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Household Chemicals

Going fragrance-free protects from mosquito bites

Hong Kong has repeatedly failed to address public health issues, even where simple, proven and cost-effective methods are available. Take the topic of scents.

Tuesday, 4 September, 2012, 11:28am

Bad buzz around mosquito repellents

Electronic mosquito repellents that use ultrasonic or sonic waves to repel the pests have little or no effect, a study by the Consumer Council has found.

The consumer watchdog is urging members of the public not to rely on such devices alone and to use established mosquito repellents, such as coils and sprays, instead.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


It may not seem to have a nose, but a mosquito has an extraordinary sense of smell, which gives it the uncanny ability to find and bite us.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Beware the booze binge

Friday night drinks are a ritual for a 33-year-old ad executive we'll call Melissa Chan. After work, she gets together with her colleagues at a bar near their office. They usually stay on well past happy hour, ordering round after round of wine and cocktails. Some nights, she takes advantage of ladies' night specials at a bar downtown.

27 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Avoid the sting with a cloak of protection

First there were acne-removal creams, then came concealers to hide stubborn scars. And now comes a moisturiser cream that promises the user to be completely invisible. Well, to stinging and biting insects, at least.

19 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

What's in it? Phenoxyethanol

Other names? Ethanol, ethylene glycol, monophenyl ether, 2-hydroxyethyl phenyl ether.

What's it used in? Moisturisers, eye creams, cleansers, foundations.

What does it do? It's a perservative used to extend products' shelf lives.

25 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

What's in it?

What is it? Sodium laureth sulphate.

Other names it goes by? Sodium lauryl ether sulphate, sodium alkyl ether sulphate, sodium diethylene glycol.

What's it used in? Shampoo, body wash, facial cleansers, bubble bath, exfoliants, hair colours and liquid hand soap.

What does it do? Helps the product to foam, allowing for smoother distribution.

18 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Tainted toothpaste to be tested

Government scientists will test three brands of mainland-made toothpaste which Singapore yesterday banned because they contain a poisonous chemical.

Tests in Singapore showed the Hei Mei, Hei Mei Calcium and Maxam brands contained between 0.8 per cent and 3.9 per cent diethylene glycol. None listed it as an ingredient.

7 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Panama deaths linked to mainland

A toxic ingredient that killed more than 100 people in Panama has been traced back to a mainland factory, The New York Times reported yesterday.

It reported that the factory, in the Yangtze River Delta, had substituted a cheaper, industrial-grade solvent for glycerin, a pharmaceutical-grade syrup usually used in cough syrup.

7 May 2007 - 12:00am

Future imperfect

The future world of The Hunted is a frightening place. Because of scientific advances, human beings now live to an average age of 150.

But there has been a price to pay for this. The human race has traded fertility for longevity.

Everyone is living longer, but very few babies are being born.

Tarrin is a young boy living in a society of old people.

29 Jun 2006 - 12:00am