Phenoxyethanol is a colorless liquid with a pleasant odor. Density 1.02 g/cm3. An irritant. Phenoxyethanol is a glycol ether used as a perfume fixative, insect repellent, antiseptic, solvent, preservative and anesthetic in fish aquaculture. It is an ether alcohol with aromatic properties that is both naturally found and manufactured. Exhibiting antimicrobial, germicidal and germistatic properties, phenoxyethanol acts as an effective preservative in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and lubricant products.