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                                  UNITED STATES
                       SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                             Washington, D.C. 20549

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                                    FORM 10-K
              [X] ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
                       THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
                   FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 1997
                                       OR
            [ ] TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
                       THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
                         COMMISSION FILE NUMBER 1-10585

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                            CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

            INCORPORATED IN DELAWARE              I.R.S. EMPLOYER IDENTIFICATION
                                                  NO. 13-4996950

469 NORTH HARRISON STREET, PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY                08543-5297
    (Address of principal executive offices)                     (Zip Code)

       Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (609) 683-5900

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          SECURITIES REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(B) OF THE ACT:

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                                                      NAME OF EACH EXCHANGE
       TITLE OF EACH CLASS                             ON WHICH REGISTERED
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   Common Stock, $1 par value                        New York Stock Exchange
 Preferred Stock Purchase Rights                     New York Stock Exchange
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        SECURITIES REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(G) OF THE ACT: None

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required
to be filed by Section 13 or 15 (d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
during the preceding 12 months and (2) has been subject to such filing
requirements for the past 90 days.
                                   Yes /X/ No / /.

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405
of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the
best of registrant's knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements
incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this
Form 10-K. / /

As of March 9, 1998, 18,664,599 shares of Common Stock held by non-affiliates
were outstanding with an aggregate market value of approximately $536.6 million.
The aggregate market value is based on the closing price of such stock on the
New York Stock Exchange on March 9, 1998.

As of March 9, 1998, 19,412,455 shares of Common Stock were outstanding.

                                    DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE:

         PARTS II AND IV            Portions of registrant's 1997 Annual Report
                                    to Stockholders.


         PART III

                                    Portions of registrant's Proxy Statement for
                                    the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be
                                    held on May 7, 1998.

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                                TABLE OF CONTENTS


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                                     PART I

      ITEM                                                                                                  PAGE
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       1.    Business                                                                                       - 1 -
       2.    Properties                                                                                     - 6 -
       3.    Legal Proceedings                                                                              - 6 -
       4.    Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders                                            - 7 -



                                     PART II


       5.    Market for the Registrant's Common Equity and Related Stockholder Matters                      - 7 -
       6.    Selected Financial Data                                                                        - 7 -
       7.    Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations          - 7 -
       8.    Financial Statements and Supplementary Data                                                    - 7 -
       9.    Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure           - 7 -



                                    PART III


       10.   Directors and Executive Officers of the Registrant                                             - 7 -
       11.   Executive Compensation                                                                         - 7 -
       12.   Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management                                 - 8 -
       13.   Certain Relationships and Related Transactions                                                 - 8 -


                                     PART IV


       14.   Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedule and Reports on Form 8-K                                 - 8 -
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                                     PART I


ITEM 1.     BUSINESS.

     The Company was founded in 1846 and is the world's leading producer of
sodium bicarbonate, popularly known as baking soda, a versatile chemical which
performs a broad range of functions such as cleaning, deodorizing, leavening and
buffering. The Company specializes in sodium bicarbonate and sodium
bicarbonate-based products, along with other products which use the same raw
materials or technology or are sold into the same markets.

     The Company sells its products, primarily under the ARM & HAMMER(R)
trademark, to consumers through supermarkets, drug stores and mass
merchandisers; and to industrial customers and distributors. ARM & HAMMER is the
registered trademark for a line of consumer products which includes ARM & HAMMER
Baking Soda, ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE(R) Dentifrices, ARM & HAMMER Carpet
Deodorizer, ARM & HAMMER Deodorizing Air Freshener, ARM & HAMMER Powder and
Liquid Laundry Detergent and ARM & HAMMER Deodorant Anti-Perspirant with Baking
Soda. The ARM & HAMMER trademark is also used for a line of chemical products,
the most important of which are sodium bicarbonate, ammonium bicarbonate, sodium
sesquicarbonate, ARM & HAMMER MEGALAC(R) Rumen Bypass Fat and ARMEX(R) Blast
Media. In 1997, consumer products represented 80% and specialty products 20% of
the Company's sales. Approximately 96% of the Company's sales revenues are
derived from sales in the United Stated and Canada.

CONSUMER PRODUCTS

     PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS

     The Company's founders first marketed baking soda in 1846 for use in home
baking. The ARM & HAMMER trademark was adopted in 1867. Today, this product is
known for a wide variety of uses in the home, including as a refrigerator and
freezer deodorizer, scratchless cleaner and deodorizer for kitchen surfaces and
cooking appliances, bath additive, dentifrice, cat litter deodorizer, and
swimming pool pH stabilizer. The Company estimates that a majority of U.S.
households have a box of baking soda on hand. Although no longer the Company's
largest single business, ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda remains the leading brand of
baking soda in terms of consumer recognition of the brand name and its
reputation for quality and value.

     The deodorizing properties of baking soda have since led to the development
of several other household products; ARM & HAMMER Carpet Deodorizer and ARM &
HAMMER Deodorizing Air Freshener are both available in a variety of fragrances.
In 1992, the Company launched ARM & HAMMER Cat Litter Deodorizer, a scented
baking soda product targeted to cat-owning households and veterinarians. During
the fourth quarter of 1997, the Company introduced nationally ARM & HAMMER SUPER
SCOOP(R), The Baking Soda Clumping Litter, which competes in the fast-growing
clumping segment of the cat litter market.

     The Company's largest consumer business today, measured by sales volume, is
in the laundry detergent market. The ARM & HAMMER brand name has been associated
with this market since the last century when ARM & HAMMER Super Washing Soda was
first introduced as a heavy-duty laundry and household cleaning product. The
Company today makes products for use in various stages of the laundry cycle;
powdered and liquid laundry detergents, fabric softener dryer sheets and a
laundry detergent booster.

     ARM & HAMMER Laundry Detergents, in both powder and liquid forms, have been
available nationally since the early 1980's. The Company markets these brands as
value products, priced at a 15 to 20 percent discount from products identified
by the Company as market leaders. In 1993, ARM & HAMMER Powder Laundry Detergent
was restaged with a new formulation containing ACTIVATED BAKING SODA(TM). At the
same time, the Company introduced ARM & HAMMER free Powder Laundry Detergent, a
perfume and dye-free formulation. In the latter part of 1996, the Company
reformulated and concentrated the product. Similarly, a companion product, ARM &
HAMMER Liquid Laundry Detergent, was converted to a new

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concentrated formula in 1993, and is also available in regular and perfume and
dye-free forms. In 1995, this product was reformulated to a newer level of
concentration and is still available in regular and perfume and dye-free forms.

     In 1992, the Company completed the national expansion of another laundry
product, ARM & HAMMER FRESH & SOFT(R) Dryer Sheets. This product stops static
cling, and softens and freshens clothes. ARM & HAMMER Super Washing Soda is
promoted as a detergent booster and bleach substitute.

     ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda has long been used as a dentifrice. Its mild
cleansing action cleans and polishes teeth, removes plaque and leaves the mouth
feeling fresh and clean. These properties have led to the development of a
complete line of sodium bicarbonate-based dentifrice products which are marketed
and sold nationally: ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE, The Baking Soda Tooth Powder; ARM
& HAMMER DENTAL CARE, The Baking Soda Toothpaste; ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE Gel;
ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE Tartar Control Formula; ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE Tartar
Control Gel; ARM & HAMMER PEROXICARE, a baking soda toothpaste containing
hydrogen peroxide; and Tartar Control PEROXICARE. In 1996, three new ARM &
HAMMER DENTAL CARE Toothpaste line extensions were introduced nationally, ARM &
HAMMER DENTAL CARE Sensitive Formula, ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE Extra-Whitening
and ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE Smooth Spearmint.

     The Company markets and sells nationally, ARM & HAMMER Deodorant
Anti-Perspirant with Baking Soda, ARM & HAMMER Deodorant with Baking Soda. These
products are available in various scented and unscented stick and roll-on forms,
including ARM & HAMMER Deodorant with Baking Soda in a wide solid stick and a
jumbo oval stick Deodorant Anti-Perspirant. In the third quarter of 1997, the
Company launched nationally ARM & HAMMER Aerosol Deodorant Anti-Perspirant.

     During the third quarter of 1997, the Company acquired a group of five
household cleaning brands from The Dial Corporation. The brands acquired were
BRILLO(R) Soap Pads and other steel wool products, PARSONS(R) and BO-PEEP(R)
Ammonia, CAMEO(R) Metal Polish, RAIN DROPS(R) Water Softener and SNO BOL(R)
Cleaners. During the first Quarter of 1998, the Company purchased from The Dial
Corporation TOSS 'N SOFT(R) Dryer Sheets. The acquisition of these brands
broadens the Company's base of household cleaning products, and fit well within
the Company's current sales, marketing and distribution activities.

     COMPETITION

     The markets for retail consumer products are highly competitive. ARM &
HAMMER Baking Soda competes with generic and private label brands of grocery
chains. ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE products, ARM & HAMMER Carpet Deodorizer, ARM &
HAMMER Deodorant Anti-Perspirant and ARM & HAMMER Deodorizing Air Freshener
compete with other nationally advertised brands, generally sold by larger
multi-national companies.

     The Company's laundry products, ARM & HAMMER Powder Laundry Detergent, ARM
& HAMMER Liquid Laundry Detergent, ARM & HAMMER Super Washing Soda, and ARM &
HAMMER FRESH & SOFT Dryer Sheets, all have small shares in large markets
competing generally against large multi-national consumer packaged goods
companies.

     All of the Company's products are competitively priced and receive strong
support in the form of trade and consumer promotion. In addition, the Company
advertises certain products on national television.

     DISTRIBUTION

     The Company's consumer products are primarily marketed throughout the
United States and Canada and sold through supermarkets, mass merchandisers and
drugstores. The Company employs a sales force based regionally throughout the
United States. This sales force utilizes the services of independent food
brokers in each market. The Company's products are strategically located in
public warehouses and either picked up by customers or delivered by independent
trucking companies.

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SPECIALTY PRODUCTS

         PRINCIPAL PRODUCTS

         The Company's specialty products business primarily consists of the
manufacture, marketing and sale of sodium bicarbonate in a range of grades and
granulations for use in industrial and agricultural markets. In industrial
markets, sodium bicarbonate is used by other manufacturing companies as a
leavening agent for commercial baked goods, as an antacid in pharmaceuticals, as
a carbon dioxide release agent in fire extinguishers, and as an alkaline agent
in swimming pool chemicals, detergents and various textile and tanning
applications. A special grade of sodium bicarbonate, as well as sodium
sesquicarbonate, is sold to the animal feed market as a feed additive for use by
dairymen as a buffer, or antacid, for dairy cattle.

         The Company markets and sells MEGALAC Rumen Bypass Fat, a nutritional
supplement made from natural oils, which allows cows to maintain energy levels
during the period of high-milk production, resulting in improved milk yields and
minimal weight loss. The product and the trademark MEGALAC are licensed under a
long-term license agreement from a British company, Volac Ltd.

         ARMEX Blast Media is a small but developing product line of
formulations designed for the removal of a wide variety of surface coatings.
This product which is used in conjunction with the Company's ACCUSTRIP
SYSTEM(TM) Delivery Device provides an environmentally safe alternative to
existing processes such as sand blasting and chemical stripping.

         The Company markets and sells ammonium bicarbonate and other specialty
chemicals to food and agricultural markets in Europe through its wholly-owned
British subsidiary Brotherton Speciality Products Ltd.

         The Company and Occidental Petroleum Corporation are equal partners in
a joint venture named Armand Products Company, which produces and markets
potassium carbonate and potassium bicarbonate. Potassium chemicals are sold,
among others, to the glass industry for use in TV and computer monitor screens.

         During the second quarter of 1997, the Company acquired a 40 percent
equity interest in QGN/Carbonor, a Brazilian bicarbonate/carbonate-related
chemical company. The agreement includes an option for the Company to increase
its interest to 75 percent by March 31, 1999.

         COMPETITION

         The sodium bicarbonate industry continues to be affected by competition
from domestic sodium bicarbonate producers and imports. In agricultural markets,
sodium bicarbonate also competes with several alternative buffer products. The
competitive level is substantial as competitors employ aggressive selling
techniques in the attempt to build their respective businesses. Despite this
intense competition, the Company's business has remained essentially level.

         The Company competes primarily on the basis of its product quality,
grade availability and reliability of supply from a two-plant manufacturing
system. Pricing is a major competitive factor for animal feed and other less
specialized grades of sodium bicarbonate.

         The addition of a combined total of 75,000 tons of potassium carbonate
capacity by competitors, has intensified the competitive environment in the
potassium carbonate business, as the new entrants try to gain volume.
Additionally, a growing, worldwide over capacity in video glass production
results in extreme pressure on all raw materials sold to that industry,
including potassium carbonate.

         DISTRIBUTION

         The Company markets sodium bicarbonate and other chemicals to
industrial and agricultural customers throughout the United States and Canada.
Distribution is accomplished through regional sales offices and manufacturer's
representatives augmented by the sales personnel of independent distributors
throughout the country.

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     RAW MATERIALS AND SOURCES OF SUPPLY

     The Company manufactures sodium bicarbonate for both of its consumer and
industrial businesses at its two plants located at Green River, Wyoming and Old
Fort, Ohio.

     The production of sodium bicarbonate requires two basic raw materials, soda
ash and carbon dioxide. The primary source of soda ash used by the Company is
the mineral, trona, which is found in abundance in southwestern Wyoming, near
the Company's Green River plant. The Company has acquired a number of leases
allowing it to extract these trona deposits.

     The Company is party to a partnership agreement with General Chemical
Corporation, which mines and processes certain trona reserves owned by each of
the two companies in Wyoming. Through the partnership and related supply and
services agreements, the Company obtains a substantial amount of its soda ash
requirements, enabling the Company to achieve some of the economies of an
integrated business capable of producing sodium bicarbonate and related products
from the basic raw material. The Company also has an agreement for the supply of
soda ash from another company.

      The partnership agreement and other supply agreements between the Company
and General Chemical terminate upon two years notice by either company. The
Company believes that alternative sources of supply are available.

     The Company obtains its supply of the second basic raw material, carbon
dioxide, in Green River and Old Fort, under long-term supply contracts. The
Company believes that its sources of carbon dioxide, and other raw and packaging
materials, are adequate.

     The Company presently uses light soda ash in the manufacture of its ARM &
HAMMER Powder Laundry Detergent in its Syracuse, New York plant. Light soda ash
is obtained under a one-year supply agreement which is automatically renewable
on a year to year basis. This agreement terminates upon one year's written
notice by either company. At the Syracuse plant and the Green River, Wyoming
plant, the Company also produces laundry detergent powder employing a process
utilizing raw materials readily available from a number of sources. Therefore,
the supply of appropriate raw materials to manufacture this product is adequate.

     During 1995, a liquid laundry detergent manufacturing line was constructed
in the Company's Syracuse, New York Plant. This line is capable of producing all
of the Company's liquid laundry detergent requirements. Prior to this, all of
the Company's ARM & HAMMER Liquid Laundry Detergent was contract manufactured.
The BRILLO product line is manufactured at the Company's London, Ohio plant,
which was acquired from The Dial Corporation. ARM & HAMMER FRESH & SOFT Dryer
Sheets, ARM & HAMMER Deodorizing Air Freshener, ARM & HAMMER Deodorant
Anti-Perspirant, the Company's industrial liquid cleaning products, PARSONS(R)
and BO-PEEP(R) Ammonia, CAMEO(R) Metal Polish, RAIN DROPS(R) Water Softener and
SNO BOL(R) Cleaners are Contract manufactured for the Company under various
agreements. Alternative sources of supply are available in case of disruption or
termination of the agreements.

     The main raw material used in the production of potassium carbonate is
liquid potassium hydroxide. Armand Products obtains its supply of liquid
potassium hydroxide under a long-term supply arrangement.

     PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS

     The Company's ARM & HAMMER trademark is registered with the United States
Patent and Trademark Office and also with the trademark offices of many foreign
countries. It has been used by the Company since the late 1800's, and is a
valuable asset and important to the successful operation of the Company's
business.

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     CUSTOMERS AND ORDER BACKLOG

     Although no single customer accounted for 10% or more of consolidated net
sales, a group of three consumer products customers accounted for approximately
16% of consolidated net sales in 1997. These three customers represented 14
percent in 1996.

     The time between receipt of orders and shipment is generally short, and as
a result, backlog is not significant.

     RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

     The Company's Research and Development Department is engaged in work on
product development, process technology and basic research. During 1997,
$15,841,000 was spent on research activities as compared to $17,823,000 in 1996
and $18,544,000 in 1995.

     ENVIRONMENT

     The Company's operations are subject to federal, state and local
regulations governing air emissions, waste and steam discharges, and solid and
hazardous waste management activities. The Company endeavors to take actions
necessary to comply with such regulations. These steps include periodic
environmental audits of each Company facility. The audits, conducted by an
independent engineering concern with expertise in the area of environmental
compliance, include site visits at each location, as well as a review of
documentary information, to determine compliance with such federal, state and
local regulations. The Company believes that its compliance with existing
environmental regulations will not have any material adverse effect with regard
to the Company's capital expenditures, earnings or competitive position. No
material capital expenditures relating to environmental control are presently
anticipated.

     EMPLOYEES

     At December 31, 1997 , the Company had 1,137 employees. The Company is
party to a labor contract with the United Steelworkers of America covering
approximately one hundred hourly employees at its Syracuse, New York plant which
contract continues until June 30, 2001; and, with the United Industrial Workers
of North America at its London, Ohio plant which contract continues until
October 1, 1999. The Company believes that its relations with both its union and
non-union employees are satisfactory.

   CLASSES OF SIMILAR PRODUCTS

   The Company's operations constitute one business segment. The table set forth
below shows the percentage of the Company's net sales contributed by each group
of similar products marketed by the Company during the period from January 1,
1993 through December 31, 1997.


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           Consumer Products               80          79         78         80          81

           Specialty Products              20          21         22         20          19
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I
TEM 2.     PROPERTIES.

     The Company's executive offices and research and development facilities are
owned by the Company, subject to a New Jersey Industrial Revenue Bond, and are
located on 22 acres of land in Princeton, New Jersey, with approximately 72,000
square feet of office and laboratory space. In addition, the Company leases
space in two buildings adjacent to this facility which contain approximately
90,000 square feet of office space. The Company also leases regional sales
offices in various locations throughout the United States.

     At Syracuse, New York the Company owns a 16 acre site and plant which
includes a group of connected buildings containing approximately 270,000 square
feet of floor space are located. This plant is used primarily for the
manufacture and packaging of consumer products. Adjacent to this, the Company
owned a one acre site where it manufactured ammonium bicarbonate in a 14,000
square foot building. During 1996, the Company ceased production of ammonium
bicarbonate and commenced importation of its requirements from its Brotherton
Speciality Products Ltd. U.K. subsidiary and other manufacturers. The site was
sold in 1997.

     The Company's plant in Green River, Wyoming is located on 112 acres of land
owned by the Company. The plant and related facilities contain approximately
273,000 square feet of floor space. The plant was constructed in 1968 and has
since been expanded to a current capacity of 190,000 tons of sodium bicarbonate
per year.

     The Company's plant in Old Fort, Ohio is located on 75 acres of land owned
by the Company. The plant and related facilities contain approximately 208,000
square feet of floor space. The plant was completed in 1980 and has since been
expanded to a capacity of 240,000 tons of sodium bicarbonate per year.

     The Company owns an operating facility in Taylors, South Carolina, for the
manufacturing and packaging of its dentifrice products in a 117,000 square foot
building. The facility is located on 6 acres of land owned by the Company.

     During 1997, the Company acquired from The Dial Corporation a manufacturing
facility in London, Ohio. This facility contains approximately 141,000 square
feet of floor space and is located on 6 acres of land. The facility manufactures
and packages BRILLO Soap Pads and TOSS 'N SOFT Dryer Sheets.

     In Ontario, Canada, the Company owns a 26,000 square foot distribution
center which is used for the purpose of warehousing and distribution of products
sold into Canada. The principal office of the Canadian subsidiary is located in
leased offices in Toronto.

     Brotherton Speciality Products Ltd. owns and operates a 71,000 square foot
manufacturing facility in Wakefield, England on about 7 acres of land.

     The Company's Venezuela subsidiary, Industrias Bicarbon De Venezuela S.A.,
recently completed construction of a new 11,000 ton sodium bicarbonate plant
which it owns and operates. The plant became operational in mid 1995.

     The Armand Products partnership, in which the Company has a 50% interest,
owns and operates a potassium carbonate manufacturing plant located in Muscle
Shoals, Alabama. This facility contains approximately 53,000 square feet of
space and has a capacity of 103,000 tons of potassium carbonate per year.

     The Company believes that its manufacturing, distribution and office
facilities are adequate for the conduct of its business at the present time.


ITEM 3.     LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

     The Company is subject to claims and litigation in the ordinary course of
its business such as product liability claims, employment related matters and
general commercial disputes. The Company does not believe that any pending claim
or litigation will have a material adverse effect on the business.

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ITEM 4.     SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF SECURITY HOLDERS.

     No matters were submitted to a vote of the Company's security holders
during the last quarter of the year ended December 31, 1997.



