If you're not a Victoria's Secret fan, you might be after reading this: Turns out, the brand's Bombshell perfume has been found to repel mosquitoes for up to two hours, according to a study done by researchers at New Mexico State University.
Hilariously enough, the researchers had been trying to determine which mosquito repellents actually repel mosquitoes so they included the VS perfume as a control, thinking that it'd attract the little bugs, ScienceAlert reports.
"There was some previous literature that said fruity, floral scents attracted mosquitoes, and to not wear those," Stacy Rodriquez, one of the study authors, said in a press release. "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."
(Fun sidenote: According to Rodriguez, the fact that they used the Bombshell in particular was a random accident. She told ScienceAlert that one of their volunteers had received it as a birthday present.)
All in all, the researchers sprayed volunteers with seven different repellents — three of which included DEET as the active ingredient, four without — along with the VS Bombshell and Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil and a skin patch and tested the experiment on two different species of mosquitoes. They found that the Bombshell worked almost as well at keeping the mosquitoes away as DEET products, which came out the official winners from the study. Surprisingly, the non-DEET-containing repellents and the skin patch did little to keep the mosquitoes away.
That said, the researchers really doused the volunteers in perfume, so we wouldn't necessarily recommend throwing out all your DEET and replacing it with Bombshell. But it's good to know that should you find yourself in a pinch, it'll do.