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Skeeter Beater Body Spray

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With six essential oils bugs don't like, including one that tested better than the most used chemical-based commercial ingredient at a midwest university, our Skeeter Beater body spray is one of the best sellers year after year at our outdoor farmers markets and craft shows. (One landscaper buys it by the case.)

The essential oils are blended into a light body spray so it isn't oily or sticky. We include a vegetable derived emulsifier to keep it mixed in distilled water. No synthetic preservatives--just enough perfumer's alcohol to keep the ickies away. (Perfumers alcohol would be drinkable grain alcohol, except a bad tasting flavor is added so people won't be tempted to drink it.) We also add a touch of vegetable glycerin as a moisturizer so the alcohol isn't drying.

In the 10 years we've been making and selling it, we've had rave reviews. Only two customers said it didn't work for them, but they were such high attractors, nothing worked. One customer said it worked for her in the Amazon, Africa and the Louisiana bayou, but she had to add neem oil in India because the mosquitoes were a different variety. Nothing works 100% if the mosquitoes are thick enough or hungry enough, but our customers tell us this works as well as or usually better than anything else they have tried.

If you have tiger mosquitoes in your area (the ones with white stripes on their back legs) be aware that they are persistent little devils who try to bite even in the middle of the day, and will try to bite through your clothes or anywhere you missed a spot. We haven't heard from customers returning from zika areas yet, but a customer used it effectively in the Amazon region a couple of years ago. If you are going to a zika area, check the ingredients with the experts. We do use lemon eucalyptus which is recognized by the CDC, and catnip essential oil, which has scored so well in university tests.

We also have Skeeter Beater junior for people under 4 and for those sensitive to eucalyptus or cedarwood. Message us if you'd like to know more or to substitute. For younger babies whose skin hasn't quite finished developing, use the junior version on clothes since their skin might be too delicate for direct use for a while.

Customers generally tell us Skeeter Beater works for them for two hours or more, unless it's a particularly sweaty day. It can be reapplied. What's left in the bottle can usually be overwintered in the back of the refrigerator to keep it fresh. Avoid leaving it in a hot car because essential oils like peppermint may evaporate, making it less effective against bugs like ants.

If you are pregnant, ask your doctor before using on skin. Catnip is very gentle and consumable, but it is an old midwife's remedy to induce labor. We don't know if it would have that affect on skin. Also, we've been told it can be used with most dogs and horses, but do not use on cats. Cats can be very sensitive to most essential oils.

Tip--if you're going to be outside, look for herbal essential oil soaps. Save the food, fruit and floral scents for when you're going to be inside. You may want to save your bananas, oranges and other high potassium foods for when you are inside as well. I'm a medical writer and I hope to be adding more about this to my blog soon. Message me if you want to know more.
With six essential oils bugs don't like, including one that tested better than the most used chemical-based commercial ingredient at a midwest university, our Skeeter Beater body spray is one of the best sellers year after year at our outdoor farmers markets and craft shows. (One landscaper buys it by the case.)

The essential oils are blended into a light body spray so it isn't oily or sticky. We include a vegetable derived emulsifier to keep it mixed in distilled water. No synthetic preservatives--just enough perfumer's alcohol to keep the ickies away. (Perfumers alcohol would be drinkable grain alcohol, except a bad tasting flavor is added so people won't be tempted to drink it.) We also add a touch of vegetable glycerin as a moisturizer so the alcohol isn't drying.

In the 10 years we've been making and selling it, we've had rave reviews. Only two customers said it didn't work for them, but they were such high attractors, nothing worked. One customer said it worked for her in the Amazon, Africa and the Louisiana bayou, but she had to add neem oil in India because the mosquitoes were a different variety. Nothing works 100% if the mosquitoes are thick enough or hungry enough, but our customers tell us this works as well as or usually better than anything else they have tried.

If you have tiger mosquitoes in your area (the ones with white stripes on their back legs) be aware that they are persistent little devils who try to bite even in the middle of the day, and will try to bite through your clothes or anywhere you missed a spot. We haven't heard from customers returning from zika areas yet, but a customer used it effectively in the Amazon region a couple of years ago. If you are going to a zika area, check the ingredients with the experts. We do use lemon eucalyptus which is recognized by the CDC, and catnip essential oil, which has scored so well in university tests.

We also have Skeeter Beater junior for people under 4 and for those sensitive to eucalyptus or cedarwood. Message us if you'd like to know more or to substitute. For younger babies whose skin hasn't quite finished developing, use the junior version on clothes since their skin might be too delicate for direct use for a while.

Customers generally tell us Skeeter Beater works for them for two hours or more, unless it's a particularly sweaty day. It can be reapplied. What's left in the bottle can usually be overwintered in the back of the refrigerator to keep it fresh. Avoid leaving it in a hot car because essential oils like peppermint may evaporate, making it less effective against bugs like ants.

If you are pregnant, ask your doctor before using on skin. Catnip is very gentle and consumable, but it is an old midwife's remedy to induce labor. We don't know if it would have that affect on skin. Also, we've been told it can be used with most dogs and horses, but do not use on cats. Cats can be very sensitive to most essential oils.

Tip--if you're going to be outside, look for herbal essential oil soaps. Save the food, fruit and floral scents for when you're going to be inside. You may want to save your bananas, oranges and other high potassium foods for when you are inside as well. I'm a medical writer and I hope to be adding more about this to my blog soon. Message me if you want to know more.

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(7)
  • Reviewed by Robert Blackthorn
    5 out of 5 stars
    Jul 7, 2018
    I really like the way this repellent smells. So far so good with the keeping the mosquitoes away.
    Skeeter Beater Body Spray

  • Reviewed by Jenny Abar
    5 out of 5 stars
    Mar 2, 2017
    Second one! Keep one in my purse and one next to my bed. Only thing that has healed my dry, cracked and open wounds on my fingers. Absolutely best thing I have ever used!
    Nail Butter

  • Reviewed by cmzabolotny84
    5 out of 5 stars
    Feb 18, 2017
    The smell of this soap is incredible! I could not stop smelling it.
    Kudzu Blossom Soap

  • Reviewed by Jenny Abar
    Buyer photo Jenny Abar, who reviewed this item with the Etsy app for Android.
    5 out of 5 stars
    Feb 6, 2017
    I have tried everything imaginable for my fingers and around my nails to help with the drying and cracking of my skin. It is so painful that my fingers actually throb and bleed. This is the first time a product has actually worked. I only started using it yesterday and the difference in my fingers is unbelievable. (I should have taken a before and after picture). A little does go a long way but I'll definitely buy the larger size next time just because I love this product so much.
    Nail Butter

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: catnip essential oil, lemon eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, cedarwood, citronella, distilled water, perfumers grain alcohol, glycerin
  • Feedback: 7 reviews
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