When mosquitoes start causing trouble, we tend to just bust out the nearest can of bug spray or repellent and go to town. But have you ever thought about what was in that can of repellent? Did you ever think about the chemicals you were released into the environment?
Probably not. You don’t need to though, as most repellents don’t harm the environment much more than spreading aerosol into the air. However, some companies want you to be more aware of what you’re spraying, and one of these companies? Sky Organics, who want to sell you their organic bug spray.
How it Works
Essential oils give off foul odors—foul enough to scare off insects. Some essential oils are better at this than others, such as ‘oil from lemon eucalyptus’.
Once you spray on this repellent, the smells will do the rest; to you, the spray will smell nice, but to them? No mosquito will want to come near you.
One practice I’m not a big fan of is pricing organic products almost double the price of their nonorganic competition. While repellents don’t tend to break the $15 limit, Sky Organics comes close, with one 4-ounce pump spray bottle costing $13.95.
Yeah, it’s pretty expensive, especially for being 4-ounces. However, with this being one of the more successful natural repellents available, I can see myself justifying the price.
Does it Work
Wait, what do I mean by “more successful”? Out of all the reviews I’ve seen, most of them praise Sky Organic’s repellent for lasting a long time, giving off a subtle—but nice—scent, and not being non-greasy.
Most essential oil sprays end up underperforming, but it seems Sky Organics may have found the perfect formula.
But will that continue? In this section, we will grade Sky Organic’s repellent on 4 criteria:
- Efficiency/Effectiveness (40%)
- Ease of Use (25%)
- Safety (35%)
Once scores have been handed out, the repellent will be given a final (weighted) grade based on the average of each score.
Efficiency/Effectiveness = 8/10
Breaking the tradition of 3’s and 4’s natural repellents score, Sky Organics wins a nice 8, thanks to their repellent’s long-lasting time of effect. Nothing much to say here besides the fact SKy Organics did a great job here!
Ease of Use = 9/10
Because Sky Organic’s repellent lasts a long time, you don’t need to worry about reapplying it every couple of hours unless you’re sweating heavily during your time with it.
Also, with its non-greasy spray and subtle fragrance, you won’t gag at the thought of using it, which is always a plus.
Safety = 10/10
Being organic, there’s not much harm this repellent can do. Since it doesn’t use DEET or picaridin, kids won’t risk suffering from irritations using it. It’s hard for an essential oil repellent to mess up in the safety department.