How did benzene end up in deodorant?

Although deodorant body spray manufacturers did not intentionally add benzene to these products, the solvent most likely became a toxic ingredient due to the chemicals used as propellants to dispense the deodorant out of the can. Therefore, benzene-contaminated deodorant is a result of negligence on the part of manufacturers.

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Deodorant may have become contaminated with benzene due to ingredients such as butane

As inert fluids, liquefied under pressure, in which the active content of aerosol is dispersed, propellants are used to manufacture deodorant. In a typical aerosol, the propellant is a gas under pressure above the content. The gas pushes down on the liquid, forcing it out of the valve when it is opened. The liquid is a mix of product and liquified gas. Some of the most common propellants in deodorant body spray are hydrocarbons, which refer to:

  • butane
  • isobutane
  • propane

When the independent laboratory Valisure tested antiperspirant and deodorant body sprays, the products using butane were usually found to contain the highest benzene levels. This is because propellants such as butane are gases coming out of the ground, where benzene is found in great concentrations. This may explain why benzene was discovered in so many deodorants in such dangerous concentrations. If manufacturers had tested the propellants before using these gases, benzene contamination would have been less likely to occur.

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