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A new bodycare product has been making waves on #BeautyTok, but it’s not because it promises the smoothest, silkiest skin – it’s about a particularly creepy crawlie it attracts. Yup, we’re talking about spiders.

Yes, you read it right, and trust us, our jaws dropped too. Social media is flooded with claims that the new Sol de Janeiro Delícia Drench Body Butter, is attracting spiders, leading to customers getting spider bites.

But is it all just another internet rumour? Keep reading for the full story!

How Did This Spider Saga Unfold?

It began with a one-star review for Delícia Drench Body Butter, posted on Sephora’s website, claiming that the scent attracts wolf spiders. The reviewer even shared a wild story of being chased by a spider because of the cream’s fragrance.


Photo credit: Sephora.

The controversy escalated when a Twitter user shared a picture of a supposed wolf spider bite after using the body butter.

Things got even more attention on Reddit, where a user suggested that certain chemical compounds found in skincare products, like farnesyl acetate and hexadecyl acetate, might mimic pheromones and attract male spiders.

But, of course, they admitted not knowing the actual ingredients.

Wolf spiders, which are medium-sized arachnids that range from 10 to 35 millimetres (excluding legs) long, can bite if they feel threatened, but their venom is usually not harmful to humans. Their bites may cause some redness, swelling, and itching, but serious reactions are rare.

How Did The Brand Respond To The Allegations?

In response to the escalating news, Sol de Janeiro didn’t waste time setting the record straight. The company issued a statement on its Instagram Stories assuring that their products don’t contain spider-attracting ingredients.


Photo credit: @soldejaneiro/Instagram.

Despite the brand’s attempt at calming arachnophobia, not everyone’s convinced.

Does The Cream Truly Attract Spiders?

Various opinions, including those of experts, have weighed in, and the consensus is – there’s no concrete evidence that the cream attracts spiders.

Dr. Floyd Shockley, chair of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Entomology Committee, stated in an article by The New York Times that even if the product contained the mentioned compounds, it would be highly improbable for it to mimic spider compounds accurately.

Dr. George Uetz, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Cincinnati, mentioned to the New York Post, pointing out that the accused compounds, farnesyl acetate and hexadecyl acetate, haven’t been proven to attract wolf spiders, but rather other species.


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A Dermal Clinician, @drivenbybeauty, delved into the cream’s formula and found no presence of farnesyl acetate, dibutyl phthalate, or hexadecyl acetate.

She emphasised that the inclusion of cetyl acetate, a common cosmetic ingredient, should not be a cause for concern, as it doesn’t attract spiders; it’s simply an emollient.


She explained that a fragrance in skincare is synthetically made, and there is no evidence to suggest that the cream is attracting spiders. Photo credit: @drivenbybeauty/TikTok.

In conclusion, it seems that these allegations may have caused a stir on the internet without substantial evidence.

Before you toss that cream out the window, remember to do your homework and get the lowdown from reliable sources.

Featured image credits: @drivenbybeauty/TikTok, @jpall20/TikTok, @makeup2themaxx/TikTok.