You’ve probably heard about DEET when it comes to bug spray, but if not, here’s a quick primer: DEET’s scientific name is N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (what a mouthful), and the US army developed it in the 1940s. Today, it’s one of the most common chemicals used to repel bugs and mosquitos.
But DEET can be harmful in large doses or when misused, especially because our skin absorbs most of what we put on it. In this case, we like to go with DEET-free bug sprays to keep us safe while still staying protected.
Hello Bello’s Natural Bug Spray is our TOP CHOICE for a family-safe bug spray that can even be used on furbabies! Kristen Bell launched this product because as a mother, she understands the importance of safe, sustainable products for kids. This organic bug spray is lab-tested, deemed hypoallergenic, non-irritating, and best of all, itit won’t break the bank at just $10 per bottle.
Skeem Design’s Citronella Body Spray, okay, we won’t lie, we simply LOVED this packing! However, this product uses the power of lemongrass leaves to repel bugs and insects. This all natural formula can be gently sprayed on bare skin, and the bottle itself is recyclable or repurposed. Okay, we won’t lie again, they had us at “repurposing”. We are big fans of Skeem’s commitment to sustainability alongside its beautiful designs and packaging. Bug spray that looks pretty? Mmmm hmmm, yes!
If sprays aren’t your thing, give Jao’s Patio Oil a try. Let’s be honest, sometimes those sprays well, they simply get everywhere. We loved the idea of something you could appy to your skin that was an oil or lotion base. This plant-based bug balm is crafted with jojoba butter, vitamin E, and lemon eucalyptus to soothe your skin, an added bonus!
More importantly, it is made in the USA! It is produced in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, then packaged using materials from all up and down the East Coast.