Burt’s Bees – A Safe Way to Shoo Pesky Gnats
Burt’s Bees Outdoor All Natural Herbal Insect Repellent saved my skin this week.
On Monday and Tuesday, I volunteered at the Iowa River Call field trip experience at River Junction, Iowa. There’s no getting away from bugs when you’re near a river, and the swarms of gnats were pretty much driving all of the volunteers crazy. One of our crew got bit in the first few hours she was at the site, and a red, itchy patch swelled up to cover most of one side of her neck.
On Monday, one of the kids was so troubled by the gnats that he spent much of the day with his arms over his head, until an adult offered him a hat. Another of our volunteers tried both Cutters and a second chemical insect repellent (I’d tell you if I knew the name), but the darned gnats just wouldn’t leave him alone. I didn’t wear any insect repellent that day, and though I didn’t get bit, gnats swarmed my head constantly.
On Tuesday, I remembered that I had a bottle of Burt’s Bees Outdoor All Natural Herbal Insect Repellent and took it with me to the river. I sprayed my hair generously, then used slightly less on my legs and arms, which weren’t getting as much attention from the insects. Although the gnats were swarming all over the place, both at the river and at Stump Town, they didn’t bother me at all that day.
I thought, Maybe it’s just luck that the gnats left me alone. One day does not a pattern make, after all. But the Iowa River Call volunteer who was still getting pestered after trying two chemical sprays told a friend, “Finally, the bugs left me alone after I used the spray Julia gave me. It really worked.”
I hadn’t actually read the label before I grabbed the bottle and rushed out the door to the Iowa River on Tuesday. So, even though I tend to trust Burt’s Bees as a brand, I was a little nervous about the contents of their Herbal Insect Repellent.
As it turned out, I didn’t need to be concerned. Every ingredient listed on the package is a natural oil, with the possible exception of Vitamin E (and that’s often in oil form, so maybe it’s true here, too):
- Castor oil 10.00%
- Rosemary oil 3.77%
- Lemongrass oil 2.83%
- Cedar oil .94%
- Peppermint oil .76%
- Citronella oil .57%
- Clove oil .38%
- Geranium oil .19%
Inert Ingredients: 80.56%
- Soybean oil
- Vitamin E
If you’re pestered by insects, whether or not you’re heading out to a natural area, I highly recommend that you give Burt’s Bees Outdoor All Natural Herbal Insect Repellent a try. A four-ounce bottle sells for only $8.00 plus shipping on the Burt’s Bees site. At Amazon, the price is a bit higher at three bottles for $34.98 plus shipping. You might also be able to find it in your local co-op or health foods store.
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