Benzene Deodorant & Antiperspirant Claims

Deodorants and antiperspirants are sanitary and cosmetic products categorized as over-the-counter drugs meant to prevent unpleasant body odors. A far more unpleasant and concerning fact is that many popular deodorant and antiperspirant brands have been found to be contaminated with benzene. According to multiple reputable sources, benzene is a dangerous carcinogen for humans that can lead to severe conditions like lymphoma, leukemia, and myeloma. Independent research undertaken by the independent pharmacy Valisure uncovered benzene contamination in 59 of the 108 tested batches, which is more than half, or 54.6%. If you have used any of the products mentioned on this page, we strongly advise you to cease doing so since benzene has no safe level of exposure. However, if your use of dangerous deodorants or antiperspirants has, unfortunately, led to the development of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), or chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), there may be ways to obtain compensation for the distress you were caused with the help of our experienced attorneys.

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Benzene Contamination Is a Serious Health Hazard

It should be noted that benzene is not one of the ingredients in the formulation of deodorants and antiperspirants. The issue stems from contamination during the manufacturing process, as this is how benzene ends up in these products.

At room temperature, benzene is an opaque or slightly-yellow, highly-flammable liquid with a sweet smell; it's used in manufacturing rubber, dyes, plastic, and pesticide products and can be naturally created by wildfires or erupting volcanoes.

Several federal and international organizations, including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the World Health Organization (WHO), categorize benzene as a significant health hazard that can lead to the onset of multiple types of cancers. In the US, benzene is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which classifies the substance as a class 1 solvent.

The FDA stresses that drug companies should not use benzene when manufacturing their products. However, its presence is tolerated in a limited range of drugs that provide significant therapeutic advance but is restricted to only 2 parts per million (ppm). Concurrently, the EPA set a maximum permissible level of only 5 parts per billion (ppb) for benzene in drinking water.

When individuals apply benzene deodorants on their skin, the benzene is absorbed, ending up in the bloodstream, and carried to other tissues and organs. A systematic review of the available medical research notes that benzene is considered to trigger cancer development due to its adverse effects on the immune system and its propensity to cause chronic inflammation. Benzene from contaminated deodorants can accumulate in the body as a result of chronic exposure, placing individuals that regularly use them at an elevated risk of cancer.

Eligibility Criteria for Toxic Deodorant Claims

Any individual that has come to struggle with cancer after using contaminated deodorants and antiperspirants should reach out to our legal team and find out how they can gain financial compensation for their struggle. A set of eligibility requirements must first be met to file a toxic deodorant claim against the liable manufacturers.

  • Must have used benzene-contaminated deodorants consistently for at least 1 year
  • Must have applied contaminated deodorants 4 to 5 times a week
  • Must have at least 6 months of usage before being diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma
  • Must have been diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma after 2016/2017

In order to qualify, demonstrating the sustained use of benzene-contaminated deodorants over a prolonged period is crucial since only long-term exposure holds a definitive connection to the onset and development of cancer. If you meet these criteria, our highly experienced attorneys can help you obtain the compensation you're entitled to.

We encourage you to seek us out even if you have doubts about qualifying under the criteria listed above, as every case is unique with its own complexities, and you could actually be eligible.

Aerosol Deodorant Brands That Have Been Found to Contain Benzene

Valisure notes that exposure to benzene only occurs with spray deodorants and antiperspirants, most likely due to the chemicals used as propellants to dispense the deodorant out of the can. Regardless of the source, benzene concentrations in some deodorants have been reported to be almost 9 times higher than acceptable FDA levels.

Valisure's independent research analyzed 108 unique batches from 30 separate brands. They identified benzene contamination in deodorants from leading brands like Old Spice, Secret, Tag, Sure, Equate, Suave, Right Guard, Brut, and Sure.

Although concentration variability in a single brand could differ from batch to batch, products from the brands mentioned above were found to contain benzene levels between 2.24 and 17.7 ppm. Individuals that used any of the following deodorants should cease applying them immediately:

Old Spice

  • Old Spice Pure Sport – 17.7 ppm avg.
  • Old Spice Below Deck – 6.52 ppm avg.
  • Old Spice Sweat Defense Strong Swagger– 4.54 ppm avg.

Secret

  • Secret Powder Fresh – 17.4 ppm avg.
  • Secret Cool Light & Airy Smooth Feel – 4.85 ppm avg.

Sure

  • Sure, Lasts All Day – 11.1 ppm avg.

Tag

  • Tag Fine Fragrance Body Spray (Midnight) – 14.1 ppm avg.
  • Tag Fine Fragrance Body Spray (Sport/Fearless) – 2.53 ppm avg.
  • Tag Fine Fragrance Body Spray (Sport/Dominate) – 2.30 ppm avg.

Suave

  • Suave 24-hour protection Powder – 5.21 ppm avg.
  • Suave 24-hour protection Fresh – 2.30 ppm avg.

