FDA Citizen Petition #7: Benzene in Dry Shampoos

On November 1, 2022, Valisure announced the detection of high levels of benzene, a known human carcinogen, in several brands and batches of dry shampoo products, which are regulated as cosmetic products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In Valisure’s Petition, 148 unique batches from 34 different brands were analyzed using industry-standard GC-MS technology. Significant variability from batch to batch was observed, even within a single brand. There was also significant variability between subsequent sprays from some bottles, suggesting inconsistent product mixtures in some products. Therefore, the analysis of the first spray from each product’s bottle is detailed in this summary, and further data is presented in the full FDA Citizen Petition on Dry Shampoo.

3 lots of dry shampoo products from 1 brand contained spray with over 100 ppm of benzene; 11 lots from 3 brands contained spray with detectable benzene over 20 ppm; 18 lots from 10 brands showed levels between 2 - 20 ppm; and 71 lots from 20 brands contained quantifiable benzene between 0.18 - 2.0 ppm. Benzene was not detected or below the limit of quantitation in an additional 45 lots of dry shampoos from 23 different brands.

These benzene results in dry shampoo products resulted in the recalls of Unilever Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, & Waterl<ss products and Unilever Dove, Nexxus, Suave, TIGI & TRESemmé products.

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FDA Citizen Petition #7: Benzene in Dry Shampoos

November 1, 2022

On November 1, 2022, Valisure announced the detection of high levels of benzene, a known human carcinogen, in several brands and batches of dry shampoo products, which are regulated as cosmetic products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In Valisure’s Petition, 148 unique batches from 34 different brands were analyzed using industry-standard GC-MS technology. Significant variability from batch to batch was observed, even within a single brand. There was also significant variability between subsequent sprays from some bottles, suggesting inconsistent product mixtures in some products. Therefore, the analysis of the first spray from each product’s bottle is detailed in this summary, and further data is presented in the full FDA Citizen Petition on Dry Shampoo.

3 lots of dry shampoo products from 1 brand contained spray with over 100 ppm of benzene; 11 lots from 3 brands contained spray with detectable benzene over 20 ppm; 18 lots from 10 brands showed levels between 2 - 20 ppm; and 71 lots from 20 brands contained quantifiable benzene between 0.18 - 2.0 ppm. Benzene was not detected or below the limit of quantitation in an additional 45 lots of dry shampoos from 23 different brands.

These benzene results in dry shampoo products resulted in the recalls of Unilever Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, & Waterl<ss products and Unilever Dove, Nexxus, Suave, TIGI & TRESemmé products.

Media Highlights:

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FDA Citizen Petition #7: Benzene in Dry Shampoos

On November 1, 2022, Valisure announced the detection of high levels of benzene, a known human carcinogen, in several brands and batches of dry shampoo products, which are regulated as cosmetic products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In Valisure’s Petition, 148 unique batches from 34 different brands were analyzed using industry-standard GC-MS technology. Significant variability from batch to batch was observed, even within a single brand. There was also significant variability between subsequent sprays from some bottles, suggesting inconsistent product mixtures in some products. Therefore, the analysis of the first spray from each product’s bottle is detailed in this summary, and further data is presented in the full FDA Citizen Petition on Dry Shampoo.

3 lots of dry shampoo products from 1 brand contained spray with over 100 ppm of benzene; 11 lots from 3 brands contained spray with detectable benzene over 20 ppm; 18 lots from 10 brands showed levels between 2 - 20 ppm; and 71 lots from 20 brands contained quantifiable benzene between 0.18 - 2.0 ppm. Benzene was not detected or below the limit of quantitation in an additional 45 lots of dry shampoos from 23 different brands.

These benzene results in dry shampoo products resulted in the recalls of Unilever Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, & Waterl<ss products and Unilever Dove, Nexxus, Suave, TIGI & TRESemmé products.

Media Highlights:

Related Documents:

On November 1, 2022, Valisure announced the detection of high levels of benzene, a known human carcinogen, in several brands and batches of dry shampoo products, which are regulated as cosmetic products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In Valisure’s Petition, 148 unique batches from 34 different brands were analyzed using industry-standard GC-MS technology. Significant variability from batch to batch was observed, even within a single brand. There was also significant variability between subsequent sprays from some bottles, suggesting inconsistent product mixtures in some products. Therefore, the analysis of the first spray from each product’s bottle is detailed in this summary, and further data is presented in the full FDA Citizen Petition on Dry Shampoo.

3 lots of dry shampoo products from 1 brand contained spray with over 100 ppm of benzene; 11 lots from 3 brands contained spray with detectable benzene over 20 ppm; 18 lots from 10 brands showed levels between 2 - 20 ppm; and 71 lots from 20 brands contained quantifiable benzene between 0.18 - 2.0 ppm. Benzene was not detected or below the limit of quantitation in an additional 45 lots of dry shampoos from 23 different brands.

These benzene results in dry shampoo products resulted in the recalls of Unilever Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, & Waterl<ss products and Unilever Dove, Nexxus, Suave, TIGI & TRESemmé products.

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