Secret brand benzene deodorants

In late 2021 Valisure released a report that surfaced widespread benzene contamination in deodorants and antiperspirants from several popular manufacturers. Benzene was found in over half of the 108 tested batches of spray deodorants from 30 brands. Secret brand deodorants showed highly elevated benzene contents.

As a class 1 solvent with no safe level of exposure, benzene is classified as a severe health hazard and carcinogen that can lead to the development of multiple types of cancer. Despite the FDA's tolerance of benzene in specific drugs for therapeutic advancement at minute quantities of 2 parts per million, the substance has no place in personal care products such as deodorants.

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Valisure's results

Valisure's research indicates that 2 Secret brand deodorants showed benzene contamination in different proportions, with one being 8 times higher than admissible FDA standards.

  • Secret Powder Fresh - 16.2 ppm avg.
  • Secret Cool Light & Airy Smooth Feel, Rose - 4.85 ppm avg.   

An additional 3 Secret brand deodorants displayed benzene contamination at levels below the 2ppm FDA standard.

  • Secret Cool Light & Airy Smooth Feel, Light Essentials - 1.64 ppm avg.
  • Secret Cool Light & Airy Smooth Feel, Waterlily - 1.35 ppm avg.
  • Secret Out Last, Protecting Powder - 1.24 ppm avg.

Despite benzene being present in Secret brand deodorants, it is not an ingredient used by manufacturers. Benzene contamination is likely the result of propellants used in aerosol sprays such as hydrofluorocarbon 152a, butane, isobutane, propane, or alcohol.

Recalled Secret brand deodorants

Following the public disclosure of widespread benzene contamination, consumers began filing class action complaints against the liable manufacturers.

Procter & Gamble issued a recall of contaminated products on November 23rd, 2021, that included 10 Secret brand deodorants, citing "an abundance of caution."

  • 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

Regardless of the recall, scandalized consumers' claims were eventually consolidated into a more encompassing multi-district litigation lawsuit. On May 3rd, 2022, Procter & Gamble agreed with the plaintiffs to settle the matter out of court for an undisclosed amount.

Environmental Litigation Group can help you file a benzene deodorant claim

With more than three decades of experience handling toxic exposure and product liability cases, Environmental Litigation Group's seasoned legal experts are adequately prepared to help determine your claim's eligibility. If your consistent use of benzene deodorants has led to a diagnosis of either acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), or chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), we can help you pursue financial compensation from the liable companies. To establish eligibility, we will require only the details of your use of benzene deodorants and a diagnosis confirming your condition. We will handle the rest of the difficult legal aspects on your behalf, keeping your involvement to a minimum and allowing you to focus on your health.