Scientists find mosquitoes are repelled by Victoria's Secret perfume

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Scientists Find Mosquitoes Are Repelled By Victoria's Secret Perfume


DEET-based sprays are a reliable method for keeping away mosquitoes. But now you can add something a bit more fragrant to your arsenal when you want to keep bloodsuckers at bay: Victoria's Secret Bombshell perfume.

Researchers from New Mexico State University tested 10 different products to gauge their efficacy in repelling yellow fever and Asian tiger mosquitoes.

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Three of the products were DEET-based repellents, four were DEET-free, two were fragrances -- including the Victoria's Secret perfume -- and one was a vitamin B1-based skin patch.

A researcher favored by mosquitoes stuck her hands at the end of a Y-shaped tube. One hand was sprayed with each substance while the other was bare. Mosquitoes were released from a holding chamber at the end of the tube. If they stayed there or went to the untreated hand, the researchers considered the repellent to have been effective.

Each of the DEET-based sprays substantially repelled both mosquito species while the non-DEET-based products produced varying results but were mostly ineffective.

One of the fragrances, an Avon bath oil, repelled the yellow fever mosquito but not the Asian tiger.

The big surprise, however, was Victoria's Secret. The perfume repelled both species -- for a while, at least.

Speaking of Victoria's Secret, take a peek at some of the over-the-top looks from this year's fashion show:
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Elsa Hosk walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
CNBC EVENTS -- 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show -- Pictured: Model Bridget Malcolm walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York City on November 10, 2015. -- (Photo by: Adam Jeffery/CNBC)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model and Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel from South Africa walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Maria Borges walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: The Weeknd performs as Victoria's Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: The Weeknd performs as Constance Jablonski walks the runway at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: The Weeknd performs as Victoria's Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo and model Joan Smalls walk the runway at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: The Weeknd performs as Joan Smalls walks the runway at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Victoria's Secret Angel Lily Aldridge walks the runway at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: A model walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Valery Kaufman from Russia walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: A model walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Shanina Shaik from Australia walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Megan Puleri from Ohio walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model and new Victoria's Secret Angel Kate Grigorieva from Russia walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model and New Victoria's Secret Angel Sara Sampaio from Portugal walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Ming Xi from China walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Lily Donaldson from The United Kingdom walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Selena Gomez performs onstage during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model and New Victoria's Secret Angel Taylor Hill from Illinois walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Models Jasmine Tookes, Lais Ribeiro, Elsa Hosk, Candice Swanepoel, Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, Lily Aldridge, Romee Strijd, Alessandra Ambrosio, Kate Grigorieva, Monika Jagaciak and Stella Maxwell walk the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Models including Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima, Victoria's Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo, Victoria's Secret Angel Lily Aldridge, walk the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Lily Donaldson from Britain walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Lily Donaldson from Britain walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Gigi Hadid from California walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Magdalena Frackowiak from Poland walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: A model walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Bruna Lirio walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model Maud Welzen from The Netherlands walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
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