Formaldehyde Findings in Brazilian Blowout Products

A number of organizations have run tests on Brazilian Blowout products and discovered formaldehyde.

During one investigation, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) found that formaldehyde levels in the air were above limits established by OSHA in a salon using the Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution. OSHA requires manufacturers of products that contain more than .1 percent of formaldehyde or greater to include information about the chemical and its hazards on the label. Testing by Oregon OSHA discovered that Brazilian Blowout Solution had an average of more than 8 percent formaldehyde in it and that the related product Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution averaged more than 8 percent. Both products are marketed as “formaldehyde-free,” and the Acai Professional Smoothing Solution is labeled “formaldehyde-free.”
In most cases, OSHA found that hair salon owners did not know that a hair smoothing product contained or could expose workers and consumers to a harmful chemical because manufacturers, importers and distributers did not include the correct warnings on the product’s label. California OSHA recently found violations at GIB (the importer, distributor and seller of Brazilian Blowout), such as failing to list formaldehyde as a hazardous ingredient on the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) provided to mainstream users such as salon owners and stylists for the products Brazilian Blowout Solution and Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution. By OSHA regulations, the MSDS is required to provide users with information about the chemicals in a product and the potential hazard to workers.

Testing conducted last year by Health Canada led to an even more alarming conclusion. Initial testing found that Brazilian Blowout Solution contained 12 percent formaldehyde. Additional test results showed formaledyde levels of 8.4 percent, which is consistent with tests completed by Oregon OSHA and others. Because of these findings, Canada has banned the product.

At this point, to the best of our knowledge, testing has not been completed on the company’s newest product, Brazilian Blowout Zero, which is being marketed as truly formaldehyde free, so its safety is currently unknown.