EWG level: 4

This is a preservative used in cosmetics and personal care products. Phenoxyethanol is an oily, slightly sticky liquid with a faint rose-like scent. It is used as a preservative in a wide variety of cosmetic and personal care products, including skin care products, eye makeup, fragrances, blushers, foundations, lipstick, bath soaps and detergents, etc. Phenoxyethanol is usually synthesized for commercial use but it can also be found naturally in products such as green tea.

Its functions are: Fragrance Ingredient; Preservative

Organ system toxicity  Concerns, “Limited evidence of nervous toxicity (National Library of Medicine, HazMap database )

Classified as toxic or harmful “only for products for use around the mouth; products for use on the lips” (European Union – Classification & Labelling)


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