This Popular Victoria's Secret Perfume Doubles as a Mosquito Repellent

You might like the flowery scent, but bloodsuckers can't stand it.

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If you're anything like us, you give certain storefronts a wide berth when you're walking through the mall because you know the strong stink that emanates from their doorways will leave you with a headache for the rest of the afternoon. Well, it turns out one store's perfume has a similar effect on mosquitos.

We're familiar with the multitasking wonders of BB creams, but we've never heard of a multitasking perfume before. Enter Victoria's Secret's Bombshell, which wards off pesky mosquitoes almost as well as repellents containing DEET, the most common ingredient in bug sprays, according to research published in the Journal of Insect Science. Evidently bloodsuckers aren't fans of the floral scent, which was found to drive off common mosquito species for up to two hours. Even more interesting, this completely contradicts what people used to say about light, airy scents.

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"There was some previous literature that said fruity, floral scents attracted mosquitoes, and to not wear those," said Stacy Rodriguez, MS, research assistant at New Mexico State's Molecular Vector Physiology Lab, 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."

Researchers say Bombshell's scent has a temporary masking effect when there's a higher concentration of perfume on the skin, so if you want to smell like springtime and avoid getting itchy bug bites, ditch the one-or-two-pumps rule and go crazy. Those mosquitoes won't even know what hit 'em.

...Unfortunately neither will your friends, family, coworkers, nor complete strangers. Not to mention the smallest bottle goes for $52, so, on second thought, you might just want to stick to your usual DEET spray.

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