With the arrival of summer, the mosquitoes also return and are likely to be a joy to come and bite us. That’s why 60 million consumers did a list of the best mosquito repellents available.
The study of 60 million consumers
Whether mosquitoes are dangerous like tigers or not, they are still annoying. Their bites hurt and scratch us for several days. Although there are soothing creams, it is still Prevention is better than cure. Thus, for its July 2022 edition, the 60 million consumer association looked at various repellents. Altogether these are 14 mosquito repellents that have been tested. Among them, eleven with active plant ingredients and three called “conventional”.
The mosquito repellent test
For anyone with a phobia of mosquitoes or bites, it’s best not to see these tests. In fact, to evaluate the effectiveness of the product, it must be tested under “real” conditions. That is, the guinea pigs or testers will put their forearm full of mosquito repellent in a cage. In this cage there are 200 female mosquitoes and tiger mosquitoes. Therefore, this test is logically called the “cage test”. All the mosquitoes in the cage are hungry of course. So with this, one can easily assess the power level of a repeller.
Mosquito repellent if passed unquestionably the cage test is ok. But that doesn’t prove it’s good for us either. Therefore, the study of 60 million consumers also took into account the composition of the products. However, for mosquito repellants where not all the ingredients are listed on the label, it’s hard to tell if they’re good or not. The association writes that “impossible to know if conventional repellents are really less good for the environment and health”.
Natural mosquito repellants
During the study, the association realized that all so-called natural mosquito repellants had one common ingredient. Indeed, “all products claiming to be natural contain the same active substance”, and they work. The difference also lies in the protection time, since like sunscreens, you have to reapply from time to time. “all products offer protection equivalent to or greater than that exposed”. The association remembers to check the age from which the product can be used. For children under six months, the product can only be applied on textiles, never on the baby’s skin.
the best repellants
Here it is the Top 5 of the best repellents mosquito repellent.
-Insect plant active screen, Cooper: with a 16.5/20 the product is at the top of the ranking for its lasting efficacy. But it shares the first place with the next repellent.
– Tick and mosquito repellent spray, Forclaz: also reaches 16.5. It may be a little less effective than the previous one, but it also offers a long-lasting hold.
-Mosquito roller, Pranarôm: this is vegetable and gets a good 15.5. It is easy to apply as it is roll-on. And it can last up to 7 hours.
– Marie Rose Soothing Mosquito Repellent: It ranks penultimate with a 14/20. She also allows a protection of 7 hours.
-Botanicals mosquito repellent, Tanto: It has the last place in the Top 5 with its 12.5. Protects less than 6 hours and does not protect very well against the tiger mosquito.