Nature's Answer to Insect Repellent

Jun 1, 2009 | Contact Author | By: Katie Schaefer, Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine
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Title: Nature's Answer to Insect Repellent
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Researchers have sourced fragrance ingredients that could provide a natural alternative to N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET), one of the most frequently used actives in insect repellents. Although DEET effectively repels mosquitoes and ticks, some agencies have questioned its effects on the environment and its skin irritation potential.

In May 2008, the US Centers for Disease Control recommended the use of DEET, picardin, lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 to repel mosquitoes from human skin.1 However, both the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)2 and the Pesticide Information Project of Cooperative Extension offices at Cornell University3 have found DEET to produce dermal and neurological reactions in humans. With ongoing debate regarding the safety of DEET, an equally effective but safer alternative would prove beneficial (and lucrative).

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