I was disappointed a few years ago at the limited product selection in the insect repellent category. DEET based products must be used with caution on children and are not recommended for use on pets. So when business was quiet in Parry Sound (as it often is in the winter), I spent some time researching natural alternatives. I was pleased to find evidence that natural products have been used for hundreds of years as a traditional insect repellant in many locations throughout the world.
As a compounding pharmacist I had access to quality supplies and ingredients, so I went to work in my compounding room. I experimented with different formulations using nothing but safe natural ingredients. Volunteers (i.e. staff of our store) tested each batch for scent and texture on the skin. I wanted to avoid both a “chemical” smell and a sticky or an oily feel. Before long I had what I thought was a nice product.
During the spring of 2012, I gave samples to any staff who were willing to try it. One by one, they reported that it worked really well and they wanted more! In conclusion, I’ve found that there are valid alternatives to DEET-containing insect repellents. Please talk to our pharmacists if you would like to know more.
The process for registering a pest control product in Canada may be a challenge, but I’m going to give it a try. One day I may be selling “Outdoor Natural Bug Repellent” all across Canada. I’ll add posts to this site as I make my way along the road to Health Canada approval.
In the mean time, I have Outdoor Natural Spray on offer. Used in herbal medicine as an astringent to help heal minor skin wounds, burns, bruises, irritations, and local inflammation. Scented lightly with eucalyptus and lemongrass oils. Licensed by Health Canada, Natural Product Number (NPN) 80053814.