These Products Double as Bug Repellents

By Madelyn Chung

Date June 12, 2017

If there’s anything people hate applying more than sunscreen, it’s bug repellent. DEET-filled formulas are often sticky, irritating and smelly, making them less than desirable for wear.

But that doesn’t mean you need to be subjected to bug bites this summer due to your distaste for traditional bug repellents — fortunately, there are plenty of products that use DEET alternatives to help keep mosquitos and insects at bay without smelling or feeling like a traditional bug spray.

And while some of these perfumes, body washes and sprays aren’t necessarily marketed as “insect repellents,” their scents and ingredients have been proven to keep the mosquitos away. Check out six beauty products that double as bug repellents below.

It may not be traditionally meant to keep mosquitos at bay, but according to a study, Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume is a powerful insect repellent as mosquitos aren’t fans of the floral scent.

So Soft Bath Oil

($13, Avon)

A cult fave, this bath oil will keep you protected against mosquito bites for up to two hours.

Unstung Hero - Natural Spray Anti-Mosquito Eau de Cologne


This unisex fragrance smells like lemon tea and can be sprayed on bedsheets and clothing sans stains. This formula uses IR3535, a popular synthetic DEET alternative.

This natural hair and bodywash contains organic java citronella and tea tree oil to keep you protected from pesky insect bites. When used regularly, it also helps prevent dandruff and can help treat head lice.

Looking for an all-natural mosquito-repelling perfume? Try Coqui Coqui’s Colonia Repelente. This chic fragrance contains geranium and citronella and is a constant sellout, according to the New York Times


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