Dangerous microbe in aromatherapy spray - 2 dead

PhilGeisPhilGeis Member, Professional formulator
The microbe is a class B biowarfare agent  commonly in SE Asia and Australia - maybe source of some extract.  Some of the id kits can misidentify cepacia as this bug.
https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p1022-aromatherapy-bacteria.html
 

Comments

  • Thank you @PhilGeis. Do you have any idea of the suppossed preservative system they used in the aromatherapy spray formulation? I couldn't find any information on that (perhaps they're just using essential oils?). 

    It'd be great to have a chart of number of recalls against the type of preservatives used, so the authorities can finally realize the big danger of leting poor preservative systems to be freely advertised and used. Perhaps a monograph like the one for sunscreens would be useful?
  • PhilGeisPhilGeis Member, Professional formulator
    Don't have the info for this product.

    Re your 2nd question - there is info.  Micro recalls are certainly up  for cosmetics esp. in last decade, and virtually all with natural/naturally compliant preservatives systems.  FDA talked about this https://sfamjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/lam.12995
  • GraillotionGraillotion Member
    edited October 2021
    I tried to do a little digging....

    Looks like product was made in India.

    And I believe I found the INCI:


    Sorry for the dumb question...but the product was labeled as a essential oil infused spray.... Can essential oils just be lumped under 'fragrance'?

    @PhilGeis
    @ketchito

    And apparently you can get an '#ell' of a deal on them....on e-bay.  :D 

    9 NEW BETTER HOMES LEMON & MANDARIN AROMATHERAPY ROOM SPRAY | eBay


  • GraillotionGraillotion Member
    edited October 2021
    After further review....the above is a slightly different product...but wait....it gets worse.

    The recalled product advertises...with gem stones...and is sold in a clear bottle, and looks like a scoop or river gravel from the Ganga river is included in every bottle... OMG.
  • After further review....the above is a slightly different product...but wait....it gets worse.

    The recalled product advertises...with gem stones...and is sold in a clear bottle, and looks like a scoop or river gravel from the Ganga river is included in every bottle... OMG.
    🤣
  • PhilGeisPhilGeis Member, Professional formulator
    Thanks.  River Ganges!  We acquired  Indian Co. making a Ganga bar soap - not what you think - made with water from the river Ganges.  QC estab specs for all raw materials and asked me what the micro spec should be - for the river water.   No treatment allowed - this is a mystical product.   Suggested "no visible floaters"
  • PhilGeis said:
    Don't have the info for this product.

    Re your 2nd question - there is info.  Micro recalls are certainly up  for cosmetics esp. in last decade, and virtually all with natural/naturally compliant preservatives systems.  FDA talked about this https://sfamjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/lam.12995
    Thank you @PhilGeis!

    After further review....the above is a slightly different product...but wait....it gets worse.

    The recalled product advertises...with gem stones...and is sold in a clear bottle, and looks like a scoop or river gravel from the Ganga river is included in every bottle... OMG.
    Damn  :#
Sign In or Register to comment.