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The Risks of Using Dry Shampoo: A Look at Recalls of Toxic Products

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Dry shampoo has become a popular alternative to traditional shampooing, thanks to its convenience and time-saving benefits. However, recent recalls of dry shampoo products from various companies have highlighted the potential risks associated with these products. In this post, we will examine some of the recalls of dry shampoos containing toxins and other harmful ingredients and discuss why it is important to be aware of these risks.


  1. Johnson & Johnson's Recall of Talc-Based Dry Shampoos: In October 2019, Johnson & Johnson recalled several talc-based dry shampoo products due to the presence of asbestos, a known carcinogen. The recall affected various brands, including OGX and Batiste, and raised concerns about the safety of talc-based products.

  2. Beautycounter's Recall of All Dry Shampoo Products: In July 2017, Beautycounter recalled all of its dry shampoo products due to potential contamination with bacteria that could cause infections. While no illnesses were reported, the recall highlighted the importance of proper manufacturing and quality control processes.

  3. L'Oreal's Recall of Dry Shampoo Products in Europe: In 2016, L'Oreal recalled several of its dry shampoo products in Europe due to the presence of a propellant that could pose a risk of explosion. While no injuries were reported, the recall showed the potential risks associated with using aerosol-based products.


Unilever United States issued a voluntary product recall to the consumer level of select lot codes of dry shampoo aerosol products produced prior to October 2021 from Dove, Nexxus, Suave, TIGI, (Rockaholic and Bed Head), and TRESemmé due to potentially elevated levels of benzene.


Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Epxosures to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally and through the skin and it can result in cancers including leukemia and blood cancel of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life threatening.


While the recalls mentioned above are just a few examples, they illustrate the potential risks associated with using dry shampoo products. To protect your health and wellbeing, it is essential to be aware of the ingredients used in these products and to check for any recalls or safety warnings issued by the manufacturers. In addition, you may want to consider switching to more natural and organic alternatives, which are free from harmful toxins and chemicals.

As always, we encourage you to do your own research and make informed decisions when it comes to your health and beauty routine. Stay safe and healthy!

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