Reviewed: The Best (and Worst) Skincare Products from Indie Lee [UPDATED]

What's really worth it from this clean beauty pioneer.
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Clean beauty has gone mainstream, and Indie Lee is one of the brands leading the way.

The decade-old skincare range not only uses natural ingredients, but makes some of the most unique and elegant products I've tried—like Squalane Facial Oil, which singlehandedly kicked off the squalane oil trend.

And with chic packaging that looks right at home alongside Chanel and La Mer, it is one of the first clean lines 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, to coincide with its arrival at Nordstrom and Sephora. 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

Indie Lee founder

Indie Lee, founder of Indie Lee & Co.

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 successful 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 here.

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 and jars 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

Indie Lee review

The Indie Lee skincare line.

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser is a gel cleanser.

  • Sulfate-free, and cleans with gentle surfactants like decyl glucoside and coco glucoside.
  • Has a gel texture that produces a light foam—a little goes a long way!
  • Strawberry seed oil gives it a natural fruity scent.
  • Very effective at both removing makeup and cleaning the skin. So if you don't have time to double cleanse, this would be an excellent product to do it all in one step.
  • Can also be applied to a wet cotton pad and used as an eye makeup remover (if you're wearing more stubborn waterproof formulas).
  • For a gentle exfoliation, you can leave it on as a mask for five minutes before rinsing off.
  • Suitable for all skin, and is one of the gentlest, non-drying gel cleansers I've found. (In fact, it's one of my all-time favourite cleansers, period!)
  • However, 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.
  • Due to the small amount of strawberry seed oil, I would recommend using this up within six months (before it oxidizes).

Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser

Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser

Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser

Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser is a jelly cleanser.

  • Sulfate-free, and cleans with a coconut-based surfactant (potassium cocoate).
  • Has a unique jelly texture that produces a nourishing lather. Again, you don't need a lot of product.
  • Glycerin, seaweed extract and rosehip oil help moisturize your skin. 
  • Fragranced more strongly than the brand's other cleansers (fragrance is the fourth ingredient). Although we aren't privy to the exact concentration, and it is naturally derived, this seems high in a cleanser. 
  • Works well at cleaning the skin, but I find it's not quite as effective as the Brightening Cleanser at removing makeup. You'll likely want to use a separate makeup remover first.
  • Can also be applied to a wet cotton pad and used as an eye makeup remover.
  • Upon rinsing off, this cleanser seems to leave a slight film on your skin, which may help to seal in moisture. Fortunately, I've found this sensation goes away once your skin is dry, and it doesn't cause any breakouts for me, even though I am acne-prone.
  • Suitable for normal, dry and sensitive skin. However, some users have complained that it is more drying than the previous formula, perhaps due to the higher fragrance content. (For the record, I didn't experience this.)
  • Oilier types will probably prefer the Brightening Cleanser or Purifying Face Wash
  • Due to the small amount of rosehip seed oil, I would recommend using this up within six months (before it oxidizes).

Indie Lee Purifying Face Wash

Indie Lee Purifying Face Wash

Indie Lee Purifying Face Wash

Indie Lee Purifying Face Wash is a foaming gel cleanser.

  • Sulfate-free, and cleans with four different plant-based surfactants.
  • Has a gel texture that transforms into a deep-cleansing foam. You only need a small amount to produce a good lather.
  • The "purifying" ingredients are the plum, orange and lavender extracts, which are said to dissolve excess sebum. 
  • Although the scent is subtle, this actually contains a number of botanicals, including orange, rose, vanilla, lemon, clove and lavender extracts.
  • Like the Brightening Cleanser, it is very effective at both removing makeup and cleaning the skin in one step.
  • Suitable for normal, oily and combination skin, but is much gentler than most foaming cleansers, which can be harsh and stripping. My skin never feels uncomfortable or tight after using this.
  • If excess oil is a problem, you'll get better results from a leave-on product. Beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) and niacinamide are the best choices to address sebum secretion.
  • Will not be moisturizing enough for dry skin, and sensitive types could react to the botanical extracts (try the Brightening Cleanser or Rosehip Cleanser instead).

Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner

Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner

Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner

Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner is a hydrating toner.

