This natural insect repellents contain no harmful chemicals like DEET, picaridin or artificial preservatives. Nature has provided us with an array of plant essential oils with bug and mosquito repellent properties. They work to repel as well as disguise the scents that attract bugs to us, including carbon dioxide and lactic acid. They keep bugs at bay by making it difficult for them to locate us as targets.
What is DEET? DEET is the most common active ingredient in insect repellents. It is a slightly yellow oil intended to be applied to the skin or to clothing and provides protection against mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, chiggers, leeches and many biting insects.
When DEET was applied to the skin of volunteers by researchers, they found that a small amount of the DEET was taken into the body through the skin. When DEET and alcohol are applied to the skin, more DEET is taken into the skin compared with DEET alone. Drinking alcohol may also cause more DEET to be absorbed through the skin. Sunscreen products that contain DEET may cause more DEET to be taken into the body through the skin. Though DEET is not expected to bioaccumulate, it has been found to have a slight toxicity for fresh-water fish such as rainbow trout and tilapia, and it also has been shown to be toxic for some species of freshwater zooplankton.
Essential oils – Marigold, Citronella, Rosemary, Buchu
Apply to exposed skin, clothing, linen, curtains and mosquito nets.