                                     PART II



ITEM 5.     MARKET FOR THE REGISTRANT'S COMMON EQUITY AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER
            MATTERS.

     The Company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange
(symbol: "CHD"). Refer to Page 19 of the Annual Report which is incorporated
herein by reference. During 1997, there were no sales of unregistered
securities.


ITEM 6.     SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA.

     Refer to Page 15 of the Annual Report. The portion of the table on page 15
which includes information with respect to the years 1993 through 1997 is
incorporated herein by reference.


ITEM 7.     MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF RESULTS OF OPERATIONS AND
            FINANCIAL CONDITION.

     Refer to Financial Review Pages 16-19 of the Annual Report which are
incorporated herein by reference.


ITEM 7A.    QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK.

     (Not applicable)


ITEM 8.     FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA.

     Refer to Pages 20-34 of the Annual Report which are incorporated herein by
reference.


ITEM 9.     CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND
            FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE.

     None


                                    PART III



ITEM 10.    DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT.

     Information required by this item is incorporated by reference to the
Company's definitive proxy statement pursuant to Regulation 14A which will be
filed with the Commission not later than 120 days after the close of the fiscal
year ended December 31, 1997.


ITEM 11.    EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION.

     Information required by this item is incorporated by reference to the
Company's definitive proxy statement pursuant to Regulation 14A which will be
filed with the Commission not later than 120 days after the close of the fiscal
year ended December 31, 1997.

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ITEM 12.    SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT.

     Information required by this item is incorporated by reference to the
Company's definitive proxy statement pursuant to Regulation 14A which will be
filed with the Commission not later than 120 days after the close of the fiscal
year ended December 31, 1997.


ITEM 13.    CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS.

     Information required by this item is incorporated by reference to the
Company's definitive proxy statement pursuant to Regulation 14A which will be
filed with the Commission not later than 120 days after the close of the fiscal
year ended December 31, 1997.



                                     PART IV



ITEM 14.    EXHIBITS, FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES AND REPORTS ON FORM 8-K.

(a) 1.      FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

     The following financial statements are incorporated herein by reference to
the Annual Report:

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            Consolidated Statements of Income for each of the three                       20
            years in the period ended December 31, 1997

            Consolidated Balance Sheets as of December 31, 1996 and 1997                  21

            Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow for each of the three                    22
            years in the period ended December 31, 1997

            Consolidated Statements of Stockholders' Equity for each of                   23
            the three years in the period ended December 31, 1997

            Notes to Financial Statements                                              24-34

            Independent Auditors' Report                                                  34
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(a) 2.         FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULE

     Included in Part IV of this report:


            Independent Auditors' Report on Schedule

            For each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 1997:

            Schedule II - Valuation and Qualifying Accounts

     Other schedules are omitted because of the absence of conditions under
which they are required or because the required information is given in the
financial statements or notes thereto.

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(a)  3.        EXHIBITS

     (3)       (a)    Restated Certificate of Incorporation including
                      amendments has previously been filed with the Securities
                      and Exchange Commission on the Company's Form 10-K for the
                      year ended December 31, 1989, (Commission file no.
                      1-10585) which is incorporated by reference.

               (b)    By-Laws have previously been filed with the Securities and
                      Exchange Commission on the Company's Form 10-K for the
                      year ended December 31, 1985, (Commission file no.
                      1-10585) which is incorporated herein by reference.

     (4)              The Company is party to a Loan Agreement dated May 31,
                      1991 with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
                      The principal amount of the loan thereunder is less than
                      ten percent of the Company's consolidated assets. The
                      Company will furnish a copy of said agreement to the
                      Commission upon request.

     (10)      (a)    Supply Agreement between Church & Dwight Co., Inc. and
                      ALCAD Partnership for supply of soda ash. This document is
                      not attached hereto but has been separately submitted to
                      the Securities and Exchange Commission which has approved
                      the Company's application under rule 24b-2 for privileged
                      and confidential treatment thereof.

                      COMPENSATION PLANS AND ARRANGEMENTS

               (b)    Indemnification Agreement for directors, and certain
                      officers, employees, agents and fiduciaries, which was
                      approved by stockholders at the Annual Meeting of
                      Stockholders on May 7, 1987, and was included in the
                      Company's definitive Proxy Statement dated April 6, 1987,
                      (Commission file no. 1-10585) which is incorporated herein
                      by reference.

               (c)    Stockholder Rights Agreement dated April 27, 1989, between
                      Church & Dwight Co., Inc. and Chase Bank, formerly
                      Chemical Bank, formerly Manufacturers Hanover Trust
                      Company, has been previously filed on April 28, 1989 with
                      the Securities and Exchange Commission on the Company's
                      Form 8-K, (Commission file no. 1-10585) which is
                      incorporated herein by reference.

               (d)    The Company's 1983 Stock Option Plan, which was approved
                      by stockholders at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders on
                      May 5, 1983, and was included in the Company's definitive

                      Proxy Statement dated April 4, 1983, (Commission file no.
                      1-10585) which is incorporated herein by reference.

               (e)    Restricted Stock Plan for Directors which was approved by
                      stockholders at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May
                      7, 1987, and was included in the Company's definitive
                      Proxy Statement dated April 6, 1987, (Commission file no.
                      1-10585) which is incorporated herein by reference.

               (f)    Church & Dwight Co., Inc. Executive Deferred Compensation
                      Plan, effective as of June 1, 1997 is attached hereto.  
      
               (g)    Deferred Compensation Plan for Directors has
                      previously been filed with the Securities and Exchange
                      Commission on the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended
                      December 31, 1987, (Commission file no. 1-10585) which
                      is incorporated herein by reference.

               (h)    Employment Service Agreement with Senior Management of
                      Church & Dwight Co., Inc. has previously been filed with
                      the Securities and Exchange Commission on the Company's
                      Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1990,
                      (Commission file no. 1-10585) which is incorporated herein
                      by reference.

<PAGE>   12
               (i)    The Stock Option Plan for Directors which was approved by
                      stockholders in May 1991, authorized the granting of
                      options to non-employee directors. The full text of the
                      Church & Dwight Co.,Inc. Stock Option Plan for Directors
                      was contained in the definitive Proxy Statement filed with
                      the Commission on April 2, 1991, (Commission file no.
                      1-10585) which is incorporated herein by reference.

               (j)    A description of the Company's Incentive Compensation Plan
                      has previously been filed with the Securities and Exchange
                      Commission on the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended
                      December 31, 1992, (Commission file no. 1-10585) which is
                      incorporated herein by reference.

               (k)    Church & Dwight Co., Inc. Executive Stock Purchase Plan
                      has previously been filed with the Securities and Exchange
                      Commission on the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended
                      December 31, 1993, (Commission file no. 1-10585) which is
                      incorporated herein by reference.

               (l)    The 1994 Incentive Stock Option Plan has previously
                      been filed with the Securities and Exchange
                      Commission on the Company's Form 10-K for the year
                      ended December 31, 1994, (Commission file no.
                      1-10585) which is incorporated herein by reference.

               (m)    The Compensation Plan for Directors, which was
                      approved by stockholders at the Annual Meeting of
                      Stockholders on May 9, 1996, and was included in the
                      Company's definitive Proxy Statement filed with the
                      Commission on April 1, 1996, (Commission file no.
                      1-10585) which is incorporated herein by reference.

     *(11)     Computation of earnings per share.

     *(13)     1997 Annual Report to Stockholders.  Except for portions of said
               Annual Report expressly incorporated by reference herein, said
               Annual Report is not deemed "filed herewith."

     *(21)     List of the Company's subsidiaries.

     *(23)     Consent of Independent Auditor.

(b)  REPORTS ON FORM 8-K

     No reports on Form 8-K were filed during the fourth quarter of the year
ended December 31,1997.

               Copies of exhibits will be made available upon request and for a
reasonable charge.



*filed herewith

<PAGE>   13

INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' REPORT


To The Board of Directors and Stockholders of
Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
Princeton, New Jersey


We have audited the consolidated financial statements of Church & Dwight Co.,
Inc. and subsidiaries as of December 31, 1997 and 1996, and for each of the
three years in the period ended December 31, 1997, and have issued our report
thereon dated January 21, 1998; such consolidated financial statements and
report are included in your 1997 Annual Report to Stockholders and are
incorporated herein by reference. Our audits also included the consolidated
financial statement schedule of Church & Dwight Co., Inc. and subsidiaries,
listed in Item 14. This consolidated financial statement schedule is the
responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an
opinion based on our audits. In our opinion, such consolidated financial
statement schedule, when considered in relation to the basic consolidated
financial statements taken as a whole, presents fairly in all material respects
the information set forth therein.




DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP
Parsippany, New Jersey
January 21, 1998

<PAGE>   14
                   CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                 SCHEDULE II - VALUATION AND QUALIFYING ACCOUNTS
                                 (In thousands)




<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                          1997      1996      1995
                                                        ---------------------------
<S>                                                     <C>       <C>       <C>
ALLOWANCE FOR DOUBTFUL ACCOUNTS:

      Balance at beginning of year                      $1,478    $1,304    $  912
                                                        --------------------------

      Additions:
            Charged to expenses and costs                  200       401       478
                                                        --------------------------
      Deductions:
            Amounts written off                            145       227        86
            Foreign currency translation adjustments         1      --        --
                                                        --------------------------

                                                           146       227        86
                                                        --------------------------

      BALANCE AT END OF YEAR                            $1,532    $1,478    $1,304
                                                        --------------------------
</TABLE>


<PAGE>   15

                                   SIGNATURES

      Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on
its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, on February 23, 1998.


                                 CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC.


                                 By:      /s/ Robert A. Davies, III
                                          --------------------------------------
                                          Robert A. Davies, III
                                          President and Chief Executive Officer

      Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this
report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the
Registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.



<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
<S>                                  <C>                              <C>
/s/ Robert A. Davies, III            President and                    February 23, 1998
- -------------------------
Robert A. Davies, III                Chief Executive Officer




/s/ Zvi Eiref                        Vice President Finance and       February 23, 1998
- -------------
Zvi Eiref                            Chief Financial Officer
                                     (Principal Financial Officer)



/s/ Gary P. Halker                   Vice President, Controller and   February 23, 1998
- ------------------
Gary P. Halker                       Chief Information Officer
                                     (Principal Accounting Officer)
</TABLE>


<PAGE>   16
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report
has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the Registrant and
in the capacities and on the dates indicated.


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
<S>                                          <C>                        <C>
/s/ Cyril C. Baldwin, Jr.                    Director                   February 23, 1998
- ------------------------
Cyril C. Baldwin, Jr.


/s/ William R. Becklean                      Director                   February 23, 1998
- -----------------------
William R. Becklean


/s/ Robert H. Beeby                          Director                   February 23, 1998
- -------------------
Robert H. Beeby


/s/ Robert A. Davies, III                    Director                   February 23, 1998
- -------------------------
Robert A. Davies, III


/s/ Rosina B. Dixon, M.D.                    Director                   February 23, 1998
- -------------------------
Rosina B. Dixon, M.D.


/s/ J. Richard Leaman, Jr.                   Director                   February 23, 1998
- --------------------------
J. Richard Leaman, Jr.


/s/ John D. Leggett, III, Ph.D               Director                   February 23, 1998
- ------------------------------
John D. Leggett, III, Ph.D.


/s/ Robert A. McCabe                         Director                   February 23, 1998
- --------------------
Robert A. McCabe


/s/ Dwight C. Minton                         Chairman                   February 23, 1998
- --------------------
Dwight C. Minton


/s/ Dean P. Phypers                          Director                   February 23, 1998
- -------------------
Dean P. Phypers


/s/ Jarvis J. Slade                          Director                   February 23, 1998
- -------------------
Jarvis J. Slade


/s/ John O. Whitney                          Director                   February 23, 1998
- -------------------
John O. Whitney
</TABLE>


<PAGE>   17

                                EXHIBIT INDEX
                                -------------

  Exhibit No.                        Description
  -----------                        -----------

     (10(f))       Church & Dwight Co., Inc. Executive Deferred Compensation 
                   Plan

     (11)          Computation of earnings per share.

     (13)          1997 Annual Report to Stockholders.  Except for portions of
                   said Annual Report expressly incorporated by reference 
                   herein, said Annual Report is not deemed "filed herewith."

     (21)          List of the Company's subsidiaries.

     (23)          Consent of Independent Auditor.

     (27)          Financial Data Schedule





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                            CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC.

                                  EXHIBIT 10(f)


                      EXECUTIVE DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN


                       (Plan Effective as of June 1, 1997)

<PAGE>   2

                                                                        PAGE

ARTICLE 1 PURPOSE                                                         1

ARTICLE 2 DEFINITIONS                                                     1
                 2.1        Account                                       1
                 2.2        Affiliate                                     1
                 2.3        Base Salary                                   2
                 2.4        Beneficiary                                   2
                 2.5        Board                                         2
                 2.6        Bonus                                         2
                 2.7        Change in Control                             2
                 2.8        Code                                          3
                 2.9        Committee                                     4
                 2.10       Company                                       4
                 2.11       Deferral Commitment                           4
                 2.12       Deferral Period                               4
                 2.13       Disability                                    4
                 2.14       Declared Rate                                 5
                 2.15       Earnings Crediting Options                    5
                 2.16       Effective Date                                5
                 2.17       Employee                                      5
                 2.18       Employer                                      5
                 2.19       Enrollment Agreement                          5
                 2.20       In-Service Distribution                       6
                 2.21       In-Service Distribution Account               6
                 2.22       Investment Election Form                      6
                 2.23       Normal Distribution Account                   6
                 2.24       Participant                                   6
                 2.25       Plan                                          7
                 2.26       Plan Year                                     7
                 2.27       Profit Sharing Restoration Account            7
                 2.28       Retirement                                    7
                 2.29       Rollover Account                              7
                 2.30       Rollover Account Form                         7
                 2.31       Service                                       8
                 2.32       Termination Date                              8
                 2.33       Year                                          8
                 2.34       401(k) Restoration Account                    8
                 
ARTICLE 3 ADMINISTRATION OF THE PLAN                                      8

ARTICLE 4 PARTICIPATION AND DEFERRAL COMMITMENTS                          9
                4.1         Eligibility and Participation                 9
                4.2         Duration of Deferral Commitment              10
                4.3         Basic Forms of Deferral                      11


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                4.4         Limitations on Deferrals;                    14
                4.5         Modification of Deferral Commitments         14

ARTICLE 5 ACCOUNTS                                                       14
                5.1         Accounts                                     14
                5.2         Earnings on Accounts                         15
                5.3         Earnings
 Crediting Options                   16
                5.4         Changes in Earnings Crediting Options        17
                5.5         Interest on Accounts                         18
                5.6         Valuation of Accounts                        19
                5.7         Statement of Accounts                        19
                5.8         Distribution of Accounts                     20
                5.9         Vesting of Accounts                          20
                          
ARTICLE 6 BENEFITS TO PARTICIPANTS                                       20
                6.1         Benefits Upon Retirement                     20
                6.2         Benefits Upon Termination of Service         24
                6.3         In-Service Distribution                      25
                6.4         Unscheduled Withdrawal                       28
                6.5         401(k) Restoration Account                   29
                6.6         Profit Sharing Restoration Account           30
                           
ARTICLE 7 DISABILITY                                                     32
                  
ARTICLE 8 SURVIVOR BENEFITS                                              33

ARTICLE 9 EMERGENCY BENEFIT                                              35

ARTICLE 10 SETTLEMENT AND VALUATION DATES                                36
               10.1         Settlement and Valuation Dates               36

ARTICLE 11 MISCELLANEOUS                                                 37
               11.1         Amendment or Termination                     37
               11.2         Designation of Beneficiary                   37
               11.3         Limitation of Participant's Right            38
               11.4         Obligations to Employer                      38
               11.5         Nonalienation of Benefits                    38
               11.6         Withholding Taxes 39
               11.7         Trust Fund                                   39
               11.8         Unfunded Status of Plan                      40
               11.9         Severability                                 40
               11.10        Governing Law                                40
               11.11        Headings                                     41
               11.12        Gender, Singular & Plural                    41
               11.13        Notice                                       41
               11.14        Arbitration                                  41
                           


                                       3

<PAGE>   4

                            Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
                      EXECUTIVE DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN
                       (Plan Effective as of June 1, 1997)

                                    ARTICLE 1

                                     PURPOSE


            The purpose of the Church & Dwight Co., Inc. Executive Deferred
Compensation Plan (the "Plan") is to provide a means whereby Church & Dwight
Co., Inc. (the "Company") may afford increased financial security, on a
tax-favored basis, to a select group of key management employees of the Company
who have rendered and continue to render valuable services to the Company which
constitute an important contribution towards the Company's continued growth and
success.

                                    ARTICLE 2

                                   DEFINITIONS

      2.1 Account. "Account" means the device used by the Company to measure and
determine the amounts to be paid to a Participant under the Plan. Separate
Accounts will be established  for each Participant and as may otherwise
be required.

      2.2 Affiliate. "Affiliate" means any firm, partnership or corporation that
(i) directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries controls, is
controlled by, or is under common control with the Company or (ii) is otherwise
authorized by the Board to be considered an Employer for purposes of this Plan.


                                       4

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      2.3 Base Salary. "Base Salary" means, with respect to a Participant for
any Plan Year, such Participant's annual base salary before reduction pursuant
to this Plan or any plan or agreement of the Employer whereby compensation is
deferred, including, without limitation, a plan whereby compensation is deferred
in accordance with Code Section 401(k) or reduced in accordance with Code
Section 125.

      2.4 Beneficiary. "Beneficiary" means the person or persons designated as
such in accordance with Section 11.2. 

      2.5 Board. "Board" means the Board of Directors of Church & Dwight Co.,
Inc. 

      2.6 Bonus. "Bonus" means annual incentive compensation payments made from
the Company's Management Incentive Compensation Plan plus any other cash bonus
paid to an eligible  Participant by the Company.

      2.7 Change in Control. "Change in Control" means: 

            (a) a merger, consolidation or reorganization in which the Company
is not the surviving entity, except for (i) a transaction in which the principal
purpose is to change the state of the Company's incorporation, or (ii) a
transaction in which the Company's stockholders immediately prior to such merger
or consolidation hold (by virtue of securities received in exchange for their
shares in the Company) securities of the surviving entity representing more than
fifty percent (50%) of the total voting power of such entity immediately 


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after such transaction;

            (b) the sale, transfer or other disposition of all or substantially
all of the assets of the Company, unless the Company's stockholders immediately
prior to such sale, transfer or other disposition hold (by virtue of securities
received in exchange for their shares in the Company) securities of the
purchaser or other transferee representing more than fifty percent (50%) of the
total voting power of such entity immediately after such transaction; or

            (c) any reverse merger in which the Company is the surviving entity
but in which the Company's stockholders immediately prior to such merger do not
hold (by virtue of their shares in the Company held immediately prior to such
transaction) securities of the Company representing more than fifty percent
(50%) of the total voting power of the Company immediately after such
transaction.

      2.8 Code. "Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from
time to time. 

      2.9 Committee. "Committee" means the committee designated by the Board of
Directors of the Company to administer the Plan. 

      2.10 Company. "Company" means Church & Dwight Co., Inc. 

      2.11 Deferral Commitment. "Deferral Commitment" means a deferral
commitment made by a Participant to defer Base Salary and/or Bonus pursuant to
Article 4 for which an 


                                       6

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Enrollment Agreement has been submitted by the Participant to the Company.

      2.12 Deferral Period. "Deferral Period" means a continuous period over
which a Participant elects to defer Base Salary or Bonus pursuant to a Deferral
Commitment. 

      2.13 Disability. "Disability" means any termination of Service during the
life of a Participant and prior to Retirement by reason of a Participant's total
and permanent disability, as determined by the Committee in its sole and
absolute discretion. A Participant who applies and qualifies for disability
benefits under any long-term disability plan or policy provided by the Company
or an Affiliate ("LTD Plan") shall qualify for Disability under this Plan. A
Participant who fails to qualify for disability benefits under a LTD Plan
(whether or not the Participant makes application for disability benefits
thereunder) shall not be deemed to be totally and permanently disabled under
this Plan, unless the Committee otherwise determines, based upon the opinion of
a qualified physician or medical clinic selected by the Committee, that a
condition of total and permanent disability exists.

      2.14 Declared Rate. "Declared Rate" means for any plan year the rate equal
to the 120 month average of the 10Year Treasury Note rate as of October 1 of
the prior Plan Year. 

      2.15 Earnings Crediting Options. "Earnings Crediting Options" mean the
options which may be elected by a Participant from time to time pursuant to
which earnings are credited to the  Participant's
Account.

      2.16 Effective Date. "Effective Date" means the effective date of the
Plan, which is 


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June 1, 1997. 

      2.17 Employee. "Employee" means any person employed by the Company on a
regular full-time salaried basis or who is an officer of the Company. 

      2.18 Employer. "Employer" means the Company and any of its Affiliates.


      2.19 Enrollment Agreement. "Enrollment Agreement" means the authorization
form which an eligible individual files with the Company to participate in the
Plan. 

      2.20 In-Service Distribution. "In-Service Distribution" means a
distribution prior to termination of Service pursuant to Section 6.3.

      2.21 In-Service Distribution Account. "In-Service Distribution Account"
means an Account established pursuant to Section 6.3 which provides for
distribution of a benefit prior to a 
Participant's termination of Service.

      2.22 Investment Election Form. "Investment Election Form" means the
election form on which a Participant designates one or more Earnings Crediting
Options into which a Participant's Account balance will be deemed invested and
the percentages of such Account balance to be allocated to such Earnings
Crediting Options.

      2.23 Normal Distribution Account. "Normal Distribution Account" means an
Account established at the time a Participant establishes a Deferral Commitment
which 


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provides for the distribution of a benefit following Participant's termination
of Service.

      2.24 Participant. "Participant" means an Employee or other individual who
is eligible to participate in the Plan and who is participating in the Plan in
accordance with the provisions of Article 4.

      2.25 Plan. "Plan" means the Church & Dwight Co., Inc. Executive Deferred
Compensation Plan, as amended from time to time.

      2.26 Plan Year. "Plan Year" means the calendar year beginning on January 1
and ending December 31.

      2.27 Profit Sharing Restoration Account. "Profit Sharing Restoration
Account" means an Account into which a credit is made by the Company each
quarter in accordance with Section 6.6.

      2.28 Retirement. "Retirement" means with respect to a Participant the
termination of the Participant's Service with all Employers for reasons other
than death at any time on or after the date on which the Participant (a) attains
age 55 with five (5) years of Service or age 65 with one (1) year of Service or
(b) has elected to roll over all amounts previously deferred under the Church
and Dwight Co., Inc. Deferred Compensation Plan And Agreement For Officers
(Amended And Restated As Of December 1, 1995) into this Plan pursuant to Section
4.3(c).


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      2.29 Rollover Account. "Rollover Account" means an Account established for
a Participant pursuant to the provisions of Section 4.3(c).
                                    

      2.30 Rollover Account Form. "Rollover Account Form" means the
authorization form which an individual files with the Company to rollover all
amounts previously deferred under The Church & Dwight Co., Inc. Deferred
Compensation Plan And Agreement For Officers (Amended And Restated As Of
December 1, 1995) into this Plan.

      2.31 Service. "Service" means the period of time during which a full-time
employment relationship exists between an Employee and the Employer, including
any period during which the Employee is on an approved leave of absence, whether
paid or unpaid.

      2.32 Termination Date. "Termination Date" means the final date of
termination of a Participant's Service with the Employer.

      2.33 Year. A "Year" is a period of twelve consecutive calendar months.

      2.34 401(k) Restoration Account. "401(k) Restoration Account" means an
Account into which a credit is made by the Company each quarter in accordance
with Section 6.5.

                                    ARTICLE 3

                           ADMINISTRATION OF THE PLAN

      The Committee is hereby authorized to administer the Plan and establish,


                                       10

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adopt, or revise such rules and regulations as it may deem necessary or
advisable for the administration of the Plan. The Committee shall have
discretionary authority to construe and interpret the Plan and to determine the
rights, if any, of Participants and Beneficiaries under the Plan. The
Committee's resolution of any matter concerning the Plan shall be final and
binding upon any Participant and Beneficiary affected thereby. Members of the
Committee shall be eligible to participate in the Plan while serving as members
of the Committee, but a member of the Committee shall not vote or act upon any
matter which relates solely to such member's interest in the Plan as a
Participant.

                                    ARTICLE 4

                     PARTICIPATION AND DEFERRAL COMMITMENTS

      4.1 Eligibility and Participation.

            (a) Eligibility. Eligibility to participate in the Plan shall be
limited to executive or other key Employees of the Company or its Affiliates who
are selected by the Committee in its sole discretion.

            (b) Participation. An eligible individual may elect to make a
Deferral Commitment by submitting an Enrollment Agreement to the Company prior
to such date preceding the Deferral Period as the Company may determine.
Pursuant to such Enrollment Agreement, a Participant shall elect the amounts or
percentages by which the Base Salary and/or Bonus of such Participant will be
reduced, and shall provide such other information as the Committee shall
require. Notwithstanding anything in this Plan to the contrary, any


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election by a Participant to reduce his Base Salary or Bonus for any Plan Year
by an amount which is less than $5,000, or such other amount as the Committee
may determine from time to time, shall not be given effect. A Participant's
election to defer Base Salary and/or Bonus shall be irrevocable, except as
otherwise specifically provided in this Plan.

            The Company shall make credits, if any, in accordance with Sections
6.5 and 6.6 to an eligible Participant's 401(k) Restoration Account and Profit
Sharing Restoration Account regardless of whether such Participant elects to
make a Deferral Commitment.

      4.2 Duration of Deferral Commitment.

            (a) Elected amounts of Base Salary and/or Bonus shall continue to be
deferred year after year under a Deferral Commitment until the Participant files
a subsequent Enrollment Agreement changing the amount of or stopping such
Deferral Commitment or the Deferral Commitment terminates under Section 4.2(c).

            (b) Except as provided in Article 7, Article 9 and Section 6.4,
changes made by a subsequent Enrollment Agreement shall become effective
beginning with the next Plan Year following the date such Enrollment Agreement
is submitted to the Company. A subsequent Enrollment Agreement shall not apply
to any deferrals which represent payments for Services performed prior to the
beginning of the first Plan Year to which such Enrollment Agreement applies, but
otherwise shall apply to all future deferrals covered by the Deferral
Commitment.


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            (c) A Participant's Deferral Commitment shall terminate upon the
Participant's termination of Service. In addition, if the Participant elects for
the entire amount of a Deferral Commitment to be deferred into an In-Service
Distribution Account, such Deferral Commitment shall terminate at the end of the
Plan Year preceding the Plan Year which the Participant has selected for an
In-Service Distribution.

      4.3 Basic Forms of Deferral. A Participant may elect in an Enrollment
Agreement to establish a Deferral Commitment to defer Base Salary or Bonus, as
follows:

            (a) Base Salary. A Participant may elect to defer all or a portion
of Base Salary for the Deferral Period. The amount to be deferred shall be
stated as a specified dollar amount or whole number percentage of Base Salary,
but not to exceed one hundred percent (100%) of Base Salary.

            (b) Bonus. A Participant may elect to defer up to one hundred
percent (100%) of the Bonus amounts to be paid by the Company for Services
during the Deferral Period. The amount to be deferred shall be stated as either
(i) a whole number percentage of such bonus or (ii) a whole number percentage of
such Bonus above a specified dollar amount. Bonus deferrals will begin with
Bonuses earned for Services performed during the calendar year following
submission of an Enrollment Agreement to the Company, unless otherwise permitted
by the Committee.

            (c) Rollovers. All amounts previously deferred under the Church &
Dwight Co., Inc. Deferred Compensation Plan And Agreement For Officers (Amended
And Restated 


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As Of December 1, 1995) by a Participant prior to the date of such Participant's
rollover election into such Participant's Rollover Account under this Plan as of
June 1, 1997 or January 1, 1998 at the Participant's election upon the timely
filing of a Rollover Account Form on or before May 31, 1997 or December 31,
1997, as the case may be. In addition, with the prior written consent of the
Committee, a Participant may elect to roll over all amounts previously deferred
under the Church & Dwight Co., Inc. Deferred Compensation Plan And Agreement For
Officers (Amended And Restated As Of December 1, 1995) by the Participant prior
to the date of such Participant's rollover election into such Participant's
Rollover Account under this Plan as of the beginning of any Plan Year; provided,
however, that the Participant makes such election by filing a Rollover Account
Form on or before December 31 of the preceding Plan Year.

            All amounts rolled over into a Participant's Rollover Account will
be subject to all the provisions of the Plan, including Section 5.2 except as
hereinafter provided. Notwithstanding Section 5.2, if the Company by action of
the Committee allows investment in the Company's common stock to be an Earnings
Crediting Option, on his Rollover Account Form a Participant may allocate up to
one hundred percent (100%) of his Rollover Account balance to be invested in
such Company common stock. However, if a Participant at any time allocates less
than one hundred percent (100%) of his Rollover Account balance to be invested
in Company common stock, thereafter the Participant may not increase the
investment of his Rollover Account balance in Company common stock except as
provided in Section 5.2. Any amount of a Participant's Rollover Account balance
not allocated to be invested in Company common stock shall be allocated among
non-stock Earnings Crediting Options in the same proportion as non-stock
Earnings Crediting Options elected for such


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Participant's Normal Distribution Account.

            The Committee may, in its sole discretion, transfer to a
Participant's Rollover Account over a period of up to four years all amounts
elected to be rolled into such Participant's Rollover Account that are invested
in Earnings Crediting Options other than Company common stock or a money market
portfolio. All such amounts which are transferred over the period of up to four
years shall be transferred into the Earnings Crediting Options elected by the
Participant (other than Company common stock or a money market portfolio) on a
pro-rata basis.

      4.4 Limitations on Deferrals; Waiver; Committee Discretion. The Committee
may further limit any minimum or maximum amount deferred by any Participant or
group of Participants, or waive any minimum and maximum limits for any
Participant or group of Participants, for any reason.

      4.5 Modification of Deferral Commitments. Except as provided in Section
4.2 and this Section 4.5, Deferral Commitments shall be irrevocable. The
Committee may permit a Participant to reduce the amount to be deferred pursuant
to a Deferral Commitment, or waive the remainder of the Deferral Commitment,
upon a finding that the Participant has suffered an unforeseeable financial
emergency as provided for in Article 9.

                                    ARTICLE 5

                                    ACCOUNTS


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      5.1 Accounts. For record-keeping purposes only, a Normal Distribution
Account, a Rollover Account, a 401(k) Restoration Account, a Profit Sharing
Restoration Account and an In-Service Distribution Account shall be maintained
as applicable for each Participant. The Committee shall establish and maintain
separate Accounts with respect to each Participant. The amount by which Base
Salary and/or Bonus is reduced pursuant to Article 4 shall be credited by the
Company to the Participant's Normal Distribution Account or In-Service
Distribution Account no later than the first day of the month following the
month in which such Base Salary and/or Bonus would otherwise have been paid. All
of the Participant's Accounts shall be reduced by the amount of any payments
made by the Company to the Participant or the Participant's Beneficiary pursuant
to this Plan. The Company shall credit a Participant's 401(k) Restoration
Account in accordance with Section 6.5. The Company shall credit a Participant's
Profit Sharing Restoration Account in accordance with Section 6.6.

      5.2 Earnings on Accounts. Except as provided in Section 5.5, a
Participant's Accounts shall be credited with earnings in accordance with the
Earnings Crediting Options elected by the Participant from time to time on an
Investment Election Form. Participants may allocate their Accounts among the
Earnings Crediting Options available under the Plan only in whole percentages
for any Earnings Crediting Option. The gross rate of return, positive or
negative, credited under each Earnings Crediting Option is based upon the actual
performance of the corresponding investment fund or shares of stock which the
Company may designate from time to time, and shall equal the total return of
such investment fund or shares of stock net of asset based charges, including,
without limitation, money management fees and fund expenses. The net rate of
return, positive or negative, credited under each Earnings Crediting Option will
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administrative fees and expenses charged by a trustee and/or administrator from
the gross rate of return. If the Company by action of the Committee allows
investment in the Company's common stock to be an Earnings Crediting Option,
except as provided in Section 4.3(c), a Participant may allocate no more than
fifty percent (50%) of any Account balance to investment in such Company common
stock at any time. If a Participant does not designate an Earnings Crediting
Option for an Account, the Account shall be credited with interest in accordance
with Section 5.5.

            The Company by action of the Committee reserves the right, on a
prospective basis, to add or delete Earnings Crediting Options, or to disregard
a Participant's investment allocations and credit the Participant's Account with
a fixed rate of interest determined in the Committee's sole discretion;
provided, however, that any such change in the Earnings Crediting Options
available under the Plan, including the crediting by the Company of a fixed rate
of interest in place of a Participant's investment allocations, will only affect
the rate at which earnings will be credited to a Participant's Account in the
future, and will not affect the existing value of a Participant's Account,
including any earnings credited under the Plan up to the date of such change.

      5.3 Earnings Crediting Options. Except as otherwise provided pursuant to
Section 5.2, the Earning Crediting Options available under the Plan shall
consist of the options selected by the Committee, in is sole discretion.
Notwithstanding that the gross rates of return credited to Participants'
Accounts under the Earnings Crediting Options are based upon the actual
performance of the investment funds as the Committee may designate, the Company
shall not be obligated to invest any Base Salary and/or Bonus deferred by
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this Plan, or any other amounts, in such investment funds.

      5.4 Changes in Earnings Crediting Options. A Participant may change the
Earnings Crediting Options for his Account not more frequently than once per
quarter by filing a new Investment Election Form with the Committee or its
designated representatives. Any such changes made by a Participant will apply to
the allocation of the Participant's existing Account balances and new deferrals
under the Plan. If a new Investment Election Form is filed with the Committee or
its designated representatives on or before fifteen (15) days prior to the end
of a quarter, changes will be effective on the beginning of the calendar quarter
following receipt of a new Investment Election Form by the Committee or its
designated representatives. If a new Investment Election Form is filed with the
Committee or its designated representatives within the period fifteen (15) days
prior to the end of a quarter, changes will be effective on the beginning of the
second calendar quarter following receipt of the new Investment Election Form by
the Committee or its designated representatives. Any changes in election of
Earnings Crediting Options must be in whole percentages.

            Notwithstanding any other provision in this Plan, if a Participant
is or may be subject to Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the
"Act") and Rule 16b3, such Participant may change his Earnings Crediting Options
into or out of Company common stock only if the Committee, in its sole
discretion, finds that such Participant's change of Earnings Crediting Options
into or out of Company common stock is entitled to the exemption benefits of
Rule 16b3(f) or other exemptive rules under Section 16 of the Act. In addition,
whenever the Company has imposed a moratorium on trading in Company common
stock, such moratorium shall apply to the changing of Earning Crediting Options
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common stock under this Plan.

      5.5 Interest on Accounts. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan,
a Participant's Accounts shall be credited monthly with interest based on the
rates specified below, compounded annually.

            (a) If a Participant does not designate an Earnings Crediting Option
for an Account while employed with an Employer, such Account shall be credited
with interest at the Declared Rate which is applicable for that Plan Year.

            (b) Following a Participant's termination of Service for any reason
other than Retirement, the Participant's Accounts will no longer be credited
according to Section 5.2. Instead, the Participant's Accounts will be credited
with the Declared Rate which is applicable for that calendar year.

            (c) Except as provided in this Section 5.5(c), following a
Participant's Retirement, the Participant's Accounts will no longer be credited
according to Section 5.2. Instead, the Participant's Accounts will be credited
with one hundred fifteen percent (115%) of the Declared Rate which is applicable
for that calendar year. However, if a Participant elects to receive annual
installments of his retirement benefit paid out as provided under Section
6.1(a), such Participant's Accounts will continue to be credited in accordance
with Section 5.2. If a Participant receiving annual installment payments as
provided under Section 6.1(a) dies before all of the installment payments have
been made to him, after the Participant's death the Participant's Accounts will
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Section 5.2. Instead, the Participant's Accounts will be credited with one
hundred fifteen percent (115%) of the Declared Rate which is applicable for that
calendar year.

      5.6 Valuation of Accounts. The value of a Participant's Account as of any
date shall equal the amounts theretofore credited to such Account, including any
earnings (positive or negative) deemed to be earned on such Account in
accordance with Section 5.2 through the day preceding such date, less the
amounts theretofore deducted from such Account.

      5.7 Statement of Accounts. The Committee shall provide to each
Participant, not less frequently than quarterly, a statement in such form as the
Committee deems desirable setting forth the balance standing to the credit of
the Participant in his Account.

      5.8 Distribution of Accounts. Any distribution made to or on behalf of a
Participant from an Account in an amount which is less than the entire balance
of such Account shall be made pro rata from each of the Earnings Crediting
Options to which such Account is then allocated, unless another manner of
distribution is approved by the Committee in its discretion.

      5.9 Vesting of Accounts. Each Participant shall be one hundred percent
(100%) vested at all times in the amounts credited to such Participant's Normal
Distribution Account, Rollover Account and In-Service Distribution Account. A
Participant's interest in any credit to his 401(k) Restoration Account or his
Profit Sharing Restoration Account and earnings thereon shall vest at the same
rate and at the same time as vesting occurs under the Company's Investment
Savings Plan and Profit Sharing Plan, respectively.


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                                    ARTICLE 6

                            BENEFITS TO PARTICIPANTS

      6.1 Benefits Upon Retirement. In the case of a Participant whose Service
with the Employer terminates on account of his Retirement, the Participant's
Normal Distribution Account shall be distributed in (i) a lump sum or (ii)
annual installment payments over two (2) to twenty (20) years, as elected by the
Participant on an election form prescribed by the Committee for designation of
the form of payment of retirement benefits under the Plan.

            Regardless of a Participant's age or years of Service with the
Company, after a Participant terminates Service with the Company, such
Participant's entire Rollover Account balance shall be paid as retirement
benefits in accordance with the method of payment the Participant elects in the
designation of form of retirement benefit payments for his Normal Distribution
Account and credited with earnings or one hundred fifteen percent (115%) of the
Declared Rate as provided for such Participant's Normal Distribution Account
pursuant to this Section 6.1.

            A Participant may elect, in the election form for designation of
form of retirement benefit payments for his Normal Distribution Account, to have
the lump sum or annual installment payments which are payable following
Retirement commence in January of the year following Retirement or in January of
any year not more than then (10) years following Retirement (but not later than
age 70).


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            A Participant may file a new election for payment of retirement
benefits for his Normal Distribution Account, which will supersede his original
election, at any time more than twelve (12) months preceding his Retirement
without any penalty. Any subsequent election which is made less than twelve (12)
months prior to Retirement will be null and void, and the Participant's next
preceding timely election will be reinstated unless the Participant elects in
writing to have the subsequent election take effect subject to the penalty
described in Section 6.4, which shall be forfeited to the Company. After
retirement benefits have commenced, a Participant may not change the period of
time for which retirement benefits are payable. However, a Participant may
convert installment payments to a lump sum distribution subject to the penalty
described in Section 6.4, which shall be forfeited to the Company.

            If the Participant makes no elections for payment of his retirement
benefits, the Account shall be distributed in a lump sum or up to three equal
annual installments, at the Committee's discretion, following the Participant's
Termination Date. If the Committee requires retirement benefits to be paid out
other than in a lump sum, interest will be credited on the Participant's unpaid
Normal Distribution Account balance following the Participant's Termination Date
at one hundred fifteen percent (115%) of the Declared Rate which is applicable
for each calendar year.

            A Participant who elects annual installments shall select the method
of determining the installment payment amounts. The available methods are as
follows:

            (a) The Fractional Method. The initial installment payment shall be
in an amount equal to (i) the value of the Account as of the last business day
of the month


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preceding the date of payment, divided by (ii) the number of annual installment
payments elected by the Participant. The remaining annual installments shall be
paid in January of each succeeding year in an amount equal to (i) the value of
such Account as of December 15 of the immediately preceding year, divided by
(ii) the number of installments remaining. In accordance with Sections 5.2 and
5.5, the Participant's Normal Distribution Account will continue to be credited
in accordance with Section 5.2.

            (b) The Amortized Method. Annual installment payment amounts shall
be calculated by amortizing the Account balance, in approximately level payments
of principal and earnings, based on a rate equal to one hundred fifteen percent
(115%) of the Declared Rate established for the year payments are to begin.
After the initial installment payment, the remaining annual installments shall
be paid in January of each succeeding year. Annual installment payment amounts
shall be redetermined as of December 15 of the year prior to payment. In
accordance with Sections 5.2 and 5.5, the Participant's Normal Distribution
Accounts will no longer be credited according to Section 5.2. Instead, the
Participant's Normal Distribution Account will be credited with one-hundred
fifteen percent (115%) of the Declared Rate for each calendar year.

      6.2 Benefits Upon Termination of Service. In the case of Participant whose
Service with the Employer terminates prior to the earliest date on which he is
eligible for Retirement, other than on account of his Disability or death, the
Participant's Normal Distribution Account shall be distributed in a lump sum or
up to three equal annual installments, at the Committee's discretion, following
the Participant's Termination Date. If the Committee requires termination
benefits to be paid out other than in a lump sum, interest will 


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be credited on the Participant's unpaid Normal Distribution Account balance
following the Participant's Termination Date at the Declared Rate which is
applicable for each calendar year.

            A Participant who has more than ten (10) Years of participation in
the Plan may elect not later than twelve (12) months prior to his termination of
Service to have termination benefits paid in annual installment payments over
five (5) years which shall be computed in the same manner as set forth in
Section 6.1(a), rather than in a lump sum. If the Participant elects to have
termination benefits paid in annual installment payments over five (5) years,
interest will be credited on the Participant's unpaid Normal Distribution
Account balance following the Participant's Termination Date at the Declared
Rate which is applicable for each calendar year. If the Participant does not
make a timely election to receive annual installment payments, termination
benefits will be paid in a lump sum or up to three equal annual installments, at
the Committee's discretion, following the Participant's Termination Date. If the
Committee requires the termination benefits to be paid out other than in a lump
sum, interest will be credited on the Participant's unpaid Normal Distribution
Account balance following the Participant's Termination Date at the Declared
Rate which is applicable for each calendar year.

