Vanessa from Vanessa Megan has kindly written us a guest post about her 100% Natural Bug Off, because I just needed to understand how this beautiful best seller can repell mozzies and without any of the typical chemicals...
Certain synthetic ingredients found in insect repellants, such as DEET may have side effects when used on the skin. We know, here at Vanessa Megan, that Essential Oils are not only a wonderful way to lift your mood, have many positive properties, but are also wonderfully useful as insect repellants plus they are completely natural!
This is why we made both of our Bug Off products (one for baby, one for adults). Summer is the biggest time for mosquitoes & bugs to come out to play, or when you go on holidays to tropical destinations during the year.
Our blend of essential oils in 'Bug Off Me' are especially good in these tropical environments, such as Indonesia & Thailand, to protect you from mosquito bites. The blend of essential oils in 'Bug Off Me' are diluted in a base oil blend, which allows the skin to moisturise, as well as ward of mosquito's, sand flies and other pesky bugs. Having an oil base also lengthens the active time the oils work on your skin (usually three - four hours of bug protection)
Our 'Bug Off My Baby' blend differs from the adult blend, as some essential oils used in the adult blend, such as citronella, can cause respiratory problems in infants. We recommend to use 'Bug Off My Baby' on babies under 24 months.
The essential oils in the baby blend are at a lower dilution to that of the adult blend, for their safety, and are also mixed in an oil base for longer protection time.
We recommend to spray either of the 'Bug Off' products into the palm of your hand, then apply to your or your baby's skin.
Deet* (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) was developed by the US Army in 1946 following its experience of jungle warfare during the second world war, then registered for use by the general public in 1957. *Source: BBC News