Pestle & Mortar - Simple Solutions for Beautiful Skin

Pestle & Mortar – Simple Solutions for Beautiful Skin

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Written by Oonagh O’Hagan of Meaghers

Really great daily skincare has always been top of list for the Meagher’s customer and we simply adore Irish brand Pestle & Mortar. Aside from their stunning monochromatic packaging and luxurious gifting options, Pestle & Mortar products work for everyone and all skin types. Kildare-based brand founder Sonia Deasy’s formulations are packed with exciting active ingredients and a host of nourishing natural extracts. They feel fabulous on the skin and with daily use, skin gets everything it needs to look and feel its best.

‘packed with exciting active ingredients and a host of nourishing natural extracts…’

Pestle & Mortar launched in 2014 with just a single product, their now-iconic Pure Hyaluronic Serum. The range has since grown to 10 products that target various skincare concerns. I’m a huge fan of their flagship serum and their super-lightweight daily moisturiser but in essence,  this is a brand that you can rely on to build a complete skincare routine that works for you.


Here are my top picks in the Pestle & Mortar range:


What is it: A lightweight moisturiser that sinks straight into the skin and hydrates without clogging pores. Blended with natural moisturising factor squalane and anti-ageing peptide technology. 

What it does for skin: It leaves skin super soft, firm and hydrated. 

Key ingredient: Pestle & Mortar vegan squalane derived from olives. It’s a highly penetrative anti-ageing ingredient that won’t irritate the skin  as it occurs naturally in the  body.

Why I love it: I have to say my stalwart Pestle & Mortar duo is Hydrate paired with Pure Hyaluronic Serum. Hydrated skin is healthy skin but it can be hard to  find a dependable daily moisturiser. Hydrate has a heavenly lightweight texture and doesn’t interfere with make up.



What is it: A retinoid night oil formulated with two types of retinol in a base of  organic, cold-pressed oils.

What it does for skin:  It literally supercharges the skin while you sleep, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and dealing with an uneven complexion. A powerhouse formulation that softens, firms and nourishes all at once.

Key ingredient: Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR), a revolutionary form of retinol that is strong enough to produce visible results but clever enough to be non-irritating. 

Why I love it: I use this 2 to 3 times a week. Retinol is an ingredient that’s essential for ageing skin but people shy away from it  because it can  cause skin sensitisation. Superstar gives me retinol benefits without risk  and I wake up with skin that  looks plump, hydrated and refined.



What is it: A silky eye cream that sinks straight in and hydrates  the delicate skin around the eye area.

What it does for skin: Recover smoothes fine lines, reduces puffiness and dark circles and brightens eye area skin.

Key ingredient: Palmitoyl tripeptide-5, a  super- peptide that boosts collagen production to deliver more youthful, firmer-looking skin.

Why I love it: As with all Pestle & Mortar products, this eye cream is blended without silicones. 

It sinks into the skin and sits obediently under makeup without pilling.



What is it: A fine-misting facial spritz that reminds me of the sea

What it does for skin: Calms, clarifies and refreshes skin 24/7

Key ingredient: Irish magnesium harvested from the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ireland. I love seeing an Irish brand making use of  local ingredients. Magnesium is an amazing skin rescuer – it calms stressed skin and reduces inflammation. 

Why I love it: It’s a pick-me-up for skin and can even be spritzed on over makeup. I love having it in my handbag for a quick boost of refreshing hydration.



What is it: A lightly scented solid balm cleanser

What it does for skin: Thoroughly removes makeup (even eye makeup) & spf without stripping the skin.

Key ingredient: Grape seed oil, a natural oil that has super emollient properties. It’s immensely hydrating and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and scars.

Why I love it: This literally removes EVERYTHING, even the most stubborn waterproof mascara. I love that it leaves skin hydrated and bouncy too.



What is it: A non foaming gel cleanser that polishes the skin.

What it does for skin: Renew unclogs pores, improves skin tone and leaves skin gently polished and illuminated.

Key Ingredient: Superoxide dismutase, an enzyme that lessens inflammation and  protects the skin against premature ageing.

Why I love it: This cleanser feels amazing. It’s packed with fruit enzymes and leaves my skin glowing and refined. No sulphates mean that it doesn’t dry the skin, which is always a concern when choosing a daily cleanser.



What is it: A gentle leave-on lactic acid solution enriched with skin-brightening Indian Gooseberry extract and black tea.

What it does for skin: NMF sloughs away dead skin cells, lightens dark spots and delivers a boost of hydration to skin.

Key ingredient: Lactic Acid, an amazing skincare ingredient that creates visible change in the skin. It’s a sensitive skin hero and rarely causes irritation.

Why I love it: This is a gentle acid toner that really does deliver. With consistent use, skin recovers its natural, healthy glow.



What is it: A gentle glycolic acid toner blended with niacinamide and green tea.

What it does for skin:  Exfoliate removes dead skin cells, reduces pore size and lightens dark spots to leave skin looking radiant.

Key Ingredient: Glycolic acid, a hydrating skincare acid that exfoliates the skin and helps to reduce the appearance of sun damage, fine lines and uneven skin texture.

Why I love it: I use this once a week to give my skin an exfoliation boost and to keep my complexion bright and toned.



What is it: Dubbed ‘Botox in a Bottle’ by fans of the brand, Pure Hyaluronic Serum is a velvety serum that has an instant skin-plumping  effect.

What it does for skin: What does it not do?!  This serum is my skin’s best friend. It locks-in  moisture, smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles and delivers a baby-soft complexion.

Key ingredient: Hyaluronic acid, the skincare super-hero ingredient that can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water.

Why I love it: There are many hyaluronic serums on the market and this is one of my firm favourites. It sinks into my skin without leaving any sticky residue and it works instantly. A multi-tasking skincare staple that I won’t do without.



What is it: Pestle & Mortar’s new vitamin c serum, formulated using 3 types of high-performance vitamin c together with natural tamarind and pumpkin extracts.

What it does for skin: It’s immensely brightening. Skin looks fresher, more radiant and younger.

Key Ingredient: Vitamin c, a powerful ingredient that’s essential for healthy skin but that the body can’t produce naturally. It helps the body to synthesise collagen resulting in skin that’s supple, smooth and toned.

Why I love it: Perfect for use under makeup, this is a velvety serum that instantly gives me a brighter complexion so that I can start each day with radiant skin.



Oonagh O’Hagan

Meaghers Pharmacy

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Pestle & Mortar – Simple Solutions for Beautiful Skin

by Lisa McGowan time to read: 26 min