October 30, 2018

Niod Sanskrit Saponins Is Something I Don’t Exactly Get

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2 stars out of 5

I purchased NIOD Sanskrit Saponins ($28) earlier this Summer because for some reason or another my normally dry skin decided to become extra oily. The entire idea of NIOD Sanskrit Saponins was it would act to deeply cleanse skin by removing dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. Missing something? It doesn’t remove makeup! That’s not what it was created for. I was fine with that because I thought I’d use it as part of my double cleansing method.

Since purchasing it I can honestly say I don’t exactly understand this formula and I’m not really sure what it is doing.

As with most Deciem and NIOD skincare launches this is very over hyped! Reading the reviews it sounds like Sanskrit Saponins is the end all product to perfect skin. It is not. Described as a cleansing balm it comes housed in a metal squeeze tube that’s available in two sizes. Thankfully I purchased the smaller 3 oz size which was $28 and not the $50 version.

I don’t this is a cleansing balm formula by any means. It’s a creamy texture that doesn’t produce any lather which is meant to be used on wet skin after you removed makeup or if you weren’t wearing makeup at all. I started to use it in my double cleansing method in the evening but I moved on to using in the AM in the shower simply because I found it too stripping to use in a double cleansing routine. I do admit and have admitted in the past I found cleansers, shower gels, etc that don’t lather oddly unsatisfying and I feel like they aren’t cleansing. This is ridiculous I know but I like a cleanser that lathers up unless it’s a cleansing oil or balm. In this case, I felt like I was rubbing a lightweight cream all over my face and it was a little odd for me. On that note, I will say it does rinse clean away and I didn’t feel it left any residue behind. However, it does feel very stripping! It did remove a lot of the oiliness I was having an issue with this Summer so if you have oily or combination skin this might be a god sent. However, in doing so it did leave me feeling tight and dry which according to NIOD is normal yet temporary. However, I did need to follow up with some rich moisturizer to restore hydration.

I think I expected a mini miracle with this formula. There were so many reviews that mentioned brighter, smoother skin I guess I expected the same results when using it. I just didn’t experience much else aside from the fact it did remove excess oil. According to Niod it does leave skin “nearly poreless” but I don’t have visible pores to begin with so I might be missing the point. On that note, I will say that it did a good job with oil buildup!

One thing that does deserve mentioning is it smells awful. It smells like a cross between baby formula and baby spit up. Some people called the scent earthy or muddy but to me it smelled like baby vomit. Not a good thing.

I guess I’m just not Niod Sanskrit Saponins skin demography! Perhaps someone with larger pores and oily skin might benefit from this one!

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Niod Sanskrit Saponins is a pH-balanced cleansing balm or cleansing cream (there’s nothing balmy about it) that contains plant extract which act to detox pores and clean them of dirt and oil. This formula didn’t quite work out for me as it felt very drying and stripping even during the Summer months when my skin was going through a very oily phase. This felt like a very overhyped product that didn’t very little in the ways of revealing brighter or smoother skin but did however, remove a good deal of oil from my skin which sadly resulted in a drier, duller looking complexion!

Aqua (Water), Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Stearic Acid, Arginine, Glycerin, Ppg-26-buteth-26, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Polyacrylate, Acacia Concinna Fruit Extract, Balanites Aegyptiaca (Desert Date) Fruit Extract, Gypsophila Paniculata Root Extract, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.


  • Great for oily skin to remove excess oil.


  • Not a lot of bells and whistles here, very basic, despite what reviews claim.
  • Seems to dry out skin further leaving skin dull.


Anyone who has combination or oily skin should do nicely with

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  • hs

    Last year for black friday this product went down from $50 to just $9, so of course i quickly ordered it with the same ideas in mind as you. It’s been almost a year now that i’ve been using it and i can say it does work well but no, sadly, it’s not a miricle worker. I also agree that NOID incorrectly markets the product as it’s not a cleansing balm in any sense. What it is is a good clay based cleanser for super oily skin, like a mud mask but in liquid form. I would advise anyone with dry skin to skip it because of the tightness you experienced. It does the same to my oily combo skin so I can only imagine how harsh it would be on drier skin types. I use it about once weekly to keep oils at bay and sometimes as an in shower mask when acne spikes. But I could never reccomend it as a daily cleanser for anyone, it’s just too good at absorbing all the oils. I’m glad you said something about the scent, haha. I was mildly disturbed the first time i opened the tube and went straight to the website to see if it was normal. I think it smells like pottery class! All in all, I wish NOID and The O wouldn’t hype up their products so much and claim they were things they aren’t. They have good stuff, it’s just not all miracles and definitely not for everyone.

    • Isabella Muse

      I love you right now thank you! Sometimes I so need confirmation that I’m not crazy when reviewing stuff like this as it feels like me against millions of people that love it and I’m sitting here thinking, “BUT WHY DON’T I!?” I had a bit of oily mayhem going on this Summer! My skin was abnormally slick! So, I thought this might be a good pick not to mention they talked about how great it was for environmental aggressors and I was like ok, let me try it. But it didn’t really do much for me! Yes, it did remove excess oil but too a point I felt dry and my complexion looked rather dull 🙁 I WISH I could love it but meh! And I wish I paid $9 for it 🙂

  • kjh

    I don’t get this either, other than to understand that it’s aimed at me (oily/dehydrated) rather than you (some temp oil,) but that’s all relative. I think your oily might be my oh, god, perfect. I just want to say I hope, after all the fiascos, Brandon T has been hospitalized, and is on the way to better mental health. I often feel empathy for the underdog who has been royally effed over by corporate America. That includes, for a really unpopular opinion, the NE tight end, Aaron Hernandez. Folks should read about his life in the Boston globe gladiator series. Tragedy from birth, and his gift was always exploited. He never had a shot st behaving like a responsible adult human being, and with all the deciem hoopla and insanity, neither did Brandon. Mental health is such a critical issue here, and the cos just throw them under the bus, to keep producing and selling. Soapbox over.

    • Isabella Muse

      Oh he’s not he’s still causing trouble. He’s been showing up at random stores. They had to get a restraining order. Sigh. I do wish he does get help because this is his child! He should be the one raising and nurturing it! Not EL! But sadly, he’s ruined that for himself by not getting the help he so obviously needs!

      • kjh

        Wow. Sad. Manic and entitled are not a good combo. Deciem IS his child, but Dept of Children and families (AKA EL) had to step in, and he gets no service plan. (Or meds…..). Wasn’t up on his current status. People in his state are so hard to help, anyway. He’s convinced he’s right, and has lost all self-regulation. How do you stop a runaway train? Some days it seems that celebrity itself is part of the cause of the unhinging. We’ve had lots of tragic examples of that this year.

  • Rebecca

    I have very oily skin and sadly, very large pores. I bought this after Wayne Goss spoke about it. I use it in the morning to cleanse the oil and any remnants of skincare from my face. I didn’t actually read any of the reviews, I just bought it on a whim based off of Goss. I find that it helps with my oil and tones down the pores a bit. I think it smells like Indian take out, which is good, but a little weird at 6am! I don’t feel ripped off, but I probably won’t repurchase it.

  • Bethany

    I bought this too hoping for a miracle after Wayne Goss spoke of it. I have oily skin and large pores. I wasn’t impressed and haven’t repurchased. The smell was so weird and It didn’t help my pores. My Paula’s Choice products have helped my pores -especially the BHA liquid and niacimide boost.

    • Isabella Muse

      it was just sort of meh! I actually watched WG talk about it too and he made it sound amazing but no dice for me!