  • One of the few toners on the market that is moisturizing, not astringent.
  • Can also be used as an essence (a hydrator similar to serum, but more fluid). So it is comparable to the hydrating toners and essences from Asian beauty brands.
  • Alcohol-free, and high aloe vera and hyaluronic acid, which are humectants that draw water into the skin. 
  • Also contains ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10), an antioxidant that is proven to defend skin from UV-induced free radical damage.
  • Has a slight herbal scent, thanks to the sage and cucumber extracts.
  • Should be applied after cleansing and before moisturizer. You can either mist it onto a cotton pad and gently wipe your skin (to use it as a toner), or mist it directly over your face and neck, avoiding the eye area (to use it as an essence).
  • Depending on your skin, you could use it in addition to or instead of serum or moisturizer. Just make sure to seal in the moisture with something more occlusive, like a few drops of Squalane Facial Oil.
  • Unfortunately, it does not play well with acid treatments. I've found that if I use this underneath any alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids, I get a red, flushing reaction that takes a few hours to go down. So I recommend using it at a different time of day, away from AHAs and BHAs.
  • You can also apply it like you would a face mist, to refresh your skin (especially after exercise or during travel).
  • Suitable for all skin except sensitive, due to the botanical extracts.

Indie Lee Gentle Daily Peel

Indie Lee Gentle Daily Peel

Indie Lee Gentle Daily Peel

Indie Lee Gentle Daily Peel is a set of AHA and BHA exfoliating pads.

  • Contains salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid, and caviar lime extract, a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (mainly citric acid).
  • Salicylic acid is the more proven acid ingredient, and helps with exfoliating, deep-cleaning pores, clearing acne and brightening. More on salicylic acid benefits here.
  • Unfortunately, the brand does not disclose the percentage of acid, nor the pH—all we know is that the pads are gentle enough for most people to use daily. 
  • High in alcohol denat (it's the second ingredient). Alcohol can be useful as a penetration enhancer, to help other ingredients get into the skin, but can be quite drying. However, the propanediol and glycerin may offset some of this effect.
  • Also high in witch hazel, an astringent ingredient that can be irritating for some skin. (Including mine—look at what happened to me after using another product with witch hazel high in the ingredients list!)
  • These may be worth a try if you have normal, non-reactive skin and are seeking mild exfoliation and a natural formula. But I would be cautious if you are sensitive (even though the brand claims that sensitive types can use these as often as three times per week).
  • Due to the unknown acid concentration and potential irritants, I'll be sticking with treatments like the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid (reviewed here) instead. Although my hunch is that Indie Lee's is on the weaker side, acids can be tricky to use, so I'm more comfortable when I know exactly how much of them I'm getting—natural or not. The COSRX formula is also free of alcohol, witch hazel and fragrance.

Indie Lee Radiance Renewal Peel

Indie Lee Radiance Renewal Peel

Indie Lee Radiance Renewal Peel

Indie Lee Radiance Renewal Peel is a set of AHA exfoliating pads.

  • Exfoliates with caviar lime extract, which is high in citric acid (an alpha-hydroxy acid).
  • As citric acid is a weaker AHA than glycolic or lactic acid, I would expect only mild brightening and exfoliating benefits.
  • The propanediol and glycerin make this formula hydrating, and unlike the Gentle Daily Peel, it does not contain alcohol denat or witch hazel.
  • Suitable for all skin, although sensitive skin should only use this two or three times per week instead of daily (probably due to the fruit extracts).
  • Still, it is one of the gentlest exfoliating options I've seen, and could be worth a try if you have trouble tolerating stronger acids. (Another one to check out is ClarityRx Brighten It 10% Lactic Acid Solution, which contains just lactic acid and water.)

Indie Lee Stem Cell Serum

Indie Lee Stem Cell Serum

Indie Lee Stem Cell Serum

Indie Lee Stem Cell Serum is a hydrating serum.

