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Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent, 4oz. Pump, 2-PK
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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-hours
- Cool, refreshing scent
- Protects against West Nile Virus
- DEET free - won't harm gear
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Get Out There
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 and long-lasting coverage. Repel products make effective mosquito protection simple under any circumstance - so you can heed the call of the wild wherever the trail takes you.
Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent2
The active ingredient in Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent2 is derived from the leaves of the Eucalyptus citriodora tree.
- Repels mosquitoes that may transmit the Chikungunya, Zika, Dengue and West Nile viruses
- Repels mosquitoes for up to 6 hours
Protecting against mosquito borne illnesses when at home or away
The CDC recommends using an EPA-registered personal insect repellent, such as Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent2 (Pump Spray), as a highly effective way to reduce mosquito bites. You should also consider treating clothing, backpacks, tents and shoes with a permethrin-based spray when doing outdoor activities like hiking or camping.
Clothing and Gear Protection
Protect yourself outdoors by treating your clothing and gear with a Permethrin based insect repellent like Repel Permethrin Clothing and Gear Insect Repellent. Permethrin based formulas will help repel and kill ticks, mosquitoes and mites.
Protect the Area
You can reduce mosquitoes around your home and at your campsite by removing the places they might breed. Empty standing water from flower pots, bird baths, barrels and pet dishes and clean out leaves and debris from rain gutters. Using a do-it-yourself spray insecticide formulated for mosquito control, like Repel Outdoor Fogger Camp Fogger2 can help protect the yard from mosquitoes. Just spray over the entire yard or campsite, including shrubs, bushes and grassy areas.
Protect the Home
The Zika-carrying Aedes mosquito is drawn to the indoors, so close entry points by repairing screens on windows and weather stripping on doors if needed. Keep a good flying insect control aerosol product on hand that’s registered for indoor use against mosquitoes.
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DEET-Free Protection 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 vs. 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. Application Recommendations 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. This product might have a strong scent.
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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.
Brilliant to put this into a childs spray!!
We made our own after this, we used Witch Hazel as a base and added 5% citronella oil and 5% cedarwood oil. Have to shake it well before each use but the mosquitos AND all the bees now leave her alone.
C'mon Repel, seriously, the number one ingredient used to attract bees?????
Executive summary or tl;dr: When applied correctly, this works as well as DEET on mosquitoes. Approved by governmental agencies for use in malaria-prone areas. EXTREMELY SMELLY. Buy and use it with confidence.
I have been using this product to repel mosquitoes exclusively for seven years. I became so confident in it that I volunteered to survey wildlife in New England bogs and swamps for six years running. I can't think of a better test than standing around in prime mosquito territory for four hours at a time just daring them to bite. It works every time and they don't get their free lunch. I also used it in Alaska, Kenya, and India and was NEVER BITTEN.
This is the only non-DEET product that the International Travel Clinic at Dartmouth-Hitchcock recommends to those with destinations in malaria-prone countries, and oil of lemon eucalyptus is one of only two non-DEET chemicals approved by the CDC.
There are many reviews here that say this product didn't work well for them. I wonder if it may be that some people are not applying it correctly. This is an oil, not an aerosol, and it must be applied like sunscreen. The pump is merely for convenience. You spray some on, and then rub it over the entire area to be protected. If you fail to cover everything, the mosquitoes will home in on the uncovered area and bite there instead. You must apply this to your skin UNDER your clothes! Mosquitoes can bite through jeans, so thin summer shirts and shorts are no barrier to them.
You must also apply enough of the oil. If you stretch it too thin, it will not protect you. I cannot overstate how PUNGENT this stuff is; I wonder if some people don't apply enough because of the strong smell. You may have to try different amounts a few times until you find the amount that works right for you. Still, you don't have to slather on half a bottle or anything. The quickest I've ever gone through a supply was the one summer where I spent four days a week of swamp slogging with eight hours logged each day, and that only used one bottle. I'm pretty sure most people won't need nearly as much.
You must re-apply the oil at regular intervals. The effectiveness will wear off long BEFORE the smell does, so many people may think they are still protected when they are not. Re-apply every four to six hours. As an oil, this stuff is somewhat water resistant, but you will have to reapply sooner if you are swimming.
Another reason why people may think this isn't working is because it only keeps the mosquitoes from biting. It won't keep them from seeking you out. This is because it does not jam their long range radar, only the short range. A mosquito tracks potential prey using different senses when hunting for a potential lunch, than when it is looking for the safest place to bite an already discovered one. What happens with this stuff is they get close, and then get really confused. It's like they can see you until they get within a foot, and then you disappear. You can have several mosquitoes hovering around you, but none of them can find a good place to bite. They eventually give up and look for a less confusing blood source.
Lemon Eucalyptus will NOT work for you if you primarily want to repel black flies, ticks, or chiggers. In my experience, it is only so-so in repelling deer flies.
Finally, this stuff is AMAZINGLY SMELLY. In outdoor environments, this usually isn't a problem. But you really, really, really don't want to apply it before getting in a small enclosed space like an elevator or a car. Even outside, some people will hate the smell, others like it better than the DEET spray alternatives. It kinda smells like cough drops mixed with citronella. Unlike most repellents, the smell does not fade much with time. You are going to smell like this until you shower. If you wore clothes over it, they will smell of it until they are washed. But I think the smell is a small price to pay to stay bite-free.
Original review from 2007:
I am allergic to Deet. I've been the one at the back of the camping/hiking/fishing trips silently feeding millions of mosquitoes and other biting insects in misery for years- until now. I've tried everything on the market and was always disappointed, since all the deet free products I tried either triggered my allergies or just plain didn't work. This year, my doctor recommended I try the deet-free Repel, and I am sold. The difference is like night and day. We took it on a trip photographing butterflies and dragonflies in swamps in the Rio Grande Valley, TX, and came away bite free. Didn't work on chiggers, but I don't think it's supposed to. I'm not sure it lasts as long as the deet-containing products- my husband started using it exclusively as well, and he has to apply it more often than the Off or Cutter products he used to use. But I'm talking a drop from six hours of effectiveness to four, hardly a problem if you have room in your pack to carry the stuff. Also, it smells like Eucalyptus, which some people don't like, and you will smell of it for HOURS, even after it has lost it's effectiveness or until you take a shower.
Also, attached is a photo of my arms after using it on a relatively normal hike in the Pacific Northwest. I put this product on around 10 times over the course of 8 hours and this is how I ended up.
DO NOT BUY