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Victoria’s Secret scent and Avon oil effective bug sprays

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This is the pernicious beast we are all trying to kill. So use Victoria’s Secret perfume or Skin So Soft.

Victoria’s Secret and Avon could go into the bug repellent business.

A new study found that the lingerie maker’s perfume, Bombshell, and the cosmetic company’s Skin So Soft Bath Oil are much better at keeping mosquitoes away than a popular natural remedy.

Researchers from New Mexico State University compared chemical repellents, a Vitamin B1 patch and the perfume and bath oil — and found the patch least effective.

Products with the toxic chemical DEET were, of course, the most effective against both the yellow fever mosquito and the Asian tiger variety.

It’s long been known that Avon’s Skin So Soft Bath Oil was a home remedy, “so we wanted to test that,” said Stacy Rodriguez, the lead author of the study in the Journal of Insect Science.

And the researchers also picked picked Victoria Secret’s Bombshell to test the widespread assumption that flowery scents attracted mosquitoes.

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Enlarge New study finds two fragrances including Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume, work well at repelling mosquitoes. victoria’s secret

New study finds two fragrances including Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume, work well at repelling mosquitoes.

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Avon Skin So Soft (left) and Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume proved effective against mosquitos in a new study.

That assumption is false.

“We saw that the mosquitoes were not interested in it at all,” said Rodriguez, a research assistant in NMSU’s Molecular Vector Physiology Lab.

All of the tested scents work by masking the human odor.

Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent was also highly praised in the survey — and is as effective as DEET, researchers found.

jcutler@nydailynews.com

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