A number of women have reported nasty reactions to their Victoria's Secret bras, like rashes, hives, and permanent scarring (oh my!). Roberta Ritter is one:
"I had the welts … very red, hot to the touch, extremely inflamed, blistery. It itched profusely … I couldn't sleep, waking up itching. I was just utterly sick."
The Angels Secret Embrace and Very Sexy Extreme Me Push-Up bras she bought prompted her to sue the company in May. Her lawyers say they've received similar complaints from many other women and a class-action suit could be brewing.
Victoria's Secret is aware of the complaints, but the bras are still on shelves. Roberta's legal team did some scientific tests on the bras and found they contained formaldehyde. Victoria's Secret issued this statement in response to the formaldehyde allegation: "We have strict quality controls around our products, and we do not use formaldehyde in our bras." We wouldn't think anyone would purposefully make formaldehyde bras, especially during holiday shopping season, but somehow, Roberta's lawyers assert, the chemical is filling those cups.
Dozens of women want Victoria's Secret to reimburse them for medical bills and suffering. Class-action paperwork has been filed, but a judge won't decide until May if there's enough evidence to move the case forward. So until then, Extra Cool Blue Aloe?
Victoria's Secret: Formaldehyde in Bras? [ABC News]