What is it used for:
Phenoxyethanol is used to preserve cosmetic products as well as to stabilize soaps and perfumes.
Good to know:
The European Economic Community (ECC) Cosmetic Derivative and Cosmetics Regulation of the European Union approved phenoxyethanol in concentrations up to one percent.  These committees are much better at regulating what goes into skincare than what’s available in North America.
If you are not allergic, phenoxyethanol is a relatively safe preservative.
This article has been kindly contributed by Dr. Sandy Skotnicki, author of “Beyond Soap” - see her blog for more info.