In extension of working with aloe in liquid form, I decided to focus on the aloe vera drink for my next experiment. The drink on first observation seems very artificial, much like the gel. It again is a distillation of the original product for the purposes of reproduction and consumption. On reading the label it becomes obvious that there are huge amounts of sugar, juices and artificial products within it, but aloe vera juice and pulp are the second most abundant ingredients. I’m interested in this experiment in reversing the dilution process process and harvesting the aloe by itself. I have researched into the best way to do this and it seems to be traditional distillation. First I tried to distil the drink with heat to separate the aloe and water. This was somewhat unsuccessful as the jelly cubes that have most of the aloe in them seemed to dissolve into to liquid and form one final substance that was perhaps a tiny bit thicker and stickier than the original, but not distilled. I then tried old-fashioned filtration with a filter funnel and filter paper. This was more successful, as all of the aloe gel separated in the paper, and some greenish gel residue was left, while the colour of the liquid filtered out was clearer and more transparent than to begin with.

This experiment was only vaguely successful. However, this is a comment on how minutely and mechanically the products we consume are combined. It as not as simple as hand separating these ingredients to harvest the original ones, as they are combined and reformed by mechanic production.

Documentation of Experiment 2