Dry shampoos containing benzene remain on store shelves, study finds


Dry shampoos — used as a quick fix between washes — are an increasing health concern, with more of the aerosol spray-on products found to be tainted with a cancer-causing chemical, according to findings released on Tuesday.

Benzene — the contaminant behind nationwide recalls of dry shampoos by Unilever and Procter & Gamble — is also showing up in products that remain on store shelves. That includes popular spray-on shampoos including Church & Dwight’s Batiste and DeMert Brand’s Not Your Mother’s, the new study found.

New Haven, Connecticut-based Valisure tested 148 batches from 34 brands of spray-on dry shampoo and found benzene in 70%, the laboratory stated Tuesday in a news release.

“Thirty percent had no detectable amount of benzene, so it can be made cleanly,” David Light, CEO of the independent lab, told CBS MoneyWatch on Tuesday. “There’s definitely a higher risk right now with propellant-based aerosol sprays,” said Light, whose company last year first alerted the Food and Drug Administration to its findings of benzene in spray sunscreens, antiperspirants and hand sanitizers.

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CBS News, 02-11-22
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