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Bite Blocker Organic Xtreme Insect Spray

Est. $9 for 6.7 oz.
Reviewed
June 2013
by ConsumerSearch
BiteBlocker Organic Xtreme Insect Spray

Best insect repellent for kids

Pros
  • Safe for all ages
  • Plant-based ingredients
  • Won't damage plastics or synthetics
  • Doesn't need to be washed off immediately after use
Cons
  • Doesn't last as long as chemical-based insect repellents
  • Smells bad

Bottom line

Bite Blocker Organic Xtreme is one of the few natural products on the market that is safe for pregnant women and kids under 3. As with most natural insect repellents, protection time varies greatly among individuals -- anywhere from just 90 minutes up to eight hours -- and you're supposed to reapply every three hours. You can safely reapply as often as needed.

Performance

Especially effective against mosquitoes - but you must reapply. Bite Blocker Organic Xtreme Insect Spray is a natural insect repellent containing soybean and other plant oils, which are safe for use on children and babies, as the active ingredients. Tests and reviews indicate that Bite Blocker insect repellent is effective, but it can't compete in effectiveness with formulas containing lemon eucalyptus oil (which can't be used on babies or toddlers) or DEET (which many parents are reluctant to put on their kids though it is considered safe).

For most people, Bite Blocker insect repellent effectively wards off mosquitoes and black flies, but it isn't as good on ticks. The manufacturer claims the product provides anti-mosquito and black fly protection for up to eight hours and more than two hours for ticks; it also advises reapplying every three and a half hours or more.

Feel and smell

Some are repelled by Bite Blocker's scent. Bite Blocker Organic Xtreme Insect Spray is a white, opaque liquid that consumers say is non-irritating, goes a long way and smoothly absorbs into the skin. Users say it isn't greasy, and the pump makes the spray easy to apply. Not everyone likes the odor of this insect repellent, however. Consumers use words like "herbaceous," "bitter," "clean" and "nauseating" to describe it. Bite Blocker gets many 1-star reviews on Amazon.com simply because of its odor. You can reapply as often as you need, and the product works on clothing as well.

Where To Buy
Homs LLC Organic Bite Blocker Xtreme Insect Repellent -- 6.7 fl oz

 
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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Bite Blocker is the highest-rated herbal-based insect repellent, but it scores just 56 out of 100 in its tests. It repels certain types of mosquitoes up to eight hours, but others are just three. ConsumerReports.org notes that the "organic" claim "has no meaning in this repellent."

Review: Best Insect Repellents, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, May 2013

2. Drugstore.com

Drugstore.com allows users to write reviews of products they have bought. Approximately two dozen users agree that Bite Blocker Organic Xtreme Insect Spray works well on skin and clothing to repel mosquitoes and gnats; it is rated 3.7 out of 5 stars. Some say the smell is too strong.

Review: Bite Blocker All Natural, "Deet Free" Insect Repellent, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of June 2013

3. Amazon.com

About 40 users have posted reviews for Bite Blocker Organic Xtreme Insect Spray, giving it a score of about 3.5 out of 5 stars. Most reviewers say it's the best natural repellent they have used; however, some say it didn't work at all in the deep woods and many are turned off by the smell.

Review: Bite Blocker Xtreme 6.70 Ounces, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2013

4. TheDailyGreen.com

Good Housekeeping's The Daily Green website provides a useful guide to homemade and commercial natural insect repellents, naming Bite Blocker Natural Insect Repellent Spray one of its picks. The products haven't been tested, however, and the write-ups are very short.

Review: Off-the-Shelf and Homemade Natural Insect Repellents, Annie B. Bond, Not dated

5. SafeMama.com

SafeMama.com reviews and compares several insect repellents "free of DEET, parabens, phthalates, PEG's (polyethylene glycols,) sulfates, dioxanes, propylene glycols and synthetic fragrances." The editors test many of the products, though not Bite Blocker Organic Xtreme Insect Spray which the editors states is "not my first choice but not terrible if you have it" in part because it contains benzoic acid.

Review: 2012 Bug Repellent Cheat Sheet, Editors of SafeMama.com, April 16, 2012

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