Do 'Natural' Insect Repellents Work?
Not all products are created equal. Here's what you need to know.
Many consumers love the idea of “natural” products. About 2 out of 3 people surveyed by market research firm Mintel in June 2020 said they prefer to use natural pest control and insect repellent products whenever possible.
At the same time, 66 percent of those surveyed also said that the performance or reliability in a pest-control product or bug repellent was more important than it having natural ingredients.
It’s not always easy to achieve both of those objectives—a high-performing insect repellent that also uses what people think of as natural ingredients—in one bug spray. In CR’s insect repellent testing, one active ingredient derived from a plant (oil of lemon eucalyptus) and one active ingredient synthesized to mimic a chemical in a plant (picaridin) show up in our recommended repellents.
But several other plant-based ingredients, including lemongrass and soybean oil, typically end up at the very bottom of our ratings.
The Natural Products Association, a trade group, has defended those low-scoring insect repellents by pointing out that there’s variation in the effectiveness of all repellents, natural and synthetic.
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August 4, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
Fresh drinking water is essential. This water filtration system ensures you will never run out as long as there is a nearby natural water source. It can filter out bacteria, protozoa and microplastics.
Faster and more efficient than pumping or waiting for chemical treatments, the Sawyer Squeeze System offers on-the-go hydration at a good flow. This product is long-lasting, affordable, reliable, cleanable, and very user-friendly.
But Sawyer was way ahead of me — 15 years ahead, to be precise. In 2008, the brand started its Clean Water for All initiative, which provides Sawyer filters to developing countries around the world. And the company spends 90% of its profits funding it.