Spectrastat™ BHL

Caprylhydroxamic Acid (and) 1,2-Hexanediol (and) Butylene Glycol

Non-Irritating Broad Spectrum Preservation System

Spectrastat™ BHL is an optimized combination of multifunctional ingredients that allows formulators to create self-preserving formulations.

  • Broad pH range
  • Water soluble
  • Cold processable
  • Effective in surfactant systems, emulsions including sunscreens, and wipes & mask juices
  • Easy to formulate
  • Self-preserving from Hurdle Technology approach
  • Free of parabens, formaldehyde donors, MIT, phenoxyethanol, and other traditional preservatives

Micro summary:

  • Controls bacteria (gram +/-), yeast, and mold
  • Pass results with industry standard tests: EP-A, USP51, and PCPC
  • Pass results with recommended use level at pH 4-8: 1.5 – 3% (w/w)

Standards & Certifications

Clean Beauty Preferred
Non-palm Derived
China IECIC Listed
Halal Certified
Vegan & Cruelty-free
Kosher Compliant
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Additional Information

How to Use

Recommended Use Level:

  • O/W Emulsion: 1.5 - 3.0%
  • O/W Sunscreens: 2.0 - 3.0%
  • Cleansers: 1.5 - 3.0%
  • Wipe Juices: 2.0 - 3.0%

Use Instruction:

  • Cold processable
  • Mix well before using
  • Add to water phase (below 80°C) or during cool down phase (~40°C)

Please request an Alternative Preservation Formulators Guide for more information.

Primary Feedstocks

  • Coconut
  • Petrochemical

For more information about the origin and processing of this ingredient, please request a Technical & Regulatory Dossier.

The Science Behind

This alternative preservation system employs the Hurdle Technology approach, utilizing a combination of multifunctional ingredients to create a hostile environment for microbial growth.

Spectrastat™ BHL includes the following multifunctional components to create a complete broad spectrum preservation system:

  • Caprylhydroxamic Acid: A 100% natural organic acid and chelating agent that prevents the growth of yeast and mold in formulation. Unlike most organic acids used in preservation, caprylhydroxamic acid remains undissociated at neutral pH.
  • 1,2–Hexanediol: A skin conditioning agent and humectant that prevents the growth of bacteria in formulation. It has a short carbon chain length which makes it ultra-mild on skin.
  • Butylene Glycol: A carrier for ease of formulation

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