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Cosmetic products are not only what you apply to your face to make you look pretty.  Cosmetic products are any product you apply to your body that is not concerned medicinal. This includes moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, massage oils, anti aging creams and make up.


Many so called “natural” products contain Phenoxyethanol.


What is Phenoxyethanol?

Phenoxyethanol is a synthetically produced product of something already produced by nature and used in many “natural” cosmetics as a preservative. It can also be found in other products such as perfumes as a stabilizer.

Many companies replaced the use of Parabens with Phenoxyethanol as a quick, cheap, effective alternative.


Is it safe?

Well, this is where individuals will needs to assess the “facts” given by various bodies.

EWG’s skin deep gives it a moderate over all health concern rating but does mention it has high concern of “Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Data gaps”

The Chemical Maze shopping companion pretty much says the same thing.

However, The International Journal of Toxicity believes that if less than 1% is used, it is safe. How do you know if it it is less in 1% in the product you are buying, good question. The answer is you don’t unless the manufacturer includes the percentage on the label.

It’s believed that repeated exposure over a long period can lead to dermatitis, worsening of eczema, reproductive toxicity and neurotoxicity.

In the end it is a personal choice.