Spotlight on our insect repellents, and what makes them so effective

As the days get warmer and the sun hangs around a little longer in the sky, we can feel that summer is in the air.

Along with the excitement of summer, comes the dread of those buzzing bugs… MOZZIES! They really can put a dampener on an outdoor evening or a family camping trip in the bush.

The thought of a buzzing mosquito deciding whether your cheek, wrist or ankle should be its next landing pad makes us shudder with discomfort. It’s even harder to keep these pesky critters away from our little ones and their beautiful, plump, delicate skin. 

Pure Beginnings has formulated two safe, effective and 100% natural insect repellents; the insect repellent spray and the insect repellent stick. As one might expect, they contain the obvious natural ingredients known to deter bugs – citronella and lemon eucalyptus, but a critical ingredient in our winning formulation that you may not have heard of before is Lippia.

Lippia is probably Africa’s most underrated fragrant medicinal plant. This aromatic fever tree belongs to the Verbena family – Lippia Javanica – and is a woody shrub about 1m to 2m tall. It occurs naturally in south, central and east Africa and is well known as a medicinal and garden plant.

Grown commercially in South Africa, Lippia is rich in a volatile oil with a lemon-like fragrance. The oil is high in ipsdienone, which is known to deter insects and rodents. This oil contributes significantly to the efficacy of our popular insect repellent range.

Which is better for you? The spray or the stick?

Whether to use our stick or our spray is a personal choice, but we encourage moms and dads of little babies to use the spray and the stick in complementary ways:

Insect Repellent Stick: Once your little one is asleep, rub the stick directly onto his/her skin, avoiding areas which they may instinctively put into their mouths (such as their fingers/hands). Their clothes form a barrier between the mosquito and their skin, so the stick is only necessary on exposed skin, making a 25ml stick last quite a long time!

Insect Repellent Spray: The spray can be used directly on the skin, but for tiny babies we suggest spraying it on your child’s bedding, curtains, sleep sack and pyjamas before dressing them and putting them in their room at night. This way they won’t inhale the spray but are still well protected.

From all of us at Pure Beginnings, we wish you a happy, healthy and mozzie-free summer!

Pic credit: http://pza.sanbi.org/lippia-javanica