More Information About Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is found naturally in the environment and is widely used in many consumer products.  You could expect to find it in dollar bills, medicines, wood furniture, baby wipes ... even fresh fruit and vegetables.  Although formaldehyde is quite common, we do not add it to any of our bras simply because there's no need to use it in this type of product.

The most stringent textile guidelines in the world also take into account that there is often formaldehyde found in the environment that make a true zero test result nearly impossible.  According to scientific literature, any level of formaldehyde less than 20 parts per million (ppm) is considered to be "non-detectable," "non-existent" or a "false positive" reading.  Dermatologists indicate that even those individuals who are allergic to formaldehyde would not have a reaction at this low level.  The Victoria's Secret bras that we tested all had formaldehyde levels below 20 ppm - well below the accepted standard for adult clothing in direct contact with skin which is 75 ppm.

Testing for Formaldehyde

Textile experts around the world use a standard quantitative test as the most reliable way to detect the presence of formaldehyde in clothing.  That is the test that was used by independent labs to examine the bras.  For more information about formaldehyde limits for clothing and the qualitative testing, known as EO ISO 14184-1, visit: http://www.consumeraffairs.govt.nz/legislation-policy/policy-reports-and-papers/reports/statement.

FAQ - Formaldehyde

  • Could the skin irritation I have be caused by your product?

    Independent third-party testing has confirmed that our bras are formaldehyde-free or contain only trace amounts which are significantly lower than allowed by the most stringent textile guidelines in the world. Dermatologists indicate that even those individuals who are allergic to formaldehyde would not have a reaction at this low level.

    Naturally, we are very concerned about anyone who may have had a skin reaction while wearing our garments, but without patch testing each individual, there is no way to know what may have caused skin irritation in a given instance.

  • Do you use formaldehyde in your bras?

    No. We do not add formaldehyde to our bras, and multiple independent tests have confirmed that the bras are formaldehyde-free or contain only trace amounts which are significantly lower than allowed by the most stringent textile guidelines in the world.
  • Are the rumors about Victoria's Secret bras containing formaldehyde and causing skin irritation true?

    Our bras are safe. Millions of women love Victoria's Secret bras, and independent third-party testing has confirmed that the bras are formaldehyde-free or contain only trace amounts which are significantly lower than allowed by the most stringent textile guidelines in the world. Dermatologists indicate that even those individuals who are allergic to formaldehyde would not have a reaction at this low level.

For Our Customers

Customer safety and satisfaction are always our primary concerns, and we take very seriously any issues our customers may have with our products. If you ever have a concern with any of our products, please let us know. Our customer care center representatives care about your experience and are happy to help.

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