[REVIEW] NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

I guess it’s no longer a secret that I have mixed feelings towards DECIEM as a company. They keep bringing new, interesting, ground breaking products — while there are people that practically found The Ordinary to be mediocre or even a tool from DECIEM to testing out formula before they released it on their much more expensive line, I *thankfully* found so far, The Ordinary products works pretty well on my skin — however, in the end I just couldn’t stand all of the drama surrounding their CEO and company.

Nevertheless, my will to not buying anything from them clearly broke down because I found their flagship store in Sydney. In my defence, I don’t know when will I got to found DECIEM store ever again, lol, especially when NIOD is one of the indie-luxury brand that I’m curious to try since a couple of years ago. Soooo, here it is, my first NIOD purchase, which is the NIOD Sanskrit Saponins.


SS is a viscous and intense cleaning balm for the face formulated with highly-concentrated, very-unrefined Ayurvedic plant surfactants unsupported by any modern cleaning technology. SS contains no purified or synthetic surfactants, sulphates, oils, esters or micellar technologies. It is a pH-balanced suspension of the amino acid, Arginine, in saponins from the Ayurvedic plants shikakai and sapindus mukorossi.

SS is a cleaning balm that concentrates Ayurvedic saponins. They’re unrefined and messy. They borrow their colour and smell from a place far away from today’s madding crowd of refinement. But their near-perfect equilibrium between deep cleaning and respecting skin integrity is evidence that — somehow, somewhere — they connected to humankind.

With continued use, SS visibly targets all forms of build-up, blemishes, congestion and impurities. It is suitable for all skin types. After the first use, SS leaves the skin looking nearly pore-free and its surface exceptionally cleaned — as if it’s radiating from within.


1. While SS is pH-balanced, plant saponins (and plants in general) can mildly irritate the eyes. While this sensitivity can be avoided by keeping your eyes closed during cleaning, if you develop any mild sensitivity around the eyes, it will disappear within a few minutes.

2. Within the first few minutes after using SS, you may feel that your skin feels mildly dry. This temporary feeling is a direct result of SS having removed skin oils gently to encourage recycling of these oils. This feeling is very short-lived and, within a few minutes, you’ll notice your skin returns to normal.

3. For committed users of SS, the product can be applied for a deeper cleaning treatment as follows: Remove any makeup. Clean the skin with water and dry with a towel. Wet the palms of your hand. Massage a generous amount of SS into your palms until a mild lather forms like a paste. Apply to dry skin, avoiding the eye areas entirely. Leave on for 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with your eyes closed. Dry with a towel.

Use once every other day in the AM or the PM. SS can be used more frequently if desired. SS is not intended to remove makeup. If makeup is present, remove first with LVCE or a suitable makeup remover before using SS. Wet face thoroughly. Massage SS between your palms for a few seconds to form a paste-like lather. Apply to the entire face and massage gently, avoiding the eyes. Rinse thoroughly, keeping your eyes closed. Dry with a towel.

Aqua (Water), Stearic Acid, Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Arginine, Polysorbate 60, Acacia Concinna Fruit Extract, Balanites Aegyptiaca (Desert Date) Fruit Extract, Gypsophila Paniculata Root Extract, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Pentylene Glycol, Melanin, Sorbic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.


The first time I use this, I can’t help but think that it smells like medicine. Well, I’ve got to admit that no products from DECIEM brands smells wonderful, though, since they seems like to avoid artificial fragrance (which I prefer also!) and the scent of their products usually comes from the ingredients from the product itself. The scent is not the worse though, and I found it to be similar with scent of traditional exotic mask, lol.

The texture is a thick paste, and similar with the Grown Alchemist Cream Cleanser, it won’t lather like regular facial cleanser. It’s slightly drying than the Grown Alchemist one, though, which I think explain why NIOD recommend us to use it every other day, not for everyday. However, if I use it solely as facial cleanser, it the drying factor won’t be disturbing, though. But, if I use it as mask for deep cleansing (as they suggested on their web), well that’s another story. It’s freaking drying even after I layers all of my skin care. Won’t use it as mask again, though. But for regular facial cleanser? Well, by far it’s one of the best facial cleanser that I’ve ever tried. It cleanse my skin really well, and works really well if we use it in conjunction with other NIOD products.


As for the packaging, it’s really similar to the Grown Alchemist one. Again, I really love this genderless approach to these skin care packaging, and I found it to be very chic and exclusive, though my guy friends told me that it looks like a paint, lol. I also like the card board box and the whole concept of NIOD, though, since it’s really feels indie and exclusive, imho.


So, is it worth the price? I think yes, because this is such a well thought product to be made. You should read NIOD‘s full philosophy and back story when they inventing this cleanser. Will I repurchase it? Well, probably not because it’s so freaking expensive, lol. However, if you really into skin care and been curious to try NIOD, I think this is one of the product that you should try from them, though. I found that the 90ml’s price is still reasonable since there are a lot of brand that coming up with much more expensive price for a cleanser.

Have you tried this before? What do you think? Please do share in the comment section bellow! 🙂



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