If a long winter has kept you indoors, or if a warm-weathered Spring Break is in your future, then you and your family are eager to get into the wild outdoors!  Living here in Hawaii, we are outdoors daily, and so are those darn mosquitoes.

And boy do those pesky biters like new blood!  When we moved here, my daughter was especially tasty to seemingly every mosquito within miles of her 2 year old blood.

The dangers of deet, especially for our babies and children, are highly toxic.  So, I had to find a safer, more natural alternative.

Let me tell you, my whole family was happy when I found Second Skin Naturals™.  My little one was actually in the habit of asking for it whenever she started getting bit too.  (Which was often while we were loading up in the car.)  And daddy’s work out in the banana patches and with other yard work has been more enjoyable too.

What you need to know about deet, especially if you are a parent is this….

The Dangers of DEET

Especially if you are using a mosquito repellent regularly, a DEET free choice is the way to go, no doubt about it!

Heavy exposure to DEET has been proven to have toxic side effects to humans such as:

  • headaches
  • weakness and fatigue
  • muscle and joint pain, and
  • memory loss.

Studies have also shown that DEET causes brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats after frequent and prolonged use. This exposure causes neurons to die in regions of the brain that control muscle movement, learning, memory, and concentration.

Our babies have such sensitive skin, and part of that delicate nature is that their skin absorbs topical treatments very effectively. Doubled with their developing nervous systems, applying a topical neuro-toxin is bad news.

It is crazy to us to think of spraying our children’s vulnerable bodies with this poisonous toxin.  At the same time, we like enjoying nature and being outdoors.

Second Skin Naturals™ Mosquito Repellent

Second Skin Naturals™ Hawaiian Mosquito Shield™ contains NO DEET.  It is completely DEET FREE, a natural mosquito repellent and an organic herbal body care product.

I have found if you cover any area of the body that is exposed, Second Skin Naturals™ proves to be VERY effective!  I continue to apply every 30 minutes if we are in an area that has enough mosquitoes for a while.

The spray feels refreshing on my skin too.  There is a strong scent to the spray, but it is not a chemical scent, and my 2.5 year old asks for the stuff if she is getting bit.  So, this one is a keeper!  I have a bottle in my car at all times, and one sits on our back deck too.

This repellent is made in Hawai’i with Kaua’i grown Hawaiian herbs. (I love that!) Ingredients include: Neem, Noni, Aloe, Awapuhi, Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Lavender, Lime, Ylang Ylang, Organic Jojoba, Organic Soybean Oil, and Organic Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE).

This safe alternative to deet bug repellent is sold at Second Skin Organics.