DEET is used in most standard insect repellents sold today. This chemical is known to have negative impacts on our water supply and wildlife. There is also evidence of DEET having adverse neurological impacts on humans. Although we can’t vouch for their effectiveness, here are some safe, environmentally friendly insect repellent alternatives that you might like to try. They’re all DEET-free, which makes them body-friendly, too:


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1. Liquid Net Towelettes ($6), 25 Towelettes

  • Outperforms DEET repellents
  • Natural, pleasant scent

2. TerraShield ($12.50), 15ml

  • Includes 15 certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils
  • Base of 100% pure coconut oil
  • Lasts up to 6 hours


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3. All Terrain Herbal Armor Insect Repellent ($8.50), 4oz

  • Includes 5 natural essential oils acknowledged by the EPA as repellents
  • Proven to be 100% effective for more than two hours
  • Water-resistant

4. EcoSmart Organic Insect Repellent ($7), 6oz

  • All natural formula, created from organic plant oils
  • Repels mosquitoes, gnats, and ticks

Bug_a_Bug.jpeg5. Bug-a-Bug ($19), 200ml (R)

  • Contains organically certified Andiroba Oil
  • Hypoallergenic
  • No synthetics
  • No parabens
  • No silicon
  • No artificial preservatives
  • No eye or skin irritation

Related: previously on altCon,
Burt’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellent