I mentioned Bug Stopper Soap from The Natural Newborn a couple entries back when I did my review of the Conscious Box. I stated that I had not yet had a chance to try it, but would let you all know when I did.
Through a letter to the Kansas City Attachment Parenting Forums, I became slightly acquainted with Christina Alba, who is the owner of the Natural Newborn (and a bunch of other nice ladies who got a kick out of my tongue-in-cheek letter…hi gals!), and she requested that I let her know what I thought of Bug Stopper Soap when I got a chance to try it.
I got that chance tonight. I used it on my girls’ arms and legs before going outside to catch fireflies. Mosquitoes are bad here this year. I can’t step outside without getting bit.
If you’re like me, and grew up in a rural area and camped a lot as a kid, you knew one smell heralded the start of summer…DEET. DEET is a chemical used in many insect repellent sprays. It will also melt certain kinds of plastic, dissolve ink off of plastic packaging, and can do a wicked number on that cute little manicure you’ve got going there. Surely there must be a better way.
And there is. I remember, as a child, playing in my great-grandmother’s backyard. She had a bunch of little plants called pennyroyal. Every time I went outside she would have me pluck a bit of it, crush it in my hands, and rub it on my arms and legs. It would keep the bugs away, she said. I remember the smell distinctly.
When I opened up the sample of the Bug Stopper Soap, I found myself smiling a little at the scent of citronella and pennyroyal. I washed my kids’ arms and legs with it, and then washed my own hands with it, just because I loved the smell.
Granted, my girls got a bath after playing outside, but I didn’t see one new bite on them. This soap really works, and it smells awesome too!
You can find Bug Stopper Soap at The Natural Newborn, along with this amazing-sounding product, which is definitely going on my birthday wishlist (Note to Mister: This would probably feel awesome on your feet too…and I’m willing to share!!).