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Escape – October – Hawaii

So, I received my second Escape Monthly box.
One of the reasons I got excited about this box was the promise of
Full-Size Luxury Products from Local, Artisan Brands (Worth over $100)
At $49.95 (or $39.95 for life with one of the many codes available) this seems like a great deal.

Last month was pretty good – but not worth over $100.
I was really jazzed about this month – it’s freaking HAWAII – how can that be bad?
Let’s look at what we got…

October’s Theme: A Luxury Tour of the Big Island
Destination: Hawaii

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Right away I see lots of deluxe samples not full size products.
Let’s break it down.

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Item list and it looks like Vermont will be spotlighted next month.

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Honey Girl Organics Face & Eye Cream and Night Cream
Retail $30.99 for 1.75 fl oz / 50 g for each
Sample Value: Face & Eye Cream $7.44 for 12 g – Night Cream $1.24 for 2 g

On the insert this is valued at $62 – however, when you go to the website you
realize this is a deluxe sample – not a full size product – and retail is $30.99 each.

The creams have an off smell.  Not the worst – but it doesn’t fade.
It did soften my skin but made it feels greasy.

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Hawaiian Host Dark Chocolate Covered Macadamias
Retail $2

These are good – they’re chocolate and macadamia nuts – how can that be bad?
On the website these are sold for $26.50 for 24 packs – so really $1.10 each retail.
They were even cheaper at Costco.

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Moon Big Island of Hawaii Travel Guide
Retail $17.99

This is a nice guide.  If we hit the Big Island it will come in handy.

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Ola Body Butter in Passion Fruit
Retail $10 for 2 oz

Holy smokes does this smell like lilikoi (passion fruit).
Like you rubbed the fruit directly on you!
After about an hour it starts to mellow out.
Leaves your skin silky without being greasy.

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Personal Paradise Body Lotion in Coconut Lime
Retail Value $3 for 2 oz

This is the line of lotions the Outrigger Hotels use on the islands.
I love this lotion – and had some already from our last stay
(they gave me extra when I mentioned how much I loved the lotion).

On the product list this is valued at $9.95 – however, that is for the 8 oz Body Wash.

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Artisan Salt Co in ‘Alaea’ Hawaiian Sea Salt
Retail $14.99 for 7 oz / 198 g – Sample Value $3 for .7 oz / 22 g

We use this to make Kalua Pig in the slow cooker, check out the recipe here.
However, we get this same salt at the grocery store.
They sell it for $9.99 per pound in the deli area.

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Tiesta Tea in Maui Mango
Retail $6.99 (listed as $7.99) for 2.5 oz

First the good – this tastes good!  Enjoyed it.

Now the bad…

This does not come from “Local, Artisan Brands” – it comes from a company based
in Chicago – as in Illinois.  Just because it says “Maui” doesn’t mean throw it in.

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Seashell Lei
Retail $5.99 for one dozen – Sample Value $.50

Actually, we picked these up for $3 for a dozen.  The list has a retail value of $5.99 for this.
Not sure if they left off the “dozen” part – or if they are trying to inflate the value.

I am thinking the latter based on this next item…

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Gentle Scrub Facial Buff
Retail $2.49 for two – Sample Value $1.50

So, this is listed as having a retail value of $7
I found the same – only cuter – here.
The closest I could find to this design was here – and those are priced
at $5.29 for three – if the same still only makes this worth $1.75 NOT $7

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Royal Hawaiian Orchards in Papaya Lime Macadamia Crunch
Retail $4.15 for 4 oz

Too sweet and too much lime pith – so there is a bitterness to this.
Kind of a shame – I love lime flavor anything!

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Tub & Scrub Bath Salts in Oregon Rain
Retail $10 for 10 oz

This smells great – though I find it funny it’s called Oregon Rain.
This scent would have been great last month in the Oregon box 🙂

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Ostara Organics Lavendar Foot Bath
Retail $3 for 4 oz – Sample Value $1.50 for 2 oz

This is not on the list.  It’s not from Hawaii – it’s made in Colorado.
Not a Hawaiian scent.  It’s as though this was thrown in to take up space
and make the box seem fuller.  It’s nice – but has nothing to do with Hawaii.

Total Value for our October Escape box – $68.31
Total Value according to Escape’s price list – $152.06

Why send tea from Chicago and not Kona Coffee from the Big Island?
Or instead of a bag of foot bath from Colorado how about an item from Malie Organics?

We lived on Oahu 2006 thru 2009 so we are familiar with some of the local products.
There are many to explore – the locals are very proud of their traditions and offering
unique products that are made in Hawaii and no place else.

Birchbox and Ipsy make the subscription box biz look easy
but keep in mind both are not making what you get bigger than reality.
You sign up for deluxe samples and if you happen to get a full size item that is just a bonus.

