REPEL Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent, Pump Spray, 4-Ounce
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- MADE WITH OIL OF LEMON EUCALYPTUS: This DEET-free insect repellent provides you with protection during adventures in the backyard and on the go.
- REPELS MOSQUITOES FOR UP TO 6 HOURS: This repellent keeps you and your family protected for hours, so the fun doesn't have to end.
- REFRESHING SCENT: This DEET-free personal repellent leaves you with a cool, refreshing scent so you don't have to put up with the usual bug spray smell.
- REPELS: Create a barrier against mosquitoes, including those that may transmit the Zika, West Nile, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses.
- NOT GREASY OR STICKY: Formulated with oil of lemon eucalyptus to provide protection without leaving your skin feeling sticky or greasy.
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Repel Personal Insect Repellent Products
Adventure awaits. Whether you’re camping, fishing, hunting or heeding the call of the wild, you need an insect repellent that’s going to go the extra mile. Repel Insect Repellents offer dependable coverage that last as long as you need it to. So gear up and get ready for your next adventure – Repel Insect Repellents have your back.
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Repellent Active Ingredients
Although using any repellent is most important, choosing the right active ingredient for your individual needs can make repelling bugs a painless process. Consider the length of time you’ll be outside
and the type of activity you’re planning.
- Deet has been used in the U.S. for more than 50 years and continues to be an effective option for consumers. DEET-based products are recommended for those who plan to spend longer periods of time outdoors in more heavily infested conditions.
- Picaridin (pronounced “pick-CARE-a-den”) became available in the U.S. in 2005. Clean, odorless and effective, this active ingredient provides the long-lasting, effective protection consumers have come to expect from DEET in a formula with a light, clean feel.
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus is the only plant-based active ingredient recommended by the CDC. Derived from oil obtained from the leaves of the Eucalyptus citriodora tree, this active ingredient repels mosquitoes and deer ticks for up to six hours.
Zika virus outbreaks have been detected in Africa and southeast Asia for decades – but only in recent years have scientists detected transmission elsewhere. The virus causes mild, flu-like symptoms – like low-grade fever, rash, fatigue and muscle pain – that last about a week, but can cause a birth defect called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects.
West Nile virus is the most commonly reported mosquito-borne disease in the United States. Although only one in five people who contract the virus develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches or vomiting, the virus can cause serious neurological illnesses that can be fatal, such as encephalitis or meningitis.
Dengue fever is primarily thought to be a tropical disease, but occasional cases have been detected in southern states, including Texas and Florida, in recent years. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache behind the eyes, rash and muscle pain.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the expiration date? I can’t find it listed on the container.
A: When stored properly and not exposed to extreme temperatures, Repel products will last for several years. If you notice any change in odor or appearance or damage to the packaging, replace the repellent with a new product.
Q: Is DEET safe to use on children?
A: Formulas with 30 percent concentrations or lower can be used on children ages 2 months or older.
Q: Will DEET damage my clothing or gear?
A: DEET will not damage nylon, cotton or wool. It may damage some synthetic fabrics, plastics, watch crystals, leather and painted or varnished surfaces. Wash treated clothing before wearing it again.
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Outdoor enthusiasts know that when the going gets tough, so should their insect repellent. However extreme the activity or terrain, there's a Repel insect repellent designed to offer dependable coverage that lasts as long as you need it to. Repel products make effective mosquito protection simple under any circumstance—so you can heed the call of the wild wherever the trail takes you. DEET-free Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent provides protection for a range of activities, from your backyard to your travel destinations. Find a bug spray that fits your needs and enjoy protection that lasts for hours. This formula is made with oil of lemon eucalyptus, a plant-based ingredient that is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This insect repellent won't leave you greasy or sticky, making it a great spray-and-go option for busy weekends. Repel mosquitoes that may transmit the Zika, West Nile, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses without the DEET. If you’re looking for a DEET-free alternative to create a mosquito barrier, then oil of lemon eucalyptus is a great option. Derived from the leaves of the Eucalyptus citriodora tree, oil of lemon eucalyptus repels mosquitoes for up to six hours. You can use oil of lemon eucalyptus-based products on children 3 years and older.
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- Effective (was out at dusk and didn’t get bit)
- 2 pack is a good value
- Smells like lemon and not chemically
- Spray applicator works well and provides easy application
- Strong lemon smell when first applied but dissipates over time
The Bottom Line:
We went to a birthday party at dusk and there were definitely mosquitos out. We used this DEET free mosquito repellent and we didn’t get bit. It has an easy spray applicator and we sprayed ourselves a lot. I would say it was effective for the 3 hours we were at the park. I think everyone at the party ended up spraying themselves and their kids with it. The smell is definitely a strong lemon smell which I like but might not be for everyone. Overall, we’ll be keeping bottles of this in all of our bags to spray on us when we’re out!
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**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). PMD is the compound that is effective for repelling insects. This PMD is found only in small amounts in "young" oil, it must be harvested from older leaves/twigs and/or the citronellal is turned into PMD under mildly acidic conditions. You don't know how much PMD is in the aromatherapy oil you buy, so it might not be very effective.
I am not associated with this company at all. I am a scientist who also cares what I put on my body. I was ready to buy the essential oil rather than this spray but I can't be sure it has the right ingredients to repel insects. If someone comes out with an essential oil with a measured amount of PMD, I'd be all for it. For now I will stick to Repel, because I don't think it contains any unsafe ingredients and I know it will work.
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My one issue is the price! I've seen it cheaper in the States for a twin pack! But I was stuck so I was glad of it regardless of price!
Will certainly buy it next year.