BiteBlocker Organic Xtreme Insect Spray is a natural insect repellent containing soybean and other plant oils as the active ingredients, which are safe for use on children and babies. Tests show that BiteBlocker insect repellent is somewhat effective for short periods, but it can't compete in effectiveness with formulas containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or DEET. For most people, BiteBlocker insect repellent works to fight off mosquitoes, ticks and black flies, but performance seems to vary a lot between individuals. We read test reports that it lasts anywhere from just 90 minutes to about three hours. Not everyone likes the smell of this insect repellent, and good coverage is essential for it to be effective. If you would like longer protection from a natural insect repellent, Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent (*Est. $8 for 4 oz.) also contains plant oils and lasts eight hours or longer, but note that it shouldn't be used on children younger than 3.
A review at ConsumerReports.org includes BiteBlocker Organic Xtreme Insect Spray in its lineup of 10 bug repellents. We also read insect repellent reviews by users at Drugstore.com and Amazon.com.
ConsumerReports.org editors compare the effectiveness of BiteBlocker Organic Xtreme Insect Spray and nine other insect repellents. Editors comment on scent and feel on the skin, but physical attributes aren't included in the overall ranking. To measure effectiveness, four volunteers place their arms in cages containing two species of mosquitoes common in the U.S. and also let deer ticks crawl on them.
Review: Best Ways to Keep Bugs at Bay, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, July 2010
Drugstore.com allows users to write reviews of products they have bought. Approximately two dozen users agree that BiteBlocker Organic Xtreme Insect Spray works well on skin and clothing to repel mosquitoes and gnats. Some say the smell is too strong.
Review: Bite Blocker All Natural, "Deet Free" Insect Repellent, Contributors to Drugstore.com
About a dozen users have posted reviews for BiteBlocker Organic Xtreme Insect Spray at Amazon.com. Most reviewers say it's the best natural repellent they have used; however, one user says it didn't work at all in the deep woods.
Review: Bite Blocker All Natural, "Deet Free" Insect Repellent 6.7 oz., Contributors to Amazon.com