I realize my review may be biased. I'm so in love with Indie Lee's passion for her brand, her desire to create green products that fit like clockwork into daily life, and the simplicity - yet efficacy - of her formulas. I just can't help but be inspired by Indie's story, her message, and the drive she has to build a skincare line that is as minimalistic as it is lush. Her pricing is fair and justified, which I really respect.

What I feel Indie has done so successfully is made products that you can rely on. Her line is very well edited and every product serves a purpose. The products look great in a bathroom, are enjoyable to use, and are built with very refined formulas.

I'm proud to call Indie a friend, because why wouldn't I be?

As you know, Brightening Cleanser is my favorite cleanser of all time. I've been using it for about three years and have finished multiple bottles. I rediscover why I love it every time I use it. I'm surprised it took me so long to try out the Rosehip Cleanser because I am such a fan of the line. I purchased my bottle during a DermStore 20% off sale - along with yet another backup of Brightening Cleanser because I'm obsessed 😉

Admittedly, when I first started using Rosehip, I kept wanting to compare it to Brightening. That's like comparing lemons to limes. Sure, they're both citrus fruits. But lemonade and limeade are totally different.

Once I started playing with Rosehip as Rosehip (and not a different version of Brightening) is when I really started to appreciate it.


Harnessing the power of vitamin-rich rosehip oil, this gentle yet indulgent cleanser and eye makeup remover soothes skin to help slow the signs of aging, preserve moisture, and treat redness and rosacea. Gentle enough for sensitive skin High in antioxidants and Vitamins A, E, and K Helps improve the appearance of wrinkles and moisturizes skin Offers a fresh and light rose scent Gentle enough to clean makeup brushes (we recommend doing this weekly!) Can be used with a cleansing brush


Apply a small amount of cleanser to wet face. Use with a wet cotton pad to remove eye makeup. Rinse completely with water. Follow with toner and moisturizer. For external use only.

Rosehip is more suitable for someone who frequently experiences dryness or sensitivity. The formula uses Sodium Olivate as the surfactant, which is inherently a bit more beefed up in the moisture department than something like Decyl Glucoside - a combination of coconut and sugars. Not that Decyl Glucoside is drying, Sodium Olivate is just a bit more nourishing.

As a result, the "foam" level of Rosehip is quite low - lower than Brightening for sure. I say foam with quotations because this isn't a drying in the slightest. Anything negative you may associate with harsh cleansing foams is nowhere to be seen in both Rosehip and Brightening.

I find myself reaching for Rosehip most often in the mornings when my skin is a little bit dehydrated or dry. It effectively cleanses and refreshes the skin, but leaves a very plush softness behind. Because it lacks the enzymatic properties of Brightening, it's a bit more mild. If you found Brightening to be a little to potent, you may love Rosehip.

This winter here in NYC has been particularly dry and my skin has been feeling it. I think Rosehip fits in perfectly when I want a refreshing gel cleanser, but I want to provide my skin with as much moisture as possible. It's pink!


Aqua, Sodium Olivate (Fatty Acid from Olive), Glycerin, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Chondrus Crispus, Eriobotrya Japonica Extract

The formula is rich with rosehip seed oil, which has an abundance of vitamins and omegas. Rosehip is often coined as one of the most "anti-aging" seed oils used in skincare because of its youth-giving properties. Not only that, it provides a solid amount of nourishment. One of my go-to body oils this winter has been pure rosehip with a bit of frankincense added. Comfort but not grease.

For my lovely readers who have a more mature or wiser skin, I think you'll get along great with this. It provides definitely moisture and plumpness, but is still highly effective in terms of its ability to cleanse and remove eye makeup.

Speaking of removing eye makeup, that's definitely a claim the brand makes. At first, I was hesitant to believe it could be an effective remover. But it is, and it does so quite well. I'm still much more partial to using an oil or balm to remove any types of makeup, but in a pinch, I would definitely utilize Rosehip.

The scent is a soft rose - nothing artificial or overpowering. There's more sweetness than sensuality in the quality of rose as well. Very enjoyable, very uplifting.

While I still consider myself to be a bit more of a Brightening Cleanser user - maybe it's the nostalgia or my extreme obsession with the scent of strawberries - I can't deny that Rosehip is absolutely different and has its place and purpose in my skincare wardrobe. I'm glad I have it, and I'm glad I was finally able to understand and appreciate it for what it is. It's not the other Brightening Cleanser, it's Rosehip Cleanser. Period.

Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser $32 for 4 fl oz Available from Indie Lee, Dermstore, Saks Fifth Avenue, and recently Cult Beauty (congrats!)


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