Looking for an easy-to-use, natural mosquito repellent in Singapore? Try these devices, sprays and patches for a mozzie-free day
Singapore’s tropical climate makes it a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes. So the next time you’re off to explore one of the island’s outdoor spaces, get spraying that mosquito repellent. Many repellents typically contain DEET (N, N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide) – a common active ingredient – that, according to Singapore National Environmental Agency (NEA), is “safe even for use by pregnant women and nursing mothers.” NEA also says that mosquito repellents with less than 10% DEET are safe for young children and babies from two months of age. However, if you’re unsure about the various synthetic chemicals in mosquito repellents, then you may want to consider a natural mosquito repellent option instead. These are typically repellents that have been made with ingredients and essential oils that come from natural sources and plants – think citronella, lemongrass, tea tree plants, lavender and more.
Not sure where to start? We’ve got something for everyone in our selection of natural mosquito repellents, be it a kid-friendly spray or hassle-free patch. But if you’ve got a mosquito problem at home, then consider investing in a mosquito repellent device, or develop a green thumb by planting gorgeous shrubs that repel nasty mozzies instead. We’ve even found a natural mosquito repellent option that you can make in your own kitchen! Before you pick any mosquito repellent for the fam, do your own research on the efficacy of each product to see if it suits your needs to protect you sufficiently from mozzie bites.
Natural Mosquito Repellent Sprays, Lotions & Salves
An all-natural Balinese skincare brand, Utama Spice retails Begone Bug mosquito repellent spray that’s blended from wholesome ingredients like a skin superfood seaweed gel base (Agar) and essential oils such as citronella, clove and cajeput, which means it’s 100% natural. The spray is DEET-free and is safe for babies and children. It’s also a truly sustainable and cruelty-free option, as the spray comes in an eco-friendly, one-litre refill pack, which means you can pour it into any old spray bottle you may already have. Begone Bug is also free from sulfates, parabens and all sorts of synthetic chemicals. Worried about spray getting in your bub ‘s eyes? Consider Utama Spice’s Begone Bug mosquito repellent lotion instead. Made from natural ingredients such as citronella, neem, and clove oils, the lotion is easy to apply. It’s also safe and gentle for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, and has mint and patchouli essential oils as well as coconut oil to chase mozzies while soothing skin irritation and moisturising at the same time. If your home is plagued by mozzies, then consider the Begone Bug Incense. The handmade incense sticks are handrolled in Bali and are slow-burning. Dipped in essential oils, the sticks are also made from a blend of flowers, bark, herbs, oils, nuts and spices – none of which are endangered.
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Amber Shield’s Dengue Defender mosquito repellent spray is formulated to repel mosquitos and other biting insects. It has a gentle, water-based formula that’s blended with an alkalinised thiamine-vanillin complex, which makes it suitable for pregnant mums, babies and those with sensitive skin conditions. The spray bottle is small, so it’s easy to stick into your pocket or bag when you’re out exploring the island with your kids.
Amber Laboratories Pte Ltd, 221 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058770, Tel: (+65) 6338 6867, www.ambershield.com
If you’re an eco-mama that prefers to whip up your own mosquito repellent, then start by purchasing natural essential oils with ingredients such as cinnamon, citronella, geraniol, lavender, eucalyptus and Greek catnip oil. Then, mix 30-40 drops of the essential oil of choice with half a cup of water and a base of your choice – think witch hazel, vinegar or even vodka – and bottle it into an old spray bottle you have lying at home. Another great option instead of essential oils is apple cider vinegar. Get the full DIY breakdown here.
Alternatively, deck your house out with mosquito-repelling plants and herbs such as lemongrass, peppermint, tea tree plants, basil and geraniums, or anything that is loaded with citronella. Get a full list here!
Instead of DEET, the active ingredient in Jorubi’s Natural Insect Repellent is IR3535®, a naturally occurring amino acid that sends out an odour signal to mosquitos to stay away. The lotion is also enhanced with Jorubi’s patented STAYTEC technology that’s derived from seaweed and mushroom extracts, which reportedly keeps mosquitos at bay for 13 hours. The lotion is sweat- and water-resistant and won’t rub off easily either. Better still, it’s safe for use on kids as young as two months old and has a light feel.
This water-resistant mosquito repellent is milk-based, which means it’s moisturising and gentle on skin. Additionally, its active ingredients include 20% Picaridin, which effectively repels and deters mosquitos and other insects. It also offers long-lasting protection and lasts for up to eight hours. The mosquito repellent spray is suitable for intense outdoor activities or when you’re on the go for daily errands.
Moskito Guard, www.moskitoguard.sg
Heading outdoors with the kiddos? Consider slathering on The Salve Co’s insect repellent, which is a non-toxic product that’s completely DEET-free. It’s infused with 100% pure therapeutic citronella, lemongrass and eucalyptus essential oils, it keeps annoying bugs at bay and exudes a pleasant, citrusy aroma.
The Salve Co, www.thesalveco.com
Mosquito Repellent Patches
Each individually packaged patch contains natural essential oils such as citronella and lemon eucalyptus, which offers up to 12 hours of protection against the Aedes, Anopheles and Culex species of mosquito – these are known transmitters of the Zika virus, malaria and dengue fever. The patch is safe for infants and children, and is DEET-free, and can be used at home or outdoors.
Does your child love outdoor play sessions that last for hours? Then these mosquito repellent patches will keep them safe all through playtime. Each patch has a unique formulation that’s chemical and DEET-free, and wards off mosquitos effectively.
Tiger Balm, www.amazon.sg
Mosquito Repellent Devices
If you can’t be fussed to put on sprays and lotions, then this nondescript clip-on mosquito repellent is what you need. Formulated with metofluthrin, you can clip it on to your clothes or set it on a surface near you. The fan-powered device within it will circulate the mosquito repellent, effectively killing mosquitos around you. A red indicator light will turn on when the device needs a refill – each pack comes with one refill, which should be used within 14 days of opening.
Attach this to a hook on the wall, or on your clothes or bags for a mozzie-free day! Although it’s designed primarily as a mosquito repellent device, this portable product also works on mice and cockroaches. The device emits ultrasonic waves, which are non-toxic and completely safe for pets. It’s also made from eco-friendly materials and is noise-free.
Enjoy a mosquito-free environment with this smart device. It has a one-click cycle timing that’s automated, which means you won’t have to pay the device any mind once you’ve programmed it. The device can run for up to 10 hours, and the dispeller comes with repellent pallets that contain transfluthrin, a fast-acting insecticide. Each mosquito repellent pallet can be used for up to 90 nights. It’s also quiet, so it doesn’t disturb your sleep or daily activities.
Xiaomi Mijia, www.shopee.sg
The built-in fan draws in mozzies through the mosquito net or ultraviolet lamp, trapping them in a movable cage that has strong air currents. This effectively dehydrates the mosquitos and kills them. It’s easy to dismantle and clean – your purchase will come with a small brush – and doesn’t make much noise so your nights are uninterrupted. There’s no smell and the device is completely non-toxic to humans and pets.