Nothing ruins a perfect evening outdoors quite like a bevy of biting bugs! No one wants to spend the next week after a grilling sesh or camp outing scratching at itchy bumps. But DEET, the insect-zapping ingredient in conventional bug spray, has been recognized as a neurotoxin — yikes! Don’t worry, you don’t have to choose between bug bites and nasty chemicals. Here are six DEET-free alternatives that’ll keep pests from ruining your outdoor fun.
A targeted mixture of six essential oils (soybean, citronella, peppermint, cedar, lemongrass, and geranium) keeps creepy crawlies at bay. Whether you’re deep in the woods or just at a backyard barbecue, you can have fun without scratching.
by All Terrain | $9.99 | Shop Now →
It would appear that the kitties are onto something! Catnip is perhaps the most effective herb to banish bugs. This tonic blends it with lavender, basil, and sage for a great-smelling solution to insect situations.
by Four Elements | $11.95 | Shop Now →
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against the use of DEET on children, so why not try this natural alternative instead? It’s based on Citronella essential oil, one of the most popular plant-based insect repellents, so don’t be surprised if the scent takes you back to childhood outdoor adventures.
by Quantum | $10.49 | Shop Now →
Perfect for days and nights spent on the patio (sans scratchy bug bites), this skin-loving oil uses Lemon Eucalyptus extract to keep critters away. Just spray, rub it in, and enjoy the cooling effect and great outdoorsy scent.
by Jao Brand | $32 | Shop Now →
Another option that utilizes the bug-banishing properties of catnip! Plus, if your skin is dried out from a day in the sun, this formula contains conditioning ingredients that restores moisture and softness.
by Duggan Sisters | $5 | Shop Now →
Don’t let your furry friend succumb to itchy bites! This specially formulated spray is designed for canine usage. A pharmaceutical-grade blend of neem and karanja oils thwarts all sorts of bug baddies, from the flying kind to the crawling kind.
by Keys | $19.95 | Shop Now →