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I first came across Pestle & Mortar when perusing the internet for ‘news’ (read memes) and I don’t know if I’m the next Mystic Meg, but I knew I had to try it. Rave reviews from other beauty junkies supported my inkling. Being fickle, I get bored of most products unless they are a) incredibly good looking, or b) make my skin look insane so when P&M’s cleansers came onto the scene – and worked – I was beyond happy. Three months down the line and the more I use, the more I like.
Sonia Deasy, along with her biochemist sister and photographer husband, launched the brand at the end of 2014 in pursuit of skincare that was easy to use, free of harsh chemicals, not too pricey and effective. Spoiler alert: they did it. There are six products in the range: the ‘I’ve-Won-All-The-Awards’ Hyaluronic Acid serum, a Retinol Night Oil (that ups cell turnover), a super hydrating moisturizer, two cleansers (part of the Double Cleansing System, more of which later), and a muslin face cloth. They’re as straightforward as beauty products come - if you’ve haven’t got a ‘routine’, don’t know where to start, or are just plain lazy then this is a perfect brand for you.
My favourite is the newly launched double cleansing system, which makes giving your face a really thorough clean, fun. The concept of double cleansing is a bit foreign to some, but essentially the first cleanse takes off dirt, makeup and anything that sits on the skin’s surface, while the second cleans deeper into the skin itself - pores and all. I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is the very best thing you can do for your skin; you’ll see a real boost in all-round skin tone after a few weeks.
Erase (step 1) is an oil-based balm with a sugary texture, that along with pumpkin enzymes, exfoliates skin revealing amazing skin hidden underneath. It’s not stripping, won’t leave you feeling oily and is so gentle that it’s even brilliant at getting eye makeup off. The second step, Renew, is a gel cleanser in a nifty pump, that turns into a milk on damp skin. It dissolves the last morsels of grime on and in your skin, thanks to natural ingredients like meadowfoam seed oil that cleverly dissolve blockages in pores.
Erase and Renew are basically the Beyonce and Jay-Z of the cleansing world – a partnership that dreams are made of and few can match – so it would be a crime not to try them.