- All the active washing substances (surfactants) are derived from vegetable raw materials, thus being 100% biodegradable.
- We do not use any petrochemical preservatives, petrochemical fragrances or dyestuffs; all of our products are completely free of enzymes.
- We use pure vegetable soap derived from oils of certified organic-dynamic and certified organic cultivations.
- Our products’ fragrances are composed of natural essential oils, originating mostly from certified organic cultivation and wild-growing plants.
- All of the ingredients are entirely declared.
- Our process water is swirled in 12 egg-shaped glass vessels.
- Our balsamic detergent additives are rhythmatised in an Oloid mixer.
- For this reason all of our Sonett products are extremely hypoallergenic thus being indicated for many allergy-prone people.
Sonett Quality criterion
In order to be able to fully assess the quality of a product, one has to look at the product itself first: its ingredients, manufacturing process, and biodegradability. But, apart from that, the quality of a product is also influenced by: the people producing it, the social structure of the company, its capital structure, the cooperation between producer, dealer and consumer, and, last but not least, the impact made by the enterprise itself, its motives and general principles.
Selecting the raw materials
Sonett laundry detergents and cleaning agents contain no ingredients which are considered hazardous to the environment and health, or causing allergies.
This means that no artificial fragrances or dyestuffs, no synthetic preservatives, no enzymes, no phosphates and optical brighteners, no petrochemical bleaching agents which are difficult to degrade, and no petrochemical or partially petrochemical active washing substances (surfactants) are used.
Active washing substances
The centerpiece of all the laundry detergents and cleaning agents are the active washing substances. As a matter of principle we use pure plant-derived soap wherever possible. Soap is the active substance coming closest in its properties to man and nature. It is rapidly and completely bio-degradable and, compared to all the other active washing substances, it has the outstanding property that right after its use it reacts chemically with the limescale always present in waste water, forming calcium soap. As a result, the surfactant effect of the soap on live aquatic organisms is being neutralised (primary degradation). Subsequently the calcium soap is 100 % micro-organically decomposed into carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O) (secondary degradation).
In order to further improve the soap’s performance we use coconut oil alcohol sulphates and sugar surfactants made from coconut and sugar derived from corn or potato starch. Thanks to their unchanged natural inner molecular structure these surfactants are easily detected by microorganisms and are, therefore, rapidly and 100 % bio-degraded. In its compatibility with man and environment this group of surfactants comes closest to that of soap.
We do not use any ethoxylated products such as fatty alcohol ether sulphates or fatty alcohol ethoxylates. The use of these is quite popular in so-called organic laundry detergents describing themselves in ads as being “non-ionic surfactants based on plant-derived, respectively renewable raw materials, readily bio-degradable”. These names, though sounding pleasant to the non-expert, in most of the cases conceal the fact that the surfactants consist in part of renewable raw materials whose molecular structure was modified using the toxic gas ethylene oxide, which is obtained from carcinogenic petroleum derivates. Furthermore, all ethoxylated surfactants, due to their method of manufacture, contain small quantities of the known toxic substance dioxan the carcinogenic and mutagenic effects of which are well-known.
Natural essential oils have been added to some of the Sonett products. These are used, on the one hand, for their germ-inhibiting effect, and, on the other, for enjoyment and well-being during washing and cleansing. Natural essential oils, which have been developed in the course of the year under light and heat, have a harmonizing effect on the entire human body and have, therefore, been used successfully to cure physical and psychological diseases.
Whereas synthetic aromatic substances which are obtained from waste of the pulp industry, such as vanillin used in large quantities, or the synthetic aromatic substances obtained from petroleum derivatives have an opposite effect. They lead to irritation of the nervous-sensory system, proven by studies of hyperactive children in the USA and Europe. Cheap essential oils are often adulterated with synthetic aromatic substances.
As a matter of principle we do not use enzymes in order to have fat (lipases), protein (proteases), and amylum (amylases) degrade more easily at low temperatures.
Enzymes are to be found in almost every conventional laundry detergent as well as in all of the dishwasher detergents. Enzymes are proteins occurring in all plants, animals, and humans. They are involved in every metabolic process. Therefore, enzymes are no chemical substances dissolving or binding dirt; they rather act as organic catalysts that virtually “eat up” dirt. They are isolated from fungi or bacteria.
This constitutes a major problem. Enzymes are integrated in a live organism and fulfill their specific function. They represent a harmonious component of the respective living organism. If they are detached from this organic correlation to achieve a certain effect, enzymes are no longer able to distinguish for example between greasy food residues and human cutaneous lipids, and, via enzyme residues in the dry laundry, at random attack the skin wherever it is most moist, i.e. in the neck, elbow, arm pits, etc. thus resulting in sensitisations which, in turn, may cause allergies.
Furthermore, there is the problematic nature of genetic engineering as such. Nowadays almost 100% of all enzymes used in laundry detergents are derived from GMOs. If such organisms, artificially modified by man to extreme imbalance, were to integrate into the environment, the consequences thereof would be unmanageable and irreversible.
We have come to consume metabolic products of these manipulated organisms as “lab ferments” in Swiss high-quality cheese, as a fermentation accelerant in French champagne, as a baking aid in our bread and as “valuable vitamin supplements” in so-called functional food.
The most recent development takes one more step toward manipulation.
Even the protein structure of the enzymes is genetically modified, so that the enzymes thereof no longer occur naturally; the justification for this even farther-reaching manipulation of the organism being, amongst other things, improved resistance to heat or increased compatibility with bleaching agents.
Beware of the label: „enzymes guaranteed not to be genetically modified“!
This description is used for enzymes which do indeed originate from GMOs but the protein structure of which has not been modified.
