Preservative PE (Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin)

INCI: Phenoxyethanol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin

Usage rate: 0.6 – 0.9%

pH range: 3-12





Preservative PE is a clear, broad-spectrum solution comprised of a synergistic ratio of Phenoxyethanol and Ethylhexylglycerin. Ethylhexylglycerin affects the interfacial tension at the cell membrane of microorganisms, improving the preservative activity of phenoxyethanol.

Preservative PE can inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeasts, mold, and fungi. When exposed to a large number of microorganisms, it can lower the number into a standard value in 48 hours. This product can be used in emulsifiers, anhydrous systems, and surfactant systems such as creams, lotions, shower gels, and makeup, especially those formulations that require a greater level of bactericidal protection.

Both ingredients are globally approved for use in a wide range of personal care applications.


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* Broad spectrum activity on bacteria, yeast and molds

Appearance: clear colorless liquid

Solubility: ~ 1.5% in water

Odor: Mild characteristic

Specific Gravity: 1.1


• Globally approved for all rinse-off and leave-on applications

• Broad-spectrum protection in an easy-to-use liquid form

• Multiple blend ratios for optimized cost-in-use.

• Effective over a wide pH range: 3-10

• Temperature stable up to 85°C

• Phenoxyethanol and Ethylhexylglycerin both have strong safety profiles and a long history of effective use in the personal care industry.

• Both ingredients are globally approved for use in all leave-on and rinse-off applications, including those intended for young children.

90% POE, 10% EHG

Formulation: cool-down phase < 40˚C

• Effective over a wide pH range: 3-10

• Temperature stable up to 85°C

Incompatibilities: Phenoxyethanol is inactivated by ethoxylated compounds – avoid using with high levels of PEG or -Eth materials.

Regulatory: Phenoxyethanol should be used at a max concentration of 1%. Not recommended for use in the diaper area of children and infants.