Phenoxyethanol – Protectol® PE, commonly known as Glycol Ether EPH, is an organic chemical compound that is a slow evaporating glycol ether being offered by BASF. It has high polymer solvency and excellent coalescing abilities.
Due to the unique BASF manufacturing process, which results in a product with high purity, very low odor, increased stability and little to no color, it is a very high quality grade of phenoxyethanol.
Phenoxyethanol can be readily incorporated into a variety of different formulations due to its solubility capabilities. It also possesses excellent solvent properties and can be used to solubilise a variety of raw materials and active ingredients such as 2,4-dichlorobenzyl alcohol (Protectol DA).
Protectol® PE has moderate activity against a broad range of microorganisms. Therefore, it is often being used in combination with other active ingredients and can also be used to enhance the activity of other antimicrobials.
A glycol ether is often used in dermatological products such as skin creams and sunscreen. It is a colorless oily liquid used in many applications such as cosmetics, vaccines, and pharmaceuticals as a preservative.
Phenoxyethanol – Protectol® PE 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.
Protectol® PE is listed as an ingredient for many vaccines by the United States Center for Disease Control.
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