Luxury Perfumes Double As Mosquito Repellent
The chic scents are designed to repel mosquitos, perfect for the summer amidst growing concerns of the Zika virus
For chic city folk worried about the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus but hate DEET, there is a selection of fairer smelling perfumes that double as mosquito repellent. Some are proving so popular that they are entirely sold out, like the mosquito repellent from Yucatan perfumery Coqui Coqui. The repellent scent, Citger, fuses citronella and geranium for a natural repellent, packaged in a delicate bottle just like the line’s main fragrances, at $12 for 30ml.
Michael and Melissa Fensterstock, a New Jersey husband-and-wife team, discovered an attractive, botanical scent that also repels mosquitos on their travels through Southeast Asia. The couple now sells a line of mosquito repelling perfumes in two scents: the original Aromaflage (with notes of vanilla, cedarwood, and orange) and Wild (featuring cardamom, cedarwood and spruce). An 8ml travel vial retails for $30. Michael Fensterstock told The New York Times that the company’s sales have doubled since last summer, as concern about the Zika virus increased.
Meanwhile, Shen Beauty in Brooklyn imports Mrs. White’s Unstung Hero Anti-Mosquito Eau de Cologne from England. The “uplifting” lemon tea scented spray contains IR3535, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-approved repellent ingredient (the CDCP recommends only four mosquito repellent ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and oil of lemon eucalyptus). A 8.5 ounce bottle retails for $38.
Another natural and CDCP approved option: Intelligent Nutrients Smart Armor Perfume Spray, which contains a base of oil of lemon eucalyptus as well as notes of rosemary and peppermint, which are also helpful mosquito deterrents. A 100ml bottle costs $31.
Mosquitos are most drawn toward pulse points: neck, wrists, ankles, and behind the knees, according to dermatologist Dendy Engelman, which are also ideal spots to apply a dab of repellent perfume. Or, as the doctor suggests, you can simply “keep those areas covered with clothing or even a bandanna as much as you can.”