Sonia Orts - exquisitely handcrafted perfumes that are 100% natural and holistic. Based on traditional alchemic Spagyric principles that extract more powerful botanical concentrations to better connect with the vital force of plants and to feel their beneficial properties in your body, mind and soul.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are your scents completely natural?
Yes, they are. Our alchemic synergies are 100% natural, made only with organic and /or natural pure essential oils. We don't use anything synthetic in our fragrances or in any other product in our range.
Are your products organic?
All of our products contain at least from 80 to 100 % of organic certified ingredients. The 20% variation is made up of natural ingredients that may not be organic but are natural. It depends on what is available at the time; for example some of the plants are wildcrafted but not available as organic ingredient and some essential oils cannot be purchased as organic either as they are extracted from wildcrafted plants. Becoming an organic certified company is a long and expensive process we may pursue in a future.
Are your products vegan?
Yes, they are. And we now that we are certified we exhibit a badge on every vegan product.
We are WWF members and we donate 5% of our online sales every year for helping forests to be recovered, endangered animals to be protected and oceans to be cleaned.
What is an alchemic perfume?
An Alchemic Perfume is a natural perfume made with 100% natural ingredients. It is made following a very ancient process called Spagyrics to obtain strong botanical extracts. Our natural perfumes do not include any animal extracts such as ambergris. We only use a natural organic alcohol (ethanol / ethyl alcohol), we don’t use purified water for our Alchemic Perfumes but organic certified hydrosols, a by-product obtained from essential oils, and our natural alchemic synergy of essential oils.
Why do you use alcohol? Isn’t that bad for my skin?
There are different types of alcohols available in the market, some are synthetics obtain from petroleum and others are natural and/or organic and sourced from plants. We use an organic ethanol derived from sugar cane that is food-grade (edible) and is also used in the food (spirits, wine...) and pharmacology (naturopathic medicines, mouthwash...) industry. This alcohol is non-toxic for your skin; it is actually beneficial when used in small amounts as a disinfectant to kill bacteria. Nevertheless alcohol will dry out your skin if you are using it on a large area for a prolonged period of time. However, the amount of alcohol that sits on your skin from a few sprays of perfume is minimal and will not cause dryness in most people.
If you are extremely sensitive to alcohol we recommend that you choose your favourite scent which can be oil-based available soon in store.
How long will an alchemic perfume last on my skin?
That varies from person to person, as your skin PH is key and behaves differently depending on the aroma blend. Generally, your Alchemic Perfume scent will be noticeable for at least 4-5 hours approximately, more intense fragrances like the upcoming winter season’s will last up to 12 hours. Your sense of smell will get used to your Alchemic Perfume and will evolve along with it. As a holistic product, your Alchemic Perfume will tune your mood, will awaken your senses and will delight your nose with new notes you’ll pick up as your olfactory sense keeps being stimulated. Keep in mind that the scent trail (“sillage”) and longevity for mostly citric-based scents is not as durable as mainstream commercial perfumes as we do not use any synthetic enhancers or fillers. That means no phthalates*, parabens** or synthetic musks***.
*Phthalates: Another synthetic preservative that’s carcinogenic and linked to reproductive effects (decreased sperm counts, early breast development, birth defects) and liver and kidney damage.
**Parabens: Synthetic preservatives known to interfere with hormone production and release.
***Synthetic musk: These are linked to hormone disruption and are thought to persist and accumulate in breast milk, body fat, umbilical cord blood, and the environment.
I caution against using any synthetic perfume or cologne, or any other synthetically fragranced personal care product, as they're almost always loaded with synthetic chemicals that have been linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies, and more.
Are your products tested in any way?
Yes they are. We DO NOT test on animals we are a Cruelty Free business. Sustainability and good practices are our philosophy. As we only use natural ingredients, most products are tested in-house as they don’t require sophisticated lab testing.
Can I use your products while pregnant?
This is best discussed with your doctor, midwife or qualified natural health practitioner if you are concerned. We suggest you avoid any products that are known to effect pregnancy and stick to citric-based fragrances. If you need more information about any of our products we will be very pleased to hear from you, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.
What does Spanish Alchemy mean?
Spanish Alchemy means perfumery. It is based on an ancient botanical wisdom that went beyond beauty and treated people holistically with a captivating fragrant potion. This alchemical perfumery is at the core of all my products. My alchemical scents (alchemical synergies) are the strongest active ingredient within each product. My aim is to bring this ancient wisdom to modern life using the finest quality organic ingredients to deliver the highest effectiveness for you.
At the ingredients list l read “alchemical synergy” What’s an alchemical synergy? And what is it made of?
Our alchemical synergy refers to the blend of natural / organic essential oils we’ve used to create the scent of the product. We call it alchemical synergy because the way Sonia creates these blends is based on an energetic balance of the blend. Essential oils are very powerful when they are used alone but they are exponentially efficient when they are combined with others. This is what we know as the principle of the synergy.
There are no limits regarding the amount of essential oils – what matters is the right ‘polarity’ on your synergy. The energetic charge of an essential oil is crucial in order to obtain the most effective formula. Essential oils can also be divided by their type of energy – this is what we call the polarity of an essential oil. Sonia’s signature scents are a well-kept secret; however we list the most significant chemical compounds of the synergy.
Sonia Orts’ promise:
Crafted by hand, in small batches with care
Raw botanical ingredients 100% natural, no chemicals, preservatives or synthetics
Organic and wild harvested ingredients whenever possible
Recycled containers and minimal re-usable packaging
Plant based food grade cold pressed oils
Therapeutic grade, steam distilled pure essential oils.
Sonia Orts will never use:
Sodium laurel sulfate