KUALA LUMPUR: A study into different types of mosquito repellents by New Mexico State University (NMSU) has made a surprising discovery that Victoria’s Secret perfume ‘Bombshell’ is able to keep mosquitoes away.
Research assistant Stacy Rodriguez who led the researchers in NMSU’s Molecular Vector Physiology Lab conducted a test on the effectiveness of the 10 commercially available products intended to repel mosquitoes.
According to ScienceAlert.com, the study has shown that popular Victoria’s Secret perfume, Bombshell, can actually repel mosquitoes effectively for up to two hours.
While it is not anywhere near as effective as products containing DEET (diethyltoluamide), one of the most common active ingredients in insect repellents.
However, when used in high doses, the perfume was better than a range of ‘organic’ mosquito repellents on the market.
“There was some previous literature that said fruity, floral scents attracted mosquitoes and to not wear those.
“It was interesting to see that the mosquitoes were not actually attracted to the person that was wearing the Victoria’s Secret perfume – they were repelled by it,” said Rodriguez.
In the study, published in the Journal of Insect Science last year, used two different mosquitoes species – the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti), which is known to carry Zika virus in some parts of the world, and the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) which can transmit dengue fever and chikungunya.
For up to two hours, the fragrance also kept both species of mosquitoes away.
Overall, the most effective repellents were those that contained DEET, which is an effective insect deterrent, but is also a known irritant.
To be clear, in the experiment, around 0.5ml of Bombshell perfume was doused onto the volunteer’s hand and the researchers explain that in normal concentrations, the fragrance probably would not have the same effect.
The bottom line is, do not replace mosquito repellent for perfume anytime soon.
Original published by: nst