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

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel iWhite Korea Recovery Sleeping Gel Mask Barry M Flawless Hydro Fix Primer Water Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Biologique Recherche Serum Collagene Marin Biologique Recherche Serum Placenta Doctor Babor Thermal Spray M2 Beauté Eyelash Activating Serum Dirty Works (Sainsbury's) 3 In 1 Gentle Micellar Cleansing Water Dr. Barbara Stürm Hyaluronic Serum Dr. Loretta Intense Replenishing Serum Imperial Leather Facial Cleansing Wipes Oil Balancing Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner Mamonde Hydrating Beauty Water NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1 Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment Revolution Skincare Lightweight Hydrating Gel-Cream – Hydration Boost Sephora Sleeping Mask - Toning And Firming Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Hydrating Cleansing Oil Superdrug B. Essence Lotion The Body Shop Coco Calming Face Mist The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray seaNtree Hyaluron Ampoule 100 snail white Gold Alaffia Skin Recovery Facial Toner (Neem & Shea) Alpha-H Liquid Laser Cleansing Oil April Skin Magic Snow Bb Cream Spf50+/Pa+++ Boots Simply Sensitive Eye Make-Up Removal Lotion DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Doctor Babor Rebalancing Liquid Dr Sebagh Supreme Maintenance Youth Serum Dr. Barbara Stürm Anti-Pollution Drops ESPA Lift & Firm Intensive Eye Serum Erno Laszlo Pore Refining Detox Double Cleanse Farmacy Invincible Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir Lixir Night Switch Retinol 1% Missha Misa Cho Gong Jin First Oil My Beauty Diary Imperial Bird'S Nest Mask Napoleon Perdis Rebirth Venus Cleanser Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser Creamy Fragrance-Free Formula Ren Clarimatte Invisible Pores Detox Mask RevitaLash Cosmetics Revitalash® Advanced Eyelash Conditioner Rosense Foaming Cleanser Sarah Chapman Skinesis Intense Hydrating Booster Sephora Sleeping Mask Green Tea - Mattifying & Anti-Blemish