A lemon eucalyptus insect repellent is a gentler way to stave off bugs and their bites. I tried a few different lemon eucalyptus bug sprays, and Natrapel came out on top.
Best Long-Lasting Bug Spray: When you’re enjoying time outside, the last thing you want to be doing is constantly stopping to reapply bug spray. If this sounds like you, then Natrapel Tick and Insect Repellent Eco-Spray might just be the one for you.
Best Picaridin Repellent: It lasts longer than our top DEET-based pick: A single coating will force ticks to steer clear of you for 12 hours, so you’re good all day.
The EPA recommends the following precautions when applying insect repellent. Read the entire label before using a repellent and follow directions carefully. Use only the amount directed, at the time and under the conditions specified, and for the purpose listed. Do not apply to eyes and mouth, and apply sparingly around ears. When using sprays, do not spray directly onto face; spray on hands first and then apply to face. Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin and/or clothing. Heavy application and saturation is generally unnecessary for effectiveness. Do not spray on open wounds or irritated skin. Avoid applying a spray repellent in enclosed areas or near food and do not allow children to handle the product. After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water or bathe.
Our trademarked Eco-Spray®delivery system is an environmentally-friendly system for applying repellent, as it does not contain any ozone-depleting propellants. Eco-Spray cans release a fine mist at any angle for consistent coverage and can be sprayed in any direction, unlike pump sprays that can only be sprayed while in an upright position.
The active ingredient in Natrapel Picaridin (picaridin), does not have an age restriction, according to the EPA. The CDC recommends not using insect repellents on Children under 2 months of age. The active ingredient in Natrapel Lemon Eucalyptus (oil of lemon eucalyptus) has been approved for use on children over 3 years of age. You should never allow children to handle insect repellents, and do not apply to childrens' hands. After returning indoors, wash your child's treated skin with soap and water, or bathe. We suggest discussing the use of repellents with your child's physician for further advice.
According to the CDC, when used as directed, repellents with 20% picaridin can be used safely and effectively on pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Although repellents can work differently on everyone due to body chemistry, studies show that Natrapel Picaridin provides up to 12 hours of proven protection from ticks and other biting insects. Natrapel Lemon Eucalyptus provides up to 6 hours of protection from biting insects.
Yes, Natrapel can be used on clothing or gear. One benefit of using a picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus repellent is that it does not damage fishing lines, plastics, and other synthetic materials.
Natrapel Lemon Eucalyptus is made with oil of lemon eucalyptus. The oil of lemon eucalyptus used in Natrapel is a non-GMO substance made solely from eucalyptus citriodora oil. This carbon-negative process starts with ethically and sustainably sourced lemon eucalyptus trees (also called eucalyptus citriodora trees). The trees are grown on small plantations and tended by hand. Leaves and twigs are selectively cut to maintain the health of the tree and distilled by passing steam through a holding vessel. As the steam cools, the oil is separated. Waste leaves are removed and used as fuel or to maintain the health of the soil. The resulting essential oil is then modified through a simple conversion process to transform the high cintronellal content into PMD, the repelling agent found in oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Natrapel is manufactured in small batches in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, so you can be sure it's been tested on some of the toughest bugs around.