This Victoria’s Secret Perfume Randomly Doubles as Mosquito Repellent

Ever since high school, when I finally worked up the nerve to step into one of their stores on my own, I’ve been wearing Victoria’s Secret perfume.

Specifically one kind: Vanilla Lace.

Blame it on my dance teacher in grade school, but even though I was a shitty ballerina, I still idolized her and that’s what she wore, so as soon as I became old enough to buy it myself, that’s what I wore too.

For nearly 10 years now, I’ve been making my semi-annual pilgrimages to Victoria’s Secret to re-up on my signature scent, without so much as even giving any of the other perfumes a spritz.

As it turned out, this was a giant mistake because the Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume has been scientifically proven to be effective at repelling mosquitoes.

Seriously, they should think about advertising that.

People would actually buy it.

In a new study published in literally nobody’s favorite scientific journal, the Journal of Insect Science, researchers at New Mexico State University found that VS Bombshell Perfume is more effective than at least five other mosquito repellents, including one my mother made me wear whenever I left the house as a kid.

No wonder I always got so many mosquito bites.

Basically, how they got their results was by sticking mosquitos in a tube where on one end, there was a hand without any kind of mosquito repellent, and on the other end, there was a hand with some kind of repellent.

Obviously actual mosquito repellents that contained DEET work the best, but Stacy Rodriguez, one of the study’s research assistants pointed out that contrary to popular mythology that “fruity, floral scents attracted mosquitos,” it was interesting “to see that the mosquitos weren’t actually attracted to the person that was wearing Victoria’s Secret perfume – they were repelled by it.”

So, the next time you’re going on a camping trip or more realistically, tripping in the park with your friends, think about paying a visit to Victoria’s Secret first and testing out this study for yourself.

And while you’re there, you might as well buy yourself a new bra.

Isn’t it always a good time for a new bra?

[H/T Elle]

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