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HallBrite® BHB

INCI Name: Butyloctyl Salicylate
Product Code: 2231
CAS #: 190085-41-7
ELINCS: 431-090-3
Patents: 5,783,173, 5,788,954, 5,849,273, 6,350,894
Brand: HallBrite®

HallBrite® BHB (INCI: Butyloctyl Salicylate) is a novel, patented multifunctional ingredient and dispersing agent ideal for sun care, skin care, and color cosmetics. It is effective as a sunscreen actives solvent, inorganic pigment wetter, emollient, moisturizer, and carrier. A low viscosity liquid of high polarity with elegant slip and feel, it is useful as a solvent and emollient in topical preparations for skin and hair. HallBrite® BHB significantly increases the in vivo SPF performance of sun protection products through the reduction of electron transfer and photoprotection mechanisms.

HallBrite® BHB combines lower potential irritation compared to similar materials, excellent spreadability, added substantivity in the presence of water, and a pleasant, moisturizing skin feel. It is compatible with most lipophilic cosmetic additives, and solubilizes many commonly used active ingredients including oxybenzone and avobenzone.

Its low freeze point (< -25°C) gives HallBrite® BHB the ability to maintain these actives in solution at low temperature. It is an excellent carrier for micronized titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and cosmetic colorants (inorganic pigments).

Recommended use levels range from 2% to 10%.

  • The lower end of the range is best for solvent polarity optimization in sunscreens, while the upper end is best for make-up formulations that require exceptional pigment wetting.
  • Sun care products typically contain 5% or less of this ingredient in order to be globally compliant.
  • Note that, at 5% use in a sun care formulation, HallBrite® BHB is responsible for no more than 2 SPF units.


Features & Benefits:

  • Emollient
  • Moisturizing Agent
  • Pigment Binding Agent
  • Pigment Wetter & Dispersant
  • Sunscreen Solvent
Appearance Clear colorless to pale hued liquid
Odor Faint, characteristic
Color (APHA = PtCo) 20
Freezing Point (°C) < -25
Saponification Value (mg KOH/g) 181
Specific Gravity (25°C/25°C) 0.974
Acid Value (mg KOH/g) 0.3
Refractive Index (25°C) 1.492
Dielectric Constant (25°C) 5.35
Viscosity (cP, 25°C) 16
Insoluble In
  • Glycerin
  • Water
Soluble In
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
  • Cyclomethicone and Dimethicone
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Isopropyl Myristate
  • Mineral Oil
  • Octyl Methoxycinnamate
Solvency Of
  • 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor (Enzacamene) 10%
  • Ethylhexyl Triazone <1.8%
  • Benzophenone-3 (Oxybenzone) 16%
Toxicology Profile
  • 28-Day Oral Toxicity: No functional, microscopic or macroscopic pathology at any dose. NOEC = 150mg/kg/day
  • Acute Dermal Toxicity: Non-toxic. LD50 > 2 g/kg
  • Acute Oral Toxicity: Non-toxic. LD50 > 5 g/kg
  • Ames Test: No evidence of mutagenic activity.
  • Chromosome Abberation Test: No evidence of clastogenic activity.
  • Guinea Pig Maximization Test: No dermal response indicative of sensitization at 100% challenge.
  • Primary Eye Irritation: Not a primary eye irritant.
  • Primary Skin Irritation: Not a primary skin irritant. Potential for moderate irritation when applied at 100% under occlusive wrap conditions. PII - 2.12.
  • Drum - 435lbs
  • Pail - 40lbs

Regional Approvals:

