Niod: the good, the bad and the final verdict

Niod: the good, the bad and the final verdict

Hi everyone, today I’m reviewing 3 products from the Deciem family. I’m sure you all know Deciem, but if it’s the first time you’ve heard the name, then I’m sure you’ve already heard of Niod or TheOrdinary, both owned by the Canadian company (but they also own Hylamide and many other brands for skincare, supplements and haircare).

Let’s start with the 3 Niod products I’ve tried. The three of them make up the Yesti collection, which, as they explain, is a way to use science but being respectful of the past. I know it sounds a tad weird but Niod is really a brand that wants to stand out from the crowd. The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s not very easy to understand what the products are for just from the names. And even when you read the descriptions, they can be hard to interpret if you don’t know anything about skincare. That was appealing to me at the beginning, but now I’m not so sure it’s a form of marketing that works for me.

This is the second tube of it I’m using. It’s a cleansing balm for the skin and not to be used to remove make-up, as they say in the description. Its aim is to be respectful of the skin’s barrier and I agree – it’s not an aggressive cleanser. It seeks to cleanse the pores of bacteria, dirt and oil. It cleanses the natural oil that the skin produces, but by doing so it also promotes its recycling. At the same time, it doesn’t dry the skin out and produce the opposite effect (overproduction of oils to protect the skin).

How I use it: it’s not that easy to apply, in all honesty, especially if you like fast solutions. I don’t mind spending some more time. I take some of the paste from the tube, add a few drops of water in the palm of my hand to create a cream. I then apply it on dry skin and add more water if needed. You can easily rinse it off with water and avoid using flannels.

The verdict: I like it. I don’t think I can use it every single day, especially right now when my skin is super dry. The Ayurvedic Saponins – which is where the name and nutty smell (not the most pleasant, but tolerable) come from – is unrefined and highly concentrated and has been used for centuries to cleanse the skin and “delete dirt”. It does this well, but I also find it slightly drying and that’s why I would recommend it to people with oily skin, combination or normal.

It costs £21 and I’d think it’s worth trying. A quick note on the packaging: when you open it and squeeze some product out, more will come out even when you have stopped squeezing. So you’ll have to put the cap on super-fast; even then some goes to waste. Niod, please fix it. It’s not nice.

This mask, which comes in the most unpractical pot I’ve ever seen, a bit like a pill jar, aims to tighten the skin, something I’ve never really heard of from a mask. Myhrr is a natural resin/gum whose main benefit is to give firmness to the skin, without leaving any residual film on the surface (typical of ingredients like mineral oil, silicones).

How I use it: once a week, as it says on the label, on dry skin. It smells like plum and has an intense black colour – you’ll scare everyone around you when you put it on. It dries up a bit but doesn’t crack up like most clay masks that paralyze your face once they’re dry. You can remove it with a flannel or just rinse it off with water.

The verdict: my opinions are mixed. I haven’t seen any noticeable result, to be honest. I’ve probably used it around 10 times now and I never see any particular difference in my skin. Could it be that my skin is already firm enough? Perhaps. Let me know if you’ve already used this product. For now, I don’t feel comfortable in recommending a €33 mask that didn’t do anything to my skin.

Last but not least in the collection is this mask, Mastic Must, whose aim is to reduce the size of pores (no need to say it’s not possible to eliminate pores). It’s a very soft and creamy texture and a light colour. Once applied to the skin you can leave it on as long as you want, it will not dry out or give you an uncomfortable feeling. The magic ingredient in this case is sap from a Greek mastic tree that “purifies and shrinks the look of pores without drying”.  Does it work? To be honest: No. It didn’t work for me. It did nothing to my pores. I’ve taken some before and after pics to see if I could notice any difference, and trust me, I do have some large pores around my nose area. The pictures show no before-after difference and I didn’t notice anything from looking at my skin in the mirror either.

The verdict: this product did not work for my skin. It didn’t make it worse but there was no positive effect, and it certainly didn’t help with my pores. I’m sorry to say this. Each person’s skin is different but I have to be honest and say I don’t think anyone needs this €34 product in their skincare stash.

Have you tried Niod products? What do you think?







  • I haven’t tried any of these and probably won’t now having read this! xx


    • Thanks for reading Siobhan xx

  • I’ve always wanted to try Niod but I’m not so sure now. X


    • Thanks Toni, I’ve shared my experience with them and as always I’ve tried to be as honest as possible.

  • I haven’t tried any of these products or anything else from Niod (or Deciem or the Ordinary). And to be honest none of the products you review here really excites me. Despite having combination oily skin I tend to stay away from drying cleansers.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Hi Anne, thanks a lot for reading my review! There’s a lot of hype surrounding this brand, but it doesn’t mean it works for everyone!

  • I’m almost finished my Sanskrit Saponis and I’ll have to repurchase it for sure, love it for a morning cleanse, I have oily skin so it’s perfect for me!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • We have different skin type, mine tends to be dry and using SS everyday wouldn’t help. But I totally understand why you have liked it, I do think it’s a good effective cleanser. Do you like the packaging? Did you have the same issue I have with it?

  • I’ve not tried anything from Niod yet but these products don’t tempt me. It’s a shame they don’t work very well for you. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • thanks Dagmara, I actually thought most people were very tempted by them. Good to know I was wrong 🙂

  • I’m really glad you mention the marketing ‘issue’, as I believe it is what have been keeping me from trying this brand, skincare has to be clear and when it isn’t, it becomes incredibly misleading and just not very helpful for our skin. I’m sure lots of people have been trying out these products and confusing their skin because of the weird descriptions! It’s a shame none of them truly worked for you, but it is really refreshing to read such honest reviews 🙂

    • Thanks Fanny for your comment, and I’m glad we both agree on our dislike of their marketing, I also want to say that their line, theOrdinary, is even more confusing, as they have launched over 20 different products which in my opinion, nobody needs.

  • Great post…this is not a brand I have tried and in all honesty I am not all that interested in trying their products. Something about their branding is unappealing and not really my cup of tea. Interesting to read your thoughts. Thank you for your honesty xxx

    • Thanks a lot for reading my post Sal, yes I agree that their style may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But there’s a lot of hype surrounding this brand so that’s one reason I decided to try their products. And I was a little bit disappointed. 🙁

  • Ciao Boriana, grazie mille del tuo commento e di aver letto la mia lunga recensione. Avrai capito che anche io faccio fatica a capirlo e secondo me non è un loro punto di forza, anche se probabilmente il loro obiettivo era quello di distinguersi. Grazie dei complimenti per le foto, un abbraccio mia cara 🙂

  • Su Hlaing Swe Tin

    Hi Silvia, Glad to know that I’m not the only one having issues with the packaging of NIOD’s Sanskrit Saponins! I love that product but it drives me nuts that the product just keeps gushing out like that! It leads to unnecessary product wastage.

    • Thanks for your comment darling, I’m sorry it took me so much to even read it. I was on a long break from blogging 🙁 Have a lovely day xx

  • I’ve never tried these products before, but its a shame that they didn’t fully live up to your expectations as they’re quite pricey really! I have some larger pores by my nose too, so I was hoping that product would be good, but never mind 🙂 xx

    Velvet Blush

  • I’ve heard about Deciem but never about Niod. Thanks for sharing these 3 products with us.