Denatonium benzoate, available as denatonium benzoate and als0 as denatonium saccharide, is the most bitter chemical compound known, with bitterness thresholds of 0.05 ppm for the benzoate and 0.01 ppm for the saccharide. It is sold (under trade names such as Denatrol, BITTERANT-b, BITTER+PLUS, Bitrex or Aversion) and as denatonium saccharide (BITTERANT-s). Denatonium is the more common adopted name for phenylmethyl-[2- [(2,6-dimethylphenyl)amino]-2-oxoethyl]-diethylammonium. It is a quaternary ammonium cation, with two ethyl arms, one benzyl and one larger amide one, and usually comes as a benzoate – a salt of benzoic acid. Its claim to fame is simple, unpleasant but valuable – denatonium benzoate is the most bitter substance yet discovered. it can be used to denature alcohols, as a nail varnish, as a repellant for plastics on childrens toys.
Currently in high demand as a denaturant from distilleries who are using it to denature their alcohols (thus escaping excise tax) for use in the production of anti-bacterial hand gels and hand sanitizers.
Cosmetic Raw Materials
|Formula||C21H29N2O · C7H5O2|
|Storage Conditions||Room temperature|
|MSDS Data Sheet||Click to download|
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