Shankara products are produced in small batches to ensure freshness and product integrity. Cold processing preserves the vitality and nutrients in our products’ raw ingredients. Using structured water with its low surface tension along with its high zeta potential, increases the rate and depth of absorption of active ingredients in our products. We infuse oxygen into the products to increase the potency of the plant essences and ensure the pH balance of each product to maintain your skin’s delicate, protective acid mantle.
Cold processing ensures that ingredients will not be destroyed by excessive heat and will be able to maintain the highest level of activity. All Shankara products are cold processed! Herbalized oils are heated up slowly at temperatures that do not exceed 110 degrees to maximize and preserve enzymatic activity (enzymatic activity starts to break down at 120 degrees Fahrenheit). It takes a week to prepare each herbal-based oil in this manner.
We use structured water, low surface tension along with high zeta potential to increase the rate and depth of absorption of active ingredients in our products. High levels of therapeutic essential oil blends also increases product permeability.
Organized water molecules have the innate quality of transmitting order into living tissues. When used as a base for adding other natural components, order is transmitted into those substances. In formulations, the organizing of molecules increases the content of stabilized oxygen into tissues, and enhances assimilation of all formula ingredients. Repair and regeneration of skin is enhanced.
Particles within a fluid with high zeta potential, carry high negative charges. This means the particles repel each other, creating the maximum amount of space between each particle. For molecules and particles that are small enough, a high zeta potential will confer stability, i.e., the solution or dispersion will resist aggregation and become more permeable. Particles within a fluid with low zeta potential carry weak charges, and thus do not repel each other. This will lead the particles to clump together and disrupt the flow of the fluid. A high zeta potential, in this case a high negative charge, will also migrate naturally toward the opposite charge. Our Master Ayurveda Cleansing Treatment, for example, works on that principle. Being naturally highly negatively charged, this powdered herb cleanser attracts dirt and excess oil (which are positively charged) to effectively purify the skin without the use of soaps.
Surface tension of a liquid is a measure of its elasticity on surface. Its strength depends on the forces of attraction among the particles of the liquid itself and with the particles of the gas, solid, or liquid with which it comes in contact. You can actually see surface tension when you fill a glass of water to its maximum (just before it spills) and observe the convex shape of the water at the surface. Surface tension is what holds the water in the glass. When the force gets stronger the resistance breaks and the water spills. Another example of surface tension is seen in spherical drops of liquid. When lowering the surface tension of a product, you lower the resistance so the product penetrates deeper into the skin. It would be like properly diving into a pool as opposed to doing a belly flop.