Policies

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

ANIMAL TESTING
L Brands policy prohibits the testing of our branded products, formulations and ingredients on animals except in rare cases when required by government regulations. Through our involvement in the Institute For In Vitro Sciences, we are supporting research to develop additional non-animal alternative methods which we believe will ultimately result in the elimination of animal testing worldwide. 
 
AUSTRALIAN WOOL
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. 

CELLULOSIC FIBER
L Brands is committed to responsible sourcing of man-made cellulosic fibers, including rayon, viscose and modal. We are working 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 Values or human rights abuses. We are committed to working with our suppliers to 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. We will report on our progress publicly.  Please refer to our Forest Products page for additional information.

CONFLICT MINERALS
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.

DOWN FILL
L Brands does not sell products that contain down fill.

EXOTIC SKINS
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 
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. 

Apparel
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

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


LEAD

Accessories
L Brands is in full compliance with all legal requirements regarding lead in consumer products. 
 
Lipstick
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.


MICROBEADS
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
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
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. 

RESTRICTED SUBSTANCES
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
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.

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

UZBEKISTAN AND TURKMENISTAN COTTON
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.