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Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)
Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)

Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)

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A derivate of phenol, this white crystalline powder is a potent antioxidant that has marked its presence as an additive not only in food products but also in cosmeceuticals.

INCI name- Butylated Hydroxytoluene

Molecular formula- C15H24O

Country Of Origin - India

 BENEFITS AND USES-

  • It is chiefly used as an antioxidant food additive and can be found in packaged food items.
  • It is also added to plastics and rubber which is used to store fatty food items.
  • When added to cosmetics and personal care products, it slows down their deterioration and increases their shelf life.
  • It is used in manufacturing eyeliners, lipsticks, blushes, foundation, cleansers, and perfumes.
  • It is widely used to stabilise product formulations.

 HOW IT WORKS

  • It works by preventing food from going rancid.
  • Its antioxidant properties fight oxidation in the cells and protect their outer layer from damage.

CONCENTRATION AND SOLUBILITY-

  • Its optimal concentration level ranges from 0.001% in packaged food products to a maximum of 0.5% in cosmetics.
  • It is soluble in oil and ethanol. It is insoluble in water.

HOW TO USE-

  • Add to the heated oil phase.
  • Combine with the water phase of the formulation.
  • Mix and stir continuously until it dissolves.