Reviewed: The Best (and Worst) Skincare Products From Indie Lee

What's really worth it from this clean beauty pioneer.
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Indie Lee review

Clean beauty is going mainstream, and Indie Lee is one of the brands leading the way. The decade-old skincare range not only uses natural ingredients, but also makes some of the most unique and elegant products I've tried (like the Squalane Facial Oil, which singlehandedly kicked off the squalane oil trend).

And with chic, Instagram-friendly packaging, it's one of the first clean skincare brands with "mass" appeal (whether or not you care about what's inside).

Recently, the brand released an array of new products and revamped some of its older formulas. So if you're wondering what's worth buying, I can help.

Just like my brand reviews for Drunk Elephant and The Ordinary, I've created a guide to the ENTIRE Indie Lee line, based on my analysis of the ingredients lists and my personal experience testing the collection.

But before we take a closer look at the products, let's get to know Indie Lee herself!

Indie Lee Background

The first thing you need to know is that Indie Lee is not just a brand but a person—and she was inspired to create her own natural skincare products after being diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in 2008. 

Doctors said she might have as little as six months to live, and that the trigger was likely environmental, which (to her alarm) could include what she'd been using on her skin.

Against the odds, Indie survived a surgery to remove the tumour, and then embarked on a new mission: to launch Indie Lee (the brand), and to educate others that what you put ON your body is just as important as what you put IN it. 

You can read more about Indie's story in my interview with her.

In terms of ingredients, the brand's philosophy is "when in doubt, formulate out." So you won't see anything like:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Mineral oil
  • Parabens
  • Petrolatum
  • Siloxane
  • Sulfates
  • Synthetic fragrance
  • Talc

The products are also cruelty-free, made in the USA and France, and packaged in glass bottles wherever possible.

Now, let's dive into the pros and cons of each one (and I'll update this list as new launches arrive!).

Indie Lee Review

Cleansers:

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

  • Details: Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser is a gentle, non-drying gel cleanser. It produces a light foam—a little goes a long way—to both remove makeup and clean your skin. So if you don't have time to double cleanse, this would be an excellent product to do it all in one step. For a quick exfoliation treatment, you can also leave it on as a mask for five minutes before rinsing off. 
  • Key ingredients: Sulfate-free surfactants, strawberry seed oil. 
  • Best for: All skin. 
  • Keep in mind: I would not expect major brightening benefits from any cleanser, since it's only on your skin for a few moments before being removed. Leave-on acids, vitamin C and niacinamide are more effective ways to brighten. Still, this is one of my all-time favourite cleansers that I always recommend!

Indie Lee Purifying Face Wash

Indie Lee Purifying Face Wash

Indie Lee Purifying Face Wash

  • Details: Indie Lee Purifying Face Wash is a foaming gel cleanser. You only need a small amount to produce a good lather, and like the Brightening Cleanser, it is very effective at both removing makeup and cleaning the skin in one step. It's also much gentler than most foaming cleansers, which can be harsh and stripping. My skin never feels uncomfortable or tight after using this.
  • Key ingredients: Sulfate-free surfactants, plum extract, orange extract, lavender extract.
  • Best for: Normal to oily skin.
  • Keep in mind: If excess oil is an issue, you'll get even better results from a leave-on treatment. BHAs and niacinamide are the best choices to address sebum secretion—try COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, which contains both.

Indie Lee Soothing Cleanser

Indie Lee Soothing Cleanser

Indie Lee Soothing Cleanser

  • Details: Indie Lee Soothing Cleanser is a cream-gel cleanser that produces a mild, moisturizing lather. Thanks to the oat kernel oil and chamomile, it also helps to soothe the skin and take down redness. Similar to the brand's other cleansers, you don't need a lot of product to remove both makeup as well as dirt, oil and debris. Note: This cleanser replaces the old Rosehip Cleanser, which has been discontinued.
  • Key ingredients: Sulfate-free surfactants, oat kernel oil, glycerin, gluconolactone, chamomile.
  • Best for: Sensitive skin.
  • Keep in mind: Like most cream-based cleansers, this may not be suitable for acne-prone skin. However, you can always remove any leftover residue by swiping your skin with toner (such as the CoQ-10 Toner), which should help to prevent breakouts.

