Peaches and Petals May 2017 Review

Like I’ve mentioned in my previous Peaches and Petals reviews, it seems that this subscription has been sending out their boxes at the tail end of the month. I actually thought this was June’s box when I received it, since they don’t put information cards in the boxes anymore. I’m glad I have this blog to help me keep track!

Peaches and Petals is a monthly subscription service that sends out vintage-modern items and beauty goods. For $19.99 a month (includes shipping), you’ll receive a mix of jewelry, fashion accessories, lifestyle goods, and beauty samples. Usually each month has a theme for the box, and the theme for May is “Vacation, All I Ever Wanted”.

Peaches and Petals May 2017 Review

World’s Best Spungee Neck Support Travel Pillow | $11.45
I appreciate getting a travel pillow in a box, since I have never received one from a subscription box before. But on the other hand, this is a pretty bad travel pillow. This seems to be an old model since it does not come with any way to keep the pillow together at the front. It’s almost impossible to keep it on your shoulders as you sleep, since the pillow has no way of keeping the U structure. If you’re a seasoned traveler, you know that having a snap or toggle at the front is essential!

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Gud by Burt’s Bees Cleaning Wipes | $4.99
These are discontinued products and the pear one (the green packaging on the right in the picture) definitely shows it. The entire package is leaking a light brown liquid that is sticky. The red one is pretty dry for a cleansing wipe, and I don’t know if it’s because it’s been sitting on a shelf for a long time or if these wipes are just designed like that. I don’t know how old these are but I won’t I’ll be using them. I’m disappointed because cleansing wipes are so cheap already. I buy them for 50 cents from Target when I’m going on a trip! Peaches and Petals could have easily bought current wipes to send that aren’t leaking or dried out!

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Soapbox Hope-To-Go Travel Kit | $7.99
I’m pleased to see a very useful kit that also supports a great cause! This travel kit contains TSA approved containers of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and body lotion. For each kit sold, a month of clean water will be given to a person in need through an organization called Splash.

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The products themselves are all quite nice as well. I especially like that these containers are easy to clean and refill, and the bag it all comes in meets TSA requirements too!

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Sara Beth Candle in Seaside | $12.00 (?)
This appears to be a brand that is often used for fundraising. I remember back in middle school we had these sorts of fundraisers every year! It seems kind of odd that it’s now included in a subscription box. And does anyone else think candles are a poor choice for these sorts of fundraising events? I remember we had to hand deliver the products to each person who purchased–candles would have been so heavy!

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Anyways, enough about my speculation about the fundraising. This candle has a really refreshing crisp scent and I love the wooden wick! Wooden wicks are always so much fun to burn and I rarely purchase them for myself, so I’m very happy to see this in my box! The candle came in giftable packaging as well, which I appreciate.

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Umbra Magnetic Board | $8.00 (?)
Last but not least, this super cute magnetic board! This is hands down my favorite item from the box! I love the Umbra brand, and I hope we see more of their products in future Peaches and Petals boxes. They make such stylish but affordable home goods!

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The board comes with 6 magnets and is approximately 15.5″ x 15″ in size. It’s very light and easy to hang on a wall. I love the simple design and empowering phrase!

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It was sort of mixed bag (or should I say a mixed box?) for me, but overall I would consider it a box that I liked. The Umbra board is so cute and I love it a lot, and the candle and travel kit are both useful and fun. The cleaning wipes were a total dud, but since they take up the least amount of value I’m not too upset. The travel pillow had potential to be amazing as well but the design was just awful. But I do think this is a huge step up from the past few boxes! I really hope this is an upward trend that will continue. I’m actually very excited to see what next month will bring!

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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!

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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 🙂

Escape Monthly January 2014 Review: Colorado

January’s Escape Monthly destination is Colorado! I’ve never been there but always wanted to go, so this was a fun treat.

Escape Monthly is a destination inspired monthly delivery of “luxury products to help you relax and renew” and the cost is $49.95/month. (But it’s really more like $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!

