Thursday, 29 October 2015

Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum




What is it?
'A hyaluronic acid serum that hydrates and soothes even the most sensitive skin while smoothing fine lines and restoring youthful elasticity. Targets fine lines, dullness and dehydration restoring a healthy glow, plumpness and radiance.'

A lightweight hyaluronic acid serum/liquid.

Who is it for?
Everyone with skin. Literally. Especially great for those with dehydration, dryness or the classic feeling of 'tightness' on the skin.

What’s in it?
Aqua, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *Sodium Hyaluronate,  *Cucumis sativus fruit extract, Butylene Glycol, *Tocopheryl Acetate, *Glycerin, *Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, *Caprylyl Glycol

*plant derived

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
not really

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Vegan/Natural/Man made

Tested on animals/sold in China?
No/No

What's not in it?
parabens
propylene glycol
alcohol
fragrance
animal by-products

How do you use it?
Apply 3-4 drops into palm of hand, therapist swipe, apply quickly to skin. Apply, don't worry too much about massaging in, it absorbs quickly.

What’s good about it?
This is an excellent hydrator and could be perfect for those of you wanting to avoid fragrance and faff. It literally absorbs in seconds, and the effect is immediate.
The market for hyaluronic acids is growing, but this one has the fewest ingredients I have come across. It feels 'clean' to use, if that makes sense. Perfect for this time of year. Everyone I have seen at events recently has been dehydrated due to the change in weather, something like this gives immediate relief.

What’s not so good about it?
Not much. All good so far.

Where to use in your routine?
After toning, under moisturiser. I prefer to acid tone, spritz, apply this, then moisturiser. A moisture sandwich if you will.

Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum is £33.00 for 30ml and available from Liberty.co.uk and pestleandmortarcosmetics.com 

Similar products?
Hydraluron - original review here - available from Boots.com
Hylamide - original review here - available from Boots.com



43 comments:

  1. On my second bottle of this gem & i find it so much better & nicer to use than Hydraluron.I shall now continue my love affair with this knowing it gets the Hiron approval!!

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  2. Ooh this sounds ideal for my dehydrated and spotty (hormones) skin 😊

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    1. Everyone is dehydrated at this time of year! :)

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  3. Oooooh! This sounds amazing. In Australia, EVERYONE's skin is dehydrated. I've been using the Vichy Aqualia serum, found via Salli Hughes and also your blog. I figure if you both rate it, it must be a wonder-product. But I always favour formulas that eliminate unnecessary ingredients. Its a sign of good design. (And just look at that lovely packaging!) I wonder if their website ships internationally...

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    1. They do :) https://pestleandmortar.zendesk.com/hc/en-gb/articles/203015862-Do-you-ship-internationally-

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    2. Sali loves the Vichy. It's a little itchy on me these days. Different skins, different products! :)

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    3. I'm currently using several Vichy products and loving them. Was thinking about Sali during my morning You Tube session while getting ready and thinking I've not seen anything of her lately on there. I hope she's doing ok, I miss her soothing voice!

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  4. I use REN Beauty Shot to boost hydration - I know the product comes with all that blablabla about firming and tightening and etc, but I really just use it because of the high concentration of hyaluronic acid, whenever my skin needs (I refuse to stop using my beloved serums, so 2-3 times a week I use on top of serum, before moisturizer... another layer, hehe). Works very well :)

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  5. What is therapist swipe? Swear I've read this entire website inside out and I've only recently seen this phrase!! (aka I'm a true fan I promise!)

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    1. I think Mrs. H demonstrates it in a video somewhere or a post with pictures..maybe one about facial massage if I remember correctly? It's basically that you press your two palms together and twist/turn palms and pull in opposite directions so that the product spreads evenly on both palms and fingers...hope that makes sense.

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  6. This looks a) amazing, b) fairly priced, and c) not readily available in America. Pooh.

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    1. Hey there, they ship internationally. And to the states too! Check the website out.

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    2. Shipping costs $22 though!

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    3. True. But your skin is worth it. Buy two then only one shipping lol ;-)

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  7. This sounds interesting but I have been seeing results with Hylamide so much so that I do not mind the packaging!
    The Deciem website is quoting you. Happy Friday.

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  8. Hi Caroline,

    Would you choose this one over the Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster from Paulas Choice ?

    Thank you

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  9. Hi Caroline, how does this compare to the Odacite one? Or Vichy Aqualia? Do they all do the same thing and it's just a question of preference...? I need some hydration but what to go for!

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  10. Hi Caroline, how does this compare to the Odacite one? Or Vichy Aqualia? Do they all do the same thing and it's just a question of preference...? I need some hydration but what to go for!

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  11. Hi Caroline,
    Is 100% pure hyaluronic acid too strong to use without additional ingredients? Is that even an accurate statement or just a marketing ploy?

    -Abi

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    1. Hi Abi

      'Pure' is the name of the product. ' Pure Hyaluronic Serum '

      Our Pure Hyaluronic Serum contains 80% Hyaluronic acid solution which is 2% concentrate.

