As temperatures begin to rise and Winter turns into Spring, we find ourselves no longer grabbing for our winter coats for protection, but looking for products to protect us from the elements of warmer weather - sun and bugs! When it comes to bugs, we often think about pesky mosquitoes - and of course DEET. But what exactly is DEET and what does it mean when a product is DEET-Free? Are there benefits to DEET? Are there benefits to selecting DEET-free? What is going to provide protection for my family?
THE BENEFITS OF DEET-FREE
All You Need To Know About DEET
WHAT IS DEET?
DEET is a chemical compound developed by the US Army to protect soldiers in the 1940s. Today it is a common ingredient in some topical insect repellents.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEET?
DEET is known as an approved repellent by the EPA but it is also known to harm gear and marine ecosystems. DEET is a plasticizer - meaning that it makes materials softer and more flexible. This means that when you use DEET on your gear, you are potentially permanently damaging your gear. Some studies have found that DEET can even impact materials so much as to melt away areas leaving holes behind.
Not only is DEET harmful for gear, it is harmful for the environment. The EPA has found DEET to be toxic to freshwater fish, invertebrates, and birds. When we wash off DEET from our skin, these traces enter our waterways harming local marine ecosystems.
SO WHAT CAN I DO? WHAT'S THE ALTERNATIVE?
This was the same question founder and CEO, Philip Freeman, was determined to answer. From growing up on a farm to serving in the US Navy, Philip is an avid lover of the outdoors and was passionate about finding an alternative repellent that he could trust to not hurt his gear or the environment.
Enter: our Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Insect Repellent Spray (LEO Spray). Through a strategic partnership with Citrefine, Murphy’s Naturals was able to harness the power of the oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) to create a natural alternative to DEET. OLE is the only plant-based repellent recommended by the CDC and is harvested in an entirely renewable, sustainable, and ethical process (Citrefine). Our LEO Spray capitalizes on the natural compound PMD to provide 6 hours of mosquito protection (also now repels ticks for up to 4 hours!)
But that wasn’t enough - Murphy’s Naturals came out with a SECOND alternative to DEET. Check out our Mosquito Repellent Balm that uses a powerful blend of essential oils, like lemongrass which has a high content of the compound geraniol, that naturally repel mosquitoes.
By using Murphy’s Naturals, not only will you not have to worry about mosquitoes but you can rest easy knowing that you are using a product that doesn’t harm gear, supports a healthy environment, and is helping communities and supply chains across the world.
BENEFITS TO USING A MURPHY'S NATURALS DEET-FREE MOSQUITO REPELLENT:
- - Murphy’s Naturals harnesses the power of nature with natural repellents that actually work
- - Murphy’s Naturals uses ingredients that are good for people and good for the planet
- - Murphy’s Naturals products won’t damage your gear
- - Murphy’s Naturals helps you Enjoy Life Outdoors
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