DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

DECIEM — NIOD Sanskrit Saponins Review

This review is part of my week of facial cleanser reviews!
Here are the links to the other products I talked about:

Rodial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream

DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil

Julep Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil

philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

NIOD is one of the pricer lines under the DECIEM umbrella, and while I was a little curious about it, having only tried the more affordable The Ordinary and Hylamide lines, I wasn’t keen to shell out C$50+ for curiosity’s sake.

DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins, label

However, during a Sephora sale last year, I picked up Sanskrit Saponins, one of the least expensive items in the NIOD range at CA$29 for 90 mL (I ended up paying under $25).

DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

I actually ended up liking the cleanser a lot, so during DECIEM’s recent Boxing Day sale, I picked up the jumbo-sized (180 mL) for $9 each! Whew, I won’t have to buy cleanser for a while.

My Review

What originally sold me on Sanskrit Saponins was the backstory that DECIEM provides on their website. I know, I fell for the marketing! But honestly, it sounds cool. The active ingredient is Sapindus mukurossi (soapnut) fruit extract. The saponins found in this extract are a natural surfactant, so they have been used as a cleaning agent since ancient times. A study has also indicated that soapnut extract (though not necessarily the saponin component) acts as an insecticide.


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, Lysine, in saponins from the Ayurvedic plants shikakai and sapindus mukorossi.

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fivezero's Sephora haulage, VIB Sale (April 2017)

Haulage! Sephora VIB Sale: Unboxing (April 2017)

My Sephora VIB Sale orders arrived earlier this week, and I’ve only just had a chance to open them up and have a look.

I placed two orders online (for reasons I talked about in my initial post) and here is what I got:

  • Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro in Stargasm
  • DECIEM Niod Sanskrit Saponins
  • Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir Nail Colour in Lilac Belt
  • Make Up For Ever Metal Palette ($16)
  • Stellar Infinite Lipstick in Dark Matter 04
  • tarte Tarteist Pro Custom Magnetic Palette in Wild Animal

Free samples:

  • Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream (sample)
  • Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream (sample)
  • Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream (sample)
  • Derek Lam 10 Crosby Rain Day (sample)
  • First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer (sample)
  • Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon (sample)

I turned the NIOD tube backward in the group shot, haha! Oops.

Here it is facing forward:

DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

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