I have been holding off writing this review for some time as one, I wanted to give a completely accurate account of my experiences using the following skincare products and two, I wanted to do them justice. Pestle and Mortar are an Irish skincare company founded by the beautiful Sonia Deasy. I had the pleasure of meeting this kind-hearted lady at a Newbridge Silverware event a few months back. I had actually purchased these products well before I met her as the brands core values and product claims really appealed to me.
This inspirational mother of five, yes you heard that correct, five, established the brand after observing her husband’s (photographer Padraic Deasy) clients skin appearing dull, dehydrated and lacklustre in photographs. As they say the camera does not lie especially with the development of HD technology. She joined forces with her sister, a biochemist (big up for a fellow scientist!) to create a simple, hassle-free and most importantly free from nasty chemicals range of skincare to really nourish the skin. Even the name Pestle and Mortar instantly evokes an image of a lovingly prepared concoction of simple ingredients created in harmony with one another.
Pestle and Mortar’s pure hyaluronic acid serum and hydrate moisturiser were the very first products to be released by this home-grown brand and the first I tried from the range. To say that I was intrigued and excited to get stuck into using them is an understatement. It is very rare to come across products that from the very first use feel like you could be on to a winner. The reason it has taken me so long to post about these products is because I wanted to be sure before I gave them such a prestigious review. I even went back and repurchased them to try establish if the quality remained consistent throughout. I bought both products from Meaghers Pharmacy.
Pure hyaluronic serum – €43 for 30ml
Pestle and Mortar’s pure hyaluronic serum was a complete revelation to me. I have always been aware of my dehydrated skin that remained parched looking regardless of the copious amounts of water I drank. I tried many products that claimed to restore and lock in moisture to no avail. When I heard that this slightly sticky, transparent watery gel like substance could target that dreaded dehydration look and restore a healthy glow, I knew I had to give it a whirl. At €43 it ain’t cheap but I can honestly say a few drops is all that is required for daily use. I love the simple design of the transparent glass bottle and dropper as it appeals to my inner scientist. The list of ingredients, the addition of vitamin E and it being free from nasty chemicals (parabens, propylene glycol) also really appeals to me. Also most importantly it does not smell chemically or perfumed.
As the name suggests the main ingredient in this serum is hyaluronic acid. So what is this wonderful ingredient? Well hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate that occurs naturally within the body (in connective tissue). It has a high affinity for water, meaning it absolutely loves the stuff. It is essential in keeping the skin looking youthful and plump. As you get older the body’s ability to produce hyaluronic acid decreases. As a result, you start to develop fine lines and wrinkles. Whilst this hyaluronic acid serum will help attract moisture into the various depths of the skin and provide a beautiful smooth hydrated appearance it will not permanently remove fine lines and wrinkles. The only thing for that is fillers/Botox unfortunately. It is also gentle on the skin perfect for those who suffer with sensitive skin. I apply two drops to my skin in the morning and two drops at night after I have thoroughly cleansed my skin and before I apply moisturiser. I have definitely noticed a difference to my skins overall look and texture whilst using this product. It certainly feels smoother and appears somewhat plumper. I find it also helps lock in and absorb the lovely ingredients in your moisturiser.
Hydrate moisturiser – €48 for 50ml
Pestle and Mortar’s hydrate moisturiser is a lightweight opaque cream that absorbs into the skin beautifully. It claims to reduce ageing whilst also repairing and hydrating the skin. I am not sure exactly how it reduces skin ageing as the key ingredient is a mixture of patented peptides. Obviously I don’t know anything regarding this mystery ingredient so I can’t comment on its anti aging claims. What I can say is this cream contains some wonderful natural ingredients such as jojoba, squalene, pomegranate, green tea and vitamin E. I am a big fan of natural jojoba oil as it is a fantastic light weight, super moisturising and easily absorbed solution. These natural ingredients are fantastic for smoothing and protecting the skin. When used alongside the hyaluronic acid serum, the skin appears smoother, softer and well hydrated.
I absolutely love this cream’s packaging as it is completely airtight and will dispense with one pumpful the right amount of product required for one facial application. It also helps keep the cream fresh. Scent wise it is slightly fragranced, delicate with no harsh chemical smell. It feels cool and soothing on the skin and is gentle to use on any skin type. It is pricey at €48 but with the cleverly designed container you cut down on product wastage etc. I tend to use this cream in the morning as I prefer a heavier moisturiser for night-time use. Another fantastic selling point for me is that it does not contain any parabens, mineral oil, silicones, sulphates, propylene glycol or synthetic fragrance.
What really appealed to me mostly about these two skincare products was the list of high quality ingredients in each product and the simple but elegant product packaging. Sometimes a no fuss approach is more enticing than over the top packaging. After all you are paying hard-earned cash for the contents of the package as opposed to the outside packaging. These uncomplicated skincare products certainly nurture and soothe the skin without having to depend on clever marketing strategies to try sell them. They simply sell themselves through word of mouth. In terms of anti ageing abilities, I don’t know how exactly that will fair out for me yet but only time will tell I suppose. Pestle and Mortar also sell these two beauties in a hydrating duo gift set for €86, saving you €5.
I am currently experimenting with the latest addition to the pestle & mortar family, a double cleansing system called erase and renew which I will review in due course. They also produce a retinol night cream which is a more intense anti-aging product that I am currently lusting over so it may require a purchase soon. For more information etc pop over to www.pestleandmortar.com