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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

Beautyfrizz Lavender Wipes Beautyfrizz Mother Of Pearl Wipes Lifeford Detox Lip Care Lifeford Natural Lip Care Metrosa Metronidazol Shiseido Waso Color-Smart Day Moisturizer Spf30 Spa Salonnepro AHA Cleansing Gel Votre Peau Bare It All Facial Make Up Remover Votre Peau Skin Care Collagen Booster Night Cream 3 more inches Lifesaver UV Leave In Treatment AOA Studio Glazed High Shine Lipgloss Adleesya Beauty Women Desiree Essential Cream (Triple Advance) Airyday Pretty In Zinc SPF50+ Dreamscreen Avant Flawless Energising & Oxygenating Caffeine 2-1 Face & Eye Serum Balea Wonderful Repair Übernacht Aufbaufluid Bolero Jelly Nutrient Mist Rosehip + Vitamin A Bondi Sands Sunny Daze SPF 50 Moisturiser Boots Biodegradable Fragrance Free Cleansing Wipes Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Exfoliating Pads Boozyshop Hydrating Toner Byphasse Tónico Pureté Agua De Hamamelis Y Flor De Naranjo Piel Grasa Cancer Council Spf 50 Face Day Wear Moisturiser Matte Zinc Lotion Celeteque Advanced Anti-Aging Alcohol-Free Toner Celeteque Brightening Alcohol-Free Toner Cold Spring Apothecary Sea Clay & Charcoal - Clarity Line Cussons Baby Sensitive Wipes CÉLETEQUE DERMOSCIENCE ™ Advanced Anti-Aging Anti-Wrinkle Ultra Hydrating Cleansing Oil Dear Me Beauty 8% Snap 8 Peptide + Avocado Extract Face Serum Derma V10 Pure Effect Micellar Cleansing Water Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Gentle Balancing Toner Doctor Babor Hyaluronic Acid Doctor Babor Pro Ceramide Concentrate Erisan Alkoholiton Kasvovesi Ethicare remedies HyaluGel - Hyaluronic Acid Gel Fairy Skin Water Essence Toner Guardian Baby Care Soft Wipes (Fragrance Free) HydraFacial Eye Replenishing Serum Inebrya Ice Cream Keratin Toning Mousse Institut Claude Bell Corrective Cream Dilated Pores Invisible Zinc Face + Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF50 Invisible Zinc SPF 50 Face & Body KERSTIN FLORIAN Clarifying Moor Mud Masque Kizenka Rose Essential Oil Make Up Forever Ultra Hd Microfinishing Loose Powder Mama Bear Water Baby Wipes Mary Kay Eye Primer Matrix Total Results So Long Damage Break Fix Max Love Gloss Lip Volumoso Mensome Retinol Merino 97% Pure Aloe Vera Gel