You get what you pay for’, is the old saying, so there’s the certain belief that people get more quality for more expensive products. Shelling out more for Deet free repellent in Australia or anywhere else comes across as a no-brainer, but the latest publication from Consumer Reports has cast some doubt on the matter, listing down its recommendations for bug sprays, which noted a special trend.
According to the publication, the top-recommended bug sprays from their product reviewing and testing site didn’t go over $7 in pricing, suggesting that the idea of associating price with quality is erroneous, regardless of whether people are buying Deet free repellent in Australia or in the US.
Notably, Consumer Reports only recommended one natural bug spray throughout its sample for protecting against mosquitoes and ticks, and that is the Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent 2, which only costs about $5, depending on where the buyer is. It’s the only bug spray Consumer Reports recommended that doesn’t contain either DEET or picaridin. It instead utilizes lemon eucalyptus oil, a naturally occurring substance acquired from gum eucalyptus trees, in order to give it the properties that allow it to repel insects such as mosquitoes and ticks.
Repel’s lemon eucalyptus repellent passed Consumer Reports’ test with flying colours, with an overall rating of 90 in a 100-point scale, which even included an ‘Excellent’ rating in its protection against pest, like mosquitoes and ticks, as well as its effects when coming into contact with different fabrics and materials.
Notably, only two other sprays managed to top that score;OffDeep Woods Insect Repellent VIII Dry, and Total Home (CVS) Woodland Scent Insect Repellent, both of which have DEET in them.
The US’s EPA has already deemed DEET and picaridin as safe for use when ‘used as directed’, but people opt for the natural alternatives for a number of reasons, such as skin irritation. Consumer Reports considered that detail, taking note of which ingredients in natural bug sprays were most effective. Out of their sample, which included cedar, cinnamon, citronella, lemongrass and others, products containing lemon eucalyptus proved the most effective.