To say mosquitos love me is an understatement. And no, Mom, it doesn’t just mean I’m “as sweet as can be.” As it turns out, an estimated 20% of people are especially delicious to mosquitoes and get bitten more often on a consistent basis. It has to with a lot of different things (like your blood type and body temperature), but it’s still terrible nonetheless.
This summer, I decided to put a stop to the madness. I did a ton of research for all-natural (and mostly all-natural) options that will keep mosquitos away from my skin and my sanity intact. Below, I list the five best options out there. Keep scrolling for a bug-free season.
While most insect repellents are filled with chemicals, this all-natural option keeps bugs at bay and smells like lemon tea. It’s completely nontoxic and will protect you for up to four hours.
Originally created as a post-shower moisturizer, this DEET-free, jojoba oil blend also keeps mosquitos away. Honestly, it’s like magic.
Last summer, I accidentally discovered that Nars’s monoï oil works as the best-smelling bug repellent ever. It smells like a mix of florals and coconuts, which is why I originally assumed it would leave me covered in bites. But, monoï oil is a natural bug repellent. Though the internet doesn’t say much about why or how it works, there are tons of personal accounts and reputable sources singing its mosquito-defying praises. Just trust me on this one.
Try this non-greasy, plant-based formula created from lemon eucalyptus oil for a shockingly pleasant bug-repelling experience. It’ll keep you protected from mosquitos and ticks for up to six hours (and the bottle is compact enough to take with you).
Best for days when you’re heading out to the beach or a pond in the woods, this waterproof formula protects for up to eight hours. It even works to offer relief from itchy bites you already have (because, inevitably, you do).