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Is Phenoxyethanol Safe?

When we talk about Organic Natural and Safe Cosmetics in India, we should always consider Ingredients being used in product. Phenoxyethanol (C8H10O2) also known as 2-Phenoxyethanol, Ethylene glycol monophenyl ether, Phenoxytolarosol, Dowanol EP/EPH, Protectol PE, Emery 6705, Rose ether, 1-Hydroxy-2-phenoxyethane, β-hydroxyethyl phenyl ether, Phenyl cellosolve are also known.

It is found naturally in very small amounts in green tea. But commercially, it is synthetically made in the laboratory. That is why brands do not fail to call it a chemical which is nature identical. It is used as a preservative and the funny thing is that even organic brands that call themselves toxin free use this chemical because it is one of the cheapest preservatives readily available. Generally or mixed with all types of cosmetic products like shampoos, conditioners, body butters, hair serums, soaps, body washes, face washes, face creams, under eye creams, body lotions and all types of moisturizers except hair oils and food items.

Companies that use Phenoxyethanol claim that it is safe to use in an amount of 1%. But the thing to understand is that this 1% is safe for that product in quantity. Which you are using, if you use four or five types of products a day in which Phenoxyethanol has been used as a preservative. So 5 times more Phenoxyethanol is going into your body. Which is much more than the safe limit. Whenever you apply any skin care product on your skin, 60% of the ingredients pass through the test and directly reach your blood stream, that is why you should take care while buying skin care products with such ingredients. Just calculate how many grams of this toxic ingredients will be consumed by your body after 5 years if you are using five such products every day.

Phenoxyethanol is made in the lab by treating phenol with ethylene oxide in an alkaline medium. That is why Phenoxyethanol is considered an ethoxylated ingredient. Which means Phenoxyethanol goes through that chemical process. As a result, traces of 1-4 dioxane can be generated. Which is capable of making someone suffer from a deadly disease like cancer. That’s why it ranks four out of 10 in the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics database. That is, it is these ingredients that may be responsible for skin, eyes and lungs irritation, and possible organ system toxicity.

Therefore, it is better not to buy products made from Phenoxyethanol and you should always consider to buy products which are Organic, Natural and Safe. It is because of these dangers that Japan and the European Union have banned this ingredient. Because the USFDA has not banned it and there is no such law regarding ingredients in India, that’s why the Phenoxyethanol is being used indiscriminately, it is not that it does not have any substitute safe ingredient, but because it is used in very small quantities, it is also cheap to buy and its transport is also easy, that is why it is used the most but you have to take care of your health.