Recall On Dry Shampoo Products Due To Cancer Risk

Check Your Shampoos Manufactured Before October 2021.


A dry shampoo recall has commenced on nearly 20 products on brands such as Nexxus, Suave, Bed Head, TRESemmè, Dove, and more. Carcinogen benzene, a chemical linked to 'leukemia and blood cancer as well as life-threatening blood disorders, has possibly been detected in products manufactured before October 2021. So if you have accidentally purchased a recalled product after October 18th, DON'T WORRY! Companies have been told to remove affected products immediately. Additionally, they have advised people to promptly stop using the shampoos and visit Unilever's recall website 'for instructions on the reimbursement of eligible products. Dove has been hit-hard the most out of all brands due to eight of their products being recalled; Dove Dry Shampoo Volume and Fullness and Ultra Clean. 

Sadly we keep seeing dry shampoo aerosol products being deemed a problem, with P&G recalling Pantene and Herbal Essences products due to benzene contamination in December 2021. This current precaution follows a statement from the FDA after they carried out an independent health hazard evaluation, with the conclusion that:

"Based on an independent health hazard evaluation, daily exposure to benzene in recalled products at the levels detected in testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences - Unilever U.S recalls these products out of an abundance of caution. Unilever has received no reports of adverse events to date relating to this recall". 

This decision has regenerated the conversation on 'the safety of aerosols in personal-care products. In the past year, a variety of aerosols have cleared from shelves; sunscreens including Johnson & Johnson's Neutrogena, Edgewell Personal Care Co.'s Banana Boat, and Beiersdorf AG's Coppertone, as well as antiperspirants such as Procter & Gamble Co.'s Old Spice and Secret, and Unilever's Suave. 

Ultimately, spray-on goods usually consist of 'propellants like propane and butane, which are petroleum distillates made by refining crude oil and carcinogen benzene is a common toxin. The FDA has confirmed that 'propellants are a potential source of benzene contamination. So not only are aerosol products bad for the environment, but also your health. Safe to say, swapping for alternatives like roll-on is a move much needed.  

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