C8H10O2, a Preservative, Stabilizer

Used as an insect repellent, a topical antiseptic, a solvent for cellulose acetate, dyes, inks and resins, in organic synthesis of plasticizers, in germicides. In vaccines, 2-Phenoxyethanol is an alternative to thiomersal.

Classed as “Very Toxic Material”. May lead to kidney, liver, blood and central nervous system (CNS) disorders. Harmful or fatal if swallowed. Effects include behavioural disorders, drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhoea, visual disturbances, thirst, convulsions, cyanosis, and rapid heart rate, CNS stimulation, depression, cardiopulmonary effects, kidney disorders. May also lead to liver and blood disorders. Produces reproductive and developmental effects in experimental animals.

May cause reproductive defects. Severe eye and skin irritant. Harmful if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. One report describes generalised eczema occurring after vaccination where 2-phenoxyethanol was found to be the sensitising agent.

EDF: Suspected Skin or Sense Organ Toxicant.

Chemical Descriptions:
United States National Library of Medicine: PubChem

Antifreeze, dowanol EP, dowanol EPH, emery 6705, ethylene glycol phenyl ether, ethylene glycol monophenyl ether, phenoxetol, phenoxyethanol, rose ether, phenoxyethyl alcohol, 1-hydroxy-2-phenoxyethane, phenylmonoglycol ether, 2-phenoxyethanol, glycol monophenyl ether, beta-hydroxyethyl phenyl ether, phosphated 2-Phenoxyethanol, phosphated Ethanol