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(\ˈfē-nō-ziy-e-thə-ˌnȯl\) Synthetic Other names: ethylene glycol phenyl ether

What is Phenoxyethanol

Phenoxyethanol, also called ethylene glycol phenyl ether, is an oily, colorless liquid with a pleasant odor.[1] It occurs naturally in green tea but can also be synthesized for commercial use.[2]

What Phenoxyethanol does in our products

Phenoxyethanol is a preservative, solvent, and antimicrobial ingredient in cosmetics and pharmaceutical products such as antibiotic ointments, bath products, nail care products, eardrops, perfume, makeup, detergent, vaccines, and other products.[3,4,5,6,7] It dissolves in water.[8]

Which products include Phenoxyethanol

Organic Baby Lotion
Organic Hand & Body Lotion

How Phenoxyethanol made

Phenoxyethanol is typically made by mixing treating phenol with ethylene oxide in an alkaline medium.[9,10] The resulting ingredient is light in color and has a mild rose odor. Cosmetic-grade phenoxyethanol is highly purified and typically does not have an odor or color.[11]

Why we use Phenoxyethanol

We use phenoxyethanol in several of our products as a biodegradable preservative that is a better alternative to parabens and formaldehyde. The ingredient also stabilizes products because it does not react with other ingredients, air, or light.[12] Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care quality standards.[13,14] The Cosmetics Ingredient Review has deemed the ingredient safe, and research shows the ingredient is not a strong skin irritant or sensitizer.[15,16,17,18,19]