DEET – the Active Ingredient of most Mosquito Repellents
Before talking about natural mosquito repellents and talking about Mosi Guard, in particular, I am going to tell you about the hazards of non-natural mosquito repellents, namely N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide, commonly referred to as DEET. This is the active ingredient in the majority of non-natural insect repellents. DEET is a member of the Toluene family; toluene is an organic solvent used in rubber, paint removers and plastic cements. When applied to the skin it is absorbed and enters the bloodstream. It is also absorbed by the gut. It is responsible for numerous undesired side effects including rashes, twitches, muscle spasms, confusion, slurred speech, seizures and in the most severe cases, death. Thousands of DEET-related illnesses are reported worldwide annually. Yet still, products containing this ingredient are present on the shelf, readily available for unsuspecting consumers to purchase! DEET is also a registered pesticide!
Mosquito Repellents – More about Mosi Guard
Mosi Guard’s active ingredient is Citriodiol, an extract of Lemon Eucalyptus Oil. Lemon Eucalyptus grows all over the world and is a sustainable resource. Trials of the product have shown Mosi Guard to not only be effective 11 hours after application but also to be as effective as the leading DEET-based non-natural mosquito repellent after these 11 hours. They were both found to be over 92% effective after this time.
I have used the Spray and Stick products from the range, also available are a cream and a roll-on. Other ingredients listed in the Mosi Guard Spray are denatured alcohol, aqua and isopropyl alcohol. Denatured alcohol can be drying on the skin and isopropyl alcohol can be an irritant to skin. Unfortunately, there is a bit of “greenwashing” going on with these products – isopropyl alcohol is not a very nice chemical, it’s used in antifreeze! It can have some really nasty side effects including dizziness, mental depression, respiratory problems, vomiting and even coma! Isopropyl alcohol also reduces our skin’s ability to naturally protect us against bacteria, viruses and mould.
It’s sad that this brand is advertising itself as being a DEET-free natural alternative when the products actually contain some not very clean ingredients. The packaging even says “Natural Insect Repellent Spray”. Sure, it doesn’t contain DEET but these ingredients aren’t clean or safe.
Mosi Guard in my Opinion
I play softball in Finsbury Park every week and there are some mosquitoes about when it gets warmer. I used to play in Primrose Hill and there were awful horse flies there which gave a really nasty bite! I’ve actually found that consuming more garlic in the summer months has helped keep the number of times I get bitten down. I would not use these products on me again as having read the label there are some ingredients that without a doubt should not be in our beauty/personal care products.
My quest for an all-natural repellent continues, when I find it I will be sure to share it!
Mosquitos are one worry on holiday or days out, as is sun protection. Read my natural sun protection recipe here
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