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Vacation in a Box
Escape monthly’s slogan is “Vacation in a box.” Each month they announce their destination and curate a box which includes full-size luxury products, food items, travel guides (full box only), and other items related to the month’s destination. Each month you also have the opportunity to win a vacation to the destination of the month! They are now offering the regular Escape box with 8-10 items for $49.95 and a Mini Escape box which has 4-5 items for $24.95. Use INDIAESCAPE to receive 20% off your subscription for life and pay only $39.96. The box ships via USPS within 3 days of the15th of each month. As you can tell by my box, USPS was not very nice with it. I could smell a really great scent and was a bit concerned about the contents.
The initial box view was great! The chevron tissue paper looks great and they include a brochure with details on the destination of the month and the items included. Below you can see a view of all the items that were included in the July India Box!
Every Escape Monthly box includes a Moon guide for the month’s destination. This guide is not included with the Escape Mini. For India they included a guide to Taj Mahal: Delhi & Jaipur which retails on their site for $14.99. Great tips, pictures, and maps are included.
Several reviews I read were disappointed with having food items in the box. I was not disappointed at first glance. Then again I love Indian food! The first item was a jar of Maya Kaimal Kashmiri Curry which costs $6.00. Unfortunately, the item’s lid got banged up and the jar was slightly open. My mouth was watering with the great scents. I will be looking for this in my grocery store, their site shows several great choices. Escape Monthly’s support is great and they took care of the issues with my shipment right away.
The next item was a Saffron Road Korma Simmer sauce which sells for $3.59. I usually go for Tikka Masala whenever we go out to an Indian restaurant. Yet, I always steal a little Korma from others at the table…LOL! I will be trying this out soon and looking for the other flavors at the store. I was especially excited to see that they are Non-GMO certified!
In the box there was also a tiny little bottle which I couldn’t figure out at first glance. It’s a bottle of 100% Organic Ghee from Pure Indian Foods full size is $11.95. This is an item you can use in place of oil or butter. I had been looking for this in my grocery store, didn’t realize it would be on a shelf. Can’t wait to use this with the Korma sauce.
In this picture it’s completely melted due to our 100 degree temps here in South Texas. I was home to receive the package so I felt really bad that my mailwoman has to endure these ridiculous temps. I need to get her a nice gift for Christmas for sure!!!
The flavor of this popcorn was amazing! I wish that Masala Pop had used their usual packaging seen on their website. The Chai Masala popcorn became very chewy during transport due to the high temperature I’m sure. I would definitely buy this if I saw it in the store. The flavors are strong but you will love it if you like chai spices. The cost of the bag is $5.00.
The luxury pampering items for this month were from Banyan Botanicals, they use ayurvedic herbs. They included a bottle of organic healthy hair oil ($12.95) and a trial of the neem & aloe soap ($1.95). I haven’t tried the hair oil yet since I’m trying hair oil from another box. I have read some good reviews and I know that it is applied before you wash your hair to help provide thick lustrous hair, so it should be a great product. The soap I will gift since we don’t use bar soap, but it smells really great.
The next item was the reason for the great fragrance when I grabbed my box from the mailbox. It’s a small bottle of Nemat International Amber perfume oil retail value of $9.00. It smells great and I found it to be extremely calming. Great for the stress in our lives!
Smells so good
The last items in the box was labeled as a bonus item. I’m not sure when I’ll get to use this but I want to buy a sari. I’ve been watching SYTYCD (So You Think You Can Dance) and they always have Bollywood dances every season. I always love the saris and bindi the girls wear. These designer bindi by Gouri Puja cost $2.00.
I was definitely enjoyed the July box and felt like I was transported to India. I had purchased the box with a Plum District offer and loved it enough to continue the subscription. After I see the Paris mini box I’ll decide if I’m switching to the smaller box. I really liked some of the items in the mini box. If I could afford it I’d buy both boxes!! Sign up soon before they ship out. There is also an anniversary box worth $99 available for $49.99 while supplies last. Trying to hold back on that one, I’m a bit over my budget due to my sudden addiction…LOL.