Phenoxyethanol is an aromatic ether which is used as a preservative.
It is difficult to avoid preservatives in personal care and cleaning/washing since water give rise to good growing conditions for bacteria’s, fungus and mold. If microorganisms are allowed to grow this could, besides destroying the product and limit the durability, also result in a risk for infection for the consumer.
A white crystalline powder which is used as a buffer (pH adjustment) in cosmetics, laundry detergents, stain removers and toilet cleaners. The substance is in its concentrated form irritating, but since it is used as a neutralizer, it will not pose a problem in the final product.