Marie Guerlain – A – Z of Toxicity in our home – BHAs

  • Butylated hydroxyanisole (not to be confused with the anti-ageing BHAs and AHAs) is used as a preservative and anti-oxidant in personal care products.
  • BHT’s are a toluene-based product also used as preservatives. Banned for use in cosmetics in the EU as a known endocrine disrupter, it can be reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen and a known reproductive and developmental toxin.
  • It is known to be most toxic to pregnant women and infants.
  • Found in: Lip products, hair products, makeup, sunscreen, antiperspirant/deodorant, fragrance, creams
  • Read the label for: BHA and BHT
  • Problems associated with it: Organ-system toxicity, irritation, allergies and immunotoxicity

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