THERE may be a much sweeter solution for combating mosquitos than DEET – and you could already own a bottle of it.
One scientific study found that a popular Victoria’s Secret perfume could do a better job at keeping the blood-suckers away than traditional repellant.
The TikToker who runs the @Absolutley.LM page shared the surprising fact in a video in July.
She says: “Amber Romance and Bombshell by Victoria’s Secret have been proven scientifically to prevent mosquitos better than repellent.”
She cites a 2015 study from The Journal of Insect Science.
In the study, biologists compared the efficacy of several different insect repellants, including DEET-filled options from brands including Repel and Off.
Also among the sprays tested was Victoria’s Secret Bombshell eau de parfum, $59.95 for 1.7 ounces.
The fruity-floral perfume has notes of purple passion fruit, Shangri-La peony, and vanilla orchid.
The perfume appears to have been presented as a control for the study, as the authors noted that it had no known active ingredients against insects and was not recommended as a repellant.
But the biologists were surprised to find that it actually worked.
“Interestingly, Victoria’s Secret Bombshell repelled mosquitoes quite effectively 120 min post application,” they wrote.
They added that it “repelled mosquitoes quite effectively” and was “shown to be a strong repellent.”
The TikToker also says that Victoria’s Secret’s Amber Romance spray, $19.95, repels mosquitos, too, though that fragrance was not included in the study.
“Option for city folk. BETTER smelling than repellant. Deet may last longer tho,” she wrote.
“If your perfume has Methyl dihydrojasmonate, chances are this video applies,” she added.
TikTokers have been both shocked and thrilled by the news.
One person wrote: “Bombshell is my absolute favorite!”
“I wear that scent every day and that’s why I don’t get bug bites,” someone else said.
A third user wrote: “I’m a freaking mosquito magnet, so I need these.”
“Amber Romance is my favorite perfume… no wonder I don’t get mosquito bites,” another TikToker said.
Someone else chimed in: “The people of Louisiana have been using these for years!”