From where I sit, it’s finally getting warmer and I’m getting to enjoy my beloved outdoors. However, as per usual, the outdoors comes with pesky bugs and mosquitoes. I’m not a big DEET person, nor do I enjoy the scent of OFF which reminds me of  girlscout camp so here are a few of my favorite, more natural alternatives. offers these great Geraniol Insect-Repellent Wristbands. “Slip a band around your wrist, ankle or belt; encapsulated geraniol – a plant-based, odorless essential oil – creates an invisible shield around you. Each insect-repellent wristband is effective for up to 120 hours when stored in its resealable container between uses. A breakaway feature makes it safe for children. Set of 4 in assorted colors (let us choose for you). USA.”

Burt’s Bees offers an Herbal Insect Repellent that smells lovely as well as offers serious protection. “Our 100% natural blend of bug-fighting oils repels even the most stubborn of pests. Rosemary, Lemongrass, and Citronella oils mix with 5 other oils that bugs hate, creating an all natural solution for keeping them away. Since there’s no DEET in this formula, it’s safe enough to apply with confidence to children and pets.”

The Natural Store carries the Bite Blocker All Natural Insect Repellent Herbal Wipes. “The pack contains 20 wipes and Bite Blocker’s proven effective formula will protect you and your family from bites for up to 3 hours against mosquitoes and black flies. This organic formula was tested under rigorous field trials at the University of Guelph and was 90% effective after 3 hours. It is safe to use on the entire family from infants to the elderly. For maximum protection, re-apply every 2 hours.”

I’m sure there are countless other choices but these have proved tried and true for me. Regardless of your preference, slap on something and head outside asap and enjoy the weather for as long as possible as I’m sure the serious heat will be here before I know it.