I was intrigued when I found out about Ecolicious. Their products range from candles to cheese! Isn't it exciting to be able to get such a large variety of items from one place, with the confidence that it's vegan? I think it's great! So, read on, because this article tells you all about the business, how it came about and more...
What does Ecolicious specialise in selling?
Ecolicious specialises in eco-friendly and cruelty free products including cleaning supplies, body care, vegan snacks and sweets, kitchen and home accessories, and some clothing and accessories.
Where is Ecolicious?
Ecolicious started out located in the heart of the eclectic Plaza-Midwood neighbourhood in Charlotte North Carolina but has recently moved to solely online sales.
Do you exclusively serve those who are local to you or can others who are further away access your products too? If so, how?
Since we have a lovely boutique style store (without the boutique prices) as well as a web store we are able to serve not only customers from the neighbourhood but also from the surrounding cities as well as shipping across the country.
What inspired you to create a business that solely focuses on vegan products?
I've been vegan for over 11 years and found it extremely frustrating to find vegan-friendly items to replace the simplest things in my life. I have always been a curious eater and really wanted to try the new things I found reviewed online but could never find them in a store nearby. Also with a passion for conservation I was driven to try even harder to find products that meet my vegan standards as well as my environmental standards. This is how Ecolicious was born.
How easy is it for you to source a range of plant-based products?
Since we prefer to buy directly from smaller vegan businesses who make very unique products it is extremely difficult. We not only have to screen the product to make sure it is of a quality we are willing to represent but also go over the ingredients with a fine tooth comb to assure that the products are in fact completely vegan. Often the products we order are from a company which happens to "accidentally" manufacture a vegan product or two. We constantly have to be aware of any manufacturing/ingredient changes that might happen within their facility to insure the products we are ordering maintain vegan status.
What are three most popular items that you sell?
The top sellers are the fresh baked goods we carry from Novel Sweets (local vegan bakery) including her whoopie pies and salted caramel cupcakes, Punk Rawk Labs cultured cashew cheeses, and hand poured soy wax candles which we have custom made locally.
Is Ecolicious owned by or in partnership with another company that does test on animals or sell non-vegan products?
Tell me a bit about yourself before you launched Ecolicious?
Before Ecolicious was formed I worked several odd jobs including housekeeping, home renovations/repairs, and personal assistant work. I've always been a Jill of all trades.
What is your vision for Ecolicious in the future?
I am working on expanding even further my online sales and would love to see that end of the business really take off.
If you're interested in buying some goodies from Ecolicious, Marley has created a special discount code, which will give readers 15% off orders between July 1-August 31. Just enter the code PlantShift when you check out.