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Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent, 4-Ounce Pump Spray
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- Contains Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus - the only plant based ingredient recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Repels mosquitoes for up to 6-hour
- Cool, refreshing scent
- Protects against West Nile Virus
- DEET free - won't harm gear
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|Item Dimensions||5.5 x 1 x 2 inches|
|Item Weight||0.05 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||371652|
|Shipping Weight||0.25 pounds|
From the Manufacturer
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent
Enjoy up to six hours of DEET-free protection from mosquitoes, deer ticks, and other biting insects with Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent. The active ingredient in Repel is oil of lemon eucalyptus, a plant-based oil derived from the leaves of the Eucalyptus citriodora tree. The oil--which offers natural repellent properties against biting insects--is safe and effective, with a cool, refreshing scent.
Lemon Eucalyptus versus DEET
Oil of lemon eucalyptus is the only plant-based active ingredient recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for mosquito protection. Oil of lemon eucalyptus provides protection similar to lower concentrations of DEET. It works great for outdoor outings, but should not be substituted for DEET-based products if you're traveling in severe insect conditions where Nest Nile virus or malaria may be prevalent.
Use just enough repellent to cover all exposed skin and clothing, spreading evenly with your hand to moisten. To apply to the face, spray it in your hand and then spread it to your face and neck. When applying to children, do not use Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent on their hands to prevent the accidental spread of repellent to their eyes or mouth. Oil of lemon eucalyptus-based repellent products are safe for children ages 3 years and older. Reapply once per day as needed.
Oil of lemon eucalyptus can be used on clothing and will not harm synthetic fabrics or gear made from synthetic materials. This product is designed for humans only, not pets.
- Not Greasy Or Sticky After It Dries
- Will Not Stain Clothing
- Protects from Mosquitoes, Deer Ticks and Other Biting Insects
- Plant-Based Protection
- Repels Mosquitoes For Up To 6 Hours
- Contains Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus
Top Customer Reviews
**Questions about ingredients**
The material safety data sheet says it contains 30% oil of lemon eucalyptus (naturally derived) and 45% ethanol. The other ingredients are listed as a "buffer" so probably something to keep the pH at the right level. If you look at the Q&A on the Repel website, many many people have asked about specific ingredients and the company will give a yes or no answer. According to the website, the product does NOT contain: fragrances, petroleum distillates, dyes, formaldehyde, perfluorinated compounds, Bronopol, DMDM hydantoin, BHA, Boric acid, Triclosan, Parabens, PEG, phthalates, urea, Quaternium-15, Propylene glycol, Butylene glycol, sulfates, soy, nuts, milk, eggs, or gluten.
**Here's the problem with buying your own lemon eucalyptus oil.**
Yes, the active ingredient comes directly from lemon eucalyptus citriodora oil. But in nature, the main component of the oil is citronellal and as the oil ages, that citronellal slowly turns into p-menthane-diol (PMD).Read more ›
As for the pump design issues mentioned in other reviews, I've had no problems with mine. As it's only a pump spray bottle, you can't hold it upside down to spray your legs because then the straw isn't in the repellent and nothing comes out. Just make sure the bottle is always upright when you're spraying yourself and you won't have any problems.
To sum up, this is a great alternative to DEET, smells a heck of a lot better (like what we think of as citronella), and I'll continue to use it when I walk my dogs.
A couple of summers ago, we were visiting a nearby town that sits on Lake Superior and stopped in the local bait shop. My husband wanted to buy some super strong insect repellent, and the owner mentioned that he should try Repel's Lemon Eucalyptus repellent. All of the local fisherman and campers were buying it and said it worked as well as DEET products. Unfortunately the shop was out of it (all bought up!), so the owner directed us to the gas station which also carried it. We bought some and tried it and found it to be very effective at repelling mosquitoes. I bought about 6 bottles online and have given some to friends and family.
Some things to consider:
1. This is a pump spray that is somewhat oily. Although you CAN use it on clothing, there is a risk of ruining your clothing with oil stains. So unless you apply it to your skin BEFORE putting on your clothing, you are only going to be protected on exposed skin. Mosquitoes can still bite through your clothing.
2. You will probably still want to have some regular DEET-based aerosol spray repellant to spray on your clothing. At least the DEET won't be in contact with your skin.
3. Eucalyptus oil has an intense smell, but then so do DEET products.
4. Eucalyptus oil can irritate your eyes, so be prepared to wash your hands after application.
5.Read more ›
It turns out however that nature has some tricks of her own. Now, insect "systems" ... nervous system? neurological? is there a difference? I don't know and it doesn't matter for these purposes ... insect systems are totally disrupted by a couple of very common compounds produced by plants. This is NOT by chance. Plants produce these compounds to protect themselves from being eaten up by insects (turns out they don't like bugs so much either!). These plants include some of the mints, geranium, and this lemon eucalyptus.
Lemon eucalyptus is actually what they make citronella out of. I myself have never had good luck with citronella. The lemon eucalyptus oil works better. But does this stuff work as well as DEET? Absolutely not. If you are going to spend a week in a swamp then you will *not* find adequate relief from this (nor, likely, from the DEET for that matter). However if you're going to grill out back with your kids and your dog running around and you want to be able to get some protection that doesn't have all the health issues but still actually DOES something then this is not a bad bottle to have around. I wish it had mint oils in it too since I've found them to be even more effective.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have been using this product for 10 years. Not the most efficient probably but works enough to repel mosquitoes, flies, etc and it's all natural!Published 1 hour ago by Joao Bras Jorge
Fair product. Without DEET, you are really getting just a mild repellant. We have had a ton of rain in Houston and have needed DEET products. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Susan S
I can't tolerate DEET in other insect repellents. This is the best insect repellent I have found without using DEET.Published 11 hours ago by BallroomDancer
It smells really good and bugs didn't bother me so I guess it workedPublished 1 day ago by Matthew Baker
The smell is over powering and horrible. Couldn't wear it without choking. I had to shower it off immediately.Published 1 day ago by Paul R Thornton
Worked, but the smell was a little "funky" and didn't last as long as I needed it to... I needed it to last all night long, but only lasted about four hours...Published 1 day ago by Michele