Pestle and Mortar Erase Cleansing Balm




Skin Type:

Combination, Dry, Normal, Oily, Sensitive

Skin Concern:

Ageing, Dehydration, Dryness, Pigmentation, Sensitivity, Uneven tone/texture, Visible pores

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Pestle & Mortar Erase Cleansing Balm is a decadent balm that melts makeup,  soothes the skin and illuminates the complexion.

You only need to use a small amount but because it’s so gorgeous you can’t help but want to use more.

This is a beautiful cleansing balm that rivals the big names: Eve Lom, Emma Hardie and Elemis.

And, in a battle between all these big names, we’d still put the Pestle & Mortar Erase Cleansing Balm at the top of the list.

You won’t find any mineral oil, lanolin or questionable chemicals. Just natural-origin ingredients that are easily recognisable.

This balm has been renamed the Pestle & Mortar Erase Makeup Removing Balm, but nothing in the formulation has changed. This is still the product we know and love.

Why Pestle & Mortar Erase Cleansing Balm?

Skin care love comes in two different types. Love at first use. And love that grows with every use. For us, this cleansing balm fell into the second type.

It’s made using a blend of luxurious botanical oils, including Grapeseed, Sunflower,  Meadowfoam, Prickly Pear, Pumpkin Seed and Vitamin E. There are only a few other ingredients to help this natural oil balm emulsify and rinse away. It has just the right amount of heavenly fragrance from essential oils to relax and uplift, but not so much that it overwhelms. And, unlike many balms, it rinses well so that your face isn’t left feeling like it has greasy residue.

This cleansing balm has a semi-solid texture that quickly melts into the skin as you massage it in. This is part of what makes this cleansing balm so special. It helps to refine and clarify the skin over time.

Your skin will feel amazingly soft and supple. And, once you’ve fallen in love, there’s no going back.

Key ingredients

The stars of the show in this makeup-removing balm are a blend of luxurious botanical oils: Grape, Sunflower, Meadowfoam, Prickly Pear and Pumpkin seed. These cold-pressed oils dissolve and lift away makeup lift while protecting your skin’s natural health. Cold-pressed oils are purer and retain more of their natural beneficial properties.

Grapeseed Oil is a super lightweight oil that’s protective, balancing, moisturising and soothing. Grapeseed Oil contains fatty acids to replenish the skin and antioxidants, specifically polyphenols, to fight fine lines, sun spots and sagging. Its natural astringent and antioxidant properties make this oil a great choice for anyone looking to achieve firmer-looking skin.

Prickly Pear Seed Oil contains beneficial fatty acids, amino acids, phytosterols and antioxidants. Fatty acids strengthen the skin’s barrier function. This oil is particularly high in Omega 6, which helps with inflammation, healing and renewal. Amino acids are essential for healthy skin. They strengthen the skin’s defences, maintain its healthy  appearance and enhance its resilience. Phytosterols protect and promote collagen in the skin. Prickly Pear Seed Oil also has antioxidant benefits.

Meadowfoam Seed Oil is a wonderfully moisturising, softening and anti-ageing oil. It seals in moisture, balances sebum production and reduces oxidative stress in the skin caused by UV exposure and pollutants.

Pumpkin Seed Oil is rich in Vitamin E, Zinc and fatty acids, specifically Omega 3 and Omega 6. These fatty acids support the structural health of the skin and strengthen the skin barrier so that it’s better able to fend off stressors and retain moisture. The antioxidants in this oil help to offset damage caused by free radicals.


  • Thorough makeup and sunscreen removal without stripping
  • Calming and nourishing
  • Super moisturising
  • Softening and refining

Best suits

It can be used by all skin types.

The Pestle & Mortar Erase Cleansing balm has been thoughtfully formulated using clean ingredients and specially selected cold-pressed botanical oils. The oils used have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, while also being balancing.

A small amount of this product goes a surprisingly long way, so this jar should last you quite a while.

Perfect pairs

After using the cleansing balm, follow with the Pestle & Mortar Renew Gel Cleanser. This is an illuminating gel cleanser that uses pumpkin enzymes to promote cell turnover and give you clearer and brighter skin. At the same time, it conditions, softens and improves skin health. The Pestle & Mortar Renew Gel Cleanser also can be used as a stand-alone cleanser in the morning.

Good to know

This balm has a light fragrance from essential oils.

For best results, remove it with a damp muslin cloth or face cloth.

This product contains no parabens, mineral oil, silicones, sulphates or propylene glycol.

Cruelty free and vegan.

Pestle & Mortar brand ethos

Pestle & Mortar’s philosophy is “simple solutions for beautiful skin”.

It combines high performance active ingredients with nourishing natural extracts to create skin care products that are simple and effective.

It believes in creating products that are pure, safe and suitable for all skin types.

Pestle & Mortar positions itself as clean and conscious, and is PETA-approved.

All its packaging is exceptionally elegant and made with recycling in mind.

Pestle & Mortar Erase Cleansing Balm Review

Pestle & Mortar’s [cleansing] system is a cut above the rest. This is vain, but the non-fussy black-and-white packaging looks aggressively elegant in my bathroom cabinet. Additionally, unlike industry favourite, Eve Lom, Erase and Renew are developed without much maligned mineral oil. Most important, the system simply cleans my skin better. It’s hard to find face washes that simultaneously cleanse well and feel good. That this double-cleansing system does both and is more than a small victory.

Ashley Weatherford from The Cut

How to use

Scoop out a small amount of the Pestle & Mortar Erase Cleansing Balm and rub together to warm before massaging gently onto a dry face and neck.

Apply last to the eye area, only after the oil has warmed up.

Remove using a damp muslin cloth or face cloth.

Follow with the Pestle & Mortar Renew Gel Cleanser.



Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Peg-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sorbitan Stearate, Tocopherol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Cucurbita Pepo Seed oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Leaf Oil, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Citral.


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