Two Years in the Making

The latest Pestle & Mortar product has been two years in the making. It was to be our biggest launch ever. Due to Covid-19, it’s now not going to be the biggest, but it can still be the best. Our new product arrived into stock just as Ireland went into lockdown and we realized quickly that we had two choices. Sit looking at the stock and cry. Or let our customers enjoy it and hope that it brightens someone’s day while brightening their skin.

So we’ve decided to do what we do best: get creative and serve our customers.

What is it that took us Two Years to Formulate?

The latest Pestle & Mortar product has been a long time in the making. More complicated to formulate than most cosmetic products and requiring custom packaging and an innovative delivery system to make sure that it stays active, Pestle & Mortar’s latest launch is Vitamin C 2 Phase Serum. It’s an intense blend of vitamin c and natural extracts for dramatically brighter-looking skin. And in these unsettling circumstances, we can all do with some brightening up.

A Different C-Word

3 types of high-performance vitamin c means that skin gets superior vitamin c benefits without irritation. Vitamin C Phase Serum is blended with skin-brightening natural tamarind extract to deliver fresher, brighter looking skin. Innovative 2-phase pump technology mixes a vitamin c rich water phase with a super lightweight oil phase to deliver one perfect dose of velvety serum.

Launching under Lockdown

For the past few months, we’ve been calling Vitamin C 2 Phase Serum the ‘happy morning product’ in the Pestle & Mortar offices. Best applied in the morning after cleansing, it visibly brightens the skin and reduces dark spots. Ideal for skin that is dull and sad-looking, Vitamin C 2 Phase Serum cheers the skin up so that it looks and feels happy and healthy.

We’re launching it under lockdown in a very special way at a very strange time. Direct selling feels uncomfortable right now so we’ll be giving a complimentary bottle of our brand new Vitamin C Serum while stocks last

How Do You Get it?

While stocks last, everyone that spends $140 will get our new Vitamin C 2 Phase serum free of charge. There’s no delay with our online ordering system right now and we are shipping as normal. In return, we’d love real reviews from our customers. We want to know how our customers feel about the velvety texture, the creative packaging and whether it brightens up their morning and their skin as it is intended to – ***This offer is no longer valid***

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Inspired by Natural Healing, Powered by Science

At Pestle & Mortar, we combine high performance active ingredients with nourishing natural extracts to create skincare products that are simple and effective. Inspired by our founder’s heritage in Indian Natural Healing, we set out to harness the immense skin conditioning properties of natural tamarind fruit and blend them with superior quality vitamin C to create a skin serum that feels amazing. Vitamin C 2-Phase serum instantly delivers smooth skin, even tone and a naturally vibrant complexion.

The Beauty Shortlist Awards 2020 have been announced and we are absolutely thrilled to have won Best Retinol Oil with Superstar. 

Superstar Retinoid Night 

What skincare ingredient can combat pretty much all skin issues? Retinol is really the only proven component in any skincare product to reverse wrinkles. It literally prompts the skin to re-generate itself. Retinol in skincare can address dryness, dullness, ageing, wrinkles, lines, dark spots, enlarged pores and pimples. Pestle and Mortar’s Superstar night oil is blended in a base of cold-pressed rapeseed oil and is the perfect non-irritating retinol solution for all skin-types. Packaged in a sleek black airless cylinder to preserve the active ingredients in the formulation, Superstar stays fresh and active with every use and will add a touch of luxury to your skincare routine. According to Founder Sonia Deasy:

‘There ought to be some luxury involved in looking after yourself – I think a lot of busy women and mums would appreciate this sentiment. I created Superstar for these women, myself included. Superstar is a luxurious retinoid night oil which works overnight to repair and rejuvenate the skin. It’s a skincare treat at bedtime which delivers visible results. Our night oil is eponymously names for what I wanted it to be – a Superstar!’

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Pestle & Mortar’s Exfoliate Glycolic Toner has won Denmark’s prestigious Beautyspace Aarets Quickfix Award 2019. According to

“Exfoliate quickly delivers visible skin-enhancing results but also goes deeper than the surface. A smoother, more uniform complexion is achieved with consistent use.”

