Benzene Alert: P&G Recalls Dry Aerosols from Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences and Waterless Brands

U.S. Dry Conditioner Products included in Recall (Photo: P&G)
U.S. Dry Conditioner Products included in Recall (Photo: P&G)

Benzene detection has once again prompted The Procter & Gamble Co. to voluntarily recall aerosol dry conditioner spray products and aerosol dry shampoo spray products in its Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences and Waterl<ss lines, in addition to discontinued aerosol dry shampoo products from Old Spice and Hair Food. This move follows recalls announced just last month.

This action is precautionary, as the company notes no adverse reactions have been reported and that daily exposure at the levels detected would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences."

The company reports, "Following recent reports that indicated traces of benzene in some aerosol spray products, we began a review of our total portfolio of aerosol products. 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. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the consumers who use our products and the quality of the products we ship."

See related: P&G Detects Benzene in Antiperspirant and Body Sprays, Issues Recall

The recalled products were distributed nationwide in the United States through retail outlets and online. Retailers have been alerted to remove recalled products from shelves. These brands will also offer reimbursement for consumers who have purchased products impacted by this recall. Consumers should stop using and appropriately discard the affected aerosol dry conditioner spray products and aerosol dry shampoo spray products.

This action is precautionary, as the company notes no adverse reactions have been reported and that daily exposure at the levels detected would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences. Still, benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. The affected products are packaged in aerosol cans; see the following lists for production code ranges, descriptions and UPCs:

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Aerosol Dry Conditioner Spray Products

  • in the range of 0002-0248 or 9298-9350; Waterl<ss Dry Conditioner Weightless Smooth, 3.6 oz.; UPC 37000543954
  • in the range of 0009-0069 or 9297-9350; Waterl<ss Dry Conditioner Instant Moisture, 3.6 oz.; UPC 37000543831
  • in the range of 0084-0085 or 9284-9361;  Waterl<ss Dry Conditioner Weightless Smooth, 0.98 oz.; UPC 37000544111
  • in the range of 0017-0100 or 9283-9284; Waterl<ss Dry Conditioner Instant Moisture, 0.98 oz.; UPC 37000544227
  • 0038; Pantene Sultry Bronde All in One Luxury Mist, 4.9 oz.; UPC 80878188710
  • in the range of 0183-0365 or 1042-1046; Pantene Smooth Talker Dry Conditioning Oil, 3.9 oz. UPC 80878192397
  • in the range of 0048-0336 or 1008-1218 or 9247-9349; Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioning Mist, 3.9 oz.; UPC 80878190898
  • in the range of 9108-9303; Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioning Mist, 3.9 oz.; UPC 80878188758
  • in the range of 0107-0262 or 9112-9288; Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioning Mist, 1.0 oz.; UPC 80878188765
  • in the range of 0307 or 9263-9266; Pantene Gold Series Instant Nourishing Spray, 4.9 oz.; UPC 80878188987
  • 0021 or 1038 or in the range of 9294-9325; Aussie Smooth Vibes Dry Conditioner, 4.9 oz.; UPC 381519187957
  • in the range of 9196-9246; Aussie Petal Soft Dry Conditioner, 4.9 oz.; UPC 381519187544
  • in the range of 0014-0062 or 9198-9349; Aussie Sleekend Warrior Dry Conditioner, 4.9 oz.; UPC 381519187537

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Aerosol Dry Shampoo Spray Products

  • in the range of 9047-9072; Herbal Essences Blue Ginger Refresh Dry Shampoo, 4.9 oz.; UPC 190679001498
  • in the range of 0015-0314 or 1004-1019 or 9028-9348; Herbal Essences White Grapefruit & Mint Dry Shampoo, 4.9 oz.; UPC 190679000262
  • in the range of 0167-0308 or 1105-1106 or 9049-9348; Herbal Essences White Strawberry & Sweet Mint Dry Shampoo, 4.9 oz.; UPC 190679000255
  • 0093 or 1075 or in the range of 9029-9294; Herbal Essences Cucumber & Green Tea Dry Shampoo, 4.9 oz.; UPC 190679000248
  • in the range of 0036-0329 or 1019-1098 or 9023-9312; Herbal Essences Cucumber & Green Tea Dry Shampoo, 1.7 oz.; UPC 190679000330
  • in the range of 9009-9058; Pantene Dry Shampoo No Water Refresh, 4.9 oz.; UPC 80878177042
  • in the range of 9025-9260; Pantene Dry Shampoo Sheer Volume, 4.9 oz.; UPC 80878185276
  • in the range of 0006-0364 or 1074-1133 or 9157-9329; Pantene Never Tell Dry Shampoo, 4.2 oz.; UPC 80878188727
  • in the range of 0139-0140; Aussie After Hours Dry Shampoo Texture Spray, 4.9 oz.; UPC 381519187834
  • in the range of 0013-0300 or 1038 or 9189; Aussie Tousle Hustle Dry Shampoo, 4.9 oz.; UPC 381519187285
  • in the range of 0013-00357 or 1018-1123 or 9189-9345; Aussie Bounce Back Dry Shampoo, 4.9 oz.; UPC 381519187278
  • in the range of 9047-9123; Aussie Clean Color Protect Shampoo, 4.9 oz.; UPC 381519187360
  • in the range of 9072-9176; Aussie Clean Texture Dry Shampoo, 4.9 oz.; UPC 381519187285
  • 9085; Aussie Clean Volume Dry Shampoo, 4.9 oz.; UPC 381519187278
  • in the range of 0004-0357 or 9291-9344; Waterl<ss Dry Shampoo No Residue, 3.7 oz.; UPC 37000543787
  • in the range of 0175-0176 or 9295-9297; Waterl<ss Dry Shampoo No Residue, 1 oz.; UPC 37000543978
  • in the range of 0027-0192 or 9007; Hair Food Coconut Dry Shampoo, 4.9 oz.; UPC 37000876717
  • in the range of 9046-9228; Old Spice Fiji Dry Shampoo, 4.9 oz.; UPC 37000779421
  • in the range of 9040-9239; Old Spice Pure Sport Dry Shampoo, 4.9 oz.; UPC 37000785170
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