New Yorkers who are lucky enough to have apartments or homes with garden access, sometimes feel like they have to enter the greenery with caution. I watched someone gardening, wearing a beekeeper hat, garden gloves, long-sleeved blouse, long pants and boots. No kidding. The reason? Little, buzzing creatures called mosquitoes. Since New York had so much rain this spring, no doubt the buggers will once again be out for blood.
When you’re having garden parties and barbecues, the last thing you want to smell like is bug spray, nor do you want to saturate yourself with toxic chemicals like DEET, which seems to be the only thing that repels them. Until now…
Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Bug Repellent Perfume Serum, which, the company says, “attracts love bites and repels bug bites,” has a non-toxic formula with insect-repelling essential oils—geranium, peppermint, lemongrass, cedarwood, clove, rosemary and citronella, along with castor, sesame and soybean oils to condition and soften skin. The scent is a bit medicine-y (I guess because of the peppermint) but it’s sure better than regular bug spray. You can pair it with the Certified Organic Perfume Spray, which has some of the same ingredients but has a more pleasant fragrance. And? So far, so good.
You can also use the repellent in a diffuser, which is safer than the lit flames of citronella candles. The only drawback is the price. It’s a bit steep, but if you’re tired of itchy mosquito bites and are afraid of toxic chemicals, it might be worth it. The Bug Repellent Perfume Serum (1.9 fl oz) is $28 and the Perfume Spray (3.5 fl oz) is $26. Intelligent Nutrient products can be found at Whole Foods, ABC Carpet & Home and Barneys NYC.