      Kind Regards,
      Pestle & Mortar

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    2. This is exceptionally misleading and therefore I don't trust your brand, and wont be buying from you now or in the future.

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    3. Hi VB,

      Hyaluronic Acid won't really penetrate on its own - it has to be in a formulation with other ingredients to aid penetration. Was tempted to ask if you were Victoria Beckham. ;) x

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    4. Thanks Caroline. I understand and at the same time it's misleading to call it pure! No I'm not but himself is David and I'm Victoria so we do have some fun with it! x

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    5. Caroline, I'd love to know what you think of Skinceuticals B5. thank you

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    6. It is misleading but marketing is marketing. Sodium hyaluronate cannot be used at over 1-2% unless you want a block of jelly, but 2% doesn't sound very good if you try to sell it because people don't know any better, so you get these kinds of claims. Others do it so everyone must do it unless they want to lose customers.

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    7. Hi VB

      Nowhere do we claim that it is 100% pure hyaluronic acid. The product name is called 'Pure Hyaluronic Serum'. I am sorry that you feel that we are being misleading it was never our intentions

      Kind Regards,
      Pestle & Mortar

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  12. I'm in the States and I just ordered from their website - free shipping and no tax! I use a vitamin c serum every morning and their rep said it could be layered over other serums. I think this is just what I'll need this winter, when I get even more sensitive to fragrance.

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  13. Hi Caroline, new to all this at 43 - would love a post on recommended skincare products shopping list for someone who is starting from scratch and has say £30 now and £20 a month to invest...Really enjoying dipping into the blog but am somewhat bamboozled by the many choices! Thank you :)

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  14. Hi Caroline,

    Sodium Hyaluronate congests my skin, I get little bumps all over. Do you know if products with Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid will cause the same reaction, or do the two versions of hyaluronic acid function differently?

    Thank you!
    Elle

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    1. Sodium hyaluronate becomes hyaluronic acid when hydrolysed. It's exactly the same thing always when it is liquid. I doubt HA is what is causing a bad reaction because it's very rare that it would. It's probably some other ingredients in what you're using.

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    2. Thank you so much, Sara! I've given some star products (Estee Lauder ANR, Strivectin, Skinceuticals B5 masque, Clinique essence....) real trial periods and always end up with the same result. The only common ingredient I could find was Sodium Hyaluronate. Is there something else in there you think might be doing it? I'm scared to try any hydrating products people rave about that have HA in them, which knocks out most of my options. Thank you! Elle

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  15. A hylaronic serum has made the single biggest change to my skin. I started with the Hada Labo serum but was going through one bottle a month and didn't want to pay that. More recently I've been buying powdered hylaronic acid and vitamin c powder and mixing them up with glycerin and distilled to make a week at a time supply.

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    1. Hi there...I just posted a comment below before I read yours.!!!! i'm with you all the way ...Now I will try your way= with VitC powder too I also use MSM powder but I don't like glycerin, does it work better when it is added? I am sure we are making as good a product as the expensive names !!

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    2. Not andrea but I have some experience with DIY cosmetics. Glycerin is a humectant like HA. If you don't like it, don't use it. If you do use it, keep the percentage low as well, it becomes sticky at over 4%. If you already have HA, I'd use 1-2%. They are different but serve the same function. Glycerin is a very good humectant as well. Vit C is EXTREMELY unstable so it's absolutely wise to make a serum only for a week. Keep it in the dark, in a dark bottle that has an airless pump. Vit C oxidises in the presence of air and light. Another thing is that if you make something that you do not use up in a few days, you have to use a preservative if there is water in the formula.

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  16. I've ordered! Couldn't get on with hydraluron - this sounds more my cup of tea X

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  17. Have you ever bought the full strength powder and mixed your own ? Saves a bundle, easy to make - but has to be stirred off&on throughout an hour, mix to suit your own need. I also add MSM powder for extra "power".

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  18. Is there a different formulation for the product sold in the US? Or perhaps they have updated the formulation? I am also seeing a list which includes ceramide NP (nanoparticles?! not sure the NP stands for...) and lactic acid.

    Can anyone shed some light? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Lauren

      Yes the formulation has been updated in Europe. We are still working through Stock in the USA thus the difference in the formulations.

      Kind Regards,
      Pestle & Mortar

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  19. Mine arrived today. What gorgeous packaging. So excited to use this. I just love all your advice and tips my skin is looking so much better since I was introduced to you by my daughter. She blogs and you tubes too about beauty so so glad she told me about you. You are part of my weekly me time. Could not miss a blog now. How rude would that be.

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  20. I have been using this for a couple of months now and it has made such a difference to my skin. I used to get random dry patches and my foundation would disappear during the day. This no longer happens. I would highly recommend this. Can't wait to try their moisturiser. Thank you for the recommendation Caroline.

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  21. Hi Caroline,
    What are your views on Cellex-C Hydra 5 B Complex?
    Thanks

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