You probably don’t even want to look. You don’t have to have family members with super-sensitive skin to know any bug spray with DEET isn’t a great choice.
It’s summer! Yay! The bugs are biting. Boo!
Grabbing insect repellent probably already has crossed your mind. How do you know which one to choose? Do you just grab and go?
Some have a pretty scary list of ingredients. You probably don’t even want to look. You don’t have to have family members with super-sensitive skin to know any bug spray with DEET isn’t a great choice.
DEET is a registered pesticide. DEET is short for N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide (also known as N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide). It is a member of the toluene chemical family. Toluene is an organic solvent used in rubber and plastic cements and paint removers.
DEET is absorbed through the skin and passes into the blood. The Medical Sciences Bulletin, published by Pharmaceutical Information Associates Ltd. reports, “Up to 56% of DEET applied topically penetrates intact human skin and 17% is absorbed into the bloodstream.” Blood concentrations of about 3 mg per litre have been reported several hours after DEET repellent was applied to skin in the prescribed fashion. DEET is also absorbed by the gut.
Isn’t it funny how we don’t stop and think about what’s in the products we use on a regular basis?
Why do we assume they’re safe?
We grab whatever is on sale, on the end cap at the end of the isle or on display with the seasonal stuff, and go on our merry way. Maybe it’s time to rethink bug spray.
Those chemicals don’t just go on your body; they go in it — through your skin. According to the US National Library of Medicine and an article posted in Natural News, the insect repellent you apply makes it into your bloodstream.
The list of chemicals you should be worried about includes DEET, Picaridin, and IR3535, according to the Environmental Work Group’s Guide to Bug Repellents.
Why would you use anything this toxic on your kids, grandkids, neighbors or yourself?
What if you could find a product that was 100% nontoxic?
What if it worked as well as any other insect repellent you’ve ever tried?
After a couple of years of research, we have it. Our families and friends have used it. We call it
I’ll Fly AWAY. It’s made from essential oils and it works—and not just on mosquitoes, but black flies and no-see-ums. You can put it on your face (yeah, you still want to avoid the eyes) and in your hair.
The best story we have is from the sand dunes in northern MI. The black flies are terrible there at times.
A photographer was taking pictures. Everyone else was running to their cars for protection. He took a picture of his subject, who was wearing I’ll Fly Away. There’s a swarm of flies around her, but not one on her.
(We’ve been trying to find the photographer, but can’t find him. We’ll share the photo as soon we find it!)