Thursday, November 12, 2015

Scientific Study: Victoria's Secret Perfume Is Actually A Mosquito Repellent

Last week we discussed a research study focusing on non-DEET based products. We mentioned the surprise finding that Victoria's Secret Bombshell Perfume did a good job at repelling mosquitoes, albeit using a heavy amount of perfume.

Here's another article written by Gizmodo talking more about the study.

Here's an excerpt from the Gizmodo article: 
You can see that people wearing one of those "natural alternative" mosquito skin patches made with vitamin B actually attracted more mosquitoes than the control, which is kind of hilarious. 
The big surprise, as Rodriguez noted, was the Victoria's Secret perfume, Bombshell. You can see that it's almost as effective as the DEET-laced repellents (attracting only 17% of mosquitoes), and stays effective for 120 minutes.
So if you want to keep mosquitoes away, wear DEET – or really fruity, flowery perfume like Bombshell. 
Read the full article in the Journal of Insect Science.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Natural-based alternatives to DEET mosquito repellents

Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus
Finally proof that non-DEET insect repellents work! It's always nice to find products that use natural active ingredients that are actually effective.

A recent study compared 10 different insect repellents, and one of the products tested was Cutter's Lemon Eucalyptus based insect repellent. The research showed that it was extremely effective against two types of mosquitoes that cause serious diseases such as yellow fever and dengue fever.

Some of the other non-DEET products tested included:

  • Victoria Secret Bombshell Perfume: surprisingly this worked quite well but not as well as the DEET or lemon-eucalyptus. The research authors noted that this was counter to the previous beliefs that heavy floral perfumes would attract mosquitoes. Important to note, however, is that a heavy amount of perfume was used during this study.
  • Vitamin B1 based Skin Patch: this was not effective in this study.
  • Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil: this was effective on only one of the mosquito species.
To read more about the research study testing these 10 repellents click here.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Great Read: "Four in five beauty claims cannot be substantiated"

Here is a great article by The Telegraph illustrating the baseless nature of so many skincare product claims, including outright lies. Click on the link below to read!

Telegraph Article on Misleading Skincare Claims

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Psoriasis Advancement

Lesion-healing mechanism in psoriasis discovered