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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

Beautyfrizz Mother Of Pearl Wipes Shiseido Waso Color-Smart Day Moisturizer Spf30 Votre Peau Bare It All Facial Make Up Remover Votre Peau Skin Care Collagen Booster Night Cream Adleesya Beauty Women Desiree Essential Cream (Triple Advance) 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 Derma V10 Pure Effect Micellar Cleansing Water Guardian Baby Care Soft Wipes (Fragrance Free) KERSTIN FLORIAN Clarifying Moor Mud Masque Mama Bear Water Baby Wipes Max Love Gloss Lip Volumoso Mensome Retinol Moon Shower Adaptogenic Spa Mist Nioxin 3D Intensive Hair Booster Pantene Pro-V Moisturizing Mist Detangler Spray Revolution x Jake Jamie Toffee Apple Face Mask SEPHORA COLLECTION Beauty Amplifier Smoothing Translucent Setting Powder SeneGence Glossy Gloss Silk Soothing Gel SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel Tesco Fred & Flo Wipes The Saem Urban Eco Harakeke Toner Tree of Life Beauty Vitamin C Facial Toner Truly Beauty Heartbreaker Lip Plumping Mask Truly Beauty Starkisser Lip Plumping Mask Truly Beauty Vegan Collagen Mask Yeouth Hyaluronic Acid Serum iWhite Korea Recovery Sleeping Gel Mask life aloe vera gel Ada tina Depore Tonic Artistry Anti-Wrinkle Amplifier Aussie Hemp Detangling Spray 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 Cancer Council Sensitive + Zinc Spf50 ClarityRx Daily Dose Of Water Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum Clean Kids Naturally Mango Mist Spray Detangler Clear Skin Days by Sephora Collection Clarifying Toner CoverGirl Cleanfresh Makeup Setting Spray