September Escape Monthly Review: Oregon

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I thought Oregon sounded like a nice destination, so I picked up the September Escape Monthly! I also have a beaver collection (not of real beavers, just, of beavers, it’s hard to explain, I collect beavers, ok?!) and that’s why I signed up for this box. Alas, no beavers were forthcoming. September Escape Monthly Review: Oregon photo

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September 2013 Escape Monthly Oregon

This is a nice box to get in the mail! It’s super heavy, too!

I love the chevron! It’s cute!

Info card I like this brochure style information card! It gave enough room to the many many items in the box and allowed for larger print sizes!

Oregon Orchard Cherry Chocolate Hazelnuts ($3.29) Bing cherries + chocolate + hazelnut. What’s not to like, and totally Oregon!

Doug’s Nuts ($5.95) Totally delicious and not overly sweet, just a touch of sweetness to set off the maple & vanilla.

Metolius Tea & Apothecary – Emma Blend ($10) This is interesting! This tea is made of a blend of toasted coconut, lavender, and raspberry leaf, and has medicinal qualities.

Grounds for Change Coffee ($5.44) Certified organic, 100% fair trade. This is the Peru Cafe Femenino and is grown, processed and traded exclusively by women. I thought that was really awesome.

Molly Muriel Volcanic Bliss ($6) I can’t wait to scrub down with this one! This hand-crafted local soap (to Oregon) has tea tree oil, lava, charcoal, and neem oil.

Wooden Pumice Brush (bonus item) ($5.99) My feet need this!

Oregon Rain Soap Portland Rose Lotion ($8.00) Well, I guess Portland, OR is the city of roses. I don’t personally care for rose scented items and this is heavily scented. I’m sure this paraben, soy, and gluten free vegan lotion will make a great gift.

Moon Oregon Trail Guide ($15.70) I would have personally loved a Kindle version instead, and this company produces them. Perhaps Escape Monthly can offer the option of digital vs paperback in the future.

Portland Bee Balm ($2.75) I love beeswax lipbalms and I’m still forever hunting for the perfect dupe to the Body’s Shop’s Honey Stick from way way waaaaay back. This one is great, but I’d prefer it without the slight touch of peppermint oil (I’m a purist). I thought it was cool how it’s made with honey from local bees!

Primitive Lights Beeswax Cinnamon Roll Votive ($4) I think this was my favorite item in the box! Even simple pleasures can make us happy, and this was so cute and smelled delightful. I was unable to get a photo without a paw in it 🙂

I would have personally thought this box 100% amazing if it included an Oregon Trail t-shirt…. but that’s just me and I can be a little wacky! I thought it was a nice box and came up with an approximate value just over $67 (I did find that some of the prices were off, even from the MSRP, and of course I’d never tell you the MSRP on a book, but the total is still well over the cost of the box)! If you’d like a shot at the Hawaii vacation and a box full of lovely things from the islands, sign up for the October Escape Monthly box!

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  • Clara

    I vaguely recall there being a coupon for Doug’s Nuts included, but I foolishly tossed it in the recycling before sampling the addictive treat! Anyone remember what it was? I’ve been craving them ever since…

    • Brandy

      🙁 Sorry! Maybe someone else will chime in!

  • hugsandcupcakes

    Would have loved an Oregon Trail t-shirt. I always died in that game, lol. I loved the coffee and the soap. The lotion went in my gift stash, too. I’m looking forward to Hawaii.

  • Ally

    I’m not a rose fan either. In fact, I’m severely allergic! It’s my one main allergy that will cause my throat to close up.

    • Brandy

      i sent a text to alena this morning that i knew my MIL was the devil because i asked her if she liked rose scented things and she said only if it is heavily scented. WTF!

  • Jennifer

    Not October, AUGUST! My Dad lives in Hawaii, and I get lots of stuff sent from there, so I am not as into the Hawaii destination. I also think that New England would have been a far better choice for October-think leaf season.

  • Jennifer

    I think they did a much better job curating September than they did October. I LOVE that the products are mostly from Oregon! My grandmother was born in Bever Creek Oregon! And, I would love an Oregon trail t-shirt! I tried to get my kids to play Oregon Trail on their ipods, but they didn’t like it!

    • Brandy

      I didn’t get the first box but I did hear from my giveaway winner they thought it would have local products, so yes, I agree, I think everything in this box was locally sourced (either local products or producers) with the exception of the foot brush & the travel guide. As for the shirt… You Have Died of Dysentery