Thursday, January 5, 2012

Know Your Ingredients : Butylated Hydroxytoluene

Continuing my series of "Know Your Ingredients" in the new year, 2012. This time, it's about an ingredient that is quite often found in most of the skin care items. Let's start.

The reason behind this post is because I bought a body lotion that contains BHT. I heard rumors about it being highly carcinogenic, but until now I haven't found solid evidence that points to that direction.

Butylated Hydroxytoluene
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What It Is 
It's also known as butylhydroxytoluene or BHT. The molecule is lipophilic (fat-soluble) organic compound. [1]

What It's Used For
It is an anti-oxidant that is used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, jet fuelsrubberpetroleum products, electrical transformer oil, and embalming fluid. [1]

BHT is an anti-oxidant, which is used as a preservative to prevent foods or cosmetics from oxidizing, thus getting spoiled. 

Is It Dangerous?
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So far, there are loads of articles in certain websites, without any references or evidence. I checked on the FDA website and they stated that BHT is generally recognized as safe. [2]
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According to a source, BHT is not carcinogenic, but more towards causing allergies, which depends on the tolerance of the individual. 

To sum up, so far, I still haven't found hard evidence that relates BHT and cancer. I know there are a lot of websites that said it causes cancer, but it doesn't really state the reference or source. I'm still going to keep looking, but this is all for now. 

  1. Butylated Hydroxytoluene, from
  2. CFR - Code Of Federal Regulations Title 21, from

  3. BHT, from 

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  1. really need translate phanie..hehehe

  2. Waw such a really clear and helpful explanation phanie... @.@ *super amazed*

    I'm give up when it comes to chemical.. they make me confused >_< hehe..btw you should recolor the link so it would be visible.. :)

  3. i have to learn from you how to explain this ingedients thingy.. thinking about healthier skin for my 2012 resolution.... Great job phanie :)

  4. Severus, ok, kalo sempet ku translate deh~ ^^

    Chino, Thank you. eh link yang mana yang ga kliatan? Di kompieku kliatan smua soalnya ^^

    White Lotus, let's make healthy skin resolution together~ ^^

  5. Phanie pke body lotion apa yg ada BHT?

  6. Kawaiinaomi, kmrn pas beli Viva hbl, ingredients nya ada BHT. Meskipun di paling akhir sih, jadi mestinya yang paling dikit komposisinya ^^ Just to be sure aja