Insect Repellent With Essential Oils

Controlling the bugs is an important part of maintaining a home or workplace. Many people prefer to use some type of repellent as opposed to using harsh chemicals—particularly in a home. While there are many different types of insect repellent, it may be worth considering an essential oil based option such as Insect Repellent Essential Oil. Insect Repellent Essential Oil is a blend of 3 highly concentrated insect repelling essential oils (lemon eucalyptus, rosemary ct. 1,2,4-trihydroxybenzene) to repel mosquitoes and other insects with powerful natural protection against flies, gnats and other biting insects that can interfere with outdoor activities such as gardening and fishing.

Insect Repellent With Essential Oils

A repellent is generally defined as a substance that discourages arthropods from landing or biting human skin. The attractants for female mosquitoes include carbon dioxide and lactic acid present in sweat, and the resulting odor is recognized by chemoreceptors present in their antennae. Insects detect specific scents via odorant receptors (ORx), which form complexes with coreceptors (Orco) that act as ion channels. When an odorant binds to an ORx, the Orco ion channel is opened, ultimately activating a sensory neuron that detects the odor. Therefore, allosteric agonists and antagonists that target ORx and Orco could act as potential repellents by disrupting the odor-sensing activity in insects. Repellents, such as DEET, IR3535, and picaridin, have been proposed to act as olfactory agonists or antagonists, via modulating ORx activity, in the absence and presence of indole and octanol, which are specific to these ORx. There are various suggestions for the mode of action of insect repellency; however, the underlying mechanisms of insect repellency are not clear, and it is still a controversial topic. Understanding the mode of action of insect repellents and how repellents modulate odor-sensing will allow us to design and develop better repellent formulations.

EOs are complex mixtures of volatile organic compounds from plants. The presence of monoterpenoids, sesquiterpenes, and alcohols has been proven to attribute to the repellent properties of EOs. In particular, citronellol, citronellal, α-pinene, and limonene are common constituents of many EOs exhibiting repellent effects. Recent evidence has shown that the odorant receptor neuron in a mosquito’s antennal sensilla is activated by linalool, a naturally occurring terpene alcohol found in many flowers and spice plants, and by eucalyptol, a natural organic compound. The repellent screen platform based on odor-sensing might be new strategy for developing novel repellents or compounds with novel mode of action against arthropods.

In general, plant EOs are recognized as safe; however, some of them also cause side effects such as skin irritation, mainly due to the constituents present in the plant EOs, limiting their extensive usage. Natural products are not always safer than synthetic ones, and some might cause adverse reactions. Moreover, sometimes, the available toxicity and safety information is limited and contradictory. The repellent effects of EOs from Rosmarinus officinalis, Dacrydium franklinii, and Melaleuca bracteata were found to be promising, but were unsuitable for human use because they caused skin irritation, contact dermatitis, and asthma. At present, synthetic repellents are more widely used than EOs, although this raises several concerns related to environmental and human health.

In the United States, the FDA tests and approves topical insect repellants such as DEET for use []. Further, citronella, lemon, and eucalyptus oils are common insect repellents and are registered by the EPA and have been approved for topical use in humans. PMD (p-menthane-3,8-diol), proven safe to human health, is the only plant-based repellent advocated by the CDC for public use. 2-Undecanone, a natural compound from the wild tomato plant Lycopersicon hirsutum, is a biopesticide product with lesser toxicity than conventional pesticides. BioUD formula is the only EPA-registered insect repellent containing 2-undecanone. Natural EOs such as lemongrass, citronella, cedar, peppermint, lavender, and geranium oils are exempted from the Environmental Protection Agency registration. The duration of effectiveness of these oils is estimated to be between 30 minutes and 2 hours. An overview of comprehensive properties of commercially available repellents is described in Table 1. The general properties, toxicity, and safety of major conventional repellent EOs are described below.

Table 1

An overview of commercially available repellents of synthetic and natural origins.

