Anyone who purchased one of the dry shampoo products listed on this page.
What’s Going On?
Dozens of dry shampoo products have been found to contain high levels of benzene, a known human carcinogen, and attorneys are investigating whether a class action lawsuit can be filed against the manufacturers.
What Is Benzene?
Benzene is a chemical that is known to cause cancer and other health problems in humans. Research has suggested that because of benzene’s toxicity, there is “no safe level of exposure” to it.
How Could a Class Action Help?
A class action lawsuit could help consumers get back some of the money they spent on the hair products or force the manufacturers to change how they make or advertise their dry shampoo.
What You Can Do
If you bought any of the dry shampoo products listed below, fill out the form on this page to find out how much you may be owed and how you can help the investigation.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking into whether a class action lawsuit can be filed in light of recent test results showing that dozens of dry shampoo products contain benzene, a human carcinogen.
The tests, performed by independent laboratory Valisure, suggest that some of the products contain as much as 170 times the federal limit for benzene in drugs. Because of benzene’s toxicity, even low exposure to it can lead to cancer, and relevant research has suggested that there is likely “no safe level of exposure” to the toxic chemical.
The attorneys need to speak with people who purchased any of the dry shampoo products listed below as they work to determine whether a class action lawsuit can be filed. To help the investigation, fill out the form on this page. An attorney may reach out to you directly to answer your questions and explain how much you may be owed.
Benzene Detected in Dozens of Dry Shampoo Products
Valisure, an independent laboratory who has been analyzing consumer products for benzene since late 2020, reported on November 1 that it had tested samples of dry shampoo products across 34 brands and found that 70 percent of the samples contained “quantifiable levels of benzene.”
Benzene is known to cause cancer in humans, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has listed it among a group of chemicals banned from use in drug products because of their “unacceptable toxicity.” The FDA states that if benzene’s presence in a drug is “unavoidable,” its levels must be restricted to only 2 parts per million (ppm).
Valisure’s testing found that some dry shampoo spray samples contained up to 170 times the FDA’s “emergency” limit, the “highest and most broadly detected” levels of benzene that the lab has ever observed in a consumer product.
The company’s CEO noted that these results are “cause for significant concern” since dry shampoo products are normally used indoors and can remain in the air for long periods of time, increasing the risk of exposure by inhalation.
In light of these concerns, Valisure filed a citizen petition with the FDA calling on the agency to request a recall of the contaminated dry shampoo products.
Which Products Are Under Investigation?
The following dry shampoo products were found by Valisure to contain benzene. Click on the brand name to view the individual hair products.
Apple Cider Vinegar Dry Shampoo, 1 oz, 5 oz
Texturizing Invisible Dry Shampoo Beach Tonic, 3.67 oz
Dry Shampoo with Nettle Oil Control - Oily Hair, 3.2 oz
Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Ultra Gentle - All Hair Types, 1 oz
Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Ultra Gentle - Dark Hair, 3.2 oz
Extra Strength Dry Shampoo Coconut Miracle Oil, 5 oz
Extra Strength Dry Shampoo Argan Oil of Morocco, 5 oz
Style + Protect Refresh & Go Dry Shampoo, 1.2 oz, 5.3 oz
Long-term exposure to benzene can cause the following problems, per the CDC:
Cancer, including leukemia
Anemia, caused by a decrease in red blood cells
Immune system damage
Irregular menstrual periods and a decrease in ovary size in women
Low birth weights, delayed bone formation and bone marrow damage in pregnant animals
How Could a Lawsuit Help?
A class action lawsuit could help consumers get back some of the money they spent on the dry shampoo products and possibly force the manufacturers to change how they make or advertise the products.
What You Can Do
Fill out the form on this page if you purchased any of the products listed above. An attorney may reach out to you directly to tell you more about how much you could be owed and how you can help the investigation.
It doesn’t cost anything to get in touch, and you’re not obligated to take legal action after talking with someone about your rights.