When you buy a can of bug spray off the shelf, chances are, it contains a chemical known as DEET. This chemical (whose full name is N, N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide) is the active ingredient in most insect repellents on the market today, and it works by making it difficult for mosquitos and other insects to smell us. It’s very effective, and until recently, it has effectively been our only choice.
There is compelling evidence that direct exposure to this chemical isn’t good for our health, and many people (including the team here at Green Goo) are skeptical about putting any strong chemicals directly on the skin. Though DEET is still an FDA-approved ingredient, several studies have found a correlation between exposure to DEET and irritation, redness, nausea, dizziness, and even brain cell death in certain extreme cases.
If that makes your skin crawl more than bug bites, we have some great news: Green Goo has a highly effective, all-natural, skin-safe bug spray that contains absolutely no DEET or any other harsh chemicals. It’s called Bugs Be Gone, and it uses lemon eucalyptus (the only CDC-approved plant-based repellent) as its active ingredient to effectively repel mosquitoes, gnats, flies, fleas, and ticks.
Here’s how it works
Many plants contain natural chemical repellents to keep insects away. Humans have seen and used these botanical repellents for thousands of years by hanging certain plants in their homes or burning certain plants to keep away mosquitoes and other biting, disease-causing bugs.
Recently, scientists have discovered a more efficient way to harness the effects of these natural chemicals by extracting the repellent compounds from leaves of the lemon eucalyptus tree. That compound, known as PMD, is an all-natural, 100% plant-based alternative that has the same powerful effects as DEET--but with none of the health risks.
Give Bugs Be Gone a try on your next camping or hiking excursion, and experience what it’s like to be bug-free without harsh chemicals. Your skin and your body will feel the difference.