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*Phenoxyethanol is known as a Glycol Ether

Cosmetic / Ingestion Purposes:

Fragrance, Preservative, Solvent

Ingredient Analysis

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What does it do? What is it used for? Read further to learn how Organna CBD uses this ingredient to compliment our product offerings.

in simple terms,

Phenoxyethanol is a very common ingredient used in skin care. It acts as a preservative (prevents bacterial contamination), solvent (prevents ingredient separation), and fragrance

How safe is 


Phenoxyethanol rated a 4 of 10. This ingredient is considered moderate hazard. Organna only uses All-Natural ingredients in the formulation of our products.

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Let's dive a little deeper...

This safe and mild preservative is "THE" preservative, not feared-by-everyone-mostly-without-scientific-reason paraben. It can be used in many beauty products in concentrations up to 1%. It is loved for its thermal stability and is delicate on the skin. You can find it in nature (in green tea leaf) - though the cosmetic industry uses the synthetic version.

It is often found together with ethylhexylglycerin as it significantly enhances the preservative activity of phenoxyethanol.

Phenoxyethanol is a synthetic preservative commonly used in cosmetics, skincare products, and some medications. While it serves a valuable role in preventing bacterial growth and extending product shelf life, it's important to note that it is not typically associated with direct health benefits when applied to the skin. Instead, its primary function is maintaining the safety and stability of cosmetic and personal care formulations. It has an oily, colorless liquid texture and belongs to the glycol ether family. Although Phenoxyethanol can be found naturally in green tea and chicory, the cosmetic ingredient is not plant-derived. Instead, it is synthetically produced in a laboratory.

Here are some key points regarding phenoxyethanol:

Preservative Properties

  • Phenoxyethanol is effective in inhibiting the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast in cosmetic and skincare products. This helps prevent contamination and ensures the safety of the product for consumers.


  • It contributes to the overall stability of formulations by preventing the degradation of active ingredients and maintaining the product's intended texture, color, and scent.

Minimal Irritation

  • In comparison to some other preservatives, phenoxyethanol is considered to be relatively mild and is less likely to cause irritation when used in appropriate concentrations.

It's worth noting that, while phenoxyethanol is generally regarded as safe when used in recommended concentrations in cosmetic and personal care products, there have been debates and concerns regarding its safety in certain formulations. Some individuals may be sensitive or allergic to phenoxyethanol, experiencing skin irritation or other adverse reactions.

As with any ingredient, it's essential for consumers to be aware of their individual sensitivities and to patch-test products containing phenoxyethanol before regular use. If there are specific health concerns or skin conditions, consulting with a healthcare professional or dermatologist is advisable.

In summary, the health benefits of phenoxyethanol are more related to its role in preserving and stabilizing cosmetic and skincare products rather than offering direct health benefits to the skin.


What is the history of phenoxyethanol?

Phenoxyethanol has a long history of use, with its discovery credited to the German chemist Otto Schott in the early 20th century. Since then, it has been extensively studied and applied in various industries.

When was phenoxyethanol invented?

The earliest mention of 2-phenoxyethanol in the chemical literature appeared in 1894 when Ernst Roithner at the University of Vienna published a treatise on ethylene oxide. In the article, Roithner described the synthesis of 2-phenoxyethanol via the reaction of ethylene oxide with phenol in a basic medium.

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