Repellent Active compound Repellency Safety/Toxicity Origin
DEET N,N-diethyl-3-methyl-benzamide. (NN-diethyl-m-toluamide)
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23.8% (6.65%) DEET provides about 5 (2) hours of protection against mosquitoes [] Potential neuro toxicity if applied under sunscreen.
EPA toxicity category III (slightly toxic)

Picaridin (2-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1- piperidine-carboxylic acid 1-methylpropyl-ester)
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Picaridin 20% works as well as DEET 20% Possible skin irritation.
EPA toxicity category III (slightly toxic)

Permethrin (3-phenoxybenzyl (1RS)- cis, trans-3-(2, 2- dichlorovinyl)-2, 2- dimethyl-cyclo-propanecarboxylate)
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Permethrin medication is applied to skin as a cream or lotion.
Permethrin repellents should be used on clothes.
Not useful on skin. Possible skin irritation.
(EPA, likely human carcinogen)
Chrysanthemum spp.

(Oil of lemon eucalyptus)
(p-menthane-3, 8-diol)
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PMD is as effective as DEET when used in like quantities.
PMD provides about 2 hours of protection against mosquito bites
Potential skin irritation in atopic individuals.
EPA toxicity category I(highly toxic)
Lemon eucalyptus

Citronella (3, 7-dimethyloct-6-en-1-al)
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The complete protection time (CPT) of DEET (360 min) was much longer than the CPTs of citronella (10.5 min) from mosquitoes Potential eye and skin irritation and allergies for Ceylon type
EPA toxicity category IV (practically non-toxic)
Cymbopogon spp.

Insect Repellent With Essential Oils

Insect repellent essential oil is a natural alternative to traditional insect repellents, which are often filled with harmful chemicals.

While many essential oils have been shown to be effective in repelling insects, the following are some of the most commonly used and effective ones:

Citronella: This is a lemon-scented oil that has been shown to be very effective at repelling mosquitoes.

Lavender: Lavender has been shown to repel moths, fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and flies. It also has a calming effect on humans, which makes it good for use around children.

Tea Tree: This oil has been used for centuries as an insect repellent because of its antimicrobial properties. It is also great for treating skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis because it helps soothe inflammation while still being gentle enough even for sensitive skin types.”

List Of Insect Repellent With Essential Oils

Bug Botanist Mosquito Repellent Spray: Mosquito Repellent with Essential Oils, Family Friendly, 4oz Bottle
Price : $10.56 ($2.64 / Fl Oz)
Features :

  • SAFE FOR USE AROUND KIDS AND PETS: Bug Botanist repellents have been rigorously tested and are safe for use on kids (age 6 months and older) and around pets, when used as directed
  • EFFECTIVE AND FRESH: When used as directed, Bug Botanist Mosquito Repellent Spritz helps prevent mosquito bites, leaving behind a fresh scent
  • PLANT POWERED: Bug Botanist repellents are made with essential oils (including rosemary, geranium & citronella) and are DEET-free and cruelty-free with no added parabens, phthalates, sulfates, dyes or artificial fragrances
  • EASY TO USE: Bug Botanist Mosquito Repellent Spritz has an easy to use pump bottle for quick sprays, available in 2 sizes. Simply shake, spray on skin, and reapply every 90 minutes or as needed

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Item Dimensions
Height 6.625 Inches
Width 1.548 Inches
Length 1.548 Inches
UpNature Citronella Essential Oil - 100% Natural & Pure , Undiluted, Premium Quality Aromatherapy Oil- Keeps Insects and Mosquitos Away Naturally - Treat Fevers & Headaches, 4oz
Price : $14.99 ($3.75 / Ounce)
Features :

  • HIGH QUALITY CITRONELLA OIL: 100% pure, gentle, and effective natural citronella essential oil. No toxins, additives. Unfiltered and undiluted. Therapeutic grade. Steam distilled. Non-GMO. Sourced in Indonesia. Packaged & bottled in the USA.
  • MADE WITH LOVE: UpNature was founded by two brothers with a vision to provide 100% all natural products for easy, effective, & natural solutions for health & well-being, so everybody can live happier and healthier lives.
  • GREAT FOR AROMATHERAPY: Place in a diffuser to help prevent and treat fevers and headaches, and help remove toxins! Also a natural diuretic.
  • SAFETY PRECAUTION: For external use only. Recommended Essential Oil Safety is to dilute with a carrier oil before applying to your skin to minimize adverse reactions. We recommend that you patch test the oils for topical use. Dilute a small amount of the essential oil with a carrier oil of choice to clean skin on the inside of your elbow or wrist. Cover with a bandage and leave for 24 hours. If a rash or redness appears, discontinue use of product.
  • 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: We offer a full 100% 365 days money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with Up Nature Citronella Oil, we will refund your entire purchase.

