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What is it  used for ?
What is Phenoxyethanol  ?
Phenoxyethanol is a preservative used in some cosmetics to preserve product quality and ensure consumer safety by preventing the growth of microbes.
To identify it in our products, take a look at the ingredients list on packaging. It can be found under the name PHENOXYETHANOL.
Where does it  come from ?
In cosmetics, phenoxyethanol is of synthetic origin.
Why and how  do we use it ?
We use the optimal concentration of phenoxyethanol, which is below 1%, to ensure our products remain safe and well protected against microbes, so with no risk for the consumer.
As it is the case for all of our products, we always assess their quality and safety profile before they are placed on the market by internal and third party experts.
When it is present in our products, we label it clearly in the ingredients list on packaging.
We always inform our consumers in a transparent manner about the ingredients used in our products. We apply the strictest regulations with regards to labelling wherever our products are sold.
Why is it  questioned ?
Phenoxyethanol is accused of causing endocrine disruption and having effects on the blood and liver at extreme doses. Phenoxyethanol is also said to cause allergies though only very few cases have been observed.
- The SCCS* from the European Commission reviewed the full data set available and concluded that the use of phenoxyethanol as a preservative at a concentration level of 1% in cosmetic products is safe for all consumer targets.**
- The studies that stirred controversy were conducted under high doses: the equivalent of 120 bottles of cream applied to the skin every day.
- Skin allergies are very rare: 1 case out of 1,000,000 users.
*Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety.
**The French National Agency for Medicine and Health Products Safety (ANSM) alone recommended not using phenoxyethanol in wipes or diaper area products.
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*Bron: onderzoek naar de dermocosmeticamarkt uitgevoerd door IQVIA en andere partners (Ipsos, TNS) tussen september 2017 en augustus 2018 onder dermatologen in 59 landen die meer dan 80% van het wereldwijde bbp vertegenwoordigen.