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.
No information of risk for skin allergy is found.
The substance can irritate the eyes. Substances that can irritate the eye are allowed in products certified by Asthma-Allergy Denmark but we require that the total concentration of irritants are low and we always make an individual assessment of the product taking into account the use and the amount that the consumer will be exposed to.
Information for producers:
We have requirements for the total amount of irritants in a certified product. The final assessment will always depend on an individual assessment of the product but the following could be used as a guidance: