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California Baby Bug Repellant Spray, 6.5 Ounce
- 6.5 ounce spray
- Smells nice and have natural citronella candle scent
- Non-toxic ,non-chemical, non-invasive and non-irritating
- Vegetable and plant based ingredients
- Safe and gentle
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-> if you research the ingredients, you can probably make your own version of this.
I used to work with horses in Minnesota in the summer. I've used every bug repellant I've ever heard of, from the most benign to the most toxic, and to be perfectly honest, the toxic ones always worked better.
But I didn't want to spray them on my son, so I bought this stuff. I checked out the corporate citizen ratings on California Baby, and they're good enough that I felt confident that their labeling and promotional materials were accurate. Which is why I didn't expect it to work very well. I thought it would be better than nothing and would cause me the least worry about my son's health, but, having been chewed alive while sitting in a citronella fog, I really expected my son to have bites at the end of our camping trip in the Green Mountains.
He didn't, and neither did I. We were quite liberal with reapplication, but the ingredients are nontoxic, so it's okay to reapply. The mist is really fine, so even after spraying both of us down pretty frequently, the bottle is hardly touched. I was totally stunned by how well it worked.
I have purchased several natural brands of mosquito repellant over the past couple of years and wanted to share my experience with them.
My least favorite is California Baby California Baby Bug Repellant Spray, 6.5 Ounce. The California Baby repellant simply doesn't work, even if I use a lot (spray enough that the skin is wet). There is no change in mosquito behavior with this product, they just keep coming, landing and biting.
Next is Buzzaway Quantum Buzzaway, Extreme Spray, 4-Ounce It works well, but is soy based and not recommended for small children. I will spray this on myself and my little one's clothing (which is enough to keep the skeeters away), but not on his skin.
Bite Blocker is my favorite of the three Bite Blocker Xtreme 6.70 Ounces Works better than the previous two and is again all natural. Still, I don't spray this on the baby's skin, I spritz his clothing and shoes and the mosquitoes stay away.
Thanks for reading, I hope this review was helpful!
We first tried Badger Balm, a repellent with similar ingredients but that was, even immediately after having been applied, totally ineffective.
Still wanting to avoid DEET-containing repellents, I opted to try California Baby's Bug Repellent. It does work, but with a couple caveats. One is that you must VERY liberally apply it, and if you've missed a spot the mosquitoes will find it. But once we did manage to get every square inch of exposed skin, the mosquitoes turned tail and ran. But they didn't go far. As you sweat (and in 100+ weather, you will sweat) the stuff seems to become diluted. So reapplication is necessary roughly every 15-20 minutes. Fortunately, the every-square-inch method didn't seem to be as crucial for successive applications... which made it somewhat less a hassle. And I suppose all-in-all it's a reasonable trade-off to the unsavory alternative: Be eaten alive. As an aside I've read elsewhere that reapplication is necessary with any non-DEET product, and that the average time before non-DEET repellents wear off is about 20 minutes. In other words, I don't think we'll find anything that works better, considering our no-DEET rule.
Two other points in favor of this Bug Repellent are the Skin Deep Rating: 0 hazard. Which is beyond fantastic. Apply and reapply without worrying about hideous long-term health effects. And the second point in its favor is that the smell is actually milder than some other all-natural sprays, I dare say it's even pleasant.
I'll definitely be buying more of this, even at the steep cost. Fortunately we can find it locally, because buying it online plus shipping would just make it unaffordable.
I compared the ingredients. Apparently they added soap bark and lethicin to the new formulation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Both I and a family member got bit by a mosquito even though we had applied the product less than 30 min before the bite.Published 1 hour ago by Maja Arsova
It smells nice and seems to keep the bugs away...reapplication is necessary!Published 7 days ago by Josie P
Works well with frequent reapplication. Smells like citronella. Only down side is how expensive it is.Published 8 days ago by leodess
Awful! Doesn't work. I tried it on myself before my daughter thank god. I ended up with 42 mosquito bites over a matter of an hour. 42!!! It must attract instead of repel.Published 10 days ago by Mandi Riddle
Product does not repel bugs. Open cap upon receipt. not pleased at all.Published 1 month ago by By the river
I applied this product to my son, and it was like I was applying nothing for mosquitos. Does not workPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer