Created to solve sensitive skin woes: The Face Cream

This super-soft, 99% natural formulation hydrates, nourishes, heals, and protects sensitive skin on the face. Find out why we made this game-changer product. 

Behind the creation of the Essentials Range is the personal story of our founder Sonia Deasy, a mother of five who understands the challenges of addressing various skincare needs within a family. From dealing with itchy skin and dryness to managing eczema, finding a skincare solution that suits everyone can be daunting.

“3 of my children suffer with mild eczema, and being children, they won’t tolerate heavy, thick creams on their skin. I developed the Essentials Range as an effective one-stop solution for daily family skincare. It’s a clean, clinical collection of products formulated with 99% natural ingredients that feel lovely on the skin. Even the fussiest toddler will love using it.”

Drawing on her extensive ingredient expertise, Sonia set about creating a range of products that would benefit everyone every day. Always in favour of natural plant and vegetable oils over mineral oil alternatives, Sonia chose to feature skin-conditioning ingredients like avocado oil, squalane and shea butter in Essentials products. Clean, clinical, and safe, the range embodies  Pestle & Mortar’s trademark ethos of simple solutions for beautiful skin.

Sensitive skin on the face can be a challenge, often feeling dry, tight, and uncomfortable. Many traditional creams and moisturisers exacerbate these issues, sitting heavily on the skin and doing little to support the skin barrier. For those dealing with conditions like eczema and dry skin, the struggle can be even more stressful. That’s why The Face Cream was thoughtfully crafted to provide a gentle and nourishing solution for sensitive skin on the face, while simultaneously restoring and strengthening the skin barrier. Created with a deep understanding of sensitive skin concerns, The Face Cream brings comfort, hydration, and relief to sensitive, itchy, inflamed skin, and also works hard to rebalance skin that suffers from excess oiliness.

“I wanted to create a facial moisturiser that leaves sensitive, itchy, inflamed skin feeling soft, hydrated and super comfortable – one that people who struggle with sensitive skin can trust 100%.”
– Sonia Deasy


When it comes to sensitive skin, less is definitely more, and you should apply this maxim across the ingredients in the products you use and the number of steps in your routine. In a nutshell: keep it simple! Skin that is easily sensitised shows signs of a weakened skin barrier, and the goal is to make it stronger. 

By focusing on gentle, nourishing formulations and minimising the potential for irritation, you can support your skin’s natural defenses and promote a healthier, more resilient complexion. Simplicity is the secret to achieving a radiant and balanced complexion, free from discomfort and inflammation.

Reactive skin craves balance, whether it’s oily or inflamed, rough or itchy. The Face Cream combines carefully selected skin-healing ingredients that work together to strengthen the skin barrier and restore your skin’s natural balance. It blends ingredients chosen for their ability to soothe and nourish even the most reactive skin types. Avocado oil deeply hydrates and soothes, while green tea extract reduces redness and protects against environmental stressors. Rosehip oil restores suppleness and diminishes the appearance of scars, while niacinamide nurtures and supports the skin’s barrier function, reducing inflammation and promoting a more even complexion. The transformative power of a few powerful ingredients will bring balance and calm to sensitive skin.

Approved by dermatologists

Every product in the essentials range is specially designed to relieve dry and itchy skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.  Essentials products are absorbent, non-greasy, and rich in nourishing plant oils to soothe and strengthen sensitive skin. We understand the importance of trust and assurance when it comes to skincare, especially for those with sensitive skin. The Face Cream is free from skin irritants, fragrance-free, and suitable for all ages and skin types. As with every product in our Essentials range, it is dermatologist-approved, so you can trust that what you are putting on your skin is safe, gentle, and will cause no adverse reaction.

Planet-loving products

At Pestle & Mortar, we’re committed to minimizing our impact on the planet. That’s why we’ve made sustainability a key focus for the Essentials Range. The Face Cream comes in a 100% recyclable tube with no outer packaging. All components can be disposed of in general recycling, including the lid.

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