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Mosquito Repellent Recommendations

Here are some of the recommendations I received on IG. I'm about to try all of them! 

  • J&J aloe lotion as a repellent

  • Lavender for mosquito repellent. Any specialty lavender shop should have a balm? 

  • Eucalyptus oil for repellent 

  • White Flower External Analgesic Balm Oil (Pak Fah Yeow) as repellent and for soothing after bites


  • Dryer sheets (as repellent)

  • Herbaria Citronella Mist for repellent (DEET free)
    Available to buy online here
  • REPEL Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent
    Available online here

  • Kinfield Golden Hour (DEET free)
    Available online here. 
    *UPDATE* 7/3: I tried this one and got a bug bite within 15 minutes. Would not recommend. 

  • Don't Bite Me patches that work for up to 36 hours 
    Available online here


  • Bug Bite Thing for after bites. I have used this and it seems to help. It's cheap and easy to carry in my hiking backpack. 
    Available to buy online here

Benadryl Extra Strength Anti-Itch Cooling Spray, Travel Size, 2 fl. OZ

  • Benadryl Spray (got several recs for this) 
    Likely available at your local drug store. CVS also sells it online.


Here are also some other articles with recommendations: 

  • From Environmental Working Group (EWG): https://www.ewg.org/consumer-guides/ewgs-2018-guide-bug-repellents#repellent-chemicals