I’d made the decision years ago to let go of the synthetic chemical cloud I had formed around myself and retrained my emotional brain, my olfactory, to sniff for healthier alternatives.
I never knew what my mother was on about when she always complained that she could detect the awful smell, as she put it, coming from the conventional perfumes I use to wear which gave her a headache; until I made the switch to using all natural/organic perfumes.
Now when I’m around people who wear artificially created (conventional) commercial perfumes, my sense of smell heightens, and it doesn’t take me long before I too get a headache. In some cases, I feel nauseated.
All-natural perfumery has been around for centuries. Well before synthetic perfumes came into the picture; around the early part of the 20th century.
Since featuring all-natural fragrances on Eco Beauty Reviews, this is the first time I’ve had the pleasure to write about Alchemic Perfumes; vegan eau de parfums made by Sonia Martinez-Orts using spagyrics. Each of Sonia’s eau de parfums contain between 15% to 20 % of essence (natural essential oil blends).
Sonia Martinez-Orts, founder of SONIA ORTS Alchemic Perfumery, is a Spanish perfumer residing on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. She has a wealth of knowledge regarding ancient Spanish Alchemy.
So, without further ado, here are my thoughts about SONIA ORTS vegan Alchemic Perfumes and a summary of their key ingredients.
Please note that Nº is European for number.
SONIA ORTS Nº1 Alchemic Perfume: Unisex
Head Notes: Oranges from Valencia and Lemons from Sicily
Heart Notes: Lavender from Provence and Neroli from Egypt
Bottom Notes: Peru balsam, Australian blue cypress and rosewood from the Amazon forest.
Plus, Thyme, Sage, Lavender and Rosemary spagyrics (alchemic extracts).
Nº1 Spagyrics’ is infused with amethyst and fluorite.
The alchemic synergy in Nº1 contains natural essential oils with active compounds: Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral, Eugenol, Benzyl benzoate, Coumarin, Lavender hydrosol.
This perfume was originally created as a perfume tonic to help lift our mood.
It’s no wonder as Blue Cypress has an organic cleansing aroma that is fragrant with spice; with a somewhat woody pine scent. The warming fragrance is very calming and has been known to give comfort when feeling sad.
Combine the Blue Cypress with the sweet smell of Rosewood and crisp citrus aroma of oranges as well as lemons and this is certainly a perfume that will give you a “pick-me-up”.
I’ve been drawn to wearing this perfume to clear my head.
SONIA ORTS Nº2 Alchemic Perfume: Unisex
Head Notes: Spanish citrus fruit aromas
Heart Notes: Italian Bergamot, Egyptian neroli, Iris florentina (orris) root extract
Bottom Notes: slightly woody Mediterranean cypress rind.
Plus, marshmallow an Iris spagyrics (alchemic extracts).
The alchemic synergy from natural essential oils with active compounds: Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Eugenol, B-Myrcene, Nerol, Linalyl Acetate, Benzyl benzoate, A-pinene, Neroli hydrosol.
Iris florentina (orris root) is used as a fixative in Nº2 to enhance the other aromas. It’s hard for me to pinpoint why this perfume doesn’t strike a chord with me but it may for you. Remember everyone’s sense of smell differs.
SONIA ORTS Nº3 Alchemic Perfume
SONIA ORTS Nº3 Alchemic Perfume is appreciated mainly by women but can also be appealing to men that love sweet and powdered scents.
The alchemic synergy from natural essential oils with active compounds: Limonene, Sabinene, Ethylvanillin, a-Farnesene, Linalool, Citral, Eugenol, B-Myrcene, Linalyl Acetate, Benzyl benzoate, Jasmine infused floral water.
Plus, elder flower, passion fruit and iris spagyrics (alchemic extracts).
Head Notes: tangy red berries, powered Jasmine, Passiflora Edulis (passion fruit) extract,
Heart Notes: Iris florentina (orris) root extract powdered notes of white exquisite flowers
Bottom Notes: Subtle musky caramel base.
Nº3 – I LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. What more can I say? To me it smells fruity with a light floral scent.
It’s no wonder SONIA ORTS Nº3 won Best Natural Fragrance in Nature & Health Natural Beauty Awards 2019.
SONIA ORTS Nº4 Alchemic Perfume: Desired by Women
Head Notes: peaches, mangoes, passionfruit
Heart Notes: frangipani, jasmine, freesias, peonies
Bottom Notes: amber honey, candied fruit notes
Plus, peony, passion fruit and peach spagyrics (alchemic extracts).
The alchemic synergy from natural essential oils with active compounds: Limonene, benzyl acetate, linalool, benzyl alcohol, indole, benzyl benzoate, cis-jasmone, benzyl salicylate, farnesol, Eugenol, B-Myrcene,vanillin and Rose damascene hydrosol.
