Recall: Hand Sanitizers May Contain Toxic Methanol

Allison Aulds

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April 30, 2021

Nearly a dozen scented hand sanitizer sprays sold at Ulta, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls stores nationwide are being recalled because they may be contaminated with methanol, a chemical that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin.

Scentsational Soaps & Candles recalled the products after tests found methanol (wood alcohol), benzene, and acetaldehyde in some of its products, the company said in a statement on the FDA website.

The recall involves certain lots of these sanitizers sold in Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia:

  • Ulta Beauty Collection Fresh Lemon Scented Hand Sanitizer

  • SS Black and White Collection Coconut Breeze Black and White Hand Sanitizer

  • SS Black and White Collection Eucalyptus & Mint Black and White Hand Sanitizer

  • SS Black and White Collection Lavender & Herbs Black and White Hand Sanitizer

  • SS Black and White Collection Lemon Zest Black and White Hand Sanitizer

  • SS Black and White Collection SS Tangerine & Guava Black and White Hand Sanitizer

  • SS Photo Real Collection Coconut Breeze Photo Real Hand Sanitizer

  • SS Photo Real Collection Eucalyptus & Mint Photo Real Hand Sanitizer

  • SS Photo Real Collection Lavender & Herbs Photo Real Hand Sanitizer

  • SS Photo Real Collection Lemon Zest Photo Real Hand Sanitizer

  • SS Photo Real Collection Tangerine & Guava Photo Real Hand Sanitizer

People who bought the recalled products should stop using them and return them for a refund. There are no confirmed reports of anyone getting sick from the hand sanitizers, but anyone who is worried about a possible reaction should reach out to their doctor.

Ulta Beauty said it is no longer selling the sanitizer spray, and Steve Morrison of Scentsational Soaps & Candles says the company is doing "everything possible" to carry out the recall and make sure this doesn't happen again.

Customers with questions can reach out to the Scentsational Soaps & Candles Customer Support Desk at 855-554-8050.

Methanol exposure can be deadly and may cause nausea, headaches, blurred vision, blindness, seizures, and permanent damage to the nervous system, according to the FDA. Last year, the agency warned people to avoid more than 100 brands of hand sanitizers due to possible methanol contamination.

Source

FDA: "Scentsational Soaps & Candles, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Scented Hand Sanitizers Due to the Presence of Methanol (Wood Alcohol), Benzene and Acetaldehyde."

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/scentsational-soaps-candles-inc-issues-voluntary-nationwide-recall-scented-hand-sanitizers-due

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