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Today and every other day, women are making greater strides in fulfilling their aspirations, bringing ideas into realities, achieving the unthinkable and playing multiple roles at home and at workplace with élan. Women have come a long way since 1909 when their powerful counterparts walked to demand equal rights. And while there may still be some way to go to see more women have their say in every field, this day and every day, these women deserve our bow for the contribution they make in our lives without making it look like a big deal. We present our top 5 gifting ideas that befit this woman, her grace, her beauty and simplicity, her hard work and determination and in doing so, celebrating her as she is.

For the woman who is on her toes literally all day, there has to be something to calm, reinvigorate the mind and body after a long day at work. A soothing and sensually invigorating aromatherapy is as good as it gets. Who can possibly turn down a unique collection of Ayurveda inspired breathtaking aromatherapy oils to balance mind and emotions?!

Shankara’s Aromatherapy Collection

Shankara’s Aromatherapy collection balances all the three doshas and brings together the following formulations of essential oils:

Grounding and Centering: Essential oils from Cardamom, Sandalwood EO, and Vetiver

Cooling and Soothing: Essential oils from Sandalwood, Lavender, Geranium

Stimulating and Invigorating: EO from Lemon, Bergamot, Cypress and Grapefruit.

The jury is out on how potentially harmful commonly available deodorants are for our bodies in the long run. For example, most of them contain aluminum and paraben that mimic a female hormone estrogen acting on the breast tissues. So people with family history of breast cancer are generally advised against using fragrances that have these chemicals. Also people with kidney problem should ideally avoid deodorants with aluminum.

Here is a health conscious and carefully curated fragrance to replace hazardous aluminium laden deodorants-completely natural deodorants designed to naturally neutralize body odors, like Shankara’s natural deodorants-Aura Essential Oil Deodorant – Geranium & Ylang Ylang and Lavender & Vetiver. These deodorants can be applied directly to the skin without any worries. They are free from chemicals, aluminum, and alcohol. They are made using pure essential oil made from a blend of essential oils of lavender, Ylang Ylang, Tea Tree, Geranium EO (leaf) and Thyme that work with your body’s natural chemistry to neutralize unwanted body odors safely and effectively. Where to find them? Here!

Sure you care for your partner but nothing says you pay attention to detail like bringing home something that beautifies, moisturizes, relaxes and gives comfort to their feet at the end of a long day. Ayurveda experts recommend a 15 to 20-minute head and foot message before dinner. The massage will relax your body, remove the fatigue and stress that hinders good quality sleep and prepares the body for an undisturbed 8 hours of sleep. Shankara’s Nourishing Foot Oil has essential oils and extracts of calming herbs. It is rich with the essence of sunflower, jojoba, grapeseed, lemon basil, dashmoola, neem, cardamom, camphor, lemongrass, manjistha, lavender, ginger, olive leaves and Ashwagandha.

Here’s something for her tired and exhausted muscles on physically taxing days. Either at the end of a Yoga session or for that matter any other work out, or having had a long and tiring day on the field, it is a good idea to have a restful body massage using an herbal muscle release oil that seeps into your muscular tissues, lubricating and rejuvenating each muscle fiber in your body.  It also releases the psychosomatic stress stored in your body.  For example, the Shankara Muscle Release Oil, a unique blend of eastern herbal essences and actives from the west like sunflower, almond, sesame, aloe vera, castor, jojoba, sweet birch, lavender, cedarwood, frankincense, devils claw, boswellia among others, is widely being used by those who are into sports, Yoga or some form of workout that works up the muscle tissues of the body.

he invigorating scent is both soothing and aromatic, while the powerful ingredients are designed to help soothe inflamed muscles and joints. The oil positively supports the natural healing properties of the body.

When we like the idea of using a pure and herbal essential oil, lot of us wonder, how can we have the benefits of all these essential oils within an ideal blend? How much should the quantities be? Should we blend two of them or three of them and what is the procedure to extract them? There are so many Eos out there in the market. How do we know which one suits our skin and what need do they serve? RELAX!

These essential oils need to be carefully picked for their properties to give off pleasant and long lasting fragrance.  Leave it to the professionals at Shankara to craft the perfect and most harmonic EO blends for your skin and body type, bringing the best of Ayurvedic wisdom from the east and the knowledge of natural actives in the west. Made into perfection, so when the oil drips on your skin, and you rub it evenly, gradually and lovingly, you can feel the goodness of all these essences seep into your body tissues, making you relaxed, hydrated as the aromatic richness wafts through the space you walk in. Feel the stress dissolve away!  

For example, Shankara’s Harmonizing Oil, made exclusively from Asian herbal oils using sesame oil, grapeseed oil, essential oils of jojoba, squalane (Olive-derived), hazelnut, aloe vera, borage oil, castor oil, evening primrose oil, valerian extract, extracts of dandelion, black cohosh, wild yam, lavender (which inhibits the growth of odor causing bacteria), shatavari, raspberry leaf among other nourishing essences, this body oil is uplifting, dosha balancing, emotionally calming, warm and nurturing for the skin. It also contains coconut oil that is rich in lauric acid, which eliminates bacteria from the sweat prone regions of the body.

We live in stressful times. The stress from work and other equations in life eventually start showing on the physical self, especially the face. To get rid of the stress and emotional toxins from the body, there is meditation. But to help your close ones deal with the physical symptoms of stress and fatigue, like fine lines, eye bags, dark circles and premature aging of the skin, you can make a goody bag of calming masks, eye cream and fine line face oil treatments-ALL AYURVEDA inspired. Know for sure, your loved ones will be left surprised and moved to find out that you pay attention to their emotional and spiritual well-being. Isn’t it nice to know someone cares that much?

Calming Mask

This algae-aloe gel mask soothes and calms sensitive skin for instant, cooling relief. Ideal for all skin types, the blue chamomile and cucumber ease temporary redness and irritation, while the coconut oil nourishes and hydrates. It leaves the skin feeling calm, soft and dewy fresh.


Anti-Age Eye Cream

Shankara Anti Age Eye Cream

Only for their eyes! This calming cream gently nourishes the delicate skin around the eyes, restoring it to a more youthful appearance. Rich in nutrients and antioxidants like rose distillate, structured energized water, unrefined shea butter, grapeseed oil, andiroba oil, rosehip seed oil, hazelnut oil, jojoba oil, microalgae extracts, castor oil, cucumber extract; kukui nut oil, foraha oil among other that are deeply hydrating and moisturizing.

Fine Line Treatment Oil

Stress? It shows up on the face. Fatigue? It shows up on the face. Premature signs of aging due to stress? Again, shows up on the face. What a fine gift it would be to have something that can make all of these lines and patches go away, to reveal the beauty underneath! Say goodbye to the facial fine lines with this 100% pure unique oil blend from the house of Shankara. This treatment oil goes deep into the skin to calm, protect, and rejuvenate while maintaining balance in the T-Zone area for skin that looks healthy and radiant. Made from extracts of almonds, jojoba, sunflower aloe vera, evening primrose, sandalwood, borage, grapeseed, calendula, turmeric, licorice, shavegrass, elemi, chamomile, mimosa among others, it is rich in nutrients and antioxidants that cool off the skin’s irritants, cleanses and balances sebum slightly sebum, restoring and maintaining the skin’s natural balance. It is a non-comedogenic product.
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