What is Phenoxyethanol? What does it do?

Category: Ingredients

Phenoxyethanol can be a bit of a controversial topic. It is found in nature specifically in things like green tea and chicory. However, for cosmetic use, we use a synthetic version. Its use is meant as a stabilizer and as a preservative to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold in water-based substances.

In very large concentrations, studies have found it to be an irritant and should definitely not be ingested by children or infants as it can cause serious problems. Of course, if you have an allergy or sensitivity to it you should also refrain from usage.

For cosmetic purposes in our products, it is used in concentrations of 1% or less which is deemed as safe according to this report as published by the Journal of the American College of Toxicology (Final Report on the Safety Assessment of Phenoxyethanol) which can also be found by going to Cosmetic Ingredient Review.

We also recommend reading these articles as well:

Fluerandbee- What is Phenoxyethanol in Skin Care? Is it Safe?

Healthline- Is Phenoxyethanol in Cosmetics Safe?

Byrdie- Phenoxyethanol for Skin: Benefits and How to Use

EWG’s Skin Deep- Phenoxyethanol

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