In 2007, when I began to grow organic produce for our Farmers Market in Windham, it seemed out of character to use a synthetic chemical like DEET in order to repel biting insects. I hated the odor. It tasted bad (you always end up eating it, right?). It dissolves plastics. What to do?!? I'm allergic to bug bites and have a terrible time with swelling, itching, scratching. Love gardening; hate biting insects with a passion. Have the battle scars to prove it.
And these days its not just about the misery of being bitten by these insect pests. There are serious diseases out there such as West Nile, Dengue Fever and EEE (Equine Encephalitis) that can put a person in the hospital!
I'm a handy guy and like to work with herbals, extracts, essences. There were too few products I felt good about. Many natural repellent products use rosemary, thymne or pennyroyal. My books told me that these essential oils can be toxic to people. Even an organic, natural insect repelling formula using these oils may not be good for you.
Also, I didn't like the fragrances of these bug sprays. Many used Citronella which is pretty ineffective, gummy and persistent. I wanted a natural mosquito and insect spray that was effective and safer than what was out there. So I began to formulate an entirely different essential oil blend: It had to be effective, as safe as possible and have a pleasing fragrance - a pretty tall order back then.
First, I decided to use Sunflower oil as my base rather than water. Sunflower oil is used in cosmetics because it is moisturizing. It absorbs into the skin instead of sitting on top being greasy. Sunflower oil allows me to increase the essential oil content to a level which makes 'Skeeter Skidaddler a concentrate, so you use very little of the product in order to create a barrier to biting insects.
Next, I chose Cinnamon Leaf oil because of its incredible 'skeeter repellant properties - as good or better than DEET. At the time no one was using Cinnamon oil. To the cinnamon oil I added cedar wood oil. Cedarwood oil is very repellent to moths, and also repels other flying insects.
Lemongrass oil is very effective. In India Lemon grass tea is consumed in large quanitites during their bug seasons. This allows the oils to suffuse their bodies and helps repels insects from the inside out.
My father told me about Eucalyptus when I was a young man. He knew I had a terrible time with insect bites, swelling and itching, and suggested to me that it would help. (( Dad had forged his birth certificate to enlist in WWII. At the tender age of 13 was trained as an Airborne Ranger at Fort Shelby Alabama, then he was dropped behind Japanese lines in Burma to help halt the Japanese Army's advance in Southern Asia. He knew bugs well enough!)) So, thanks to Dad I put some Eucalyptus oil in the mix as well. It's always good to accept wise and experienced counsel!
I like a spicy fragrance, and so I added a bit of Patchouli oil "to taste", to give me a deeper, earthy undertone. Its possible that Patchouli is an insect repellent, and if so my addition in 'Skeeter Skidaddler Original is purely good fortune.
Now here's the trick: combinations of oils work together to repel even more effectively! Its true. Some natural essential oils are made up of a compound of more than 10 organic molecules. In one case I know that if you remove even one of those organic molecules then the oil stops working! That's amazing in a lot of ways.
I chose essential oils which are from different bio-regions, and which come from different herb and plant types in order to create a super powerful bug repellent spray which is extremely economical, very effective in many different climates and as non-toxic as possible.
I like it. Thousands of my customers have proven to me that it works wonders for them in many places they go around the world. I believe you will find that 'Skeeter Skidaddler is a pleasant, fragrant and very effective insect repellent which lasts a long, long time (100's of hours of protection in a small, convenient and rugged aluminum bottle).
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Question: Do you produce your own products?
Yes. I produce each and every bottle of 'Skeeter Skidaddler: materials ordering, labeling, formulating, filling, capping, testing, inventory, packing, shipping.
Once my production and shipping comes into reach of 100,000 bottles per year then I will consider contracting the production. If I do it will be to a quality US company which is local to my area. I will be front and center keeping a watchful eye over their work.
That's how I feel about my product: it has to be perfect.
I build and renovate my own production equipment when it's within the capabilities of my little shop and whatever knowledge and skills I can bring to bear. I love working on solving design/build problems until I arrive at a very simple and elegant solution. This Winter I will be building a computer controlled, robotic filling machine. Oh, the Joy!!
The new 'Skeeter Skidaddler day-use wipes will be produced by US Wipes of Auburn, Maine. I will formulate the concentrate for them. These wipes will be available in January of 2014: Made in the USA by people who truly care about doing the best job and making the best wipes.
I am dedicated to making the very best natural insect repellent products for you and yours: best products, attention to detail, serious customer service love!
When you are buying and using your bottles of 'Skeeter Skidaddler you will know who made them with the greatest of care. (me!)