Brut

  • Brut Classic, 24-hour protection – 4.13 ppm avg.

Right Guard

  • Right Guard Sport, Fresh – 5.00 ppm avg.

Equate

  • Equate Dry Spray – 6.15 ppm avg.

If you have been using one of the deodorants found to contain benzene, you can now request a safe, non-toxic product by virtue of our Benzene Deodorant Replacement Initiative.

Companies Liable for Benzene-Contaminated Deodorants

Individuals that filed lawsuits against one or more of the manufacturers whose deodorants and antiperspirants contained benzene will be awarded financial compensation if the companies are found responsible for acting in a negligent, reckless or intentional manner. Manufacturers' actions may be deemed intentional if they knew about the benzene content in their products beforehand and chose to ignore the issue, either out of convenience or to save money on expensive testing for toxic contaminants. 

As a result, companies such as Procter & Gamble (Old Spice, Secret), Unilever (Suave, Sure, Brut), and Walmart (Equate) could face a series of strict liability, product liability, and negligence claims, including:

  • defective design
  • manufacturing defect
  • failure to warn
  • improper warning labels
  • consumer fraud
  • deceptive trade practices
  • negligence per se
  • gross negligence
  • fraudulent concealment
  • fraudulent misrepresentation
  • negligent misrepresentation
  • breach of implied warranties

Voluntary Recall of Benzene-Contaminated Deodorants

On November 23, 2021, Procter & Gamble (P&G) issued a voluntary recall of 18 specific Old Spice and Secret brand aerosol spray deodorants with expiry dates through September 2023, citing "an abundance of caution" after benzene contamination was detected.

Even in small concentrations, benzene's toxicity poses a significant health threat, especially considering how many people consistently apply it once or multiple times a day. Even though P&G's recall could be regarded as ethical, it has faced lawsuits over its benzene-contaminated deodorants, which has recently seen the company settling out of court for an undisclosed amount. 

The deodorants that have been recalled for their toxic benzene contents are:

  • Secret Aerosol Powder Fresh Twin Pack
  • Secret Aerosol Powder Fresh 12/6OZ
  • Secret Aerosol Powder Fresh 12/4OZ
  • Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Waterlily 3.8oz
  • Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Lavender 12/3.8oz
  • Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Water Lily 12/3.8oz
  • Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Light Essentials 12/3.8oz
  • Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Rose 12/3.8oz
  • Secret Outlast Inv Spray Completely Clean 12/3.8oz
  • Secret Outlast Inv Spray Protecting Powder 12/3.8oz
  • Old Spice Pure Sport 2021 Gift Set
  • Old Spice High Endurance AP Spray Pure Sport 12/6oz
  • Old Spice Below Deck Powder Spray Unscented 12/4.9oz
  • Old Spice Below Deck Powder Spray Fresh Air 12/4.9oz
  • Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Stronger Swagger 3.8oz
  • Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Pure Sport Plus 12/3.8oz
  • Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Ult Captain 12/3.8oz
  • Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Stronger Swagger 12/3.8oz

In February 2022, several Brute and Sure branded antiperspirant and deodorant products were recalled due to benzene being detected. Consequently, consumers are advised to stop using and safely dispose of any of the following products if their expiration date is before August 2023:

  • Brut Classic Antiperspirant Aerosol, 4oz
  • Brut Classic Antiperspirant Aerosol, 6oz
  • Brut Classic Deodorant Aerosol, 154g
  • Brut Classic Deodorant Aerosol, 10oz
  • Sure Regular Antiperspirant Aerosol, 6oz
  • Sure Unscented Antiperspirant Aerosol, 6oz

On March 30, 2022, Unilever also issued a recall of 2 products that were discontinued in October 2021 for "business reasons" after sample testing found "slightly elevated" benzene levels.

  • Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Powder 4 oz. and 6 oz.
  • Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Fresh 6 oz.

Since benzene is not an ingredient in any of the previously named products, contamination likely occurred from chemicals used as spray propellants like propane, butane, isobutane, and hydrofluorocarbon 152a.

Benzene Deodorants Timeline of Research, Recalls, and Lawsuits

Although the issue of benzene in antiperspirant and deodorant products is reasonably new, multiple developments have taken place over the past year, including recalls issued by major companies and lawsuits filed by consumers exposed to contaminated deodorants. The following timeline highlights the most significant events concerning benzene-contaminated deodorants:

We File Benzene Deodorant Claims

If you have used any of the deodorants listed on this page and have consequently developed acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), or chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), we encourage you to seek us out immediately. Your diagnosis likely entitles you to file a claim against the liable manufacturers, which means you can obtain the financial compensation that will allow you to afford better treatment.

If you decide to file a benzene deodorant claim, we invite you to call us, let us know about your specific situation, and provide us with medical records attesting to your diagnosis. Our experienced attorneys will comprehensively review your case to determine your eligibility and will promptly work on your behalf to ensure you are awarded the compensation that you are owed for your suffering.