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Lawsuit Filed Against Old Spice

By Tiffany Thomas
Posted On Mar 24, 2016
Lawsuit Filed Against Old Spice

Uh Oh… Old Spice, which claims to be “legendary protection for legendary men”, may be doing everything except protecting their consumers. The Procter and Gamble brand is undergoing a law suit that was filed earlier this month, stating that the Old Spice deodorant is causing several severe rashes and chemical burns to hundreds of “unsuspecting consumers.” This law suit is claiming damages upwards of five million dollars.


The lawsuit has pointed out that several people have been complaining online about the Old Spice products and the company is doing nothing about the matter. The lawsuit also specifically lists thirteen Old Spice products that have affected a variety of consumers including Spice Lionpride and Arctic Force High Endurance deodorants.

“In addition to blog complaints, YouTube features numerous videos also documenting armpit irritation, rash(es), and burning caused by Old Spice deodorant,” the lawsuit states. “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.”

There are also several complaints on the consumer ratings websites that indicate a common, widespread belief that certain Old Spice products have caused severe implications.

“I recently bought this product for my son and husband and after about 3 days my son’s arm pits started to burn, he showed them to me and I was horrified to see what looked like burns, he said his arms were so sore that he couldn’t even lift his arms above his head. We had to get Bactrim Cream for his pits and 2 weeks later finally started to scab over. My husband thought maybe our son was just sensitive to the product until the same thing happen to him 2 days later, my husband said he never felt so uncomfortable. He has to wear dress shirts to work and could hardly even move because it would rub. It’s been about 2 weeks with his too and now finally starting to heal. This product needs to go away.”

“It took the skin right off my arm pits. It was truly unreal. It made them blister and bleed. There should be a total recall on this deodorant because of the chemical burns. I am keeping the original to have it tested. I think I am going to seek legal support. It is very possible that this was cancerous to the body and someone needs to be held accountable.”

After weeks of the ongoing debate, Damon James from Procter and Gamble spoke out on behalf of the company.

“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,” he 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.”

All I can say is, if you had any plans to purchase any Old and Spice products this weekend—abort mission. I repeat, abort mission. At least until this law suit has been settled.

If the action gets approved, it would be open to everyone who purchased Old Spice deodorant between 2012 and the present.

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