Raw materials from certified organic cultivation
In addition to the criteria of quality level 1, we increasingly use raw materials from bio-dynamic or certified organic cultivation, such as olive oil, rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, palm oil, essential oils, and balsamic additives.
What is the reason for using certified organically grown raw materials in laundry detergents and cleaning agents?
In ancient cultures, the cleansing of the body and of the garments was a ritual act. By undergoing ritual cleansing, man got rid of his base impurities in order to turn to spiritual matters in purity. Bodily cleansing and spiritual purification were the very same.
Nowadays, doing the laundry, cleaning, and washing the dishes seems to have become a task to carry out as quickly as possible and, preferably, along with other things - a necessary evil. Yet, cleanliness continues playing a, by no means insignificant, emotional role: Why would we, otherwise, feel the need to wear clean clothes? Why do we feel so incredibly good snuggled up in a freshly made bed? Why do we arrange and clean our house before receiving visitors or celebrating a party? Orderliness and cleanliness have something liberating and satisfying about them which has an impact on one’s soul.
It is but logical that the substances we use to wash and clean with should comply with this feeling of cleanliness as well. Despite giving the impression of cleanliness, “unclean” agents only pretend to achieve “bright cleanliness”, “snug-and-soft touch” or “an even brighter white”.
For the development of formulae for detergents and cleansers, a wide range of substances are available, derived from minerals, plants, animals, and crude oil. If we apply the above criterion, the selection is reduced to purely mineral and plant-derived raw materials. Minerals and plants are pure per se. It is only with animals and human beings that excretion occurs and that the need to keep oneself clean arises.
Petroleum is a plant-derived substance, developed due to the exclusion of air and light, and on account of having been exposed to high pressure in geological eras long gone by. Hidden away in earth’s strata, it fulfills its task within earth’s life structure. Once exposed, it is a substance extremely hostile towards live organisms, destroying cropland, and which can barely be degraded by natural microorganisms, and as fuel and energy source is the main culprit for the CO2 pollution of the atmosphere.
But this "purity law", involving restriction to mineral and plant-derived raw materials, and in particular the avoidance of petrochemical substances, only has very restricted validity. Using conventional methods of cultivation, the plants are being disturbed, contaminated and violated in their development. With "normal" methods of cultivation, plants are no longer plants in the true sense. The use of artificial fertilizers alone reduces root growth dramatically. Leaves, petals and fruit become enlarged and fattened, the taste is watered down and fragrances are diminished. Due to monocultures and the lack of sequenced crop rotation, conventional cultivation makes regular use of herbicides, pesticides and means of enhancing storage stability. Contamination due to chemical residues in the plants cannot be avoided and are, therefore, officially permitted. Exclusively yield-oriented cultivation also brings the natural imbalance between plants and animals to the extreme and beyond, e.g. in cows which drag their overdeveloped milk udders over the ground with difficulty or the corn which can produce its ears only with the aid of chemical stem shortening agents. Genetic engineering takes this violation of nature a step further. By tampering with the nucleus of the cell, the plant is forced to make a fundamental change to its metabolism and creative potential, solely to serve financial interests and without any appreciation for the essence of the plant.
Plants treated this way and raw materials derived from such plants, e.g. fatty oils or essential oils, have lost largely in their vitality and dynamics compared to those plants originating from bio-dynamic or certified organic cultivation. With the aid of holistic research methods, such as spagyric crystallization or biophoton measurement, etc., the differences in quality between plant-derived raw materials originating from organic cultivation and those from conventionally cultivated plants can be demonstrated to spectacular effect.
Now, one could assume that by chemical conversion of, for instance, oils into soap by means of lye and the effect of heat, none of the initial biological quality would survive. Yet the spagyric method shows us quite the opposite: For several hours plants are being macerated, in heat, with water and alcohol, and parts of the plant are incinerated and calcined at over 600°C (1112°F). The spagyric essences and salts obtained show increased photon radiation, creative potential and potency if the plant itself was of higher quality. Obviously the initial quality of the plant and its further adequate processing are a decisive factor.
It is for this reason, that we use large amounts of oils and essential oils from certified bio-dynamic and organic cultivations.
(More information to be found in the detailed descriptions of each product).
In those cases where no organic raw materials are used, they are either mineral substances or they do not exist at the organic quality level, e.g. sugar-based surfactants or coconut oil alcohol sulphate, or their costliness is an impediment to their use. To consistently continue this quality commitment, one of our basic concerns is to manufacture laundry detergents and cleaning agents which are humane and thus also kind to nature.
Apart from Sonett it is only very few other manufacturers of ecological laundry detergents and cleaning agents that have this approach towards quality level 2, namely to use raw materials from organic cultivation whenever possible.
The dynamic quality
The third level of our Sonett quality is determined by the balsamic additives und by applying “life-fostering” technology. Furthermore we treat the entire processing water of our liquid products in a swirl chain of 12 egg-shaped glass vessels, in which the free-flowing water can form beautifully shaped vortexes, thus recharging its energy.
In an oloid mixer we rhythmatise the balsamic additives, which consist of frankincense, gold, myrrh resin, laurel leaves, olive oil and rose salts, and add them, in small doses, to the finished laundry detergents and cleaning agents. To our knowledge, only Sonett deals with the topic of rhythmatisation and applying “life-fostering technology” in the field of ecological laundry detergents and cleaning agents. We strive to counteract the centrifugal movements of rotating mixers and bottling machines, which tend to be hostile towards life, by adding these rhythmatised balsamic additives thus creating a revitalising lemniscatic impulse.
Thanks to the first crystal analysis studies it was possible to illustrate the specific quality of the additives treated in this manner. Judge for yourself as for the effect of this preparation on the following crystal patterns: