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Battling with Biters

Deet free repellents


A severe case of allergic reaction to any thing that bites led me to look into herbal or non toxic solutions, although I’m not quite ready to throw away my deet infused products just yet I have been impressed with the alternatives.

This repellent is brilliant and smells lovely and fresh, it has worked for me in multiple Jungle locations in Colombia and now I make sure to always have a couple of bottles with me when travelling.


I have slept underneath this net and have never had any issues, not one bite, which is a huge point for me because if i’m bitten during the night & the bite is left unattended due to me being asleep and not able to squeeze half a tube of anitsan onto it to stop the reaction from spreading I will wake up to a burning limb that will take at least 10 days & 3 tubes of cream to get over and that’s just one bite, I can’t afford that, so I spent a long time and a few sleepless nights considering what to do in regards to Malaria. You may or may not know that Malaria carrying mosquitos feed at night and after I got quite sick on a trip to India after taking Malaria tablets, ones that are supposed to protect against one thing but yet increasing the risks of other things, unpleasant enough themselves, like being sun burnt. I also have sensitive skin so I was in desperate need to find a solution. And I think this net is it.


I’ve also used other products from the range.

The soap, which leaves your skin feeling clean and looking shiny is useless as a repellent. I begun using the soap a few weeks before travelling, thinking that maybe a build up on the skin of this product might help keep the biters at bay but I can confirm that it did not. It’s expensive for a bar of soap, but I admit to now using it everyday even if I’m not away.

The Moisturiser is rubbish hated it, it’s too thick gives you arm ache when trying to rub in and generally not worth the £10.00 price tag!

Posted by Dovesei 12:23 Archived in Colombia Tagged mosquitos insect_repellent deet_free sandflies

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