Exfoliate is a glycolic acid based formulation which evens-out skin tone, brightens the complexion, tightens pores and promotes skin cell renewal. With a free acid-value of 6.8% and a pH of 3.5, Exfoliate is suitable for all skin types and delivers instant skin benefits. Formulated with skin brightening and toning ingredients, Exfoliate diminishes dullness to deliver a glowing and rejuvenated complexion. refers to Exfoliate’s ‘uncomplicated recipe’. True to the Pestle & Mortar philosophy ‘less-is-more’, star ingredients glycolic acid, niacinamide and white daisy flower extract play the central roles in a toner that quickly delivers visible results.

Well, what a year it’s been so far for us here in Pestle & Mortar and not least due to the fact that our co-founder Sonia Deasy was chosen as one of 24 finalists in the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme passionately believes in promoting entrepreneurship across the island of Ireland and empowering entrepreneurs to grow their businesses in Ireland, Northern Ireland and around the world. As a skincare brand that is focussed on building global customer trust in Irish skincare, we were certainly empowered as the journey progressed throughout the year.

The theme of this year’s programme was ‘Be Brave, Be Bold’, an inspiring message for entrepreneurs and businesses across all industries. Sonia travelled to Hong Kong in May in the company of EY Alumni and fellow finalists where she experienced the scale of industry in the East. Being in the company of Irish entrepreneurs from a wide range of industries was an education in itself:

“My journey with the EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ programme was simply amazing. I learnt a lot, but I think the lesson that stood out for me was that there isn’t a single (successful) entrepreneur anywhere who doesn’t have to take a deep breath and step out of their comfort zone at times. Success lies outside your comfort zone and not within it. You really do need to be brave and be bold. That’s the lesson that the programme reinforced for me.”

This year’s programme culminated in a glittering televised Awards Ceremony last Thursday night in Dublin where Richard Kennedy of Devenish was crowned 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year. The night was charged with excitement, fun and friendship with the Pestle & Mortar team and their families in attendance to support Sonia.

As a brand that launched just 5 years ago with just one single product, Pestle & Mortar is truly honoured to have been the only Irish Skincare brand taking the stage with finalists from a wide range of tech, retail, industry and agri businesses.

A massive thanks from everyone at Pestle & Mortar to the EOY committee, Alumni and fellow finalists for what was a truly rewarding experience.


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Pestle & Mortar co-founder and CEO Sonia Deasy has made the final 24 in the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ Programme 2019. The EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ is a world-class development programme that supports, advises and connects a community of entrepreneurs, championing entrepreneurship throughout the island of Ireland. Over the past 22 years, Ernst and Young has been on a mission to celebrate Ireland’s bravest and most inspiring entrepreneurs.

Finalists in the programme are challenged to step back and think differently about themselves and their businesses and create relationships with former winners and Alumni with a view to helping to grow their business further. This year, the theme for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ programme is ‘Be Brave, Be Bold’. Finalists will be challenged to leave their fears behind and face risk head on, with a calculated courage that has already seen them define their lives along the road less travelled.

Sonia Deasy

Sonia Deasy is co-founder and CEO of Pestle & Mortar, an Irish skincare company which launched in 2014. Since the phenomenal success of her first formulation Sonia has catapulted the company onto the global stage. As a direct result of Sonia’s visionary formulation ethos, Pestle & Mortar has experienced exceptional global business performance for a company that was founded just five years ago. Sonia’s innovative formulation strategy is inspired by her sixth-generation Indian heritage in natural healing. With a formulation ethos of ‘less-is-more’, and a mission to enhance and protect natural beauty, Pestle & Mortar is a skincare brand that is committed  to providing simple solutions for beautiful skin. By combining natural extracts with high-performance technological actives, Sonia creates the most effective skincare solutions using as few ingredients as possible. Pestle & Mortar’s value systems have garnered a loyal customer following, testament to Sonia’s unique vision and flair for innovation.

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The Beauty Editors at RSVP Magazine – that inspirational lifestyle edit for smart, confident, fashion forward women – have announced the Pestle & Mortar Exfoliate glycolic acid toner, as a WINNER in their Beauty Awards 2018. Hydrate has picked up the ”Best Liquid Exfoliator” award 2019 and we are brimming over with pride!

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