[Review] NIOD SS Sanskrit Saponins, perfect for Dilated Pores – Before/After Photos

I already have a cleanser I’m in love with(the blue one at Rosette) but the reviews on Niod Sanskrit Saponins are so impressive that weak as I am, I cracked and bought the 90ml version.

On Lookfantastic, they always have special offers so I could buy it for 19€ with the code OCTOBRE20 against 27€ on the official website

If you didn’t know the NIOD brand, I have already written an arm’s length article about the philosophy of the brand and the bestsellers here

What’s it for?

Fans of double cleansing or Asian layering know it: first remove your make-up, then use a cleanser.
Niod Sanskrit Saponins corresponds to the 2nd category.

Moreover, it is clearly indicated everywhere that this cleaner does not remove make-up.

It is used to deeply cleanse the pores

How to use it?

This is where things get complicated and Niod makes things more complicated than they are.

Use NIOD Sanskrit Saponins once every other day, in the morning or in the evening. Sanskrit Saponin can be used more often if needed. Sanskrit Saponin isn’t designed to remove make-up. If make-up is applied, remove it first with low-viscosity cleaning ester or a suitable make-up remover before using Sanskrit Saponin. Moisten the face thoroughly. Put Sanskrit Saponin in your palms for a few seconds to form a balm-like foam. Spread gently over the entire face avoiding the eyes. Rinse completely, keeping eyes closed. Towel dry.

The brand recommends using it once every two days, but that it can be used more often if desired. What does that mean exactly? We use it twice a day or once every two days? Why recommend careful use when you can use it more often???? In addition, it is indicated that you should avoid the eye contour and close your eyes when rinsing it.

In addition, the pH of this product is between 7.0 and 7.5. Frankly, if there were no great reviews, I would never have bought it.


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.

SS is a pH-neutral cleansing balm containing the amino acid lysine, found in the saponins of the ayurvedic plants shikakai and sapindus mukorossi. Plant saponins have traditionally been used to cleanse the skin. They cleanse the pores deeply. By using Ayurvedic plant saponins, with frequent use, SS visibly targets all forms of build-up, congestion and impurities and can be used for all skin types.

Texture & Odor

It is clearly not a balm but a kind of emulsion (or yoghurt lol) that doesn’t smell very good. I hesitate between the smell of earth, beer or something fermented and smelly.

The amino acid is in suspension, hence the small sweet seeds in the “yoghurt”, which melt when spread on the skin. Once applied to the face, the whole does not stink at all.

The first time, I applied it to the face, cleansed the whole face and rinsed it off after 30 seconds.

But the second time, I left it on the face for 5 minutes and the experience is completely different. By the time I rinse the product off, there’s still a film on the skin, which I don’t find unpleasant, and the texture of the cleanser is also a little different. I don’t know exactly what happened because I feel absolutely nothing on my skin (no stretching, no tingling), but there is really a difference between “rinse off quickly” vs. “leave on for 5 minutes”


Before / After Photo : Sanskrit Saponins

Surprisingly, this cleaner is more effective than its description and pH level suggest.
The skin does not tighten at all and after only a few uses, a few pores are gone, less problem of dilated pores (they are too clean, so you don’t see them anymore).
The before/after picture is only after 4 uses (2 to be rinsed off in a few seconds and 2 times left in a 5 minute mask). I zoomed to death, my pores aren’t as big in real lol

The idea of this cleanser is to do an oil change for the skin, just like you do an oil change for your car

because nobody dares to remove sebum and oil from the skin now.

NIOD thinks the opposite, if it isn’t removed, new sebum cannot form so the skin is congested and stays with the “old” disgusting sebum for years.

I rather agree, since I could see, when I did the Hydrafacial type of care, which consists of removing all the sebum from my face… that on the contrary, the skin is doing very well, it produces new sebum for the skin very quickly, without drying it out completely (provided of course that I spread a lot of moisturizing products on it afterwards).

Moreover, it does not dehydrate the skin. The small dehydration wrinkle that I had under my eye disappeared in the photo “after”(thanks to other products of course).

Where to buy it?

At Lookfantastic (link), use the code OCTOBRE20 to get a 20% discount => the product will cost you 19€Or
DECIEM for 27€ (link). The advantage is that if you don’t like the product, you can send it back (even if it has been half-opened) within 365 days after purchase (more info). Remember to pay via PayPal to get your return fee refunded. I show you here how to order from them


Anh est toujours très occupée à profiter de jolies choses, et à fabriquer de petites bricoles de ses propres mains. **** Hi, my name is Anh. I am a Vietnamese-French DIY passionate, beauty lover and cosmetic tester.

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