Researchers at New Mexico State University published a study in the Journal of Insect Science that revealed that just one particular line of Victoria’s Secret perfume can serve as an adequate mosquito repellent.
The test was run in such a way: researchers placed mosquitos at the bottom of Y-shaped tubes. They then placed their own hands on the tops of the Y; one hand was “au natural,” the other was sprayed with the tested repellent or other mosquito repelling substance – including some perfumes.
Scientists agreed that if mosquitos avoided the sprayed hand, the applied product could be deemed an “effective” mosquito repellent.
The results, of course, confirmed that products with DEET, a chemical commonly known to serve as an insect repellent, were effective at repelling mosquitos. Hands sprayed with DEET products attracted only 6-11% of tested mosquitos.
More interesting, however, were the results that indicated an Avon bath oil (Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil) and a Victoria’s Secret perfume (Bombshell) were also deemed “effective” in warding off mosquitos. They attracted about 17-31%.
The Avon product lasted for two hours while the Victoria’s Secret perfume lasted for longer.
One of the researchers in the study, Stacy Rodriguez, wrote as a conclusion to this study, “There was some previous literature that said fruity, floral scents attracted mosquitoes, and to not wear those.
“It was interesting to see that the mosquitoes weren't actually attracted to the person that was wearing the Victoria's Secret perfume–they were repelled by it.”
Although it may be tempted to just use our sweeter-smelling products to keep mosquitos away in the hotter months, you’ll want to keep the prices of these respective repellents in mind. $52 for a bottle of Victoria’s Secret bug spray seems little steep…