Toners & Mists:

Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner

Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner

Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner

  • Details: Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner is a hydrating toner mist. It's alcohol-free, contains the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone), which is proven to defend against UV-induced free radical damage. It's also high in humectants that draw water into the skin. To tone, mist it onto a cotton pad and swipe it over your skin after cleansing. Or you can use it like a lightweight serum or essence by spraying it directly onto your face and neck, either over or under your other skincare products. Throughout the day, you can also spritz it on to instantly refresh your skin, especially after exercise or during travel.  
  • Key ingredients: Aloe, coenzyme Q10, hyaluronic acid, chamomile, sage extract, cucumber extract.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Keep in mind: This toner does not play well with acid exfoliants. I've found that if I apply it before AHAs or BHAs, I get a red, flushing reaction that takes a couple hours to go down. So I recommend using it at least 30 minutes away from acids or at different times of day. (Try Benton, Pyunkang Yul or Glow Recipe for toners that are compatible with acids.) 

Indie Lee Meditation Facial Mist

Indie Lee Meditation Facial Mist

Indie Lee Meditation Facial Mist

  • Details: Indie Lee Meditation Facial Mist is a facial mist that helps to calm your senses with aromatherapy. It contains weightless humectants to give light moisture, botanical extracts to tone, and a blend of aromatic essential oils.  It can be used after cleansing, pre- or post-makeup, or throughout the day to refresh your complexion. 
  • Key ingredients: Rosewater, aloe, sage extract, lavender extract, chamomile, glycerin, hyaluronic acid.
  • Best for: Normal skin. 
  • Keep in mind: All the essential oils could be irritating, especially if you have sensitive skin. Citrus essential oils also increase photosensitivity, so I recommend avoiding this mist if you're going to be in the sun. 

Peels:

Indie Lee Gentle Daily Peel

Indie Lee Gentle Daily Peel

Indie Lee Gentle Daily Peel

  • Details: Indie Lee Gentle Daily Peel is a set of acid-based exfoliating pads for brightening and clarifying the skin. Salicylic acid (a BHA) is doing most of the work here to remove dead skin and excess sebum, along with naturally-derived AHAs from caviar lime extract. Alcohol acts as a penetration enhancer, but moisturizing humectants may offset its drying effects. The brand doesn't disclose the acid concentration, nor the pH, but these pads are said to be gentle enough for most people to use daily after cleansing.
  • Key ingredients: Propanediol, witch hazel, salicylic acid, glycerin.
  • Best for: Normal, oily and acne-prone skin.
  • Keep in mind: These may be worth a try if you're seeking mild exfoliation and a natural formula. But while the brand claims that sensitive types can use them as often as three times per week, I would be cautious with these pads if you have reactive skin. Due to the potential irritating witch hazel and unknown acid concentration, I'll be sticking with COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid (reviewed here) instead. 

Indie Lee Radiance Renewal Peel

Indie Lee Radiance Renewal Peel

Indie Lee Radiance Renewal Peel

  • Details: Indie Lee Radiance Renewal Peel is a set of acid-based exfoliating pads for brightening the skin and evening out tone. The main exfoliant is caviar lime extract, which is high in citric acid (a mild AHA). Plus, unlike the Gentle Daily Peel, these don't contain alcohol or witch hazel. We're not told the pH or acid percentage, but most people should be able to tolerate daily use.
  • Key ingredients: Propanediol, glycerin, mango extract, banana extract, plum extract, caviar lime extract.
  • Best for: Normal skin.
  • Keep in mind: As citric acid is a weaker AHA than glycolic or lactic acid, I would expect only minor brightening and exfoliating benefits. Still, this is one of the gentlest exfoliating options I've seen, and could be worth a try if you have trouble tolerating stronger acids. The brand recommends only using these two or three times per week if you have sensitive skin.

