Benzene Found in Dry Shampoo

Benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, has been detected in dozens of dry shampoo products. Benzene is known to cause cancer in humans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,[1] the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),[2] the World Health Organization,[3] and other regulatory agencies.  

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If so, our attorneys would like to speak with you.

How was Benzene in Dry Shampoo Discovered?

Since late 2020, an independent laboratory, Valisure,[4] has been analyzing consumer products for benzene. On November 1, 2022, the lab reported that its testing of dry shampoo spray products from 34 brands found that 70 percent of these samples contained “quantifiable levels of benzene.[5]

“Valisure’s testing found that some of the samples contained up to 170 times the FDA’s ‘emergency’ limit.[6] The lab reports that these are the “highest and most broadly detected” benzene levels it has ever observed in a consumer product.[7]

Is Benzene Dangerous?

The Center for Disease Control[8] (CDC) has found that benzene[9] is a known human carcinogen, which means it causes cancer and creates other health problems. The CDC advises that long-term exposure to benzene can cause the following problems:

  • Cancer, including leukemia
  • Anemia, caused by a decrease in red blood cells
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Immune system damage
  • Irregular menstrual periods and a decrease in ovary size in women
  • Low birth weights, delayed bone formation, and bone marrow damage in pregnant animals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)[10] also recognizes the danger of benzene. As a result, the FDA has established that benzene should not be used in the manufacture of any component of a drug product, and when it’s use is “unavoidable,” a strict concentration limit of 2 ppm apply.[11] In cosmetic products, the FDA has announced recalls of various products contaminated with benzene.[12]

In fact, this is not the first time benzene has been found in popular beauty and personal care products.  In the last 18 months, “several major consumer products companies, including Unilever, Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson, have announced at least 10 recalls of well-known aerosol brands.[13] These recalls involved personal care products, [14] sunscreen,[15]aerosol deodorant,[16] and children’s hand sanitizer.[17] Based on these previous recalls and the information these companies learned about the source of the contamination in these other products, the dry shampoo companies should have warned consumers about the risks of benzene in dry shampoo.

Benzene is not a requisite component of manufacturing or packaging dry shampoo. Dry shampoo is not designed to contain benzene, and no amount of benzene is acceptable in dry shampoo.  The presence of benzene in dry shampoo is avoidable and any significant detection of benzene is unacceptable. Because of its toxicity, research suggests that there is “no safe level of exposure” to benzene, and the FDA lists it among chemicals banned from use in drug products because of its “unacceptable toxicity.”[18]

What Dry Shampoos Contain Benzene?

If you have used any of the following products—whether they have been recalled or not—please reach out to us to discuss your rights.

Dry Shampoo Recall List:

 Due to the presence of benzene being found in dry shampoo made by Dove, Suave, Nexxus, TRESemme, and TIGI (Bedhead and Rockaholic), a voluntary recall has been made for the following products:

  • Dove Dry Shampoo Volume and Fullness 
  • Dove Dry Shampoo Fresh Coconut
  • Dove Dry Shampoo Fresh and Floral
  • Dove Dry Shampoo Ultra Clean
  • Dove Dry Shampoo Invisible
  • Dove Dry Shampoo Detox and Purify
  • Dove Dry Shampoo Clarifying Charcoal
  • Dove Dry Shampoo Go Active
  • Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist
  • Nexxus Inergy Foam Shampoo
  • Suave Dry Shampoo Hair Refresher 
  • Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Refresh and Revive
  • Tresemmé Dry Shampoo Volumizing 
  • Tresemmé Dry Shampoo Fresh and Clean
  • Tresemmé Pro Pure Dry Shampoo
  • Bed Head Oh Bee Hive Dry Shampoo
  • Bed Head Oh Bee Hive Volumizing Dry Shampoo
  • Bed Head Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo 
  • Bed Head Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo 

The FDA’s press release on the recall includes a link to a PDF document[19]  detailing the specific sizes, UPC codes, and lot codes for each of the recalled shampoos. 

