Escape Monthly: September 2013 Review

I received my second Escape Monthly box a couple weeks ago and was really excited about the destination/theme – Oregon. Although I didn’t win the vacation this month, I’m still holding out hope that I’ll win one of the upcoming ones – namely the Hawaii trip that will be given away to one lucky Escape Monthly subscriber in October!

Doug’s Nuts
I was very happy to see a food item in this month’s Escape Monthly, especially since last month was more spa-focused. In nut mixes I always feel gipped, like there aren’t as many “premium” nuts in the bag (e.g. walnuts, pecans). However, I didn’t feel that way with this package of Doug’s Original Blend Nuts ($5.95) – I loved them! This was probably my favorite item in the box.

Primitive Lights Beeswax Votive
I LOVE candles. And lately, I can’t seem to get enough of them. Literally. Not only did I really like the smell of the Primitive Lights Cinnamon Roll candle ($4), it was also shaped like an actual cinnamon roll – what cool designing! I only wish this candle was bigger so it would burn a little longer. I’ll definitely look into purchasing more of these to gift for Christmas!

Oregon Travel Book
I was supposed to take a trip to Portland a couple years ago but due to a terrible sinus infection, the trip was cancelled. I’m still hoping to plan a trip out to Oregon sometime in the next few years, so I’ll definitely be using Oregon travel guide ($22) to help me plan the trip!

Grounds for Change
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m 100% a Keurig person (except on my weekly Starbucks cheat day). I know I can buy a contraption to allow me to put coffee grounds in the machine, but I prefer the ease of the K-Cup, where I don’t have to do any cleaning up afterward. So, unfortunately, I never get any use out of coffee grounds in subscription boxes. That said, my dad (who drinks multiple cups of coffee a day) loves them and is always happy to get some kind of unique coffee, like this one, when it comes along. I do really like the concept behind Grounds for Change ($10.95) though – they donate a portion of their sales back to the environment.

Metolius Tea & Apothecary
This jar of Metolius Tea & Apothecary ($10) sounds – and smells amazing! The only downside (which I mentioned in my review of last month’s Escape box) is that I don’t have any contraption to use for making loose tea. I’m hoping that in future boxes, tea bags will be included instead. This will be another item I pass along to my tea-loving mom.

Oregon Orchard Premium Hazelnuts
I love hazelnuts, cherries, and chocolate. Mix them together and you get these delicious Cherry Chocolate Premium Hazelnuts ($3.30). Although I’ve been trying to savor this as an afternoon snack at my desk, there aren’t too many left (they’re kind of hard to resist). Love ’em!

Oregon Rain Lotion
I’m usually not too picky with my lotion scents, but the Oregon Rain Lotion ($9) was a bit too floral for my liking. Fortunately, my mom loves floral lotions so I was able to pass this on to her. Upon checking out their website, I discovered that Oregon Rain Soap has a lot of other awesome scents from mango to oatmeal, milk and honey.

Portland Bee Balm
Lip balms are one of my favorite items to get in subscription boxes, so I was happy to find a stick of the Portland Bee Balm ($2.75) inside. This came at the perfect time too, since my bedtime lip balm was running low! I really like that actual beekeepers had a hand in putting this balm together. I appreciate their work – I would never go near a bee hive!

Volcanic Bliss Bar Soap
The Volcanic Bliss Tea Tree & Lava Bar Soap ($6) was a bit of a miss for me. Aside from the fact that I’m not a big fan of bar soap, the smell was pretty strong and not a scent that I’d really use. In fact, it seemed a bit manly to me.

Wooden Pumice Brush
I’ve never used a pumice brush, so I was kind of excited to get one. I also think that this Wooden Pumice Brush ($6) is a hint that I should take relaxing baths more often – especially with all of the relaxing things that come in the Escape Monthly box!

September’s box retailed out to about $80 and I paid $39.95. Overall, I enjoyed the items included. That said, there were quite a few products that I ended up giving away (mainly to my parents – they lucked out). I’m already signed up for October’s box, after all, who can resist Hawaii?!

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