Distilling a Citrus Bouquet

Turning waste into beauty with Frank Bloem

18 Aug 2024

In this workshop you will be introduced to scent extraction and the distillation process. Distillation is the process of extracting essential oils from plant based materials. We'll explore the process of transforming everyday citrus peels (orange, mandarin, lemon, lime)into fragrant essential oils. By adding plants that we sourced on the grounds of Mediamatic to the alembic, we create a unique essential oil mixture.



Mixing a Scent Bouquet in the Aroma Lab -


What you will do

During this workshop, you will be introduced to the process of distillation. Together we'll transform a product that is normally thrown away, citrus peels, into precious essential oil. After learning about different distilling techniques, you'll get hands-on experience combining raw materials and eventually extracting their essence.
By the end we will transform the distilled oil into a bath or shower product and you go home with a little bottle of it.

Frank Bloem

Frank Bloem is an artist who uses scent as his primary medium. He studied Fine Arts at the Rietveld Academy. In the summer of 2015, Frank changed his focus from visual art to olfactory-based works and started The Snifferoo. This perfume laboratory is a place for education and experiments around scent. He made several personalised perfumes, hosts regular workshops, and has recreated the elephant smell of Artis, the Amsterdam Zoo.


Full price €70 | *Discount price €49

*We give a discount to students, stadspas and artists. If this applies to you we might ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option.


18th of August, 11:00-14:00
Attendance limited to 8 people. We maintain a minimum of 4 participants.
Please note that, unless everyone speaks Dutch, this workshop will be held in English.
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