Victoria’s Secret ‘Bombshell’ Perfume Repels Mosquitoes, Study Finds


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Victoria's Secret 'Bombshell' Perfume Repels Mosquitoes, Study Finds

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When researchers from New Mexico State University (NMSU) tested insect repellents, fragrances and a patch to determine their abilities to ward off mosquitoes, they made an interesting discovery — Bombshell, a perfume by Victoria's Secret, repelled the insects when used in high concentrations.

Immo Hansen, an associate professor at NMSU, told Today, "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."

Researchers noted that the best way to protect yourself from insect bites are still products containing DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus, such as Off! Deep Woods and Cutter.

Plus, these repellents cost about $5 compared to Bombshell, which retails for $52. But if you don't like the smell of bug spray, perhaps the perfume is a good alternative.

Hansen added, "In our experiments, best protection was achieved with 30 percent or 95 percent DEET-containing repellents, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. I personally use a 30 percent DEET repellent when I go into the field — or my backyard."

The study was published last fall in the Journal of Insect Science.

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