            A Participant may elect not later than twelve (12) months prior to
his termination of Service to receive or commence receiving termination benefits
either (a) within thirty (30) days after the end of the calendar quarter in
which termination of Service occurs or (b) in the January following termination
of Service. Interest will be credited on the Participant's unpaid Normal
Distribution Account balance following such Participant's Termination Date at


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the Declared Rate which is applicable from the end of the month following the
Participant's Termination Date through the date of payment in January following
the Participant's Termination Date. If the Participant does not make a timely
election, termination benefits will be paid or commence within thirty (30) days
after the end of the calendar quarter in which the Participant's Termination
Date occurs.

      6.3 In-Service Distribution. If permitted by the Committee, in its
discretion, a Participant may elect to defer all or a portion of his Deferral
Commitment into an In-Service Distribution Account and receive distributions
from such In-Service Distribution Account prior to termination of Service
("In-Service Distribution") subject to the following restrictions:

      (a) Timing of Election. The election to take an In-Service Distribution
from an In-Service Distribution Account must be made at the time the In-Service
Distribution Account is established. An In-Service Distribution Account must be
established prior to the commencement of the period in which the related
deferred Base Salary and/or Bonuses are to be earned. No deferrals may be made
into a Participant's In-Service Distribution Account during any Plan Year in
which the Participant is receiving an In-Service Distribution from such Account.

            (b) Amount of Withdrawal. The entire In-Service Distribution Account
must be paid out at the time and in the form elected by the participant when the
In-Service Distribution Account is established.

            (c) Timing and Form of In-Service Distribution. The In-Service 


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Distribution shall be paid in (i) a single lump sum or (ii) annual installments
over two (2) to four (4) years which shall be computed in the same manner as set
forth in Section 6.1(a). The In-Service Distribution shall commence at the time
elected by the Participant in the election form in which the In-Service
Distribution Account is elected. In no event shall an In-Service Distribution be
made prior to the completion of five (5) Plan Years following the start of
deferrals into such In-Service Distribution Account. If a Participant elects to
receive his In-Service Distribution in annual installments, the Participant's
In-Service Distribution Account will continue to be credited in accordance with
Section 5.2. Following the complete distribution of an In-Service Distribution
Account, a Participant may make new deferrals into a new In-Service Distribution
Account. A Participant may have only one In-Service Distribution Account at a
time.

      If a Participant who has elected to defer into an In-Service Distribution
Account has a termination of Service due to Retirement, the Participant's
In-Service Distribution Account will earn interest pursuant to Section 5.5 and
shall be paid out in accordance with the Participant's election for payment of
his In-Service Distribution Account. However, if a Participant dies after
Retirement but prior to payment of all of such Participant's In-Service
Distribution Account, the Participant's In-Service Distribution Account shall be
paid out immediately in a lump sum.

            If a Participant who has elected to defer into an In-Service
Distribution Account has a termination of Service for reasons other than
Retirement prior to the In-Service Distribution date elected by the Participant,
the Participant's election to receive an In-Service Distribution will be
disregarded and shall be void. In such event, the Participant's In-Service


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Distribution Account shall be paid out immediately in a lump sum or shall be
paid in up to three equal annual installments, at the Committee's discretion,
with interest credited to the In-Service Distribution Account at the Declared
Rate which is applicable for each calendar year.

            If a Participant has a termination of Service after the commencement
of payment of In-Service Distribution benefits with respect to an In-Service
Distribution Account, the Company will pay to the Participant (or the
Participant's Beneficiary in the event of the Participant's death) the remaining
installments of the In-Service Distribution benefits for the In-Service
Distribution Account at the same time as such payments would have been made to
the Participant if the Participant had not had a termination of Service.
However, the Participant's In-Service Distribution Account will no longer be
credited according to Section 5.2. Instead, the Participant's In-Service
Distribution Account will be credited with the Declared Rate which is applicable
for that calendar year.

      6.4 Unscheduled Withdrawal. Notwithstanding any other provisions of the
Plan, a Participant or a Beneficiary of a deceased Participant may elect at any
time to withdraw all or a portion of his vested Account balance of any of his
Accounts subject to a penalty equal to a ten percent (10%) (or six percent (6%)
within two years after a Change in Control) reduction in the portion of the
vested Account balance withdrawn, which shall be forfeited to the Company. After
receiving any such distribution, a Participant will not be permitted to
participate in or elect a new deferral under the Plan for a period of six months
or until the following Plan Year, whichever is greater, following the date of
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      6.5 401(k) Restoration Account. For each Plan Year, the Company shall
credit contributions to the 401(k) Restoration Account of each Participant who
has made the maximum elective deferrals under Code Section 402(g) or the maximum
elective contributions under the terms of the Company's Investment Savings Plan
(the "401(k) Plan"). The Company's contribution into any such Participant's
401(k) Restoration Account for each Plan Year shall be equal to fifty percent
(50%) of (a) the Participant's Deferral Commitments under this Plan that
otherwise would have been paid to the Participant during the applicable Plan
Year and (b) the Participant's 401(k) Plan Basic Post-Tax Contribution Allotment
or Basic Pre-Tax Contribution (each as defined by the Company's 401(k) Plan), up
to a total of three percent (3%) of the Participant's Compensation (as defined
by the Company's 401(k) Plan), without regard to any limitations imposed by the
Code. The Company's contributions to a Participant's 401(k) Restoration Account
shall be reduced by the Company's matching contributions credited to the
Participant under the Company's 401(k) Plan for the applicable Plan Year. The
Company's contributions shall be credited to a Participant's 401(k) Restoration
Account no later than the end of the quarter following the time the Company's
matching contributions would have been credited under the 401(k) Plan.

            A Participant's interest in any amount credited to his 401(k)
Restoration Account under this Section 6.5 and earnings thereon shall be vested
as provided in Section 5.9. Earning will be credited on the amount credited to a
Participant's 401(k) Restoration Account in accordance with the provisions of
Sections 5.2 and 5.5 at such times and in such manner as the Committee may
determine.

            Upon Retirement, Disability, death or other termination of Service,
the vested 


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Account balance of a Participant's 401(k) Restoration Account shall
be paid into such Participant's Normal Distribution Account and shall then be
paid out in accordance with elections made by the Participant for his Normal
Distribution Account.

            Participants who in any Plan Year are not entitled to receive a
Company contribution under the Company's 401(k) Plan will not be entitled to
receive Company contributions under this Section 6.5 for such Plan Year.

      6.6 Profit Sharing Restoration Account. For each Plan Year, the Company
shall credit contributions in accordance with the formula below to the Profit
Sharing Restoration Account of each Participant who is eligible to be allocated
Company profit sharing contributions under the Company's Profit Sharing Plan.
The Company's contribution into any such Participant's Profit Sharing
Restoration Account for each Plan Year shall be equal to a percentage of the
Participant's Compensation (as defined by the Company's Profit Sharing Plan)
which is payable during the Plan Year before deducting deferrals under this Plan
and without regard to any limitations imposed by the Code that is the same
percentage of the Participant's Compensation (as defined by the Company's Profit
Sharing Plan) which is payable during the Plan Year before deducting deferrals
under this Plan and without regard to any limitations imposed by the Code, as
the Company's discretionary Contribution (as defined by the Company's Profit
Sharing Plan) is to such Participant's Compensation (as defined by the Company's
Profit Sharing Plan) for the Plan Year. The Company's contributions to a
Participant's Profit Sharing Restoration Account shall be reduced by the
Company's discretionary Contributions (as defined by the Company's Profit
Sharing Plan) credited to the Participant under the Company's Profit Sharing
Plan for the applicable Plan Year. The 


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Company's contributions shall be credited to a Participant's Profit Sharing
Restoration Account no later than the end of the quarter following the time the
Company's discretionary Contributions (as defined by the Company's Profit
Sharing Plan) would have been credited under the Profit Sharing Plan.

            A Participant's interest in any amount credited to his Profit
Sharing Restoration Account under this Section 6.6 and earnings thereon shall be
vested as provided in Section 5.9. Earnings will be credited on the amount
credited to a Participant's Profit Sharing Restoration Account in accordance
with the provisions of Sections 5.2 and 5.5 at such times and in such manner as
the Committee may determine.

            Upon Retirement, Disability, death or other termination of Service,
the vested Account balance of a Participant's Profit Sharing Restoration Account
shall be paid into such Participant's Normal Distribution Account and shall then
be paid out in accordance with elections made by the Participant for his Normal
Distribution Account.

            Participants who in any Plan Year are not entitled to receive a
Company contribution under the Company's Profit Sharing Plan will not be
entitled to receive Company contributions under this Section 6.6 for such Plan
Year.

                                    ARTICLE 7

                                   DISABILITY

            In the event a Participant has a Disability, the Participant's right
to make any 


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further deferrals under this Plan shall terminate. The Participant's Normal
Distribution Account and Rollover Account shall continue to be credited with
earnings in accordance with Section 5.2 until such Accounts are fully
distributed. The Participant's Normal Distribution Account and Rollover Account
shall be distributed to the Participant in accordance with the Participant's
election of form of payment of retirement benefits for his Normal Distribution
Account pursuant to Section 6.1(a) if the Participant is eligible for
Retirement, or in a lump sum payment as soon as practicable following the
Termination Date if the Participant is not eligible for Retirement.

                                    ARTICLE 8

                                SURVIVOR BENEFITS

            If a Participant dies after reaching Retirement eligibility but
before commencement of payment of retirement benefits with respect to his Normal
Distribution Account, the Employer shall pay to the Participant's Beneficiary
such Account balance. Payments shall commence within sixty (60) days after the
Participant's death, irrespective of when retirement benefits would have
commenced if the Participant had survived. Such payments shall be made in
accordance with the method of payment the Participant elects in the designation
of form of retirement benefit payments for his Normal Distribution Account.

            If a Participant dies before reaching Retirement eligibility and
before commencement of payment of termination benefits with respect to his
Normal Distribution Account, the Employer shall pay to the Participant's
Beneficiary such Account balance. Payments shall commence within sixty (60) days
after the Participant's death, irrespective of 


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when benefits would have commenced if the Participant had survived. Such
payments shall be made in accordance with the method of payment the Participant
elects in the designation of form of survivor benefit payments for his Normal
Distribution Account. The available forms of payment of survivor benefits for
Participant's who have not reached Retirement eligibility are (a) lump sum or
(b) annual installments over 3, 5 or 10 years which shall be computed in the
same manner as set forth in Section 6.1(a). If a Participant elects annual
installments, after the initial annual installment payment, the remaining annual
installments shall be paid in January of each succeeding year.

            Regardless of a Participant's age or years of Service with the
Company, if a Participant dies before commencement of payment of retirement
benefits with respect to his Rollover Account, the Employer shall pay to the
Participant's Beneficiary such Account balance. Payments shall commence within
sixty (60) days after the Participant's death, irrespective of when retirement
benefits would have commenced if the Participant had survived. Such payments
shall be made in accordance with the method of payment the Participant elects in
the designation of form of retirement benefit payments for his Normal
Distribution Account.

            However, irrespective of the Participant's election, a survivor
benefit payable from an Account with a balance of less than $25,000 will be paid
in a lump sum. In addition, irrespective of the Participant's election, if the
Beneficiary is not the Participant's spouse on the date of Participant's death,
the foregoing survivor benefit will only be paid in a lump sum. Also, if no
election is made, survivor benefits shall be paid out in a lump sum after the
death of the Participant.


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            If the Participant dies after the commencement of payment of
retirement or termination benefits with respect to his Normal Distribution
Account or after commencement of payment of retirement benefits with respect to
his Rollover Account, the Company will pay to the Participant's Beneficiary the
remaining installments of any such benefit that would have been paid to the
Participant had the Participant survived.

            After the Participant's death, in accordance with Section 5.5, such
Participant's Accounts will no longer be credited according to Section 5.2.
Instead, the Participant's Accounts will be credited with interest for each
calendar year (or portion thereof after the Participant's death) at either the
Declared Rate or one hundred fifteen (115%) of the Declared Rate (whichever was
applicable prior to the Participant's death) which is applicable for that
calendar year.


                                    ARTICLE 9

                                EMERGENCY BENEFIT

            In the event that the Committee, upon written request of a
Participant, determines, in its sole discretion, that the Participant has
suffered an unforeseeable financial emergency, the Company shall pay to the
Participant, as soon as practicable following such determination, an amount
necessary to meet the emergency, after deducting any and all taxes as may be
required to be withheld pursuant to Section 11.6 (the "Emergency Benefit"). For
purposes of this Plan, an unforeseeable financial emergency is an unexpected
need for cash arising from an illness, casualty loss, sudden financial reversal,
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occurrence. Cash needs arising from foreseeable events such as the purchase of a
house or education expenses for children shall not be considered to be the
result of an unforeseeable financial emergency.

            Any amounts paid to a Participant as an Emergency Benefit shall be
treated as distributions from the Participant's Account, but shall not be
subject to a reduction penalty. Notwithstanding anything in this Plan to the
contrary, a Participant who receives an Emergency Benefit in any Plan Year shall
not be entitled to make any further deferrals for the remainder of such Plan
Year.

                                   ARTICLE 10

                         SETTLEMENT AND VALUATION DATES

      10.1 Settlement and Valuation Dates. Except as otherwise provided in the
Plan, lump sum payments or the commencement of annual installment payments will
occur on a "Settlement Date" within 30 days after the end of the calendar
quarter in which a Participant becomes entitled to receive benefits. Except as
otherwise provided in the Plan, the "Valuation Date" which will be used to value
the Participant's Account will be the last day of the preceding quarter before
the "Settlement Date." For example, a lump sum payment made at the end of
January will be based on the Participant's Account balance as of the preceding
December 31.

                                   ARTICLE 11

                                  MISCELLANEOUS


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      11.1 Amendment or Termination. The Plan may be amended, suspended,
discontinued or terminated at any time by the Board, or by any other committee
or entity authorized by the Board, provided, however, that no such amendment,
suspension, discontinuance or termination shall reduce or in any manner
adversely affect the rights of any Participant with respect to benefits that are
payable or may become payable under the Plan based upon the balance of the
Participant's Account as of the effective date of such amendment, suspension,
discontinuance or termination.

      11.2 Designation of Beneficiary. Each Participant may designate a
Beneficiary or Beneficiaries (which Beneficiary may be an entity other than a
natural person) to receive any payments which may be made following the
Participant's death. Such designation may be changed or canceled at any time
without the consent of any such Beneficiary. Any such designation, change or
cancellation must be made in a form approved by the Committee and shall not be
effective until received by the Committee, or its designee. If no Beneficiary
has been named, or the designated Beneficiary or Beneficiaries shall have
predeceased the Participant, the Beneficiary shall be the Participant's estate.

      11.3 Limitation of Participant's Right. Nothing in this Plan shall be
construed as conferring upon any Participant any right to continue in the
employment of the Employer, nor shall it interfere with the rights of the
Employer to terminate the employment of any Participant and/or take any
personnel action affecting any Participant without regard to the effect which
such action may have upon such Participant as a recipient or prospective
recipient of benefits under the Plan.


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      11.4 Obligations to Employer. If a Participant becomes entitled to a
distribution of benefits under the Plan, and if at such time the Participant has
outstanding any debt, obligation, or other liability representing an amount
owing to the Employer, then the Employer may offset such amount owed to it
against the amount of benefits otherwise distributable. Such determination shall
be made by the Committee.

      11.5 Nonalienation of Benefits. Except as expressly provided herein, no
Participant or Beneficiary shall have the power or right to transfer (otherwise
than by will or the laws of descent and distribution), alienate, or otherwise
encumber the Participant's interest under the Plan. The Company's obligations
under this Plan are not assignable or transferable except to (a) a corporation
which acquires all or substantially all of the Company's assets or (b) any
corporation into which the Company may be merged or consolidated. The provisions
of the Plan shall inure to the benefit of each Participant and the Participant's
Beneficiaries, heirs, executors, administrators or successors in interest.

      11.6 Withholding Taxes. The Company may make such provisions and take such
actions as it may deem necessary or appropriate for the withholding of any taxes
which the Company is required by any law or regulation of any governmental
authority, whether Federal, state or local, to withhold in connection with any
benefits under the Plan, including, but not limited to, (a) the withholding of
appropriate sums from any amount otherwise payable to the Participant (or his
Beneficiary) or (b) making arrangements with the Participant prior to any
deferral or any payments from the Plan for payment of all such Federal, State or
local taxes that are required to be withheld. Each Participant, however, shall
be responsible for the payment of all individual tax liabilities relating to any
such benefits.


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      11.7 Trust Fund. The Employer shall be responsible for the payment of all
benefits provided under the Plan. At its discretion, the Company may establish
one or more trusts, with such trustees as the Board of Directors or the
Committee may approve, for the purpose of providing for the payment of such
benefits. Such trust or trusts may be irrevocable, but the assets thereof shall
be subject to the claims of the Company's creditors. To the extent any benefits
provided under the Plan are actually paid from any such trust, the Employer
shall have no further obligation with respect thereto, but to the extent not so
paid, such benefits shall remain the obligation of, and shall be paid by, the
Employer.

      11.8 Unfunded Status of Plan. The Plan is intended to constitute an
"unfunded" plan of deferred compensation for Participants. Benefits payable
hereunder shall be payable out of the general assets of the Company, and no
segregation of any assets whatsoever for such benefits shall be made. With
respect to any payments not yet made to a Participant, nothing contained herein
shall give any such Participant any rights that are greater than those of a
general creditor of the Company.

      11.9 Severability. If any provision of this Plan is held unenforceable,
the remainder of the Plan shall continue in full force and effect without regard
to such unenforceable provision and shall be applied as though the unenforceable
provision were not contained in the Plan.

      11.10 Governing Law. The Plan shall be construed in accordance with and
governed by the laws of the State of New Jersey, without reference to the
principles of conflict 


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laws.
                                    
      11.11 Headings. Headings are inserted in this Plan for convenience of
reference only and are to be ignored in the construction of the provisions of
the Plan.
                                    
      11.12 Gender, Singular & Plural. All pronouns and any variations thereof
shall be deemed to refer to the masculine, feminine, or neuter, as the identify
of the person or persons may require. As the context may require, the singular
may be read as the plural and the plural as the singular.

      11.13 Notice. Any notice or filing required or permitted to be given to
the Committee under the Plan shall be sufficient if in writing and hand
delivered, or sent by registered or certified mail, to the Committee or to such
representatives as the Committee may designate from time to time. Such notice
shall be deemed given as to the date of delivery or, if delivery is made by
mail, as of the date shown on the postmark on the receipt for registration or
certification.

      11.14 Arbitration. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to
this Plan shall be settled by binding arbitration in Princeton, New Jersey, in
accordance with the Employment Dispute Resolution Rules of the American
Arbitration Association. The parties shall seek to agree upon appointment of the
arbitrator and the arbitration procedures. If the parties are unable to reach
such agreement, a single arbitrator shall be appointed pursuant to the AAA
Employment Dispute Resolution Rules, and the arbitrator shall determine the
arbitration procedures. Any award pursuant to such arbitration shall be included
in a written 


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decision which shall state the legal and factual reasons upon which the award
was based, including all the elements involved in the calculation of any award
of damages. Any such award shall be deemed final and binding and may be entered
and enforced in any state or federal court of competent jurisdiction. The
arbitrator shall interpret the Plan in accordance with the laws of New Jersey.
Each party shall pay its own fees and expenses incurred in any arbitration under
this Plan.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this amended and restated Plan
to be executed this _____________ day of ____________, 1997, to be effective as
of June 1, 1997.

                                    Church & Dwight Co., Inc.


