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What-it-does: preservative


It’s pretty much the current IT-preservative. It’s safe and gentle, but even more importantly, it’s not a feared-by-everyone-mostly-without-scientific-reason paraben.

It’s not something new: it was introduced around 1950 and today it can be used up to 1% worldwide. It can be found in nature - in green tea - but the version used in cosmetics is synthetic. 

Other than having a good safety profile and being quite gentle to the skin it has some other advantages too. It can be used in many types of formulations as it has great thermal stability (can be heated up to 85°C) and works on a wide range of pH levels (ph 3-10). 

It’s often used together with ethylhexylglycerin as it nicely improves the preservative activity of phenoxyethanol.

Products with Phenoxyethanol

SeneGence Glossy Gloss SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel iWhite Korea Recovery Sleeping Gel Mask Barry M Flawless Hydro Fix Primer Water Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Biologique Recherche Elastine Marine Biologique Recherche Serum Collagene Marin Biologique Recherche Serum Elastine Pure Biologique Recherche Serum Placenta Clean Kids Naturally Mango Mist Spray Detangler Daytox Eye Wonder Doctor Babor Thermal Spray Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner M2 Beauté Eyelash Activating Serum MG 3 Peptides + Ferment Momotani White Moisture Lotion Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier Palladio Rice Paper Oil Blotting Sheets Revolution Skincare Warming Gel Moisturising Face Mask Alpha-H Hyaluronic 8 BABOR Pollution Protect Biopelle Exfoliating Home Peel Mild CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Dirty Works (Sainsbury's) 3 In 1 Gentle Micellar Cleansing Water Dr. Barbara Stürm Hyaluronic Serum Dr. Loretta Intense Replenishing Serum First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Anti-Breakout Pads With White Clay Ideel (Aldi) 2 In1 Makeup Remover Skin Tonic Imperial Leather Facial Cleansing Wipes Oil Balancing Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner Kylie Cosmetics Vitamin C Serum Lovecraft Beauty Micellar Water Mamonde Hydrating Beauty Water Mecca Cosmetica Self Tan Drops Mila d'Opiz Hydro Boost Balancing Toner NB Labs Bio-Extracts Glow Boost NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1 OLIVIA KLEIN Sensitive Spray Toner Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Mist Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment Pixi 24K Eye Elixir Pixi Hydrating Milky Peel Pixi In-Shower Steam Facial Self-Heating Collagen Mask Revolution Skincare Hyaluronic Essence Spray Revolution Skincare Lightweight Hydrating Gel-Cream – Hydration Boost Revolution Skincare X Jake Jamie Watermelon Hydrating Face Mask Rosaimpex Bulgarian boutique rose Rose Water With Rose Oil Sephora Sleeping Mask - Toning And Firming