Online shopping isn’t a new phenomenon in Singapore. Just ask your friends and colleagues and they’ll probably admit that they’ve shopped online at least once. After all, online shopping offers the convenience of browsing for products at your own leisure and having the items sent to your doorstep or mailbox.
You might incur a shipping cost, but nowadays, most stores offer free shipping with a minimum purchase of a specified amount. So unless you’re just buying a $10 top, you probably will meet the minimum amount required to qualify for free shopping. Apart from that, online shopping also offers you a variety of payment modes, depending on the store: cash-on-delivery, credit cards or PayPal. If you’re making a big purchase and don’t want to risk the item going missing during shipping, opt for cash on delivery (but make sure you’re at home when the item arrives!). If you know no one will be there to receive the item, opt for credit card or PayPal payment so the courier can just leave the item at your gate (if you trust your neighbours).
Not familiar with PayPal? It works similar to a credit card payment (you can link your credit card or bank account to your PayPal account), but offers Buyer Protection, which means you can get a full refund if the actual product differs significantly from what was shown online or doesn’t arrive). And if you change your mind about a purchase and the store allows returns, PayPal’s Refunded Returns will take care of the return shipping cost.
Here are 13 local stores that offers an option of paying with PayPal so you’ll be protected.
This Singapore-based skincare brand prides itself on being vegan and cruelty-free. They use natural ingredients that are free of preservatives and parabens for their products, which range from face masks to lip balms.
Featured product: Beauty Warrior Face Mask (Black Charcoal Rice), $24.90
A Dose of Something Good
Owned by Australian designer Robert Upton, this Singapore-based company specialises in hand-poured candles and fragrances in porcelain and plaster, like the featured snuff box. Each candle uses a lead-free wick and doesn’t overload on fragrances for that overly saccharine smell.
Featured product: Rose Your Bottega Snuff Box, $218
If you’re looking for hand-crafted jewellery, you’ve come to the right place. Curious Creature base their designs on geometric shapes and symmetry, and uses semi-precious stones, making the pieces suitable for casual and formal occasions.
Featured product: One-of-a-kind Dendrite Opal Necklace, $52
Founded by two Singaporean sisters, the brand derived its name from the word “zen”. Apart from their own designs, the brand also distributes Rockme Jewelry, a line by Thai designer Thanich.
Featured product: Stranded Pearl Pendant, $45
Looking for work clothes? You’ll love the variety that Eight Slate provides. From wrap blouses to shirt dresses, you’ll find something that tickle your fancy.
Featured product: Studio by Eight Slate Maker Duo-tone Top, $109
This local beauty brand started in 2014 with only a few ranges, but has since grown to offer a wide range of makeup products. Some of their best sellers include their mascaras and liquid lipsticks.
Featured product: Fauxstix Matte Liquid in Reign, $36
If handmade bath and body products with very Singaporean-sounding names (Lipbalm Kosong, anyone?) are your thing, you’ll love this online store. They’re currently undergoing an update so most (if not all) products are unavailable, but check back soon to get your fix.
Featured product: Wah Chio Bu Lady Lip & Cheek Tint, $20
This store only stocks three kinds of products (so far): tote bags; Baggu, and Papperskärlek, for home and office decor. But if you’re a fan of minimalist designs, you’ll feel like buying up the whole store.
Featured product: Anything | Journalist tote bag, $16
The shop promises to offer handmade chocolates at affordable prices. They even stock unique flavours, such as dark chocolate with cinnamon, vanilla and pepper, and dark-milk chocolate with tahini and roasted sesame.
Featured product: 55% Organic Single Origin Vegan Milk Chocolate Ecuador, $18
Founded in 2015, the brand creates their own designs using hand-weaving techniques. Prices are a bit steep, but that’s because every bead is hand-woven to create a piece of jewellery. According to the website, the beads are produced by the oldest seed bead manufacturer in Japan.
Featured product: Eden + Elie Everyday Necklace + Bangle Set – Serenity, $398.53
Mantra Friday makes and stocks handmade soaps that are not only free of harmful ingredients, but also uses natural ingredients, including foods such as wolfberries, apricots and banana.
Featured product: Wolfberries soap, $16
According to the website, they handpick the blooms on the day the bouquets are made to ensure freshness and quality. The bouquets don’t come cheap but they will certainly make a difference to your special event.
Featured product: White Bloom Box, $170