                                    By:
                                       ------------------------
                                       President


                                    By:
                                       ------------------------
                                       Secretary


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                                                                      EXHIBIT 11

                   CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                 EXHIBIT 11 - COMPUTATION OF EARNINGS PER SHARE
                     (In thousands except per share amounts)



<TABLE>
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                                                       1997       1996       1995
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<S>                                                  <C>        <C>        <C>
BASIC:
      Net Income                                     $24,506    $21,228    $10,152

Weighted average shares outstanding                   19,461     19,534     19,567

Basic earnings per share                             $  1.26    $  1.09    $   .52

DILUTED:
      Net Income                                     $24,506    $21,228    $10,152

Weighted average shares outstanding                   19,461     19,534     19,567
      Incremental shares under stock option plans        510        163        161
                                                     ------------------------------
Adjusted weighted average shares outstanding          19,971     19,697     19,728
                                                     ------------------------------

Diluted earnings per share                           $  1.23    $  1.08    $   .51
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CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC.                                     1997 ANNUAL REPORT





CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC.(R)                                  Annual Report 1997

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CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC.(R)                                  1997 ANNUAL REPORT


    CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC.(R)
    469 NORTH HARRISON STREET
    PRINCETON, NJ  08543-5297

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Founded in 1846, Church & Dwight Co., Inc. is the world's leading producer of
sodium bicarbonate, popularly known as baking soda, a natural product which
cleans, deodorizes, leavens and buffers. The Company specializes in developing
uses for sodium bicarbonate and related products which are packaged and sold,
primarily under the ARM & HAMMER(R) trademark, through grocery stores,
drugstores and mass merchandisers, and to industrial customers and distributors.


financial highlights (in millions, except for per share data)


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                                                               1997        1996
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<S>                                                          <C>         <C>    
Sales                                                        $ 574.9     $ 527.8
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Income from operations                                       $  30.6     $  27.3
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Net income                                                   $  24.5     $  21.2
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Net income per share - basic                                 $  1.26     $  1.09
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Net income per share - diluted                               $  1.23     $  1.08
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Dividends per share                                          $  0.46     $  0.44
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Dear Fellow Stockholder:

                                    [PHOTO OMITTED]

                    Dwight C. Minton       R. A. Davies, III                    
                    Chairman of the Board  President and Chief Executive Officer

WE ARE PLEASED TO REPORT THAT THE COMPANY MET ITS FINANCIAL GOALS FOR SOLID
SALES AND EARNINGS GAINS IN 1997. EQUALLY IMPORTANT WAS OUR LAUNCH OF A NUMBER

OF BUSINESS INITIATIVES WHICH SET THE STAGE FOR FUTURE GROWTH. OF PARTICULAR
SIGNIFICANCE IS THE 11.7 PERCENT SALES IMPROVEMENT IN SECOND HALF 1997, A PACE
WE EXPECT TO MAINTAIN OR EXCEED IN 1998. COMING OFF THIS STRONG GROWTH RATE, WE
HAVE BOTH THE ENERGY AND THE MOMENTUM TO BUILD SUBSTANTIAL VALUE FOR OUR
STOCKHOLDERS.

FOR THE FULL YEAR, NET INCOME ADVANCED 15 PERCENT TO $24.5 MILLION, EQUIVALENT
TO BASIC EARNINGS OF $1.26 PER SHARE, COMPARED TO $21.2 MILLION, OR $1.09 PER
SHARE A YEAR AGO. DILUTED EARNINGS WERE $1.23 PER SHARE VERSUS $1.08 IN THE
PRIOR YEAR. BASIC AND DILUTED EARNINGS ARE REPORTED UNDER THE NEW ACCOUNTING
RULES EFFECTIVE YEAR-END 1997. SALES ROSE 8.9 PERCENT TO $574.9 MILLION, UP FROM
$527.8 MILLION IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

IN JULY, WE RAISED OUR QUARTERLY DIVIDEND BY 9 PERCENT TO 12 CENTS A SHARE, THE
FIRST INCREASE SINCE 1993.


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      FINANCIAL OBJECTIVES In our 1996 Annual Report, I described two key
      financial objectives which we believe will produce excellent rewards for
      shareholders: first, to achieve annual sales gains in the high single- or
      low double-digit range; second, to raise our operating margin to a 10
      percent level. Because most of our long-term growth has been internal
      rather than by acquisitions, the Company is relatively efficient in its
      use of capital. This advantage, together with the combination of the
      growth and margin goals, will result in a return on operating capital of
      well over 15 percent, a figure equal to or exceeding that of most of our
      leading competitors.

      SALES GROWTH As to sales, we are clearly on-track, with an 8.9 percent
      growth rate for the full year. About a quarter of this amount came from
      acquired products, and the balance from a combination of one new product
      launch and growth in existing products. In mid-1997, we announced four
      major initiatives for future growth which will be discussed in depth later
      in this report:

>     $10 million acquisition of a 40 percent interest in QGN/Carbonor, Brazil's
      largest sodium bicarbonate and only barium bicarbonate producer, in June.

>     $31 million acquisition of BRILLO(R) and four other household cleaning
      brands from The Dial Corporation, in August.

>     National launch of ARM & HAMMER SUPER SCOOPTM, The Baking Soda Clumping
      Litter, in August.

>     National launch of ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARETM, The Baking Soda Gum, in
      October, with product shipments commencing in early 1998.

      Supplementing new products and acquisitions, we are exploring additional
      avenues of expansion. In mid-1997, we began a program to license the ARM &
      HAMMER trademark for use by related products or product lines which could
      benefit from association with our trademark. We are also interested in
      entering into strategic alliances with companies with which we could
      jointly engage in product development and marketing. To date, we have not
      announced any specific product license or strategic alliance, but we hope
      to form such relationships later this year.


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      Financial Objectives

      MARGINS As to margins, our 1997 operating margin level of 6.3 percent,
      adjusted for the Armand Products joint venture income, was well below our
      10 percent objective and only slightly higher than the reported margin for
      the previous year. Underlying this small gain was a significant margin
      improvement in our existing businesses, offset by a substantial increase
      in investment spending. The unusually high spending level in 1997 included
      expenditures of $14.5 million in new product launch and test market
      activity and $4.5 million for new information systems. Had we not made
      these investments, our operating margin at year-end would have been
      approximately 10 percent, compared to 7 percent in 1996 and 5 percent in
      1995. The fact remains, however, that our current margins are inadequate
      and need to be improved. To this end, we are working on the following key
      initiatives to help us reach the margin goal over a two-year period:

>     In Second Quarter 1997, we completed the rollout of an improved and
      higher-margin reformulation of our laundry detergent powder, which
      appreciably strengthened sales. Following the same strategy, in early 1998
      we will introduce an improved and higher-margin reformulation of our
      laundry detergent liquid.

>     Mid-1997, we began a $10 million overhaul of our information systems with
      the installation of a new software package which provides greater
      capabilities for sales forecasting, inventory management and truckload
      planning. During 1998, we will implement the next phase of this strategy
      with the installation of an enterprise package with order processing,
      accounting, purchasing and production planning capabilities. As we gain
      experience with this new software, we expect to see significant
      efficiencies, particularly in manufacturing and distribution.

>     In Third Quarter 1997, we started the modernization of our Green River,
      Wyoming, sodium bicarbonate plant, a $7.3 million project. The new
      equipment, to be installed over a two-year period, uses our latest
      technology, and will reduce costs, enhance environmental compliance, and
      widen the range of specialty grades available.

>     In January 1998, we moved our advertising function in-house from an
      outside operation, a decision which will broaden our access to creative
      resources in a cost-efficient manner.


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VITAL ASSETS Helping us to implement both sets of initiatives is a wealth of
vital assets. Our famous ARM & HAMMER trademark enjoys a 150-year heritage of
quality and reliability. Today, 94 percent of U.S. consumers are familiar with
the logo, which inspires instant trust and credibility, and approximately 50
percent of them purchase at least one ARM & HAMMER product annually, either as a
food ingredient, a household product or for personal care.

Equally outstanding are the many properties of the Company's flagship product.
ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) is basically a simple molecule,
NaHCO3, which is safe and widely found in nature, and is present in living cells
where it is essential to maintaining pH in the body. It is an alkali and reacts
with acids to form neutral salts and water. This one product is at the same time
a neutralizer, a leavener, a cleaner, a deodorizer, an antimicrobial, and good
for the environment.

From this core product, Church & Dwight has built worldwide leadership in sodium
bicarbonate and carbonate technology which includes related products in a unique
breadth of applications, ranging from dental care and personal hygiene to
household and industrial cleaning, space deodorization, animal nutrition,
laundry and surface cleaning and environmental uses. This year the Company
invested more than $15 million in R & D, much of it in exploring new
technologies far beyond the confines of baking soda. Innovative products
marketed in recent years include ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE(R) toothpastes, which
pioneered the 30 percent baking soda segment of the toothpaste category; ARM &
HAMMER Deodorant Anti-Perspirants, the first controlled-release baking soda
deodorant products; ARM & HAMMER Rumen Buffers and Bypass Fats, a breakthrough
in animal nutrition for dairy cattle; and in the industrial business, the unique
carbonate-based ARMAKLEEN(R) line of safe and effective aqueous cleaning
products.

THE ORGANIZATION Church & Dwight Co., Inc. also benefits from its comparatively
small size which helps a highly motivated and creative organization maintain an
entrepreneurial management style, facilitating fast decisions and rapid
implementation. We are fortunate in having a strong corps of talented and
dedicated employees, at all levels throughout the Company, who have contributed
in a major way to the success of the various businesses.

In rewarding employees, our philosophy is to increase the amount of variable
versus fixed pay. For example, Church & Dwight vice presidents expect to receive
well over half of their compensation in the form of variable pay based on the
Company's performance, specifically annual bonuses and long-term stock options.
Early in 1998, we took another step in this direction by making a special option
award to 31 executives and key managers who either have recently joined the
Company, or for some reason did not have an adequate position in the option
plan. We believe these special awards, which vest at various prices ranging from
$36 to $50 a share, align management's interests even more closely with those of
the stockholders. In addition, we took further steps to tie our annual bonus
awards to absolute results versus our major competitors. In other words,
employees can only receive outstanding bonuses if the Company out-performs the
competition in terms of growth and profitability.


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                                                                         Outlook


During the year, we added two executives to our Elected Officers Management
Team: Eugene F. Wilcauskas joined Church & Dwight as President and Chief
Operating Officer of the Specialty Products Division on April 1, 1997. From his
career start with Monsanto Company, he moved to Dart & Kraft, and more recently
was President of Akzo Nobel Inc. James P. Crilly was promoted to the elective
office of Senior Vice President Arm & Hammer Division effective February 28,
1997. He had previously served the Company as Vice President Sales from 1980 to
1984 when he left to join California Home Brands, Inc. He returned to Church &
Dwight in February 1995 as Vice President Sales, where he has played a key role
in reinvigorating the sales of our consumer brands.

OUTLOOK The natural role for a company our size is to create value by growing
the business rapidly, even though from time to time this may involve the
short-term sacrifice of operating margin. In 1998, our growth will be led by our
two Consumer Product launches of ARM & HAMMER SUPER SCOOP Clumping Litter and
ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE Gum, together with a full year of BRILLO sales and
further development of our Specialty Cleaning businesses. We also expect to see
continued growth in our existing businesses, particularly laundry detergents and
deodorant anti-perspirants. Given these excellent opportunities, our objective
is to achieve a double-digit growth rate in 1998.

Our second major objective is to improve margins. Earlier in this letter, I
described several important initiatives designed to improve the Company's cost
structure. The high level of investment spending required for the two new
product launches, and increased marketing support in defense of our toothpaste
franchise, will affect our operating margin particularly in First Half 1998.
Nevertheless, as our various initiatives take effect, we do expect to see some
improvement in margins before year-end.

While quarterly results will fluctuate, we remain optimistic that for the full
year, the combination of higher sales and some margin improvement will lead to a
solid gain in earnings.

Sincerely,


/s/ R. A. Davies, III

R. A. Davies, III
President and Chief Executive Officer
January 21, 1998


      Elected Officers Management Team: (left to right)
 James P. Crilly, Mark A. Bilawsky, Raymond L. Bendure,
Eugene F. Wilcauskas, Robert A. Davies, III, Zvi Eiref,
                        Mark G. Conish, Dennis M. Moore

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      Consumer Products

      BAKING SODA-BASED HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS

      Over half of our consumer business consists of high performance baking
      soda-based products marketed in two major categories, household products
      and personal care.

OUR STRATEGY, APPLICABLE TO BOTH HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS AND PERSONAL
CARE PRODUCTS:

      ... TO GROW RAPIDLY BY CREATING A SERIES OF UNIQUE, HIGH-VALUE, SERIOUS
ARM & HAMMER BRANDS THAT TAKE ROOT FROM ARM & HAMMER BAKING SODA, OR FROM EACH
OTHER. IN SO DOING, TO CLEARLY ESTABLISH OURSELVES AS THE BAKING SODA EXPERTS,
COMPETENTLY CREATING AND LEADING THE BAKING SODA SEGMENTS OF THE CATEGORIES WE
ENTER.

      The most recent household product is ARM & HAMMER SUPER SCOOP, The Baking
      Soda Clumping Litter, launched in Third Quarter 1997. Developed to compete
      in the fast-growing $350 million clumping segment of the cat litter
      market, the product uses today's most advanced clumping technology to
      address the primary consumer need of odor control. The baking soda
      eliminates the odors on contact, including odors caused by germs; the
      superior clumping action is fast and hard, enabling easy removal without
      crumbling.

      SUPER SCOOP is available in a Fresh Clean Scent or Unscented, in 7-pound
      and 14-pound sizes. Consumer promotion began in late November with
      high-impact color inserts and coupon offers in major market newspaper
      supplements nationwide, followed in First Quarter 1998 by television
      commercials demonstrating product superiority versus ordinary clumping
      litters, along with consumer testimony to product performance. Heavy
      promotional support will continue throughout the year.

      A predecessor to ARM & HAMMER SUPER SCOOP, which continues to do well in
      its special niche market, is ARM & HAMMER Cat Litter Deodorizer,
      introduced in 1992 as a baking-soda based product to destroy odors
      naturally when added to ordinary cat litter.

      Our flagship product, ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda, is well-known for its many
      household and personal care uses. We have underway several initiatives for
      cleaning and deodorizing applications, one or more of which will be
      introduced late in 1998.

      ARM & HAMMER Carpet & Room Deodorizer regained its leadership position in
      foodstores in the Third Quarter, following an advertising and promotion
      campaign focused on pet owners. We will continue targeting this market, as
      well as veterinarians, throughout the year. Soon to appear on the shelves
      is a new closure device, a package improvement which not only locks in the
      scent but also allows the consumer to sample the fragrance at retail
      without spoilage.


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      Consumer Products

      BAKING SODA-BASED PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

      ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE toothpastes performed satisfactorily over the
      year in the face of intensive competition in the category. Two line
      extensions, introduced late in 1996, did exceptionally well: ARM & HAMMER
      DENTAL CARE Extra Whitening offers baking soda's natural whitening ability
      which is clinically proven to whiten teeth in two weeks; and ARM & HAMMER
      DENTAL CARE Smooth Spearmint which is flavor-striped to deliver baking
      soda benefits with a refreshing mint taste. In Third Quarter 1997, ARM &
      HAMMER DENTAL CARE gels were reformulated to deliver improved taste,
      texture and the breath-freshening benefit demanded by younger consumers.
      The PEROXICARE(R) brand was also restaged with a new stripe formulation
      that broadens appeal and better communicates its content of both peroxide
      and baking soda.

      The toothpaste category has become more and more competitive, and 1998 is
      expected to be a record year for heavily supported new product
      introductions. Spending for ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE dentifrices will be
      significantly increased in 1998 as we implement aggressive marketing
      strategies in defense of our franchise.

      The newest addition to the line is ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE, The Baking
      Soda Gum, a premium-priced, technically superior baking soda-based oral
      care product. After year-long test market research, the national launch to
      the trade began in late 1997 followed by shipments to retail outlets in
      early 1998.

      ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE Gum pioneers a new category shelved in the
      dentifrice aisle of the store as a companion product to ARM & HAMMER
      DENTAL CARE toothpastes. The new product reinforces oral care by cleaning
      teeth when you can't brush, and has been clinically proven to reduce
      plaque by 25 percent after four weeks of daily chewing. Three
      fresh-tasting sugar-free flavors of cinnamon, spearmint and peppermint are
      available in 12- or 36-pellet packages. The integrated marketing program
      began with dental professional detailing in First Quarter 1998, to be
      followed in the Second Quarter by national television advertising and
      promotional programs.

      Our deodorant anti-perspirant business enjoyed a good year, with ARM &
      HAMMER the fastest growing brand in the category. Central to this success
      is the product claim that ARM & HAMMER Deodorant Anti-Perspirant with
      Baking Soda absorbs and eliminates odor instead of just covering it up.
      The national launch of ARM & HAMMER Aerosol Deodorant Anti-Perspirant in
      Third Quarter 1997 completes a full product line of aerosols, oval sticks,
      wide sticks and roll-ons in the $1.5 billion category.


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      Consumer Products

      LAUNDRY AND HOUSEHOLD CLEANING PRODUCTS

OUR STRATEGY:

      ... TO ESTABLISH CHURCH & DWIGHT AS A MAJOR FACTOR IN THE $7 BILLION
HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS BUSINESS, PRIMARILY USING OUR FAMOUS TRADEMARK TO MARKET
MIDDLE-PRICED BRANDS ACCEPTABLE TO THE GREAT MAJORITY OF AMERICAN CONSUMERS.

      ... TO ADD TO THIS, VIA ACQUISITION, OTHER STRONG BRAND EQUITIES CAPABLE
OF DELIVERING THE SAME OBJECTIVES.

      ARM & HAMMER Powder Laundry Detergent had an exceptionally good year, with
      volumes in record territory and well ahead of 1996 sales, moving us up to
      the 3 position on a washload basis in food stores nationwide. We are very
      satisfied with the brand's growth, as well as with improvements in its
      profitability.

      We are also pleased with the performance of ARM & HAMMER Liquid Laundry
      Detergent, which strongly outpaced the category. Early in 1998, we will be
      reformulating the brand and making significant process and packaging
      changes.

      In late August, we closed our transaction with The Dial Corporation to
      acquire a group of five household cleaning brands for a purchase price of
      approximately $31 million. The acquired brands, along with a manufacturing
      plant located in London, Ohio, are running at an annual sales level of
      approximately $40 million, have been fully integrated into the Church &
      Dwight business, and are expected to be profitable in 1998.

      The best known is BRILLO Steel Wool Soap Pads, designed to clean aluminum
      pots and pans and first marketed in 1917. BRILLO Soap Pads, including the
      steel wool, are manufactured at the London, Ohio, plant along with a
      companion product, BRILLO Supreme, a soapless steel wool pad. A third
      product is the BRILLO All-Purpose Pad, a meshed scrubber for scratchless
      cleaning.

      Other acquired brands include PARSONS'(R) Ammonia, a versatile and
      economical all-purpose cleaner; CAMEO(R) Aluminum & Stainless Steel
      Cleaner; RAIN DROPS(R), a water softener; and a regional brand, SNO BOL(R)
      Toilet Bowl Cleaner.

      In early 1998, we reached a further agreement with The Dial Corporation to
      acquire its TOSS `N SOFT(R) Dryer Sheets brand, together with a production
      line located at the London, Ohio, facility. We will market this product
      alongside our existing ARM & HAMMER Fabric Softener Sheets.

      All of the acquired products are currently undergoing scrutiny in our R &
      D laboratories, and quality improvements are in progress. We see several
      opportunities for building the brands and improving their cost structure,
      although it is too early to comment on future plans. 10


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                                         Laundry and Household Cleaning Products


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      Specialty Products

      Specialty products account for approximately 25 percent of Church & Dwight
      sales, including our 50 percent share in the Armand Products joint
      venture. In recent years, we have expanded the business beyond its base of
      sodium bicarbonate to include a range of related chemicals, as well as two
      specialized product lines in animal nutrition and specialty cleaning.

OUR STRATEGY:

      ...TO SOLIDIFY WORLDWIDE LEADERSHIP IN SODIUM BICARBONATE AND POTASSIUM
CARBONATE, WHILE BROADENING OUR PRODUCT OFFERINGS TO OTHER RELATED CHEMICALS.

      ... TO BUILD A SPECIALIZED HIGH-MARGIN SPECIALTY CLEANING BUSINESS,
ALLYING CARBONATE TECHNOLOGY, THE ARM & HAMMER TRADEMARK AND ENVIRONMENTAL
POSITIONING.

      PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS

      The Company has maintained its position as the leading supplier worldwide
      of sodium bicarbonate for a variety of products in the food, household,
      pharmaceutical and healthcare fields. As these businesses mature, we are
      focusing our efforts on high-value applications which require exceptional
      purity and special granulations. A major step in this direction is the
      modernization of our sodium bicarbonate plant in Green River, Wyoming, a
      $7.3 million, two-year project and a key initiative for 1998.

      Similarly, our Armand Products joint venture continued to be the leading
      potassium carbonate producer worldwide. As this market matures, we are
      increasing our export business, especially to the Far East. The major
      product use continues to be in the manufacture of video glass for
      television sets and personal computers.

      Seeking to benefit from our strong North American leadership position in
      sodium bicarbonate/carbonate technology, we acquired for $10 million, in
      June 1997, a 40 percent interest in the Brazilian company, QGN/Carbonor,
      South America's largest producer of sodium bicarbonate. The company is
      also the country's only producer of barium carbonate, used primarily in
      the video glass business and sold in the same markets as potassium
      carbonate. Our agreement includes an option for Church & Dwight to
      increase its interest in the company to 75 percent by March 31, 1999.
      QGN/Carbonor's combined sales for 1997 were approximately $25 million.

      Brotherton Speciality Products, Ltd., our United Kingdom subsidiary,
      continued its solid performance, expanding its lines of ammonium and
      potassium specialty chemicals. Brotherton also distributes all of our
      Specialty Cleaning Products throughout Europe.

      With strong international growth, over 20 percent of the Specialty
      Products business, including our share of affiliates, is conducted
      offshore, evenly distributed among the Far East, Latin America and Europe.


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      Specialty Products

      ANIMAL NUTRITION PRODUCTS

      In the agricultural area, our animal nutrition lines, both in rumen
      buffers and by-pass fats, had an excellent year. MEGALAC(R) Rumen Bypass
      Fat enjoyed significant growth. The dairy industry's acceptance of the
      product's value as a high-energy nutritional supplement to boost milk
      production is expected to continue to rise as milk production per cow
      increases. The new value-added MEGALAC products are contributing to this
      growth, providing higher margins than the base product.

