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Unpleasant Odor

It's my fault - I should have read some of the other reviews found here before purchasing. I added the lowest usage rate into a sugar scrub I was making to sell, unfortunately it overpowered the fragrance oil and gave the scrub a weird chemical/medicinal odor. I gave it 3 stars because I'm sure the scrub will be well preserved which is what it's supposed to do, I can't give anymore however because the scrub is certainly not fit to sell.

Tina from Bramble Berry replies...
When used at 0.5-1.0% in fragranced products we have not noticed a lingering smell from the Phenonip. If still noticing a smell you may want to check usage rate or your fragrance oil's usage to see if you can add more scent in. For another oil soluble preservative you may prefer Optiphen.

Danger! Phenonip!

!! Strongy caution !! All ingredients of this product causing danger to the health of its users. Causing skin irritations, hormone imbalances, damage to immune system!!

Tina from Bramble Berry replies...
The Phenonip is completely safe to use. While using it at a full 100% would not be safe, at the usage rate of just 0.5-1.0% it is completely approved as skin safe. It is common preservative used in lotions, scrubs and other oil based products. Find out more about our preservatives in our Talk It Out Tuesday: Preservatives blog post.


Yes, this does have an odor. I used this on a thick lotion I make and I have 1 customer that says it smells like "product". I researched a little more and found that using Liquid Germall Plus has no odor. BUT, I did notice my lotion starting to get a little pink/red. I added the extra left-over lotion to a metal tin and in about 1 month or so I saw it getting a little red. Then the fragrance starts to dissipate and the lotion starts to smell like the metal tin. Do you think I need to add more Liquid Germal Plus?

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Sandy @ Scent Ole'

I use Phenonip in my Scent Ole' Lotions, Body Butters, Scrubs, etc... and never have had a problem except, when adding EO's/FO's with vanilla, then after one year the products with a lot of vanilla start to yellow. Phenonip is great.


I am new to lotionmaking so I thought it best to buy a kit to try first. My kit contained Phenonip, and it worked great for me. It was a little thick rather like glycerin. Works great!