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Scientific Literature – What is it? (Part 1 of 2)

2 November 2016

Alexis St-Gelais, M. Sc., chimiste When discussing scientific topics, it is important to go beyond opinions and hearsay if the objective is to learn something valid or reach a sensible conclusion. As such, the source of the elements submitted to the discussion becomes extremely important. For the best and the worst, we live in an era

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Synthetic Oranger and You

23 March 2016

Alexis St-Gelais, M. Sc., Chimiste – Popularization Essential oils are worth quite a lot of money. It so happens that, in order to boost profits, unscrupulous people alter oils in various ways. This “Adulterants and you” series is there to introduce you to some of the adulterations we encounter. This is because not all of

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Quality Control 101. III. Is Carbon 14 Testing a Reliable Method to Detect Adulteration?

17 March 2016

Alexis St-Gelais – Popularization Our recent clarification about our usage of “synthetic” and “natural” to describe molecules shed light on one particular way to define synthetics, based on the origin of the building blocks (petroleum or fresh organic molecules from natural sources). We wanted to discuss this aspect further, since it is deeply tied to

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Natural vs Synthetic: Clarifying the Terms

Alexis St-Gelais, M. Sc., chimiste – Popularization Laboratoire PhytoChemia is a business, and as any other business, we do use concepts that are commonly understood the same way by all our employees. Such is the case for the “natural” and “synthetic” designations for molecules we encounter in our analyzes. Taking a critical step back, these

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Isobornyl Cyclohexanol and You

30 November 2015

Alexis St-Gelais, M. Sc., Chimiste – Popularization Essential oils are worth quite a lot of money. It so happens that, in order to boost profits, unscrupulous people alter oils in various ways. This “Adulterants and you” series is there to introduce you to some of the adulterations we encounter. This is because not all of

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You Said Polar?

23 November 2015

Alexis St-Gelais – Popularization  Polar: I am not reffering to the winter cold that has settled around here in Saguenay a few weeks ago… I am rather speaking of a concept that can be helpful to understand many chemical phenomena, to which I will certainly plentily refer to in the future on this blog. Polarity

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