Phenoxyethanol is a preservative used in cosmetics and personal care products. It is effective at a broad range of pH values, and is not a formaldehyde-releasing agent. It is also non-reactive with other ingredients as well as with air and light.
Phenoxyethanol is active against gram-negative bacteria but weak against mold and yeast and therefore should be used with other preservatives or preservative booster. It is considered to be safe as long as it is used in formulas at 1% or less.
Ingredient Function: Preservative
Used in: Lotions, creams, serums, toners, masks, shampoo, conditioner, hairstyling products, sprays, scrubs and polishes, color cosmetics
Solubility: Water soluble
Appearance: Clear, colorless, mobile liquid
Odor: Nearly odorless to light characteristic odor
Derived From: Phenol and ethylene oxide
Part(s) Used: N/A
Preserved With: No preservative
Country of Origin: India
Method of Extraction: Phenol and ethylene oxide reacted with crude phenoxyethanol
Processing: Phenol and ethylene oxide reacted with crude phenoxyethanol, neutralized, filtered, distilled
Mix with a preservative booster that guards against mold and yeast for optimum preservative stability.
Globally approved and wonderful for use in international beauty lines.
Phenoxyethanol is not pH dependent, allowing for formula flexibility.