Whether we’re camping in Britain or excitedly booking our summer holidays, most of us like to jot together a list of what we need to buy and what we need to pack; it’s part of the excitement; counting down the months that turn into days. And if you’re one of those people that mosquitoes just love to suck on, then a DEET insect repellent is pretty high on that list. We’re all programmed to believe that if you want these pesky critters to stay away, then only DEET will save us. Well, Balmy Fox is here to tell you that’s just not the case. Natural insect repellents can work for you!
DEET: Bad for You and the Environment
Nowadays, we’re all far wiser about what we put into our bodies and what we put on to them, but when it comes to bug repellent, we tend to overlook the ingredients list in exchange for not being at the mercy of biting flying insects. We foolishly ignore the side effects and irritations that a DEET repellent can inflict for being promised that our holidays or days out won’t be ruined by blood-sucking midges. However, reports of irritation, redness, rashes and swelling are all possible if your skin is exposed to DEET products for extended periods. And perhaps more scary is that studies have shown that exposure to DEET products can mean your body can take in a small amount of DEET through the skin. Additionally, the amount of DEET absorbed is exacerbated if you’re drinking alcohol. And let’s face it, accessing the nearest bar on holiday is as normal as Germans knowing where the nearest sunbed is!
It’s not just your body that is better off without DEET but also the environment too. Tests show that DEET is highly toxic to fish and insects. It not only gets into the soil, but because vast numbers of the population use DEET products, it has been found in wastewater and other bodies of water where wastewater moves into. Similarly, when DEET products are sprayed, it lingers in the air until it begins to break down in the atmosphere which can vary in time depending on humidity, temperature and weather conditions. So, maybe we shouldn’t be glossing over that ingredients list after all.
Looking for a deet free repellent?
Citro - Barrier Balm: Good for You and the Environment
So, what’s the alternative? The sunny-filled people at Balmy Fox have created a barrier balm that all the family can rely on for protection without containing harmful chemicals. Comprising essential oils and plant oils, our Citro – Barrier Balm is designed to soothe and protect your skin whilst naturally warding off any hostile flying enemies in a safe way, making it beneficial for you and favourable to the environment. There simply isn’t any need to use DEET when an all-natural barrier balm can do the job just as well, and as this comes as a solid 70g bar, it’s super easy to apply without any mess and is compact enough to fit easily in your pack when you’re out and about. Containing body-friendly ingredients such as Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Citronella Oil, Oregano Oil, Tea Tree Oil, and Lemon Grass, your skin will be thanking you, and the environment will breathe a sigh of relief.
So, what are you waiting for? Turn your back on harmful DEET for good and commit to using a natural bug repellent, the environmentally friendly Citro – Barrier Balm for the ultimate outdoor protection. Whether you’re on holiday in the Mediterranean or out On the Trail hiking with friends or family, trust in Balmy Fox to protect you and your family’s skin. And for good measure, it smells nice too!