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The famous olive trees of Puglia are ravaged by disease

The famous olive trees of Puglia are ravaged by disease – here’s how we can save them http://phys.org/news/2015-04-famous-olive-trees-puglia-ravaged.html

Not a representative body!

Several different people have encouraged me to take The Guild of Craft Soap and Toiletry Makers to the ‘next level’ and become more proactive in promoting the interests of members. On the face of it, it’s a great idea – the reasons that this Guild at least is going to carry on as is are outlined […]

Warning over ‘epidemic’ of skin allergies from chemical in cosmetics and household products

Warning over ‘epidemic’ of skin allergies from chemical in cosmetics and household products: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10164452/Warning-over-epidemic-of-skin-allergies-from-chemical-in-cosmetics-and-household-products.html

Meeting document of the FDA Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Briefing Document for a Meeting of the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee Healthcare Antiseptic Ingredients Ref the previous post of particuler interest the table of appensices: Summary of safety data available for consideration B1 Alcohol (ethanol) 25 B2 Benzalkonium chloride 33 B3 Benzethonium chloride 38 B4 Chloroxylenol (PCMX) 42 B5 Hexylresorcinol […]

Update on Triclosan

The ‘dirty’ side of soap: Triclosan, a common antimicrobial in personal hygiene products, causes liver fibrosis and cancer in mice: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141117154612.htm

A novel method for portable detection of potent drugs known as ‘bath salts’

Despite being outlawed in 2012 in the U.S., the synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” — which really aren’t meant for your daily bath — are still readily available in some retail shops, on the Internet and on the streets. To help law enforcement, scientists are developing a novel method that could be the basis […]

A Mexican plant could lend the perfume industry more green credibility

The mere whiff of a dreamy perfume can help conjure new feelings or stir a longing for the past. But the creation of these alluring scents, from the high-end to the commonplace, can also incur an environmental toll. That could change as scientists, reporting in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, examine a more sustainable […]

Pesticide drift is persistent problem for farmers

Organic and speciality crop growers are trying to make a living off the rising consumer interest in locally grown and organic foods. But the smaller farms are often islands surrounded by a sea of conventionally grown crops that get sprayed with herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. Pesticide drift is a serious concern for them, and they’ve come up […]

Lavender farmers rebel against EU chemical rules

The sweet smell of lavender is tinged with bitterness this year in the south of France, as farmers who harvest the flower protest European regulations linking the plant to chemical toxins. http://phys.org/news/2014-09-lavender-farmers-rebel-eu-chemical.html