“Ingredients in Victoria’s Secret Bombshell and Ivanka Trump eaux de parfums that repel mosquitoes” [research study]

Humanity’s war against mosquitoes still rages, after the failure of another new strategy. This study gives details of the failure:

Ingredients in Victoria’s Secret Bombshell and Ivanka Trump eaux de parfums that repel mosquitoes,” Fangfang Zeng, Pingxi Xu, Kaiming Tan, Paulo Zarbin, Walter Leal, BioRxiv, August 3, 2017, doi.org/10.1101/172304. The authors, at the University of California Davis and Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil, report:

“We analysed Bombshell to identify the constituent(s) eliciting a previously reported “off- label” repellence activity…. These compounds were also major constituents of Ivanka Trump eau de parfum…. Although wearing these perfumes may repel nuisance mosquitoes, their use as “off-label” repellents against infected mosquitoes is not recommended…. A panel of 104 students (18-23 years old) conducted a blind test to compare the two eaux de parfums and showed a preference for Bombshell over Ivanka Trump’s brand, particularly among women.”

Here’s additional detail from the study:

This is the standard container for Bombshell perfume:

(Thanks to Dan Vergano for bringing this to our attention.)

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