I’m so excited to bring a new mini-series to my blog, where I talk about all-natural and organic skincare products that I personally use and love. Today I want to share some products from the Indie Lee line with you, that they were kind enough to send me to review. (All opinions are my own!)
Some backstory – recently, I was talking with a friend who was telling me about the humble food he ate growing up, adding at the end, “you wouldn’t understand” – assuming that I ate organic and gourmet foods in my household. However, he couldn’t have been farther from the truth. A typical meal in my house was usually some sort of meat, served with rice pilaf from a box and frozen vegetables that had been transformed somehow. If we ever had salads, they would consist of iceberg lettuce and some wimpy, out-of-season tomatoes. I didn’t have sushi until I was in college, and I was in my 20’s when I first tried curry.
Of course, I’m not complaining – I’m incredibly lucky to have never gone hungry in my life; to have always had food on the table. I don’t want to lose sight of that. But to assume that just because I like and cook good food now, I always had it growing up – is wrong.
My parents still eat much the same way, with some changes – they both have high cholesterol, and they’ve been trying to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets (well, at least my mom is anyways…) But they still don’t really embrace the “food as medicine” concept that I try to live by.
However, I didn’t see the connection between what you put IN your body and what you put ON your body until I started this blog. It was actually this time last year when I read an article by Sophie of The Green Life, explaining why natural skin care is so much better for you. She wrote,
Let’s think about it for a second. Skin is the body’s largest organ. It absorbs about 60-70% of what we feed it with. What we put on our skin makes its way into our blood, tissues and organs, and therefore has an impact on our health just as much as, if not more than what we put in our mouth.
After reading that, I had a bit of an “aha” moment… I was so concerned about what I was eating that I didn’t give a second thought to what I was putting on my skin. It was at that time that I started making changes to my self-care routine.
Now, I’m not going to sit here and pretend like every product I use is 100% natural. HOWEVER, I try to make informed choices as often as I can, using organic and natural beauty as much as possible, which is what brought me to Indie Lee.
I was first attracted to the Indie Lee brand by reading the eponymous founder’s story of healing.
After conquering a life-threatening brain tumor that pointed to environmental toxins as the culprit, Indie Lee awoke on April 22, 2009 with a new lease on life and the passion to create a chic and eco-friendly namesake collection. Comprised of the finest all-natural ingredients around the world, the line is designed to enhance the face and body with gratifying green glamour.
Talk about really having a stake in your work. Put simply, I trust the Indie Lee brand because of what the founder went through to create it. And, of course, because of what’s in the ingredients. I was lucky enough to try out the Jasmine Ylang-Ylang Bath Soak and the Grapefruit Citrus Nutrient Oil – both of which smell AMAZING – and was thrilled to see the following natural ingredients:
Jasmine Ylang-Ylang Bath Soak // Atlantic Sea Salt, Pacific Sea Salt, Dead Sea Salt, Jasmine Flower Oil, Ylang-Ylang Oil
Grapefruit Citrus Nutrient Oil // Jojoba Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, Grapefruit Peel Oil, and Orange Peel Oil.
Seriously, I could write a love letter to these ingredients. And what’s more, they’re a testament to the power of plants. Having super-dry skin, the grapefruit citrus nutrient oil was the perfect natural remedy that actually worked and made my skin soft. And it’s important to mention that it smells absolutely AMAZING. Seriously, I would probably recommend these products on just their scent alone.
But don’t take it from me. After all, this is all coming through the lens of my worldview and my experience. I challenge you to do your own research, look up natural skincare, and try it for yourselves. Most importantly – go with your intuition. Does it make sense for you to put ingredients that you can actually name and identify on your body? Are you interested in the natural, healing power of plants? Only you can answer these questions!
Love and light,
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