We have been invited to hold a public demonstration of distillation during an event organized by the city of Rimini. The event, a fair, is about smells and tastes, especially those made by hand, and with a sense of tradition. Chefs from all around the world will be participating.
This exhibition, focussing as it does on the most antique crafts, is the perfect venue for Bashir, a master distiller of essential oils and builder of modern alembics, who will be promoting his distillation course even as he demonstrates it.
Bashir helps me distilling
Our material for the fair: Himalayan pine that Bashir brought from the hills.
The fair is supplying us only with the electricity; on our own, we have enough water for cooling our super condenser and a water pump.
I have brought my perfumes to show how aromatic plants become transformed into the fragrances that we wear. Together, my stall and Bashir’s complement and complete each other.
It is an opportunity for many people to smell my perfumes.
Among them my most popular in Rimini: African Night the anti-stress perfume; Bambini, the perfume for the inner child; and Oak Moss, Tarzan’s perfume.
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The moment when the essence comes forth is always a moment of joy, even after so many distillations.
On the second day we will bottle the essence of the previous day, and our pine perfume will be ready for the public.
The distilled mass is still hot, and very fragrant with the scent of pine wood. The aromatic molecules that the wood contains are heavier than those of the needles, and the steam takes a longer time to extract them from it. As the distillation cools, people come, take a handful and smell it. When they do, they have a sensory experience unlike any they have had before.
This hot material could be applied on joints to cure arthritis and joint pains.
Bashir is in charge of the distillation
Bashir is very happy to have been able to show his skills of distiller and constructor of alembics, and he and I are very glad to be able to show our work in public, and pleased that our distillation has raised such a great interest among both the public and our colleagues in the ancient crafts, confirming what we have long believed: that many people are fascinated by the alchemy of transforming matter.