Also the most expensive thing in the box (besides the travel guide) is a toy car. I don't really have a use for a toy car. The food stuff is fun and tasty but not knock you socks off exciting. I do like the body oils. I used to use Neutrogena Sesame Oil exclusively until I started getting subscription boxes and trying other things. I always like the way body oil feels though.

Verdict: Next month is Hawaii which they did last October. They said it's going to have different items than the last box but I'm just not that excited about it. I'm going to cancel this box for now.

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