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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

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 Placenta Clean Kids Naturally Mango Mist Spray Detangler Doctor Babor Thermal Spray M2 Beauté Eyelash Activating Serum Momotani White Moisture Lotion Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier 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 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 Lovecraft Beauty Micellar Water Mamonde Hydrating Beauty Water NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1 OLIVIA KLEIN Sensitive Spray Toner Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment Pixi Hydrating Milky Peel Revolution Skincare Lightweight Hydrating Gel-Cream – Hydration Boost Sephora Sleeping Mask - Toning And Firming Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Hydrating Cleansing Oil Skin Actives Hyaluronic Acid Gel Source of Nature Purifying Toner White Tea & Green Tea Superdrug B. Essence Lotion The Beauty Hacks Face Mask Honey The Body Shop Coco Calming Face Mist The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray Wet n Wild Photo Focus Primer Water 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+++ BioAge Hyaluronic Acid Biotherm Biosource 24H Hydrating & Tonifying Toner Boots Simply Sensitive Eye Make-Up Removal Lotion Boots No7 Hydraluminous Water Concentrate Colbert MD Illumino Anti-Aging Brightening Mask DHC Deep Cleansing Oil