The last thing you want to contract on a fun-filled, adventurous trip is dengue, malaria, encephalitis, or yellow fever. There is really no alternative for vaccines and those of us who are visiting or living in tropical countries, are especially vulnerable.
Apart from your typical mosquito repellent and net, here are four kinds of soaps that you can use to ward off mosquitoes.
Bug Off! Farm Soap’s Citronella Fragrance Soap
Farm Soap’s website says that its mosquito repellent soap is made from a lot of natural ingredients such as coconut oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, soybean lecithin & cottonseed oil; palm kernel,olive oil infused with chamomile, comfrey and calendula, essential oil, shea butter ,beeswax, Apricot Kernal, grapefruit seed extract and liquid silk.
Mosquitoes absolutely hate the smell of lemons or anything remotely citrus-y. The Citronella lemon soap will help ward off mosquitoes and prevent mosquito bites.
You’ll have to do is use the soap when you’re having a bath.
Another soap that I personally recommend would be the Mosqui Naturveda soap. My father bought it when he was in the former French colony of Auroville, Pondicherry in India.
The French word for mosquito is mosquee and mosqui, the ayurvedic mosquito repellent from Bio Naturveda is “scented with a blend of pure essential oils and herbal extracts.”
Although, there are no price listings on their main website, you can contact them at email@example.com for more details.
Cost: $ 2.58 (120 Rupees)
Skin Armour Deep Woods Outdoor Soap
This non-toxic soap was developed by Dr. Archibald of the Australian National Biological Laboratory. It contains glycerine, eucalyptus oil, citronella oil, lavendula, calendula and fragrance.
The Eucalyptus oil repels mosquitoes and also relieves tired muscles: the citronella oil is also used to ward off mosquitoes, and menthol is used to rejuvenate skin.
Lavendula and calendula are used to curb bacteria, while calendula is used to alleviate itching. The Skin armour anti mosquito soap has no side effects, contains herbal extracts and is 100 percent deet free.
Stop using this soap if any kind of allergies occur.
Classique Anti-Microbial Soap
This anti-microbial soap is made from chamomile, rosemary, akapulko (a herbal medicine from the Philippines), neem leaves and aloe vera extracts. The aloe vera extracts soothe the body and alleviate pain and the mild nature of this soap helps preserve skin as well as combat any kind of bacteria as well as mosquitoes.
For more information including how to purchase, visit Classique’s website.
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Reeti Roy has finished her Bachelors degree from Jadavpur University in Calcutta with first class honors in English Literature. She spent her summer in Edinburgh on a scholarship to pursue Creative Writing and is now at London School of Economics and Political Science pursuing an MSc in Social Anthropology. She blogs here.