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Lone Bodycare Review

March 27, 2016


Spring!  I can’t believe how mild the winter was this year and now it’s feeling like Spring for sure.  During the past few weeks we were blessed with temperatures in the mid-70’s.  Kendall and I managed to eat outside at one of our favorite Thai restaurants.  Eating outside is typically a treat that doesn’t roll around until June around here!

Anyway, as cliché as it sounds, Spring is about new beginnings.  For me, that means I try my best to purge my closets and medicine cabinets of any clothing I haven’t worn in a few years or cosmetics and body products that are past their prime.  When Lone Bodycare reached out to me asking if I would be interested in partnering with them to review their natural deodorant and lip balms, I was thrilled.




My package from Lone was beautifully wrapped.  This adorable box was filled with three of their balms.  I loved them all for very different reasons.  Here’s the scoop:


1. Soothe: Lemon Mint

This balm smells very refreshing and is GREAT for dry, chapped lips that are sensitive to other balms and products.  It glides on smoothly and even withstood a day in a hot, hot rental car during my trip to Tucson this week.  This balm is superb for the Winter months, but I also find it refreshing for warmer weather when you easily become dehydrated.


2. Heal: Spiced Pepper

This balm is truly spicy!  I found it great as a natural lip plumper as the surface of my lips was tingly after use.  Very reminiscent of other lip plumping products I’ve used in the past, except it was all natural of course.  It should be noted that the balms do contain beeswax however the base is made of organic coconut oil.  My hope is that sometime in the future, Lone introduces products that use bee-free options, but I wanted to be sure to mention this as a point of awareness for all vegan readers.


3. Polish: Vanilla Sugar

Love this stuff!  It tastes super sweet and leaves your lips quenched even after you rub (or lick!) off the excess sugar.  I have used many natural lips scrubs that are sugar based in the past, however, I also have noticed that long after I’ve rubbed the scrub off my lips, it still resides on my face….they tend to be messy to say the least!  Not this lip polish.  The sugar crystals end up directly where you apply them and are easy to remove.  I also found that the balm that remains on your lips afterwards was far more hydrating than other lips scrubs I have tested.


Lone has two additional lip balm products called Hydrate and Savor.  They boast vanilla and chai flavors respectively made in small batches just like the other varieties.  YUM!



Alright, now things get really serious.  Lone’s deodorant…OMG!  So effective, the Mint scented one that I tested is soooo refreshing.  The deodorant kept me fresh daily after even 10 hour workdays and workouts after work.

This deodorant is hands down, the MOST effective natural deodorant I’ve ever tried.  This product is also 100% vegan (ingredients do not contain any beeswax and no animal testing on end products or individual ingredients).  The deodorant is super easy to apply and there is no need to spread it using your hands like some popular deodorant creams and pastes that have flooded the organic/natural markets lately.  Lone produces 3 different scents: Citrus, Mint, and an Unscented variety.  I am excited to try the others once this one runs out.  I have been using it for over a month and still have tons left.  These babies are sold for $9.50 each which is a bargain compared to some of the other natural deodorants on the market


So to sum it all up, I’m in love with these products, the company and mission, and happy to suggest these products to friends, family, and everyone in between!


You can check these products out for yourself at or on Instagram @lone.body!

February 2016


Happy Valentine's Day - Some Updates & Announcements!


I can't believe it's 2016...and over 1 month in!  I'm  still here and haven't forgotten about My Vegan P.  Life has been chaotic and I've neglected to update this site.  Thank you to all of you who have stuck with the blog and returned to check in despite my negligence!


I'm excited to announce that I'm committing myself to post new recipes at least once per month.  In addition to that, I'm expanding the content of the blog to include lifestyle posts, vegan transition tips and information, beauty reviews, and more about my life in the country with my hubby and two kitties.  That's right, TWO!


While I've been away from the website, Kendall and I adopted our adorable little munchkin, Toby from a  local rescue group.  He's full of energy, spunk, and has developed a  love-mostly-hate relationship with our dear Luna.

We adopted Toby in early September; he's a little love-bug who has taken a liking to rubbing the head of anybody nearby while they sit on the couch.  He also has taken a liking to antagonizing Luna.  They chase one another through the house, pinning each other down  as tufts of fur fly about.  Kendall and I try to intervene whenever we can, but who knows what goes on when we aren't around.  Actually, let me retract that....Kendall has spent a few hours taping their shenanigans with a Go Pro.  They mostly sleep.  Even in time lapse, videos of them  are pretty uneventful.  Anyway, we are loving life with our two little beans!

Aside from the new addition to our little family, we've been busy trying to stay active and healthy  as the months have passed.  Kendall has taken a liking to bicycling outdoors in the warmer months and indoors on a trainer that allows him to ride stationary in the Winter.  I have been busy rotating between yoga, PiYo, TurboFire, and Insanity workouts.  Together, we have been enjoying this unusually warm  Winter doing many day hikes.  We've also done plenty of cooking, although I have not documented our kitchen adventures nearly enough!


Other than that, life has been full of work by day and trying to relax and refresh by night!  I am  so excited to post some of the pictures from the last few months and report that you can expect more from  My Vegan P from now on!


Lots of love to you all and Happy Valentine's Day!

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