California Baby Natural Bug Blend is a popular choice for parents opting for a plant-based product to keep mosquitoes and other insects away. This repellent doesn't have an offensive scent, but it also isn't the most effective and has to be reapplied constantly. Alternatively, you can try our best reviewed repellent for children, Bite Blocker Organic Xtreme Insect Spray (Est. $9 for 6.7 oz.) .
Works well on most, but you'll need to reapply often. California Baby Natural Bug Blend is an herbal insect repellent (citronella-based) that many consumers say works well to stave off mosquitoes. There aren't any lab tests as to its effectiveness, however, and some consumers claim the product doesn't work at all or is only effective if reapplied once every hour or two. While California Baby Natural Bug Blend gets mostly positive consumer reviews, it's difficult to gage its effectiveness given the wide range of responses ("Works great!" vs. "Doesn't work at all!").
It's a top choice of parents who want to keep mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and other bugs off their kids (advised for 6 months and up) without exposing them to chemicals like DEET One Amazon.com reviewer says California Baby Natural Bug Blend works better in drier climates than in the humid south; others say it is effective in bug-infested areas.
Mild texture and scent. California Baby Natural Bug Blend gets surprisingly positive comments for its feel and odor, both of which are usually major drawbacks for insect repellents. The spray is so light and mild that many say it doesn't leave a film, although it can start to get greasy if you find yourself needing to reapply several times an hour.
Consumers have described the scent as "light grassy-lemon" and "woodsy citronella" and the texture as gentle. It also absorbs quickly. "I have very sensitive kids and this has never bothered their skins or [made] them break out," notes one Amazon.com customer. California Baby Natural Bug Blend will sting if it gets in your eyes, so as with most insect repellents, avoid spraying it directly onto your (or your kid's) face.
Over 40 users have written reviews for California Baby Bug Repellent Spray, awarding it 3.7 out of 5 stars. Consumers say it's light and has a pleasant scent, but needs to be reapplied frequently and doesn't work as well (or at all) in humid regions.
Review: California Baby Bug Repellent Spray, 6.5 Ounce, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2013
Drugstore.com publishes user ratings and reviews of bug repellents. California Baby Natural Bug Blend Bug Repellent gets an above average rating of 4 out of 5 stars from about 35 users. Most agree it works on mosquitoes and that it feels lighter than other repellents.
Review: California Baby Natural Bug Blend Bug Repellent, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of June 2013
SafeMama.com reviews and compares several DEET-free insect repellents safe to use on kids. The editors test many of the products including California Baby Natural Bug Blend. The product is gentle doesn't have a strong scent but "doesn't provide a ton of protection," you'd have to spray a lot on; and it's most effective for "short play time."
Review: 2012 Bug Repellent Cheat Sheet, Editors of SafeMama.com, April 16, 2012
Dermatologist Jeannette Graf discusses keeping pesky insects away and what to do after you've been bitten. Graf endorses Burt's Bees Herbal Insect Repellent and California Baby Natural Bug Blend for their natural formulas. However, tests aren't conducted and there aren't many details on the products.
Review: Avoiding and Treating Mosquito Bites, Kate Sullivan, July 1, 2010
Good Housekeeping's The Daily Green website provides a useful guide to homemade and commercial natural insect repellents, naming California Baby Natural Bug Blend 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