  • High in glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which are humectants.
  • Also contains stem cells derived from Echinacea, which this study suggests may have anti-aging effects. 
  • Apple, bamboo and Alpine rose extracts have extra skin-conditioning and antioxidant properties. (But keep in mind that vitamin C is a much more powerful, proven antioxidant.)
  • Has a lightweight texture and absorbs quickly with no stickiness.
  • Can be worn alone or underneath creams, oils or sunscreens. Or you can mix it with a face oil like the Squalane Facial Oil
  • Suitable for all skin, and is unlikely to cause irritation or breakouts. This is one of my favourite serums!
  • However, I would not expect major results in terms of treating wrinkles or loss of firmness. For those concerns, retinol is the gold standard topical ingredient. Shani Darden Retinol Reform (reviewed here) and A313 Vitamin A Pommade (reviewed here) are my two favourites.

Indie Lee Active Oil-Free Moisturizer

Indie Lee Active Oil-Free Moisturizer

Indie Lee Active Oil-Free Moisturizer

Indie Lee Active Oil-Free Moisturizer is a lightweight moisturizer.

  • One of the few oil-free and silicone-free moisturizers on the market.
  • Hydrates with fatty acids, fatty alcohols, alkanes, lethicin, propanediol and glycerin.
  • Also contains an array of botanicals, including jasmine, citrus, rose and vanilla extracts, which give it a subtle, natural scent.
  • Has a light cream texture and conveniently dispenses through a pump.
  • Feels very hydrating, absorbing well and leaving zero greasy residue on the skin.
  • Can be worn alone; over a serum or essence (like the Stem Cell Serum or CoQ-10 Toner); or mixed with or underneath a face oil (like the Squalane Facial Oil).
  • Suitable for all skin, but drier types may not find this moisturizing enough on its own. (Try layering it with serum and oil, or use the Daily Skin Nutrition instead.)
  • Ideal for oily and acne-prone skin—this product never breaks me out or leaves me looking like an oil slick!
  • If you want an even lighter option, try Dr Roebuck's Stoked Weightless Face Moisturizer.

Indie Lee Daily Skin Nutrition

Indie Lee Daily Skin Nutrition

Indie Lee Daily Skin Nutrition

Indie Lee Daily Skin Nutrition is a nourishing moisturizer.

  • One of the few silicone-free moisturizers on the market. But unlike the Active Oil-Free Moisturizer, it is rich in oils. 
  • Hydrates with a blend of oils (squalane, avocado, coconut, olive and rosehip seed oils), waxes (sorbitan and cetearyl olivate) and hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate).
  • For brightening and antioxidant protection, it also contains vitamins E and C (ascorbyl palmitate), but the latter is one of the weakest vitamin C derivatives and is very unstable.
  • Has a cream texture that is lightweight enough to dispense through a pump.
  • Despite the high oil content, it sinks in fast and doesn't feel oily at all.
  • Suitable for dry and sensitive skin, but the oils may be comedogenic for those prone to breakouts. Oily and acne-prone skin will probably prefer the Active Oil-Free Moisturizer
  • Due to the avocado, olive and rosehip seed oils, I would recommend using this up within six months (before it oxidizes).

Indie Lee Superfruit Facial Cream

Indie Lee Superfruit Facial Cream

Indie Lee Superfruit Facial Cream

Indie Lee Superfruit Facial Cream is an anti-aging moisturizer.

  • Like the Daily Skin Nutrition, it is silicone-free but not oil-free.
  • Hydrates with a blend of humectants (glycerin, propanediol and hyaluronic acid), vegetable oil and synthetic skin conditioners.
  • Claims to brighten with "natural vitamin C," but it's not clear which ingredient this may be. Possibly it is the orange fruit extract, but you'd be better off with a proven form of vitamin C, such as L-ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbyl phosphate.
  • Also contains "skin smoothing natural peptides," but again, it's unclear which ingredients this refers to. As with the vitamin C, the ingredients list doesn't include any proven forms of peptides (like Copper Tripeptide-1).
  • In addition, it has natural sources of AHAs, such as sugarcane. But I would not expect significant exfoliation benefits from using this moisturizer (try an AHA or BHA toner instead).
  • Has a cream texture and dispenses through a pump.
  • Suitable for normal, dry and sun-damaged skin. 
  • However, if sun damage is a concern, I suggest using a treatment with more proven anti-aging ingredients, such as retinol or L-ascorbic acid. Two of the most powerful products are Lixirskin Night Switch Retinol 1% and SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic.
  • Due to the vegetable and sunflower seed oils, I would recommend using this up within six months (before it oxidizes).

Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil

Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil

Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil

Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil is a face oil.

  • Contains 100 percent pure squalane oil, derived from olives.
  • Squalane is the stabilized form of squalene, an oil our bodies produce naturally that declines as we age.
  • Unlike most face oils, it has a long shelf life (since it's highly resistant to oxidation), and is non-comedogenic for most people.
  • Very effective at healing dry, chapped skin, and also helps to balance excess oil production.
  • Has a thin, lightweight texture, is colourless and odourless, and doesn't feel greasy. (That's why I call it the face oil for people who hate face oils!)
  • Can be worn alone; on top of serums and creams; or mixed with serums and creams (like the Stem Cell Serum and Active Oil-Free Moisturizer).
  • Suitable for all skin. I recommend this oil to everyone!
  • If you're on a budget, you can find less expensive squalane oils from The Ordinary and Timeless, but Indie Lee's is of higher quality, with better packaging.

Indie Lee Daily Vitamin Infusion

Indie Lee Daily Vitamin Infusion

Indie Lee Daily Vitamin Infusion

Indie Lee Daily Vitamin Infusion is a face oil blend.

  • Moisturizes with a blend of oils (squalane, rosehip seed, avocado and coconut) and two types of ceramides.
  • Ceramides are oils that naturally occur in the outer layer of our skin, and are proven to increase skin hydration and maintain the skin barrier.
  • Like Daily Skin Nutrition, it contains vitamins E and C, but the latter (in the form of ascorbyl palmitate) is fairly weak and unstable.
  • Has a light oil texture and is fast-absorbing, similar to the Squalane Facial Oil.
  • Can be worn alone; on top of serums and creams; or mixed with serums and creams (like the Stem Cell Serum and Active Oil-Free Moisturizer). The brand suggests wearing it underneath moisturizer, but creams may not be able to penetrate through the oil barrier (that's why I suggest oil as your last step).
  • Suitable for dry and sensitive skin, but may be comedogenic for skin prone to breakouts. Oily and acne-prone types are better off with Squalane Facial Oil
  • Although the squalane will have a stabilizing effect, due to the high amount of rosehip seed oil, I would recommend using this up within three months (before it oxidizes). So keep in mind that you will need to go through this quickly to make it worth your while.

Indie Lee Overnight Facial Oil

Indie Lee Overnight Facial Oil

Indie Lee Overnight Facial Oil

Indie Lee Overnight Facial Oil is a face oil blend.

  • Moisturizes with heptyl undecylenate, which is derived from castor seed oil and is an alternative to silicones and mineral oil.
  • Also contains castor seed oil, coconut fatty acids, coconut alkanes (another silicone alernative), sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, rosehip seed oil, marula oil, grape seed oil and sunflower seed oil.
  • Claims to be "enriched with" vitamins C and E, however, only tocopherol appears in the ingredient list. I'm thinking they might be referring to the naturally-occurring vitamin C in rosehip oil; however, this is not comparable in strength to L-ascorbic acid or its derivatives.
  • Meant to be worn at night, either alone or on top of a serum (like the Stem Cell Serum).
  • Suitable for all skin, but some of the oils, as well as the coconut alkanes, are known to cause breakouts. If you have acne-prone skin, I think the Squalane Facial Oil is a much safer bet.
  • Due to the sweet almond, rosehip seed, grape seed and sunflower seed oils, I would recommend using this up within three months (before it oxidizes). So keep in mind that you will need to go through this quickly to make it worth your while.

Indie Lee I-Waken Eye Serum

Indie Lee I-Waken Eye Serum

Indie Lee I-Waken Eye Serum

Indie Lee I-Waken Eye Serum is an eye serum.

  • Hydrates with a mix of emollients and humectants: propanediol, glycerin, coconut fatty acids, jojoba oil, squalane and hyaluronic acid.
  • Targets dark circles and puffiness with mountain ash, horse chestnut and witch hazel extracts. 
  • The arnica, cornflower and chamomile extracts have soothing properties.
  • Has a thin, non-greasy lotion texture that sinks in fast and is perfect under makeup.
  • Suitable for all skin, including sensitive. I often experience irritation and crepey skin from eye creams, but not this one.
  • However, it is not the most nourishing product. If you need more moisture, I would pair it with the Squalane Facial Oil (either mixed in, or layered on top).
  • Dark circles and puffiness are notoriously difficult to treat with topical products, so I would not expect major changes. Retinol, vitamin C, vitamin K, caffeine and niacinamide are more proven ingredients to try. 
  • Due to the jojoba and sunflower seed oils, I would recommend using this up within six months (before it oxidizes).

