A lawsuit has recently been filed in US District Court in Columbus, against Procter and Gamble’s Old spice deodorant and over $5 million are sought in damages.
The lawsuit named 13 Old Spice products, including Old Spice Lionpride and Arctic Force High Endurance deodorants, that have caused severe armpit rashes and chemical burns to possibly thousands of consumers. It insisted that the Old Spice products were defective and that the people who were affected, have used other deodorants without any issues.
The lawsuit states that “ Indeed, the problem is rampant, and rather than acknowledge the serious issue, Defendant is concealing it, in order to continue selling the product and reap windfall profits.”
When enquired, the Procter & Gamble spokesperson Damon Jones said the problems was limited to a small number of consumers and were likely due to the skin reaction caused by multiple factors like alcohol or fragrance.
“We go to great lengths to ensure our products are safe to use, and tens of millions of men use this product with confidence and without incident every year,” Jones said. “A small number of men may experience irritation due to alcohol sensitivity, a common ingredient across virtually all deodorant products. For men who have experienced a reaction to a deodorant, an antiperspirant may be a better option because they have a different formulation.”
A post on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website in 2008, quoted saying that ‘the compounds in most deodorants and antiperspirants have the potential to cause irritant and allergic reactions in many consumers’.
The lead plaintiff, a man from Alexandria Virginia, says that he had used Old Spice product only a few times, but suffered severe rashes, burning and discomfort !
The lawsuit also featured some online complaints describing burns and chafing, posted by people in 2015 from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, Arizona and Ohio.
One woman said that when her husband was burned badly under one arm and she had called to complain, an Old Spice representative told her that ‘I was the second person in all her three years of working for the company who had complained’
“I told her that she should then do some research online and see the hundreds of pictures of burns from Old Spice,” the woman wrote.
Jones claimed that their products were safe to use and the online complaints were not exclusive to Old Spice.He said any Old Spice user who has questions can call 1-800-677-7582 FREE.