It’s that time of the year – the bugs are coming for your soft-skinned wee bebe in full-force.
This year we got a jump on repellents and picked up a few Citronella Mosquito Plants from Lowe’s before they were gone. They work wonders for keeping bugs off of our patio, but when we’re out playing other places, they don’t exactly travel with us.
The Benefits of Using Bug Repellents
Even though there are articles like this that attempt to blast using organic, essential-oil based products to repel bugs, the truth is that they do work, even if not everyone believes it. And, while I am glad to see that there is someone left in the world that trusts the EPA, the article on WireCutter seemed to miss the point that the EPA actually says they aren’t harmful and might actually be helpful in repelling bugs in the document they shared.
Here’s a screenshot, as an example.
I can understand that the WireCutter article noted above is trying to point out that there may not be oversight into organic products, which may pose health risks, but the whole point of using organic products is that you know there are no harmful chemicals, like DEET, in them (you can see the EWG’s info on DEET here).
Additionally, while some may say that organic products don’t repel good enough, and therefore open up the possibility that you and/or your child may get bitten by a Lyme or other vector-borne infected critter, the truth is that no repellent is going to work the same for different people. Let’s face it, some of us just smell tastier to those little pests, whether you’re slathered in DEET or some natural combination. You have to find the product that works for your unique chemical makeup.
Been There, Tried That
We have been searching for something that we could trust to put on our kiddos for over a decade. We’ve used many products in the past that we felt we could use and be worry-free, but we just didn’t feel like they worked at the end of the day. The evidence was all over our kiddos in the form of raised welts from bite marks.
With all of the products we have tried, the cleanest non-toxic, natural bug repellent we have found that actually WORKED came from Earthley.
Here’s what is in this magical repellent…
- Organic Coconut Oil
- Organic Neem Oil
- Candelilla Wax
- Citronella Essential Oil
- Patchouli Essential Oil
That’s literally it.
The Good, The Bad and the STINKY
I am going to be straight up with you. This stuff STINKS. Like, capital S T I N K S – it’s really no wonder the bugs stay away. But, that’s the whole goal, I suppose. While this stinky wonder stick may not get high marks in the sniff test, it’s a winner in the Mama Human top product choices for being a clean, non-toxic product that actually WORKS to keep the kiddos bite free.
This Stuff Goes ON
The twist feature on this repellent is there for a reason. You DO NOT want to have any more than a piece of paper thickness sticking up above the rim. It will go on SUPER fast and easy. Maybe to easy (is that a thing?!?). You’re going to want to go slow the first time you apply so you get a feel for how quick this stuff gets everywhere. Not forgetting the smell (oh sweet baby Jesus), this stuff, when it’s on, is ON and you’re definitely not going to want to slather it on like a 90s Bath and Body works glitter stick.
We Know it Works, It Stinks and it Goes On Easy, What Else?
Because of the following the owners of Earthley have – I highly recommend buying ahead. Get a stick for now and one for later. Then, when you become an Earthley fanatic like us, be sure to check back and let us know what you’ve tried and what you thought of it.