Herbal Essentials - The Brand

Inspired by Himalayan purity and manufactured in France, Herbal Essentials believes in the learnings of Ancient Beauty Wisdoms adapted for modern day living.

Our ‘clean’ skincare formulations derive their efficacy from science yet are inspired by ancient beauty knowledge garnered from our ancestors. We scientifically blend pure Himalayan Spring Water with local natural extracts and ingredients to aid skin repair and to help prevent the signs of premature ageing. Herbal Essentials is firmly focused on enhancing overall skin health. Our skincare works with the body’s natural ability to repair from within. We strive to consistently deliver healthy, radiant, more youthful looking skin.

Paraben, paraffin and SLS - free, Herbal Essentials is cruelty free and a proud supporter of ‘1% for the Planet’. Herbal Essentials donates 1% of its global sales to the not-for-profit organisation that supports environmental protection.

Our Beginnings


Herbal Essentials’ founder Aly Rahimtoola was born in Pakistan, educated in the UK and US and has lived in Dubai for over two decades. A global citizen who has been lucky enough to travel the world, Aly loves to learn about lost beauty wisdom and cultural rituals. A student of history, he wants us to look back and re-learn what our ancestors knew, so that we may benefit from this knowledge too, as more often than not the lessons from our past can help guide or shape our future.

Though he left Pakistan at a young age, Aly’s roots have always remained in his home region, and it was during trip back to the northern foothills of the Himalayas that he discovered the power of pure Himalayan Spring Water. Collected straight from the foothills of the Himalayas, after spending decades passing through unique rock and soil formations gaining exceptional mineral properties, these waters possess fantastic benefits for the skin. They contain high concentrations of minerals which are well known for their cleansing, soothing, hydrating, protective and youth enhancing benefits.

Appreciating that ancient beauty wisdom and naturally inspired ingredients also need to be harnessed with modern formulation techniques, Aly has worked with leading formulators in France to innovate and create what we have today – what he calls “Beauty Rediscovered” or Herbal Essentials. Aly is dedicated to building Herbal Essentials into a trusted global consumer brand.

“Study the past if you would define the future.” – Confucius


Our Story

Herbal Essentials is a prestige beauty and lifestyle brand that seeks to optimise skin health using active plant botanicals in combination with pure Himalayan Spring Water, our formulas respect the learnings of ancient beauty wisdom. Inspired by the power of native Himalayan ingredients, our formulations harness science to amplify the potency of our skincare products. By fusing ancient beauty wisdom with best-in-class manufacturing techniques from award winning French formulators; Herbal Essentials’ ‘clean’ skincare products derive their efficacy from the perfect blend of wisdom and science. We strive to consistently deliver healthy, radiant, more youthful looking skin with high-performance, botanical skincare seeking balance in all that we do. Herbal Essentials has your total beauty regime covered with its essential range of products for all skin types. From Cleansers & Toners, Masks & Scrubs, to Serums & Moisturisers we offer a complete range to suit all skin types.

Himalayan Spring Water


The therapeutic use of water from thermal springs or external spas to treat different skin conditions dates back to ancient times. These waters are recognised for their numerous benefits, including the treatment of sensitive or inflamed skin in addition to comforting joint pain, arthritis and alleviating burns.

Our pure Himalayan Spring Water is collected straight from the foothills of the Himalayas, in order to get the highest concentration of macro minerals for our skincare products. The waters journey takes 20 years through the Himalayan stones and soil allowing it to absorb these extremely rich minerals, making this water unique throughout the world.

With a PH of 7.8, our water is alkaline. Alkaline water is an abundant source of antioxidants which help to neutralise free radicals and slow down the ageing process of the skin. It supports cells and tissues allowing them to regenerate and repair themselves, creating a stronger cell structure.

Our Himalayan Spring Water contains a high concentration of calcium, magnesium and potassium, well known for their cleansing, soothing, hydrating, protective and anti-ageing benefits for the skin.


Macro mineral benefits

Healthy, youthful looking skin depends on optimum levels of minerals. These minerals act as catalysts for many biological reactions necessary for helping maintain beautiful skin. Our Himalayan Spring Water contains unique combinations of the following minerals: 


Calcium plays a role in skin renewal by helping to generate new skin cells to replace old ones and facilitates the removal or shedding of old skin cells. Skin appears more youthful and forms a stronger skin barrier to help protect against external elements. Skin that does not have enough calcium may appear fragile, thin and dry, especially as we age. Calcium also assists in the production of skin antioxidants, which are needed to minimise the damage of important skin matrix proteins; collagen and elastin. Slowing down the breakdown of skin matrix proteins helps delay the appearance of wrinkles and the loss of skin elasticity, giving skin a more youthful appearance.




Magnesium can improve the skin’s overall appearance by reducing the damage to skin cells and vital proteins; as a result of inflammation caused by a variety of stressors. As well as acting as an antioxidant, Magnesium helps keep the outer barrier of the skin intact. It minimises dry skin conditions calms sensitive skin and reduces redness.




Potassium is needed to maintain healthy skin by balancing the amount of water in our skin, keeping the cells hydrated and skin internally moisturised.


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