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Item Dimensions
Height 2.2 Inches
Width 3.6 Inches
Length 6.1 Inches
Weight 0.19 Pounds
Mighty Mint - 16oz Insect and Pest Control Peppermint Oil - Natural Spray for Spiders, Ants, and More - Non Toxic
Price : $18.98
Features :

  • Safe
  • Extra Concentrated for Long-Lasting Protection
  • Natural Ingredients Proven Effective in the Real World
  • Large 16oz Bottle
  • Powerful Essential Oil

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Weight 1 Pounds
Wondercide - Mosquito, Tick, Fly, and Insect Repellent with Natural Essential Oils - DEET-Free Plant-Based Bug Spray and Killer - Safe for Kids, Babies, and Family - Cedarwood 2-Pack of 4 oz Bottle
Price : $23.98 ($3.00 / Fl Oz)
Features :

  • REPELS & PROTECTS. Powered by Wondercide’s proven-to-work spray formula that repels 98% of mosquitoes, this insect repellent spray is a safe, effective control method for repelling bugs. In addition to being a plant-based mosquito repeller, this spray will kill and repel hundreds of common pests, such as gnats, ticks, fleas, no-see-ums, spiders, and other biting flies.
  • GENTLE ON KIDS, EASY-TO-USE. Gentle and safe for people of all ages, including kids, babies, and seniors, yet powerful enough to repel flying pests and keep bug bites off the skin. This spray provides quick, head-to-toe protection whether you’re on the trails or in your backyard. Just spray on and stay protected.
  • DEET-FREE & VERSATILE. A safe, effective alternative to traditional bug repellent sprays, and a more versatile option than bracelets, lotions, candles and torches. Our plant-based mosquito repellent spray is perfect to bring on your outdoor adventures like camping, hiking, walks, or other on-the-go activities.
  • NO NASTY INGREDIENTS. Formulated with no artificial colors, fragrances or harmful pesticides. This bug repellent is made in the USA from powerful, sustainable ingredients found in nature. Cruelty free and biodegradable.
  • POWERED BY NATURE, AS POWERFUL AS DEET. Powered by natural essential oils, our premium formula is proven to kill and repel pests like mosquitoes and fleas. Safe for use on adults, children, and pets when used as directed. DEET-free.

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Color Cedar
Item Dimensions
Height 7.5 Inches
Width 3 Inches
Length 3 Inches
Weight 0.625 Pounds
UpNature Bug Away Essential Oil Blend - 100% Pure & Natural Insect, Mosquito & Bug Repellent Spray with Citronella Essential Oil, Rosemary & Peppermint - DEET Free, Travel Size Bug Spray, 2oz
Price : $14.99 ($7.50 / Fl Oz)
Features :

  • THOUGHTFULLY DESIGNED INSECT REPELLENT – UpNature’s Citronella Blend Insect Repellent Spray includes a mix of 8 naturally-derived essential oils. Repel insects with essential oil benefits like hydrating and toning skin, relieving itching, and more.
  • ALL-NATURAL INGREDIENTS – Blended with citronella oil, rosemary oil, lemongrass, peppermint, Thyme, and spearmint, repel insects and smell good too. This mosquito repellent outdoor spray is 100% DEET Free bug spray. No dyes, no synthetic fragrances, and no harsh chemicals.
  • TAKE IT ANYWHERE – Perfect camping essentials. Whether you’re fishing, hiking, golfing, or enjoying sunshine in your backyard, this 2 oz bug spray travel size bottle has you covered. Make the outdoors yours again with a natural bug and insect spray that’s safe for everyone.
  • HOW TO USE – Shake before use. Spray on exposed skin from a distance of 8-12 inches and let it dry. Re-apply as needed. If applying on face, spray into hands first then gently apply. Store at room temperature in a cool, dry area.
  • WE ARE UPNATURE – Always pure and potent, UpNature products are 100% pure and natural with no dilution or added fragrances. Your satisfaction is our ultimate goal. That’s why all UpNature products adhere to our strict quality standards.

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Height 1.5 Inches
Width 1.5 Inches
Length 5.5 Inches

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