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.
- Baby products
- Insect repellent
- Skin Care Products / Cosmetics
- Antiperspirants / Deodorants
- Hair sprays, gels, tonics and lotions
- Hair Colorants / “Permanents-Relaxers”
- Nail Polish / Nail Polish Remover
- Powders / Sprays
- Shampoos / Conditioners
- Shaving products
- Soaps / Cleansers
- Sunscreens and Self-Tanners
- Pharmaceutical preparations (topical)
Other names for phenoxyethanol:
- Euxyl K-400 (mixture with methyldibromo glutaronitrile)
- Ethanol, 2-Phenoxy-
- Ethylene Glycol Monophenyl Ether
- 2-Hydroxyethyl Phenyl Ether
- 2-Phenoxyethanol (RIFM)
- phenoxyethanolum (EP)
- 2-Phenoxyethyl Alcohol
Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances: