Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Indie Lee CoQ10 Toner

Describe the brand in five words.
Independent. Colour. Fresh. Clean. Young.

What is it?
'An alcohol free, skin-balancing toner formulated with the powerful antioxidant CoQ-10. The hydrating and refreshing mixture helps close pores and balance the skin's pH level using Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic Acid. '

This is a traditional 'toner'. 

Who is it for?
Everyone, especially 'normal to dry' skin types.

What’s in it?
Purified water (aqua), Aloe Barbadensis, Coenzyme Q10, Hyaluronic Acid, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Salvia Officinalis (Sage), Carica Papaya Leaf Extract, Cucums Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Flower Oil, Phenoxyethanol and Ethylhexylglycerin (both derived from natural sources)

What's not in it?
alcohol, acids, parabens etc
Indie Lee's entire ethos is based around 'clean' ingredients, more info here: indielee.com/ingredients-to-avoid

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Citrus potentially, but it's unlikely unless you know you have an allergy.

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
A mixture. Natural is the safest word to use.

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?

How does it smell?
Clean and fresh.

How does it feel on the skin?/Absorption rate?
Like silk but without the silicone after-feel. Skin is softer after applying.

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
After cleansing or after acids.
I tend to use it in the mornings if I don't fancy acids, and in the evenings after acids as a second tone - although by definition, this could just as easily be called '1st stage of layering'.

How long before you should see results?
You'll feel a difference immediately, skin will feel much softer and smoother after a couple of uses.

How long did I test it for?
I've had it for a few months.

How much is it? /Size
£29.95/$32.00 for 4ozs/113 mls.

What’s good about it?
This is a good, solid, treatment lotion used at the traditional 'toner' stage, although to dismiss it simply as a toner would be a mistake. Toners these days are much more likely to be essences or lotions, used as the first stages of rehydration and treatment, as opposed to 'remove traces of cleanser'. As I've said numerous times, if you're cleansing properly, that isn't necessary.
This feels like food on the skin, containing aloe vera, hyaluronic acid and CoQ10 as an antioxidant, which in this case, would benefit the skin as it is left on, not removed. Camomile, sage and cucumber keep it soothing and calming. I love using this after something strong like P50 or Dennis Gross Extra-Strength Pads.
Perfect for those of you that cannot/do not want to use acids at all, and want something 'wet' for your serums/moisturisers to adhere to.

What’s not so good about it?
Nothing. I love it.

Works well with?
Anything after this will feel like it's working better on your skin, whether that's Indie' other products or your own serums that you already own.

What’s the website like?
Great. Good information, clear visuals, represents the brand well. Full ingredients listed.

How’s the distribution? Available freely or limited?
Available in the UK via online retailers below. Needs bricks and mortar to really fly. Available from Anthropologie and Saks in the US, along with lots of independent retailers.

Would I purchase/repurchase?

Similar products*?
Darphin Intral Toner
BioEssence Hydra Tri-Action 
Su-Man Rehydrating Toning Essence
Emma Hardie Plump & Glow Hydrating Mist

*none of these are exactly the same, but they're nice non-acid toners.

Indie Lee CoQ10 is £29.95/$32.00 and available from abeautifulworld.co.uk and indielee.com

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  1. So you would advise using an essence or lotion even before serum?

    1. Yes if necessary and you have the time, money and inclination!

  2. I wish there were more shops selling these types of skin products such as Indie Lee, Tata Harper, MV Organics etc. Liberty sell some niche brand but most of the main department stores selling the same main stream products. In London, there is the shop Being Content and the staff working there are friendly and helpful but it is small and the displays are very limited. In New York, USA there is CAP (Clean and Pure) in West Village and Credo in Soho with lovely displays and large range of skin care and cosmetics selling these types of products. I do feel that department stores are missing a trick by not stocking these niche brands.

    1. agreed! Space NK started selling Tata Harper in their bigger stores.. but yes Liberty have a few niche brands too!

    2. Me too. Absolutely agree. Trust me, I'm working on it!

  3. Hello :) Quick question... If I wanted to use this and an acid would I use this first? or the acid first? Thank you!

    1. I believe that's addressed above in how she uses it - after cleansing or after using an acid :)

  4. I'm only just starting to understand the toners and mists in my skincare routine, hence why I want to try so many of them, this one sounds lovely, especially for the morning! The Darphin Intra Toner has been on my wishlist for so long as well, I might try this one first actually!


  5. I love something wet to use before my drums I feel like everything adheres a little better. Plus it takes the tightness off after the acids.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking


  6. This is one of my favourite hydrating toners, have bought it several times !

  7. Hi Caroline
    Which one of the below would you recommed for dehydrated, sensitive reactive skin with occasional breakouts, 37yrs old:
    This indie lee toner
    January labs restorative tonic mist
    Clinique moosture surge
    Darphin intral toner
    Thank you for changing my skin!

  8. i love this product!!! use it every morning after acid toner pads. highly recommend! her pure squalene oil and calendula eye balm are also lovely and effective to combat serious winter dryness

    1. I'm literally loving all her products. x

  9. This product sounds really amazing! I love to read your reviews, so complete. Please Caroline, I have been tempted to try so claimed Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre but I would like to ear you opinion, I'm afraid it doesn't pass of a basic cream like others in the market with nothing special about it. I have dry skin that can be a bit atopic around the winter times. I am been looking for a nice, simple moisturizer that won't irritate my skin but effective.
    Thak you so much, hope you can help me!

    1. Stay away. It's just mineral oil. Try this one:http://www.carolinehirons.com/2016/10/bioderma-hydrabio-gelcreme-and-creme.html

    2. Definitely gonna try the creme one ;)
      Thank you so much Caroline, my skin as improved so much since I started reading your blog*

  10. I've been pondering the Darphin Intral toner when my current Body Shop one runs out as you've said it's good for redness, would you recommend this one instead? My skin tends to be a little dry with redness on my cheeks, and has recently been quite acnaic and sad.

  11. Bought this after reading this. I've almost been using it a week and so far I looooove it. (I'm using it right after Skinceuticals LHA toner)

    I can't explain the smell, but I love it so much I don't want to put anything on top of it to cover it up! Now I've gone and bought the Leahlani skincare hydrating toner to try as well. You're hard on my wallet Caroline. 😆