May cause moderate eye irritation and moderate corneal injury. Excessive exposure may cause skin irritation and hemolysis.
clear colorless liquid
Air & Water Reactions
Oxidizes in air to form unstable peroxides that may explode spontaneously [Bretherick, 1979 p.151-154, 164]. Water soluble.
Colorless liquid with a pleasant odor. Density 1.02 g / cm3. An irritant.
Phenoxyethanol is an aromatic ether-alcohol used
mainly as a preservative, mostly with methyldibromoglutaronitrile
(in Euxyl? K 400) or with parabens.
Sensitization to this molecule is very rare.
2-Phenoxyethanol is combustible.
2-Phenoxyethanol may react violently with strong oxidizing agents. May generate flammable and/or toxic gases with alkali metals, nitrides, and other strong reducing agents. May initiate the polymerization of isocyanates and epoxides.