Unilever recalls popular hair care products over concerns of ‘high levels’ of carcinogenic chemicals

Unilever recently announced a voluntary recall of 19 popular aerosol dry shampoos sold in the United States due to concerns about benzene, a chemical known to cause cancer.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Unilever USA has issued a voluntary consumer-level product recall of certain dry shampoo aerosol product lot codes manufactured before October 2021 by Dove, Nexxus, Suave, TIGI (Rockaholic and Bed Head) and TRESemmé due to potentially high levels of benzene.


Humans are exposed to benzene daily through things like tobacco smoke and detergents, but exposure can be considered dangerous depending on the dose and duration of contact, according to centers for disease control and prevention.

Unilever said it was recalling the products “out of an abundance of caution” and the company had not yet received any adverse event reports related to the recall to date.

The recalled products were manufactured before October 2021 and retailers have been advised to remove the affected products from shelves.

A complete list of affected products and consumption codes can be found here. No other products from Unilever or its brands are affected by this recall, the company declared in a press release.

The list of affected products includes:


Dove Volume and Matte Dry Shampoo

Dove Fresh Coconut Dry Shampoo

Dove Fresh & Floral Dry Shampoo

Dove Ultra Clean Dry Shampoo

Dove Invisible Dry Shampoo

Dove Detoxifying and Purifying Dry Shampoo

Dove Clarifying Charcoal Dry Shampoo

Dove Go Active Dry Shampoo


Nexxus Refreshing Mist Dry Shampoo

Nexxus Inergy Foam Shampoo


Suave Dry Shampoo Hair Refresher

Suave Professionals Refreshing and Reviving Dry Shampoo


TRESemmé Volumizing Dry Shampoo

TRESemme Fresh and Clean Dry Shampoo

TRESemme Pro Pure Dry Shampoo


Bed Head Oh Bee Hive Dry Shampoo

Bed Head Oh Bee Hive Volumizing Dry Shampoo

Bed Head Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo

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Bed Head Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo

The recall is being carried out with the knowledge of the United States Food and Drug Administration. Unilever urged consumers to immediately stop using the affected aerosol dry shampoos and visit the company’s website for eligible product refunds.

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