Banish bug bites without using any nasty chemicals

Organic bug repellant by ErbavivaThe first sign of summer for me is always my first mosquito bite. I always consider bug bites to be the price I pay for good weather and barbecues. But now that I have kids, I feel the need to douse them in something to ward off bug bites, and I’ve never been a fan of that hideous bug spray smell mixed with all those nasty chemicals.

Thanks to Erbaviva, I’ve found a way to fend off the bugs, while still keeping my family chemical-free. The new Organic Buzz Spray
bug repellant from natural mom and baby skincare line Erbaviva is made with a special
blend of essential oils known for keeping the pests away. And no more
gnarly smell either. The juice, which includes a heady mix of cedarwood
bark oil, juniper berry oil, citronella oil and lavender oil, smells
like a hike in the woods. (A mosquito-free woods.)

I sprayed
myself and my toddler son with the Buzz Spray recently before we headed
in the backyard for some s’mores roasting. I admit I still woke up with a
few mosquito bites the next day (though I’m convinced not nearly as
many as if I’d gone spray-free–my legs are usually an all you can eat
bug buffet). However my son was bite-free, and the best part was I
didn’t have to worry about him absorbing any of the toxic stuff. –Melissa

Get the bugs to stop bugging you with Erbaviva Organic Buzz Spray, $20 on


Melissa Schweiger is a seasoned author, journalist, blogger and proud mom of two troublemaking boys.


  • Reply July 24, 2011


    I have found success with a natural bug spray with Rose Geranium in it. Rose Geranium is supposed to repel ticks which are very prevalent in my area. It also has eucalyptus and a few other ingredients but when I purchased it, I was mainly looking for the Rose Geranium. I’m also surprised that it doesn’t have any mint in it.

  • Reply July 25, 2011

    Sue Sinclair

    We’ve also enjoyed using eco.kid Outback Jack spray. Our customers have given us lots of great feedback as well.

    Previously, when we went to our cottage, I would bundle the kids up and chose not to spray any repellent on them for fear of what was in it but with eco.kid, I know we are safe and I’ve used it on our black labrador as well.

    More details here:

    Hope everyone is enjoying their summers … bite free ones are a total bonus!

    Chief Executive Mom at Raspberry Kids

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