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23rd Sep 2019

Apparently Victoria’s Secret perfume works as an unreal insect repellent

Rebecca O'Keeffe

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We’ve all owned a Victoria’s Secret perfume or body spray at some stage in our lives, right?

Well, we have only just learned that they have a special quality.

According to a study published recently in the Journal of Insect Science, Victoria’s Secret perfume acts as an effective insect repellent.

“Not all repellents are created equal, unfortunately they’re advertised as such,” said Stacy Rodriguez, research assistant involved in the study.

“It’s important to let consumers know what is actually effective.”

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For the study, researchers at New Mexico State University compared the effectiveness of different mosquito repellants, while also including certain perfumes.

Any of the repellants containing DEET were deemed effective, while non-DEET were virtually useless.

But oddly, Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume was also very effective against mosquitos, and also lasted ages.

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Stacy Rodriguez, an assistant working on the study, said:

“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.”

You’d kind of wonder why, wouldn’t you?

To further this research, the team are in the process of testing mosquito repellent bracelets and clip-on repellent devices, and intend to publish their results in time for next mosquito season.