I recently made a large purchase from Deciem. I was super excited to try all the brands. This is a review for the NIOD Sanskrit Saponins Cleanser.
I do have to give NIOD points for the fun packaging. All the tubes and bottles do look quite scientific as do most of the product names (this one being the exception). NIOD stands for Non Invasive Options in Dermal Science so it is based very much in science and chemistry. This again would be the exception in that it seems to go to the opposite way of “highly-concentrated, very-unrefined Ayurvedic plant surfactants unsupported by any modern cleaning technology”. This cleanser is said to target all forms of build-up, blemishes, congestion and impurities with continued use.
My complaint about this product is it is fussy. You are directed to only use it every other day, it does not remove makeup so you can only use it on days you don’t wear makeup or the second part of your double cleanse and you can’t use it near your eyes. To me a cleanser should not have all these conditions.
The smell isn’t super pleasant. It reminds me of an OXO beef broth cube. Luckily the smell dissipates really quickly. You do not need a lot of product. It does lather up really nicely. I lather it up and spread it all over my face (except my eyes) and rinse with water. It rinses off completely and my skin does feel smooth and not too dry afterwards. Although my face feels nice after use to be honest I haven’t noticed any improvement to my skin or any kind of ‘wow’ factor at all.
With all the conditions attached to this cleanser and the lack of wow, I would say this could be a skip. I will be reviewing some other NIOD products I purchased and I have to say that seems to be a trend with them. They don’t do anything bad but not a whole lot of good either. Boo 🙁