  • Canada
  • China
  • EU
  • US


  • Daily Wear Sun Care
  • Makeup


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Name Regional Acceptance  Formula Number
"No O" Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen CreamASEAN, Australia, Canada, EU, Japan, Korea, MERCOSUR, New Zealand, Philippines, Taiwan, USJZ5-68
"No O" Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Cream with SolaStay® S1Canada, EU, USJZ8-164B
3-O-Free Olive Daily Wear Sunscreen Spray SPF 30Canada, EU, USJZ13-109
Absolute Sunscreen Spray SPF 100Canada, EU, USJZ11-300
Absolute Sunscreen Spray SPF 50Canada, EU, USJZ12-24
Absolute Sunscreen Spray SPF 70Canada, EU, USJZ11-299B
Ante-aging Daily Wear SPF 30 Sunscreen SprayCanada, EU, USJZ13-51
Anti-Blue Light Daily Primer SPF 30Canada, EU, USJZ15-60
Anti-Sand Sunscreen Gel SPF 60 US, Canada, EU, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, Korea, New Zealand, ASEAN, MERCOSURJZ12-20B
Argan-Hemp Sunscreen Milk SPF 30Canada, EU, USJZ13-35B
Beach Sunscreen Spray SPF 70Canada, EU, USJZ12-167B
Biphasic 3-O-Free Sunscreen Spray SPF 30Canada, EU, USJZ13-110
Biphasic Sea Glass Spray SPF 30Canada, EU, USJZ13-99
Biphasic Sunscreen Spray SPF 30Canada, EU, USJZ12-304
Broad Spectrum O/W Sunscreen Cream SPF 50GlobalJZ12-136
Broad Spectrum Oil-in-Water Sunscreen Cream SPF 70Canada, EU, USJZ11-73
Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion for Wet SkinGlobalJZ10-177
Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Sunscreen CreamCanada, EU, USJZ5-67
Broad Spectrum SPF 50 O/W Sunscreen LotionGlobalJZ9-89
Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Sunscreen CreamCanada, EU, USJZ6-169
Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Gel SPF 50 PA++++Canada, EU, USJZ11-148B
China-Compliant Broad Spectrum Oil-in-Water Sunscreen Cream SPF 70China, Korea, MERCOSUR, USJZ11-73B
Clean and Light Lotion SPF 40ASEAN, China, EU, Korea, Philippines, TaiwanSZ-19034M2
Clear and Natural SPF 30 Sunscreen Stick with Argan and Hemp OilsCanada, EU, USJZ13-41
Clear SPF 30 PrimerCanada, EU, USJZ13-75
Enchanting MascaraGlobal122-18-08E
EUphoria Sunscreen SPF 50Canada, EU, USMD21-001-05Z
Everything Bagel SPF 40Canada, EU, USJZ12-20
Facial Moisturizer Cream SPF 50Canada, EU, USJZ14-49B
Fast-Absorbing Sunscreen Spray SPF 50Canada, EU, USJZ12-253
Fine-Tuning CreamGlobal124-18-06R
Frost Eyeshadow for Darker Skin Tones with HallBrite BHBUSJHP3-87-1
Full Benefits Moisturizer Lotion SPF 30GlobalJZ14-148
Full Metal ShadowGlobal124-18-08I
Global Anti-Sand Refreshing Sunscreen Gel SPF 50 GlobalJZ13-03
Global-Use Multi-Function Sodium Stearate Sunscreen Stick SPF 30ASEAN, Australia, Canada, China, EU, Japan, Korea, MERCOSUR, Philippines, Taiwan, USJZ13-140
Light and Non-Greasy Sunscreen Cream SPF 30 GlobalJZ11-138B
Matte Blush for Darker Skin Tones with HallBrite BHBUSJHP3-70-3
Matte Blush with HallBrite BHBUSJHP3-70-1
Matte Eyeshadow with HallBrite BHBUSJHP3-69-1
Mineral High UV Protection Cream SPF 50Canada, EU, USJZ14-172B
Multifunction Daily Stick SPF 30Canada, EU, USJZ14-39
Natural Finish PowderGlobal136-19-05E
Night is Coming ZnO-Only Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ PA++++GlobalSZ-19052
Nourishing UV Lotion SPF 50+ PA++++ASEAN, China, EU, Japan, Korea, Philippines, TaiwanSZ-19037
Oil Protect You! SPF 30Canada, EU, USJZ15-59
Oil-in-Water Sunscreen SPF 20Canada, EU, USJZ5-12
Outside-NA Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30Canada, EU, USJZ13-273
Pink Biphasic Spray SPF 30Canada, EU, USJZ14-45
Pressed Powder Foundation with HallBrite BHBUSJHP3-48-4
Rosy Spray SPF 30Canada, EU, USJZ15-61
Sheer Blush Sunscreen Stick SPF 30Canada, EU, USJZ14-54
Silken Sunscreen SPF 30Canada, EU, US100-17-07H
SPF 50 Sunscreen StickCanada, EU, USJZ10-45C
SPF 50 W/O Dream CreamCanada, EU, USJZ14-15
Sport Sunscreen SPF 70Canada, EU, USJZ12-207B
Starry Night Dual EyeshadowGlobal138-20-01P
Sunlight Bluelight Protection SPF 30Canada, EU, USJZ13-280
Sunscreen Cream SPF 30Canada, EU, USJZ13-269
Sunscreen SPF 50 LotionCanada, EU, USJZ7-116
Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 PA ++++Canada, EU, USJZ11-239
Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 PA++++Canada, EU, USJZ11-219B
Sunshine Stick SPF 30Canada, EU, USJZ13-192
Superior Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 PA ++++Canada, EU, USJZ11-245
Three-O-Free Sunscreen Alcohol Spray SPF 30Canada, EU, USJZ8-150
Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40Canada, EU, USJZ15-131B
UV Protection ZnO Cream SPF 50GlobalJZ15-112B
ZnO Sunscreen SPF 60Canada, EU, USJZ15-196B
“No O” Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen CreamCanada, EU, USJZ13-105

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