Victoria’s Secret perfume repels mosquitoes, scientists find

American scientists have discovered that, far from being all about attraction, a popular fragrance in the Victoria’s Secret line can repel mosquitoes effectively for up to two hours.

The perfume, appropriately named Bombshell, not only blew the bugs away, but performed better than a range of so-called “organic” mosquito repellents on the market.

The result came as a complete surprise to researchers from New Mexico State University, who had originally decided to test the perfume in addition to known repellents because they thought that the fragrance would attract mosquitoes.

“There was some previous literature that said fruity, floral scents attracted mosquitoes, and to not wear those,” said researcher Stacy Rodriguez.

“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.”

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