Dry Shampoos Found to Contain Benzene that Remain on the Shelves:

Not all of the companies who sell dry shampoo that was found to contain benzene have taken their products off of the shelves. 

The following brands have not removed their dry shampoos from shelves, despite their products being found to contain benzene:

Sun Bum

  • Beach Formula Dry Shampoo – 4.2 oz

Batiste

  • Dry Shampoo Bare – 4.23 oz
  • Dry Shampoo Clean & Light Bare – 6.73 fl oz
  • Dry Shampoo Plus Brilliant Blonde – 6.73 fl oz
  • Dry Shampoo Floral & Flirty Blush – 1.6 fl oz
  • Dry Shampoo Bare – 4.23 oz
  • Dry Shampoo Fresh Breezy Citrus – 4.23 oz
  • Dry Shampoo Plus Divine Dark – 6.73 fl oz
  • Dry Shampoo Floral & Flirty Blush – 6.73 fl oz
  • Dry Shampoo & a Hint of Colour for Dark Hair – 6.73 fl oz
  • Dry Shampoo Dark Hair – 6.35 oz
  • Dry Shampoo Original Classic Clean – 4.23 oz
  • Dry Shampoo Clean & Classic Original – 6.73 fl oz
  • Dry Shampoo Clean & Light Bar – 6.73 fl oz
  • Dry Shampoo Plus Divine Dark – 1.6 fl oz
  • Dry Shampoo Light & Breezy Fresh – 6.73 fl oz
  • Dry Shampoo Floral & Flirty Blush – 1.6 fl oz
  • Dry Shampoo Tropical Exotic Coconut – 4.23 oz
  • Dry Shampoo Coconut & Exotic Tropical – 1.6 fl oz
  • Dry Shampoo Original Classic Fresh – 6.35 oz
  • Dry Shampoo Tropical Exotic Coconut – 1.06 oz
  • Volumizing Dry Shampoo – 6.73 fl oz

Klorane

  • Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Ultra Gentle – All Hair Types – 1 oz
  • Dry Shampoo with Nettle Oil Control – Oily Hair – 3.2 oz
  • Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Ultra Gentle – All Hair Types – 3.2 oz
  • Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Ultra Gentle – Dark Hair – 3.2 oz

Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo

  • Beach Babe Texturizing Dry Shampoo – Toasted Coconut – 7 oz
  • Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo – Original – 7 oz
  • Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo – Original – 1.6 oz
  • Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo – Unscented – 7 oz
  • Triple Threat Brunette Dry Shampoo – Hint of Brunette Tinted Powder – 7 oz
  • Plump for Joy Body Building Dry Shampoo – Orange Mango – 7 oz
  • Blonde Moment Dry Shampoo – Hint of Blonde Tinted Powder – 7 oz
  • Clean Freak Tapioca Dry Shampoo – Warm Sugar – 7 oz

Paul Mitchell Invisiblewear

  • Brunette Dry Shampoo – 4.7 oz

Sebastian

  • Dry Clean Only Dry Shampoo – 1.7 oz
  • Dry Clean Only Dry Shampoo – 4.9 oz

Redken

  • Deep Clean Dry Shampoo – 5 fl oz
  • Invisible Dry Shampoo – 5 fl oz
  • Deep Clean Dry Shampoo – 5 fl oz

dpHUE

  • Apple Cider Vinegar Dry Shampoo – 1 oz
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Dry Shampoo – 5 oz

OGX

  • Extra Strength Dry Shampoo Coconut Miracle Oil – 5 oz
  • Extra Strength Dry Shampoo Argan Oil of Morocco – 5 oz

Sol de Janeira

  • Brazilian Joia Dry Shampoo – 4 oz

IGK

  • Direct Flight Multi-Tasking Matcha Dry Shampoo – 2 oz
  • Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo – 6.3 oz
  • Direct Flight Multi-Tasking Matcha Dry Shampoo – 6.3 oz
  • First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo – 2 oz