Indie Lee Lip Treat

Indie Lee Lip Treat

Indie Lee Lip Treat

Indie Lee Lip Treat is a lip balm.

  • Moisturizes with oils (castor seed), waxes (candelilla and beeswax) and naturally derived emollients (like hydroxystearic acid).
  • Also contains pomegranate, milk thistle and rosemary leaf extracts, which have some skin-conditioning and antioxidant properties. 
  • Peppermint oil gives it a subtle minty scent and slight tingle.
  • Has rich but spreadable texture. Think: lanolin balms like Lanolips 101 Ointment, but more fluid.
  • Leaves lips with a glossy sheen and a thin coating of balm. It doesn't feel as protective or as long-lasting as lanolin, but sticks to the lips better than petroleum-based balms like Glossier Balm Dotcom. I find I need to re-apply this every couple of hours.
  • Suitable for all skin, but keep in mind that there are some potential irritants, including the peppermint oil, beeswax, vitamin E. These may cause dryness and chapping for some people, depending on your sensitivity.
  • For those reasons, I'll be sticking with Lanolips (or the cheaper nipple cream version, Lansinoh!), which I find much more nourishing, healing, protective and long-lasting, with the same glossy finish on the lips.
  • Due to the sunflower seed oil, I would recommend using this up within six months (before it oxidizes). 

Indie Lee Blemish Lotion

Indie Lee Blemish Lotion

Indie Lee Blemish Lotion

Indie Lee Blemish Lotion is an overnight acne treatment.

  • A talc-free alternative to the OG drying lotion, Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
  • Contains sulfur, salicylic acid and clay, which help to dry out blemishes, absorb excess oil, disinfect pores and reduce inflammation.
  • Also has zinc oxide and camphor extract, which soothe and calm red, irritated skin.
  • Isopropyl alcohol acts as a solvent (it is the second ingredient), but shouldn't be too much to worry about, since this is only being used as a spot treatment instead of all over the face.
  • To apply it, you need to allow the product to settle at the bottom (do not shake). Then, dip a Q-tip into the sediment and dab it onto any blemishes. Leave it on for at least two hours or overnight before rinsing off. 
  • Suitable for pimples, blackheads and enlarged pores. Also worth a try on cystic acne (although it is not its intended use). 
  • A much better choice than benzoyl peroxide spot treatments (which increase oxidative stress and slow down wound healing).
  • However, it is more effective to prevent acne from developing in the first place by using a beta-hydroxy acid like salicylic acid as often as daily. More on salicylic acid benefits here. Because I use the CORSX BHA every day, my skin stays clear and I never need to use spot treatments like this one.

Indie Lee Banish Stick

Indie Lee Banish Stick

Indie Lee Banish Stick

Indie Lee Banish Stick is an on-the-go acne treatment.

  • Clear and invisible on the skin, and will not alter makeup application—so it's ideal for treating blemishes during the daytime.
  • Contains salicylic acid, glycolic acid and zinc sulphate to help dry out pimples, unclog pores and neutralize bacteria.
  • Also has camphor extract to soothe and calm.
  • Isopropyl alcohol is the first ingredient, but is acting as a solvent and killing bacteria (which is important, since this has a wand applicator).
  • Suitable for pimples, blackheads and enlarged pores, and may have a small effect on cystic acne.
  • Like the Blemish Lotion, it is superior to treatments with benzoyl peroxide, which is an oxidizing agent.
  • Again, I suggest using this in conjunction with a beta-hydroxy acid (like the aforementioned CORSX BHAJuice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum or First Aid Beauty Acne Clearing Pads), which will be more effective at preventing breakouts before they happen.

Indie Lee Clearing Mask

Indie Lee Clearing Mask

Indie Lee Clearing Mask

Indie Lee Clearing Mask is a clay mask.

