Common product ingredients are often discussed in the news – below is the L Brands’ perspective on some you may have heard about.


L Brands has had a long history – more than five decades since our founding in 1963 – of being against animal testing.

Bath & Body Works

Bath & Body Works does not test any of our branded products, formulations or ingredients on animals.  Period.  The brand is planning to pilot selling products in China during the summer of 2019.  Any Bath & Body Works personal care products sold in China will be produced in China, which eliminates the Chinese government’s requirement for animal testing as that only applies to imported personal care products.  Personal care products sold in the rest of the world are produced in North America, Europe and South Korea.

Victoria’s Secret

Victoria’s Secret is against animal testing, and no branded products, formulations or ingredients have ever been tested on animals by the company or its suppliers.  When Victoria’s Secret was introduced in China in 2016, the company’s personal care products – like all personal care products imported into China -- were required to be animal tested by the Chinese government to meet their safety guidelines.  While we didn’t conduct the testing, we felt the need to be transparent with our customers and at that time stopped claiming that our Victoria’s Secret products were not tested on animals.  Since that time, two things have happened:

  1. The Chinese government has evolved their testing requirements.  Personal care products that are made in China to be sold in China are no longer required to be tested on animals. 
  2. With this regulation change in mind, we have been working diligently to secure manufacturers in China that can produce Victoria’s Secret personal care products that meet our quality and safety standards. 

We are making great strides to localize production of more and more of our Victoria’s Secret personal care products sold in China to minimize animal testing.  We continue to rigorously evaluate our options with the ultimate goal that all of our personal care products sold in China will be made in country by established Chinese manufacturing partners that share our values.  Victoria’s Secret personal care products sold in the rest of the world are produced in North America, Europe and South Korea.

Our company continues to support the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) – a non-profit research and testing laboratory dedicated to the implementation and regulatory acceptance of non-animal methods. We share their mission to eliminate animal testing worldwide.  As part of their work, IIVS is collaborating with the Chinese government to assist them in adopting non-animal methods.

Additionally, our technical experts are actively involved in increasing the acceptance and adoption of these methods around the globe.  We recognize that the global regulatory landscape is always changing and will continue partnering with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, government agencies and other industry leaders for animal welfare.
Consistent with our sourcing policies, we will not knowingly sell products that contain Australian merino wool until the practices of mulesing and live exporting end. 

L Brands is committed to responsible sourcing of man-made cellulosic fibers, including rayon, viscose and modal. We continuously work with our suppliers in an effort to ensure that we do not knowingly source fabrics from ancient and endangered forests or sources that contribute to deforestation, the loss of High Conservation Value Forests or human rights abuses. We have confirmed that our suppliers source man-made cellulosic fibers produced from FSC-certified forestry operations or, where unavailable, from certified forestry operations sources that are independently verified to meet our policy, and have paid particular attention to avoid materials from regions where conflicts exist.

L Brands prohibits its suppliers from using conflict minerals which may directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries. View L Brands' 2017 Form SD and Conflict Minerals Report as required by the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Provisions.

L Brands does not sell products that contain down fill.

Victoria’s Secret does not knowingly sell real exotic animal skins, including but not limited to: snake, alligator, crocodile, lizard, ostrich, fish, kangaroo and marine mammals. 

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 fruits and vegetables. 

Personal Care Products
Very low levels of formaldehyde may be found in personal care products as a result of the use of certain preservatives. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not set limits for the use of formaldehyde, our personal care products may contain low levels of commonly used formaldehyde-releasing preservatives consistent with industry standards. These levels are within safe-use limits as determined by the independent Cosmetic Ingredient Review and meet the European Union limits. 

L Brands does not add formaldehyde to our apparel, including bras. In fact, multiple independent tests have confirmed that our bras are formaldehyde-free or contain trace amounts, which are significantly lower than the thresholds allowed by the most stringent textile guidelines in the world. For more specific information about these claims and about formaldehyde, please visit Our Responses

L Brands does not sell any products that are made from, or contain, real fur. 


L Brands is in full compliance with all legal requirements regarding lead in consumer products. 
In an article published in the July/August 2009 edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of Cosmetic Science, FDA scientists reported that they had developed and employed a highly sensitive and rigorous testing method to analyze the total lead content in a broad selection of lipsticks sold in the U.S. and found the any present lead levels are safe and well below recommended limits set by international regulatory and public health authorities.  Like other leading lipsticks on the market, some of L Brands’ lipsticks contain insignificant trace amounts of lead.

In 2016, L Brands reformulated all of our products to no longer contain microbeads (any intentionally added, 5 mm or less, water insoluble, solid plastic particle used to exfoliate or cleanse).  

Parabens are safe and approved for use in many of the major international markets including the United States, Canada and the European Union.

L Brands, like many other personal care companies, use parabens in some of our personal care products (such as hand lotion) because they help keep the products free of microbial contamination. 

Phthalates play an important role in everyday life and are used in a variety of products, including cosmetics.  Phthalates have existed for decades and, as a result, are one of the most extensively studied and well-understood families of chemicals.  Government data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demonstrate that human exposure levels to phthalates are far below minimum safety levels set by regulatory agencies. All of our products comply with any regulatory standards that have been established for phthalates. 

L Brands supports a harmonized approach among leaders in the apparel industry to control potentially hazardous substances.  We have adopted the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) and the Oeko-Tex® 100 Standard harmful substances value limits as our Restricted Substances List (RSL) to guide us and our suppliers in environmentally responsible product design, development and manufacturing. We require material suppliers and factories to comply with these standards and periodically employ auditing procedures to further ensure compliance.
As a values-driven company, L Brands is committed to continually improving. The company is committed to evolve its chemical management program to comply with the above-mentioned MRSL and RSL as updates are made.

Siloxanes have been extensively studied and safely used for decades in a wide variety of consumer products, including personal care products such as sunscreens and shampoos. 

L Brands uses siloxanes for important product performance-enhancing benefits such as the silky, smooth texture in products such as our lotions and moisturizers.

The Canadian government, along with the industry, is currently studying the potential environmental impact of siloxanes. Because L Brands is committed to environmental safety as well as consumer safety, we will monitor the findings and continue to make ingredient decisions based on solid scientific data.

L Brands stopped selling anti-bacterial soaps in 2014 and removed triclosan as an ingredient.

In line with our Sourcing and Labor Standards, L Brands is committed to ensuring that forced labor of any kind is not used in the manufacturing of our products. Because of the reports documenting the systemic use of forced labor (including the worst forms of child labor) in the harvest of cotton in both Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, we have adopted a policy to prohibit the sourcing of Uzbek and Turkmen cotton for the manufacturing of any of our products until their respective governments end the practice of forced labor, including child labor, in the cotton sector. Until the elimination of these practices is independently verified, we will maintain this commitment and will collaborate with other stakeholders to raise awareness of this very serious concern and advocate for its elimination.