Mosquitoes are terrible, but you know what’s just as bad? Ticks. Get ticks in your home or in your hair, and you’re guaranteed a world of annoyance until you get them out. Fortunately, many repellents advertise themselves as effective against both–Natrapel being one of them.
Natrapel’s Tick and Insect Repellent boasts amazing performance against mosquitoes, ticks and other insects, but are these boasts true? Let’s dig in and find out.
Natrapel’s Insect Repellent opts for picaridin instead of the DEET–a choice many manufacturers are making. Because of their decision to use picaridin, two things are already promised: long-lasting effectiveness and repelling of most biting insects.
Natrapel claims their repellent works for 12 hours after application, which would match up with other high-end repellents; fortunately, no reviews (besides a few outliers) disagree.
I did notice Natrapel’s claim of working against flies and chiggers, but they never reported how long these insects are repelled. This is strange since other picaridin repellents tend to repel these specific insects for only half the time as most insects. I couldn’t find a specific timeframe, so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume an 8-hour duration, which would line up with Sawyer’s offering.
However, this spray messes up in one area that other high-end repellents like Sawyer Products Picaridin Repellent don’t, and that’s application.
Picaridin differs from DEET in a few minor ways, and one of these is the lack of odor. When you spray a picaridin repellent onto your skin, that should be it–maybe a bit of rubbing will be required.
Natrapel’s offering fails in this area though, with multiple reviews and websites reporting greasy application, leaving behind an odor and giving your skin a “too-smooth” feeling.
How it Works
Natrapel offers their repellent in two forms: spray and wipes. For the sake of simplicity, we will focus on the spray form since that is the product seek out most.
Just like other picaridin repellents, the only thing you need to do is spray the repellent on any exposed skin insects may try to take a bite out of.
Due to the supposed greasy application, it’s possible you’ll need to rub the spray in some until you go outside, or else your run the risk of the repellent wearing off much quicker than normal.
Again, you can apply it to clothing and gear, but I don’t recommend it; if you need repellent for your clothing and gear, permethrin is your best bet.
Since the repellent only comes in spray, pricing should stay consistent, but that’s not the case. On Natrapel’s website, pricing seems consistent, but when compared to the Amazon pricing, the 6oz spray and–maybe the 3.4oz–is the only size worth the money. Check out this breakdown and see for yourself:
- 1oz pump spray (6-pack only): $28.19 ($4.70/bottle)
- 3.4oz pump spray: $9.10
- 3.4oz pump spray (2-pack): $13.96 ($6.98/bottle)
- 6oz aerosol spray: $6.99/bottle
Wonky prices aren’t unique to Natrapel, but their prices are pretty bad. They’re pretty inconsistent and don’t make much sense.
Does it Work?
If we disregard the messy application and the strange pricing, we find a repellent that does indeed work. However, if we decide to disregard the disregarding, we find a “just-ok” repellent: nothing special, gets the job done, and requires a troublesome application.
Here’s where we judge the product based off all the information we’ve been given and what we took away from it. We will be grading this repellent by 4 key areas, these areas being:
- Efficiency/Effectiveness (35%)
- Overall Value (15%)
- Ease of Use (25%)
- Safety (25%).
Each will be rated 1-10, with an overall grade for the product after each area has been given a score.
Efficiency/Effectiveness = 8.5/10
Nothing I could find points to Natrapel’s repellent not working, so when it comes to effectiveness, I can’t say much besides “good job” and move on to the next area.
Ease of Use = 4/10
While spraying your skin isn’t a laborious task, Natrapel’s repellent leaves behind a greasy mess, causing more trouble than what I think is worth. Best case scenario, your arm’s a bit greasy. Worst case scenario, the repellent wears off quicker than expected.
Safety = 10/10
The one area I hand it to Natrapel is the safety area, but that’s only because picaridin is safe to use. Nothing special here; this repellent is as safe as other reputable repellents.