  • Contains bentonite clay and sulfur to pull gunk out of the pores and clear breakouts.
  • Also has glycolic and salicylic acids to help to remove dead skin cells and smooth the skin surface.
  • Zinc oxide, camphor, seaweed and chamomile extract are soothing and calming, while propanediol and hyaluronic acid deliver hydration.
  • Has a thick but easy-to-spread texture and does not dry out in the jar. 
  • Should be applied in a thin layer to damp skin and left on for 20 minutes before rinsing off. Can be used weekly.
  • Suitable for all skin except sensitive (due to the acids and limonene). It's one of my favourite masks, and one of the few clay masks that I don't find drying.
  • If breakouts are a real concern, I suggest pairing this with a daily beta-hydroxy acid treatment, which will be more effective at clearing.

Indie Lee Energize Body Wash

Indie Lee Energize Body Wash

Indie Lee Energize Body Wash

Indie Lee Energize Body Wash is a shower gel.

  • Sulfate-free, and cleans with gentle coconut-based surfactants.
  • Glycerin, quinoa and panthenol help to soften and moisturize the skin.
  • Has a fresh, invigorating scent thanks to the orange, bergamot, eucalyptus, grapefruit and rosemary essential oils.
  • A good choice if you're looking for a mild, sulfate-free body wash. Dr Roebuck's and REN also have great options.

Indie Lee Sleep Body Wash

Indie Lee Sleep Body Wash

Indie Lee Sleep Body Wash

Indie Lee Sleep Body Wash is a shower gel.

  • Sulfate-free, and cleans with gentle coconut-based surfactants.
  • Like the Energize Body Wash, it moisturizes with glycerin, quinoa and panthenol.
  • Has a relaxing scent thanks to lavender, patchouli, vetiver and chamomile essential oils.
  • This is a good option for anyone seeking a gentle body wash made with clean ingredients. 

Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Scrub

Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Scrub

Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Scrub

Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Scrub is a body scrub.

  • Exfoliates dead skin with raw cane sugar.
  • Coconut and jojoba oils moisturize dry areas—in fact, I often skip body lotion after I use this.
  • Scented with natural lemon balm, lemongrass and vanilla. 
  • To use, massage a small amount in circular motions over dry or damp skin, and then rinse off.
  • Can be used on the body as well as lips, and also works well a pre-shaving treatment. It's my all-time favourite scrub!
  • Due to the jojoba oil, I would recommend using this up within six months (before it oxidizes). 

Indie Lee I-Recover Body Soak

Indie Lee I-Recover Body Soak

Indie Lee I-Recover Body Soak

Indie Lee I-Recover Body Soak is a bath soak and body scrub.

  • Soothes sore muscles and relaxes you with Epsom, Dead Sea and Himalayan salts, along with arnica extract.
  • Coconut fatty acids, coconut oil and hydrogenated rapeseed oil deliver hydration.
  • Natural rosemary, black pepper, eucalyptus, lavender, patchouli and sage essential oils give it a unique, aromatherapeutic scent.
  • To use it as a soak, dissolve two scoops in warm water. Or you can use it as a scrub, by massaging a small amount on dry or damp skin. Just be aware that the ingredients can separate in the jar, so you'll need to stir it up first.
  • Due to the sunflower seed and sweet almond oils, I would recommend using this up within six months (before it oxidizes). 

Indie Lee Sleep Soak

Indie Lee Sleep Soak

Indie Lee Sleep Soak

Indie Lee Sleep Soak is a bath soak and body scrub.

  • Encourages relaxation with a blend of Epsom, Dead Sea and Himalayan salts.
  • Moisturizes with coconut fatty acids, coconut oil and hydrogenated rapeseed oil.
  • Has calming aromatherapeutic benefits from the lavender, patchouli, vetiver and chamomile essential oils.
  • Like the I-Recover Body Soak, it can be dissolved in warm water to use it as a soak, or massaged onto dry or damp skin to use it as a scrub.
  • Due to the sunflower seed and safflower seed oils, I would recommend using this up within six months (before it oxidizes). 

Indie Lee I-Recover Mind & Body Gel

Indie Lee I-Recover Mind and Body Gel

Indie Lee I-Recover Mind & Body Gel

Indie Lee I-Recover Mind & Body Gel is a body gel.

