If you own a bottle of Victoria's Secret Bombshell perfume, you are in possession of a powerful mosquito repellant, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Insect Science. For the study, researchers at New Mexico State University compared the effectiveness of different mosquito repellants. Making things really interesting, they also included some perfumes in their study.
To test the effectiveness of the different repellants and perfumes, the researchers placed a mosquito in a Y-shaped tube. Then, one very brave and apparently delicious-smelling (to mosquitos anyway) researcher put one hand at each end of the forked tube. One of her hands was au naturale, while the other was sprayed with the repellant or perfume being tested. If the mosquito avoided the sprayed hand, the scientists determined that the chemical in question was effective at repelling mosquitos.
Unsurprisingly, any repellant containing DEET (a chemical commonly used in insect repellants) was pretty effective. More surprising was the fact that Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil and Victoria's Secret Bombshell perfume were both also very effective against mosquitos. While Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil was only effective for about two hours, the VS fragrance kept mosquitos at bay for even longer.
Stacy Rodriguez, a research assistant involved in the study, explained the results in a statement. "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."