Your Favorite Victoria's Secret Fragrance Is Also a Mosquito Repellent

Your Favorite Victoria's Secret Fragrance Is Also a Mosquito Repellent
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Turns out, that bottle of Victoria's Secret Bombshell can do a lot more than help you channel your inner Adriana Lima. In a study conducted by New Mexico State University on the most effective bug sprays, researchers tested 10 different repellents—including some seriously heavy-duty formulas—and found that the passion fruit, orchid, and peony blend ($52; victoriassecret.com) was almost as powerful at driving away insects as DEET. "There was some previous literature that said fruity, floral scents attracted mosquitos, and not to wear those," says Stacy Rodriguez, research assistant at NMSU's Molecular Vector Physiology Lab. "It was interesting to see that the mosquitos weren't actually attracted to the person that was wearing the Victoria's Secret perfume—they were repelled by it." And here we were thinking that the sweeter aromas we favored were what triggered an onslaught of mosquitos...

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During the experiment, researchers used a Y-shaped tube with one end leading to a volunteer's bare hand, and the other leading toward an empty chamber. They then pumped high concentrations of the Bombshell scent through the tube, which held around 20 mosquitos, and if the insects were attracted to the scent, they would fly toward the volunteer's hand. If the mosquitos were repelled by the scent, they flew in the direction of the empty chamber, or didn't move at all. Surprisingly, the scent actually kept the bugs at bay for roughly two hours. We're not sure how Bombshell even became a contender in the study, or if the iterations of Bombshell Luxe ($250; victoriassecret.com) or Bombshell Forever ($68; victoriassecret.com) have the same effect, but we're starting to think there's more than one reason that the scent is one of the top-sellers for Victoria's Secret.

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