Yes. Benzene, a carcinogenic chemical, has appeared again in another batch of personal care products: Dry Shampoo Sprays.
Here's your Vamp Boss Briefing with everything you need to know.
Dry shampoos have been touted as the "Go To" essential for busy professionals who workout at lunch mid day and need to refresh before the 1 o'clock board meeting.
Last week on October 26th, the FDA announed a nationwide dry shampoo recall due to "elevated levels of benzene" in DOZENS of aerosol products.
Unilever has recalled more than 300 lots of aerosol dry shampoo from the following brands:
Dove, Nexxus, Suave, Rockaholic, Bed Head, and TRESsemme dry shampoo canisters producted before October 2021.
(these are currently on shelves and possibly in your bathroom or gym bag.)
How and Why did it end up in the Dry Shampoo?
The propellants in the spray cans have been identified as the source of the benzene and Unilever is trying to work with the manufacturer to determine how it got into the dry shampoo.
Companies are NOT putting benzene in the dry shampoo.
Benzene may be a result of a reaction that occurred inside the can if chemicals in the cans may have broken down inside the can after leaving the factory.
Since you spray the aerosols near your nose, mouth, ears and it seaps into your scalp, of course consumers are worried. Expsure depends on various factors and if you have ventilation from a fan, or if you are in an enclosed space.
"IARC classifies benzene as “carcinogenic to humans,” based on sufficient evidence that benzene causes acute myeloid leukemia (AML). IARC also notes that benzene exposure has been linked with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma."-- www.AmericanCancerSociety.com
Click the photo below to see the FDA list of recalled dry shampoos and request a refund: