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high levels of benzene

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March 30, 2022 – Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey- Unilever United States is voluntarily recalling two Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirants at the consumer level. 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, reviews revealed that the unexpected level of benzene came from the propellant that sprayed the product out of the can.
Unilever is recalling all of the products listed below with an expiration date of September 2023. No other Unilever or Suave products are subject to this recall.




079400751508; 079400784902 Suave 24-Hour Safety Aerosol Antiperspirant Powder 4 oz.;
6 oz.
079400785503 Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant Fresh 6 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 cancers of the bone marrow and blood disorders that can be life-threatening. Benzene is ubiquitous in the environment. Humans around the world have daily exposure to it from multiple sources, indoors and out. Based on an independent health hazard assessment, daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at levels detected in the test would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.

The Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant product line was discontinued in October 2021 for commercial reasons. Affected products were in limited distribution at US retail stores and online. Retailers have been notified to remove the recalled products from the shelves. Unilever will also offer reimbursement for consumers who have purchased products affected by this recall. Consumers should discontinue use and appropriately discard affected Suave 24-Hour Protection Aerosol Antiperspirant products.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Unilever by calling (866) 204-9756, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST. For more information about affected products and how to get reimbursed for eligible products, visit Consumers should contact their doctor or healthcare provider if they have any questions or concerns related to the use of these aerosol antiperspirant products.

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

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

This recall is being done with information from the US Food and Drug Administration.

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