Spray deodorants containing illegal triclosan found in many shops

6. jul 2016

Triclosan is illegal to use in spray deodorants in the EU. The substance can accumulate in nature and is suspected to cause antibiotic resistant bacteria and to have endocrine disrupting potential. However, the substance has been found in 16 spray deodorants from international brands.


Spray deodorant with triclosan
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Spray deodorants contained triclosan

Spray deodorants from brands such as Paco Rabanne, Calvin Klein and Burberry are likely to be found in many bathrooms across Europe. But it might be a good idea to take a closer look on the ingredient lists.

The Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals has in cooperation with the TV production company DocEye found 16 spray deodorants on the Danish market with illegal content of triclosan. Many of the brands were well known international brands and they were found in many different shops.

The bacteriostatic preservative triclosan is suspected to be endocrine disrupting and to develop resistant bacteria – meaning bacteria which cannot be killed with a range of antibiotics. Furthermore the substance accumulates in nature and can be detrimental to the environment.

“There has been focus on triclosan in many years. Since year 2000 the Danish Environmental Protection Agency has recommended to avoid triclosan and I am astonished by the fact that we have now found illegal spray deodorants with this substance on the market,” says Christel Søgaard Kirkeby, project manager in The Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals.

Triclosan was banned in spray deodorants in the autumn of 2014. However, shops have been allowed to sell products that were already in the stores until 30th of June 2015.

App revealed the illegal triclosan

Data from the app Kemiluppen (the chemical magnifying glass) made The Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals aware of spray deodorants with triclosan on the market. Consumers scanned products which had illegal content of the substance.

In the spring 2016 the Danish market was researched and the result was findings of all together 16 different spray deodorants with illegal content of triclosan.

“If you have bought one of the spray deodorants in question, you should stop the use of it, so you can avoid the problematic chemical. All sellers, which have been contacted during the process, say that you can get your money back in the shop where you bought the product,” says Christel Søgaard Kirkeby.

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency has now made it clear to the shops that spray deodorants with triclosan must be removed from the market.

The Danish trade organization SPT who represents manufacturers of personal care products states that the illegal content of triclosan is a mistake and that its members have now corrected it.

These spray deodorants were found with illegal content of triclosan

  • Paco Rabanne, Black XS Deodorant spray
  • Calvin Klein, CK one Deodorant spray
  • Calvin Klein, Down Town Deodorant spray
  • Nina Ricci, Nina Fresh Deodorant Spray
  • Enliven, Original Deodorant Body Spray
  • Enliven, Fresh Deodorant Body Spray
  • Enliven, Energy Deodorant Body Spray
  • French collection, Blissful Red Berries & Peony Body Fragrance
  • Insette Sports Kickoff bodyspray
  • Burberry Weekend for Women Perfumed Deodorant Spray
  • Burberry, Perfumed deodorant Natural spray
  • Outpace, Sportstar Deodorant Bodyspray
  • Insette, Sport Ace Bodyspray
  • Jeanne Arthes, Arôme by Arthes, Deodorant spray
  • Jeanne Arthes, J.S. Joe Sorrento Deodorant Spray
  • Jeanne Arthes, Rocky man Deodorant Spray

Note that several of the deodorants are also found without triclosan. If the substance is present in the product it will be listed in the ingredient list.


For more information:

Mrs Christel Søgaard Kirkeby, csk@fbr.dk, +45 72 11 88 14