The brand was founded in 1993 by Farida Irani in Sydney, Australia, as a clinic of natural therapies. Farida says: “The oils are the prana or the life force of the plant. When using essential oils, the prana of the oil is synergised with our own prana, bringing positive results to the skin, body and senses.” All of the Subtle Energies products are made in Australia and are cruelty-free, safe and ethical following European standards of natural skincare.
During the recent hot spells, we have come to rely on the Pure Indian Rose Hydrosol daily toner and hydrating mist for normal, dry and mature skin types. Free from preservatives and alcohol-free, it is a lovely cooling way (particularly if you store in the fridge) to revitalise tired skin. Not only does it improve skin tone (we are seeing results after just two weeks of use) but at the same time, it truly awakens and uplifts the senses.
Rose in Ayurveda is a gentle ‘Rasayana’, or rejuvenator, and we found the delicate floral aroma of the Subtle Energies Pure Indian Rose Hydrosol really comforting. It didn’t feel like a regular toner which can sometimes sting when applied to sensitive skin, rather it has a lightly moisturising effect. It can be used on its own or as a base for a moisturiser. We were also excited to try Farida’s most loved product: Subtle Energies Facial Blend. The formula was prescribed in Farida’s clinic through the 90s, and she used to recommend it not just for skincare, but also to provides strong emotional support and for use in times of stress or with those who have trouble with sleep. A perfect choice for current times.
Encompassing the oils of Mogra – Queen of Jasmines, and a rare quality of Rose found in the lower valleys of the Himalayas in a base of Ashwagandha which stimulates cell renewal. The blend contains potent anti-ageing actives that helps to restore a youthful appearance to the skin, while its heavenly aroma balances the senses and uplifts the spirit. We found this to be the perfect accompaniment to the Subtle Energies Pure Indian Rose Hydrosol. After a quick spritz, take one to two drops of the Facial Blend, warm in the hands and then apply to the face and neck area. This two-step process every day, harnessing the magical qualities of the rose, has resulted in skin that glows.
Having strongly established the brand’s leading credentials in therapy and formulation, the Subtle Energies Global partnerships now include some of the world’s most exclusive hotels and resorts including Six Senses Hotels, Resorts and Spas, the Peninsula Hotel group, select Mandarin Oriental hotels, and key historic Four Seasons resorts.
Subtle Energies is the real deal in terms of Ayurveda principles and at the same time, benefits from 25 years of clinical research. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means ‘The Science of Life’ and originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It’s such a delight to discover a brand that holds these values dear, and one which uses only the very highest quality of nature’s most potent oils in their products. We can’t recommend highly enough.