Serums:

Indie Lee Stem Cell Serum

Indie Lee Stem Cell Serum

Indie Lee Stem Cell Serum

  • Details: Indie Lee Stem Cell Serum is an oil-free firming and hydrating serum. It's high in humectants for weightless moisture, and according to this study, the echinacea-derived stem cells may have anti-aging effects. It has a lightweight texture, and sinks in fast without any stickiness. If you're on the oily side, you can wear it alone; otherwise, it's perfect for layering underneath moisturizer or face oil. You can also mix it with a face oil like the Squalane Facial Oil
  • Key ingredients: Glycerin, hyaluronic acid, apple extract, echinacea stem cells.
  • Best for: All skin. 
  • Keep in mind: This is one of my favourite face serums because it is unlikely to cause irritation or breakouts. However, I would not expect major anti-aging benefits. For treating wrinkles or loss of firmness, retinoids are the gold standard. I recommend Shani Darden Retinol Reform (reviewed here) and A313 Vitamin A Pommade (reviewed here). 

Moisturizers & Oils:

Indie Lee Active Oil-Free Moisturizer

Indie Lee Active Oil-Free Moisturizer

Indie Lee Active Oil-Free Moisturizer

  • Details: Indie Lee Active Oil-Free Moisturizer is a lightweight, silicone-free and oil-free moisturizer. It has the texture of a lotion, and conveniently dispenses through an airless pump. On your skin, it feels surprisingly hydrating, absorbing well with no greasy residue. You can either wear it alone, layered over a serum (like the Stem Cell Serum), or underneath a face oil (like the Squalane Facial Oil).
  • Key ingredients: Fatty acids, fatty alcohols, alkanes, lethicin, propanediol, glycerin.
  • Best for: Oily and acne-prone skin.
  • Keep in mind: Dry skin won't find this moisturizing enough on its own, so try layering it over serum and under oil, or use the Daily Skin Nutrition instead. Otherwise, most skin types should tolerate this product well—I am acne-prone, and it never breaks me out or leaves me looking like an oil slick! 

Indie Lee Daily Skin Nutrition

Indie Lee Daily Skin Nutrition

Indie Lee Daily Skin Nutrition

  • Details: Indie Lee Daily Skin Nutrition is a nourishing, silicone-free moisturizer. But unlike the Active Oil-Free Moisturizer, it is rich in oils, with a cream texture (although it's still lightweight enough to dispense through a pump). Despite the high oil content, it sinks in fast and doesn't feel greasy at all.
  • Key ingredients: Squalane, avocado oil, propanediol, coconut oil, olive oil, hyaluronic acid. 
  • Best for: Dry and sensitive skin.
  • Keep in mind: If you have acne-prone skin, the multiple oils in this cream may be comedogenic (I suggest the Active Oil-Free Moisturizer instead). I would also recommend using this up fast, within three to six months, since some of the oils are unstable and prone to oxidation.

Indie Lee Daily Vitamin Infusion

Indie Lee Daily Vitamin Infusion

Indie Lee Daily Vitamin Infusion

  • Details: Indie Lee Daily Vitamin Infusion is a lightweight face oil blend. The vitamins (A, C and E) are found in the avocado and rosehip seed oils, and act as mild antioxidants. It's also spiked with ceramides, which are oils that naturally occur in the outer layer of our skin, and are proven to increase skin hydration and maintain the skin barrier. The texture is thin and fast-absorbing, similar to the brand's Squalane Facial Oil. You can either wear it alone after cleansing, or layer it underneath your favourite moisturizer.
  • Key ingredients: Squalane, rosehip oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, ceramides. 
  • Best for: Dry and sensitive skin.
  • Keep in mind: This oil is likely to be comedogenic for acne-prone skin, which is better off with the Squalane Facial Oil instead. Also, due to the high amount of rosehip seed oil, it will oxidize quickly (although the squalane will have a slight stabilizing effect). For this reason, I recommend using it up fast, within three months.