  • Designed to soothe over-worked muscles and promote relaxation.
  • Delivers a warm-cool sensation, thanks to the menthol and black pepper.
  • Hydrates with fatty acids and alcohols, propanediol and sweet almond oil.
  • Lightly scented with eucalpytus, lavender, patchouli and sage essential oils.
  • Can be massaged into muscles and joints both before and after a workout. Also helpful for legs and ankles when flying. For instant relaxation, apply it to the back of your neck.
  • Has a fast-absorbing, non-greasy gel texture.
  • Due to the sweet almond and sunflower seed oils, I would recommend using this up within six months (before it oxidizes). 

Indie Lee Essential Body Lotion

Indie Lee Essential Body Lotion

Indie Lee Essential Body Lotion

Indie Lee Essential Body Lotion is a body lotion.

  • Hydrates with a blend of emollients, occlusives and humectants (including coconut fatty acids, safflower seed oil, glycerin, fatty alcohols, cocoa butter, shea butter and aloe vera).
  • Has a super light scent, from the lavender extract and citrus essential oils.
  • The texture is a light lotion, and it moisturizes well without leaving you greasy or slippery.
  • Although the squalane will have a stabilizing effect, due to the high amount of safflower seed oil, I would recommend using this up within a month or two (before it oxidizes). So keep in mind that you will need to go through this quickly to make it worth your while. 
  • I would recommend the body moisturizers from Dr Roebuck's and REN instead, as they are made with more stable ingredients. 

Indie Lee Whipped Body Butter

Indie Lee Whipped Body Butter

Indie Lee Whipped Body Butter

Indie Lee Whipped Body Butter is a body butter.

  • Moisturizes with a blend of oils and butters, including safflower seed oil, castor seed oil, shea butter, coconut oil, argan oil, marula oil, moringa oil and jojoba oil.
  • Also includes glycerin, propanediol, fatty alcohols and aloe vera for even more hydration.
  • Scented with mandarin and bergamot oils.
  • Has a whipped, creamy texture and sinks in easily.
  • Due to the high amount of safflower seed oil, I would not recommend this body butter—it will oxidize too quickly, and you'd be absorbing too much of it over your body (as opposed to facial products, where you're only exposed to a small amount). Lavanila's Healthy Body Butter is a safer, more stable option.

Indie Lee Energize Body Oil

Indie Lee Energize Body Oil

Indie Lee Energize Body Oil

Indie Lee Energize Body Oil is a body oil.

  • Rather than oils, it is actually higher in coconut fatty acids, coconut alkanes and heptyl undecylenate (the latter two are naturally derived silicone alternatives).
  • Also contains castor seed, jojoba, grape seed, marula, sunflower seed and coconut oils.
  • Like the Energize Body Wash, it has an uplifting scent from the orange, bergamot, eucalyptus, grapefruit and rosemary essential oils.
  • Easy to apply, thanks to the convenient spray dispenser.
  • 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 product.
  • If you do try it, due to the castor seed, jojoba, grape seed, marula and sunflower seed oils, I would recommend using this up within six months (before it oxidizes).

Indie Lee Sleep Body Oil

Indie Lee Sleep Body Oil

Indie Lee Sleep Body Oil

Indie Lee Sleep Body Oil is a body oil.

  • Like the Energize Body Oil, it moisturizes with coconut fatty acids, coconut alkanes and heptyl undecylenate.
  • Also contains castor seed, jojoba, grape seed, marula, sunflower seed and coconut oils.
  • As with the Sleep Body Wash, it has a calming fragrance from the lavender, patchouli, vetiver and chamomile essential oils. 
  • Comes with a spray dispenser for easy application. 
  • Again, due to the coconut alkanes, which can accumulate in tissue, I would skip this body oil and stick with the I-Recover Mind & Body Gel instead.
  • If you do try it, due to the castor seed, jojoba, grape seed, marula and sunflower seed oils, I would recommend using this up within six months (before it oxidizes).

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-ager like retinol, vitamin C or niacinamide. And I think other brands have better AHA and BHA treatments, without potential irritants. I also wish they'd tweak a few of the formulas 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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