Ruh Chameli(Jasminum grandiflorum/Traditional distillation-India

Ruh Chameli(Jasminum grandiflorum/Traditional distillation-India

In India there is a centuries old tradition of distilling several aromatic plants to produce what is called a Ruh or pure essence. The equipment for preparing the Ruh is the same as used as for attars-that is copper distilling and receiving vessels connected by a bamboo pipe that is totally encased with a thick cord(for insulation) made of a local type of grass. There is not condensor as is used in modern distillation, the aromatic steam generated by heating the water in which the aromatic plants sit passing directly through the bamboo pipe into the receiver which itself is sitting in a cool water bath.
The amount of pure oil produced is very small and is done so over several days as the pure oil is siphoned off, the aroma ladened hydrosol from the first days distillation is added to the next days distillation, etc. In short it is a intricate process and requires great care and skill by those engaged in this time of traditional process.
The yield of pure oil is much less than an absolute produced from the same aromatic plant as it is free from the alcohol soluble waxes, etc that appear in the aforesaid absolute.

Today there are six Ruhs being produced in this traditional way and they are distilled from the flowers of Rose/Rosa damascena, Kewda(Pandanus odoratissimus), Chameli(Jasminum grandiflorum), Motia(Jasminum sambac), Juhi(Jasminum auriculatum), and the roots of Khus(wild vetiver)/Vetiveria zizaniodes) The exact technique of distillation for each is slightly different and the odor profile for the Ruhs are different than from the corresponding absolute as well as in preparing the Ruh heat is used whereas in preparing the absolute very little heat is required. One can easily understand the difference in the olfactory relationship between the ruh and the absolute by means of exploring the aroma of a pure rose otto and its corresponding absolute. Each is delightful and beautiful in their own right but no one would ever mistake a rose otto for the absolute because the process of distillation captures a certain range of the aromatic molecules in the flower and the absolute another.
Because the yield of Ruh is much less than the absolute it is also of higher cost

Ruh chameli(Jasminum grandiflorum)
The light yellow oil of Ruh chameli displays intensely, rich, sweet, fresh, ethereal floral bouquet with a delicate fruity, balsamic, undertone. The soft, sweet, roundness of the dryout is beautiful and deep

Blends well with a wide range of materials including ambrette seed eo, co2 and abs; amber eo; araucaria eo; balsam peru eo and abs; balsam tolu eo and abs; balsam copaiba; beeswax abs; benzoin abs; broom abs; cabreuva eo; cananga eo; chamomile, blue eo and abs; chamomile english eo; chamomile wild morocco eo and abs; champaca, golden abs and attar; champaca white flower eo co2; citrus eo's; fir balsam abs; flouve eo and abs; frangipani abs; frankincense eo, co2 and abs; elemi eo and abs; guaicawood eo; hay abs; helichryum eo and abs; henna leaf co2; hop eo and co2; jasmin sambac abs and ruh; jasmin auriculatum abs and ruh; lavindin abs and eo; lavender eo and abs; lemon balm eo and abs; lemon verbena eo and abs; massoia bark eo and co2; mimosa abs;muhuhu eo; neroli eo; orange blossom abs; osmanthus abs; petitgrain eo's; rosa damascena, co2 and eo and abs; rose centifolia abs; rosa bourbonia abs; rosa alba eo and co2; sandalwood eo, co2 and abs; tonka bean abs; tuberose abs and attar; vanilla abs and co2; vetiver eo, co2 and abs; violet leaf abs; ylang eo, co2 and abs

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