20 kg Phenoxyethanol

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20 kg Phenoxyethanol

Product number: RMPVA20KPHEN

Product Description

Ingredients: Phenoxyethanol


Phenoxyethanol Preservative

Clear colourless to pale straw liquid

Mild Characteristic odour



7.0 (1% Solution @ 20C°)

Suitable to use in finished products with a pH up to 12.


  • Dispersible in emulsions
  • Soluble in ethyl alcohol
  • 2% soluble in water

Up to 1%


  • Non-formaldehyde-releasing preservative
  • suitable for a wide pH range
  • Offers good head-space protection
  • Suitable for leave-on and rinse-off products
  • Stable to hydrolysis so can be used in high temperature mixtures up to 80C
  • Globally Approved
  • Broad Spectrum Action - Bacteria, Yeast and Mould.

Caution:  Phenoxyethanol is a slow acting preservative and can take up to 48 hours to become fully effective in a formula. During that time a high-risk formulation may have enough time to overwhelm the product rendering the phenoxyethanol useless.   High risk formulations are those that have a high water content and that may or may not also contain colours, herbal extracts, biological material (peptides, milk etc),  exfoliant particles, clays and muds. 

In high risk formulations we recommend blending the phenoxyethanol with a second, faster-acting preservative such as Piroctone Olamine,  Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Potassium Sorbate and Sorbic Acid or an alternative.  In terms of what would make the optimal blend, the only way to answer that is with testing. All we can offer is the information on maximum and typical use rates, pH stability and solubility.

Note:   The only way to be sure that your preservative system is working in your product is to carry out micro testing.  While we are happy to pass on information and make theoretical recommendations of how to get the best out of our ingredients we can make no guarantees without this testing.  There are two levels of test that a microbiological lab will do - one is a micro count which gives you a 'moment in time' look at the cleanliness of your formula and may also characterise the microbes present.  The second is a Preservative Efficacy Test or PET. This is highly recommended as it tests how your product performs over time when it is challenged by microbes.   You are legally required to market and sell products that are safe and microbial stability is an important part of that.

Please note: This product may come with less than a 9 month shelf life. If used within the specified shelf life, it will not affect the preservative efficacy in a product.


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