THE WHAT? The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has ordered natural deodorant brand Wild to pull an ad that claimed that competing deodorants or antiperspirants caused skin irritation, worsened body odor and were harmful to health.
THE DETAILS Two objections to the ad in question, which was aired on YouTube and the brand’s website, were raised and upheld by the ASA, namely that the advertiser has not provided any evidence to substantiate its claims that aluminium salts harm users and that synthetic ingredients worsened body odor and caused irritation to skin.
THE WHY? The ad in question was found to have breached CAP Code rules 3.1, 3.7 (Misleading advertising), and 3.33 (comparisons with identifiable competitors). Wild has been ordered to ensure that future ads do not feature claims ‘that competing deodorants or antiperspirants, the action of which inhibited perspiration or that contained synthetic ingredients including aluminium salts, that were linked to health problems such as hormonal imbalances, itchiness, rashes, or body odor’.