In a new study from New Mexico State University, researchers sought to find which repellants and perfumes were the most effective at repelling mosquitoes. While straight-up DEET reigns supreme as the most effective method of repelling mosquitoes, the next best thing is pretty surprising: Victora’s Secret’s Bombshell perfume.
According to Gizmodo, the research was done at the university’s Molecular Vector Physiology Lab. Perfume was included in the study by researcher Stacy Rodriguez, who wanted to dispel the myth that flowery smelling perfumes actually attract mosquitoes.
“There was some previous literature that said fruity, floral scents attracted mosquitoes, and to not wear those,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “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.”
In order to test the repellants, the researchers put two different species of mosquito at the bottom of a Y-shaped pipe, and a study participant’s hands in the prongs of the Y shape. One hand was untreated, and the other was treated with a repellant or perfume, according to the source. If the mosquitoes avoided the treated hand and went for the untreated hand, the repellant was deemed effective.
They found that Victoria’s Secret Bombshell was almost as effective as repellants containing DEET, and remained effective for up to two hours. However, as Popular Science notes, a bottle of that perfume costs $52, so you may be better off sticking with your typical, DEET-based bug spray.
The entirety of the study can be found published in the Journal of Insect Science.