Preservative smell

Hi Guys,

Most of the products I formulate are fragrance free and contains a preservative. The company purchases Euxyl 9010 (Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin) in extremely large quantities so I have been stuck to using this at a 1% concentration. 

During a recent trial for a formulation of a face cream, the end product had a really bad smell. I am attributing this to the preservative. I assumed that it would subside after a while on application but it persisted. It makes the cream really undesirable. 

Any advice on how to remediate this? Considering adding a fragrance, something with neroli? Any alternative preservatives that I should look into? 

Thanks so much. 


  • chemicalmattchemicalmatt Member, Professional Chemist
    Try adding triethyl citrate  ~1.0%. Might work. Shame the buyer can't break out of that mode. Bacteria may get used to it and start propagating.
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