Repel’s Lemon Eucalyptus Oil repellent catches the eye of many due to being so…different from the DEET and picaridin based repellents. But does different = effective?
The first thing REPEL wants you to notice is the lack of DEET or picaridin in their repellent, opting to use lemon eucalyptus oil. Well, oil of lemon eucalyptus (yes, they are two distinct ingredients).
Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) makes up 30% of the repellent, the rest being random ingredients REPEL doesn’t go into detail about.
This repellent only comes in the form of a spray, similar to many other repellents. One interesting thing to note is REPEL’s claim of a 6-hour duration with this repellent—a duration close to DEET.
This may raise some eyebrows OLE performs about as well as DEET.
How it Works
OLE works by giving off a strong scent that mosquitoes and other insects absolutely despise. However, it’s effectiveness as a “natural” repellent has come into question many times throughout the years. Studies show differing results; some work and some don’t.
However, there are OLE products that work, though they aren’t as prolific as regular DEET and picaridin repellents.
REPEL wants to keep things simple with this repellent, only offering it in a 4-ounce spray bottle. However, I will admit that it’s decently priced. Not as cheap as Cutter’s repellents mind you, but cheap enough to not bat an eye when seeing it in the store. A 4oz bottle will run you a little under 5 bucks.
Does it Work?
Earlier, I alluded to OLE being a hit-or-miss when it comes to its use concerning repelling. Well, while OLE is unpredictable, REPEL uses it to its full effect, delivering a full 6.5-hours when applied, 30 minutes more than REPEL’s promised duration.
If you don’t believe me, believe ConsumerReports.org—the ones who tested it and published the results.
So yes, REPEL’s OLE repellent does in fact work, though it doesn’t quite reach the times of other DEET and picaridin repellents. However, picking an OLE repellent is all about sticking with natural ingredients more than anything, so I consider this a win.
With everything else out of the way, we can now focus on scores. In this review, we will score REPEL’s lemon eucalyptus oil repellent based off 3 key areas:
- Efficiency/Effectiveness (40%)
- Ease of Use (25%)
- Safety (35%)
Once each area is given a score, I will reveal the overall grade for the product, literally defining it’s worth.
Efficiency/Effectiveness = 7.5/10
REPEL’s OLE repellent reigns supreme on lists of natural-ingredient repellents, but unfortunately, it continues to lay in DEETs/picaridin shadow. OLe just doesn’t pack enough of a punch to remain effective for as long. Overall, it’s a decent alternative to artificial repellents.
Ease of Use = 9/10
Nothing much to say here. You apply OLE the same way you apply DEET or picaridin: spray on exposed skin and try to keep away from clothes and other fabrics.
Safety = 7/10
One area OLE remains inferior is safety. See, while adults and most kids can use OLE just fine, it may cause irritation to the eyes to children 3 and under. If you need a repellent solution your whole family can use, this isn’t the one for you. However, it’s safe for 99% of situations.
$4.97 is cheap for what REPEL offers, but I don’t know if I’d call it amazing. Sure, to most people, $5 is pocket change, but why spend $5 on an inferior repellent when you could buy a picaridin repellent for a dollar more?
The pricing is cheap but ok at the same time, know what I mean?