Say bye bye to those nasty red bites and hello to chemical-free and natural ways to fend them off…
There you are, taking a lovely evening stroll with the family. It’s cooled down considerably, bringing the typical, summer sweaty sauna conditions to a bearable, almost pleasant temperature. So you’re out for a little bonding time with the fam, all together. Your husband is walking, talking rugby, arm around your son. And your toddler is swinging her legs and singing merrily as you push her along in the stroller. Until… BZZZZZzzzttt! OUCH! Swat swat. Get out of here. I’m itchy. Slap Bam. WAHHHHHH! The mosquitos have literally buzz-killed the moment. And yup, it’s time to go home…
It’s such a challenge for parents in Hong Kong to keep those bugs away from their kiddos’ tender, sensitive skin. The Hong Kong mozzies are determined and covering your tykes, head to toe, in repellent sometimes seems the only way to guard against those painful, itchy bites. As mums, you want to know that what you’re slathering onto your little darlings is at safe and natural as possible. So, we’ve put together a list of eight natural insect repellents that are safe for children, and are sure to tell those pesky mozzies to BUZZ OFF!
1. Homemade Mosquito Repellent
If you are up to a DIY project, try concocting a potion of homemade mosquito repellent. We found this simple recipe on Survival At Home. To make this all natural repellent, simply place 3.5 ounces of whole cloves into 16 ounces of rubbing alcohol and let it sit for four days, to be stirred daily. Then strain the alcohol into a spray bottle and add 3.5 ounces of baby oil. So easy, even the most crafting-challenged mums can do it!
2. PARA’KITO Mosquito Repellent Band
An established name in natural mosquito protection, PARA’KITO has recently introduced a Kids Collection, which features specially designed, pint-sized bands covered in fun, bright coloured prints, which snugly, yet comfortably fit little wrists and ankles. They emit a patented, natural repellent made up of seven essential oils, which lasts up to fifteen days. The PARA’KITO Kids Collection bands can be found at Mothercare, Bumps to Babes and select Mannings Pharmacy locations around Hong Kong for $160.
3. Badger Balm Anti-Bug Balm
Don’t like spray repellent? Try Badger Balm. Parents rave about this organic, all-natural repellent which you just easily dab onto your little ones’ skin. Doesn’t stain clothing, smells good, and a little goes a long way. This looks good to anyone, mum or not. And I’m not gonna lie, the adorable badger holding a swatter on the front label doesn’t hurt. Available on Amazon for $51.8.
4. California Baby Natural Bug Blend
California Baby hosts an extensive line of baby skincare loved by mums everywhere. Their bug blend contains Irish moss which nourishes and moisturises while the lemongrass, citronella and cedar oils repels insects. Non-toxic, non-chemical, non-invasive and non-irritating, this vegetable and plant based repellent is a non-brainer. Available on Amazon for $131.69.
5. The Honest Company Bug Spray
Super mum Jessica Alba not only dazzles us on screen, but delights us off-screen with non-toxic, eco-friendly, affordable and really cute baby products as co-founder of The Honest Company. The company offers a natural bug spray which uses a blend of organic, essential oils such as Rosemary, Citronella and Winter Green. Available on Amazon for $162.70.
6. Quantum Buzz Away Extreme Towelettes
These easy wipe-on towelettes not only help guard against a plume of repellent in the eyes, but they also give up to four hours of protection from mosquitos, black flies and gnats. This DEET free, gentle formula will have bugs avoiding your kids’ skin just as much as you avoid using the word “towelette”. Available on Amazon for $77.12.
7. Burt’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellent
Want to keep all types of creepy crawlies insect critters away? Try Burt’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellent, a 100% natural product with its main ingredient being rosemary oil. Available at Mannings Superstores around town, click here to find out where.
8. Younger Yu Natural Sunscreen Bug Repellent 3-in-1
Great for the whole family, this product works as a natural 30 SPF sunscreen, moisturiser and bug repellent, all in one. It protects from the sun, softens your skin and defends against bug bites? Bring it on! Any mama has got to love something that saves time, energy and money. Available on Amazon for $154.79.
We realise that most of the products on this list are for online purchase. If any of you Sassy Mamas have a favorite natural product which can be purchased locally, let us know so that we can dish out some local love in the future.
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