Whenever we are spending time outdoors and we are attacked by mosquitoes we reach for our trusty mosquito repellents. Most of them use DEET or diethyltoluamide as their main ingredient which is an active ingredient that effectively repels mosquitoes and other pests such as ticks and flies. However, lately, there has been more and more talk about DEET health concerns, because DEET is highly allergenic substance, which can cause severe allergies. Thankfully there are some mosquito repellents on the market that are natural and work as great as DEET does.
California Baby Natural Bug Repellent
This product despite the seemingly kid-targeted name is a great product to use for all ages because it works great while at the same time it also has a pleasant smell.
The ingredients that this spray consists of are citronella, lemongrass, and cedar essential oil. Also, the product specifically advertises that it doesn’t include any nut oils, gluten, soy, oars or dairy that are the main substances that can cause an allergic reaction. And of course, it also is DEET and other toxic ingredient-free.
These ingredients also make this product not only safe to use on kids and even toddlers, but also perfect for those people who are very sensitive to smell or certain substances. The smell that this product has is very light and fresh with a hint of that distinctive citronella scent. The repellent can be used on clothes or on the skin which makes it not only very versatile but also very easy to use and it will repel not only mosquitoes but a variety of different insects too.
The product is packaged in a white bottle with rounded edges and a unique spray pump for safe and easy application, and the bright label lists all the information you might need.
US Organic Anti Bug Spray
And the last but not least on this short list of the best natural mosquito repellents is this US Organic bug spray that is great at its job and most importantly natural and DEET free.
The active ingredients in this repellent are Soybean oil, Castor oil, Lemongrass oil, Citronella oil, Cedar oil, Rosemary oil, Peppermint oil and Geranium oil, which with the help of inactive ingredients such as Deionized Water and Lavender oil make this product natural, organic and great for anyone to use.
This repellent repels mosquitoes as well as other insects, for example, black flies and ticks, which can give the most trouble after mosquitoes. This outdoors bug spray is safe to use for adults as well as babies, kids and even expectant moms and can be sprayed directly on the skin. It will last a few hours and will repel all mosquitoes so you can spend time outside without having to worry about getting bitten.
The packing also is quite unique, because the bottle is made out of 100% recyclable material and is in a silver color with a bright green label for a nice and pleasant contrast. And of course, the spray pump will make it easy to apply the product in any conditions.
Guardian Wilderness Mosquito And Tick Repellent
Another DEET-free mosquito repellent that uses mainly natural ingredients is this Guardian Wilderness one that is scientifically proven to be as effective as DEET that is 25% potent.
The active ingredients in this mosquito repellent are Geraniol, white mineral oil, Isopropyl alcohol, Isopropyl myristate, Lauric acid, Triethyl citrate, Vanillin, and Vitamin E. And although this product might not be as organic as the previous one, it still is natural and works great for repelling mosquitoes and letting you spend time outside even at dusk when mosquitoes are the most active.
This repellent is tested to be able to last up to 8 hours without reapplying but for tick repelling it lasts about 4 hours and then it needs to be applied again. Because the ingredients used into manufacturing this repellent are on the more natural side (most of the ingredients are plant based), this product is nontoxic and can be used on kids too. And the scent of this repellent is very light, so it won’t be overwhelming or very unpleasant.
The product comes in a white bottle with the regular spray nozzle for easy and targeted applications.
Ovvio Oils Prevent Insect Repellent
The first DEET free mosquito repellent is this Ovio Oils one that not only doesn’t contain any traces of DEET but also is made from all natural ingredients.
This mosquito repellant consists of ingredients like castor oil, Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Cedar and Eucalyptus which are the active ingredients, and Olive, Cherry Kernel, Rapeseed oils, Lavender, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Peppermint and Herbal Extracts as inactive ingredients. Therefore it will not only repel mosquitoes but other annoying insects too such as chiggers, deer Ticks and biting bugs.
Thanks to the fact that this repellent has only natural ingredients, it can be applied directly on the skin and can be used on grownups as well as children and even pets. This repellent is long lasting because a single application will provide you with 4 to 6 hours of mosquito-free time even if you sweat or go swimming because it is water resistant. And it also smells really good, because the natural ingredient combination gives off a pleasant citrusy smell, so nobody will know that you actually are using mosquito repellent to avoid getting bitten by them.
The product comes in a classic looking brown plastic bottle with white and elegant label and spray nozzle for easy application and easy storing no matter if you use it in your backyard or on a busy camping trip.
Sweetly Citron Insect Repellent Spray
Another great product that is natural, pleasant and effective is this insect spray by a company called Sweetly Citron.
The formula of ingredients that are used to make this bug spray includes such ingredients as Lavender Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, Vanilla Extract and Citronella Essential Oil for the active ingredients in addition to water so no DEET or any other toxic ingredients were used to make this repellent.
Although it is said to last only 4 hours after applying and then it needs to be reapplied, I think that it is plenty long of a time and thanks to present Lavender mixed with Lemon, Citronella and Vanilla scent of this product, I think it really is no bother to reapply it during your outdoors time. This product also protects not only against mosquitoes but also Ticks, Flies and Fleas. And the natural blend of ingredients plus non-greasy formulation makes it perfect to use on grownups as well as kids and makes it safe to be sprayed on clothing or directly onto the skin.
The packaging of this repellent stands out with its fun and bright purple color and modern writing making it also more appealing to kids, the regular spray pump will make it easy to apply it but the 8-ounce bottle which is twice the size of most mosquito repellents will last you quite a long time.