Ever gotten your ears assaulted by this low buzzing sound in the dark? And no matter how many times you swat away the offending bug, it still keeps coming back to haunt you. Not only is the sound of these flying little blood vampires vexing, but their bites are also a lot worse.
With the threat of dengue, Zika, chikungunya, etc. looming in our tropical environment, we need to take the necessary precautions. Due to its high mortality rate, foregoing something as simple as an insect repellent can prove to be fatal. Although popular ingredients like DEET have been accompanied by some controversy, there is no denying that it is still the most efficient in repelling mosquitoes and other bugs.
The good news, there are organic alternatives that can just be as effective in keeping those nasty buggers at bay. Check the label for citronella, neem extract, lemongrass, eucalyptus, and oranges for that chemical-free insect shield. If you’re wondering what tops most people’s list, here’s a quick rundown.
Bench Beauty Bug Away Mist
You can’t go wrong with a bug spray that could easily double as your daily scent. Formulated with all-natural plant-based ingredients, this insect spray is 100 percent safe for both kids and adults. Bench Bug Away Mist also offers soothing relief from skin irritants and rashes caused by those annoying mozzie bites.
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Human Nature Skin Shield Lotion
What’s not to love from this homegrown all-natural brand? This powerful repellent is filled with eucalyptus oil, soybean oil, and citronella to kick those friggin' mosquitoes to the curb. Spread evenly onto the skin, for best results reapply every two hours.
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Sanrio Mosquito Repellent Patch
Raise your hand if you’re a Sanrio baby like us! Each sticker patch is laden with organic compounds to deter those dengue carriers away. Use it as a band, a clip-on, or as a sticker—bonus points for the 72 hours of protection this repellent boasts of.
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OFF! Overtime Insect Repellent Lotion
Love it or hate it, N-Diethyl-meta-toluamid, or DEET as it is more commonly known, has always been proven to be the most effective ingredient in countless mosquito fighting solutions. OFF! Overtime provides up to eight hours of protection against nasty little bloodsuckers! Its formula is dermatologically tested and it comes with a refreshing scent that isn’t heavy on the skin.
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Milea Organic Citronella Repellent
Weekend markets and bazaar regulars will already know this brand. An easy favorite of organic fans, Milea’s selection of items includes the Milea Organic Citronella Repellent. Available in several variants, those who prefer something light on the skin can opt for the water-based spritz.
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Tiger Balm Mosquito Repellent Spray
A lot of us grew up with this magic red paste our moms always seem to have on hand. The same trusted name that gave us a multipurpose ointment has released its very own insect repellent spray. If an oil-based product isn’t your thing, they also have mosquito patches but you have to act fast because they sell out quickly.
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