Escape Monthly January Colorado Review

Escape Monthly January Colorado Review

Escape Monthly January Colorado ReviewJackson’s Honest Potato Chips Sea Salt | $1.25
I’ll never say no to kettle cooked potato chips! Although my bag got pretty flattened in the mail, the chips (crumbs) were still delicious! I want to try the salt and vinegar flavor so I might order some online or search for it in stores. I suspect Whole Foods might have it, since this is organic and non-GMO.

Chocolove Orange Peel in Dark Chocolate Bar | $2.63
Yum! I’ve been buying Chocolove bars for years and never knew they were from Colorado! I thought this was a super cute item for January since each bar of Chocolove comes with a love poem on the inside of the wrapper. I’m definitely saving this for a Valentine’s Day treat!

Bobo’s Oat Bars in Peach | $3.13
I loved this bar so much that I immediately bought more of them. I got the Chocolate Almond ones from Amazon because it came with free shipping. These bars are really moist and soft and are gluten free, vegan, and non-GMO!

Escape Monthly January Colorado ReviewWhite Girl Salsa Medium Tomatillo | $5.99
The safety button on the lid popped during shipment, and Escape Monthly has offered to send me a new one, so I don’t know what this tastes like yet. But judging from the posts on Facebook, people are loving this salsa! I can’t wait to try it. Also, thanks again to Escape Monthly for great customer service!

Moon Handbooks Colorado Travel Guide | $14.27
I have a nice little collection of Moon travel guides now thanks to Escape Monthly, and I’m happy to add this one to the ranks. I’m sure I will use it since I plan on going to Colorado within the next couple of years. Now that I live in Texas, a road trip is definitely feasible!

Escape Monthly January Colorado ReviewBluecorn Naturals Tranquility Tin Candle | $4.80
I love the travel tin; it’s a great idea! I think I’ll save this candle for my next business trip 🙂 It smells really good and I love how it’s all natural and 100% beeswax.

Colorado Aromatics Lavender Mountain Mist Hand and Body Lotion | $5.20
With all the cold weather, my hands are getting really dried out so I’m so happy to see a hand lotion product from this month. I’m a huge fan of lavender so the scent is perfect, and so far I’ve found this lotion to be lightweight and non-greasy.

Rocky Mountain Mud Bath | $7.25
This might be another product I bring with me on business trips, since it’s supposed to be a stress relief blend. There’s enough in this package for two baths, and I’m really excited to test it out. It has a light lavender scent, so the lotion makes a great pairing with this mud bath.

Escape Monthly January Colorado ReviewThe last item is a geode! You can break it open to see the crystals inside, and from the pictures I saw on Facebook, they’re really pretty!

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Unfortunately for me, mine was pretty disappointing. I contacted their customer service about this as well, and hopefully they will send me another geode that actually has something inside.

Escape Monthly January Colorado ReviewOverall, this box was worth $44.52 (excluding the geode), which is the lowest I’ve seen from Escape Monthly so far. I hope they step up their game for the next destination, which is going to be New York. On the bright side, my experience from this month has taught me that Escape Monthly has great customer service! For me, that makes a big difference. I was very impressed with how quickly they responded to my email (1 business day) and how they were more than happy to send me a replacement for the salsa and geode.

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 🙂

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:

Olfactif Perfume Subscription January 2014 Review

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 🙂

Escape Monthly December 2013 Spoiler

It looks like the Escape Monthly destination for December will be Italy! For those unfamiliar with Escape Monthly, it’s a destination inspired monthly delivery of “luxury products to help you relax”. The cost is $49.95/month, but you can get 20% off with code YOURESCAPE! Every month, they curate a selection of items ranging from spa/beauty to gourmet snacks and gift certificates. They also give one member a vacation for two to the destination of the month!

This will be the first international vacation destination, so I’m super excited to see some great gourmet food items and unique spa goods! Not to mention the possibility of winning that free vacation…

I’m still patiently waiting for my November box (Vermont), so stay tuned for that review! In the meantime, check out my reviews for October and September!

Escape Monthly December 2013 Italy