June Blog Post: Be A Happy (Non-Toxic) Camper
As the weather is getting nicer, you’re probably spending more time in the outdoors! Whether you’re grilling out or going on a camping trip, we want to keep you bug bite free, and smelling great, all while keeping your friends and family safe. We understand how important it is to keep your body safe. However, the most serious danger by far has nothing to do with bug bites, but instead is posed by the pesticides we use to keep the mosquitoes away.
What is it?
DEET is an insect repellent used in the most common bug sprays such as OFF!
Does it actually work?
Most people that used OFF! Bug sprays still reported getting bug bites. In fact, scientists don’t actually know how DEET works. They suspect that DEET masks the oils in our bodies that bugs use to detect us. The risk is not worth the serious harmful effects of DEET. Certain essential oils that repel insects can also help mask the oils in our skin with no potential health risks.
Why is it so unsafe?
DEET is so poisonous that even the Environmental Protection Agency says you should wash it off your skin when you return indoors, avoid breathing it in and not spray it directly on your face. If this chemical can kill mosquitoes, it can likely do some harm to other life forms too.
Short-term, people who use DEET regularly have reported experiencing symptoms including dizziness, difficulty concentrating, migraines and skin rashes.
Long-term and more seriously, DEET has been found to cause permanent memory loss, birth defects, and cancer.
Don't trade permanent neurological damage for temporary partial immunity to mosquito bites.
What should you use instead?
Our bug oil contains NO DEET, and none of the other harmful toxins that are in traditional bug sprays such as parabens, fragrance and permethrin. The only ingredients are Distilled Water, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Citronella, and Essential Oils! (Cedarwood, Peppermint, Lemongrass, and Eucalyptus).
How does our bug oil work?
Our bug oil absorbs into the skin to create a longer lasting shield rather than sitting on top of the skin. Cedarwood is a natural repellent and more specifically for mosquitos. Citronela is a natural insect repellent that is used in most bug sprays.
Other Camping Essentials:
Lemongrass or Peppermint Deodorant: Our deodorant is 100% natural, aluminum free, propylene glycol free, synthetic free, preservative free. LH deodorant minimizes odor and both Lemongrass and Peppermint are natural insect repellents.
Itch Roll-On: Our Itch Roll-on is a healing, non-toxic blend that aids in reducing the itching caused by mosquito and other bug bites.
Hand Sanitizer: Citrusy and fresh antiseptic to sanitize the hands on the go. Using 60% 190 Proof Grain Alcohol with anti-bacterial aloe vera liquid and essential oils. It also contains Eucalyptus which is a natural insect repellent.
Natural Soap Bar: Natural, high quality ingredients ensure that you avoid toxins; synthetic fragrances, colorants, preservatives or petroleum products. What goes on your skin goes into your body this soap is made from food grade nut and fruit oils and premium essential oils.