Eating vegan is one thing, but I’ve found it almost more challenging to find the other items in my life that I need to maintain a vegan existence. There are many larger companies out there that make vegan products, or even specialize in vegan items, but today, I’m focusing on online “e-tailers” because I do a lot of my shopping online and these three businesses are not only super vegan friendly, but also have AMAZING customer service. One of them is a cosmetics company, one is a skincare and beauty store, and the final shop is for bags of all sizes. Please note – I did not receive free items nor payment to recommend these shops; I just love them. Here they are, in convenient (for me, because then I don’t have to decide what to do first) alphabetical order.
I like bags, a lot. I love to have fun bags for my gadgets and whosits. But, I have found that it isn’t always easy to find cute bags that are also well made, reasonably priced, and vegan. That’s where Borsa Bella Design Co. comes in. I’ve been shopping with Borsa Bella for a few years, first through the Etsy shop and now through the website. I have multiple bags for my book device, a bag for my phone, and a small gadget bag that I’m currently trying to decide how to utilize, because it’s adorable (in the interest of full disclosure, I did win that one in an online contest). Each bag is amazingly well constructed, with multiple layers of padding and careful stitching. The hardware is sturdy and the bags fit the items they are sold for with ease. While I’ve never had to fully wash one of my Borsa bags, I have wiped them down and they came through that completely unscathed. It’s important to note that these come in an amazing variety of patterns and sizes. And (AND) the customer service is so good that if you have a need that is unmet by the current stock, it’s often possible to work something out. Items are packaged in a jiffy and arrive quickly and safely. Seriously, if you like purses and bags, check this site out!
Once in a while, someone will say to me “I know you aren’t really into makeup,” or something similar. I find it interesting every time, because all I can figure is that said people haven’t actually looked at me (or I’m so good with makeup that it looks so fitting it’s subliminal?). I like colors; I like artistry – makeup is a natural fit. But, again here it can be a challenge to find items that meet my standards for veganism and general ingredients, as well as being the colors I want and the quality I expect. Fyrinnae hits on all of those points. This cosmetic e-tailer is all vegan, and has a product range that includes items for lips, eyes, and cheeks. While many of the items have some shimmer, the full product range goes all the way from true mattes to gorgeous duochromatic wonders. Because I’m, ahem, over 40 and work in a relatively conservative environment, I tend toward mattes or low shimmer neutrals during the week and save the bolder items for the far-too-infrequent nights out. Again here, the customer service is so good it’s almost a sin. I’ve never had a question go unanswered or an order arrive outside of the timeframe specified on the site (they always have the current time frame listed on the homepage). As of this writing, they are taking a little time off from accepting orders to catch up, but it’s still a good time to build your wishlist!
Need some skincare, shampoo, cosmetics, or nail products, but don’t know where to find cruelty-free and vegan items? White Rabbit Beauty is my one-stop shop. White Rabbit is not in the production business, but is a shop that pulls together beauty products that suit a cruelty-free lifestyle. This site, owned and operated by a wonderful woman who will answer your questions with cheer – pack your order with expertise – and ship your items with lightning speed, has both cruelty-free non-vegan and vegan items. But, and this is the key for me, they are clearly and carefully distinguished and it’s super easy to find what you need if you are trying to maintain veganism in your non-food life. Shipping for cosmetic items is free, and samples are available for some items. Sales are frequent and substantial, and the level of information provided about each item is quite fabulous. I’ve recommended White Rabbit for items ranging from lipstick to body lotion, and will continue to shop and recommend in the future.