# What products did this aldol condensation create?

I followed a procedure in my organic chemistry lab, but I don't understand what product the procedure created. Can someone tell me what chemicals reacts with which to create the product?

First $\ce{NaOH}$, water, and ethanol were mixed together and cooled. Then acetone was added, followed by benzaldehyde (the reaction mixture then turned yellow/orange). The reaction was stirred for a while. The product was washed with water and ethanol before being recrystallized from ethyl acetate. After crystal formation the product was reduced then cooled.

If I understand correctly the acetone and benzaldehyde reacted together and the ethyl acetate was only used as a solvent?

• NaOH is intended to act as base. The presence of ethanol, beside water, helps to accomodate both inorganic matter (NaOH) and organic matter (acetone, benzaldehyde) in solution. Where, by the way, acetone may be deprotonated? And, in its then different form could it react with ease on the subsquently added benzaldehyde? – Buttonwood Apr 8 '17 at 16:40