Escape Monthly 2013 Holiday Box Review

I ordered the Escape Monthly Holiday box and it was delivered before Christmas, but didn’t get to open it before I left for my trip. Luckily nothing in here was perishable!

This box was $39.99 for a one time purchase, and Escape Monthly also has a subscription service (duh!) which is $49.95/month. But it’s really more like $39.99/month since you get 20% off with code YOURESCAPE. Every box is filled with a selection of items ranging from spa/beauty to gourmet snacks and gift certificates. Plus, they give one lucky member a vacation for two to the destination of the month!

Anyways, onto the review for the Holiday box:

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Escape Monthly Holiday Limited Edition Box December 2013 ReviewIt was a pretty heavy box and definitely very full! They didn’t even have to use any packing material, the box was filled to the brim with goodies.

Escape Monthly Holiday Limited Edition Box December 2013 ReviewNibMor Mint Chocolate Bars (2) | $5.00 each
Super delicious, and I love that I got two bars since I finished a whole bar very quickly. I can’t get enough dark chocolate in my life so this was a win. I just wish maybe I had gotten two flavors instead of the two exact same bars. Also these bars are organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free, vegan, kosher, the whole works!

Nature’s Bakery Fig Bar in Apple Cinnamon | $1.70
We already buy fig bars from this company from Costco, though I had never tried this flavor. It’s really good, and tastes a lot like apple pie in bar form.

Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams Squeeze Pack | $1.20
I’m not a fan of peanut butter but I actually thought this was quite tasty. I love the squeeze pouch idea and think they would be really fun for lunchboxes.

Enjoy Life Foods S’mores Soft Baked Bar | $1.05
I thought this was a little too sweet, but my boyfriend loved it. It’s another one of those gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, non-GMO, kind of snacks. So it’s a good one to keep around the house to please every kind of guest! I think I’ll buy a pack for my friend when she visits, since she loves these sort of soft baked bars and avoids dairy and gluten.

Escape Monthly Holiday Limited Edition Box December 2013 ReviewALO Enrich Aloe Vera and Pomegranate and Cranberry | $1.69
It was exciting to get an aloe drink, since I usually only find them in Asian stores. My friends from Taiwan rave about it all the time! The flavor for this drink was really great, although I think the chunks of aloe vera are an acquired taste.

Yogi Tea Sampler | $0.10
This seemed like more of a promotional flyer from Yogi and not an actual item that counts towards the box.

Golden Earth Chakra 5 Oil 0.125 oz | $24.00
This isn’t something I would buy for myself, but it’s fun to try. It has a chamomile scent which is definitely calming, though I’m not

Just Good Chocolate Mug O’ Love Hot Cocoa Mix (2) | $0.50 each
Yay, hot cocoa! Perfect for the cold weather and this mix was creamy and rich, even when I made it with skim milk. I was going to order some more online, but I was able to find it at my local grocery store in the organic section so that’s an extra win!

Escape Monthly Holiday Limited Edition Box December 2013 ReviewSciabica’s Basil Extra Virgin Olive Oil | $5.49
Yum! We had this with bread today and it was great! You can really taste the basil flavor strongly, and it’s a very fresh taste not like some cheaper infused oils. I wish I had tried this before I went to California, because I could have picked some up from their farmer’s market stand! Oh well, guess I’ll just have to order online.

Simone Chickenbone Chicken Poop Lip Junk | $4.00
This is a very strange product, since I was very confused about why I would want to put chicken poop on my lips. Well luckily, there’s no actual poop in the lip balm. And the story behind the name (from Simone Chickenbone’s website) is actually adorable: “Jamie decided if she were to make a lip balm it would have to be called Chicken Poop™, inspired by her grandpa’s sense of humor. If one was to complain of dry lips he’d say, “put some chicken poop on your lips so you won’t lick ’em”.

Sam’s Natural Knuckle Wax | $8.95
I have only tried this once since I have so many similar products, but it seems to do the job of fixing chapped and dry areas. I used it on my elbows and it wasn’t greasy and kept my skin hydrated. Love the portable container!

Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath (2) | $3.86 each
I was on the fence about this product because ‘mustard’ and ‘bath’ just aren’t words that I usually put together. But after reading the rave reviews, I’m super excited to give these a try! Seriously, the reviews are glowing!

Escape Monthly Holiday Limited Edition Box December 2013 ReviewThe Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World | $16.07
I thought this was a smart book for the holiday box because it’s not specific to any region, and is kind of a push to encourage me to travel more. The author sounds like he’s been literally everywhere! Just a quick flip through revealed some good pointers and things to consider, so I’ll definitely read it before planning my next trip.

Escape Monthly Holiday Limited Edition Box December 2013 ReviewOverall, my box was worth approximately $82.63 (math might be off a little, it’s late at night!) and I paid $39.99 for it. Not a bad value, and I really enjoyed the mix of items. I wish there had been more variety in global items and also maybe more seasonal things since this was a holiday box…but in general I’m pleased. I will definitely purchase more of their one-time special boxes in the future!

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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