When I was first asked if I wanted to try out Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser ($32), I did what I always do in these cases: I went online to check out the web page of the company. As Marta told you in her review of Indie Lee Swiss Apple Facial Serum ($130), Ms. Lee created her skincare line after winning a battle against a life-threatening brain tumor, which was suspected of being induced by environmental toxins. Consequently, there are no nasty ingredients in her products – in fact, all ingredients are researched before products are created to ensure that they are deemed safe!
So, first hurdle passed with flying colors. The next hurdle is animal testing, and Indie Lee passes that hurdle as well. In the FAQ they declare “Indie Lee & Co® is proud to be certified under the Leaping Bunny Program. This program ensures that all of our products are guaranteed to be 100 percent free of new animal testing. We also pledge to clear animal testing from all stages of product development.”
The third hurdle is the product itself.
There are not many ingredients in the Rosehip Cleanser – apart from water, there’s only olive soap (sodium olivate), glycerin, rosehip seed oil (rosa rubiginosa), Irish moss (chondrus crispus) and loquat extract (eriobotrya jabonica). As the name indicates, it is the rosehip seed oil that is the main working ingredient here. The rosehip seed is both a natural exfoliant – splendid in a cleanser! – and an anti-aging ingredient, with its high vitamin C content and its ability to boost skin regeneration. Irish moss contributes with skin-softening qualities, whereas the loquat extract has been shown to have anti-inflammatory qualities. To me, this sounds like a very good recipe for a skin cleanser.
While I waited for the package to arrive I did some more reading on the Indie Lee web pages, and I was pleased to see that their FAQ was comprehensive, even covering what products to use for which type of skin. The cleanser, in particular, seemed like a good choice for my almost-sixty face. Nowadays I take good care of my skin, but since I’m outdoors a lot the weather takes its toll, which makes it even more important to use high-quality products.
Theory is all very well, but what about reality? Is it any good? The short answer is: Yes, this is one of the better cleansers I’ve run across.
I’ve used it twice daily for the last four weeks. I have a slight issue with the directions for use; it says on the package to “apply dime-sized cleanser to cotton ball and massage over face and throat”. I tried that for the first few applications, but only succeeded in squandering the product – the cotton ball got most of it and my face just a few drops. Instead, I have taken two “pumps” in my hand, rubbed hands gently together and “massaged” the cleanser all over face and throat. Then, I’ve wet my hands and massaged face and throat all over again before rinsing with warm water. Afterwards, my face feels clean but not tight. One thing, however – it does not remove eye makeup well, at least not mine (n.b. no water-resistant products). On the other hand, I actually prefer to take one thing at a time, so that was no big deal for me.
All in all, this is a product – and a product line – I wholeheartedly endorse!