Indie Lee Overnight Facial Oil

Indie Lee Overnight Facial Oil

Indie Lee Overnight Facial Oil

  • Details: Indie Lee Overnight Facial Oil is a nourishing face oil blend. Along with multiple plant oils, the main moisturizing ingredient is heptyl undecylenate, an emollient derived from castor seed oil that is an alternative to silicones and mineral oil. This is meant to be worn at night, either alone or on top of a serum (like the Stem Cell Serum).
  • Key ingredients: Heptyl undecylenate, castor seed oil, fractionated coconut oil, coconut alkanes, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil. 
  • Best for: Dry skin.
  • Keep in mind: I'd be very cautious with this one if you are acne-prone, since all the oils, as well as the coconut alkanes, could trigger breakouts. The Squalane Facial Oil would be a much safer bet. If you do try it, be sure to use it up fast, within three months, since several of the oils are prone to rapid oxidation. 

Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil

Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil

Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil

  • Details: Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil is an ultra-light face oil made from just one ingredient, 100% pure squalane. I call it the face oil for people who hate oils, since it has a thin, non-greasy texture, is colourless and odourless, and is non-comedogenic for most people. Not only is it effective at hydrating dry skin, it also heals chapping and helps to balance excess oil production. All you need are a few drops—you can wear it alone, on top of serums and creams, or mixed with your favourite hydrators (like the Stem Cell Serum or Active Oil-Free Moisturizer). You can even blend it into your foundation for a dewy glow.
  • Key ingredients: Olive-derived squalane. 
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Keep in mind: While I recommend this oil to everyone, you can find less expensive versions if you're on a budget. The Ordinary, The Inkey List and Timeless all offer pure squalane oils. (Still, I do think this one is higher quality, with better packaging!)

Indie Lee Superfruit Facial Cream

Indie Lee Superfruit Facial Cream

Indie Lee Superfruit Facial Cream

  • Details: Indie Lee Superfruit Facial Cream is an anti-aging moisturizer that helps to hydrate, smooth and brighten the skin. It restores moisture with a blend of humectants, oil and synthetic skin conditioners while "natural peptides" treat the signs of aging (although their sources are unclear). It's also got botanically-derived AHAs and vitamin C. Like the Daily Skin Nutrition, it is silicone-free but not oil-free, with a cream texture that dispenses through a pump. You can wear this both day and night, either alone or over your favourite serum.
  • Key ingredients: Glycerin, alkanes, propanediol, vegetable oil, hyaluronic acid.
  • Best for: Normal, dry and sun-damaged skin.
  • Keep in mind: If sun damage is a real concern, I wouldn't expect significant benefits from this moisturizer, since it only contains the mildest forms of peptides, acids and vitamin C. I suggest layering it over treatments with more proven anti-aging benefits, such as L-ascorbic acid and retinoids. Two of the most powerful products are SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic and A313 Vitamin A Pommade (reviewed here). Also, since this cream is relatively high in vegetable oil, be sure to use it up within three to six months, before it oxidizes.

Masks & Targeted Solutions:

Indie Lee I-Waken Resurfacing Mask

Indie Lee I-Waken Resurfacing Mask

Indie Lee I-Waken Resurfacing Mask

  • Details: Indie Lee I-Waken Resurfacing Mask is a smoothing and brightening mask. It contains clays to absorb excess oil, wintergreen (a natural source of BHAs) to gently exfoliate, and both humectants and emollients to ensure they don't dry out your skin. It has a creamy texture, and only needs to be on your skin for five minutes to work its magic. You can use it up to three times per week to get glowing skin, fast.
  • Key ingredients: Aloe, kaolin clay, shea butter, propanediol, glycerin, wintergreen extract, bentonite clay.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Keep in mind: Sensitive skin should only use this mask once per week.

Indie Lee Banish Stick

Indie Lee Banish Stick

Indie Lee Banish Stick

  • Details: Indie Lee Banish Stick is an acne spot treatment that can be used on-the-go. Wintergreen-derived salicylic acid is the star of this formula, working to deep-clean pores and neutralize bacteria. (It also contains alcohol to kill bacteria—which is important since the wand applicator will touch your skin.) Since it's clear and invisible on the skin, and will not alter makeup application, this makes an ideal solution to dab on blemishes during the daytime. It's also not drying as other spot treatments, so it won't leave you flaky.
  • Key ingredients: Witch hazel, wintergreen extract, glycerin.
  • Best for: Acne-prone skin.
  • Keep in mind: If you're struggling with acne, you'll get even better results from a daily BHA treatment applied all over your face, which will keep pores clean and prevent breakouts before they even happen. Three formulas that I can highly recommend are CORSX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, Farmacy Deep Sweep 2% BHA Pore Cleaning Toner and First Aid Beauty White Clay Acne Treatment Pads.

