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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

Max Love Gloss Lip Volumoso 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 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 Clean Kids Naturally Mango Mist Spray Detangler Daytox Eye Wonder Doctor Babor Thermal Spray Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner M2 Beauté Eyelash Activating Serum Momotani White Moisture Lotion Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier Ole Henriksen So Nurturing Cleansing Cloths Palladio Rice Paper Oil Blotting Sheets Revolution Skincare Warming Gel Moisturising Face Mask Umoua Advanced Extraction Liposome Tech Peptide Renewal Cream Alpha-H Hyaluronic 8 BABOR Pollution Protect Biopelle Exfoliating Home Peel Mild Bulldog Energising Eye Roll-On CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Cien Sos Concentrated Hand Cream Dirty Works (Sainsbury's) 3 In 1 Gentle Micellar Cleansing Water Dr. Barbara Stürm Hyaluronic Serum Dr. Loretta Intense Replenishing Serum First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Anti-Breakout Pads With White Clay Garnier Hidra Rizos Ideel (Aldi) 2 In1 Makeup Remover Skin Tonic 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 Kylie Cosmetics Vitamin C Serum Lovecraft Beauty Micellar Water MECCA MAX Life Proof Super Set Invisible Loose Powder Mamonde Hydrating Beauty Water Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner Mecca Cosmetica Self Tan Drops Mila d'Opiz Hydro Boost Balancing Toner NB Labs Bio-Extracts Glow Boost NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1 Nanowhite Refining Treatment Toner