Of course the first post of 2016 is gonna be skincare: Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser to be exact. It’s also nice to start with a company founded by a woman–a cancer survivor–who creates products “…designed to enhance the face and body with gratifying green glamour.”
Indie definitely met her glamour goal. The packaging is modern looking and feels luxe. After all, it was Instagram posts of that clear jelly in a frosted bottle that made me cave in on my no foaming cleanser rule. I love jelly/gel textures and this doesn’t disappoint. It has a thick consistency and feels cool and refreshing. I would say this cleanser removes light makeup. Nothing takes off mascara like oil does for me. So I prefer to use the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser for second cleansing or morning cleansing. It can also be used as a 5-minute brightening mask. I’ve enjoyed using it this way too. I recommend taking it off by pressing a warm, wet washcloth over the face then wipe away in circles to get some exfoliating in as well.
A note on fragrance: STRAWBERRY with a “!”
Ingredients: 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).
Indie Lee’s site contains an ingredient glossary–something Pratima also has. I love that.
You get 4 oz. for $32 in a glass bottle with a pump It seems to be lasting forever. I think this would best suit those with combination to oily skin. It may be a bit strong for dryer skin. I find myself using it a bit less frequently in the cold weather. I know Indie Lee also has a Rosehip Cleanser which is meant to be soothing to reddened skin so I may look into that one next. I definitely think this is a brand worth exploring.