Escape Monthly promised FULL SIZE products from local brands
worth over $100 – however, for the second month that is not what was delivered.

For this reason we have cancelled our subscription.

I paid for my subscription and have not been asked to write or been compensated for any of the reviews listed in my blog!

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Escape – September – Oregon

We are trying a new subscription!
It’s called Escape and each month they highlight a new destination to visit.

Escape is $49.95 per month
Each month you will receive:

>Full-Size Luxury Products<
>Travel Guides & Secret Tips<
>Special Offers for Resorts, Spas, & Travel<
>The Opportunity to win Vacation for 2 to the Destination of the Month, just for being a member<

Use code: TROPICALESCAPE to get 20% OFF your membership for life.

September’s Theme: Escape To the Northwest
Destination: Oregon

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Wow!  It’s impressive looking – but let’s break it down.

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Package list along with a head’s up for next month.

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Moon Oregon Travel Guide
Retail $21.99

This is a nice guide.  Not sure I would spend $22 for one if given the choice
but it’s cool to have the next time we head down to Oregon.
I will say it is well laid out – so it is user-friendly!

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Metolius Tea & Apothecary – ‘Emma’
Retail – $10 for Small Tin

Not really our cup of tea.  Too earthy for our palette.
Kind of wish they would have gone with a basic mint, green or black tea.
However, this did not inspire us to want to order more.

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Primitive Lights Bees Wax Cinnamon Roll Votive
Retail – $4

How cute is this?!?!
I wish you could smell it – it’s very cinnamony!
We loved this candle – would purchase these for gifts.

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Molly Muriel – ‘Volcanic Bliss’ Soap
Retail – $6

Maybe it’s just us – but if you are trying to get new business
black soap may not be the best choice.
Not so great with white wash cloths either!
I had to use shampoo to get the lava out of the cloth :-/

I did look at their website and I am sad they didn’t send the ‘Butter Up’ (Shea Butter)
with the cold dry weather around the corner that may have been lovely.
Volcanic dirt and menthol is not our idea of “Bliss”

Update:  We have been using this for a few days now really like it.  Our skin is VERY soft!
Still a pain in the butt to use with white linens – but we appreciate it more 🙂

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Portland Bee Balm
Retail – $2.75

It’s a nice balm.  Not very moisturizing – very waxy.
It will work to protect your lips against cold and wind – but not to soften.

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Doug’s Nuts ‘Original Blend’
Retail – $5.95

These are yummy – we enjoyed them very much.
No plans to order a case – but if we saw them at a store
during a road trip we would grab a bag!

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Oregon Rain Soap – ‘Portland Rose’ Lotion
Retail – $8
(misprinted on list as $8.99)

Couldn’t even try this the smell was so over powering
and that was with the protective cover under the cap
still on!!!

Looking at their website this would not have been the
scent I would choose to sent to multiple people.
‘Unscented’ or ‘Oregon Rain’ would have been best.

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Wooden Pumice Brush
Retail – $1
(Listed as $5.99 – but you can one just like this at the dollar store!)

Including this brush makes no sense really.
It’s not handcrafted in Oregon using pumice from Mount St. Helens
or wood from fallen trees in the national forest.

Nice to have an extra – but kind of an odd add in.

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Grounds For Change – ‘Cafe Femenino’
Retail – $7.95 for 8 oz – Sample Value $5.95
(Listed as $10.45?)

We LOVE Grounds For Change coffee!
One of the local coffee houses we enjoy uses their coffee – so it was
nice to see them get some love and this is a great flavor to try out!

Definitely will be ordering more!

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Oregon Orchard – ‘Cherry Chocolate’ Hazelnuts
Retail – $3.29

Have to admit – we were scared of these…

Would the taste be cloying?
Would the chocolate be waxy?

The taste was actually Uh-may-zing!!
I plan on chopping these up and adding them
to our homemade Cherry ice cream!

Total Value for our September Escape box – $68.93
Total Value according to Escape’s price list – $79.41

I used to live in Portland – so I was excited to get this and see what they came up with.
It’s not bad – but I think not including Pacifica or Jenteal is a missed opportunity.

As for the value – eh.
We spent $39.95 on this.  So on paper we got “our money’s worth.”
I am not sure if the people who procure the items for the boxes choose the scents –
or they just get sent whatever.  If Escape makes the sections this may not be for us –
it’s not as much fun if you receive a product you can’t try because of the way it smells.
It would be great if Escape set up a way for subscribers to review the items they received so they
can figure out what works with their subscribers – and what doesn’t.

Next month is Hawaii.
We just moved back from Oahu in 2009 so we are curious see how they do.
Will they include Maui Natural Organics?  A Koa wood bookmark?
Kukui Nut necklace? Alaea Sea Salt?  Macadamia nuts (duh…)?
Guess we will all find out next month!

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