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There's no formaldehyde in Victoria's Secret bras, and the plaintiff and her attorney are busted

You might enjoy reading the letter (3.3 MB) from the attorneys representing Victoria's Secret.

Not only is there no formaldehyde in the bras, but it is very likely that Ritter's smoking or how she cleaned the bra could have added the compound to it.  More than that, her personal hygiene habits (such as wearing the bra for days without taking it off or showering) probably caused her dermatitis.

Finally, it is clear that her attorney has been less than honest about his supposed test results, assuming that any testing was even done. Looks like a pretty crude attempt at a shakedown to me. Just one more example of why defendants should ALWAYS fight back.

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Victoria's Secret bras, in my experience, (at least new, padded ones) emit a very foul odor within a few minutes of putting them on. I don't have any allergic reactions to whatever is causing it, but I wouldn't be surprised, given the acridity of the smell, if it is something like formaldehyde. I have to wash new ones around 10 times before wearing them, so as not to smell as if the dog peed on my clothes. I'm tempted to have some testing done myself to determine what's causing that smell.

Michael Shaw

The best thing to do is contact Victoria's Secret customer service...

Of course, there are many possible causes for odor--chemicals from the packaging, storage in a manner that prevented these compounds to evaporate, and so forth.

However, formaldehyde is quite unlikely, since it is not used in garments that are either all synthetic or mostly synthetic.

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