Indie Lee Banish Solution

Indie Lee Banish Solution

Indie Lee Banish Solution

  • Details: Indie Lee Banish Solution is an intensive acne spot treatment. It's a natural, talc-free alternative to the OG version, Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, with ingredients that dry out blemishes, absorb excess oil, disinfect pores and reduce inflammation. As in the Banish Stick, alcohol is acting as an antibacterial, but shouldn't be an issue since this is not being used all over the face. To apply it, you need to allow the product to settle at the bottom (do not shake). Then, dip a clean cotton swab into the sediment and dab it onto any blemishes, leaving it on for at least two hours or overnight before removing with warm water.
  • Key ingredients: Colloidal sulfur, zinc oxide, salicylic acid, clay, camphor.
  • Best for: Acne-prone skin.
  • Keep in mind: This is a better choice than benzoyl peroxide treatments, which trigger free radical formation. However, you're still better off preventing acne from developing in the first place by using a BHA all-over, as often as daily. 

Indie Lee Overnight Banish Gel

Indie Lee Overnight Banish Gel

Indie Lee Overnight Banish Gel

  • Details: Indie Lee Overnight Banish Gel is a nighttime clarifying treatment to help treat and prevent blemishes while hydrating your skin. It contains clays to absorb excess oil, wintergreen (a natural source of salicylic acid) to exfoliate and clear pores, and skin conditioners to counteract dryness.  As a lightweight gel, it's meant to be applied at bedtime on clean skin (and it goes on clear). You can either use it all-over, or just on affected areas like the T-zone. 
  • Key ingredients: Fatty acids, witch hazel, kaolin clay, glycerin, propanediol, shea butter, wintergreen extract, bentonite clay.
  • Best for: Acne-prone skin.
  • Keep in mind: Like I said, BHA treatments are generally the most effective at clarifying your skin, and at a mild concentration, they won't be being harsh or drying. Low-dose betaine salicylate is a great option—I like Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner and COSRX One Step Original Clear Pad.

Indie Lee Clearing Mask

Indie Lee Clearing Mask

Indie Lee Clearing Mask

  • Details: Indie Lee Clearing Mask is a clarifying mask that helps to clear pores while gently exfoliating and hydrating your skin. It contains clay and sulfur to pull out gunk, while AHAs and BHAs whisk away dead skin cells and smooth the skin surface. It has a thick but easy-to-spread texture, and unlike most clay-based masks, does not dry out. It should be applied in a thin layer to clean, damp skin and left on for 20 minutes before rinsing off. 
  • Key ingredients: Bentonite clay, zinc oxide, colloidal sulfur, propanediol, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, camphor.
  • Best for: Oily and acne-prone skin.
  • Keep in mind: Although this is one of my favourite masks, I would again suggest including it in your routine alongside a BHA exfoliant. If used on a regular basis, the latter will do more than any mask can for clearing congestion and breakouts.

Eyes & Lips: 

Indie Lee Restorative Eye Cream

Indie Lee Restorative Eye Cream

Indie Lee Restorative Eye Cream

  • Details: Indie Lee Restorative Eye Cream is a nourishing, anti-aging eye cream. It has a creamy but non-greasy texture and sinks in fast for immediate plumping and hydration. While fatty acids, hyaluronic acid and glycerin do most of the moisturizing, it also has mild brightening and collagen-stimulating benefits. Since it's free of fragrance and essential oils, it's unlikely to cause irritation.
  • Key ingredients: Coco-caprylate/caprate, glycerin, propanediol, hyaluronic acid, algae extract.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Keep in mind: While this is a great option for moisturizing the eye area (especially if you're sensitive), I would not expect major improvements to fine lines or dark circles. A retinol-based eye cream such as Dr. Zenovia Retinol Recovery Eye Cream is likely to be more effective on wrinkles, while Farmacy Cheer Up Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream is a more targeted brightening treatment.

