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Deep Dive into Phenoxyethanol: A Key Ingredient in Skincare

Introduction to Phenoxyethanol

chicory flower in the ground Phenoxyethanol is a synthetic preservative widely used in cosmetics   and personal care products. Its primary role is to extend shelf life by   preventing the growth of bacteria, yeast, and mold, which ensures   that products remain safe and effective over time.


 Natural Occurrence

 While it is primarily manufactured synthetically, phenoxyethanol can   also be found in nature. It is present in certain plants such as   chicory, though extraction from natural sources is not common due   to the higher efficiency of synthetic production.

Importance in Skincare

Phenoxyethanol is especially valued in skincare for several reasons:

  1. Preservation: It protects formulations from microbial contamination, which can occur each time a product is used.
  2. Synergy with Other Preservatives: It often works in combination with other preservatives, enhancing overall efficacy and reducing the amount needed.
  3. Stability: Phenoxyethanol is stable under various conditions, ensuring consistent performance of the product.

Safety and Regulation

Safety concerns about phenoxyethanol have been thoroughly evaluated. Some consumers worry about potential effects like endocrine disruption or allergic reactions. However, extensive research and reviews by regulatory bodies such as the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) have concluded that phenoxyethanol is safe for use in cosmetics at concentrations up to 1%. This conclusion is based on comprehensive studies that consider both the benefits and potential risks of the ingredient.

Use in Own Label Skincare Products

At Own Label Skincare, we prioritise safety and transparency. Phenoxyethanol is used in our products at concentrations well within the safe limits established by health authorities. This ensures that our products remain free from harmful microbial contamination while maintaining the highest standards of safety and efficacy.

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 Commitment to Transparency

 We believe in providing our customers with clear and accurate   information about the ingredients in our products. Every product   label includes a detailed ingredient list, allowing consumers to make   informed decisions. Phenoxyethanol, like all our ingredients, is   selected based on rigorous safety standards and its ability to   contribute to the overall quality and performance of our skincare line.



 Phenoxyethanol is a critical component in maintaining the safety and stability of skincare products. At Own Label Skincare, we utilise this ingredient responsibly, ensuring that our customers receive high-quality, effective, and safe products. For more in-depth information, we encourage our customers to explore reliable sources and learn more about the ingredients that make our skincare solutions exceptional.

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