You’re preparing for a day-long hike with your trail mix, water bottle and — Victoria’s Secret perfume? A study that looked at which mosquito repellents work best found that one of the lingerie company’s signature scents is good at keeping the bloodsuckers at bay.
It’s a quirky finding scientists out of New Mexico State University didn’t think they’d uncover — they threw in Bombshell, a Victoria’s Secret perfume, thinking its sweet fragrance would lure mosquitoes.
The researchers zeroed in on eight commercially available mosquito repellents, including three sprays that had DEET as the active ingredient. The products with DEET were:
- Repel 100 Insect Repellent
- OFF Deep Woods Insect Repellent VIII
- Cutter Skinsations Insect Repellent
While the DEET-free bug repellents included:
- Cutter Natural Insect Repellent
- EcoSmart Organic Insect Repellent
- Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent
- Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard
The researchers threw in two fragrances — Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil and Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume — along with a vitamin B1-based Mosquito Skin Patch.
“We tested VS Bombshell because one of our test subjects had gotten it as a birthday present, so it was a completely random pick. Since it smells flowery and sweet, we thought that it would attract mosquitoes, but the reverse was true,” Immo Hansen, one of the study’s authors, told TODAY.