Escape Monthly September Review + Coupon Code

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Vacation in a Box

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 LONDON 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. October’s destination is London.

First Look

First Look

This is the first month with the new box! 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 September Puerto Rico Box!

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Every Escape Monthly box includes a guide for the month’s destination.  This guide is not included with the Escape Mini.  For Puerto Rico they included a Moon handbook to San Juan Vieques & Culebra which retails on their Amazon for $13.22.  This is usually the guide included in the Escape box.  I visited San Juan about 13 years ago. It’ll be nice to share with Mike and see if he’d like to visit!

SweetTreats

SweetTreats

This month’s there was a sneak peek hinted to sweet coconut treats! The Dulzura coconut pineapple bites are individually wrapped ($3.75).  These treats are made from shredded coconut and remind me of a Mexican coconut candy roll .  There was also a small bag of Isleño plantane chips ($3).  I haven’t tasted these yet but I’m looking forward to it.

More treats

There were also some additional treats included. There were 4 ounces of Yaucono ground coffee which is available online for $3.25.  This will be used in our office since we don’t have a traditional coffeemaker at home.  The little bottle is a small Mi Madre Pique ($2.99).  I found the following information online: In Puerto Rico, pique (hot sauce), is as common a condiment as ketchup is on the mainland. The kioskos (food stands) that are throughout the islands usually have 2 or 3 fresh varieties for your frituras (fried foods). Made with whole garlic, peppers and peppercorns then marinated in vinegar over a period of time, these piques are hot and delicious. Mi Madre is made locally in Puerto Rico and packed with flavor, this pique is great on everything from the lightest veggies to the heartiest steak.

Additional

Additional

The additional items included a coconut scented candle, a small maraca key chain, and a coque frog pin.  Although the maraca and pin are kind of cute and interesting I’m not sure I value them as highly as the brochure.  The Caribbean Vela will definitely be used and retails for $5.  The pin says it retails for $9 and I found it listed for $3.

The September box was not my favorite, yet I loved the nostalgia receiving these items. This box had a value of about $35, not the best valued box thus far.  I will be looking at the mini box and may switch next month.   Sign up soon before they ship out the London box.

Escape Monthly August Review + Coupon Code

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Vacation in a Box

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 RICOESCAPE 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.  September’s destination is Puerto Rico.

First Look

First Look

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 August Paris Box!

Nice Parisian selection

Nice Parisian selection

Every Escape Monthly box includes a guide for the month’s destination.  This guide is not included with the Escape Mini.  For Paris they included a guide to  which retails on their Amazon for $8.21.  This book includes great color pictures and a pull out map.  Hope I get to use this soon!

Paris Pocket Guide

This month there was a sneak peek at a Institut Karite hand lotion which I was excited to receive! Unfortunately, custom delays caused a bit of a delay in the shipping.  I really think it’s worth it and I was excited to see which fragrance I’d receive.  I received “So Chip” a Lily of the Valley scent which I really liked.  The hand cream is so smooth and the fragrance is not overpowering, great for my sensitive nose.  I could not find this for sale in the US and it retails for 19.50 Euros ~ $26 US on their site.

Both Mike and I love mustard!  I’m not a big mayo or ketchup fan, mustard is the go to condiment.  We received the Edmond Fallot Dijon Mustard which retails for $10.30 on Amazon. Can’t wait to try this product out.  We usually purchase dijon or brown mustard so it’s nice to get genuine french mustard.

There was also a small strawberry preserve sample included in the box.  These remind me of items my grandma used to bring back when she’d go visit family in Europe.  Both my maternal grandparents are originally from Italy and several times during my youth they would go on trips to Europe.  Definitely on my bucket list to visit one day!  The Bonne Mamman preserve is available at Wal-Mart for $3.98 for 13 ounces.  I’m thinking this small jar is closer to $1 than the brochure price of $3.

Bonne Maman

They also included french butter cookies! Pierre Biscuitierie lemon and almond cookies were delicious.  I could taste the little candied lemon pieces…mmm good, wishing there were more. I could not find this size box online, brochure lists the price at $3.49.

The orange blossom pastilles from Abbaye of Flavigny was another sweet component this month.  These were pretty yummy, not too strong on the orange flavor more of a flowery taste.  Great low cal option for a sweet craving with an anise flavor in the center.  These are available at Amazon for $4.25.

The box also had two NUXE Body Fondant Shower Gel in 1.7 ounces ($7.50).  This shower gel has a nice orange and almond fragrance.  Plus it is a natural option which is great for sensitive skin like mine.  We will be using these on our next trip soon.

I loved the August box and felt the luxuries of Paris speaking through the items in this box. This box had a value of at least $60, great valued box!  I compared the mini box and think I will continue with the regular box even if I don’t need the guide.  The only item not in the big box was a tapenade, and I’m not a huge fan so no loss for me glad I received the mustard.  I still wish I could afford both boxes!!  Sign up soon before they ship out.  Can’t wait for the Puerto Rico box!

Escape Monthly July Review + Coupon Code

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Vacation in a Box

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.

First Look

First Look

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!

Great items!

Great items!

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.

Moon Guide

Moon Guide

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.

Curry

Curry

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!

Korma Sauce

Korma Sauce

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!!!

Ghee

Ghee

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.

Popcorn

Popcorn

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.

Pampering

Pampering

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

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.

Bindi

Bindi

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.