Natural Insect Repellent
It’s with these two products, and their success, that everything started for Wayward Chickadee. (Find out how on the About Us page). We use the black fly repellent every season and with it these annoying little creatures refuse to land on your skin! No more black fly bites mean you’re free to enjoy those beautiful spring and early summer days outside! When summer hits and the mosquitoes are out in full force, we switch to our all natural mosquito repellent and enjoy those warm summer evening in peace!
DEET, the biggest enemy in mosquito repellents
Every year when the beautiful, warm days return, it’s the same ritual. Mosquitoes come to spoil our morning gardening, our BBQ evenings, our walks in the forest, and our camping holidays. The first reaction is to get out the mosquito repellent, hold your breath, and spray yourself from head to toe. Although effective, it’s not without health risks. DEET, the ingredient in most if not all insect repellents, is dangerous to your health and the environment. Did you know bug spray poisoning is a thing? According to Medline, DEET can cause skin irritation, coughing, tremors, vomiting, and seizures among other symptoms.
Essential oils, an alternative to chemical products
Among the natural methods that repel mosquitoes, essential oils have already proven their effectiveness and is a perfect natural alternative to chemicals. Their odor, unpleasant to insects, repulses them naturally by disrupting their nervous system. Essential oils based on citronella and geranium are the most effective and can also be used to relieve pain and itchiness in case of bites thanks to their inflammatory properties. Peppermint is an indirect repellent, because it cools the skin, reducing the heat that attracts insects.
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A natural base for the good of your skin
Natural butters and oils make up the base of our balms (olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax), which will nourish and moisturize your skin. Finally, we use a natural conservative called leucidal that is produced through the fermentation of radishes. It contains peptides with anti-bacterial proprieties.
We mix our natural base with a special blend of essential oils that mosquito es absolutely hate. This includes:
- Eucalyptus - rich in citronellal and citronellol that keep insects away.
- Citronella – well known deterrent for insect bites.
- Lemon - masks the CO2 produced by the human body, making you virtually invisible to female mosquitos.
- Geranium - another well known deterrent containing citronellol and geraniol.
- Peppermint – cools the skin to avoid attracting mosquitoes.
- Clove – containing eugenol, a potent aromatic phenol that disrupts insect receptors.
Black fly repellent
Black flies, or no-see-ums among other names, are inevitable in the northeast of the United States. Many a warm day in May, June, and July are ruined by these little gnats. Even they look small and inoffensive, their bites are painful and irritating. Black flies are the most active several hours after sunrise and an hour or two before the sunset when the humidity is the highest. They lay their eggs in fresh water between 40 and 50 degrees, usually located in wooded areas. They are especially obnoxious when you are hiking, camping, boating, and fishing.
We mix our natural base with a special blend of essential oils that black flies dislike. This includes:
- Peppermint – which cools the skin and disrupts their receptors.
- Lavender – a well know deterrent.
- Tea tree – another scent they find repulsive.