It is pure coincidence that I am tackling the subject of pesky, biting insects two days in a row.
What can I say? It’s bug season in Wisconsin.
Over the past week, I’ve had quite a few people approach me and ask for a “natural” repellent for mosquitoes.
So, in doing some research this morning (just so I have better facts when people ask), I came upon quite a few websites that have “recipes” for using essential oils that fit the bill quite nicely. I’ve always known that citronella is a great way to keep those nasty buggers away, but there are many other oils that will do the same thing if the smell of citronella is just to harsh for you.
Instead of listing web links, do a little browsing yourself just by entering “natural mosquito spray” or “essential oil mosquito repellent” in the search engine and you’ll be quite amazed at what you’ll find.
When a friend called me this morning and asked what I used since he is having a miserable time trying to work in his garden because of mosquitoes, I told him that I used some products that I used to carry at my store. Unfortunately, I wasn’t sure if these were available from anywhere else in the area, so I did a little digging online to see if the normal Joe could buy them without having to search far and wide.
Lo and behold, I did find them.
My top choice that I adore in Natrapel. This stuff works great when it comes to keeping your sanity living in the mosquito infested Northwoods. DEET free (always a plus) and safe for children, this stuff boasts an 8 hour protection from mosquitoes, ticks, black flies and more.
Since we are getting low on our stash, I went ahead and ordered two of these at $7.99 each and the shipping was only $3.99. There are pump sprays and wipes available also, so check it out here.
Buzz Away is another great product for people that want to stay away from nasty chemicals on their body yet have great protection from biting pests. While this product only proclaims 4 hour protection, that’s more than enough time needed between reapplications.
What’s more, it is available in a whole host of applications as well as in a candle form which can be found here.
As with all types of repellents, make sure that you are upwind when applying any spray type application. The scents are a little heavy on the citronella side, but at least I knew what the main ingredient was and not some flowery smelling chemical that I was putting on myself.
For those of you with your jaws dropping at the price of these products, please do not let that deter you. Yes, it is more expensive than the “normal” brands on the market, but it is well worth the price when you consider other benefits that can go along with it (your health, for one). And if you can’t afford this type of product, I completely understand. It’s a personal choice thing. I’m good with that.
And as my own public service announcement, please read the ingredients of any product that you will be using on your skin and then educate yourself on what those ingredients are.
Knowledge is power!
OK, hoping off my soapbox now.
So there you go Tom, my top two choices for you (and everyone else) to get out of the house and into the garden (or whatever your outdoor activity may be).
I was neither contacted nor compensated by Tender Corporation or Quantum Natural for reviewing or recommending these products. The opinions expressed are purely my own based on my personal experience with these products.