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 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, Instagram-friendly packaging, it's 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

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.

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—and effectively removes makeup as well as cleans 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. 
  • Best for: All skin. 
  • Key ingredients: It's sulfate-free, and cleans with mild surfactants like decyl glucoside and coco glucoside. 
  • 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.
  • Best for: Normal to oily skin.
  • Key ingredients: It's sulfate-free, and cleans with four different plant-based surfactants. The "purifying" ingredients are the plum, orange and lavender extracts, which are said to dissolve excess sebum. 
  • 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. 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.
  • Best for: Sensitive skin.
  • Key ingredients: It's sulfate-free, and cleans with a coconut-based surfactant. Oat kernel oil and glycerin deliver hydration to your skin, while gluconolactone (a PHA) gently exfoliates and chamomile soothes redness.
  • 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 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. There are several different ways you can use it. 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 on 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.  
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Key ingredients: It's alcohol-free, and high in aloe vera and hyaluronic acid, which are humectants that draw water into the skin. Ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10) is an antioxidant that is proven to defend against UV-induced free radical damage. Sage and cucumber give it a slight herbal scent.
  • 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 can be used after cleansing, pre- or post-makeup, or throughout the day to refresh your complexion.
  • Best for: Normal skin. 
  • Key ingredients: It contains rosewater and hyaluronic acid to give your skin light moisture, plus seaweed and aloe vera, which act as mild antioxidants. The numerous essential oils include grapefruit, rosewood, bergamot, eucalyptus and patchouli.
  • 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. Unfortunately, the brand does not disclose the percentage of acids, nor the pH. All we know is that they contain AHAs and BHAs, and are gentle enough for most people to use daily after cleansing.
  • Best for: Normal, oily and acne-prone skin.
  • Key ingredients: Salicylic acid (a BHA) is doing most of the work here to remove dead skin and excess sebum, although the formula also contains naturally-derived BHAs from wintergreen and AHAs from caviar lime. Alcohol denat, a penetration enhancer, is the second ingredient, but the propanediol and glycerin may offset its drying effects. These also contain witch hazel, an astringent that can be irritating.
  • 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 irritants 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 exfoliating pads for brightening the skin and evening out tone. Again, the brand doesn't tell us the percentage of acids or pH, just that this is an AHA-based treatment. Most people should be able to tolerate daily use.
  • Best for: Normal skin.
  • Key ingredients: The main exfoliant is caviar lime extract, which is high in citric acid (an AHA). The propanediol and glycerin make this formula hydrating, and unlike the Gentle Daily Peel, it does not contain alcohol denat or witch hazel.
  • Keep in mind: As citric acid is a weaker AHA than glycolic or lactic acid, I would expect only mild 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 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, face oil or sunscreen. You can also mix it with a face oil like the Squalane Facial Oil
  • Best for: All skin. 
  • Key ingredients: Glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which are humectants, deliver weightless moisture. The stem cells are 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. 
  • 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).
  • Best for: Oily and acne-prone skin.
  • Key ingredients: A mix of fatty acids, fatty alcohols, alkanes, lethicin, propanediol and glycerin do the hydrating. Meanwhile, an array of botanicals, including jasmine, Burdock root, milk thistle and pomegranate help to soothe the skin and counteract free radicals.
  • Keep in mind: Dry skin won't find this moisturizing enough on its own, so try layering it with serum and 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.
  • Best for: Dry and sensitive skin.
  • Key ingredients: It hydrates with a blend of oils (squalane, avocado, coconut, olive and rosehip seed), waxes and hyaluronic acid. The rosehip seed oil also contains vitamins A, C and E, which may help with brightening and antioxidant protection.
  • 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. It has a thin texture and is 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.
  • Best for: Dry and sensitive skin.
  • Key ingredients: It contains a mix of oils—squalane, rosehip seed, avocado and coconut—plus two types of ceramides. The latter 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 vitamins (A, C and E) are found in the avocado and rosehip seed oils, and act as mild antioxidants.
  • 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. It's meant to be worn at night, either alone or on top of a serum (like the Stem Cell Serum).
  • Best for: Dry skin.