Indie Lee I-Waken Eye Serum

Indie Lee I-Waken Eye Serum

Indie Lee I-Waken Eye Serum

  • Details: Indie Lee I-Waken Eye Serum is a lightweight eye serum. It hydrates with a mix of emollients and humectants, and has botanical ingredients like horse chestnut and arnica that target dark circles, fine lines and puffiness. It has a non-greasy, gel-like texture that sinks in fast and is perfect under makeup. I often experience irritation and crepey skin from eye creams, but not this one.
  • Key ingredients: Propanediol, glycerin, fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, squalane, hyaluronic acid. 
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Keep in mind: This is not the most nourishing eye treatment. If you need more moisture, try the Squalane Facial Oil (either mixed in, or layered on top) or use the Restorative Eye Cream instead. Dark circles and puffiness are notoriously difficult to treat with topical products, so don't expect major changes there. Retinol, vitamin C, vitamin K, caffeine and niacinamide are more proven ingredients to try for these concerns.

Indie Lee Lip Treat

Indie Lee Lip Treat

Indie Lee Lip Treat

  • Details: Indie Lee Lip Treat is a nourishing lip balm with a glossy sheen. Think: Lanolips 101 Ointment, but a little more fluid. Although it doesn't feel quite as protective or as long-lasting as pure lanolin, it has a thinner texture, and sticks to the lips better than petroleum-based balms like Glossier Balm Dotcom. I find I need to re-apply this about every two hours.
  • Key ingredients: Castor seed oil, candelilla wax, beeswax, peppermint oil, vitamin E.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Keep in mind: The peppermint oil, beeswax and vitamin E are potential irritants, which may cause dryness and chapping for some people. For those reasons, I'll be sticking with Lanolips (or the cheaper nipple cream version, Lansinoh!).

Body:

Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Scrub

Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Scrub

Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Scrub

  • Details: Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Scrub is an all-natural exfoliating and hydrating body scrub. It has one of the simplest ingredients lists I've seen, and has an addictive sugary-citrus scent. To apply it, you just massage a small amount in circular motions over dry or damp skin, and then rinse off. It leaves your skin with a light coating of oil, so you're able to skip body lotion. You can also use it as a lip scrub, or to prep your skin for shaving.
  • Key ingredients: Sugarcane, coconut oil, jojoba oil, lemon balm, lemongrass, vanilla.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Keep in mind: Due to the jojoba oil, I would recommend using this up within about six months, before it oxidizes. (Since it is my all-time favourite scrub, this is never a problem for me!)

Indie Lee De-Stress Body Oil

Indie Lee De-Stress Body Oil

Indie Lee De-Stress Body Oil

  • Details: Indie Lee De-Stress Body Oil is a body oil that calms your senses with aromatherapy while it hydrates your skin. Fatty acids and natural silicone alternatives form the base of this blend, which is infused with patchouli, lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils to promote relaxation. It has a convenient spray format, and is meant to be used on lightly dried skin after bathing, to seal in moisture.
  • Key ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, coconut alkanes, heptyl undecylenate, castor seed oil.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Keep in mind: Due to the coconut alkanes, I don't recommend this body oil. Alkanes are hydrocarbons (similar to petroleum), which accumulate in fat tissue and cannot be metabolized. I'm more comfortable using them in facial products (where you're only exposed to tiny amounts), rather than the large quantities you'd absorb from a body oil. If you do try it, be sure to use it up within about six months, before the oils oxidize. However, a safer option with a much longer shelf life would be a pure coconut oil such as Kopari Coconut Melt.

Indie Lee De-Stress Body Wash

Indie Lee De-Stress Body Wash

Indie Lee De-Stress Body Wash

  • Details: Indie Lee De-Stress Body Wash is a creamy shower gel with a calming, relaxing scent. It's sulfate-free, infused with skin conditioners, and features the same essential oil blend as the De-Stress Body Oil
  • Key ingredients: Sulfate-fee surfactants, glycerin, hydrolyzed quinoa, panthenol.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Keep in mind: For an inexpensive alternative with equally clean ingredients, try Basd Seductive Sandalwood Body Wash.

