Here’s a helpful guide for those who want to buy and use organic insect repellents.
Most repellents are chemical-laden.
Any product that can kill or deter insects is always associated with chemicals, as well as poisonous and toxic ingredients.
While there are people who have no problem with using chemical products, it does matter to consumers who are particular about the products they use.
In the case of insect repellents, the concerns revolve primarily around the active ingredients in the products.
As a result, some people prefer organic insect repellents. Organic repellents contain ingredients that are not tainted by chemicals, use non-harmful alternatives and are also made in a sustainable and responsible manner.
Yes, it’s possible to find such products in the market. Insect repellents protect us when we need extra defence at night and when doing outdoor activities.
The repellents can be in the form of lotions which can contain added moisturisers to keep skin hydrated. Spray-ons are also common and quick to use, as well as sticks.
Repellents can come in the form of sprays.
Do you know that the repellents come in the form of patches and bracelets too? The best thing about these types is that they won’t cause stains if you’re fussy, and they can be used on infants and toddlers (more info in product descriptions below).
If you’re new to organic insect repellents, check that they should be free of diethyltoluamide (DEET). It is a chemical that can ward off biting insects such as mosquitoes and leeches but can have unpleasant side effects such as epidermal irritation and muscle spasms.
Organic insect repellents also use natural essential oils that are proven to ward off biting insects. Common ones include citronella oil (extracted from lemongrass), lemon eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil.
Below are some organic repellents that are being sold in the market:
Meditots Mozzie Patch: An adhesive patch that can be placed on fabric, furniture and strollers, its ingredient is citronella oil and it is non-toxic and DEET free. There’s no spraying, sticky lotion or skin contact required. Ideal for newborns and babies and effective for up to 12 hours.
Essential oils such as citronella (from lemongrass) are proven to ward off biting insects.
Melaleuca Natural Insect Repellent: DEET-free and dermatologist-
tested, it contains five essential oils (thyme oil, peppermint oil, cinnamon leaf oil, lemongrass oil, and rose geranium oil).
Guardian Buzzaway Adjustable Bracelet: Made of waterproof silicone rubber, it progressively releases a fresh eucalyptus scent for up to a week and provides excellent indoor and outdoor protection. It is suitable for adults and children above 3 years old.
Kaps Natural Insect Repellent Stick: Easy to use and its active ingredient is citronella oil. It is also cheap and affordable, and very handy for outdoor use.
Organic insect repellents are readily available at pharmacies. Check the Yellow Pages Malaysia Pharmacies listing now to find one near you.
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