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.
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).
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.
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.