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A Parent’s Anti-Mosquito Arsenal

on September 22, 2010

Just wanted to share this very interesting and useful article on the various kinds of insect repellents available to us. Personally, we only use products that are DEET FREE. So please do go and read the labels on lotions before you apply them on your children.

A Parent’s Anti-Mosquito Arsenal
by: Pam Pastor

Protect your family from dengue by arming yourselves with these products
What: Anti-Bug Balm is created by Badger, the same company behind the popular Sleep Balm (another product we love). Badger Anti-Bug Balm is a USDA-certified organic insect repellent that contains all-natural ingredients, including citronella oil, cedar oil and lemongrass oil. Don’t let the pretty packaging fool you—this balm is effective. And we’re not the only ones who love it. It has gotten great reviews from people who used it, including one who brought it to the jungles of the Amazon and swears the balm kept her protected.

Where: Rustan’s Essenses

How much: P495 for the big 2-oz tin

How: Apply it to your face, hands and other exposed areas.

Why it’s good: This balm doesn’t just drive bugs away, it’s good for your children’s skin, too.

Bite Be Gone

What: Bite Be Gone Mosquito Duo is a two-in-one product—the tube contains a repellent cream that promises to prevent mosquito bites while the cap holds a balm that can be used to soothe mosquito bites.

Where: Rustan’s Essenses

How much: P295

How: Apply a small amount of the repellent cream on the skin. Apply the balm onto bites and massage lightly. Apply two to three times a day.

Why it’s good: Bite Be Gone comes in a tube that’s handy and can easily be slipped into your bag.

Off! Soft & Scented

What: Off! Soft & Scented is an insect repellent lotion that contains chamomile. Dermatologically tested, Off! Soft & Scented doesn’t just offer protection from mosquitoes, it also promises to soothe the skin.

Where: Ace Hardware

How much: P114.75 for 100 ml

How: Apply lotion on exposed areas.

Why it’s good: Off! Soft & Scented is extra gentle on the skin.

Off! Aqua Spritz

What: Off! Aqua Spritz is an insect repellent spray that feels light on the skin.

Where: Watsons

How much: P79.75 for 30 ml

How: Spray evenly on exposed skin. To use on your face and neck, spray onto hand and rub on. Repeat application after four hours. Do not spray onto the hands of small children—they might rub their eyes and cause irritation.

Why it’s good: Off! Aqua Spritz’s formula is non-greasy. We love the convenience of easy application—no mess!

Bug Off! Wristband

What: Bug Off! is an insect repelling wristband that contains no DEET and no chemical-based insecticides. Since it uses plant oil-based ingredients such as citronella, lemongrass and geranium to keep bugs away, it is safe and nontoxic. There are Bug Off! wristbands for adults and for kids.

Where: Ace Hardware

How much: P179.75

How: Wear it like a bracelet.

Why it’s good: If your kids don’t like being rubbed with lotion, this wristband might be a good way to go. Bug Off! lasts for as long as 180 hours. If used for just eight hours a day and stored properly after every use, it can last up to 22 days. A bonus? The wristbands for kids glow in the dark, making it fun for kids to wear.

Off! For Kids

What: Off! For Kids is an insect repelling lotion that was formulated for kids. It offers three hours of protection and comes with a tropical fresh fragrance.

Where: Watsons

How much: P65

How: Apply lotion to exposed skin.

Why it’s good: Off! For Kids’ formula is gentle and smells like melons and berries.

Off! Overtime

What: Off! Overtime is an insect repelling lotion that offers eight-hour protection.

Where: Ace Hardware

How much: P79.75 for 50 ml

How: Rub lotion on the exposed skin.

Why it’s good: Its long-lasting effect offers convenience. No need to reapply every four hours.

Pest Off! Anti-Mosquito Patch

What: Pest Off! Anti-Mosquito Patches are patches that can be attached to clothes to offer up to 12 hours of protection from mosquitoes.

Where: Ace Hardware

How much: P97.75 for five patches

How: Attach adhesive side to clothes.

Why it’s good: Pest Off! is chemical-free and can also be attached to furniture to drive mosquitoes away from your home.

