The first requirement for a bug repellent is that it be Deet-free. Deet is a chemical still used in some bug repellent and it has some really negative outcomes if you use a bug repellent with DEET. DEET is very corrosive and can dissolve durable materials such as plastic, nylon and even paint. You can see a comparison here of Deet and DEET-free Bug Shield Lotion on styrofoam squares after a 4-hour period.
Greenerways is an all organic, chemical-free, skin-soothing, kid and pet-safe product line which includes DEET-free bug spray, soothing balms, sunscreen, all-purpose cleaner and hand, and surface cleaners. The LA-based company now sells product all over the US at large retailers such as Costco, CVS, and Whole Foods along with other stores.
Small backstory, when CEO Jayme Bella was pregnant, her house flooded and it became infested with bugs, so she went out to get bug spray and couldn’t read any of the ingredients on the label and absolutely didn’t want to spray something that could be harmful to herself and her unborn child, so she created Greenerways!
Jayme Bella created a slew of products that all have organic ingredients for her Greenerways Organic company.
Jayme Bella’s grandmother always told her,
“Read the labels; if there are chemicals or ingredients you can’t pronounce, don’t buy the product.”
Jayme has always lived an organic lifestyle, and the need for chemical-free, all-natural products was never more important than during her first pregnancy in 2008. Her husband, Jim, who operated an all-natural cleaning service, encouraged the use of organic products and helped her formulate an organic insect repellent when their growing family could not find one on the market.
This was the birth of Greenerways organic, a company devoted to bringing safe, chemical-free products to every home. This made her grandmother, Mama Bella, very happy; she had been using organic solutions passed down from her father, a turn-of-the-century apothecary, for years. Mama Bella introduced Jayme to a wide variety of essential oil combinations by sharing a diary she had kept since she was a young girl. In this diary, Jayme found recipes for healing burns, alleviating headaches, soothing sore muscles, and more. Out of these, she was able to formulate a balm to relieve all kinds of maladies without endangering her growing family with harsh, synthetic chemicals.
Mama Bella’s balm recipe laid the foundation for Greenerways Organic Wonderbalm and is our gift to families everywhere. This balm is varied and gentle but effective and strategically formulated. Discover the power of essential oils with a highly effective, USDA organic product to sooth ailments and encourage health and well-being.
This above text is from the Greenerways Organic website.
Greenerways Organics has some fabulous products. I haven’t tried them all yet, but I read ingredient lists with real interest. The first products I considered ordering were these two:
Greenerways Bug Repellent Spray :
This spray is available in a 12 oz size as well as this 4 oz bottle! It’s also available in a slightly different formulation for use on children. Plus there’s a combination sunscreen plus bug repellent that sounds pretty nifty if you are going to be outdoors a lot!
- Best Selling Size: 4oz
- Lab-tested to repel Mosquitos
- Insect Repellent, Mosquito repellent
- Travel Insect Repellent
- Premium Quality, Non GMO
- DEET FREE, NO PARABENS, NO PHTHALATES or Harsh Chemicals
- Fresh Citrusy Fragrance Deodorizes
- Safe for kids
- Won’t stain clothing or furnishings
- When used as directed
I like that it comes out as a white liquid so you can see where it is on your skin and rub it in. Once it hits your skin, it sinks in fast. You don’t have to worry about it being too slippery on your skin. I use this product daily when I take my dog walks (2 dogs, each getting their own walk) and I don’t get bit by mosquitoes or other bugs. It works beautifully as a bug repellent!
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I have this same sandal from their first shipment that included yellow suede. I am a huge fan of bright colors and I wear this sandal at every opportunity!
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