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.
CBS News, 02-11-22