Insect repellent products like “OFF” usually have an ingredient called DEET in it. Here are a few guidelines for finding insect repellant that doesn’t have DEET or other nasty chemicals in it, but still gets the job done.
Check for Clinical Testing
When you’re looking at organic insect repellant, it helps to make sure that the product you’re looking at has been clinically proven to keep mosquitoes and other dangerous insects away from you. Not all repellents are created equal, after all.
Lack of Synthetics
It also helps to check to make sure that there aren’t any artificial colors, synthetic chemicals, preservatives, fragrances or other substances that could be problematic for those with sensitive skin. After all, you’ll be wearing the repellant on your skin for some time and synthetic chemicals and fragrances can often be irritating to people with especially sensitive skin.
Check for Petroleum
Petroleum and other oil-based substances are good for powering your car, but not so good for putting on your skin. If you want a truly clean product you need to go through and check to see if the product has anything in it related to petroleum in any way.
There’s some evidence that using petroleum-based ingredients in products that go on the skin can have a negative effect on a person’s long-term health.
While this isn’t strictly necessary for finding effective repellant, many people prefer products that don’t use testing on animals for ethical reasons.
Overall, you’ll be glad you decided to be more discerning about what you put on your skin. You may want to give a try with our Bug Stick, which is a great alternative solution for safe and effective tick repellent.