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2B Natural Insect Repellent, 60ml
2B is a long-lasting insect repellent particularly effective against sandflies and mosquitoes.
2B is a long-lasting insect repellent particularly effective against sandflies and mosquitoes. In our experience a thorough application of 2B in the morning can last all day, and only if you are facing a night in the bush with the mossies will you need to re-apply. As you can’t feel the mosquitoes bite a good application before dusk is recommended.
2B is oil-based so it has some water-repellent qualities, however prolonged exposure to moisture (water or sweat) will of course reduce its efficacy. We have found that you shouldn’t really need to apply it more than twice during the day even in Lyell! (Please let us know if you know somewhere worse than Lyell where we can test 3B!!)
- Shake before use
- Spray direct onto skin or onto hands & rub on
- For External Use Only
- Keep away from eyes
- Keep below 30?c
- Keep out of reach of children
- Do not spray near naked flame.
- Patch testing is advised especially for those with known allergies
- Oil Of Lemon Eucalyptus
- Vanilla Oil
- Fractionated Coconut Oil
- Lemongrass Oil
Oil of lemon eucalyptus is the common name of one of the natural oils extracted from the leaves and twigs of the lemon-scented gum/eucalyptus tree, Eucalyptus Citriodora Hook.
Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus has been used for many years in China, often known as Quwenling (translated as “effective repellent of mosquitoes”).
Researchers in the U.S. began investigating this product in the early 1990s and identified the active ingredient as p-menthane-3,8-diol (PMD). PMD is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency as a ‘biopesticide repellent’ meaning that it is derived from natural materials and effective for repelling insects, such as mosquitoes and biting flies.
PMD has also shown remarkable ability to repel mosquitoes when compared to DEET. DEET is the most popular synthetic commercial insect repellent but it has been linked to serious adverse effects, especially in children. When used in the field on humans in Tanzania against a 10% DEET repellent, PMD products prevented bites for 4 to 7 hours after application for aggressive species of mosquito and for greater than 12 hours for the less aggressive mosquitoes – PMD repellents out-performed the studied DEET repellent.
There have been numerous field trials conducted on Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus around the World, and it has proven effective against all biting insects including mosquitoes, sandflies, ticks, fleas, bedbugs, mites and midgies.
Vanilla is highly valued for its flavour, aroma and use as a fixative. Due to the world-wide demand for Vanilla far outstripping supply, it is the second costliest spice, after Saffron. Its high cost is not only due to rarity, but also the intensive labour involved in processing the pods. In 2B we use an oil based form of natural Vanilla – it isn’t cheap but it is the very best in quality and effectiveness.
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil is thinner than the unrefined oil and is readily absorbed by the skin, making it water resistant without feeling greasy. In addition, it is practically odourless and tasteless, as well as able to withstand very high heat and remain liquid at room temperature.
‘Fractionated’ means it contains the fraction of the coconut oil from which almost all the long chain triglycerides have been removed, leaving an absolutely saturated oil. This saturation gives it a very, very long shelf life and greatly increased stability, and more of an antioxidant and disinfecting effect. These factors combined make it the perfect carrier oil.
Lemongrass Oil is an effective insect repellent in its own right, aside from its many uses as an antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. In combination with Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus you have a powerful and safe insect repellent.