Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)
These are crystals of Butylated Hydroxytoluene (2,6-di-tert-butyl-4-methyl phenol) that vary from white to yellowish in color. It has a typical odor and does not dissolve in water. However, it can be dissolved partly in ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, and some other oils. It is prepared in the lab and has powerful antioxidants that make it an effective cosmetic ingredient.
It can also be applied directly to the skin for treating cold sores. It is also known for protecting the upper layer of skin cells from viruses and bacteria. Moreover, it is considered safe for the skin and has minimum to no side effects. However, people suffering from skin issues and irritation should avoid using it or consult a skin specialist before using the ingredients.
Butylated Hydroxytoluene Benefits
- Antimicrobial Properties: Its strong antimicrobial properties prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria that damage your skin. It is not only a good addition to makeup products like eyeliners, blush, lipsticks, foundations but it can also be used in cosmetic applications like skin cleansers, creams, moisturizers, etc.
- Contain Antioxidant: Butylated Hydroxytoluene can also be added as a preservative in skincare products and cosmetic products as it contains potent antioxidants that prevent the deterioration of formulas due to reactions of other ingredients with oxygen.
- Used in Cosmetic Formulations:It also offers some penetration ability to the cosmetic formulas. Still, the penetration isn’t deep enough, and therefore, you might have to combine it with other cosmetic raw materials that improve the delivery of active ingredients.
- Cosmetic Stabilizer: Butylated Hydroxytoluene has a neutralizing effect on free oxygen radicals that might prove to be hazardous for your skin. It negates the chances of cosmetic ingredients going rancid. Moreover, it also stops or slows down the deterioration of fats and oils in cosmetic formulations. Sometimes, it is also used to stabilize color cosmetics by stabilizing the colorants used in them.
Butylated Hydroxy Toluene Specifications
- Applications: Creams, lotions, makeup products, sunscreens, shampoos, etc. might contain this ingredient due to its stabilizing properties.
- Raw Material Source: Isobutylene & P-cresol
- Manufacturing Process: It is produced from P-cresol and Isobutylene by using sulfuric acid as a catalyst.
- Tested on Animals: No
- GMO: No GMOs are present as it is free from plant-derived components.
- CAS Number: 128-37-0
- INCI Name:Butylated Hydroxytoluene
- Vegan: Vegans may use it as it does not contain ingredients that are obtained from animals.
How to Use Butylated Hydroxy Toluene (BHT)?
It should be added when the formula is in the fat phase, and the typical use level can be between 0.01 to 0.1%. For best results, combine it with EDTA. Remember that it is only meant for external use.