If you have Dove dry shampoo in your shopping cart, you should reconsider your purchase. The variants of Dove dry shampoo, available online in India, have been recalled in the US because of cancer-risk.

India Today Web Desk

New Delhi,UPDATED: Oct 26, 2022 17:34 IST

The Dove dry shampoos have been recalled in US over cancer risk.

By India Today Web Desk: In terms of quick fix solutions, dry shampoo has risen to the top in the world of cosmetics. A quick spray from the can and the dry shampoo, which is in powder form, will reduce hair greasiness and you don’t even need to use water. But just in case you have Dove dry shampoo in your shampoo cart, think twice before you buy it.

Dove dry shampoo was recently recalled in the US market by the drug regulator after their variants were found to have cancer-causing elements like benzene. On October 21, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) withdrew the products from the market and warned customers of their carcinogenic risks.

But how does this concern Indian consumers?

Hindustan Unilever (HUL), a subsidiary of Unilever, has denied manufacturing or selling any dry shampoos in India. However, a quick search on online shopping portals, like Amazon, shows that various variants of the Dove dry shampoo- Dove Dry Shampoo, Fresh Coconut and Dove Dry Shampoo Spray, Fresh & Floral – are still available.

A can weighing 141 gm retails at Rs 625, and has a customer rating above 3 stars.

Dove dry shampoo sprays are manufactured by Unilever. The products, manufactured in the USA, are imported and marketed in India by a Bengaluru-based company, United Distributors.


According to US drug regulator, the Dove dry shampoos – particularly manufactured before October 2021 – have elevated levels of benzene that may cause “leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life threatening”.

Benzene is primarily used in such aerosol dry shampoos as a propellent agent inside cans.

In its order, the US FDA said, “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. Benzene is ubiquitous in the environment. An internal investigation identified the propellant as the source, and Unilever has worked with its propellant suppliers to address this issue.”

Not just Dove, other Unilever products like Nexxus, Suave, TIGI (Rockaholic and Bed Head), and TRESemmé have also been recalled by the US drug regulator over “potentially elevated levels of benzene”.


Hindustan Unilever (HUL) said that select lot of dry shampoo were recalled following an internal investigation.

“HUL does not manufacture or sell dry shampoos in India. Unilever US and Canada voluntarily recalled select lot codes of dry shampoo produced prior to October 2021 out of abundant caution, after an internal investigation identified elevated levels of benzene. An independent health hazard evaluation concluded that levels of benzene detected do not pose a health risk,” a company spokesperson was quoted as saying by Business Today.

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