Discover these 5 natural perfumes and soaps that scare away mosquitoes!

Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance, they're the deadliest of animals, causing over 700,000 deaths a year. To avoid their bites, here are five effective natural alternatives to DEET and picaridin-based products.

Forget citronella, here are Four Effective Alternatives

Lemongrass may be the best-known mosquito repellent, but recent studies have cast doubt on its effectiveness. Experts now suggest four alternatives: lemon eucalyptus, peppermint, neem and . Here's why and how to use them.

Lemon eucalyptus: a powerful mosquito repellent

Soaps and scented oils based on lemon eucalyptus have been shown to be as effective as DEET in repelling . According to Science Magazine these products reduce the attraction of mosquitoes by 60% at a distance of one meter.

Peppermint, a Fresh and Repellent Ally

Peppermint oil is another tool to add to your arsenal. Its strong scent, pleasant to humans, is hated by mosquitoes. What's more, the cooling sensation it provides is a welcome bonus in hot weather. A few drops in stagnant water can even eradicate mosquito larvae.

“Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap with peppermint is a popular organic option you can buy in bulk to last all long.”

Neem: a Natural Insecticide

Extracted from the seeds of the neem tree, neem oil is a natural insecticide that has been used for generations. It appears to be more effective against some species than others, offering ranging from 61 to 100% depending on the species.

Lavender, a Sweet Scent Mosquitoes Hate

Mosquitoes hate the smell of lavender too. A good quality lavender soap can do wonders to repel these pests. If you have a lavender plant, dried petals work as an anti-itching solution.

“Remember that while these soaps may help repel mosquitoes, they do not guarantee total protection against mosquito bites, especially in areas with high mosquito populations or where mosquito-borne diseases are present.”

In short, herbal soaps and perfumes are suitable for repelling mosquitoes in areas with a low risk of mosquito-borne diseases.

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