Consumer product recall

Old Spice and Secret Aerosol Spray Antiperspirant Products Recalled Due To Detection of Benzene

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Specific Old Spice and Secret Aerosol Spray Anti-perspirant/Deodorants
Consumer products - Chemical hazard
What to do

Consumers should stop using and appropriately discard the recalled aerosol spray products, and contact the company for reimbursement.

Affected products

This recall involves eight Old Spice and Secret Antiperspirant/Deodorant Spray Products that are packaged in aerosol cans.

The recalled products carry the following UPC codes:

Product Name

UPC (Item)

Secret Outlast Completely Clean Dry Spray Anti-perspirant/Deodorant; 107 g


Secret Outlast Protecting Powder Dry Spray Anti-perspirant/Deodorant; 107 g


Secret Dry Spray Lavender Anti-perspirant/Deodorant; 107 g


Secret Dry Spray Waterlily Anti-perspirant/Deodorant; 107 g


Secret Baby Powder 24 H Aerosol Antiperspirant/Deodorant Spray; 122 g


Old Spice Sweat Defense Ultimate Captain Dry Spray Anti-perspirant/Deodorant; 107 g


Old Spice Sweat Defense Pure Sport Plus Dry Spray Anti-perspirant/Deodorant; 107 g


Old Spice Sweat Defense Stronger Swagger Dry Spray Anti-perspirant/Deodorant; 107 g



Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin and it can result in cancers including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life-threatening. Based on exposure modeling and the cancer risk assessments published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (IRIS database), daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at the levels detected in testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.

As of November 24th, 2021, the company has received no report(s) of incidents or injuries related to the use of these products in Canada.

What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and discard them.

For more information, consumers can contact the Consumer Care team at 888-339-7689 from Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 6:00pm EST. Consumers can also visit or for more information about the impacted products and to learn how to receive reimbursement for eligible products. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using these products. 

Please note that, in addition to the requirements of the Cosmetic Regulations, the Food and Drugs Act (FDA) prohibits the sale of cosmetics that are made either with hazardous substances, or under unsanitary conditions, to users in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.

Additional information


Number Sold

The company reported that approximately 1.4M units of the recalled products were sold in Canada.

Time Period Sold

The recalled products were sold from November 2019 to November 23, 2021.

Place of Origin

Manufactured in the USA

Original published date: 2021-11-26
Alert / recall type
Consumer product recall
Consumer product - Beauty and personal care


The Procter & Gamble Inc

4711 Yonge Street, North York

M2N 6K8 ON


Manufactured for

The Procter & Gamble Company

One P&G Plaza

Cincinnati, OH 45202

Published by
Health Canada
General public
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