[REVIEW] NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

NIOD Sanskrit Saponins Review:

I already have a Holy Grail gentle and low pH cleanser that I have been using for years now. However, I don’t have a stronger cleanser in my routine to deep clean my pores on the days that my skin feels extra dirty. I have always relied on once or twice a week mud mask for that purpose. So I began looking for a cleanser to do just that, and I thought of giving NIOD Sanskrit Saponins a try since I really love their Flavanone Mud.


From Cultbeauty website:

+ Featuring natural – yet potent – saponins derived from Ayurvedic plants, this intense cleansing balm targets all forms of build-up, blemishes, congestion and impurities, and is suitable for all skin types including dry, oily and sensitive.

+ As well as focusing on removing skin-damaging presences, saponins also help to remove the skin’s natural oils, stimulating their production so that your complexion will be refreshed and renewed. With its pH-balanced formula, this brilliant balm doesn’t upset the skin’s natural balance and is gentle, acting without the aggression of some cleansers. As quickly as after one use, pores will be minimized and skin will be left noticeably clearer.


Aqua (Water), Stearic Acid, Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Arginine, Polysorbate 60, Acacia Concinna Fruit Extract, Balanites Aegyptiaca (Desert Date) Fruit Extract, Gypsophila Paniculata Root Extract, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Pentylene Glycol, Melanin, Sorbic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Volume: 90ml

NIOD Sanskrit Saponins Review

How to use:

1. Use every other day in the morning or evening, though can be used more often if desired.

2. Wet face thoroughly.

3. Dispense product onto your palms and massage for a while to form a paste-like lather.

4. Apply on the whole face and massage gently while avoiding the eyes.

5. Rinse thoroughly while keeping your eyes closed.

6. Not intended to be used to remove makeup.

My Skin Type: Normal/ Dry skin

NIOD Sanskrit Saponins Review:

NIOD Sanskrit Saponins comes in a metal tube form with a twist cap. I love NIOD’s aesthetic, but the cap is quite small so I find it a tad annoying having to unscrew and screw it back on while my hands are wet from washing my face. Sometimes it slips out of my hand and falls on the bathroom floor. That is not particularly a big issue if it is truly a great product, but still annoying nonetheless.

NIOD Sanskrit Saponins Review

NIOD Sanskrit Saponins has a slightly runny, cream-like texture with an earthy scent. The scent might not be everyone’s favorite, though there are a lot that loves the smell. I did not like it at first but I have gotten used to it now.

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NIOD Sanskrit Saponins Review

When massaged onto wet palms, it forms into a paste-like lather. It is important to avoid the eyes while cleansing your face as it will sting and irritate upon contact. Good thing I have managed to be very cautious and made sure my eyes were closed at all times while using this.

I use this cleanser every other day either as my morning cleanser or as my second cleanser in the evening, depending on how my skin is feeling.

Now onto the performance of this cleanser. It cleanses well and does not dry out my skin, but that’s about it. I do not see nor feel any difference after incorporating this into my routine after 3 months. This cleanser also has to be used up within 6 months after opening.

For the price, I was expecting to be wowed by it, rather than just being an okay cleanser. Furthermore, the metal tube packaging is not exactly user-friendly and the product not being gentle on the eye definitely gained negative points in my book.

A lot of people may love NIOD Sanskrit Saponins but unfortunately I am not one of them. It is just an average cleanser with a high price point. But the good thing is it does not strip moisture off my skin and does not break me out. I will finish using up this tube but I will not repurchase.

I have normal/dry skin and I find this cleanser gentle on my skin and it does not dry it out., and my husband who has oily/dehydrated skin have tried using this with no issues either. Having said that, I feel NIOD Sanskrit Saponins is suitable for all skin types.

Where to buy:

Amazon Prime | eBay | CultBeauty

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