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Buzz-Off All-Natural Insect Repellent
Buzz-Off All-Natural Insect Repellent
Why use a toxic product when you can repel insects just as effectively with an all-natural, good-for-you alternative? Buzz-Off All-Natural Insect Repellent uses FDA-approved lemon eucalyptus essential oil, scientifically-proven effective catnip oil and six other bug repelling essential oils in a base of skin-loving soy oil or a lighter formula with witch hazel to protect you from mosquitoes, flies, gnats and other annoying pests. Now with even more insect-repelling rose geranium oil!
To buy Buzz-Off, visit Godscountrybotanicals.com.
We use the finest essential oils, including Canadian catnip, which contains a high amount of nepetalactone, a highly effective insect-repelling compound.
- Catnip oil: Researchers at Iowa State University presented evidence proving that catnip essential oils is ten times more effective than the toxic chemical DEET to the American Chemical Society in 2001. While no animal or human tests have been conducted, catnip appears to be safe for use on humans. American catnip is less expensive than its Canadian cousin, but contains only about 1/2 as much nepetalactone, the active insect-repelling compound. Nepetalactone-free catnip oil is not effective against insects.
- Lemon Eucalyptus oil: According to the EPA, lemon eucalyptus oil is found naturally in eucalyptus leaves and twigs. It was first registered in 1948 as an insecticide and miticide (kills insects and mites) and today is found in both lotion and spray insect repellents. As with most plant oils, no adverse effects to humans are expected. Products containing lemon eucalyptus repel insect as effectively as products with low concentrations of DEET. Buzz-off contains 4% lemon eucalyptus oil.
- Citronella: The EPA also recognizes the insect-repelling properties of oil of citronella. The oil comes from the dried, cultivated grasses, and has a distinctive odor that masks the CO2 or lactic acid on our bodies that mosquitoes and other pests find attractive. It has been used for over 50 years as an insect repellent. While some candles and sprays claim to repel insects, only skin-applied products offer any protection against biting or stinging insects.
- Lemongrass, Cedar, Lavender, Patchouli, Tea Tree and Oregano: Buzz-Off contains these essential oils for their insect-repelling properties. In addition to their ability to protect you from pests, they are antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, which can help protect you from a number of other diseases. However, these claims have not been verified by the EPA or the FDA.
- Rose Geranium: Rose geranium, an expensive essential oil, contains geraniol, an effective insect repellent. Most natural repellents don't contain rose geranium because it is cost-prohibitive. In 2012, we increased the amount of rose geranium to provide even more protection.
- Soybean Oil: The active essential oils are mixed into a base of insect-repelling soybean oil, which absorbs easily into the skin, leaving it feeling soft and silky, not greasy. Read this article about the repellent properties of soybean oil: http://www.cropwatch.org/mozzies.htm
- Other Pure Essential Oils: We also use tea tree, cedar, lavender, peppermint and patchouli in Buzz-Off.
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Research on Natural Insect-Repelling Ingredients
Read our research here.
- Science Daily: Catnip Repels Mosquitoes More Effectively Than DEET
The Iowa State University research.
- Environmental Protection Agency: Active Ingredients in Insect Repellents
The EPA states that both Lemon Eucalyptus oil and oil of citronella repel insects naturally.
- Center for Disease Control: West Nile Virus
Lemon Eucalyptus is one of the active ingredients that can help prevent West Nile Virus.
- Pure Essential Oils: Cedarwood
Info on the effectiveness of cedar essential oil.
- Esotereic Oils: Lemongrass
Info on the effectiveness and benefits of lemongrass essential oil.
- Norwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides
The best plant-based mosquito repellents.
- National Institutes of Health - PubMed
A study showing the repellent effect of essential oils, especially lemongrass, basil (we use oregano - chemically similar to basil but with less toxicity), and eucalyptus essential oil.
- International Journal of Aromatherapy - Mosquitoes, Malaria and Essential OIls
A comprehensive, and highly technical, look at the effectiveness of many essential oils against a number of insects.
Making Your Own Insect Repellent
You can combine your own oils to create a natural repellent but most high-quality oils are very expensive in small quantities.