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Friday, June 25, 2010

Some Natural Bug Repellents

Here are some natural bug repellents from a posting.

Badger Anti-Bug Balm - The scented blend of citronella, geranium, lemongrass, rosemary and cedar helps scare off critters for good since bugs have shown strong aversions to such scents. $5.50

Kiss My Face Swy Flotter - This spray-on formula, containing an environmentally friendly (paraben- and DEET-free) blend of natural botanicals, is a good choice for little explorers. Citronella, pennyroyal and tansy help prevent bites without the harmful chemicals often found in regular repellents. $7.88

Herban Remedies DEET-Free Herbal Bug Repellent Spray
Herban Remedies, known for their botanically based and environment-friendly products, are the makers of this slim-tubed spray-on formula containing a blend of essential oils that simultaneously soften and heal chapped skin as they repel bugs. Easily absorbed, this lightweight DEET-free formula gets the job done sans greasy residue and provides up to three hours of protection. $3.72

BugBand Wristband
This bug-repellent wristband—which can also be fastened to your ankle, belt, hat, tent and baby carriage—is DEET-free and water resistant. A colorful accessory for the kids, it has a pleasant fragrance that won’t irritate your skin while providing protection. $4.95

Natrapel 8-Hour Wipes
Wash away your worries with these DEET-free bug repellent wipes. Recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fend off all flying foes, Natrapel’s main ingredient, Picaridin, promises up to eight hours of service, making these disposable, ick-free towelettes perfect for on-the-go summer travelers. $5.99

NOW Bug Ban
The all-natural formula in Bug Ban combines essential oil extracts from citronella, lemongrass, rosemary and thyme, creating a pleasantly scented lotion with no sticky residue. It dries quickly on the skin and a light application provides effective protection. $4.75

Insect Repelling Ladies Gardening Hat
This wide-brimmed gardening hat helps provide protection from insects because the cloth is treated with an insect repellent—which lasts for up to 70 washes. It also has a sun-protection rating of UPF 50+, making it an ideal accessory for any sunny day in the garden. $29.99

If you've already been bitten try After Bite which contains ammonia that helps relieve the stinging sensation. If they are getting itchy, spot treat with an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream or for more all over itch try Sarna Anti-Itch Lotion which provides a cooling sensation.

For more of what works:
(There are some other repellents that contain Deet also listed in the article.)



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