Mosquitoes have a thing for me. It's an attraction I've been trying to discourage for decades, but the bugs, they love me. And since my reaction to mosquito bites causes them swell up to roughly the circumference of a softball and the shape of Ohio, I have to either slather myself in insect repellant or stay inside until after Halloween. So this year I was determined to find effective DEET-free options that would keep me itch-free without loading up on the chemicals.
I enlisted my fellow mosquito-magnet friends as testers during recent trips to the Caribbean and the South (read: bug nightmare zones), and I'm happy to report that, overall, these products helped us elude the onslaught of mosquito bites. What's your favorite DEET-free bug repellent?
3. BabyGanics Shoo Fly DEET-Free Bug Spray, $11.99
4. Badger Anti-Bug Shake & Spray, $10.19
5. Beekman 1802 Bug Stick, $12