Indie Lee Energize Body Oil

Indie Lee Energize Body Oil

Indie Lee Energize Body Oil

  • Details: Indie Lee Energize Body Oil is a body oil that uplifts your senses with aromatherapy while it hydrates your skin. Rather than oils, it is actually higher in fatty acids and silicone alternatives, just like the De-Stress Body Oil. Orange, bergamot, eucalyptus, grapefruit and rosemary essential oils give it an energizing scent. It's easy to apply, thanks to the convenient spray dispenser, and is ideal after bathing to lock in moisture.
  • Key ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, coconut alkanes, heptyl undecylenate, castor seed oil.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Keep in mind: Since it's high in coconut alkanes (hydrocarbons that build up in fat tissue), I don't recommend this body oil. Instead, I would suggest a pure coconut oil (like Kopari's) as a safer option. Also be aware that some of the oils in this blend will oxidize quickly, so you would need to use it up within about six months.

Indie Lee Energize Body Wash

Indie Lee Energize Body Wash

Indie Lee Energize Body Wash

  • Details: Indie Lee Energize Body Wash is a creamy shower gel with a fresh, invigorating scent. Just like the De-Stress Body Wash, it cleanses with gentle surfactants and moisturizes with humectants. It's also got the same essential oil blend (orange, bergamot, eucalyptus, grapefruit and rosemary) as the Energize Body Oil.
  • Key ingredients: Sulfate-free surfactants, glycerin, hydrolyzed quinoa, panthenol.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Keep in mind: Basd Refreshing Citrus Grapefruit Body Wash is a cheaper alternative, with ingredients that are just as clean.

Indie Lee Essential Body Lotion

Indie Lee Essential Body Lotion

Indie Lee Essential Body Lotion

  • Details: Indie Lee Essential Body Lotion is a lightweight but hydrating body lotion with a non-greasy texture. It moisturizes with a blend of emollients, occlusives and humectants, as lavender and citrus give it a subtle, natural scent. For best results, apply it on slightly damp skin after your bath or shower.
  • Key ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, safflower seed oil, glycerin, cocoa butter, shea butter, aloe.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Keep in mind: Due to the high amount of safflower seed oil, which will oxidize quickly, I would not recommend this product. A better option would be one of the body moisturizers from Odacité or REN, as they're made with more stable ingredients.

Indie Lee I-Recover Body Soak

Indie Lee I-Recover Body Soak

Indie Lee I-Recover Body Soak

  • Details: Indie Lee I-Recover Body Soak is both a restorative bath soak and an exfoliating body scrub. It has mineral-rich salts and arnica extract to soothe sore muscles, in a hydrating base that leaves your skin with a light coating of oil. Rosemary, black pepper, eucalyptus, lavender, patchouli and sage essential oils give this a unique herbal scent. For a bath, dissolve two scoops in warm water and enjoy the muscle-relaxing and aromatherapeutic benefits for 20 minutes. For a scrub, massage it onto dry or damp skin and then rinse off. 
  • Key ingredients: Epsom salt, fractionated coconut oil, coconut oil, Dead Sea salt, Himalayan salt.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Keep in mind: The ingredients can separate in the jar, so you'll need to stir this up first. Also be careful getting out of the tub, as the oils will leave it slippery.

Indie Lee I-Recover Mind & Body Gel

Indie Lee I-Recover Mind & Body Gel

Indie Lee I-Recover Mind & Body Gel

  • Details: Indie Lee I-Recover Mind & Body Gel is a body gel with a hot-cold sensation to soothe sore, achy muscles and encourage relaxation. Menthol and black pepper are responsible for the temperature-changing effect, while arnica eases over-worked muscles and essential oils calm the mind. So it's ideal to use post-workout, after a long day, or during travel (think: legs and ankles when flying). For instant relaxation, you can also apply it to the back of your neck. The gel texture is non-greasy and fast-absorbing.
  • Key ingredients: Fatty acids, propanediol, menthol, sweet almond oil.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Keep in mind: African Botanics Revitalizing Therapy Gel gives the same muscle-soothing benefits, with an even higher concentration of menthol.

