Ethylhexylglycerin is a synthetic skin emollient. Ethylhexylglycerin can also be used as a preservative and carrier/suspending agent that increases the effectiveness of other preservatives such as phenoxyethanol. It has been shown to have mild humectant properties that lead to improved skin hydration without a sticky feeling. Ethylhexylglycerin is also popular in deodorant formulas, where it has an inhibitory effect on odor-causing bacteria. Antibacterial action is also where it comes into its own as a preservative, but since it is not effective against other types of pathogens, it will always be used with more broad-spectrum preservatives. /ingredient-ethylhexylglycerin.html?q=Ethylhexylglycerin&fdid=ingredients