Select Suave aerosol antiperspirant products are being recalled due to a benzene presence

Posted at 7:38 AM, Apr 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-01 07:38:34-04

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ – Unilever United States is voluntarily recalling two Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirants products.

An internal review showed slightly elevated levels of benzene in some product samples. While benzene is not an ingredient in any of the recalled products, the review showed that unexpected levels of benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can.

Unilever is recalling all lots of the products below with an expiration date through September 2023.

No other Unilever or Suave products are in the scope of this recall.

079400751508; 079400784902Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Powder

4 oz.;

6 oz.

079400785503Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Fresh6 oz.

Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin; it can result in cancers including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life threatening. Benzene is ubiquitous in the environment. Humans around the world have daily exposures to it indoors and outdoors from multiple sources.

Based on an independent health hazard evaluation, daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at the levels detected in testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.

The Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant product line was discontinued in October 2021 for business reasons.

The affected products were in limited distribution at U.S. retail stores and online. Retailers have been notified to remove recalled products from shelves.

Unilever will also offer reimbursement for consumers who have purchased products impacted by this recall.

Consumers should stop using and appropriately discard the affected Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant products.

If you have any questions regarding this recall, contact Unilever by calling (866) 204-9756, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST.

Contact your physician or healthcare provider if you have any questions or have experienced any problems that may be related to using these aerosol antiperspirant products.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

  • Complete and submit the report Online
  • Regular Mail or Fax: Download form or call 1- 800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.