How To Extend Shelf Life Of Your Homemade Skincare Products


In the world of skincare, ingredients matter. One ingredient that often pops up is phenoxyethanol. But what is it? And should you be using products that contain it?

Let’s explore.

What is Phenoxyethanol?

Phenoxyethanol is a preservative. It’s used in skincare products to keep them fresh and free from bacteria. Without preservatives, your lotions and creams could spoil quickly, and no one wants to put spoiled products on their skin!

What Does Phenoxyethanol Do?

  1. Prevents Bacteria Growth: It keeps products safe to use by preventing the growth of bacteria and fungi.
  2. Enhances Shelf Life: Products last longer on your shelf.
  3. Effective at Low Concentrations: It works well even at low doses, making it effective without being harsh on your skin.

Is Phenoxyethanol Safe?

The safety of phenoxyethanol has been debated, but here are the facts:

  • Regulated Concentrations: It’s safe when used at low concentrations. Most skincare products contain phenoxyethanol at levels less than 1%.
  • Approved by Experts: It’s approved by various health and safety authorities, including the FDA and the European Commission on cosmetic ingredients.
  • Mild Reactions: Most people use products with phenoxyethanol without any problems. However, some with very sensitive skin might experience mild reactions like redness or irritation.

How to Know If Your Product Contains Phenoxyethanol?

Check the ingredient list on your product’s packaging. Ingredients are usually listed in order of concentration. Phenoxyethanol will be somewhere in the middle or towards the end, given its low concentration use.

Should You Avoid Phenoxyethanol?

For most people, phenoxyethanol is safe and effective. However, if you have extremely sensitive skin or specific allergies, you might want to be cautious. Always do a patch test when trying a new product.

Alternatives to Phenoxyethanol

If you prefer to avoid phenoxyethanol, look for products that use natural preservatives like:

  • Essential Oils: Tea tree oil, rosemary oil, etc.
  • Vitamin E: Natural antioxidant that can help preserve products.
  • Potassium Sorbate: Another mild preservative often found in natural skincare.

I have an article about natural preservatives that you can add to your homemade beauty products to extend their shelf life. It is HERE.


Phenoxyethanol is a common and generally safe preservative in skincare products. It helps keep your products fresh and effective without posing significant risks for most users. However, if you have specific sensitivities, there are plenty of natural alternatives available. Always read your product labels and choose what works best for your skin.

So, When to Add Phenoxyethanol to Your Homemade Beauty Products? Follow HERE

Stay beautiful and keep your skin happy and healthy!

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