Garnier Fructis

  • Texturizing Invisible Dry Shampoo Beach Tonic – 3.67 oz

Pureology

  • Style + Protect Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo – 5.3 oz
  • Style + Protect Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo – 1.2oz

Kerastase

  • Fresh Affair Refreshing Dry Shampoo Vitamin E + Rice Starch – 1.2 oz

Amika

  • Perk Up Dry Shampoo – 5.3 oz
  • Perk Up Dry Shampoo – 1.8 oz

Hask

  • Dry Shampoo Monoi Coconut – 6.5 oz
  • Volumizing Dry Shampoo Chia Seed – 9.6 fl oz

Drybar

  • Detox Clear Invisible Dry Shampoo Blanc Scent – 3.5 oz
  • Detox Dry Shampoo Original Scent – 1.4 oz
  • Detox Dry Shampoo Coconut Colada – 3.5 oz

Biolage

  • All-In-One Intense Dry Shampoo – 5 fl oz

Eva NYC

  • Freshen Up Invisible Dry Shampoo – 5.3 oz

Kristin Ess

  • Brunette Dry Shampoo – 4 oz

Bumble and Bumble

  • Pret-A-Powder Tres Invisible Dry Shampoo – 1.3 oz
  • Pret-A-Powder Tres Invisible Dry Shampoo – 3.1 oz

Cake

  • The ‘Do Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo – 4.2 oz

CHI

  • VIBES Wake + Fake Soothing Dry Shampoo – 5.3 oz

L’Oreal

  • Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo – 4 oz

What do I do if I use Dry Shampoo that is on this List?

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If you’ve purchased any of the products listed above, please contact us. One of our attorneys may reach out to tell you more about how you can help the investigation.

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[1]https://emergency.cdc.gov/agent/benzene/basics/facts.asp

[2] https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2016-09/documents/benzene.pdf

[3] https://www.who.int/teams/environment-climate-change-and-health/chemical-safety-and-health/health-impacts/chemicals/benzene

[4] https://www.valisure.com/

[5] https://www.valisure.com/valisure-newsroom/valisure-detects-benzene-in-dry-shampoo.

[6] https://assets-global.website-files.com/6215052733f8bb8fea016220/6360f7f49903987d8f4f4309_Valisure%20FDA%20Citizen%20Petition%20on%20Benzene%20in%20Dry%20Shampoo%20Products_103122.pdf

[7] https://www.valisure.com/valisure-newsroom/valisure-detects-benzene-in-dry-shampoo

[8] https://www.cdc.gov/

[9] https://emergency.cdc.gov/agent/benzene/basics/facts.asp

[10] https://www.fda.gov/

[11] https://www.fda.gov/drugs/pharmaceutical-quality-resources/fda-alerts-drug-manufacturers-risk-benzene-contamination-certain-drugs

[12] https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/drug-recalls

[13] https://www.washingtonpost.com/wellness/2022/11/01/benzene-aerosol-recall-dry-shampoo-sunscreen/

[14] https://www.cnet.com/health/personal-care/some-old-spice-secret-aerosol-sprays-recalled-over-benzene-contamination/

[15] https://www.cnet.com/health/personal-care/sunscreen-recall-2021-coppertone-neutrogena-and-more/

[16] https://www.cnet.com/health/brut-and-sure-deodorant-recalled-due-to-benzene-risk/

[17] https://www.cnet.com/health/personal-care/some-mickey-mouse-mandalorian-themed-hand-sanitizer-recalled/

[18] https://www.fda.gov/drugs/pharmaceutical-quality-resources/fda-alerts-drug-manufacturers-risk-benzene-contamination-certain-drugs

[19]https://cdn.sanity.io/files/92ui5egz/production/37c6fa84b8f3c825ef1d86bb3ba90d54417e795a.pdf