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A New Concept to Boost the Preservative Efficacy of Phenoxyethanol

ABSTRACT: A new cosmetic preservative for leave-on products based on a combination of the active ingredient phenoxyethanol and the skin care additive and deodorant active ethylhexylglycerin is presented. Ethylhexylglycerin boosts the antimicrobial activity of phenoxyethanol. Properties, antimicrobial activity and a possible mechanism of action are discussed.