Collection: Foundation without Phenoxyethanol

Foundation without phenoxyethanol means that the clean coverage formulas herein will not have the ingredient at any level. Phenoxyethanol is a synthetic preservative that acts as an alternative to especially noxious preservatives such as parabens. 

Phenoxyethanol is often turned to in cosmetics and skincare formulation because it helps mitigate the risk of microbial growth. It has a pleasant aroma and is often needed in only a minuscule quantity to impart its anti-microbial benefits. However, some are hesitant or even diligent about choosing phenoxyethanol-free makeup, such as foundation without phenoxyethanol.

This collection depicts formulas that are all phenoxyethanol-free.

A few popular related 'FAQs' regarding cosmetics without phenoxyethanol:

Is phenoxyethanol safe?

Many will automatically say 'yes,' but variables come into play: While according to reviews and studies--including the European Commission on Health and Food Safety (the EU has much more stringent cosmetic regulations than the US!)--when used in minute concentrations of 1% or less, phenoxyethanol is often deemed safe. However, anyone can react to anything, and concerns with any and every ingredient being a no-go for some is legitimate.

Is phenoxyethanol legal in Europe?

At required levels. European stipulations mandate its concentration in cosmetics to be less than 1% in finished formulas.

Source: Annex V of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on cosmetic products


In a nutshell, consider at least three variables when analyzing phenoxyethanol:

1. the composition of the whole formula in which you see phenoxyethol;

2. phenoxyethanol's concentration. It needs to be at below one percent. Again, if and when we use it, such as with the Vitamin E stick, it's at a mere 0.1%!

3. also weigh the pros and cons to its usage in the select formula you are analyzing. The risk of a formula losing its stability--and being affected negatively by microbial growth--is a risk none want to face. . . .

To reiterate, anyone can be sensitive or genuinely allergic to nearly anything, and a synthetic preservative is no exception. While debate has existed if phenoxyethanol ever has a place in baby products, we contend to avoid it within baby products, at any concentration, because of any granule of uncertainty. When and if Heal Yes! uses it, such as in the Vitamin E stick, the concentration is as minute as 0.1% of the total formula, and the benefits of adding stability and helping counteract microbial growth provide just that--benefits; safeguards--that bring their own positive weight to analysis on whether to use the ingredient. However, if sensitive, allergic, or hesitant about phenoxyethanol, this is the collection to choose from!

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