Nobody likes mosquito bites. Ditto for ticks, flies, fleas, spiders, and anything else that itches or irritates. To stop the bugs from biting, try a high-quality bug repellent. Unfortunately, most insect repellents contain DEET, which is effective—yes—but is also extremely toxic. Studies show that DEET-based mosquito repellents have been linked to respiratory distress, seizures, and encephalopathy (brain disease) in children. A natural insect repellent made with essential oils like citronella, lemongrass, eucalyptus, cedar, or rosemary is a great alternative. At Thrive Market, we only offer all-natural, plant-based, and 100% DEET-free bug repellents. Say goodbye to harmful chemicals (and mosquitos too).
DEET vs. Natural Bug Repellent
DEET (diethyltoluamide) is the most common active ingredient in bug repellents, and yes: mosquitoes don’t like it. But neither do brain cells, and DEET has even been linked to seizures in children. Because of this, authorities in both the US and Canada advise caution against this toxic insect repellent. On the other hand, plant-based oils are non-toxic and effective forms of pest control. Lemon, eucalyptus, and citronella bug repellents, for instance, are registered with the EPA and can effectively deter mosquitoes and other insects. So go DEET-free. (Easy enough here at Thrive Market!).
Top Bug Repellent Brands
These all-natural insect repellent brands will banish bugs without the DEET.
Need nontoxic bug repellent, first aid, or eczema products? All Terrain is your brand.
Ditch chemicals and go organic with Badger’s non-GMO, paraben-free line of bath and body products. Did we mention they’re a Certified B Corporation?
Harness the power of essential oils, stop bugs, and smell great doing it with these powerful formulas from Nantucket Spider.
Best DEET-free Bug Spray
You don’t want DEET touching your body, and neither do we. Try these natural bug repellents instead.
Skeptical about natural insect repellent? You won’t be after using this citronella-infused bug spray.
Powered by aromatic cedarwood, clove, and citronella—the bugs will leave you alone after a few sprays of this product!
Skeeter’s DEET-free essential oil formula is a tightly-guarded secret, but one thing’s for sure: it works!
Organic Bug Repellent
Our members love this organic mosquito repellent from Badger.
Bugs and sun tend to go together. Combat them both with this organic sun and bug product.
Natural Insect Repellents and Itch Spray
Stop ticks, flies, and mosquitoes naturally with these safe and natural bug products.
Ticks can carry Lyme disease, and nobody wants Lyme disease. This tick repellent from Nantucket Spider has you covered.
This non-greasy bug spray keeps mosquitoes at bay with plant oils, not DEET.
Bug or plant itch bothering you? Soothe your skin with this aloe-based anti-itch formula.
Best Kids Insect Repellent
Need bug spray for babies and kids? Try these.
All-natural, safe, and effective—what more could you ask of a kid-friendly bug repellent?
Safe for the whole family, this spray doesn’t feel greasy on the skin and protects you from mosquitoes using a citronella-free formula.
DIY Insect Repellent
You’re going to love these DIY bug repellents. Insects? Not so much.
With witch hazel, essential oils, and a spray bottle—you’ll be stopping bugs like a pro.
If you want to make your own bug repellent with essential oils, start here.