With the Zika virus already in the Philippines, we, especially expectant moms and those who plan to conceive, should all the more be on high alert against mosquitoes. Apart from making sure that we don’t leave empty containers to gather water, the Department of Health (DOH) also recommends putting on mosquito repellants to ward off mosquitoes. See more tips on my post about 10 Things You Need to Know about Dengue.
Speaking of repellants, our friends from Tiger Balm sent their mosquito repellant range of products for me to try. Yes, you’ve read it right, Tiger Balm. Do you remember it? The name alone brings back memories of my childhood when mom puts this minty balm with the tiger logo on us whenever we have headaches and itchy bites. It’s been years since I’ve last used Tiger Balm.
And it sure is good to be using it again.
Mosquito Repellant Spray
This natural formulation is DEET-free and is used to repel mosquitoes by spraying directly onto skin or clothing or both. No, it doesn’t smell like the minty Tiger Balm that we are familiar with. Everyone has been asking about that. I actually had the same thought, to be honest. It contains the natural insect repellant, Citronella, and so it smells more like that.
What to Love:
- Natural. As long as they are effective, I am all for products made with natural ingredients than chemicals-laden ones.
- Handy. They come in handy 60mL bottles that can fit even in the smallest of purses.
- Spray Form. I like that you can just spray and spread it on the skin instead of having to deal with messy lotions.
Mosquito Repellant Patch
Just like the spray, the patch is also made from natural ingredients and is also DEET-free. DEET or diethyltoluamide, by the way, is the chemical most active in ordinary insect repellants and is subject to a specific amount for it to be safe.
What to Love:
- Natural. I especially prefer the natural ones as I am sure that they are kid and preggo-friendly, without having to count tabs on how many times I’ve applied during the day (there are those that are safe only for not more than three times a day).
- Individual Packs. I like that the patches come in individual packs so that they maintain their freshness unlike those that have it all in one pack.
- Reusable. When used in conjunction with the spray, these patches can be reusable. Just spray some more into the patch and it’s good as new again.
Where to Buy
The Mosquito Repellant Spray (SRP PhP189 / ~USD3.91) and Mosquito Repellant Patches (SRP PhP195/~USD4.04) are available in:
- selected Mercury Drug stores
- Southstar Drug
- Fishermall Supermarket
- Fishermall Department Store
- Hi-Top Supermarket
- Landmark Supermarket
- Landmark Department Store
- Bora Budget Mart
Keep safe everyone!