Dear summer: We love you. But we don’t love those pesky mosquito bites that come along with you. As we’re entering prime mosquito month (thanks for the humidity, August), keeping the kids protected from incessant scratching and potential disease is of utmost importance. The only problem: Heavy-duty bug spray isn’t just unpleasant to wear and smell; it can also be harmful to the youngest members of the family. Make the most of the last few steamy, muggy weeks and load up on kid-friendly bug spray that’s safe enough for you and your tiny crew.
8 Bug Sprays That Are Safe Enough to Use on Kids
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1. Kinfield Golden Hour Deet-free Repellent
Although not technically labeled as a children’s product, we love that this bug spray is made with all natural ingredients that are safe for both kids and adults. A unique strain of Indonesian citronella (yep, the same stuff in repellent candles) fends off mosquitoes and smells like a mix of vanilla and citrus.
4. Greenerways Organic, Organic Bug Repellent, Deet-free
Concerned about more than just mosquitoes? This spray repels everything from ticks to biting flies to—of course—mosquitoes with a gentle blend of essential oils. One PureWow editor swears by it for daily use, because she's a mosquito magnet. She explains, "I literally put this stuff on before bed at night so that I don't wake up with a million mosquito bites. It smells really herbal, dries quickly and doesn't feel sticky whatsoever."
7. California Baby Natural Bug Blend Bug Repellent Spray
Made with vegetable- and plant-based ingredients, this bug spray is non-irritating, non-toxic and safe for outdoorsy types of all ages. Bonus: If the kids have pre-existing bites, the natural ingredients in this repellent help to soothe itchy skin.
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8. Burt's Bees 100% Natural Herbal Insect Repellent, Deet-free Bug Spray
We already love this brand for its hydrating lip balm and skin-care products, but now we love it even more for its 100 percent natural insect repellent. Apply this naturally scented spray liberally and rub it in to create a shield from summer’s most obnoxious mosquitoes and bugs.