      SPECIALTY CLEANING PRODUCTS

      We continue to invest in specialty cleaning, a fragmented industrial
      market which we entered in 1995 with the objective of gradually building,
      over a period of years, a major business utilizing our aqueous-based
      cleaning technology.

      In mid-1996, we announced our alliance with Safety-Kleen Corp., the
      world's largest recycler of industrial and automotive cleaning fluids, to
      provide parts cleaning customers with aqueous-based AquaWorksTM developed
      by Church & Dwight technologists. After a slow start, volume is growing,
      and we look to further progress in anticipation of legislation enacted by
      the South Coast Air Quality Management District of Southern California
      which bans the use of products emitting volatile organic compounds after
      December 31, 1998.

      Such legislation should also benefit our other aqueous cleaners: ARMAKLEEN
      M-series for precision cleaning in the optical, aerospace and automotive
      industries; and the ARMAKLEEN E-series for cleaning circuit boards in the
      electronics industry. In Third Quarter 1997, we concluded an agreement
      with Alpha Metals, a division of the Cookson Company, to license Church &
      Dwight's ARMAKLEEN E-series technology for worldwide manufacture and
      distribution.

      In early 1997, ARMEX(R) Cleaning and Coating Removal Systems, our
      non-toxic blasting business for the removal of paint and process residues,
      consolidated operations at a single location in New Jersey, and is now
      focused on high-value process applications. 


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CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

                  Eleven-Year Financial Review
                  (Dollars in millions, except per share data)


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

operating results                   1997     1996     1995     1994     1993     1992     1991     1990     1989     1988     1987 
===================================================================================================================================
<S>                              <C>        <C>      <C>      <C>      <C>      <C>      <C>      <C>      <C>      <C>      <C>  
Net sales:                       
Consumer products                $ 459.0    417.6    380.6    393.0    410.4    409.3    386.1    331.1    295.6    249.4    231.6
Specialty products                 115.9    110.2    105.2     98.0     97.3     87.2     80.7     80.2     75.8     82.1     73.5
Total                              574.9    527.8    485.8    491.0    507.7    496.5    466.8    411.3    371.4    331.5    305.1
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Marketing                        $ 142.1    130.6    119.2    128.4    116.1    115.8     89.1     66.3     43.0     35.1     37.1
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Research & development           $  15.8     17.8     18.5     20.6     21.2     17.8     13.4     12.3      7.9      6.3      5.4
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Income from operations           $  30.6     27.3      8.4      1.5     35.6     37.7     34.0     28.9     25.2     23.6     20.1
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Net income                       $  24.5     21.2     10.2      6.1     26.3     29.5     26.5     22.5      8.6     16.5     14.0
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% of sales                           4.3%     4.0%     2.1%     1.2%     5.2%     5.9%     5.7%     5.5%     2.3%     5.0%     4.6%
===================================================================================================================================
Net income per share - basic     $  1.26     1.09      .52      .31     1.30     1.45     1.29     1.05      .42      .75      .64
===================================================================================================================================
Net income per share - diluted   $  1.23     1.08      .51      .31     1.28     1.42     1.29     1.05      .41      .74      .63
===================================================================================================================================
                                 
financial position               
===================================================================================================================================
Total assets                     $ 351.0    308.0    293.2    294.5    281.7    261.0    244.3    249.2    242.5    241.7    245.4
Long-term debt                       6.8      7.5      7.5      7.5      7.6      7.7      7.8     29.6     52.2     55.6     56.8
Stockholders' equity               179.3    165.3    153.7    153.9    169.4    159.1    139.2    118.7    111.6    112.0    116.1
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Long-term debt as a %            
   of total capitalization             4%       4%       5%       5%       4%       5%       5%      20%      32%      33%      33%
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Working capital                  $  23.2     36.8     22.1     23.4     54.6     40.7     34.1     46.1     66.8     58.8     68.8
- -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Current ratio                        1.2      1.4      1.2      1.2      1.8      1.5      1.4      1.6      2.2      2.2      2.5
===================================================================================================================================
                                 
other data                       
===================================================================================================================================
Average common shares            
   outstanding (In thousands)     19,461   19,534   19,567   19,706   20,223   20,338   19,831   20,455   20,728   21,985   21,976
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Return on average                
   stockholders' equity             14.2%    13.3%     6.6%     3.8%    16.0%    19.8%    20.5%    19.5%     7.7%    14.4%    12.7%
- -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Cash dividends paid              $   9.0      8.6      8.6      8.7      8.5      7.7      6.7      6.1      5.4      5.1      4.7
- -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Cash dividends paid              
   per common share              $   .46      .44      .44      .44      .42      .38      .34      .30      .26      .23   .211/2
- -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Stockholders' equity             
   per common share              $  9.23     8.50     7.87     7.88     8.43     7.82     6.85     5.87     5.39     5.35     5.27
- -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Additions to property,           
   plant and equipment           $   9.9      7.1     19.7     28.4     28.8     12.5     19.3     10.0     10.4     11.3     12.4
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Depreciation and                 
   amortization                  $  14.3     13.6     13.1     11.7     10.6      9.8      9.5      8.9      8.5      8.2      7.8
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Employees at year-end              1,137      937      941    1,028    1,096    1,092    1,081      994    1,070    1,000      950
Statistics per employee:         
(In thousands)                   
   Sales                         $   506      563      516      478      463      455      432      414      347      332      321
   Operating earnings                 27       29        9        1       33       35       31       29       24       24       21
===================================================================================================================================
</TABLE>



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FINANCIAL REVIEW

The Financial Review discusses the Company's performance for 1997 and compares
it to previous years. This Review is an integral part of the Annual Report and
should be read in conjunction with all other sections.

1997 COMPARED TO 1996

Net Sales

Net sales increased 8.9% in 1997 primarily due to growth in the consumer
products business.

Consumer products were up 9.9% mainly on higher sales of ARM & HAMMER Laundry
Detergent products, the national introduction of ARM & HAMMER SUPER SCOOP, The
Baking Soda Clumping Litter, and the addition of five product lines, including
BRILLO, acquired in late August from The Dial Corporation. Of the major personal
care product lines, ARM & HAMMER Deodorant Anti-Perspirant sales were higher,
and ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE toothpaste sales were lower, than in the previous
year.

Specialty products were up 5.2% led by higher sales of animal nutrition
products, as well as continued growth of the new specialty cleaning product
line. Performance products were slightly lower than in the previous year.

Operating Costs

The Company's gross margin increased .5 points to 42.5%. A major factor was the
reduction in manufacturing costs resulting from cost improvement programs, which
included plant reorganization activities initiated in the latter part of 1996,
as well as the final rollout of a reformulated laundry detergent powder in the
second quarter of 1997. Lower research & development spending on the Xosten drug
development program also contributed to the margin increase. These margin
improvements were partially offset by higher manufacturing costs of ARM & HAMMER
DENTAL CARE toothpaste related to a major buy-one-get-one-free promotion during
the year, and higher research & development spending on consumer and specialty
products.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $19.2 million to $213.7
million. This increase largely stemmed from higher selling costs related to the
introductory launch of ARM & HAMMER SUPER SCOOP Clumping Litter and test market
costs associated with ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE, The Baking Soda Gum. These
increases were partially offset by lower promotion costs for ARM & HAMMER DENTAL
CARE toothpaste. General and administrative expenses increased primarily as a
result of higher information systems costs related to the installation of a new
logistics system and initial spending on a new enterprise package, as well as
additional personnel costs in support of new business initiatives.

Other Income and Expenses

The Armand Products Company, our potassium carbonate joint venture with
Occidental Chemical Corporation, saw a 4% sales increase driven by higher export
business. The resulting profitability improvement from this joint venture
activity, along with a small partial year contribution from our 40% equity
interest in a Brazilian chemical company, were the primary reasons for the $.9
million increase in equity income.

Investment income was slightly higher than a year ago primarily as a result of
interest earned on a tax refund stemming from resolution of prior year issues.

Other income in 1997 consists mainly of a settlement from a long-standing class
action suit against the carbon dioxide supply industry and minor foreign
exchange gains. Other expenses of $.4 million in 1996 included foreign exchange
losses incurred by our Venezuelan subsidiary due to the devaluation of the local
currency.

Interest expense in 1997 was approximately $.6 million higher than in the
previous year and was the result of using short-term debt to finance the
purchase of the five brands from The Dial Corporation in late August.

Taxation

The effective tax rate for 1997 was 36.7%, compared to 36.0% in the previous
year. The increase in the effective rate is primarily due to a higher effective
state tax rate.


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Net Income and Earnings Per Share

The Company's net income for 1997 was $24.5 million, compared to $21.2 million
in 1996. Basic earnings per share for 1997 were $1.26, compared to $1.09 in
1996. Diluted earnings per share for 1997 were $1.23, compared to $1.08 in 1996.

1996 COMPARED TO 1995

Net Sales

Net sales increased 8.6% in 1996 primarily due to growth in the consumer
products business.

Consumer products were up 9.7% mainly on higher sales of ARM & HAMMER Liquid
Laundry Detergent, which was relaunched as a 4/10-cup formula earlier in the
year, as well as higher sales of ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE and ARM & HAMMER
Deodorant Anti-Perspirant with Baking Soda. These increases were partially
offset by lower sales of ARM & HAMMER Carpet & Room Deodorizer, which
experienced intense competition in a declining category.

Specialty products were up 4.8% led by higher sales of MEGALAC Rumen Bypass Fat,
and strong results from the Company's Brotherton subsidiary in the United
Kingdom. Sales of the new liquid cleaning products also increased, although from
a low base.

Operating Costs

The Company's gross margin increased 1.6 points to 42.0%. A major factor was the
reduction in ARM & HAMMER Liquid Laundry Detergent manufacturing costs related
to the start-up of in-house production and the change to a 4/10-cup formula.
Other factors contributing to the margin increase included greater efficiencies
in distribution and lower research & development spending. These margin
improvements were partially offset by higher manufacturing costs on ARM & HAMMER
DENTAL CARE related to a major buy-one-get-one-free promotion in the latter part
of the year, and a provision for plant reorganization costs.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $10.8 million to $194.5
million. This increase largely represented higher selling costs for laundry
detergent products, particularly liquid laundry detergent, where heavy promotion
costs were incurred during the relaunch. General and administrative expenses
declined, as expected, reflecting the full-year effect of the reduction in
corporate headcount implemented in mid-1995 and further reductions in legal and
outside service fees, partially offset by higher software costs.

Other Income and Expenses

The Armand Products Company, our potassium carbonate joint venture with
Occidental Chemical Corporation, saw a 22% decline in sales due to lower volume
and pricing caused by new competition in the industry. This competitive
activity, which had been anticipated for some time, was the primary reason for
the $2.2 million decline in equity income.

Investment income was $.3 million higher than the prior year as a result of a
higher level of funds available for investment.

Other expenses of $.4 million in 1996 included foreign exchange losses incurred
by our Venezuelan subsidiary due to the devaluation of the local currency.

Interest expense in 1996 was approximately $.9 million lower than in the
previous year and was the result of the repayment of short-term debt in the
first half of the year.

Taxation

The effective tax rate for 1996 was 36.0%, compared to 37.7% in the previous
year. The decrease in the effective rate is due to the utilization of foreign
operating loss carry-forwards in 1996 for which the benefits were not
recognizable in 1995, as well as a lower effective state tax rate.

Net Income and Earnings Per Share

The Company's net income for 1996 was $21.2 million, compared to $10.2 million
in 1995. Basic earnings per share for 1996 were $1.09, compared to $.52 in 1995.
Diluted earnings per share for 1996 were $1.08, compared to $.51 in 1995.


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LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

The Company's balance sheet at December 31, 1997 remains strong as compared to
the balance sheet position at the year-end 1996. Cash and short-term
investments, before considering short-term debt, totaled nearly $19 million at
the end of 1997, compared to $28 million at December 31, 1996.

In 1997, operating cash flow was almost $18 million. Major factors contributing
to the cash flow from operating activities included higher operating earnings,
non-cash charges for depreciation and amortization, offset by a higher working
capital position resulting from an increase in accounts receivable on the higher
sales, and higher inventories from new and acquired products. Operating cash
flow together with short-term borrowings of $32 million were mainly used to fund
the $31 million purchase of the five brands from The Dial Corporation, and to
finance the $10 million investment in a Brazilian chemical company. In addition,
cash flow was used to fund capital expenditures, pay cash dividends, and acquire
116,000 shares of treasury stock.

The Company has maintained a long-term debt-to-capital ratio at or below 5% for
the last seven years. At December 31, 1997, the Company had $43 million
available through short-term lines of credit. Capital expenditures in 1998 are
expected to be higher than in 1997 and comparable to the level of depreciation
and amortization. Management believes that operating cash flow, coupled with the
Company's access to credit markets, will be more than sufficient to meet the
anticipated cash requirements for the coming year.

In 1996, operating cash flow was almost $34 million. Major factors contributing
to the cash flow from operating activities included higher operating earnings
than in 1995, non-cash charges for depreciation and amortization, and a better
overall working capital position. Operating cash flow was used to fund capital
expenditures and an additional investment in the Armand Products Company.
Operating cash flow was also used to repay short-term debt, purchase 139,000
shares of treasury stock, and to pay cash dividends.

OTHER ITEMS

New Accounting Pronouncement

During June 1997, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Statement of
Financial Accounting Standards No. 131, "Disclosures about Segments of an
Enterprise and Related Information". This Statement requires the disclosure of
financial and descriptive information about reportable operating segments.
Operating segments are defined as components of an enterprise about which
separate financial information is available that is evaluated regularly in
deciding how to allocate resources and in assessing performance. The Company's
disclosures will be affected by this Statement. The Company has not yet
completed its evaluation of the appropriate segments to disclose. This Statement
is effective for the Company's 1998 year-end financial statements.

Year 2000

The Company began implementing a new information system during 1997 which is
year 2000 compliant. Remaining planned expenditures are estimated at
approximately $4 million which is not expected to have a material adverse impact
on the Company's cash flows or financial position. The Company cannot predict,
however, whether its suppliers or customers have appropriately addressed their
year 2000 system processing issues and what impact, if any, this will have on
the Company's operations.

Competitive Environment

The Company operates in highly competitive consumer-product markets, in which
cost efficiency and innovation are critical to success.

ARM & HAMMER laundry detergent products are sold as value brands which makes
their cost position especially important. To stay competitive in this category,
the Company completed its rollout of a reformulated powder laundry detergent
product in 1997, and is working on further cost reductions in 1998 through the
reformulation of its liquid laundry detergent.


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The Company has been very successful in recent years in entering the dentifrice
and personal deodorant businesses using the unique strengths of its ARM & HAMMER
trademark and baking soda technology. These are highly innovative markets,
characterized by a continuous flow of new products and line extensions, and
heavy spending on advertising and promotion. In 1997, the Company reformulated
its DENTAL CARE gels for improved taste and restaged the PEROXICARE brand with a
new stripe formulation in the dentifrice category, and added an aerosol line
extension in the deodorant category. The dentifrice business, in particular, has
become much more competitive and 1998 is expected to be a record year for
heavily supported new product introductions. Because of this competitive
background, the Company anticipates that marketing spending levels will be
higher in 1998 than in the previous year.

In the fourth quarter of 1997, the Company launched ARM & HAMMER SUPER SCOOP,
The Baking Soda Clumping Litter, to compete in the fast growing clumping segment
of the cat litter market. Furthermore, in the first quarter of 1998, the Company
is launching ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE, The Baking Soda Gum, a premium-priced,
baking soda-based oral care product. The introduction of new products usually
involves heavy marketing costs in the year of launch, and it generally takes at
least a year, and sometimes much longer, for a new product to become profitable.

In the specialty products business, competition for the two major products,
sodium bicarbonate and potassium carbonate, remained intense in 1997. Sodium
bicarbonate sales have been impacted by a nahcolite-based sodium bicarbonate
manufacturer which has been operating at the lower end of the business and is
now making an effort to enter the higher end. The Company is increasing its
research & development spending, particularly on specialized high-value
applications in the medical and food processing fields, and has begun
modernizing its Green River, Wyoming, plant. As for potassium carbonate, the
Company is expecting market demand to increase in 1998 or 1999 which should help
alleviate pressures from three competitors in this business. These events have
been anticipated for some time, but their effect on the business may not be
clear until well into 1998.

During the year, the Company continued to pursue opportunities to build a
specialized high-margin industrial cleaning business using our recently
developed aqueous-based technology. While this opportunity holds great promise,
it requires a major up-front financial commitment in research & development and
marketing, and the outcome will not be known for some time.

Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements

This Annual Report includes forwarding-looking statements, many of which depend
on factors outside the Company's control, such as economic conditions, market
demand and industry capacity, competitive products and pricing, raw material
costs and other matters. With regard to new product introductions, there is
particular uncertainty related to trade, competitive and consumer reactions.
Future performance may be affected by changes in one or more of these factors.


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

Common Stock Price Range and Dividends             1997                               1996
=======================================================================================================
                                          Low      High    Dividend          Low      High    Dividend
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
<S>                                    <C>       <C>        <C>           <C>       <C>       <C>    
1st Quarter                            $ 21 5/8  $     29   $ 0.11        $ 17 1/2  $ 21 5/8  $  0.11
2nd Quarter                              24 1/8    28 3/4     0.11          19 3/4    22 3/4     0.11
3rd Quarter                              25 5/8        31     0.12              20    22 1/2     0.11
4th Quarter                              26 7/8    32 3/4     0.12              20    23 3/4     0.11
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Full Year                              $ 21 5/8  $ 32 3/4   $ 0.46        $ 17 1/2  $ 23 3/4  $  0.44
=======================================================================================================
</TABLE>


Based on composite trades reported by the New York Stock Exchange.

Approximate number of holders of Church & Dwight's Common Stock as of December
31, 1997: 10,000


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CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Income
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

Year ended December 31,                                            1997        1996        1995
- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
<S>                                                           <C>         <C>         <C>      
Net Sales                                                     $ 574,906   $ 527,771   $ 485,759
Cost of sales                                                   330,682     306,047     289,734
- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Gross profit                                                    244,224     221,724     196,025
Selling, general and administrative expenses                    213,668     194,461     183,669
Restructuring charges                                                --          --       3,987
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Income from Operations                                           30,556      27,263       8,369
Equity in earnings of affiliates                                  6,057       5,140       7,389
Investment earnings                                               1,666       1,544       1,249
Gain on disposal of product lines                                    --          --         339
Other income(expense)                                             1,320        (424)        201
Interest expense                                                   (912)       (352)     (1,255)
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Income before taxes                                              38,687      33,171      16,292
Income taxes                                                     14,181      11,943       6,140
================================================================================================
Net Income                                                    $  24,506   $  21,228   $  10,152
================================================================================================
Weighted average shares outstanding (in thousands) - Basic       19,461      19,534      19,567
Weighted average shares outstanding (in thousands) - Diluted     19,971      19,697      19,728
================================================================================================
Net Income Per Share - Basic                                  $    1.26   $    1.09   $     .52
Net Income Per Share - Diluted                                $    1.23   $    1.08   $     .51
================================================================================================
</TABLE>


See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.


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CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in thousands)


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

December 31,                                                    1997        1996
================================================================================
Assets
================================================================================
<S>                                                        <C>         <C>      
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents                                  $  14,949   $  22,902
Short-term investments                                         3,993       5,011
Accounts receivable, less allowances of $1,532 and $1,478     49,566      41,837
Inventories                                                   61,275      48,887
Current portion of note receivable                             4,131          --
Deferred income taxes                                          9,802      11,962
Prepaid expenses                                               5,727       4,920
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Total Current Assets                                         149,443     135,519
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Property, Plant and Equipment (Net)                          142,343     138,371
Note Receivable from Joint Venture                             6,869      11,000
Equity Investment in Affiliates                               26,871      16,211
Long-term Supply Contract                                      2,775       3,314
Intangibles and Other Assets                                  22,713       3,556
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Total Assets                                               $ 351,014   $ 307,971
================================================================================
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
================================================================================
Current Liabilities
Short-term borrowings                                      $  32,000   $      --
Accounts payable and accrued expenses                         92,090      93,375
Current portion of long-term debt                                685          --
Income taxes payable                                           1,456       5,379
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Total Current Liabilities                                    126,231      98,754
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Long-term Debt                                                 6,815       7,500
Deferred Income Taxes                                         20,578      20,005
Deferred Liabilities                                           3,786       2,392
Nonpension Postretirement and Postemployment Benefits         14,263      14,008

Commitments and Contingencies

Stockholders' Equity
Preferred Stock-$1 par value
   Authorized 2,500,000 shares, none issued                       --          --
Common Stock-$1 par value
   Authorized 100,000,000 shares,
   issued 23,330,494 shares                                   23,330      23,330
Additional paid-in capital                                    34,097      33,364
Retained earnings                                            197,622     182,069
Cumulative translation adjustments                              (591)       (194)
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                                                             254,458     238,569
Common stock in treasury, at cost:
     3,893,155 shares in 1997 and
     3,878,435 shares in 1996                                (74,568)    (72,708)
Due from officers                                               (549)       (549)
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Total Stockholders' Equity                                   179,341     165,312
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Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity                 $ 351,014   $ 307,971
================================================================================
</TABLE>


See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.


