How safe is it?

What is it?
Phenoxyethanol is a chemical which has many applications such as bactericide, preservative, and antiseptic.

How can I avoid it?
Avoidance requires reading the product labels, package inserts, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer. 

Uses:
  • Baby products
  • Dyes
  • Inks
  • Insect repellent
  • Resins
  • Skin Care Products / Cosmetics
  • Antiperspirants / Deodorants 
  • Hair sprays, gels, tonics and lotions
  • Hair Colorants / “Permanents-Relaxers”
  • Make-ups
  • Moisturizers
  • Nail Polish / Nail Polish Remover
  • Powders / Sprays
  • Shampoos / Conditioners
  • Shaving products
  • Soaps / Cleansers
  • Sunscreens and Self-Tanners
  • Pharmaceutical preparations (topical)
  • Wipes

Other names for phenoxyethanol:
  • Euxyl K-400 (mixture with methyldibromo glutaronitrile)
  • P.E.
  • Ethanol, 2-Phenoxy-
  • Ethylene Glycol Monophenyl Ether
  • 2-Hydroxyethyl Phenyl Ether
  • 2-Phenoxyethanol
  • 2-Phenoxyethanol (RIFM)
  • phenoxyethanolum (EP)
  • 2-Phenoxyethyl Alcohol
  • Phenoxytol

Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
  • None known
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