Beauty product of the week: Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner

Posted: 22 March 2019 11:23 am

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Those with dry or sensitive skin can find relief in this super hydrating toner.

Why we love this product

As someone with highly sensitive skin, testing out any kind of new skincare product honestly worries me. From redness and rashes to tingling and burning sensations, those with easily irritable skin know the pain of trying a product that your skin just doesn't agree with. So, when Sephora started stocking the Indie Lee brand, I was curious. Claiming organic beauty products and all natural skin care, it seemed like its products could be a safe bet for someone like me.

The quick verdict

Why is it good? Hydrating and packed full of antioxidants.

How much is it? $49-$59 for 125mL

Where to buy it? Sephora and Cult Beauty.

For those who aren't yet familiar, Indie Lee is an eco-chic collection of skincare products inspired by the journey of its founder. In 2008, Indie Lee was diagnosed with a brain tumour which she was told could have been environmentally derived from products that she was putting on her skin. This chilling realisation inspired her to create a natural skincare line, which she now uses to educate the world about the effects of the ingredients we use on our bodies.

Knowing all of this, I had high hopes when the CoQ-10 Toner first landed on my desk. Regardless, I still did what I always do before trying out new skincare products and researched it thoroughly. What initially struck me was the long list of things that the toner was free from – parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances, artificial colours and sulfates, to be exact.

The next thing that caught my attention was the list of ingredients the toner does contain, such as hyaluronic acid, cucumber, aloe and chamomile. This is a combination of ingredients that I particularly love to see when it comes to skincare. Why? Because they're almost guaranteed to offer a product that is both hydrating and soothing to the skin.

As with all toners, the intent of the CoQ-10 toner is to use after cleansing every morning and evening to help remove excess dirt, traces of oil and makeup, and to balance the pH levels of your skin. To use the Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner, I soaked a cotton pad with the product and used it to apply the toner all over my face and throat. As soon as I applied the toner, I noticed that it was both incredibly refreshing and soothing. You can feel it immediately start working to hydrate your skin without the nasty, slippery feel that some other hydrating toners sometimes leave behind.

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After using it for a couple of weeks, I noticed that my skin wasn't suffering from as much redness as it usually does. Better yet, my typically dry skin was starting to look more plump and hydrated than it had done in ages, which is something that honestly surprised me. I've used a fair few toners in the past which left my skin feeling quite tight and dehydrated as they've contained alcohol or just generally been too harsh. So using a product that really added moisture instead of stripping it away was something of a revelation for me.

As well as being a huge relief for my skin, there are a few other things to love about this product. First up, the CoQ-10 Toner is a potent antioxidant, meaning that it fights hard to protect and repair your skin from the ageing effects of free-radicals. Like all Indie Lee products, it's also vegan and cruelty-free, so you can feel good about purchasing the product.

Overall, this is a product that worked to add and maintain much-needed hydration to my skin, whilst keeping it calm and contented. If you suffer from sensitive skin, or are just looking for a skincare brand free of nasties, this is one product that is definitely worth picking up.


The Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner retails for $49. This may seem pricey for one product in a skincare line, but you are getting 125mL of product, so it's likely to last you for some time.

Where to buy

You can pick up the CoQ-10 Toner as well as other Indie Lee products from both Sephora and Cult Beauty, though Australian shoppers will usually get a better deal at Sephora.

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