Indie Lee Sleep Body Oil

Indie Lee Sleep Body Oil

Indie Lee Sleep Body Oil

  • Details: Indie Lee Sleep Body Oil is a body oil that relaxes your senses with aromatherapy as it hydrates your skin. Fatty acids, natural silicone alternatives and oils lock in moisture, and lavender, patchouli, vetiver and chamomile essential oils help to prepare you for a good night's sleep. Like the brand's other body oils, it comes with a spray dispenser for easy application.
  • Key ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, coconut alkanes, heptyl undecylenate, castor seed oil.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Keep in mind: Again, because of the coconut alkanes (hydrocarbons that aren't metabolized once they absorb), I would skip this body oil and stick with a pure coconut oil such as Kopari's instead. If you do try this product, use it up within about six months, before the oils oxidize.

Indie Lee Sleep Body Wash

Indie Lee Sleep Body Wash

Indie Lee Sleep Body Wash

  • Details: Indie Lee Sleep Body Wash is a creamy shower gel with a relaxing, sleep-inducing scent. Just like the brand's other body washes, it is sulfate-free, with the same lightweight moisturizing agents. The difference is the essential oil blend of lavender, patchouli, vetiver and chamomile to promote restful sleep (also found in the Sleep Body Oil).
  • Key ingredients: Sulfate-free surfactants, glycerin, hydrolyzed quinoa, panthenol.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Keep in mind: Again, the Basd Seductive Sandalwood Body Wash is an excellent alternative if you're looking to spend a bit less.

Indie Lee Sleep Soak

Indie Lee Sleep Soak

Indie Lee Sleep Soak

  • Details: Indie Lee Sleep Soak is both a relaxing bath soak and an exfoliating body scrub. Just like the I-Recover Body Soak, it contains a blend of salts, fatty acids and oils, but with lavender, patchouli, vetiver and chamomile essential oils to help you drift off to sleep. it can be dissolved in warm water to use it as a bath, or massaged onto dry or damp skin to gently exfoliate.
  • Key ingredients: Epsom salt, fractionated coconut oil, coconut oil, sea salt.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Keep in mind: You'll need to stir this up before each use, since the ingredients have a tendency to separate in the jar. Also be aware that it will leave your tub quite slippery.

Indie Lee Whipped Body Butter

Indie Lee Whipped Body Butter

Indie Lee Whipped Body Butter

  • Details: Indie Lee Whipped Body Butter is a rich body butter with a whipped, creamy texture. It moisturizes with a blend of natural oils, fatty acids and humectants, with mandarin and bergamot to give it a citrusy scent. Unlike most products of this kind, it's very spreadable and absorbs readily. For best results, apply it on damp skin to lock in moisture.
  • Key ingredients: Safflower seed oil, fractionated coconut oil, castor seed oil, shea butter, propanediol, coconut oil, glycerin.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Keep in mind: Due to the high amount of safflower seed oil, which will oxidize quickly, I would not recommend this product. For an equally nourishing but more stable alternative, try Susanne Kaufmann Body Butter.

Conclusion

I hope this guide has helped you navigate the Indie Lee skincare line!

As someone who loves clean ingredients, lightweight formulas and beautiful packaging, I'm a HUGE fan. (Honestly, I think I own more Indie Lee products than any other skincare brand!) I really appreciate that this range isn't divided by skin "types," but instead lets you mix and match products depending on your skin's needs. 

Where it falls short, in my opinion, is with active ingredients. As much as I love the Stem Cell Serum for hydration, it's not an anti-aging powerhouse like retinol, vitamin C or niacinamide. I also think that other brands (like COSRX) have better AHA and BHA treatments, without potential irritants. Lastly, a few of the formulas could be tweaked to improve the stability and shelf life.

To sum up, here are my top picks—let me know if you agree!

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