  • Key ingredients: The main moisturizing ingredient is heptyl undecylenate, an emollient derived from castor seed oil that is an alternative to silicones and mineral oil. It also contains coconut fatty acids and coconut alkanes, plus multiple oils (castor seed, sweet almond, jojoba, rosehip seed, marula, grape seed and sunflower seed). 
  • 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. I call it the face oil for people who hate oils, since it has a super-fine texture, is colourless and odourless, and never feels greasy. 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.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Key ingredients: There's just one ingredient, 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 oils, it is highly resistant to oxidation (so it has a long shelf life), and is non-comedogenic for most people.
  • 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 smooth and brighten the skin. 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.
  • Best for: Normal, dry and sun-damaged skin.
  • Key ingredients: It hydrates with a blend of humectants (including glycerin and hyaluronic acid), plus vegetable oil and synthetic skin conditioners. "Natural peptides" treat the signs of aging, but which specific source(s) they're in is unclear. (The ingredients don't specifically list any peptides, like copper tripeptide-1.) There are also natural AHAs from the lemon, apple and green tea extracts for a gentle exfoliation. Finally, vitamin C helps to brighten, but since it's not listed on its own, it is likely a weaker form found in the citrus fruit extracts.
  • 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 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.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Key ingredients: Kaolin and bentonite clays help to absorb excess oil, while aloe, shea butter and glycerin ensure they don't dry out your skin. It also contains wintergreen, a natural source of BHAs, to gently exfoliate and clear pores. The naturally-occurring vitamin C in the plum, mango and banana extracts may have a subtle brightening benefit.
  • 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. Since it's clear and invisible on the skin, and will not alter makeup application, it 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.
  • Best for: Acne-prone skin.
  • Key ingredients: Wintergreen-derived salicylic acid is the star of this formula, working to deep-clean pores and neutralize bacteria. Glycerin, as well as Burdock root and Tasmanian pepper fruit extracts, help to hydrate without clogging. Alcohol denat is the second ingredient, but since this is just a spot treatment, it's not something to worry about. Here, it is acting as a solvent and killing bacteria—which is important since this has a wand applicator. 
  • 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 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, and a natural alternative to the OG version, Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. 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.
  • Best for: Acne-prone skin.
  • Key ingredients: It's talc-free, and contains sulfur, salicylic acid and clay to dry out blemishes, absorb excess oil, disinfect pores and reduce inflammation. There's also zinc oxide and camphor extract, which soothe and calm red, irritated skin. As in the Banish Stick, alcohol is acting as a solvent and antibacterial, but shouldn't be an issue since this is not being used all over the face. 
  • 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. 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. 
  • Best for: Acne-prone skin.
  • Key ingredients: It contains kaolin and bentonite clays to absorb excess oil, and a natural source of salicylic acid, wintergreen, to exfoliate and clear pores. Fatty acids, glycerin, shea butter and botanical extracts (like Tasmanian pepper fruit) make it also moisturizing. Witch hazel, the third ingredient, may be irritating for some people. 
  • 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 has a thick but easy-to-spread texture, and unlike other 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. 
  • Best for: Oily and acne-prone skin.
  • Key ingredients: It contains bentonite clay and colloidal sulfur to pull gunk out of pores, while glycolic and salicylic acids exfoliate dead skin cells and smooth the skin surface. Zinc oxide, camphor, seaweed and chamomile extract are soothing and calming, and the propanediol and hyaluronic acid deliver hydration.
  • 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 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 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.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Key ingredients: It hydrates with a mix of emollients and humectants, including hyaluronic acid, glycerin, jojoba oil, squalane and coconut fatty acids. (These will counteract any drying effects from the alcohol, which is the fourth ingredient but gives this its light texture.) Horse chestnut, mountain ash and witch hazel extracts target dark circles and puffiness, and the arnica, cornflower and chamomile extracts have soothing properties.
  • Keep in mind: This is not the most nourishing eye treatment. If you need more moisture, I would pair it with the Squalane Facial Oil (either mixed in, or layered on top) or use an eye cream instead (I like Caudalie's). 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.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Key ingredients: It moisturizes with castor seed oil, candelilla wax, beeswax and naturally-derived emollients. There's also 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Key ingredients: This scrub happens to have one of the most simple and natural ingredients lists I've seen. Raw sugarcane does the exfoliating here, in a base of coconut and jojoba oils. Natural lemon balm, lemongrass and vanilla give it an addictive sugary-citrus scent.
  • 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. It has a convenient spray format, and is meant to be used on lightly dried skin after bathing, to seal in moisture.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Key ingredients: Coconut fatty acids, coconut alkanes and heptyl undecylenate form the base of this blend (the latter two are alternatives to silicone). It also moisturizes with various oils, including castor seed, jojoba, grape seed, marula, sunflower and coconut. The patchouli, lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils promote relaxation. 
  • 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.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Key ingredients: It's sulfate-free, and cleans with a mix of gentle, coconut-derived surfactants. The glycerin, panthenol and hydrolyzed quinoa help to condition skin. It also features the same essential oil blend as the De-Stress Body Oil
  • 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. It's easy to apply, thanks to the convenient spray dispenser, and is ideal after bathing to lock in moisture.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Ingredients: Rather than oils, it is actually higher in coconut fatty acids, coconut alkanes and heptyl undecylenate, just like the De-Stress Body Oil. It also contains castor seed, jojoba, grape seed, marula, sunflower seed and coconut oils. Orange, bergamot, eucalyptus, grapefruit and rosemary essential oils give it an energizing scent.
  • 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. 
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Key ingredients: Just like the De-Stress Body Wash, it is sulfate-free, and uses coconut-based surfactants for mild cleansing. Glycerin, quinoa and panthenol help to soften and moisturize your skin. It's also got same essential oil blend (orange, bergamot, eucalyptus, grapefruit and rosemary) as the Energize Body Oil.
  • 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. For best results, apply it on slightly damp skin after your bath or shower.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Key ingredients: It 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). Lavender and citrus give it a subtle, natural scent.
  • Keep in mind: Although the squalane will have a stabilizing effect, the high amount of safflower seed oil means that this lotion will oxidize quickly. Therefore, I'd recommend using it up fast, within two or three months. But 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. 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. 
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Key ingredients: Epsom, Dead Sea and Himalayan salts, along with arnica extract, help to relax and soothe sore muscles. They're in a base of coconut fatty acids and coconut oil, which leave your skin with a light coating of oil. Rosemary, black pepper, eucalyptus, lavender, patchouli and sage essential oils give this a unique herbal scent.
  • 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. 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.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Key ingredients: Menthol and black pepper are responsible for the hot-cold effect, while arnica eases over-worked muscles. Fatty acids and alcohols, propanediol and sweet almond oil give light hydration. Eucalyptus, lavender, patchouli and sage essential oils help to calm the mind as the other ingredients work on the body.
  • 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. Like the brand's other body oils, it comes with a spray dispenser for easy application.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Key ingredients: It moisturizes with coconut fatty acids, coconut alkanes and heptyl undecylenate. Castor seed, jojoba, grape seed, marula, sunflower seed and coconut oils for additional hydration. Lavender, patchouli, vetiver and chamomile essential oils help to prepare you for a good night's sleeep.
  • 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.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Key ingredients: Just like the brand's other body washes, it is sulfate-free, and formulated with mild, coconut-derived surfactants. It also features the same moisturizing ingredients: glycerin, quinoa and panthenol. The difference is the essential oil blend of lavender, patchouli, vetiver and chamomile to promote restful sleep (also found in the Sleep Body Oil).
  • 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. So just like the I-Recover Body Soak, it can be dissolved in warm water to use it as a bath, or massaged onto dry or damp skin to gently exfoliate.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Key ingredients: It contains the same relaxing blend of Epsom, Dead Sea and Himalayan salts found in the I-Recover Body Soak, along with moisturizing coconut fatty acids and coconut oil. Lavender, patchouli, vetiver and chamomile essential oils provide calming aromatherapy to help you drift off to sleep.
  • 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. 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.
  • Best for: All skin.
  • Key ingredients: It moisturizes with a blend of natural oils, including shea butter and safflower seed, castor seed, coconut, argan, marula, moringa and jojoba oils. For even more hydration, there's glycerin, propanediol, fatty alcohols and aloe vera. Mandarin and bergamot give it a citrusy scent.
  • 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 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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