BHT – Do you know what it is?

I was looking at the ingredients on a medicine package this morning.  It was a stomach med.  I was surprised to find BHT as a main ingredient.  My dad used to take a very small glass of water with a teaspoon of baking soda when his stomach bothered him.  Maybe I should try that instead.

BHT: Butylated hydroxytolueneChemical compound

Butylated hydroxytoluene, also known as dibutylhydroxytoluene, is a lipophilic organic compound, chemically a derivative of phenol, that is useful for its antioxidant properties. Wikipedi

lipophilic:  tending to combine with or dissolve in lipids and fats

phenol:  or carbolic acid an aromatic organic compound, a white crystalline solid that is volatile

“What Is BHT?  BHT is a lab-made chemical that is added to foods as a preservative.  It is also used as a medicine.
BHT or butyl hydroxytoluene is a fat soluble synthetic compound which is commonly used to preserve foods and cosmetics to slow down the autoxidation rate of ingredients in a product that can cause changes in the taste or colour. As such, it is primarily used to prevent fats in foods from becoming rancid – but it is also used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, jet fuels, rubber, petroleum products, electrical transformer oil, and embalming fluid.

Sure sounds strange that BHT is something that is found in our food, right?

What kind of products can BHT be found in?

Aveeno Baby Natural Protection Mineral Block Face Stick

Neutrogena Body Oil

CVS Beauty Bars Sensitive Skin

Neutrogena Liquid Facial Cleanser Fragrance Free

Revlon ColorStay Bronzer for the Face

Loreal Hip High Intensity Pigments

OLAY Daily Facials Deep Cleansing Cloths

Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion Moisturizing Lotion”


“While it is true that the evidence is contradictory and confusing, there is enough negative scientific evidence to sound alarm bells. Vitamin E has been found to be an equally good preservative, with non of the side effects of BHT, so it seems absurd that we are continuing to be force fed a chemical that is such cause for concern.”

Information from:, Wikipedia, google


3 thoughts on “BHT – Do you know what it is?

  1. Always read the labels. I think you should go with your gut instinct. If it appears a poor choice? It probably is. All of those products listed above. Are unnecessary, for either beauty or health IMO. In the order of things. It, BHT is likely okay in small doses? I would go with baking soda? We use it for a plethora of things, that otherwise seem innocuous? For example a small amount is a really good deodorant. Of course used as a tooth powder or general cleaning agent. Vinegar and b. soda will degrease the oven range. Arm and Hammer own most of the deposits of baking soda. Sodium bicarbonate. in N. America. I buy it both loose and packaged. I expect it comes from the same place? Cheers Jamie


  2. This is one of the reasons why I’m careful about the cosmetics I use. They’re stuffed full of weird chemicals – the same goes for food.
    I mostly buy from two companies, Lush and Faith. I’m not sure you can get either of them where you are, but there must be similar natural products.

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