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  1. firstly, thank you for all of your amazing work. I so value your research on this blog!

    I was curious if you found any “better/best” bug repellant options in wristband options etc, rather than applying directly to skin. For example: the Parakito bracelet etc.

    1. Hi Kathryn! Thank you for your kind feedback! We haven’t looked into this subject yet. Thank you for the suggestion!

  2. Proven lists these ingredients on Amazon for the unscented: Picaridin (20%), Other Ingredients (80%) Picaridin (brand Saltidin)Active ingredient: Deionized water Diluent, Glycerin Humectant, Ethanol denatured Solvent, Polyethylene Glycol 400 Ointment, Caprylic / Capric triglyceride Emollient, Carbopol 2984 (less than 0.5%) Thickener, Pemulen TR1 (less than 0.5%) Emulsifier, Sodium Hydroxide 50% solution (less than 0.5%) PH control

    Do you still like this one?

  3. We live in Fiji (lots of mosquito-borne diseases here), and use Aeroguard Odourless. The ingredients are listed: Water, Alcohol denat, Picaridin.

      1. I checked their website. They also make a number of far more toxic products but they’re the leading insect repellent brand in Australian and I suspect the Australian Consumer Commission would be quick to act if there were any concerns that that the company wasn’t disclosing all ingredients. The odourless range is also recommended by the Royal Children’s Hospital for children over 12 months of age.

        Is there something that makes you think they aren’t fully disclosing the ingredients? Thanks Irina!

          1. Hi Irina, I followed-up with Aeorguard in Australia, and spoke with an employee who confirmed the ingredients are indeed just water, alcohol and picaridin.

  4. Thank you for this exhaustive report! I love sitting on my unscreened front porch year-round, and have tried homemade repellent (basically parsley and apple cider vinegar) that worked fine but were problematic dispensing from spray bottles so discontinued. Lately I’ve been using Natrapel that I get from REI. It works well but now I’ll consider one of the organics you recommend.