Products We Love: Bug Sprays & Treatments


Bug Sprays and Treatments

We may try to be kind to bugs, but that doesn’t mean their stings hurt any less. Keep them away and treat the bumps they leave behind with these great products.

Bug Spray:

Quantum Health’s Buzz Away Extreme
Buzz Away Extreme is DEET-free, not greasy, and cruelty free! It’s made from essential oils and works to repel gnats, flies, mosquitos, and ticks. Has a strong aroma of citronella and mint and also contains soy, so might not be ideal for sensitive kids. Needs to be reapplied every 2.5 hours for full insect protection. Not recommended for use on small children. Buzz Away Extreme comes in 2 oz, 4 oz, and 8 oz bottles and is also available in towelettes. Buzz Away Extreme can be found at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, and online retailers.

California Baby’s Bug Repellant Spray
This DEET-free formula is specifically designed for babies. Smells mildly like a citronella candle and does not contain nut oils, gluten, soy, oat, or animal products. Needs to be reapplied more often than a traditional DEET spray. Bug Repellant Spray can be found at Whole Foods, Target, Babies R Us, and online.

Lafes’ Organic Baby Insect Repellent
Works well for the whole family and is gentle on a baby’s skin. Has a very mild smell and works through a combination of essential oils. Cruelty-free, and the spray bottle is baby-safe plastic that does not contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Should be applied every two hours. Organic Baby Insect Repellant can be found at Whole Foods, natural-food stores, and online.

Badger’s Anti-Bug Spray
Smells wonderfully of essential oils and really repels bugs. Anti-Bug Spray is a cruelty-free formula that comes in both 2.7 and 4 oz bottles. Should be reapplied often and will wash off if your child goes in the water. Safe for the whole family. Badger can be found at Whole Foods, REI, and online.

Badger’s Anti-Bug Balm
Same formula as the spray but in an easy-to-apply balm. Leaves skin feeling moisturized and is safe for the whole family. Anti-Bug Balm is in a small tin that easily fits into any bag. Badger can be found at Whole Foods, REI, and online.


Quantum Health’s Sting Soothe
Instantly removes the itch and pain of bug bites. Sting Soothe is a cruelty-free formula that works through natural ingredients like aloe and tea tree oil to anesthetizes the skin. Comes in a 1-oz bottle that fits easily into a purse or travel bag. Sting Soothe can be found at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, and online retailers.

All Terrain’s Kids Itch & Rash Cream
Quickly relieves itching due to insect bites, poison ivy, and even eczema. Kids Itch & Rash Cream works through colloidal oatmeal, while ingredients like shea butter help protect inflamed skin. Cruelty free. Comes in an easy-to-carry 2 oz bottle. Kids Itch & Rash Cream is available at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, and online.

Thayers’ Medicated Superhazel Astringent Pads
Soothes insect bites, rashes, and other skin irritations, and is safe for the whole family. Medicated Superhazel Astringent Pads are convenient and easy to use. Soothes and anesthetizes skin. Cruelty free. Medicated Superhazel Astringent Pads come in a 60-pad container. Available at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, natural-food stores, and online.

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