With that being said, the commercials sprays without DEET are not that effective against ticks (only mainly mosquitoes). So, what can you do? Well, there are a few chemical and DEET free options which I love. 3 of them can be ordered online, and one is a do-it-yourself at home using essential oils. For all of the insect repellents listed below they all use essential oils as the primary deterrent. So, without further adieu, let's jump into these!
This spray comes from an Etsy shop of a lady I know. I met her through my twitter, and she is very kind. She makes the tick spray homemade and uses only 8 essential oils to provide protection. She is a Lyme warrior herself, with her family members being effected by this horrible disease too. So, she spared nothing to make sure this was absolutely perfect. This spray has been sold for 5 years now and has nothing but great reviews! I bought it last year myself and I absolutely love it! She has a buy 2 get 1 free deal going on now!
The oils used are:
Citronella, Lavender, Lemongrass, Cedarwood, Geranium, Tea Tree Oil, Eucalyptus & Water.
This bug spray has actually been put to the test with a study to prove its effectiveness. It contains Vanillin, Citronella, Lemongrass & Peppermint essential oils.
" An Independent study showed Bug Spray to be more effective than a product containing 100% DEET.
According to the lab results, unprotected subjects received an average of 16 bites per hour. Subjects using products containing DEET received an average of 2.78 bites per hour, while the Bug Spray test subjects received less than one bite per hour (approximately 1/5 of one bite per hour).
The test, conducted by BassFan Lab (operated by BassFan LLC), involved three successive test periods over 72 hours.
When tested in rainy conditions, the DEET-based products had to be re-applied to remain effective (re-exposing people to even greater amounts of DEET). But the Bug Spray formulation stayed effective without reapplication."
I love the Honest Company in general, I use all their products because they are chemical free and free of anything harmful. I am in love with the detergent, soaps, dishwashing liquid etc. A great company all around. Their bug spray smells like Lemon and also uses a blend of essential oils.
- Formulated with only the purest & safest certified organic essentials oils to naturally repel insects
- Lab tested for proven efficacy against mosquitoes and stable flies — deters up to 4 hours
- DEET-free, absolutely no harsh, synthetic, or petroleum-based ingredients!
- Pleasant aroma of Rosemary, Citronella, and Wintergreen organic essentials oils
- Hypoallergenic / Non-irritating / Vegan / Biodegradable
I have not been paid or endorsed by any of the companies listed above. Opinions are all my own entirely.