A viral review claims that Sol de Janeiro's Delícia Drench Body Butter attracts wolf spiders, but arachnid experts say that's extremely unlikely.
A skin care company has responded to a web of rumors claiming that one of its products is a magnet for spiders.
It all started with a one-star review for Delícia Drench Body Butter, a moisturizing cream from Sol de Janeiro. The review, posted earlier this month on the website of beauty retailer Sephora, warned readers in all caps: “SCENT ATTRACTS WOLF SPIDERS.”
The reviewer implored people who are “scared of wolf spiders” to “watch out,” because supposedly, using the body butter would “instantly” attract one of the arachnids. (The reviewer also described the lotion as “kryptonite” to wolf spiders, although they probably meant something like “catnip.”)
“One time, the spider wanted to eat whatever ingredient it is so bad that it chased me,” the reviewer claimed. “I swear on everything. I’d run left, it ran left, I ran right, it ran right. Like it was legit following the scent.”
The testimonial went viral across social media, and picked up even more attention after a Reddit user cited a study suggesting that farnesyl acetate and hexadecyl acetate ― two chemical compounds sometimes used in skin care products ― can mimic pheromones from “sexually receptive” female spiders.