Underarm sprays contaminated with leukemia-causing benzene

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on September 19th, 2022

More than half of the 108 lots of deodorant products from 30 different brands tested by Valisure were found to contain detectable levels of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical linked to leukemia and other severe blood disorders, sparking significant and nationwide consumer concern following the current, compelling evidence.

Benzene is classified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a "Class 1 solvent," and its toxicity is deemed unacceptable. Its presence is sometimes tolerated at a concentration of 2 parts per million (ppm) in several drugs with therapeutic use but never in body spray products.

The highest benzene levels were identified in products containing butane, confirming that contamination with the carcinogen originates from raw materials manufacturers use as propellants. None of the products actually contain benzene as an ingredient, so its presence is due to manufacturing errors or the means that it is delivered to the body.

Underarm sprays reveal elevated levels of benzene contamination

The highest reported benzene levels in antiperspirant and deodorant sprays from separate tests were nearly 18 parts per million and were manufactured by Procter & Gamble Co.:

  • Old Spice - Pure Sport - avg. 17.7 ppm
  • Secret - Powder Fresh, 24hr Aerosol - avg.16.2 ppm

Other harmful antiperspirant brands by Walmart Inc. and Unilever PLC that ranked at the top of the list are:

  • Equate - Dry Spray, Cucumber - avg. 6.15 ppm
  • Suave - 24 Hour Protection, Powder, Aerosol - avg. 5.21 ppm

Most products found to contain benzene were intended for underarm use. The testing method employed for the products with the highest benzene levels was performed in a closed bathroom by spraying under each arm, following normal consumer behavior. This process was said to bring the overall bathroom air to 15 times the limit for what the Environmental Protection Agency has claimed is an elevated risk for leukemia.

The dangers of long-term benzene exposure include the risk of developing leukemia and further life-threatening disorders affecting the blood, immune system, and bone marrow. When this toxic chemical enters the body, it affects cell function, causing the bone marrow to produce fewer red blood cells.

There is consistent evidence to date that benzene exposure increases the risk for leukemia, as well as various forms of hematologic malignancies. The data disclosed following the analysis of underarm sprays is sufficient to spark concern that the elevated benzene levels in contaminated products can lead to leukemia.

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