Did you know that several big brands of dry shampoo have been recalled due to a cancer-causing toxin?

In October 2022, the FDA announced a recall of several brand-name products that have elevated levels of benzene [1]. The recall was issued after an internal investigation identified the propellent in the aerosol cans as the source of contamination. An independent laboratory verified that benzene was found in 70% of aerosol dry shampoos they tested [2].

The recall includes dry shampoos from Dove, Nexxus, Suave, Tresemme, and Bed Head brands--all manufactured by Unilever. 

Benzene is a cancer-causing chemical that’s damaging through long term exposure, whether that be through skin contact, orally, or through inhalation. Benzene causes cells not to work correctly. For example, it can cause bone marrow not to produce enough red blood cells, which can lead to anemia [3]. Also, it can damage the immune system by changing blood levels of antibodies and causing the loss of white blood cells.

This chemical is commonly found in household products and often found in other recalled items like aerosol sunscreen and deodorant. Despite the danger of this chemical, benzene is among the top 20 chemicals used in production according to the CDC.

Since benzene is found in aerosol products that are generally used indoors, the cause for concern heightens. Spraying this chemical indoors will cause it to linger longer and be inhaled for prolonged periods of time.

Dry Shampoo

Our founder and CEO Anthony Morrocco has observed the devastating psychological effects of chemical filled products like these for over 50 years. Seeing effects like hair thinning, hair loss, and scalp damage, he has devoted this time to global research to create pure, zero-toxin hair care--including dry shampoo! He developed his knowledge and experience into a world fusion holistic method to address these problems.

If you need a replacement dry shampoo, try Morrocco Method’s Volcanic Dry Shampoo. With ingredients like Bentonite Clay, Aloe Vera, and Prickly Pear Powder, it gently absorbs excess oils and impurities while still protecting your scalp's natural oils. It also delivers essential vitamins and antioxidants to seal in moisture, protect against environmental damage, and balance pH levels to keep your hair shiny and healthy. We also use an easy application bottle to make it easy to sprinkle the dry shampoo evenly through your hair and scalp. We don’t use aerosol cans, which allows us to avoid the possible toxins that the big companies don’t care to avoid.

Let’s stick together and educate each other on these risks. Morrocco Method is proud to be a trusted, zero-toxin, all natural brand. Let’s keep each other safe.