Suave brand benzene deodorants

In November 2021, Valisure released a report documenting the widespread benzene contamination in deodorants and antiperspirants from well-known US brands. 108 batches of products from 30 brands were analyzed, and benzene was found in more than half of the tested deodorants. Suave brand deodorants were among the products that showed signs of contamination. 

As a known carcinogen and class 1 solvent with no safe level of exposure, benzene is classified as a severe health hazard associated with leukemia and several other types of cancer. Despite the FDA allowing a 2 ppm (parts per million) concentration of benzene in certain drugs, the substance isn't permitted in personal care products like deodorants.

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Valisure's results

According to Valisure's research, 2 Suave brand deodorants came up as positive for benzene contamination, one with more than double acceptable FDA limits.

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

One batch of Suave deodorants showed benzene concentrations below 2 parts per million:

  • Suave 24-hour protection Powder - 0.97 ppm avg. 

Even though benzene was detected in several Suave deodorants, not all products were affected, with two batches of Suave deodorants showing no signs of contamination.

  • Suave - 24-Hour Protection, Powder, Instantly Dry, Dry Spray 
  • Suave - Coconut Kiss, Instantly Dry, Dry Spray

It’s important to note that benzene is not an ingredient used by manufacturers and that contamination most likely results from the propellants used to spray the deodorant out of the can, such as propane, butane, isobutane, alcohol, and hydrofluorocarbon 152a.

Recalled Suave deodorants

After the benzene contamination of Suave brand deodorants became public knowledge, outraged consumers started filing class action complaints against the liable manufacturers.

Months after Valisure published its report, Unilever voluntarily recalled 2 Suave deodorants in March 2022, claiming that it had also ceased the product line's manufacture in October 2021.

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

In July 2022, Judge Matthew Kennelly ruled that he would allow plaintiffs' to further press claims of unjust enrichment and consumer fraud against Unilever

We can help you file a benzene deodorant claim against the liable manufacturers

Environmental Litigation Group's skilled legal team has assisted clients in product liability and toxic exposure cases for over three decades. If your frequent 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 assess your claim's eligibility and the financial compensation you are owed.

To establish if you qualify, we will require only the details of your current situation and a valid diagnosis that confirms your illness. We will handle the rest of the arduous legal process, allowing you to focus on matters of more immediate importance.