August 2, 2021


A popular sunscreen product is being pulled from shelves and is currently being recalled after small traces of the chemical benzene have been found in some of the products.

Parent company, Johnson & Johnson Pacific Pty Ltd is recalling all batches of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray SPF 50+ (aerosol sunscreen) because benzene has been detected in some batches supplied in Australia.

Neutrogena released an official statement , “Out of an abundance of caution we are recalling all batches of this specific aerosol sunscreen product. Internal testing identified low levels of benzene in a small number of samples. Exposure to benzene in this sunscreen product at the levels detected would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.”


All batches with an expiry date of 30th August 2023 or earlier should not be used due to possible health risks linked to benzene. If you have any of the product, you are being advised to discard the products and visit the www.neutrogena.com.au website to request a refund.

What is bezene and what are the risks? The TGA states, “Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen, a substance that could potentially cause cancer depending on the level and extent of exposure. It is not an ingredient in this product but is sometimes used in medicine manufacturing processes.”

The company is assuring us, the rest of the Neutrogena sun care portfolio – including lotions, sticks and pump face mist sunscreens is not impacted and continues to be available to consumers.

  • Thank you for the information and the heads up.


  • Need to be so wary and look at ingredients


  • I wonder how many people tried to put in a claim but never actually bought the product. Hopefully no harm has been done to the people who have been using it.


  • I contacted them as I had been using this product since last year I have filled out the online recall form.


  • Thanks for the warning!


  • I had to go & check my bathroom cabinet as I knew I had a mist spray bottle, fortunately not this brand. I’m sure J & J will rectify this problem but pleased I haven’t risked any of my grandchildren’s delicate skin over the warmer months when hopping into our pool.


  • Whilst I do use Neutrogena sun care products, I do not use this one. Phew!


  • Johnson’s don’t have much luck do they


  • Bit scary…so glad I don’t use this sunscreen.


  • Oh my goodness. Sounds terrible. Feeling relieved I didn’t buy this suncream but makes me worry if it’s in other products and we just don’t know.


  • Scary…benzenes are bad news. More worrying that it has taken this long for the info to come out. Black mark against Johnson and Johnson… will be avoiding their brands in future.


  • oh wow scary stuff


  • That’s a bit scary! Hopefully it is as they say and levels are too low to cause any damage.


  • Scary Stuff !! Sad this is found in Neutrogena, I thought it was a good brand :( I love particularly their hand cream for chaps. Might have to find something more natural.


  • It’s worrying how many umbrella brands Johnson’s and Johnson’s have. This news was posted in America WEEKS ago and we’re only hearing about it now in austraLia


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