Moisturizing mosquito repellant with citronella, lemongrass, lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint oils. Ointment absorbs into skin thanks to olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax base. Made in North Carolina. Comes in 4 oz. amber glass jar. (
A blend of essential oils including citronella, catnip and calendula makes this all-natural mosquito repellant very effective. Citronella, derived from the lemongrass plant and other dried grasses, has a distinctive odor that is unpleasant to mosquitos (but not to human noses smells quite nice). It has proven to be effective in creating a sort of smokescreen for the human scent, making it hard for mosquitos to locate you. If a mosquito does come close, it may fly away quickly, as the citronella irritates the mosquito’s hooked feet.
According to studies conducted by Iowa State University, catnip was shown to be 10 times more effective than DEET, a synthetic chemical that blocks the olfactory receptors of mosquitos. A final blend of pure essential oils, including lavender, peppermint, lemongrass, basil, cypress, eucalyptus and rosemary, tops off this smooth coconut and olive oil formula, ensuring that it smells and feels pleasant on the skin while warding off mosquitos.
Rub balm over all exposed areas you wish to protect. Reapply frequently to increase protection.
Testing a patch of skin is recommend before use. If you experience irritation, rinse with soap and warm water and seek medical attention should irritation persist. Avoid contact with eyes. For external use only.
For further natural protection, you can also burn citronella candles and even grow citronella grass and catnip in your backyard.
Louis Hess and Guy Bostian left the hustle and bustle of the New York City ad world to start their own business and to pursue their love of design and nature. Working out of the Moorseville, North Carolina, barnyard property that Guy was born and raised on, they hand-pour small batches (anywhere from 9-15 jars at a time) of their mosquito repellant, candles and soaps.
Louis first created this formula for himself (he has a love-hate relationship with mosquitos, as in mosquitos love him and he hates them) and his family and friends. First, Guy and Louis steep the dried herbs, calendula, catnip and rosemary in 100% pure olive oil imported from Italy to extract the natural oils and mosquito repelling properties from the dried herbs. When infused oil is cool, it is poured into unbleached 100% cotton cheese cloth to be pressed and strained. Then, while the mixture is still warm, organic extra virgin coconut oil is added, along with kosher certified 100% natural cosmetic grade beeswax. The beeswax helps to give the product a more salve-like consistency, creating an easier application. The final step is adding the natural essential oils. The product is then hand-poured into dark amber glass to protect the ingredients from sunlight, then hand-labeled with packaging that Louis and Guy designed.
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