A fresh floral scent which smells soooo lovely. The heart notes really shined in this perfume. Please note that the amber honey is not true honey…it’s Sonia performing her magic to create an all-natural aroma which does slightly smell like honey.
SONIA ORTS Nº5 Alchemic Perfume: Unisex
Head Notes: yuzu
Heart Notes: white lotus
Bottom Notes: hinoki forest, sweet and spicy, peppery touch of pipe tobacco
Plus, vervain, rose and blue mallow spagyrics (alchemic extracts).
The alchemic synergy from natural essential oils with active compounds: Limonene, β-phelladrene, β-farnesene, bicyclogermacrene, α-Terpinolene, 3-Carene, α-Pinene, Sabinene, and γ-Terpinene alpha-terpineol, cedrane, linalool and Rose Otto hydrosol.
You definitely can smell the forest and spicy note to this but it’s not too spicy. Nº5 is a sure winner for men because I had my male cousin and his male friend take a whiff and they both loved it. And truly Nº5 is ALIVE! Yes, I’ve watched the movie Short Circuit.:)
The only way to find out which of SONIA ORTS Alchemic Perfumes spark your interest, is to sample them first.
Presently SONIA ORTS 1 ml eau de parfum samples are stored in amber glass bottles and come with beautiful artwork cards with a short description of each perfume.
Sonia’s 10 ml eau de parfum sprays are stored in Miron glass bottles which are perfect for travel. The 50 ml are stored in Matt black glass spray bottles.
Recyclable sustainable paper/packaging and soy-based inks. Environmentally friendly gold and copper labels.
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So, what does spagyrics mean?
“According to the ancient procedure used for making alchemic tinctures (or spagyrics), the flowers of the plant are harvested at a special time on a specific day in order to obtain the greatest benefits from its natural properties.
The petals and leaves are macerated under the sun and the moon for more than one moon cycle. Spagyrics, or alchemic tincture, refers to a plant tincture to which the ash of the burned plant has also been added. The original foundation behind these special herbal tinctures has been that by adding the ash they are alleged to have superior medicinal properties due the formation of soap-like compounds from the essential oils and the basic salts contained within the ash. The final spagyric should be a re-blending of all such extracts into one “essence”.
What is an alchemic perfume?
“An alchemic perfume may contain between 20% to 40% of essence – Sonia Orts Alchemic Perfumes are eau de parfum; therefore they contain between 15% to 20%, and unlike another natural perfume, it is not diluted with ethanol (alcohol) but with spagyrics – a concentrated medicinal herbal extract obtained by an alchemic process – and hydrosols instead of water.
A hydrosol is the condensation of the steam generated in the process of essential oils distillation.
Combining all these elements means that the quality of an alchemic perfume is outstanding; it is a living product and evolves like an excellent wine.
Although the purpose of a perfume is quintessentially to wrap you up in a delightful fragrance, an alchemic perfume will take you beyond.
It is an exquisite perfume made by not just blending ingredients, it goes further than that; it has the ability of inspiring poets, writers and film makers. It holds the creator’s journey within and owns a story.”
How does it sound to you? Dreamy, right?
~ Sonia Martinez-Orts “
In a Nutshell
SONIA ORTS vegan perfumes contain food grade un-denatured sugar cane alcohol.
(Denatured alcohol may contain synthetic chemicals which make the alcohol non-drinkable)
It takes 3 months to create each batch of SONIA ORTS Alchemic Perfumes.
Did you know?
Do you know your signature perfume? If you don’t then it’s because perfumes created synthetically are mass-produced, including celebrity perfumes, and therefore everyone smells the same. When you leave a room, the synthetic chemical aroma stays behind well after you’re long gone.
On the other hand, all-natural artisan perfumery evolves with you throughout the day; leaving some mystery behind to what type of perfume you’re wearing. Once you use SONIA ORTS Alchemic Perfume scents, your personal space is enveloped with the aroma and leaves with you wherever you go.
When you do wear Sonia’s eau de parfums, they become a part of you…and their scent changes throughout the day…to reveal the other notes: head, heart and base notes…just like playing a musical instrument.
SONIA ORTS Alchemic Perfumes are unique, luxurious artisan perfumery that no mass-produced celebrity perfume brand can be compared with.
About VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds)
ESSENTIAL OILS DO CONTAIN VOCS…but these are natural and if handled correctly and used wisely they should not cause health issues; unlike SYNTHETIC VOC’s which can accumulate in the body and linger for hours or even days. Whereas all-natural VOC’s stay in the body for 3-6 hours.
If you wanted to avoid VOC’s in general, wear a face mask when you go out into your garden because flowers and plants emit natural VOC’s to attract bees, mosquitoes and moths to help pollinate flowers. Without this…we would have a serious world food shortage.
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