Our database has 4860 products that contain Phenoxyethanol.

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Phenoxyethanol has germicide, antimicrobial, and aromatic properties. In studies, Phenoxyethanol has been found to prevent germ and microbial growth. By itself, it has a scent similar to roses.

Phenoxyethanol is commonly used with Caprylyl Glycol to preserve the shelf life of products.

Phenoxyethanol is a common cosmetic ingredient, with about 44.96% of the products in our database containing it.

Also known as: 2-Phenoxyethanol

What it does:


At a glance

Here's our breakdown of what exactly Phenoxyethanol is, what it's benefits are, and what it's concerns are.

Where it's used

Phenoxyethanol is most often found as ingredient number 20 within an ingredient list.

Of the 7 products in our database that have a known concentration of Phenoxyethanol, we've seen concentrations from 0.2% to 2% specified within their ingredient lists.

It is currently used 51117 times inside of skincare routines on SkinSort.

These are the categories of products that use Phenoxyethanol the most:

CosIng Data

  • CosIng ID: 36522
  • EC #:  204-589-7
  • Ph. Eur. Name: phenoxyethanolum
  • All Functions: Preservative
What is CosIng?

CosIng is the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients.

SkinSort uses CosIng to source some of it's data on ingredient names and functions.