Old Spice benzene deodorants

In November 2021, Valisure's research into the contamination of spray deodorants and antiperspirants brought to light extensive issues across brands from multiple manufacturers. After analyzing 108 batches from 30 separate brands of deodorants, benzene contamination was identified in more than half of the tested samples. Old Spice branded deodorants displayed some of the highest levels of benzene contamination. Benzene is a class 1 solvent with no safe level of exposure and a known carcinogen that can lead to the development of multiple types of cancers, including leukemia. While the FDA tolerates small concentrations of benzene at 2 ppm (parts per million) in a limited range of drugs for therapeutic purposes, the substance isn't allowed in personal hygiene products like deodorants.

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Valisure testing results

According to Valisure's testing results, 3 Old Spice deodorants showed signs of benzene contamination in different concentrations. In one product, benzene levels were almost 9 times higher than what the FDA tolerates.

  • 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. 

Although benzene contamination was detected in certain deodorants, not all Old Spice branded products were affected. Valisure's results show that no benzene was detected in the following range of Old Spice deodorants:

  • Old Spice - Fiji, Aluminum Free, Re Fresh, Scent Technology
  • Old Spice - Sea Spray, Lasting Cologne, Refresh Scent Technology
  • Old Spice - Wolfthorn, Aluminum Free, Re Fresh, Scent Technology
  • Old Spice - Dragonblast, Aluminum Free, Re Fresh, Scent Technology
  • Old Spice - Swagger, Aluminum Free, Re Fresh, Scent Technology
  • Old Spice - Krakengard, Aluminum Free, Re Fresh, Scent Technology

It's important to note that no manufacturer uses benzene as an ingredient in deodorants and antiperspirants; contamination is considered to occur due to the byproducts of propellants used in sprays, which include alcohol, propane, isobutane, butane, and hydrofluorocarbon 152a.

Recalled Old Spice deodorants

After benzene contamination became public knowledge and consumers began filing complaints, Procter & Gamble issued a voluntary recall that included 8 Old Spice deodorants "out of an abundance of caution."

  • 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

After consumer complaints were consolidated in a multi-district litigation class-action suit, Procter & Gamble chose to settle the matter out of court for an undisclosed amount in May 2022.

We can help you file a benzene deodorant claim

For over three decades, Environmental Litigation Group has helped numerous clients injured by defective and unsafe products obtain the compensation their struggles entitle them to. If you believe that your use of benzene deodorants has resulted in a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), or chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), we can help establish your claim's eligibility and pursue compensation from the liable manufacturers. We know that dealing with debilitating conditions presents its own daily difficulties, and we aim to maintain your involvement to a minimum. We will only require that you provide us with the specifics of your situation and medical records confirming your diagnosis, and we will handle the strenuous legal process on your behalf.