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Phenoxyethanol has become the new darling of the chemical industry as it was once thought to be a safer alternative to parabens. Phenoxyethanol is a glycol ether. Glycols are a series of chemicals that find their way into all sorts of things: paint, lacquer, jet fuel.....  It is used as an anti-bacterial in cosmetics as well as a stabilizer in perfume.

The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) says that phenoxyethanol is
  • Harmful if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin
  • Can cause reproductive damage  
  • Toxic to kidneys, the nervous system, liver 
  • Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage 
  • Repeated or prolonged inhalation of vapors may lead to chronic respiratory irritation

This is found in baby products, sunscreen, moisturizers, conditioners, cleansers, makeup, etc.

Learn more at: 
✔  Wellness Today by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Phenoxyethanol in Beauty Products: Is It Safe?

✔  EWG's SkinDeep Cosmetic Database

✔  Truth in Aging


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