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Researchers say Victoria’s Secret perfume doubles as mosquito repellent

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Photo of Victoria's Secret Bombshel Perfume from the Victoria's Secret website

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – With the fear of the Zika virus and West Nile virus on the rise this summer, you’ll definitely want to spray yourself with mosquito repellent before heading outside. But as it turns out, you can also spray yourself with Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume to effectively repel the critters.

You read that correctly. Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume is an effective mosquito repellent when used in high concentrations.

Researchers with New Mexico State University tested a variety of mosquito repellents and several fragrances to see which products are your best bet.

“Not all repellents are created equal – unfortunately they’re advertised as such,” said Stacy Rodriguez, research assistant in NMSU’s Molecular Vector Physiology Lab. “It’s important to let consumers know what is actually effective.”

The researchers tested 11 products: Repel 100 Insect Repellent, OFF Deep Woods Insect Repellent VIII, Cutter Skinsations Insect Repellent, Cutter Natural Insect Repellent, EcoSmart Organic Insect Repellent, Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent, Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard, Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil, Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume, and a vitamin B1-based Mosquito Skin Patch.

The experiment concluded that the products with DEET as the active ingredient (Repel 100 Insect Repellent, OFF Deep Woods Insect Repellent VIII and Cutter Skinsations Insect Repellent) were the most effective.

Surprisingly, the researchers also discovered that the Victoria’s Secret perfume repelled the species for about two hours.

“There was some previous literature that said fruity, floral scents attracted mosquitoes, and to not wear those,” Rodriquez said. “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.”

The researchers explained that the perfume may have provided a temporary masking effect, and they emphasized that high concentrations are necessary for the perfume to act as a repellent.

You can read the entire experiment in the Journal of Insect Science here.