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What Is Benzene?

If you read my previous blog about the aerosol deodorants then you know that the FDA recalled 25 aerosol deodorants because of increased amounts of benzene in them. Benzene alone is a harmful chemical and it can be found in many of your personal care items however they are said to contain levels that are “safe” for human use. You can find the complete list of recalled deodorants by clicking below.

The CDC defines benzene as a chemical that is a colorless or light yellow liquid at room temperature. It also has a sweet odor and is highly flammable. So just imagine THIS stuff is in our deodorants and it is just enough to be safe, yeah okay.

Just think about deodorant, it is one of the products that most people use daily for the majority of their life. So even with these “safe” levels at some point you would have used enough of it to potentially exceed that safe level.

Here are a few side effects that can occur after being exposed to increased levels of benzene:

- increased heart rate

- headaches

- tremors

- confusion

Benzene is also a known carcinogen. The American Cancer Society has linked benzene exposure to Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL).

I encourage you to read your product labels and see what harmful chemicals are lurking in your products. Consider purchasing more natural products and start making your home a safer place.

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