The design for the thermostat is coming along nicely, and a hurdle in the design work pulled me (thankfully) away from the drawing board and around the house to find the average heights for benches, ovens, fridge doors, shelves, tables etc. These were then drawn up on the white board and measured against myself as to what height worked best. (NB. chopping block height of 825mm was the preferred)
What’s really exciting about the chart below, is not only is it a representation of how the essential oils industry is primarily used in four industries, these are: Flavour, Personal Care, Pharmaceutical and Industrial Industries, which are then further divided into sub-components; but also those four primary industries are my four user profiles created earlier.
The Body Shops usage of essential oils is dominantly in the Personal Care sector (crazy aromatherapist lady); whilst as shown in Diagram to follow, the majority of plants used in steam distillation are food industry related. There is also the food grade quality assured through the premium oils produced. (diagram data source: Essential Oils Incubator, SEDA, 2009)
The following are the proposed end-user profiles for the alchemy of essence, with key emphasis on the chef. The chef is of upmost significance after the analysis of the plants for distilling as per previous post, and thus being from the pantry and the kitchen garden. hence a targeting of the ‘Heston Blumenthal’ type ‘laboratory’ chefs.
All photos taken by Andrew Mitchener, of me.
The following are some seed packets designed for the alchemy of essence kit, as i work through each step of the system. The seeds are step one, in which the customer purchases from the body shop, and of which contains the seeds of plants suitable for steam distillation, and also key information such as oil product yield percentage and special tips on how to distill it.
All images by yours truly, fresh from the pantry (and the mother-in-laws kitchen garden)
for the presentation on Tuesday I’ve made (re-appropriated) a box that contains the 1:5 scale model, a few charts describing the processes, some materiality samples fittingly in test-tubes and (not shown in the images as I will be getting them printed tomorrow) A5 information cards for each component of the system. I’ll attach screen shots of these when they’re all square later tonight. Then all that’s left to do is print the cards off, and make a presentation, and pack a lunch, as I’m scheduled last to present out of 30! eek.
in the separate/dispenser unit is the ‘vinaigrette’ outlet for excess water. (as per this example of the ‘Salad sunrise’ from Droog)
This conjured up images from the film ‘adaptation’ where an explanation for what an epiphyte is happens. These are excellent precedents for aesthetic nature.
the following images are from this site.
The end product is an essential oil that the customer produces from their own surrounds/garden etc, then sells back to the body shop to create this community spirit in Brighton, like a chutney swap group, but with essential oils. The final vial is of upmost importance as well as Quality Assurance maintained through the systems labeling and dispensing process.
The dispensed product under-goes a process of reverse emulsion which works off the repelling nature of oil and water, much like making a vinaigrette, where the vinegar and oil separate, allowing one to be poured from the top and the other from the bottom. The filling station will have a label extractor which prints on the labels all the information obtained from the different steps in the process of production. E.g. raw weight, temperature, timing etc.