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BulkActives are DIY skin care suppliers of skin actives, cosmetic ingredients, cosmeceuticals, active ingredients, and standardized botanical extracts for diy skin care products and homemade cosmetics.

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BHT ( Butylated hydroxytoluene)

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CAS#: 64-02-8

Appearance: white powder

Solubility:  non-denatured ethanol, Propylene glycol

Suggested percentage:0.1%

Storage: Cool, dry place. Do not freeze. Keep away from light and moisture!
Country of origin: Taiwan

There is a some controversy over the use of BHT ( Butylated hydroxytoluene) in food products.  However, in cosmetic formulations this fat soluble synthetic antioxidant is used to protect certain skin care ingredients, such as plant extracts and vitamins (Vitamin A), and skin care products from oxidation.

DISCLAIMER:Any statements about products sold by BulkActives have not been evaluated by the FDA.  Products sold by BulkActives are not intended to be used as nutritional supplements. Products sold by BulkActives are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

About Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)


Butylated hydroxytoluene is a potent synthetic antioxidant. It is useful to add to skin care products that are expected to survive longer than a  few weeks.  It is NOT a preservative.


Just like food, skin products decompose over time. The reason for this is oxidation, a process in which harmful molecules called free radicals cause damage to cells. It's the same process that's responsible for the the eventual brown color on a peeled apple.


A skin product can undergo oxidative stress, too, rendering it ineffective. To counteract this issue, cosmetics companies use BHT in skin products. BHT has antioxidative properties, and it works to neutralize the oxidation process by taking on the stress caused by free radicals.


There is a lot of controversy over its use in food products, however, the amount of BHT used in cosmetic products is typically 0.01-0.1%, and does not pose a cancer risk to skin, nor does it penetrate skin far enough to be absorbed into the bloodstream (Source: 2008 CIR Compendium, Cosmetic Ingredient Review, 2008, pages 43-44).  

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Butylated hydroxytoluene

BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene) in skin care:


  • antioxidant (synthetic)