Although traditional bug sprays might be effective, they’re quite often stinky. And let's face it, the only thing worse than swatting away mosquitos at a barbecue is smelling like a walking chemical pool. So just in time for your next get-together (enjoy the fall weather while you can), we’ve found 10 bug repellents that are gentle on the nose but tough on bugs.
Housed in a gorgeous cobalt blue bottle, this organic bug spray contains organic lemongrass, peppermint, rose geranium, lavender and wild harvested cedarwood essential oils to ward off ticks, mosquitoes and flies (Captainblankenship.com, $20).
Known for their adorable packaging and vegan standards, Meow Meow Tweet serves up a plant-based, essential-oil rich repellent that boasts notes of lavender and cedar. Bonus points: It’s safe for hair, skin and clothes (Meowmeowtweet.com, $18).
We’re not sure which we like more here, the clever packaging or the DEET-free formula. Power-packed with essential oils, this spray is naturally scented with citronella, eucalyptus and rosemary (Shop.beekman1802.com, $10).
The lemon tea fragrance of this unisex spray almost has the air of a perfume rather than a bug spray. Use on linens and clothes — without the fear of stains — for an added barrier of protection against mosquitoes, ticks, black flies, wasps and bees (Shen-beauty.com, $38).
Suitable for children, this all-natural blend also combines known bug deterrents citronella, lemongrass and cedar essential oils to keep your kids — and you — bug free and smelling of sweet lemon (Drugstore.com, $17).
Although not technically a spray, for the on-the-go type, this handy tin of bug balm is both practical and portable. Badger boasts between three and four hours of mosquito and fly relief thanks to a pleasant blend of essential oils (Badgerbalm.com, $10).
Although it contains the usual suspects, eucalyptus and citronella, this savory spray also contains a blend of apple cider vinegar and cinnamon for a unique but effective touch and vibrant aroma (Iwillaremedy.com, $10).
For those with wanderlust and a taste for finer things, this rollerball fragrance has top-notch perfume notes — citrus fruit, warm cedarwood, silken vanilla — and nourishing vitamin E to take you from adventure to adventure, all while smelling divine, mind you (Aromaflage.com, $30).
Much like its brother and sister sprays in the natural world, Ovvio Oils’ spray contains a blend of essential oils. However, what makes this blocker stand out in our book is that each ingredient has been sourced from their countries of origin: Lemon eucalyptus and tea tree from Australia, cedarwood from North America, lemongrass from Southeast Asia, eucalyptus from Spain and castor oil from India (Ovviooils.com, $22).
For those not fazed by DEET, tried-and-true OFF! offers a low DEET-formula spray with a touch of a tropical scent that allows you to play all day, safe from mosquitoes and chiggers (Drugstore.com, $6).
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