Escape Monthly February 2014 Review: New York

Got my highly anticipated Escape Monthly yesterday, and I’m so happy with it! This month the destination was New York, so I already knew I would probably love everything in it. I adore New York so much, not just the city but the entire state. When I lived in Vermont, we would spend a lot of time in upstate New York and it’s unbelievably gorgeous. Fo

Escape Monthly is a destination inspired monthly delivery of “luxury products to help you relax and renew” and the cost is $39.99/month since you get 20% off for life with code YOURESCAPE. Every box is filled with a selection of items ranging from spa/beauty to gourmet snacks and gift certificates. They also give one lucky member a vacation for two to the destination of the month! I would have been over the moon if I had won this month, since I’m dying to go back to New York!

Escape Monthly February 2014 Review: New YorkWhen I saw this brochure, I was a little sad because I thought they would be focusing on New York City (not that there’s anything wrong with NYC, I just always hope people remember there’s more to NY than just Manhattan and Brooklyn!), but I was wrong! The box definitely includes upstate New York as well, which was nice to see.

Escape Monthly February 2014 Review: New YorkThe Peanut Principle ‘I’m A Sap For Peanuts Gourmet’ Maple Peanut Butter | $4.36
I’m not even a big fan of peanut butter and I was glad to see this. Anything with maple in it is pretty much a winner for me, and this was no exception. Also this is an Albany based company, so I’m appreciating the love for upstate NY! They have a bunch of other gourmet nut butter flavors on their site that I’m interested in. How good does Chocolate Chip & Toffee Cookie Dough Peanut Butter sound??

Escape Monthly February 2014 Review: New YorkBetter Brittle West African Style Peanut Brittle | $5.00
Not sure about two peanut-heavy products in the same box, but my boyfriend really liked this brittle. I love that this brittle is handmade in super small batches with peanuts from Virginia and the Carolinas, and the sugar is fair trade and organic.

New York Taxi Treats Shortbread Cookies | $2.99
Hands down my least favorite item in the entire box. You usually find boxes of these cookies in tacky gift shops in Manhattan, and I don’t think anyone who actually lives in New York eats them. I’m disappointed that Escape Monthly thought this was a good representation of something from NYC, because there are so many other options!

Escape Monthly February 2014 Review: New YorkSundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce | $6.50
My favorite item! Seeing this jar was kind of like seeing an old friend again, because it reminded me of when I worked in Vermont for a wedding magazine. Sundaes Best is based in Saratoga Springs in upstate New York, and it’s a popular destination for weddings because the town is adorable and the scenery is breathtaking. Anyways, we actually had a lot of brides who gave away jars of this hot fudge sauce as wedding favors! It’s that good. I don’t even bother putting it on ice cream, I’ll just eat this stuff with a spoon (don’t judge me….). It also makes amazing hot chocolate!

Escape Monthly February 2014 Review: New YorkKanpekies Peckigram Cookies | $8.00
Look at this adorable packaging! These are little ‘cookie grams’ that you can send as gifts, and each box includes 4 shortbread cookies plus shipping and handling for $8. I love the cute Escape Monthly stamp they used!

Escape Monthly February 2014 Review: New YorkI got the Cherry Chocolate flavor, and they are delicious! Ridiculously crumbly and it just melts in your mouth. I would absolutely send these to my friends as a cute valentine or just to say hello. $8 isn’t bad, considering most greeting cards are in the $4-$5 range already!

Escape Monthly February 2014 Review: New YorkFlint Creek Good Skin Blend Soap | $3.00
I’m surprised such a hefty bar of soap is only $3! I think the smell is subtle and fresh, a little bit more on the masculine side, which I don’t mind at all. I think it might be a good soap to keep in the kitchen? Not sure yet. Thanks to Escape Monthly, I have so much bar soap now! We don’t use it fast enough and we keep all the unused bars in our guest bathroom; there’s a pretty impressive collection growing in there. 

Escape Monthly February 2014 Review: New YorkBrooklyn Studio Travel Tin Candle in Green Tea Lemongrass | $6.00
Love this scent! So fresh and clean, with really lovely citrus notes. I rarely actually use travel candles when I travel, but I think this one is perfect for business trips. The packaging is also great. It comes with its own little muslin pouch to keep the candle in. I can’t imagine a more perfect representation of Brooklyn than a hand-poured candle made with all natural and local ingredients complete with adorable packaging :)

Escape Monthly February 2014 Review: New YorkMoon Metro New York City | $14.99
I’m digging this slim guide to the Big Apple. The breakdown of different neighborhoods is a definite plus, since that’s one of the most confusing parts about Manhattan. I remember during my first trip being completely confused by ‘Noho’, ‘Soho’, ‘Midtown’, etc. Escape Monthly also included some cute “I love NY” stickers, originally designed by the wonderful Milton Glaser.

Escape Monthly February 2014 Review: New YorkOverall verdict for this box: I thought it was pretty darn good! I’m not too thrilled with the taxi cookies, but otherwise everything was great. However, I do have two concerns:

1) I think there was too much emphasis on food and not enough on other aspects. Also the food felt somewhat repetitive this month. Two types of shortbread cookies and two peanut products? New York is all about diversity! They literally have everything over there!

2) The total value for the box is also pretty low, at only $50.84. Of course, the value doesn’t always mean a bad box, since often times my favorite boxes are the lower value ones and the high value ones I don’t even use. But still, I always feel better when I can convince myself that it was a really great deal, you know what I mean?

Still, I’m so excited for next month’s escape, which will be Ireland! Wow, I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland and it sounds like it will be a great box. If you sign up now, you can still get your hands on the Ireland box which will be shipping on St. Patrick’s Day. Could it be any more perfect? They’ve already released some spoilers too: a body cream, seeds (possibly clover seeds?), and soda bread!

Escape Monthly February 2014 Review: New York

As always, all views in this post are the opinion of the author. I am not affiliated with Escape Monthly, though this post does contain referral links. You don’t have to use them, but I sure would appreciate it if you did :)

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