TheraNeem Herbal Outdoor Spray by Organix South
Developed in response to the buggy Florida Everglades, this water-based repellent packs a rich punch of effective essential oils—neem, lemongrass, tee tree, and eucalyptus, among others. It pumps out like lotion, ideal to hydrate skin in hot months, and rubs in, leaving a subtle lemony scent but no oily feel. The formula soothes irritated skin in general, so try it for sun damage, minor allergic reactions, or small scrapes on adults or kids. Since the product is applied directly to skin, you’ll need to re-apply after swimming or sweating (similar to sunscreen).
To buy: $9, amazon.com.
Bug 0% by St. Maarten Nectar
On the island of St. Maarten (where pesky tropical bugs abound), the founder of this product was continually complemented on her self-concocted “perfume,” a natural repellent which served as a base for her products that work equally well Stateside. The combination of non-toxic ingredients scares away mosquitoes and the like without frightening ingredients, plus it moisturizes skin. Luckily, they ship worldwide.
To buy: $21, stmaartennectar.com.
ForceX Natural Inspect Repellent
Originally developed for Northeasterners on Cape Cod, known for its high concentration of mosquitoes, ForceX’s fogger nozzle delivers a fine mist evenly on skin. Also with neem and karanja oil, it’s ideal for athletes, the outdoorsy, and anyone who wants full repellency without the feel of lotion. Spray it on the brim of a hat or sleeves instead of—or in addition to—skin to last longer (plus, you won’t sweat it off).
To buy: $10, keys-soap.com.
RediCare Therapy Spray
The combination of neem oil, Ayurveda roots, and karanja, helps to repel about 200 different insects and helps with everyday skin irritations. No need to rub it in—it simply sprays on through a fine mist that feels like more of a skin emollient. RediCare is also safe for use on pets, including dogs and horses (the formula was originally developed to soothe the irritated skin of search and rescue dogs after Hurricane Katrina).
To buy: $22, amazon.com.