P&G Recalls Dozens of Popular Aerosol Hair Products Due to Unexpected Levels of Benzene

The affected products include dry shampoos and conditioners from Pantene, Herbal Essences, Aussie, and Waterless.

Procter & Gamble issued a voluntary recall last Friday of nearly three dozen aerosol hair products, including dry shampoos and dry conditioners, due to the potential presence of benzene, a cancer-causing agent.

The affected brands include Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, and Waterless produced in the United States. The company also recalled certain Old Spice and Secret aerosol spray antiperspirants and Old Spice "Below Deck" spray products last month due to the presence of benzene. Upon closer examination, they found "unexpected levels" of benzene in the rest of its aerosol products.

"Following recent reports that indicated traces of benzene in some aerosol spray products, we began a review of our total portfolio of aerosol products," P&G said in an official statement. "While benzene is not an ingredient in any of our products, our review showed that unexpected levels of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can. We detected benzene in aerosol dry shampoo spray products and aerosol dry conditioner spray products."

Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin, and can result in cancers including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders. P&G noted that the levels of benzene aren't high enough to cause health issues, and while there have not been any reports of "adverse events," they're moving forward with the recall out of "an abundance of caution."

Luckily, all other products from those lines can continue to be used as intended, including mousses, hairsprays, liquid shampoos, liquid conditioners, styling products, treatments, and aerosol dry shampoo spray products with production code ranges different from those specifically communicated.

Retailers have been told to remove the recalled products from shelves. Those who have already purchased the affected products, which were sold in stores across the United States as well as online, are asked to throw them away. The company is offering full refunds, and customers can fill out an online form or contact a hotline at 1-888-674-36319 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

You can find a full list of recalled products and production code numbers below, or on the company's website.

  • 3.6 oz. Waterless Dry Conditioner Weightless Smooth with UPC 37000543954 with a production code in the range of 0002-0248 or 9298-9350.
  • 3.6 oz. Waterless Dry Conditioner Instant Moisture with UPC 37000543831 with a production code in the range of 0009-0069 or 9297-9350.
  • .98 oz. Waterless Dry Conditioner Weightless Smooth with UPC 37000544111 with a production code in the range of 0084-0085 or 9284-9361.
  • .98 oz. Waterless Dry Conditioner Instant Moisture with UPC 37000544227 with a production code in the range of 0017-0100 or 9283-9284.
  • 4.9 oz. Pantene Sultry Bronde All in One Luxury Mist with UPC 80878188710 with production code 0038.
  • 3.9 oz. Pantene Smooth Talker Dry Conditioning Oil with UPC 80878192397 with a production code in the range of 0183-0365 or 1042-1046.
  • 3.9 oz. Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioning Mist with UPC 80878190898 with a production code in the range of 0048-0336 or 1008-1218 or 9247-9349.
  • 3.9 oz. Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioning Mist with UPC 80878188758 with a production code in the range of 9108-9303.
  • 1 oz. Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioning Mist with UPC 80878188765 with a production code in the range of 0107-0262 or 9112-9288.
  • 4.9 oz. Pantene Gold Series Instant Nourishing Spray with UPC 80878188987 with a production code in the range of 0307 or 9263-9266.
  • 4.9 oz. Aussie Smooth Vibes Dry Conditioner with UPC 381519187957 with production code 0021 or 1038 or in the range of 9294-9325.
  • 4.9 oz. Aussie Petal Soft Dry Conditioner with UPC 381519187544 with a production code in the range of 9196-9246.
  • 4.9 oz. Aussie Sleekend Warrior Dry Conditioner with UPC 381519187537 with a production code in the range of 0014-0062 or 9198-9349.
  • 4.9 oz. Herbal Essences Blue Ginger Refresh Dry Shampoo with UPC 190679001498 with a production code in the range of 9047-9072.
  • 4.9 oz. Herbal Essences White Grapefruit & Mint Dry Shampoo with UPC 190679000262 with a production code in the range of 0015-0314 or 1004-1019 or 9028-9348.
  • 4.9 oz. Herbal Essences White Strawberry & Sweet Mint Dry Shampoo with UPC 190679000255 with a production code in the range of 0167-0308 or 1105-1106 or 9049-9348.
  • 4.9 oz Herbal Essences Cucumber & Green Tea Dry Shampoo with UPC 190679000248 with a production code 0093 or 1075 or in the range of 9029-9294.
  • 1.7 oz. Herbal Essences Cucumber & Green Tea Dry Shampoo with UPC 190679000330 with a production code in the range of 0036-0329 or 1019-1098 or 9023-9312.
  • 4.9 oz. Pantene Dry Shampoo No Water Refresh with UPC 80878177042 with a production code in the range of 9009-9058.
  • 4.9 oz. Pantene Dry Shampoo Sheer Volume with UPC 80878185276 with a production code in the range of 9025-9260.
  • 4.2 oz. Pantene Never Tell Dry Shampoo with UPC 80878188727 with a production code in the range of 0006-0364 or 1074-1133 or 9157-9329.
  • 4.9 oz. Aussie After Hours Dry Shampoo Texture Spray with UPC 381519187834 with a production code in the range of 0139-0140.
  • 4.9 oz. Aussie Tousle Hustle Dry Shampoo with UPC 381519187285 with a production code in the range of 0013-0300 or 1038 or 9189.
  • 4.9 oz. Aussie Bounce Back Dry Shampoo with UPC 381519187278 with a production code in the range of 0013-00357 or 1018-1123 or 9189-9345.
  • 4.9 oz. Aussie Clean Color Protect Shampoo with UPC 381519187360 with a production code in the range of 9047-9123.
  • 4.9 oz. Aussie Clean Texture Dry Shampoo with UPC 381519187285 with a production code in the range of 9072-9176.
  • 4.9 oz. Aussie Clean Volume Dry Shampoo with UPC 381519187278 with production code 9085.
  • 3.7 oz. Waterl<ss Dry Shampoo No Residue with UPC 37000543787 with a production code in the range of 0004-0357 or 9291-9344.
  • 1 oz. Waterl<ss Dry Shampoo No Residue with UPC 37000543978 with a production code in the range of 0175-0176 or 9295-9297.
  • 4.9 oz. Hair Food Coconut Dry Shampoo with UPC 37000876717 with a production code in the range of 0027-0192 or 9007.
  • 4.9 oz. Old Spice Fiji Dry Shampoo with UPC 37000779421 with a production code in the range of 9046-9228.
  • 4.9 oz. Old Spice Pure Sport Dry Shampoo with UPC 37000785170 with a production code in the range of 9040-9239.
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