I realize that not everyone is a DIYer. Maybe you don’t have enough time. Maybe you are turned off by the initial investment to build up your supply cabinet. Or maybe you just like the convenience of pre-made products. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to review Eco Diva’s Bug Me Not Bug Spray! It’s a chemical-free formula created with essential oils that is a wonderful alternative to the traditional, chemical-laden commercial bug sprays.
You may remember some of the reasons why I don’t like commercial bug sprays from my DIY Bugspray recipe post. But in case you missed it, here’s a refresher!
The most common ingredient in bug sprays is the pesticide N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, which aside from preventing obnoxious bug bites has been recommended to prevent mosquito-born diseases such as malaria and West-Nile virus. But over recent years DEET has faced a great deal of criticism.
According to Popular Science magazine, there is no direct evidence that DEET harms the nervous system and is generally regarded as safe to use on the skin. However, according to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Library of Medicine bug spray poisoning from DEET is not only possible but does include nervous system damage. The most common side effect is skin irritation, including redness, itching, or hives. But those who use DEET in high concentration may experience more severe reactions, such as blistering, burning, or permanent scars. And if ingested DEET can cause nausea, vomiting, hypotension (low blood pressure), bradycardia (low heart rate), or even neurological damage (such as disorientation, clumsiness when walking, seizures, coma, or even death) in the most severe cases. DEET is especially dangerous for small children and can cause seizures if their skin is exposed to the chemical over a prolonged period. Who wants to risk spraying that on their skin or putting it on their children!?! No thank you!
So, now that your ready to throw out your bug spray, here’s a little about the company Eco Diva and their best selling bug spray.
Eco Diva was founded in 2008 by Jody Norcio in Nashville, TN as a way to provide truly natural, chemical-free, and affordable personal care products. Since many of their clients had skin sensitivities, Eco Diva vowed to only use pure and natural, plant-based, biodegradable ingredients that are organic when possible. None of their products contain parabens, SLS, phthalates, dyes, chemicals, synthetic fragrances or preservatives. They are a truly eco-friendly company and choose each ingredient with the environment in mind, working hard to use sustainable practices that keep their eco-footprint at a minimum. In addition, Eco Diva believes in giving back to their local community. They support local farmers, provide free bug spray to the homeless, and donate 10% of their proceeds to local charities! Watch a short video about Eco Diva here.
Eco Diva’s Bug Me Not Bug Spray is an effective blend of essential oils chosen to be safe for your entire family, although they suggest not using on children under 6 months old. It comes in either a 4 oz or 8 oz plastic amber spray container, with a rustic-looking recycled label and costs $8 or $12 respectively. They list all their ingredients on the website as well as on the label for each bottle. They include: alcohol-free witch hazel, distilled water, vegetable glycerin, organic lemongrass, eucalyptus, tea tree & juniper berry essential oils, citronella, lavender and cedar wood essential oils.
I’ve had my bottle of Eco Diva’s Bug Me Not Bugspray for a couple weeks now and it seems like every time I think I’ll get a chance to try it out it rains or my plans get changed. But over the 4th of July weekend we did have a brief let up in the rain and my hubby, daughter, and I went to Grandpa’s house to BBQ so naturally I grabbed my bottle of bug spray to take with us! My daughter is still under 6 months old so I didn’t use it on her but did spray myself down and figured if it kept the pesky little critters off me then she would most likely be protected since I was holding her most of the day. The fragrance of the essential oil blends was quite pleasing and the spray went on light and wasn’t too wet or sticky.
I’ll admit that the bugs weren’t overly bad on the 4th of July, I’m guessing that the rain had kept most of them away (now in two weeks when all the new little baby mosquitoes hatch from the puddles all this rain has created we will have to try it out again!). But I am pleased to say that neither myself nor my daughter were bothered by any biting insects. House flies were somewhat obnoxious that day but as near as I can tell traditional bug sprays aren’t designed to keep flies from landing on you either. I haven’t convinced the hubby to try it out yet – he will be the true test of the effectiveness of this formula. I’ll try to remember to post an update after he tries it out.
In summary, the pros and cons of Eco Diva’s Bug Me Not Bug Spray are:
- Safe for the entire family
- No parabens, SLS, phthalates, dyes, chemicals, synthetic fragrances or preservatives
- Environmentally responsible ingredients
- Sustainable business practices
- Supports a small business that believes in giving back to their community
- Smells good
- Lightweight – not too wet or sticky like some commercial bug sprays
- Plastic container – essential oils will degrade plastic over time but it is much more cost effective (and lighter weight) than glass containers and the savings are passed on to you the consumer. Just make sure to buy the small bottle if you don’t think you will use it all that often and remember to recycle your container when you are finished.
- More expensive than store bought bug spray – but still cheaper than other eco-friendly, chemical-free formulas
Overall I’m quite pleased with Eco Diva’s Bug Me Not Bug Spray and would highly recommend it to anyone who didn’t want to make their own. It lives in my diaper bag so that I always have it with me and don’t have to worry about exposing my baby to nasty chemicals if it leaks (but so far it hasn’t). I look forward to trying it out on days when the bugs are more aggressive than they were on the 4th of July and convincing my hubby to try it for himself since he’s a mosquito magnet!
If you’re local to the Nashville area you can find Eco Diva’s But Me Not Bug Spray and other products at Fireflies, White’s Mercantile, Artistry SpaSalon, and Pumpkin Doodle as well as at the Franklin Farmers Market.
If you’re like me and not local you can order your own Bug Me Not Bugspray from Eco Diva’s website: ecodiva.co. Also make sure to check out their other products, including eco-friendly sunscreen, eczema relief, and doggie wash!
And make sure to go and “like” Eco Diva on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ecodiva.tn
Do you have a natural product you want me to review? Send me a message! I’d love to try it out!