Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Review: Escape Monthly

This is a review I was asked to do by Escape Monthly.  They provided me with one free shipment so I could evaluate their product. 

If you've clicked my travel tab up there lately, you know we've been relatively home-bound lately.  Between a new house, a new job, a pediatric hospital stay, $45 co-pays for speech/feeding therapy and my upcoming oral surgeon bills, it just has not been traveling season for us lately.

So when I was contacted by Escape Montly, I was definitely intrigued at the idea of receiving a vacation in a box delivered right to my door step.  Escape Monthly is a subscription service.  Each month, there is a featured destination and you receive a box stuffed full with products to help you feel like you're on vacation even if you've only managed to steal 30 minutes to yourself in tub while small children stand outside the bathroom door yelling emergency questions like, "can I have a cookie?!"

The August box was based on Napa Valley.  When it arrived at my door, I was surprised how much was in it
My box included a pack of loose leaf tea that makes about 20 cups of tea, bath salts good for 1-2 baths, a bar of soap from Napa Soap Company, a bar of vitamin E soap, organic pomegranate body scrub, a loofah, a sample of lavendar body butter, a mud mask, a tube of lip balm, a small box of cookies, two floating candles, a travel guide book for Napa and Sonoma, and a gift card for $50 worth of wine. 
I only had one very small complaint.  When the box arrived at my house in Texas on a 100+ degree day, the candles were pretty melty.  I had to open the box and let it sit in the air conditioning for a while to be able to get them out without ruining them.   Everything else was in great shape and the box came with a more goodies than I expected.   The service costs $50 per month, but if you sign up with the coupon code ESCAPENOW, you can get 20% off for the lifetime of your membership.

The price of the box is a definite savings over buying each of the products separately.  The most fun part is having it all show up on your doorstep though.  I felt like a little kid on Christmas morning opening up the box and unpacking all the goodies inside!  Take a look at the Escape Monthly website to learn more about membership and to sign up. 

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