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