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CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow
(Dollars in thousands)


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

Year ended December 31,                                  1997       1996       1995
====================================================================================
Cash Flow From Operating Activities
====================================================================================
<S>                                                  <C>        <C>        <C>     
Net Income                                           $ 24,506   $ 21,228   $ 10,152
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net
cash provided by operating activities:
   Depreciation, depletion and amortization            14,158     13,624     13,138
   Loss on asset disposals                                 --        255        492
   Equity in earnings of affiliates                    (6,057)    (5,140)    (7,389)
   Deferred income taxes                                2,733       (272)      (198)
   Other                                                  155        245        380
Change in assets and liabilities:
   Decrease (increase) in short-term investments        1,018         16     (2,051)
   (Increase) decrease in accounts receivable          (7,875)     2,793         (1)
   (Increase) decrease in inventories                  (7,108)    (7,437)    13,772
   (Increase) decrease in prepaid expenses               (819)       397        (37)
   (Decrease) increase in accounts payable             (1,118)     6,412     13,808
   (Decrease) increase in income taxes payable         (3,683)       485      3,613
   Increase in other liabilities                        1,650      1,076      1,286
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Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities              17,560     33,682     46,965

Cash Flow From Investing Activities
====================================================================================
Additions to property, plant and equipment             (9,918)    (7,114)   (19,702)
Distributions from affiliates                           5,818      5,437      9,999
Investment in affiliate                               (10,421)    (5,250)        --
Purchase of new product lines                         (30,973)        --         --
Purchase of other assets                                 (727)        --         --
Purchase of license agreement                          (1,000)        --         --
Purchase of officer loans                                  --         --     (2,744)
Repayment of officer loans                                 --        411        137
Proceeds from asset disposals                              --         62        389
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Net Cash Used in Investing Activities                 (47,221)    (6,454)   (11,921)

Cash Flow From Financing Activities
====================================================================================
Proceeds (repayments) from short-term borrowing        32,000     (5,000)   (20,000)
Proceeds from stock options exercised                   1,705        887      1,398
Purchase of treasury stock                             (3,044)    (2,971)    (1,131)
Payment of cash dividends                              (8,953)    (8,597)    (8,615)
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Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities    21,708    (15,681)   (28,348)

Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents                (7,953)    11,547      6,696
Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of  Year        22,902     11,355      4,659
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Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of  Year            $ 14,949   $ 22,902   $ 11,355
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Cash paid during the year for:
   Interest (net of amounts capitalized)             $    698   $    362   $  1,266
   Income taxes                                        15,159     12,233      2,465
====================================================================================
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities:
During 1995, the Company purchased treasury stock from senior officers and
reduced the notes receivable loan balance as consideration for the purchase in
the amount of $1,784,000. 
====================================================================================
</TABLE>


See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.


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CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Stockholders' Equity
(In thousands)


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

Years ended December 31, 1997, 1996, 1995
=================================================================================================================================
                                    Number of Shares                                     Amounts
                                  -------------------    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                 Additional                Cumulative     Due
                                  Common     Treasury    Common      Treasury      Paid-In      Retained   Translation    From
                                   Stock      Stock       Stock        Stock       Capital      Earnings   Adjustments  Officers
- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
<S>                               <C>        <C>         <C>         <C>           <C>         <C>            <C>        <C>   
January 1, 1995                   23,330     (3,804)     $23,330     $(69,372)     $32,823     $ 167,901      $(741)     $  --

Net Income                            --         --           --           --           --        10,152         --         --
Cash dividends                        --         --           --           --           --        (8,615)        --         --
Stock option plan
   transactions including
   related income tax benefit         --        110           --        1,284          238            --         --         --
Purchase of treasury stock            --       (111)          --       (2,413)          --            --         --         --
Translation adjustments               --         --           --           --           --            --         55         --
Due from officers                     --         --           --           --           --            --         --       (960)
=================================================================================================================================
December 31, 1995                 23,330     (3,805)      23,330      (70,501)      33,061       169,438       (686)      (960)

Net Income                            --         --           --           --           --        21,228         --         --
Cash dividends                        --         --           --           --           --        (8,597)        --         --
Stock option plan
   transactions including
   related income tax benefit         --         59           --          683          229            --         --         --
Purchase of treasury stock            --       (139)          --       (2,971)          --            --         --         --
Other stock issuances                 --          7           --           81           74            --         --         --
Translation adjustments               --         --           --           --           --            --        492         --
Officers repayment                    --         --           --           --           --            --         --        411
=================================================================================================================================
December 31, 1996                 23,330     (3,878)      23,330      (72,708)      33,364       182,069       (194)      (549)

Net Income                            --         --           --           --           --        24,506         --         --
Cash dividends                        --         --           --           --           --        (8,953)        --         --
Stock option plan
   transactions including
   related income tax benefit         --        101           --        1,184          733            --         --         --
Purchase of treasury stock            --       (116)          --       (3,044)          --            --         --         --
Translation adjustments               --         --           --           --           --            --       (397)        --
=================================================================================================================================
December 31, 1997                 23,330     (3,893)     $23,330     $(74,568)     $34,097     $ 197,622      $(591)     $(549)
=================================================================================================================================
</TABLE>


See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.


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CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES


Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

1. accounting policies


Business

The Company's principal business is the manufacture and sale of sodium
carbonate-based products. It sells its products, primarily under the ARM &
HAMMER trademark, to consumers through supermarkets, drug stores and mass
merchandisers; and to industrial customers and distributors. In 1997, consumer
products represented 80% and specialty products 20% of the Company's sales. The
Company does approximately 96% of its business in the U.S. and Canada.

Principles of Consolidation

The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the
Company and its majority-owned subsidiaries. The Company's 50 percent interest
in its Armand Products Company joint venture and its 40 percent interest in a
Brazilian bicarbonate/carbonate-related chemical company have been accounted for
under the equity method of accounting. All material intercompany transactions
and profits have been eliminated in consolidation.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements, in conformity with generally accepted
accounting principles, requires management to make estimates and assumptions
that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of
contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and
reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the reporting period. Actual
results could differ from those estimates.

Foreign Currency Translation

Financial statements of foreign subsidiaries are translated into U.S. dollars in
accordance with SFAS No. 52. Gains and losses on foreign currency transactions
were not material.

Cash Equivalents

Cash equivalents consist of highly liquid short-term investments which mature
within three months of purchase.

Inventories

Inventories are valued at the lower of cost or market. Cost is determined
primarily by using the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method.

Property, Plant and Equipment

Property, plant and equipment and additions thereto are stated at cost.
Depreciation and amortization are provided by the straight-line method over the
estimated useful lives of the respective assets.

Long-term Supply Contract

Long-term supply contract represents advance payments under a multi-year
contract with a supplier of finished goods inventory. Such advance payments are
applied over the life of the contract.

Goodwill

Goodwill recorded prior to November 1, 1970, is not being amortized, as
management of the Company believes there has been no diminution in carrying
value. Goodwill recorded in 1997 as part of the Brillo and related brand
acquisition from The Dial Corporation and the investment in a Brazilian
bicarbonate/carbonate-related chemical company is being amortized over 20-30
years using the straight line method.

Selected Operating Expenses

Research & development costs in the amount of $15,841,000 in 1997, $17,823,000
in 1996, and $18,544,000 in 1995, were charged to operations as incurred.
Marketing costs in the amounts of $142,100,000 in 1997, $130,600,000 in 1996 and
$119,200,000 in 1995 were charged to operations as incurred.

Earnings Per Share

In February 1997, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Statement of
Financial Accounting Standards No. 128 (SFAS 128), "Earnings per Share" which is
effective for periods after December 15, 1997. The Company's interim and prior
years results have been restated. Under SFAS 128, the Company has presented two
earnings per share amounts.


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<PAGE>   28

Basic EPS is calculated based on income available to common shareholders and the
weighted-average number of shares outstanding during the reported period.
Diluted EPS includes additional dilution from potential common stock issuable
pursuant to the exercise of stock options outstanding. Antidilutive stock
options, in the amounts of 242,900 for 1997, 1,107,850 for 1996 and 767,200 for
1995, have been excluded.

Income Taxes

The Company recognizes deferred income taxes under the liability method;
accordingly, deferred income taxes are provided to reflect the future
consequences of differences between the tax bases of assets and liabilities and
their reported amounts in the financial statements.

New Accounting Pronouncement

During June 1997, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Statement of
Financial Accounting Standards No. 131, "Disclosures about Segments of an
Enterprise and Related Information". This Statement requires the disclosure of
financial and descriptive information about reportable operating segments.
Operating segments are defined as components of an enterprise about which
separate financial information is available that is evaluated regularly in
deciding how to allocate resources and in assessing performance. The Company's
disclosures will be affected by this Statement. The Company has not yet
completed its evaluation of the appropriate segments to disclose. This Statement
is effective for the Company's 1998 year-end financial statements.

2. fair value of financial instruments and foreign exchange risk management

The following table presents the carrying amounts and estimated fair values of
the Company's financial instruments at December 31, 1997 and 1996. Financial
Accounting Standards No. 107, "Disclosures About Fair Value of Financial
Instruments," defines the fair value of a financial instrument as the amount at
which the instrument could be exchanged in a current transaction between willing
parties.


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

(In thousands)                                          1997                         1996
=================================================================================================
                                                Carrying      Fair           Carrying      Fair
                                                 Amount       Value           Amount       Value
=================================================================================================
<S>                                            <C>         <C>              <C>         <C>     
Financial Assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents                   $ 14,949    $ 14,949         $ 22,902    $ 22,902
   Short-term investments                         3,993       3,993            5,011       5,011
   Note receivable from joint venture            11,000      11,000           11,000      10,900
   Due from officers                                549         549              549         549
Financial Liabilities:
   Short-term borrowings                         32,000      32,000               --          --
   Current portion of long-term debt                685         685               --          --
   Long-term debt                                 6,815       6,815            7,500       7,500
=================================================================================================
</TABLE>


The following methods and assumptions were used to estimate the fair value of
each class of financial instruments reflected in the Consolidated Balance
Sheets:

Cash and Cash Equivalents

The Company has included as part of cash equivalents short-term highly liquid
investments that are classified as trading securities. The cost of the
investments can be specifically identified and approximates fair value because
of the short maturity of the instruments.

Short-term Investments

The cost of the investments (trading securities) can be specifically identified
and its fair value is based upon quoted market prices at the reporting date. At
December 31, 1997 and 1996, both the cost and market value of the investments
approximated each other.

Note Receivable from Joint Venture

The note receivable represents a loan to the Company's Armand Products Company
joint venture. The note, which is secured by plant and equipment owned by the
joint venture, bears interest at a rate of 8.25% and is due in installments from
January 1998 through June 2000. Fair value is determined based on discounting
cash flows using rates available on notes with similar terms.


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<PAGE>   29

Due from Officers

The amount of notes receivable equals fair value because of its short maturity.

Short-term Borrowings

The amounts of unsecured lines of credit equal fair value because of short
maturities and variable interest rates.

Long-term Debt and Current Portion of Long-term Debt

The Company estimates that based upon the Company's financial position and the
Bond's variable interest rate, the carrying value of its long-term debt
approximates fair value.

Foreign Exchange Risk Management

The Company enters into forward exchange contracts to hedge anticipated but not
yet committed sales denominated in the Japanese yen, English pound and Canadian
dollar. The terms of these contracts are for periods of under 12 months. The
purpose of the Company's foreign currency hedging activities is to protect the
Company from the risk that the eventual dollar net cash inflows resulting from
the sale of products to foreign customers will be adversely affected by changes
in exchange rates. The amounts outstanding at December 31, 1997 and 1996 of
"sell" contracts, translated into U.S. dollars using the rates current at the
reporting date, were $2,419,000 and $5,294,000, respectively. The Company's
accounting policy is to value these contracts at market value. At December 31,
1997, the Company had an immaterial unrealized gain and an immaterial unrealized
loss at December 31, 1996.

3. inventories


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

Inventories are summarized as follows:
================================================================================
(In thousands)                                              1997           1996
================================================================================
<S>                                                    <C>            <C>      
Raw materials and supplies                             $  16,848      $  13,031
Work in process                                               --            144
Finished goods                                            44,427         35,712
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                       $  61,275      $  48,887
================================================================================
</TABLE>


Inventories valued on the LIFO method totaled $53,840,000 and $40,724,000 at
December 31, 1997 and 1996, respectively, and would have been approximately
$3,075,000 and $3,814,000 higher, respectively, had they been valued using the
first-in, first-out (FIFO) method.

4. property, plant and equipment


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

Property, plant and equipment consist of the following:
=======================================================================================================
(In thousands)                                                                     1997           1996
=======================================================================================================
<S>                                                                           <C>            <C>      
Land                                                                          $   3,258      $   3,195
Buildings and improvements                                                       68,075         64,810
Machinery and equipment                                                         165,174        155,635
Office equipment and other assets                                                13,355         11,835
Mineral rights                                                                    5,931          5,931
Construction in progress                                                          3,304          1,641
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                259,097        243,047
Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization                       116,754        104,676
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Net property, plant and equipment                                             $ 142,343      $ 138,371
=======================================================================================================
</TABLE>


Depreciation, depletion and amortization of property, plant and equipment have
been charged to operations in the amount of $13,249,000, $13,085,000 and
$12,600,000 in 1997, 1996 and 1995, respectively. Interest charges in the amount
of $109,000 and $41,000 were capitalized in connection with construction
projects in 1997 and 1996, respectively.


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<PAGE>   30

5. equity investments

The following table reflects summarized financial information for the Armand
Products Company joint venture. The Company accounts for its 50 percent interest
in the joint venture under the equity method. Products and services are provided
to the Armand Products Company by the joint venture partners at cost. As a
result, the information below would not be indicative of the financial position
or results of operation had the joint venture operated on a stand-alone basis.


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
(In thousands)                                      1997           1996           1995
======================================================================================
<S>                                             <C>            <C>           <C>      
Income Statement Data:
  Net sales                                     $  40,870      $ 39,246      $  50,539
  Gross profit                                     14,050        12,963         17,297
  Net income                                       10,702         9,372         13,870
  Company's share in net income                     5,351         4,686          6,935
  Elimination of Company's share of
    intercompany interest expense                     454           454            454
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Equity in joint venture income                  $   5,805      $  5,140      $   7,389
======================================================================================

(In thousands)                                                     1997           1996
======================================================================================
Balance Sheet Data:
  Current assets                                               $ 10,563      $   8,783
  Noncurrent assets                                              36,057         37,630
  Current liabilities                                             3,224          2,990
  Current portion of notes payable                                4,131             --
  Notes payable-Church & Dwight Co., Inc.                         6,869         11,000
  Partnership capital                                            32,396         32,423
======================================================================================
</TABLE>


In 1997, the Company acquired a 40 percent interest in a Brazilian
bicarbonate/carbonate-related chemical company. The investment, costing
approximately $10,400,000, was financed internally and includes goodwill of
$4,500,000. The agreement includes an option for the Company to increase its
interest to 75 percent by March 31, 1999.

6. acquisition

During the third quarter of 1997, the Company acquired a group of five household
cleaning brands from The Dial Corporation. The cost of the acquisition was
approximately $31,000,000 and the brands purchased were BRILLO(R) Soap Pads and
related products, PARSONS(R) and BO-PEEP(R) Ammonia, CAMEO(R) Metal Polish, RAIN
DROPS(R) Water Softener and SNO BOL(R) Cleaners. The acquisition was financed
through short-term borrowings. Goodwill in the amount of $17,800,000 was
recorded as part of the acquisition.

During the first quarter of 1998 the company agreed to purchase from The Dial
Corporation Toss `N Soft(R) Dryer Sheets for approximately $5,300,000.

7. accounts payable and accrued expenses


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

Accounts payable and accrued expenses consist of the following:
===============================================================================
(In thousands)                                            1997           1996
===============================================================================
<S>                                                   <C>           <C>      
Trade accounts payable                                $ 31,700      $  28,867
Accrued marketing and promotion costs                   45,097         47,739
Accrued wages and related costs                          6,580          7,279
Accrued pension and profit-sharing                       4,534          4,466
Other accrued current liabilities                        4,179          5,024
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                      $ 92,090      $  93,375
===============================================================================
</TABLE>



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8. short-term borrowings and long-term debt

The Company has available unsecured lines of credit with major U.S. banks in the
amount of $75 million of which $32 million was outstanding as of December 31,
1997. The weighted average interest rate on borrowings outstanding at December
31, 1997 was 6.1%.


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

Long-term debt and current portion of long-term debt consists of the following:
===========================================================================================
(In thousands)                                                        1997           1996
===========================================================================================
<S>                                                                 <C>            <C>    
Industrial Revenue Refunding Bond
  due in installments of $685 from 1998-2007 and $650 in 2008       $ 7,500        $ 7,500
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                    $ 7,500        $ 7,500
===========================================================================================
</TABLE>


The Industrial Revenue Refunding Bond carries a variable rate of interest
determined weekly, based upon current market conditions for short-term
tax-exempt financing. The average rate of interest charged in 1997 and 1996 was
3.5%.

9. pension plans

The Company has defined benefit pension plans covering certain hourly employees.
Pension benefits to retired employees are based upon their length of service and
a percentage of qualifying compensation during the final years of employment.
The Company's funding policy, which is consistent with federal funding
requirements, is intended to provide not only for benefits attributed to service
to date, but also for those expected to be earned in the future.


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

Net pension cost includes the following components:
====================================================================================
(In thousands)                                           1997       1996       1995
====================================================================================
<S>                                                   <C>        <C>        <C>    
Service cost                                          $   349    $   355    $   349
Interest cost on projected benefit obligation             891        852        825
Actual return on plan assets                           (2,105)    (1,576)    (2,216)
Net amortization and deferral                             936        532      1,357
- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Net periodic pension cost                             $    71    $   163    $   315
====================================================================================
</TABLE>



<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

The table below reflects the funded status of the pension plans at December 31:
======================================================================================================
(In thousands)                                                                      1997         1996
======================================================================================================
<S>                                                                             <C>          <C>      
Actuarial present value of accumulated benefit obligation:
  Vested benefits                                                               $(10,617)    $ (9,790)
  Nonvested benefits                                                                (516)        (448)
- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                $(11,133)    $(10,238)
- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Actuarial present value of projected benefit obligation
  for service rendered to date                                                   (13,301)     (12,255)
Plan assets at fair value                                                         14,347       12,956
- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Projected benefit obligation less than plan assets                                 1,046          701
Unrecognized net (gain) from past experience different
  from that assumed and effects of changes in assumptions                         (1,558)      (1,148)
Prior service cost not yet recognized in net periodic pension cost                   213          234
Unrecognized net obligation at January 1, 1986 being recognized over 15 years          8            5
Loss due to currency fluctuations                                                     38           26
- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Accrued pension cost                                                            $   (253)    $   (182)
======================================================================================================
</TABLE>



<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
The assumptions used in determining the present value
of the projected benefit obligation were as follows:          1997         1996
================================================================================
<S>                                                           <C>           <C> 
Weighted average discount rate                                7.25%         7.5%
Future compensation growth rate                                5.0%         5.0%
Expected long-term rate of return on plan assets              9.25%        9.25%
================================================================================
</TABLE>



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The plan assets primarily consist of equity mutual funds, fixed income funds and
a guaranteed investment contract fund.

The Company also maintains a defined contribution profit sharing plan for
salaried and certain hourly employees. Contributions to the profit sharing plan
charged to earnings amounted to $4,100,000, $3,700,000 and $3,400,000 in 1997,
1996 and 1995, respectively.

The Company also has an employee savings plan. The Company matches 50% of each
employee's contribution up to a maximum of 6% of the employee's earnings. The
Company's matching contributions to the savings plan were $963,000, $940,000 and
$1,001,000 in 1997, 1996 and 1995, respectively.

10. nonpension postretirement benefits

The Company maintains unfunded plans which provide medical benefits for eligible
domestic retirees and their dependents. The Company accounts for these benefits
in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 106 (SFAS
106), "Employers' Accounting for Postretirement Benefits Other than Pensions."
This standard requires the cost of such benefits to be recognized during the
employee's active working career.


