January 2014: Colorado
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January = ski break = Colorado.
It seems most logical choice of destination. Granted, what I know of Colorado can be summarized in these words: snow, pine trees, Denver Broncos, Mesa Verde. Obviously, Escape Monthly can’t send me a snowball, but I hope they did find some neat Colorado things.
Now, as you may remember from my previous posts, Escape Monthly lists a retail price for each item in the box in an enclosed “travel brochure”. This ought to be useful, but when I look up the items online I often turn up very different numbers. To simplify things, I'm going to use the following system: Escape Monthly's price will be listed first, in italics, followed by my price in bold. My prices are usually whatever the going rate would be if purchased directly from the manufacturer’s website, so there will be some variation, too.
Moon Handbooks: Colorado: Where to go, what to do, and what to eat. I really like using Moon Handbooks for my travel guide - there’s always a solid mix of destination history, recommended sites to see, and places to stay. I didn’t realize this until a few weeks ago, because the cover designs have changed so much, but when my Mom planned our summer family trips through the Southwest she always used Moon guides. $19.99 / $19.99
Jackson’s Honest Potato Chips in Sea Salt: This makes me curious. Do you think that coconut oil potato chips would taste all that different from regular potato chips? I honestly can’t taste much difference, but I do notice my fingers seem much less greasy than usual. There’s something refreshing about looking at the ingredients label and seeing only three things listed: organic potatoes, organic coconut oil, sea salt. Plus, a portion of each sale goes to The Children’s Hospital Colorado. $2.99 / $1.25 (if purchased by the dozen)
Chocolove Orange Peel Chocolate Bar: I didn’t realize these were from Colorado! One of my coworkers in Utah just loved this brand, although I don’t think she ever mentioned the orange peel flavor. Chocolate and oranges are a delicious flavor combination, though. Yummy! $2.99 / $2.63 (if purchased by the dozen)
Bobo’s Gluten-Free Peach Oat Bars: This is similar to a granola bar, but much denser-looking. I wish it had a crispy texture, but it’s more cakey and soft. The peach flavor only really comes out if your bite happens to have a piece of dried peach in it, and there doesn’t seem to be much fruit in the bar. $3.95 / $3.13 (if purchased by the dozen)
White Girl Salsa: Medium Tomatillo: I’m not much of a salsa fan, so I’ll pass this on to Seanie and let him decide if he likes it. Although I will probably take a bite or two, just because I’ve realized as I type this that I don’t actually know what a tomatillo tastes like. As I browsed the White Girl Salsa website, I noticed that they have a Cranberry-Mango salsa, which intrigues me. I wish that it had been in the box instead! I might have to buy it just to check it out – I do enjoy the occasional fruity salsa. $7.99 / $7.99
Colorado Aromatics Mountain Mist Lotion: Lavender lotion? I feel like I’ve seen this before. It’s not a fragrance that I’d consider unique or especially Colorado-esque, but when I think about applying the lotion to my skin I have to admit that smelling like lavender sounds a lot better than smelling like a pine tree. I’m not complaining! $5.20 / $5.20
Bluecorn Naturals Beeswax Candles in Tranquility: Lemongrass, cinnamon and rosemary create an earthy, herbal smell that makes my nose tingle. It makes me think of food. This is a good travel-sized candle, I guess, although I always find myself wondering how many people actually carry around little candles in tins when they travel? I’ve never done that. I guess it’s a nice thought. $4.99 / $5.50
Rocky Mountain Mud Bath, Stress Relief Blend: At first I thought this might be some sort of body mask, but it looks like it’s a bath additive. We all know that I love those! Magnetically charged clays will supposedly draw impurities and toxins out of your pores. If it works, cool! I’m definitely interested. $7.25 / $7.25
Geode: The geode is a bonus item. While I’m fairly neutral on a receiving a rock in the box (especially one that I have to crack open myself, which I have yet to do) I’m really excited that Escape Monthly actually included a souvenir-type thing in addition to the usual skincare and food products. I hope that they’ll continue to do so in future boxes! $1.99 / $3.95
I do believe that this is the first Escape Monthly box where the prices they list in their travel brochure match the retail value of the item. The prices I found were usually within a dollar of Escape Monthly’s, and the variance can easily be attributed to the difference in buying individual items instead of buying in bulk. Is this the start of a new trend? I hope so. The box has a value of roughly $57.34, which is not too bad.
Next month: New York!!!