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#1 of 13 Old 05-31-2006, 01:01 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So I am at my wits end with bug spray. The mosquitos are insane this year and DS is a magnet for them. I covered him in Burt's Bees yesterday and he got SEVEN mosquito bites!!

The Bite Blocker & Buzz Away work, but the smell literally makes me ill.

I've heard that Natapel smells ok, but I've also heard it stinks.

I've spent a fortune in bug spray and still haven't found one that I can tolerate the smell of that actually works.

Hate the idea of keeping my kiddo in all summer.....
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you are going to think i'm crazy but here goes: not too long ago i read a book but william dufty called Sugar Blues. he says in it that if you stop eating sugar altogether, the bugs just wont be interested in you. if you eat sugar you secrete it and the buggies loooove it. itneresting theory which makes sense to me. i have yet to try it, though i am moving towards that goal. good luck!

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I've heard good things about Aubrey Organics.

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We don't have so many mosquitos as some other bugs that sneak up on us and get us along our necklines. They draw blood and leave big hard lumps. They itch. But yet I really don't think it's mosquitos b/c I haven't seen any and it's always along the hairline of the neck.

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We have the same problem, they look like little gnats and are more bothersome than misquitos. They expecially seem to love my two year old and it's always at the neck line or behind the ears. I also hate bug spray and hate to use it. Last year I found a recipe for a bug repelant cream. It is a little greasy but it smells good and seems to do the job. I used an essential oil blend that I ordered from Majestic Mountain Sage. It was called Insects Be Gone or Bug Off - something like that. Other ingredients were olive oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax. I can't really remember if there was anything else but I could probably find the recipe if interested.
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Ok, I found my essential oils. It wasn't from Majestic Mountain Sage but instead from A Garden Eastward. I've ordered from too many places to keep them straight It is called Bug Buster.
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What about Avon's skin so soft? Does anyone know if that really works?
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The Avon Skin so soft really does work - it's not as strong as commercial bug repellents, but it works to a degree. We take it to India and it works quite a bit.

Perhaps putting some in a spray bottle would be good.

I was thinking of making my mom a spray bottle with:

- Avon Skin So Soft
- Lavender
- Cedarleaf oil
- Some Tea Tree Oil

All of those oils are bug repellents.



Here's some info on Avon's Skin So Soft - (it's DEET free!):

http://www.ewg.org/reports/skindeep2...RODUCT&id=2372

NOTE: If you scroll down, you'll see that it has a few chemicals of moderate concern -- the rest are of low concern. Then again, one of the ingredients listed as 'moderate concern' is TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, which is Vitamin E in layman's terms. I don't have a problem with Vitamin E. The only reason Vitamin E can be a concern is because a few people can have skin allergies to it (it's rare though).


Ingredients: (from retailer or packaging) water; mineral oil; dimethicone; steareth-2; ppg-4 myristyl ether propionate; simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil; amaranthus caudatus seed extract; saccharomyces lysate extract; tocopheryl acetate; retinyl palmitate; butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) extract; fragrance; glycerin; disodium edta; dimethicone crosspolymer; carbomer; acrylates copolymer; dicapryl adipate; isopropyl palmitate; imidazolidinyl urea; diazolidinyl urea; methylparaben; propylparaben; cyclopentasiloxane; ppg-15 stearyl ether; isoceteth-20; potassium hydroxide



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I haven't tried this (don't have a buggy problem of this sort), but here is a bug repellent that contains "pure plant blend of essential oils of Lavender, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Rose geranium, and Peppermint TFF in a moisturizing canola oil base. DEET-free!" It's from Daybreak Lavender Farm
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Last summer I picked up a bottle of Pugsley's Choice Bug-Off Flea and Tick Repellent, primarily to use on the kitten. The lady running the stall (at the agricultural fair where I bought it) said that it works on humans too. I love the stuff. There's no webpage listed on the bottle unfortunately, but the phone number on it is 800/677-1187. It has a faintly citrusy smell from the tangerine oil in it.
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I just received Bug Off from Moon Dance Soaps today. I haven't used it because it's been raining for the last 9 of 10 days here but I HAVE used their Baby Bug Off when my kids were younger and really liked it. This time I didn't get the baby version but I got the kit which includes a soap and a lotion bar which I am excited to try.

While I was waiting for it to arrive in the mail, I used Natrapel which worked pretty well but did smell strongly of citronella.
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we use a bugbalm by a local lady at the farmer's market

www.brunswickbeeworks.com

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I don't remeber where I read it but I was reading that cat nip actually works for bugs. I don't know how it smells but it might be worth it. The link is http://teas-herbals.com/catnip_spray.htm. There is also a sight that gives some recepies for making you own bug srays. That sight is http://www.taoherbfarm.com/herbs/resources/bugspray.htm. Let me know what you do. The bugs are not bad yet but I think they will be. I did smell those named sprays and they do stink so I need another alternative that works and does not smell.
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