Friday, 23 September 2016

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

Describe the brand in five words.
Niche. Clean. Indie (no pun intended). New. Fresh.

What is it?
A cleanser.

Who is it for?
Anyone - particularly good for dull skins, mature skins.

What’s in it?
Purified Water, Decyl Glucoside (Veg. Oils & Sugar), Disodium Coco-Glucoside Citrate, Coco Glucoside Oleaste (Coconut and Sunflower Oil), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein*, Xanthan Gum, Fragaria Chiloensis Seed Oil (Strawberry), Lycopene, Phenoxyethanol and Ethylhexylglycerin (both derived from natural sources)
*Note: contains gluten

What's not in it?

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
not really

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?
No/No - Indie Lee has the leaping bunny seal

How does it smell?
Soft and mildly fruity.

How does it feel on the skin?/Absorption rate?
It's a gel-like texture - doesn't absorb.

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
'Apply to wet skin. Rinse completely with warm water.'

I apply to dry skin, add a little water, massage in and then flannel off.

How long before you should see results?
Immediately, being a cleanser :)

How long did I test it for?
I've had it for about 6 weeks.

How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
£29.95/$32.00 for 118ml.

What’s good about it?
A lovely cleanser that does what it says on the box. This is about the closest I get to a foaming cleanser. If you're looking for something to wean you off your traditional 'foam' products, this is one to consider. Much more gentle, but still efficacious. Although they say this will remove makeup, this is an obvious morning or second PM cleanser for me. I wouldn't waste it using it to remove makeup. Smells lovely and fresh, leaves skin soft and comfortable.

What’s not so good about it?
Nothing really. Good size, gorgeous packaging and excellent contents in the bottle itself. I wouldn't use daily if you were really dry, you'd be better off with the Rosehip Cleanser IMO.

Works well with?
The CoQ10 Toner in the range is really lovely and I do use it in place of acids on occasion, usually when I'm using the cleanser. Although you obviously don't have to :)

What’s the website like?
Nice. Basic, clean and fresh with just enough information and no 'faff'. And full ingredient listings.

Would I purchase/repurchase?
Absolutely. I bought this along with most of the range from and would repurchase.

Similar products?
OM Skincare Pure Glow Cleanser
Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip
REN Rosa Centifolia Gel Cleanser

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser is £29.95 or $32.00 and available from and which ships worldwide.


  1. Love the look of this cleanser. I've gotten rid of my harsh foaming cleansers (based on your advice of course, happy I did) but this might be a welcome addition to my skin care basket. Thanks.

  2. I am a big fan of Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip, so that might be lovely to try as well.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  3. Sadly this was a big fail for me-twice. I bought one and all the review said it smelled like strawberries. Mine smelled like burning plastic. Upon more investigation, I found out I wasn't the only one, so I contacted the company and was told that in fact they have bad batches occasionally and that the burning plastic smell was a sign of that. So they sent another one... which also smelled like burnt plastic. I honestly tried to get past it just to use it up, but it is so strong. It also stung my eyes badly :-( A real shame because I love Indies story and the ethos of the brand.

  4. Off topic, but I wanted to say that I miss your videos. :)

  5. Hi Caroline, I'm 29, I'm French and I love your blog and all the advice you give.
    I have oily skin imperfections since dehydrated and 4/5 years ... acne in the back and also some imperfections on the bust. I started a new routine with "Biological Research" P50 serum lotion and cream dermopurifiante it all morning and evening, all my little microcysts left but I have big painful pimples coming out, surely normal to deep cleaning I do it with such care and those in biological research Intitute too. I double cleaning, oil is either Yoshimomo Mel Millis and 2nd CeraVe cleanser or U milk or CeraVe BR BR morning. makeup side, the worries of being almost presentable, I put the BB cream Bobbi Brown or Marc Jacob foundation. I would like to improve my routine and bring a little more moisture, I was thinking of buying the advance night repair Estee Lauder, the balm of purifying Darphin, cleaner Indie Lee that I already had, I love many, and CC cream sPF 10 Estée Lauder.
    I ordered the Dennis Gross wipes alternate with P50. I started to take 9000mg of omega 3, I was already taking vitamin D and C, and antioxidant. Do you have any tips or advice to give on my routine and potential products to buy to complete / improve? Thank you for having me read.