[REVIEW] DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins


DECIEM makes some of the most unique, game changing products.  Hell, if I could have created a brand I would have wanted it to be pretty similar to them.  Effective percentages of active ingredients. Selling products at a reasonable price compared to what it costs to make them. Being honest and transparent. Not spending money on excessive packaging. I wouldn’t bash other companies, but nonetheless they are producing some solid products inside and out. It’s where I would have dreamed to work in retail!

NOID is a brand under DECIEM’s umbrella. You have the Ordinary on their low end, that makes familiar sounding products with universal, solid highly effective active ingredients. I reviewed their Hyaluronic + b5 Serum earlier! NOID sits on the tippy top of their skincare. It stands for Non Invasive Options in Dermal Science. While most options in this obtusely named brand feature loads of peptide science or every weight of Hyaluronic Acid imaginable; Sanskrit Saponins is a part of their yešti collection that pays homage to traditional, raw skincare.

It’s not Sulfates, it’s Saponins

Sanskrit Saponins is a cleansing product, but not a soap, not an oil cleanser, not a face wash. It doesn’t have a familiar lather or oil to milk emulsification, instead it just kinda waters down when applied to wet skin with wet hands as instructed. If you’re wearing makeup make sure to use a cleansing oil first as this does not remove makeup.

The cleansing ingredients in this product aren’t really apparent from the INCI list. But it’s because go by ambiguous ‘extracts’. Such as Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, which is also known as ‘Indian Soapberry’ (pretty good indicator of a cleansing ingredient). It’s a brown paste that has a pretty strong yeast smell, not really that pleasant no matter how you spin it.

But what is a saponin? Saponins were ‘soap’ before ‘soap’ was sulfates or sulfate-free alternative surfactants or detergents we see today. Saponins, just like sulfates are fat soluble ingredients that when mixed with water can be removed. Meaning it mixes with our sebum, skin debris, etc lifting it into the solution and then washes away with water.

Like a gentle ‘detox’ mask.

After rinsing off Sanskrit Saponins I feel purified. My nose sebaceous buildup is usually gone, my skin feels softened and CLEAN. Not dehydrated, or robbed of moisture. I do however feel very ‘vulnerable’ and immediately follow with toner, which soaks up instantly and the rest of my hydrating arsenal. But I do really love using this product 2x a week at least, sometimes i’ll throw in a extra if i’ve been outside a lot. But it’s like a gentle clay mask with no wait time. Rinse and go.

Overall I thought I wasn’t going to care too much for this product but I ended up really loving it! It sucks for my wallet however, I got this on their black friday sale for $9USD but the regular price is $50USD! But this tube will last me quite some time.

Update: Feb 14th 2018


Until he is either removed, steps down, or takes a big glass of pride and a heavy dose of genuine empathy I don’t see myself purchasing DECIEM products again. I had 2 The Ordinary reviews that I will not be posting. The products are also going in the trash. This and my other Deciem review will stay up but have this disclaimer tagged to them.

For more information please check this post out

‘Why are People Burning the Ordinary’s Products’

‘Why is this Skincare Founder Going Rogue?’

I like to consider myself friends with the other bloggers who were mentioned in this story, @skintrovert and @ms_hannah_e and @gunshotwounds. I’ve had long conversations with all 3 about the CEOs latest actions and the saddest part is, all of us wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. At least at one point we all defended him. But the gross racism, ex-employee allegations, and the fact most products are direct ingredients repackaged, maybe with a solvent or two is why I cannot continue to support.  Whether he may be mentally ill or disconnected from reality.