A review of Incognito Insect Repellent - what insects does it protect you from, what are the active ingredients in it and does it work!
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It's that time of year again. The one when you open the bedroom window at night to get some air and are instantly invaded by a host of biting winged things.
This year seems to be a bumper year for the blood-sucking tick too. They are literally everywhere. No sooner does the dog put his head in some grass and he'll come up with a few on his head and I am constantly flicking them off both of us. I don't worry about getting bitten by anything now as I have broken out my secret weapon - Incognito Insect Repellent!
There are many insect repellents on the market but I am not comfortable using anything with DEET or Picaridin in and want a more natural product. Although both DEET and Picaridin have been passed as safe to use there are still concerns around severe skin reactions and neurotoxicity. Both chemicals are also unsafe for dogs so I don't want to be spraying it about or having the dog come into contact with it by licking me.
What insects does it protect you from?
Incognito products give protection from a whole range of biting and stinging insects such as:
mosquitos - there are 33 species in the UK!
as well as headlice and bed bugs.
How does it work?
Incognito products have been developed to 'hide' the wearer from being detected by insects. Insects are attracted to us by our kairomones. These are chemical substances that we give off from our bodies, things like carbon dioxide and lactic acid. We give off a lot more kairomones when we are active and a female mosquito can detect your kairomones from 1 kilometre away!
Incognito uses a very special selection of essential oils which are blended in a secret process. Clinical trials have shown the specially blended repellent lasts longer than the same product made without the unique process.
The spray repellent has also been clinically tested to last for up to 7 hours, although you would need to re-apply if you sweat a lot, swim or shower.
What's in it?
The main component is a PMD rich botanical oil. PMD is a chemical component and the one that Incognito use is extracted from a rare citronella plant that is only found on one tiny island in the whole world. Unlike the more popular version of citronella, mosquitoes have not had much exposure to this type and it seems to be extremely effective against them and other biting insects.
Other essential oils are also used in the blend such as palmarosa, camphor and bergamot and the product smells good (unlike some others I have tried).
How does it work?
Main stream insect repellents tend to interfere with the mosquito's antennae and mouth parts which it uses to detect you with, and so repel them. The special blend in Incognito works by camouflaging the wearer from insects, basically hiding your scent from them to disguise you.
There is a theory that some people manufacture their own bodily chemicals that mask the odours that attract insects which leads them to being bitten less.
How do you use it?
For the spray version just shake the bottle and spray about 6cm away from the body on skin or clothing. If using on the skin spray in bursts about 3cm apart and massage into the skin. Make sure to cover any prominent veins that are on show too. I have used it on pale clothing and have never had a staining problem, but you may want to try a patch test first.
How well does it work?
Whilst I test everything I write about this product really got tested - in the jungle in Borneo! The place was alive with insects. My husband and I used the Incognito spray and roll-on all the time (we did not use anything else) and it was absolutely amazing. Even more so as my husband is very pale skinned and normally suffers really badly with insect bites, but survived what he thought would be a living nightmare unscathed! I can thoroughly recommend this product for use in tropical destinations.
Mosquitos suffer from quite poor eyesight but have really good receptors for sensing the difference between light and dark and there is a theory that this is why people with pale skin suffer the worst from mosquito bites
I use Incognito products in the UK too. For ticks I use the roll-on version on my ankles and up my shins under my trousers (ticks can even get under long trousers and socks) and I use the spray as well when I am going out in the woods.
I also use it when I am sitting in the garden. I'm also planning to try the Incognito Incense Sticks outside in the evening when I am having a glass of wine!
Benefits of Incognito Insect Repellent
I have not found any other natural insect repellent that is as effective as Incognito. Also it's:
GMO and detergent free
contains plant based PMD obtained directly from essential oil
cruelty free and Vegan Society recommended
certified Soil Association COSMOS natural
approved by NHS and the World Health Organisation
recommended by Public Health England for high risk mosquito areas
great for tropical destinations, outdoor sports, camping and festivals
uses environmentally friendly sugarcane plastic packaging
How to prevent insect bites naturally
As well as using a natural spray you can boost your protection against insect bites further by avoiding:
Anything scented. This means scented shampoo, shower gels, body sprays, deodorants and perfume. Most products such as this have a scent that attracts insects.
Heavily fragranced washing detergent and fabric conditioner - these can also attract insects.
You can also add to your 'cloak of invisibility' by using some other Incognito products to help disguise your kairomones such as:
Incognito 3 in 1 sunscreen, insect repellent and moisturiser. SPF30 and suitable for use from 6 months +.
Incognito hair and body wash which contains the rare organic Java citronella, neem, tea tree and bergamot.
Incognito luxury Java citronella soap with coconut oil.
Incognito natural deodorant. This is an alum based deodorant with citronella oil.
Incognito Incense Sticks with lemongrass. Each stick burns for about an hour and twenty minutes and can be used inside and out.
If you suffer badly with insect bites, avoid heavily perfumed products and disguising your scent with some Incognito products, you should be able to stay bite free!
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