It would be impossible to list the exhaustive amount of worries I experience in a day, especially as a mom. Luckily, there are brilliant companies who know the stresses and worries the average person experiences, and they strive to bear the burden of some of those worries. Brittanie’s Thyme skincare company is one of those companies. Their line of organic bug repellent, Outdoor Harmony is not only proven to be highly effective, but they also pride themselves in all-natural products with ingredients you can trust.
Outdoor Harmony products include oils of lemongrass, peppermint, clove, geranium, cedarwood oil, and thyme, which have all been proven scents to repel against mosquitoes. According to Dr. Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, "Clove oil naturally contains an ingredient called eugenol, which has been demonstrated to have antimicrobial beneﬁts and act as an insect repellent." Another source (Pest Strategies) also says, “Essentially, bugs can't comfortably breathe the oxygen produced by cedar trees, and cedarwood oil holds the same volatile properties.” On top of that, I have personally used peppermint oil as an insect repellent, dropping the oils along my baseboards and have seen the difference it can make with my own eyes.
Outdoor Harmony has also been thoroughly tested by staff members at DuPlooy’s Jungle Camp in Belize, which contains a massive amount of mosquitos because of their subtropical climate. Through testing, they found their products to protect up to 4-5 hours and repel against 50+ mosquito species!
DEET is a chemical found in the majority of insect repellents, although its safety is questionable. It rates 5/10 on Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Scale and is a known allergen. “People that have left DEET products on their skin for extended periods of time have experienced irritation, redness, a rash, and swelling. People that have swallowed products containing DEET have experienced stomach upset, vomiting, and nausea. Very rarely, exposure to DEET has been associated with seizures in people.”-National Pesticide Information Center states. The Environmental Protection
Agency also shows that Deet is toxic to birds, ﬁsh, and aquatic invertebrates. So not only is it potentially harmful to people, it’s also not good for the environment. Outdoor Harmony prides themselves on being DEET free, containing only organic essential oils as repellent.
Full Body Beneﬁts
Outdoor Harmony insect repellents use white vinegar as a base, which restores PH balance to your skin. It also provides a fresh, clean feel without leaving any oily residue. The blend of essential oils offer a multitude of beneﬁcial qualities not only to your skin, but to your whole body as well. Geranium oil contains alkaline properties and assists in balancing out the oils in your skin, lemongrass has natural astringent properties, and peppermint oil adds a cooling effect to your skin. In addition, clove, cedarwood, and thyme oils contain antimicrobial properties, which is great for kids especially. The Organic Bug Bite Relief combines witch hazel, tea tree, and lavender oils to promote skin healing and relieve redness and itchiness. Witch hazel contains tannins, which is a natural plant composite and strong antioxidant that reduces inﬂammation and irritation while also preventing skin damage and infection. The Bug Bite Relief can also be used for scrapes, cuts, minor burns, abrasions, and more!
Not only does Organic Bug Spray and Bug Bite Relief have a multitude of beneﬁts, it’s also extremely cost effective. All products are less than $10! They even offer travel sized options for less than $5 to keep in your purse or backpack. Brittanie’s Thyme Outdoor Harmony products have everything you’d want in a mosquito repellent. I’m extremely grateful I found an effective product that I can use on myself and my kids without having to worry about the negative effects it might cause!