• INCI Name:         Phenoxyethanol
  • Chemical Name: Ethylene glycol monophenyl ether
  • CAS No:               122-99-6

Phenoxyethanol is a colorless, slightly viscous liquid with an aromatic odor. In cosmetics, it functions as a preservative, a solvent, and an antimicrobial ingredient, found in a wide range of cosmetics and skincare, such as cleansers, moisturizers, serums, and creams.

  • Preservative
    Phenoxyethanol mainly inhibits the bacteria produced in skin care products, which can reduce the problems caused by the deterioration of skin care products and prolong the service life of skin care products. However, it has weak inhibition on fungi and is the most widely used preservative in cosmetics. In many low-irritation product formulations, phenoxyethanol is used as the only preservative, and polyalcohols with antibacterial effects work together to play a preservative role.
  • Solvent
    Phenoxyethanol can be miscible with water and polar organic solvents such as ethanol, propanol, propylene glycol, etc. It is a better solvent and penetrant aid for hair dyes and nail polish colors, an ideal solvent for hydroxybenzoic acid esters. can be used as a fixative in perfumes, insect repellents, external disinfectants, etc

With increasing demand for paraben-free cosmetic products among health-conscious consumers, Phenoxyethanol has become a very popular preserving ingredient.

Uses & Applications

Personal care

  • Skin care products such as moisturizers, cleansers, and toners ,etc.
  • Color cosmetics such as lipsticks, eyeliners, and mascaras, etc.
  • Hair care products
  • Oral care products
  • Sunscreens

Product Details






Colorless clear liquid




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Shelf Life

24 months

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Technical Data Sheet — Phenoxyethanol

Material Safety Data Sheet– Phenoxyethanol

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