Procter and Gamble owned deodorant brand Old Spice has been accused of giving thousands of customers rashes and chemical burns.
The accusations resulted in Proctor and Gamble being hit with a $5 million dollar class action suit. Court documents which were filed in Columbus, Ohio, name over a dozen Old Spice products allegedly responsible for giving "unsuspecting customers" health issues.
The first complaint against the deodorant company was made by Rodney Colley of Alexandria, Virginia. In the suit, lead plantiff Colley claims he suffered serious rashes, burning and discomfort after using the products a few times. Mr. Colley is not the only person allegedly harmed by Old Spice products. A North Carolina woman named Sharon wrote on a social media forum:
“My son has been using Old Spice Swagger Deodorant and has a rash in his armpit that is red and burning. We will never buy these products again!!! Shame on you Procter and Gamble for continuing to produce this product with all these reviews, and without warning!!!”
A total of 13 Old Spice products have been named in the lawsuit, including After Hours, Artic Force and Swagger brand deodorants. Since the suit was filed, Procter and Gamble spokesperson Damon Jones has gone on record saying that the rashes and burns are most likely caused by skin sensitivity to alcohol, an ingredient used in a variety of different deodorant brands.
The Procter and Gamble spokesperson went on to say that the company goes through great lengths to ensure their products are safe for customer use.
Mr. Colley and others who were allegedly harmed by Old Spice products have uploaded pictures online of their rashes. The case is still pending.
(Photo from top: Rodney Colley via Instagram, ConsumerAffairs.com)