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Company Bio: Escape Monthly was born from the love of travel and relaxation. Each month, they bundle majestic experiences into a new ‘Escape’ delivered right to your doorstep, helping everyone and anyone escape to that place they cherish so deeply in their hearts—their paradise.
Each month, members escape to the world’s most luxurious destinations and indulgences, from exotic retreats to the most luxurious spas and from celebrated events to experiences loved world wide. Escape Monthly brings these experiences right to your doorstep.
Personal Experience: I had heard rumblings of this fabulous new subscription box in the blogging community, so I was very happy when I was chosen to review one myself. My box took me on a trip to India!
I have never been to India… never even eaten Indian food… and I knew very little of the culture, so this was a very informative and fun package for me to explore. I’m devouring all of the information in the travel guide!
Obviously, each month will provide a different experience with each destination, but I will give you a quick break-down of everything I received in this month’s box.
- Moon Travel Guide: I mentioned this above already. It’s sort of the backbone of the box. A legitimate travel guide with a ton of information on the country you are visiting. This typically comes in every month’s regular-sized box. This retails for $19.99.
- Saffron Road Tikka Masala: This was my first experience with Indian food flavors. I opted to make it with cubed chicken and served it over rice. (They recommended basmati, but our regular ol’ rice worked.) It was very good! It was so good that we are looking for it at local grocery stores and are also exploring more Indian-inspired recipes. I do think, with my two hungry menfolk, that we need two pouches for a meal if I want to get any next time! This retails for $3.99 per pouch.
- Organic, Grass-Fed Ghee: The Tikka Masala pouch called for two tablespoons of ghee (or oil) and Escape Monthly was thoughtful enough to provide a jar with just enough for the recipe. It smelled like slightly spoiled butter to me, but it added rich flavor to the dish.
- Masala Pop Chai Masala Popcorn: The popcorn arrived very sticky. I’m not sure if this is typical or if it was from the very high temperatures we were experiencing here when the package arrive. Despite the stickiness, the flavors were amazing! I would love to taste this when it’s fresh. I also want to try chai tea now. This retails for $5.49.
- Banyan Healthy Hair Oil: Oh boy, where do I begin? This smelled… no, it stunk! I didn’t think to take a sniff before I dumped a bunch of it on my hair. I have a lot of hair and I had a lot of this oil all over it. No one would stand anywhere near me while I was letting this soak for the required 30 minutes. There’s no way I would take the further suggestion to put it on my hair overnight. All that being said, my hair was softer, shinier, and generally looked much healthier after I was done washing it out. They suggest repeating this once a week. I don’t know if I have the courage. This retails for $12.95.
- Banyan Cedar Eucalyptus Soap: If the hair oil had smelled like this soap, I would have been in Heaven! It had a good lather and was refreshing to shower with. This retails for $6.95.
- Amber Perfume Oil: It took me a day or two of wearing this perfume to decide if I really liked it. It’s an intense and romantic fragrance… probably better suited for date nights than everyday summer wear. All the compliments I received when I was wearing helped my decision move on to liking it. There was also a bonus vanilla sample from the same company. This retails for $9.00.
- Indian Bindi: I wore one of these while eating our Indian dinner. They were not the sturdiest adornments, but it was fun. I’m not sure of teh protocol on bindi, but I allowed Xander to wear one because he wanted to be like mommy. This retails for $2.00.
- Maya Kaimal Madras Curry: We haven’t tried this just yet, but based on my experiences with the rest of the box, I think it will be a tasty experience. I’ll be sure to update this little blurb once we have tried it. This retails for $7.39.
Though the boxes average a value over $100, the monthly price of nearly $50 can be an extravagance that won’t fit in the family budget. They do offer a “mini” experience for $24.95, which can be much more affordable. The mini box generally does not include the travel guide and has 2-3 fewer items. I’ll admit… the price would be a deal-breaker for me and is why this product lost a star in my rating.
Overall, I think this is one of the most well-rounded subscription boxes that I have experienced. It was almost entirely full-size products and we have enjoyed everything that we’ve tried. If it fits your budget, I really recommend trying this…. you won’t regret your little monthly vacation!
Pros: A variety of products that allowed you to see, touch, taste, and smell your destination. Truly felt like a little escape in a box. Great variety of quality products and informative guide of your destination. Educational for the family.
Cons: Price may be high for budget-minded families, but there is a lower-cost option. You may not like everything that comes in a month’s box.