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What-it-does: preservative

Official CosIng Information


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

Celeteque Brightening Alcohol-Free Toner Cussons Baby Sensitive Wipes Mama Bear Water Baby Wipes Max Love Gloss Lip Volumoso Moon Shower Adaptogenic Spa Mist Nioxin 3D Intensive Hair Booster Revolution x Jake Jamie Toffee Apple Face Mask SEPHORA COLLECTION Beauty Amplifier Smoothing Translucent Setting Powder SeneGence Glossy Gloss SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel Tesco Fred & Flo Wipes Yeouth Hyaluronic Acid Serum iWhite Korea Recovery Sleeping Gel Mask life aloe vera gel Avon Distillery Purify Facial Oil 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 Byphasse Lotion Tonique À L’Eau De Rose ClarityRx Daily Dose Of Water Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum Clean Kids Naturally Mango Mist Spray Detangler Clear Skin Days by Sephora Collection Clarifying Toner Daytox Eye Wonder Dickinson’s Enhanced Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Hydrating Toner Doctor Babor Thermal Spray Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Steam Starter Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner M2 Beauté Eyelash Activating Serum Momotani White Moisture Lotion Nip+Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier Ole Henriksen So Nurturing Cleansing Cloths Omorovicza Blue Diamond Concentrate Palladio Rice Paper Oil Blotting Sheets Philosophy Purity Made Simple Micellar Cleansing Water Revolution Skincare Warming Gel Moisturising Face Mask Revolution x Jake Jamie Mince Pie Face Mask Shinetree Squeeze&Go Soothing & Brightening Aloe & Green Tea Gel SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5+ The Inkey List Seakelp Serum Umoua Advanced Extraction Liposome Tech Peptide Renewal Cream eve lom Intense Hydration Serum Algologie Algae Gel Mask Alpha-H Hyaluronic 8 BABOR Algae Vitalizer BABOR Beauty Rescue BABOR Matte Finish