Insect repellents that smell like perfume
Insect repellent is obviously a summer must. Too bad it leaves us sticky and smelling like a chemical factory. This year, leave the DEET behind and opt for a deterrent that could double as a high-end fragrance.
Best smelling Labeled as a “perfume spray,” Intelligent Nutrients’ new bug repellent ($28) could very well replace your eau de toilette. The rosemary and citronella scents keep bugs at bay, while notes of geranium and peppermint are just plain lovely. Combine it with the company’s popular bug repellent serum ($26) for extra protection.
Best for your skin What’s worse than a sunburn? A collection of bug bites on top of a sunburn. Luckily, moisturizing, all-natural LifeStings bug repellent ($20) is designed to soothe what itches you while preventing additional bites. The lotion nourishes with shea butter and jojoba, and protects with a clever formula of herbs and organic catnip oil.
Best for sharing Know a guy who attracts just as many mosquitoes as you do? Introduce him to Outscent’s woodsy unisex cologne ($50), which is great for spritzing onto clothing or skin or underneath a hat before an afternoon hike. You’ll both feel refreshed, and you can finally shelve the dreaded calamine.