Aerosol Deodorant and Antiperspirant Lawsuit

Everyone experiences body odor to some degree. We have sweat glands all over our body that secrete odorless sweat in order to cool us off or during times of stress. Yet, when the odorless sweat comes in contact with bacteria on our skin and begins to break it down. This is especially prevalent in the armpits. So, many people use deodorants or antiperspirants to alleviate body odor. However, certain deodorant and antiperspirant brands may contain the carcinogenic chemical benzene. Did you develop health complications linked to deodorant or antiperspirants? Reach out today to speak with one of the attorneys at The Lake Law Firm to learn more about how a benzene deodorant and antiperspirant lawsuit can benefit you. 

Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of individuals harmed by benzene-contaminated deodorants and antiperspirants. Benzene deodorant and antiperspirant lawsuits claim that these products caused users to develop cancer. 

Understanding Benzene 

Benzene is one of the top 20 chemicals used in America. It is an active ingredient in various industrial products like detergents, solvents, lubricants, paints, and more. During the manufacturing process, industrial plants tend to emit benzene, thus exposing workers and nearby residents. While countless industrial products contain benzene, this chemical should not be present at high levels in consumer products intended for the human body. Yet, research has identified that some deodorants and antiperspirants contain unsafe levels of benzene. 

The independent laboratory, Valisure LLC, conducted a study on popular sunscreen and other aerosol products like antiperspirants in May 2021. The study discovered benzene in over 50 of the 108 body sprays tested, including deodorants from popular brands. 

Spray Deodorants That Contained Benzene

According to the Valisure LLC study, several spray deodorants contained benzene levels that exceeded the FDA’s limit. The established threshold for benzene in consumer drugs or products set forth by the FDA is 2 parts per million (2ppm). Valisure noted that it only found exceeding amounts of benzene in spray deodorants and aerosol antiperspirants. Researchers hypothesize this may be due to the propellants used to push the products from the can. Or the benzene issue may begin with the raw materials to produce the products. 

Valisure LLC analyzed 108 products from 30 brands and uncovered that some spray deodorants contained nearly 9 times the FDA’s standard for benzene. Certain lots of spray deodorant and antiperspirants with benzene levels above 2ppm include: 

  • Old Spice
  • Secret
  • Tag
  • Sure
  • Equate
  • Right Guard
  • Brut

Spray Deodorants and Antiperspirants Recalled 

In November 2021, consumer goods company Procter & Gamble recalled 18 types of Old Spice and Secret aerosol deodorants. The recall applied to lots with high amounts of benzene and expiration dates through September 2023. Products affected by the recall included:

  • Old Spice High Endurance AP Spray Pure Sport 12/6oz
  • Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Stronger Swagger 3.8oz
  • Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Pure Sport Plus 12/3.8oz
  • Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Stronger Swagger 12/3.8oz
  • Old Spice Hardest Working Collection Inv Spray Ult Captain 12/3.8oz
  • Old Spice Below Deck Powder Spray Unscented 12/4.9oz
  • Old Spice Below Deck Powder Spray Fresh Air 12/4.9oz
  • Secret Aerosol Powder Fresh Twin Pack
  • Secret Aerosol Powder Fresh 12/6OZ
  • Secret Aerosol Powder Fresh 12/4OZ
  • Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Waterlily 3.8oz
  • Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Lavender 12/3.8oz
  • Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Water Lily 12/3.8oz
  • Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Light Essentials 12/3.8oz
  • Secret Fresh Collection Inv Spray Rose 12/3.8oz
  • Secret Outlast Inv Spray Completely Clean 12/3.8oz
  • Secret Outlast Inv Spray Protecting Powder 12/3.8oz
  • Old Spice Pure Sport 2021 Gift Set

More recently, in February and March 2022, HRB Brands LLC and Unilever recalled antiperspirant deodorant aerosols for elevated levels of benzene.

Injuries Caused by Benzene 

The Environmental Protection Agency, World Health Organization, National Toxicology Program, and other agencies classify benzene as a known human carcinogen. Long-term exposure to benzene can affect the blood and bone marrow. It may also result in devastating forms of cancer like: 

  • Acute myeloid leukemia 
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma 
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia 
  • Chronic myeloid leukemia 
  • Multiple myeloma

What Do We Know About Aerosol Deodorant and Antiperspirant Lawsuits? 

Studies have detected unacceptable levels of benzene in aerosol deodorants and antiperspirants. Benzene is a hazardous carcinogenic chemical that can lead to various cancers and other illnesses. Individuals nationwide have filed lawsuits against manufacturers like Procter & Gamble and Unilever. These lawsuits allege that manufacturers misled consumers regarding the safety of their aerosol deodorants and antiperspirants. Plaintiffs argue that manufacturers knew or should have known about the elevated levels of benzene in their products. Additionally, the companies failed to inform the public of the potential of benzene in their spray deodorants and antiperspirants through adequate labeling. 

In April 2022, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated lawsuits against P&G into MDL-3025. 

Individuals have also filed lawsuits against manufacturers that emit benzene and sunscreen companies with unsafe levels of benzene. 

Can I Recover Compensation in an Aerosol Deodorant and Antiperspirant Lawsuit? 

If you or a loved one developed cancer or another illness after using aerosol deodorants or antiperspirants, you may recover compensation for: 

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and 
  • Other economic losses related to your injury

People should feel secure in the personal care products that they use. Yet, individuals unknowingly exposed themselves to unsafe levels of benzene daily, which could have caused them to develop cancer or other serious injuries. In just the past few years, manufacturers have recalled several popular brands of spray deodorants and antiperspirants. However, claimants argue that this delayed response left many vulnerable to the repercussions of benzene in these products. At The Lake Law Firm, we adamantly believe in holding companies accountable for their reckless and negligent actions. Don’t hesitate to speak with us today about your potential claim. 

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 274-0139 or submit an inquiry on this page.