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

The following table provides information on the status of the plan at 
December 31:
================================================================================
(In thousands)                                               1997          1996
================================================================================
<S>                                                      <C>           <C>      
Accumulated postretirement benefit obligation:
   Retirees                                              $ (3,265)     $ (2,836)
   Fully eligible active participants                      (1,285)       (1,445)
   Other active participants                               (3,321)       (2,826)
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           (7,871)       (7,107)
   Unrecognized net gain                                   (4,269)       (5,010)
   Unrecognized prior service                              (1,265)       (1,014)
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Accrued postretirement benefit obligation                $(13,405)     $(13,131)
================================================================================
</TABLE>



<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
Net postretirement benefit cost consisted of the following components:
==============================================================================================
(In thousands)                                                       1997     1996       1995
==============================================================================================
<S>                                                                 <C>      <C>      <C>    
   Service cost - benefits earned during the year                   $ 371    $ 350    $   553
   Interest cost on accumulated postretirement benefit obligation     530      482        686
   Net amortization and deferral                                     (397)    (389)      (176)
- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Net postretirement benefit cost                                     $ 504    $ 443    $ 1,063
==============================================================================================
</TABLE>


The accumulated postretirement benefit obligation has been determined by
application of the provisions of the Company's medical plans including
established maximums and sharing of costs, relevant actuarial assumptions and
health-care cost trend rates projected at 7% in 1998, and ranging to 5.4% for
years 1999 and beyond. The effect of a 1% increase in the assumed cost trend
rate would increase the accumulated postretirement benefit obligation by
approximately $477,000 and increase the net periodic postretirement benefit cost
for 1997 by $80,000. The assumed discount rate used in determining the
accumulated postretirement benefit obligation was 7.25% in 1997 and 7.50% in
1996. During 1996, the Company changed the eligibility requirements of the plan
and established a maximum annual benefit based on years of service for those
over 65 years of age.


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11. income taxes


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

The components of income before taxes are as follows:
================================================================================
(In thousands)                            1997            1996             1995
================================================================================
<S>                                    <C>             <C>             <C>     
Domestic                               $36,099         $30,353         $ 16,295
Foreign                                  2,588           2,818               (3)
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total                                  $38,687         $33,171         $ 16,292
================================================================================
</TABLE>



<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

The following table summarizes the provision for U.S. federal, state and foreign
income taxes:
================================================================================
(In thousands)                            1997             1996            1995
================================================================================
<S>                                   <C>              <C>              <C>    
Current:
    U.S. federal                      $  9,180         $  9,383         $ 4,831
    State                                1,794            1,971           1,148
    Foreign                                474              861             359
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      $ 11,448         $ 12,215         $ 6,338
================================================================================
Deferred:
    U.S. federal                      $  2,243         $   (240)        $  (136)
    State                                  439              (30)            (92)
    Foreign                                 51               (2)             30
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      $  2,733         $   (272)        $  (198)
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total provision                       $ 14,181         $ 11,943         $ 6,140
================================================================================
</TABLE>



<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

Deferred tax liabilities/(assets) consist of the following at December 31:
================================================================================
(In thousands)                                                  1997        1996
================================================================================
<S>                                                         <C>         <C>      
Current deferred tax assets:
       Marketing expenses, principally coupons              $ (6,953)   $ (8,951)
       Reserves and other liabilities                         (1,464)     (1,635)
       Uniform capitalization of expenses                        175         151
       Accounts receivable                                    (1,272)     (1,049)
       Other                                                    (288)       (478)
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
       Total current deferred tax assets                      (9,802)    (11,962)
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Noncurrent deferred tax liabilities/(assets):
   Nonpension postretirement and postemployment benefits      (5,645)     (5,550)
   Capitalization of items expensed                           (1,977)     (1,856)
   Loss carryforward                                              --        (440)
   Valuation allowance                                            --         440
   Depreciation and amortization                              27,354      26,224
   Investment in purchased tax credits                           449         842
   Provision on foreign subsidiaries' unremitted earnings        397         345
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
   Net noncurrent deferred tax liabilities                    20,578      20,005
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Net deferred tax liability                                  $ 10,776    $  8,043
================================================================================
</TABLE>



<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

The difference between tax expense and the "expected" tax which would result
from the use of the federal statutory rate is as follows:
==================================================================================================
(In thousands)                                                      1997         1996        1995
==================================================================================================
<S>                                                             <C>          <C>          <C>    
Statutory rate                                                        35%          35%         35%
Tax which would result from use of the federal statutory rate   $ 13,540     $ 11,610     $ 5,702
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Depletion                                                           (473)        (481)       (403)
Research & development credit                                       (200)          --        (450)
State and local income tax, net of federal effect                  1,451          662         686
Varying tax rates of foreign affiliates                              151          (34)         19
Non-recognition of foreign affiliate loss                            193          133         387
Recognition of foreign affiliate loss carryforward                  (416)        (253)         --
Other                                                                (65)         306         199
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                     641          333         438
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Recorded tax expense                                            $ 14,181     $ 11,943     $ 6,140
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Effective tax rate                                                  36.7%        36.0%       37.7%
==================================================================================================
</TABLE>



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12. stock option plans

The Company has options outstanding under three plans. Under the 1983 Stock
Option Plan and the 1994 Incentive Stock Option Plan, the Company may grant
options to key management employees. The Stock Option Plan for Directors
authorizes the granting of options to non-employee directors. Options
outstanding under the plans are issued at market value, are exercisable on the
third anniversary of the date of grant, and must be exercised within ten years
of the date of grant. A grand total of 5,750,000 shares of the Company's common
stock are authorized for issuance for the exercise of stock options.


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

Stock option transactions for the three years        Number of     Weighted Avg.
ended December 31, 1997 were as follows:             Shares       Exercise Price
================================================================================
<S>                                                  <C>              <C>   
Outstanding at January 1, 1995                       1,937,348        $20.89
       Grants                                          103,700         17.69
       Exercised                                       110,016         12.64
       Cancelled                                       335,000         22.53
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Outstanding at December 31, 1995                     1,596,032         20.90
       Grants                                          846,150         21.15
       Exercised                                        58,500         15.29
       Cancelled                                        99,000         22.73
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Outstanding at December 31, 1996                     2,284,682         21.06
       Grants                                           57,773         25.15
       Exercised                                       101,400         16.80
       Cancelled                                        49,600         20.78
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Outstanding at December 31, 1997                     2,191,455         21.37
</TABLE>


At December 31, 1997, 1996 and 1995, 1,240,532 shares, 711,532 shares and
658,232 shares were exercisable.

The table below summarizes information relating to options outstanding and
exercisable at December 31, 1997.


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                      Options Outstanding                                    Options Exercisable
- --------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------------------------
                                    Weighted                                                  Weighted
                                    Average         Weighted Avg.                             Average
    Exercise        Options         Exercise          Remaining           Options             Exercise
     Prices       Outstanding        Price         Contractual Life     Exercisable            Price
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$13.00 - $15.00      120,300         $13.25             1.0 years         120,300             $13.25
$15.01 - $20.00      544,432          17.48             5.9               484,432              17.34
$20.01 - $25.00    1,248,823          21.89             7.8               378,700              23.39
$25.01 - $30.00      142,100          28.31             3.6               121,300              28.37
$30.01 - $32.25      135,800          32.11             5.3               135,800              32.11
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The fair value of options granted in 1997, 1996 and 1995 is $372,000, $4,706,000
and $526,000, respectively and the weighted average fair value per share of
options granted in 1997, 1996 and 1995 is $6.44, $5.56 and $5.07, respectively.

The fair value of options granted in 1997, 1996 and 1995 is estimated on the
date the options are granted based on the Black Scholes option-pricing model
with the following weighted-average assumptions:


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                                         1997          1996          1995
                                         ----          ----          ----
<S>                                      <C>           <C>           <C> 
Risk-free interest rate                   6.5%          6.3%          6.6%
Expected life                             4.5 years     6.0 years     5.0 years
Expected volatility                      23.1%         22.7%         27.0%
Dividend yield                            1.7%          2.1%          2.0%
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<PAGE>   35

The Company accounts for costs of stock-based compensation in accordance with
Accounting Principles Board Opinion No. 25, "Accounting for Stock Issued to
Employees," rather than the fair value based method in Statement of Financial
Accounting Standards No. 123 (SFAS 123), "Accounting for Stock-Based
Compensation." No compensation cost has been recognized for the Company's stock
option plans. Had compensation cost been determined based on the fair values of
the stock options at the date of grant in accordance with SFAS 123, the Company
would have recognized additional compensation expense, net of taxes, of
$1,113,000, $488,000 and $56,000 for 1997, 1996 and 1995, respectively. The
Company's pro forma net income and pro forma net income per share for 1997, 1996
and 1995 would have been as follows:


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

(in thousands, except for per share data)         1997         1996         1995
================================================================================
Net Income:
================================================================================
<S>                                         <C>          <C>          <C>       
As reported                                 $   24,506   $   21,228   $   10,152
Pro forma                                       23,393       20,740       10,096

Net Income per Share: basic
================================================================================
As reported                                 $     1.26   $     1.09   $      .52
Pro forma                                         1.20         1.06          .52

Net Income per Share: diluted
================================================================================
As reported                                 $     1.23   $     1.08   $      .51
Pro forma                                         1.17         1.05          .51
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Since compensation expense associated with option grants is recognized over the
vesting period, the initial impact of applying SFAS No. 123 on pro forma
disclosure is not representative of the potential impact on pro forma net income
for future years, when the effect of the recognition of a portion of
compensation expense from multiple awards would be reflected.

13. restructuring charge

In 1995, the Company recorded a pre-tax restructuring charge of approximately
$4,000,000 in connection with cost reduction programs and the write-off of
assets related to the planned expansion of the Princeton, NJ, headquarters
facility.

14. due from officers

In accordance with a long-term compensation plan approved by the Board of
Directors, the Company sold shares of its common stock to senior officers
totaling 70,000 shares and 60,000 shares in 1994 and 1993, respectively. The
selling price was $22.63 and $32.25 per share, respectively, and in each case
represented the market price on the date of the sale. These transactions,
amounting to $3,520,000, were financed through loans to the individuals by
financial institutions, and had been guaranteed by the Company. During 1995, the
Company paid the financial institutions and lent the outstanding balance of
$2,744,000 directly to the officers. Subsequent to this transaction, the Board
of Directors and Management approved a repurchase plan whereby 60,000 shares
were purchased from the officers at fair market value on October 2, 1995. The
proceeds, along with a forgiveness of loans by the Company, in an amount equal
to the excess of the original cost over the fair value reduced the outstanding
notes receivable balance to $960,000 at December 31, 1995. The Company further
agreed to indemnify each participant on an after-tax basis for the income tax
impact of the loan forgiveness. A pre-tax charge of $662,000 was included in the
Company's 1995 Statement of Income which represented the difference between the
officers' cost and the market value of the stock, and the income tax
indemnification at the date of the repurchase plan. As part of the repurchase,
the officers were to pay off their remaining debt to the Company. The $411,000
loans had interest imputed at a rate of 6% and were paid in full in early 1996.
The terms of the remaining note for $549,000 include a balloon payment due in
four years with interest imputed at 6%. For those officers who borrowed funds to
pay off the loans, the Company guaranteed the loans, but the Company would no
longer be responsible for paying the interest costs. Furthermore, as part of
this transaction, the officers agreed to the cancellation of their Employment
Severance Agreements with the Company.


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15. common stock voting rights and rights agreement

Effective February 19, 1986, the Company's Restated Certificate of Incorporation
was amended to provide that every share of Company common stock is entitled to
four votes per share if it has been beneficially owned continuously by the same
holder (1) for a period of 48 consecutive months preceding the record date for
the Stockholders' Meeting; or (2) since February 19, 1986. All other shares
carry one vote. Specific provisions for the determination of beneficial
ownership and the voting of rights of the Company's common stock are contained
in the Company's Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders and Proxy Statement.

On April 26, 1989, the Board of Directors declared a dividend of one right for
each share of outstanding common stock to be issued to stockholders of record on
May 17, 1989, which will expire in ten years subject to earlier redemption by
the Company. Under certain circumstances, the registered holder of each right
would be entitled to purchase one one-hundredth of a share of the Junior
Participating Cumulative Preferred Stock of the Company, or in certain
circumstances either Company common stock or common stock of an acquiring
company at one-half the market price.

16. commitments and contingencies

a. Rent expense amounted to $3,870,000 in 1997, $3,956,000 in 1996 and
$4,107,000 in 1995. The Company is obligated for minimum annual rentals under
non-cancelable long-term operating leases as follows:


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

(In thousands)
================================================================================
<S>                                                       <C>            <C>    
                                                          1998           $ 3,097
                                                          1999             2,481
                                                          2000             2,161
                                                          2001             1,942
                                                          2002             1,263
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total future minimum lease commitments                                   $10,944
================================================================================
</TABLE>


b. In December 1981, the Company formed a partnership with a supplier of raw
materials which mines and processes sodium mineral deposits owned by each of the
two companies in Wyoming. The partnership supplies the Company with the majority
of its sodium raw material requirements. This agreement terminates upon two
years' written notice by either company.

c. The Company, in the ordinary course of its business, is the subject of, or a
party to, various pending or threatened legal actions. The Company believes that
any ultimate liability arising from these actions will not have a material
adverse effect on its consolidated financial statements.


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<PAGE>   37

17. unaudited quarterly financial information


<TABLE>
<CAPTION>

(In thousands, except for per share data)
=========================================================================================
                                       First      Second      Third     Fourth       Full
                                     Quarter     Quarter    Quarter    Quarter       Year
=========================================================================================
<S>                                <C>          <C>        <C>        <C>        <C>     
1997
Net sales                          $ 129,621    $141,850   $146,328   $157,107   $574,906
Gross profit                          54,860      60,781     63,167     65,416    244,224
Income from operations                 6,180       8,550      9,303      6,523     30,556
Equity in earnings of affiliates       1,416       1,594      1,242      1,805      6,057
Net income                             5,227       7,280      6,427      5,572     24,506
Net income per share - basic       $     .27    $    .37   $    .33   $    .29   $   1.26
Net income per share - diluted     $     .26    $    .37   $    .32   $    .28   $   1.23
- -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1996
Net sales                          $ 121,548    $134,627   $137,090   $134,506   $527,771
Gross profit                          51,762      57,731     58,886     53,345    221,724
Income from operations                 4,730       8,484      7,030      7,019     27,263
Equity in earnings of affiliates       1,272       1,310      1,061      1,497      5,140
Net income                             3,848       6,131      5,198      6,051     21,228
Net income per share - basic       $     .20    $    .31   $    .27   $    .31   $   1.09
Net income per share - diluted     $     .20    $    .31   $    .26   $    .31   $   1.08
- -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1995
Net sales                          $ 117,963    $128,980   $120,509   $118,307   $485,759
Gross profit                          49,270      53,727     49,235     43,793    196,025
Income/(loss) from operations           (250)      6,725      1,418        476      8,369
Equity in earnings of affiliates       2,429       2,253      1,116      1,591      7,389
Net income                             1,143       5,642      1,566      1,801     10,152
Net income per share - basic       $     .06    $    .29   $    .08   $    .09   $    .52
Net income per share - diluted     $     .06    $    .29   $    .08   $    .08   $    .51
=========================================================================================
</TABLE>



independent auditors' report
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


To the Stockholders and Board of Directors of
Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
Princeton, New Jersey

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Church & Dwight
Co., Inc., and subsidiaries as of December 31, 1997 and 1996, and the related
consolidated statements of income, stockholders' equity, and cash flows for each
of the three years in the period ended December 31, 1997. These financial
statements are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our
responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on
our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with generally accepted auditing
standards. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain
reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material
misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting
the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes
assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by
management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation.
We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, such consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all
material respects, the financial position of Church & Dwight Co., Inc. and
subsidiaries at December 31, 1997 and 1996, and the results of their operations
and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December
31, 1997 in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.


/s/ Deloitte & Touche LLP


Deloitte & Touche LLP
Parsippany, New Jersey
January 21, 1998



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DIRECTORS

Cyril C. Baldwin, Jr.
Chairman of the Board
Cambrex Corporation
Director since 1983

William R. Becklean
Senior Vice President
Tucker Anthony, Inc.
Director since 1980

Robert H. Beeby
Retired President and
Chief Executive Officer
Frito-Lay, Inc.
Director since 1992

Robert A. Davies, III
President and
Chief Executive Officer
Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
Director since 1995

Rosina B. Dixon, M.D.
Physician and Consultant
Director since 1979

J. Richard Leaman, Jr.
Retired President and
Chief Executive Officer
S. D. Warren Company
Director since 1985

John D. Leggett III, Ph.D.
President
Sensor Instruments Co., Inc.
Director since 1979

Robert A. McCabe
President
Pilot Capital Corporation
Director since 1987

Dwight C. Minton
Chairman of the Board
Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
Director since 1965

Dean P. Phypers
Retired Senior Vice President
International Business
Machines Corporation
Director since 1974

Jarvis J. Slade
Partner
Hampton Capital Company
Director since 1970

John O. Whitney
Professor and
Executive Director
The Deming Center for
Quality Management
Columbia Business School
Director since 1992


OFFICERS

Robert A. Davies, III
President and
Chief Executive Officer

Raymond L. Bendure, Ph.D.
Vice President
Research & Development

Mark A. Bilawsky
Vice President,
General Counsel and Secretary

Mark G. Conish
Vice President
Manufacturing and Distribution

James P. Crilly
Senior Vice President
Arm & Hammer Division

Zvi Eiref
Vice President Finance and
Chief Financial Officer

Dennis M. Moore
Vice President
Corporate Business Development /
Arm & Hammer International

Eugene F. Wilcauskas
President and
Chief Operating Officer
Specialty Products Division

Leo T. Belill
Vice President
Specialty Products Division

Alfred H. Falter
Vice President
Procurement

W. Patrick Fiedler
Vice President Marketing
Specialty Products Division

Gary P. Halker
Vice President, Controller and
Chief Information Officer

Jaap Ketting
Vice President - Brazil

Henry Kornhauser
Vice President Creative Services

Larry B. Koslow
Vice President Marketing
Personal Care Products
Arm & Hammer Division

Ronald D. Munson
Vice President
International Operations
Specialty Products Division

Joyce F. Srednicki
Vice President Marketing
Household Products
Arm & Hammer Division


INVESTOR
INFORMATION

Corporate Headquarters

Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
469 North Harrison Street
Princeton, NJ 08543-5297
(609) 683-5900


Independent Auditors

Deloitte & Touche LLP
2 Hilton Court
Parsippany, NJ 07054

Transfer Agent and Registrar

ChaseMellon
Shareholder Services, LLC
85 Challenger Road
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
http://www.chasemellon.com

The Annual Meeting of
Stockholders will be held at:

11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 1998
The Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York City

Stock Listing

Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
shares are listed on the
New York Stock Exchange.
The symbol is CHD.

10-K Report 

Stockholders may obtain a copy of the Company's Form 10-K Annual Report to the
Securities and Exchange Commission, for the year ended December 31, 1997, by
writing to the Vice President Finance at Corporate Headquarters.

Quarterly Reports

Church & Dwight Co., Inc. mails quarterly reports to stockholders of record and
to other persons who request copies. If your shares are not registered in your
name but are held at a broker, bank or other intermediary, you can receive
quarterly reports if you send a written request and provide your name and
address to:

Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
c/o ChaseMellon
Shareholder Services, LLC
P.O. Box 3316
South Hackensack, NJ 07606


Stockholder Inquiries

Communications concerning stockholder records, stock transfer, changes of
ownership, account consolidations, dividends and change of address should be
directed to:

Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
c/o ChaseMellon
Shareholder Services, LLC
P.O. Box 3315
South Hackensack, NJ 07606
1-800-851-9677

Dividend Reinvestment Plan

Church & Dwight Co., Inc. offers an automatic Dividend Reinvestment Plan for our
Common Stockholders. The Plan provides a convenient and economical method for
stockholders of record to reinvest their dividends automatically or make
optional cash payments toward the purchase of additional shares without paying
brokerage commissions or bank service charges. For details, contact:

Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
Dividend Reinvestment Plan
c/o ChaseMellon
Shareholder Services, LLC

P.O. Box 3338
South Hackensack, NJ 07606
1-800-851-9677

On the Internet

Church & Dwight financial news releases are accessible at
http://www.businesswire.com

Consumer product information: http://www.armhammer.com

Church & Dwight Co., Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. The Company conducts
its business without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin
or handicap.

(R) Church & Dwight Co., Inc. 1998

Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements

This Annual Report includes forward-looking statements, many of which depend on
factors outside the Company's control, such as economic conditions, market
demand and industry capacity, competitive products and pricing, raw material
costs and other matters. With regard to new product introductions, there is
particular uncertainty related to trade, competitive and consumer reactions.
Future performance may be affected by changes in one or more of these factors.


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                                                                      EXHIBIT 21

                   CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                                   EXHIBIT 21
                       LIST OF THE COMPANY'S SUBSIDIARIES




1)       Church & Dwight Ltd./Ltee
         Incorporated in Canada

2)       C & D Chemical Products, Inc.
         Incorporated in the State of Delaware,
         D/B/A Armand Products Company, a Partnership

3)       DeWitt International Corporation
         Incorporated in the State of Delaware

4)       Brotherton Speciality Products Ltd.
         Incorporated in the United Kingdom

5)       Industrias Bicarbon De Venezuela, S.A.


         The Company's remaining subsidiaries, if considered in the aggregate as
a single subsidiary, would not constitute a significant subsidiary as of
December 31, 1997.





<PAGE>   1
                                                                      EXHIBIT 23


INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' CONSENT



We consent to the incorporation by reference in Registration Statement No.
33-60149, Registration No. 33-60147, Registration No. 33-24553, Registration No.
33-6150 and Registration Statement No. 33-44881 on Form S-8 of our report dated
January 21, 1998 incorporated by reference in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of
Church & Dwight Co., Inc. for the year ended December 31, 1997.



DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP
Parsippany, New Jersey
March 26, 1998






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