Saturday, June 11, 2016


Good Ol' Summertime Heat is upon us in my neck of the woods and with it brings bugs. Lots of them. Particularly the chomping kind like mosquitoes, gnats, little bitey black bugs and the worst ones of all - - the no see ums. After being out in my garden last evening and again this morning, I decided to go online to find out what others are using for natural bug relief.

The above four products are what I have found so far.  Each one is a spray, which was one of my criteria.  I need the ability to just "spray and go" without the messiness of a cream or a lotion.  I also was looking for companies that use essential oils like lemongrass, (as that is one of my favorites), DEET-free, and would be safe for children (Shue Bug and Amerta).  I haven't yet found a good home-made essential oil remedy that works well; until then, I am going to order a couple of these products and report back on my findings!  :)

*UPDATE:  The 2 products that I am going to review are Olivia Tree and Shue Bug.  


  • Nice, natural smell, not like "normal" smelling bug repellents
  • Easy Spray Keeps biting bugs away! 
  • Vegan / Nut FREE / Gluten Free
  • Comes in Recycled Aluminum! NO Plastic! Organic & Natural
  • Made in Hawaii, USA

Vermont Lotion Co Outdoor Defense Citrus Spray
  • DEET FREE INSECT REPELLENT - Outdoor Defense does not contain DEET or other harmful chemicals.
  • ORIGINAL FORMULATION with added benefit of LEMONGRASS and other Natural Essential Oils.
  • MOISTURIZING LOTION & INSECT REPELLENT - 2 IN 1 repellent, a natural insect repellent, as well as a quality moisturizing lotion to help sooth and enrich your skin.
  • REPELS BITING INSECTS - such as Moquitoes, Ticks, Black Flies, Gnats and other biting insects, naturally.

Amerta Natural Insect Repellent Spray
  • REPELS INSECTS & BUGS - Effective to Mosquitoes, Gnats, Fleas, No-seeums, Bedbugs, Lices, Cockroaches and other Bites-happy bugs. High concentration of active ingredients (>92%). Protection for up to 6 hours.
  • ALL NATURAL & DEET FREE - Made with organic cymbopogon nardus and other natural ingredients. Deet-Free and Zero Synthetic Toxins. Safe for Adults, Children (older than 6 months), Pregnant Women and Pets.
  • USER FRIENDLY RECIPE - Non-greasy, Non-sticky, Non-streaky. 100% Biodegradable, Non-GMO, Vegan, Cruelty Free. With pleasant jasmine rice scent.
  • MONEY BACK GUARANTEE - Amerta promise is a 100% Money Back Guarantee. If you're not satisfied with our product, we'll refund your purchase.
  • ALUMINUM BOTTLED - Packaged in Anti-crush, Anti-puncture, Non-aerosols, Non-flammable aluminum pump spray bottle. Portable for outdoor activities and travel.

EliteChoice 100% Natural Insect Repellent

  • PERFECT FATHERS DAY GIFT, use code ECREPELS to get 10% off. Comes with a 100% money back guarantee
  • CLEAN, RELIABLE & NON TOXIC - Our advanced formula is tested to give you the protection you need
  • ENJOY THE SUMMER - keep your family protected at the park, camping, grilling/BBQ, or by the pool.
  • PERFECT 4oz TRAVEL SIZE for vacations, the beach, fishing, hunting or your next outdoor adventure
  • AVOID PESKY ANNOYING BITES from mosquitos, dog/deer ticks, gnats, flies, chiggers and No See Ums


Last, but not least, I stumbled upon this one by Olivia Tree and added it to my cart.  I do believe this might be my favorite so far out of all of them, but again, the proof will be when the product arrives and I put it to the test. However, judging by the ingredients (water, witch hazel, vegetable glycerin, Lemongrass oil, Lavender Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Other pure essential oils, Vodka as a preservative), this product might just be the most "all-natural" one that I have found so far on Amazon.  

Olivia Tree All-Natural Insect Repellent

  • HUGE 8 oz. family size that is safe for all ages
  • 100% all natural and DEET Free
  • Repels mosquitos, chiggers, ticks, spiders, and even lice
  • Fragrant lemongrass scent; Conditions skin and has NO sticky coating or feeling
  • Pet friendly repels fleas and ticks
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