Scented hand sanitizers recalled over fears of cancer-causing agent

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Scentsational Soaps & Candles, Inc. recalls a number of scented hand sanitizers sold nationwide through Ulta Beauty, TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores.

The products were found to contain methanol (wood alcohol), benzene and acetaldehyde which can be harmful to children or adults if used topically, accidentally inhaled or ingested.

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According to the recall, significant exposure to methanol could lead to nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent nervous system damage, or death.

The recall also notes that there is a “reasonable likelihood that benzene present in concentrations above the recommended maximum daily exposure could lead to cancers including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders that can be life-threatening.”

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Scentsational Soaps & Candles, Inc. says consumers, distributors and retailers should stop using, distributing and / or selling hand sanitizers.

Ulta Beauty has confirmed that it has removed the recalled product from its personal and online stores.

“As owners of the business, my wife and I want to reassure consumers and our customers that we are doing absolutely everything we can to efficiently and effectively conduct this recall and ensure this does not happen again.” said Steve Morrison of Scentsational Soaps & Candles, Inc.

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To date, the company has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

Consumers with questions about this recall may contact our Customer Support Desk, 1-855-554-8050, MF during business hours 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET.

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