Distilling Rosemary Oil

May 1, 2017 3:40 pm

Attempt two. Rosemary, the garden is full of it. Swaying beautifully in the wind, giving off its wonderful smell that I just cant help but associate with roast lamb. I’m hoping we’ll get better results than with the daffodils! Okay. To say it didn’t go well is a bit of an understatement. It went badly. So badly that I completely stopped recording the adventure, packed up the distiller in its box and filled in the returns form. I tried it twice. Each time completely RAMMING the pan with rosemary. The actual amount of essential oil that came out after a... Read some more...


Distilling Dandelions

April 30, 2017 2:12 pm

The Distilling machine arrived! I have never been so happy to own something. Pipes. Metal. Tubes and gauges. My inner man is happy. The closest thing I can find to try the machine with is Dandelions. The garden is full of them, they smell quite nice, so decided to give them a wurl The first juices start to flow Unfortunately after an hour of distillation there is very little to zero oil on top of our hydrosol. And even worse it smells bloody awful. Like a rotten garden Need to search out a different ingredient, the garden is packed full... Read some more...


Getting Noticed

April 30, 2017 9:43 am

I’m day four into whatever this is. I’ve ordered a proper distiller from the interwebs. My distilling attempts were not going to yeild anything worth the effort. Whilst waiting I thought I’d get this ship on the water, which is quite difficult when you don’t know what the ship does. I do design for a living, I build people things like this every day. I’m heeding my own advice, it’s bloody hard to get noticed. There is SO MUCH out there, you have to put the effort in to get noticed. You have to put as much effort in as... Read some more...


How Not to do Distillation

April 28, 2017 9:00 pm

Distillation is the key. I’ve done all the reading. Extracting aromas using solvents, heating oils, using alcohols… It all comes back to distillation being the best tool for the job. I wont bore you as to why. To test out the process I decided to do a bit of DIY. A £3 pan with a hole in the lid and a washing machine hose attached using epoxy resin. It melted. Half a role of gaffer tape got me about 15 minutes of action Before it too melted. So more tape… This got me a good half an hour of boiling.... Read some more...



April 28, 2017 2:28 pm

I’ve wanted to do this for a while. I sit at a computer for my work. I design. When not doing that for my other work I take photos. Everything gets sucked into the computer and becomes bits and bytes, pixels and files. Nothing exists. Everything I make is just electric. I’ve always been obsessed with memories and people’s adventures. My degree was basically based on lost memories all glued together, frozen in jelly, flattened. It was all tangible, touchable, smellable – in some cases extremely smellable after a week or two. Which brings us here. Tree. Far from digital... Read some more...