Indie Lee Skincare Review and philosophy

I had the pleasure of meeting Indie Lee, founder of the popular clean beauty skincare brand "Indie Lee" a few months ago at a press event in Sydney. I've been trying out some of her skincare products and I'll share my thoughts of them here. So here is my review of Indie Lee Skincare along with a section about Indie Lee herself.

In Australia, Indie Lee is available exclusively to Sephora (click here to shop online).

For the rest of the World, please visit Indie Lee's website (click here to go there).

I was gifted the following skincare products for review (trust me, I'm saving up for more):

  • Brightening Cleanser (AUDRRP 49)

  • CoQ-10 Toner (AUDRRP 49)

  • Daily Vitamin Infusion (AUDRRP 119)

  • Daily Skin Nutrition (AUDRRP 97)

  • Radiance Renewal Pad (AUDRRP 102)

  • I-Waken Eye Serum (AUDRRP 68)

The prices indicated above are current as at the date of this article.

Disclaimer: All of the photos here are taken by me. You cannot use them without obtaining my written permission first. These are my personal views and I do not any way guarantee or warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any message and will not be held responsible for the content of any message.

A Bit about Indie Lee

A short video clip of Indie Lee

Indie Lee was diagnosed as a diagnosed with a rare brain tumour and the doctors sad she had about 6 months to live. Luckily she was able to recover and decided to learn more about what kind of skincare products can have a ingredients that are not good for you and she embarked on her journey to create a safe, clean and sustainable line of skincare products. I was very struck by her message and inspired and in awe.

To read more about Indie Lee's inspirational story and how it all began for her skincare products please click here.

This brand is about empowerment, education and healthy living; creating a community of like minded individuals on the same journey of change. 

I got a chance to talk to Indie Lee at the event and at the Sephora Press Day and she has such an amazing aura about her.

Snapshots of the amazing event

Me with the lovely Indie Lee.

Indie Lee even gave me one of her caps which I use when I go on my meditation walks.

Review of Indie Lee Skincare

The range of products that Indie Lee has is quite extensive. In addition to the six which I will review here, there is also a blemish/clarity range that I definitely want to try.

For the purposes of my review, I used these products continuously over about 5 weeks as my main skincare.

The packaging is lovely. Exquisite even. All of the products' packaging have a luxurious feel about them. The three bottles you see in the photo above are made of frosted glass and there is a good weight to them making them feel more luxurious. The names of the products are printed on the bottles/tubes/tubs, making it easier for the packaging to be recycled.

Indie Lee Skincare is what I would describe as "clean beauty" and sustainable products. Very eco-friendly and they are all cruelty-free.

The names of the products are printed in English on one side and in French on the other side. In some of the photos you see below, you will see the English or French names.

What I also like is that some of the products come in two sizes - the key ones being the cleansers and moisturisers. You do get the option to try the smaller sizes before settling on the ones you like. Indie Lee also offers a few skincare kits.

Indie Lee's skincare products are categorised by "ritual" and by "focus". The Rituals are:

  • Prepare

  • Perfect

  • Prevent

  • Protect

  • Boost

  • Clarity (part of the category of "focus")

All of Indie Lee's skincare products are formulated without:

  • Ethoxylation

  • Parabens

  • Aluminum

  • Petrolatum

  • BHA & BHT

  • Phthalates

  • Coal Tar Dyes

  • Phthalates

  • Siloxane

  • Sulfates

  • DEA (Diethanolamine) MEA (Monoethanolamine) & TEA (Triethanolamine)

  • Synthetic Fragrance

  • Formaldehyde

  • Talc

  • Methylisothiazolinone and Methychloroisothiazolinone

  • Toluene

  • Triclosan

  • Mineral Oil

  • Nanoparticles

Indie Lee's website has a very good description of why each of the above "nasties" are nasty. Click here to learn more.

The range of products available is extensive. There are so many products to choose from and I'm sure you will find something that you like. Indie Lee also has a body range.

The order in which my review of Indie Lee's skincare products is set out as the steps in which I use them. With skincare, it is best, when you are layering them, to go from the "lightest" product to the "heaviest".

The one shown in the photo above is the 30 ml size. It does come in a 125 ml size.

On each of Indie Lee's skincare products, there is brief description for what that product does. For this cleanser, it says "strengthen & protect". It is described as:

antioxidant rich formula. Strawberry Seed Oil, hydrolyzed Wheat Protein and Tomato extracts help strengthen, firm and protect, leaving the skin hydrated, silky and luminous. Doubles as an exfoliating mask if left for 5 minutes before rinsing.

I really enjoy this gel cleanser. It is mild and quite refreshing. The scent (naturally derived from its ingredients) is both uplifting and soothing. This did not have much of a foaming effect which, to me, indicated the good absence of sulfates. It felt more like it was "emulsifying" on my skin, much like the effect I get when I'm using an oil or balm cleanser.

I've tried it as a mask as well, and my complexion did look brighter after application.

I personally felt that there was a brightening effect, as I saw my dark spots slowly and gradually fade.