Para’Kito

What: Para’Kito wrist bands are natural refillable wrist bands that offer protection from mosquitoes by using natural essences.

Where: Kidz Station (Power Plant, Glorietta, Shangri-La Mall)

How much: P495

How: Insert the active pellet into one of the wristbands and wear it.

Why it’s good: Para’Kito is easy to wear and safe. There are different colors you and your kids can choose from.

Buzz Away

What: Buzz Away is a natural repellent that doesn’t just protect you from mosquitoes—it keeps ticks, flies, gnats away, too.

Where: Healthy Options

How much: P745

How: Just spray it on.

Why it’s good: The spray offers ultimate convenience. Buzz Away’s formula is non-sticky and leaves the skin feeling cool.

http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/homeandentertaining/homeandentertaining/view/20100922-293576/A-parents-anti-mosquito-arsenal


2 responses to “A Parent’s Anti-Mosquito Arsenal

  1. ruth says:

    hi,

    i came across your site when i googled vinamit (those crunchy fruit snacks from vietnam) and have since found a lot of your entries very informative.

    first off, your entry on those gfcf snacks are very helpful. my son is on the diet too, and at least we are not limited to buying at healthy options all the time which can be quite draining on the pocket. good to know vinamit is available at decs or hi top, will try going there soon. last friday we were at megamall and saw that they had it at the snack exchange at the ground floor i think.

    second, there is another affordable alternative to the pricey mosquito repellants: human nature’s citronella bug spray at 79.75 (50ml) and 129.75 (100ml) DEET FREE, 100% natural with citronella and virgin coconut oil only as ingredients. it is what i use for my son,myself, in fact everyone in the family. however,
    these are available only through human nature dealers (like me). iif you have not heard of human nature yet, just email me. we sell a range of organic, natural personal care products that are very affordable compared to popular imported organic products on the market. it is proudly philippine made and supports a cause too. (info about this will be available soon on my website as soon as i find the time to update it and post the pictures)

    third, i would recommend using baking soda (as shampoo) and vinegar (as conditioner) if you ever feel the need to do this again. i occasionally do this and the smell is really not bad or strong, as long as you stick to the one tablespoon per cup of water ratio. smell of vinegar dissipates once you rinse again with water. hair is softer and shinier too. have not had to try the aloe vera as everyone was blessed with thick hair. i have tried the oregano though whenever my son has cough. i find that it works better when the cough is just starting to develop. btw, just email me if you want details on the soda/vinegar thing.

    but the shortcut version would be to just use the human nature kid’s shampoos. they come in watermelon or banana scent so there’s only yummy smell there. very affordable at 36.75 (50ml) 64.75(100m)l 109.75(200ml) 249.75 (500ml) NO parabens, NO phthalates, NO SLES/SLS, NO formaldehyde, NO toxic chemicals. i’m sure you are already familiar with the benefits of going/using organic products. it’s actually why i became a dealer, since we use the stuff anyway, the selling is more of a bonus/sideline. so for those interested, just email me for orders/contact numbers.

    fourth, there is a site that i subscribe to, which is a veritable goldmine of information. http://www.ewg.org (environmental working group) there is an article there on the dangers of BPA, what those numbers mean on the plastic bottles/stuff, which plastics are safe, not safe, which cosmetics are safe,guide to children’s personal care products, which sunscreens are safe, amount of fish safe to eat/what fish to eat, the list is rather endless….)

    fifth, where is the organic ice cream available?

    sixth, would you mind sharing your recipe for the gfcf cupcakes?

    seventh, i think this is getting wayyyyyyyyyyyy too long already. thanks anyway, for reading this far down.

    • mymikhaela says:

      Hi Ruth,

      Thank you for the compliment on the gfcf snacks. : ) And sharing about the insect repellents, actually i ‘ve tried a lot of local ones and have yet to write about it, been busy lately but have no time. Yes I actually use some of the Human Nature products since some very good friends of mine introduced me a long time before. Thank you for the tip on the conditioner. : ) I will try that next time. Thanks for sharing the websites as well on BPA.

      Organic ice cream i get from Healthy Options. As for the gfcf cupcakes, I use a mix : )

      Till next time : )

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