Phenoxyethanol is an organic chemical compound, a glycol ether . Phenoxyethanol is used in many applications such as cosmetics, vaccines, and pharmaceuticals as a preservative. often used in dermatological products such as skin creams and sunscreen. It is a colorless oily liquid.
Phenoxyethanol is also used as a fixative for perfumes, an insect repellent, a topical antiseptic, a solvent for cellulose acetate, some dyes, inks, and resins, in preservatives, pharmaceuticals, and in organic synthesis. Phenoxyethanol is moderately soluble in water.