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Product news & updates, mosquito repellent tips & tricks, celebrating nature and inspiring good through our quality natural products.

Locally Made: Good Dirt

Emily Bennett

Good Dirt, Good People, Good Products

Here at Murphy's we call Raleigh, North Carolina home. Ever since we planted our roots here back in 2014, we have strived to celebrate nature and inspire good through quality natural products. Our motto is Doing Others Good. Our Locally Made blog series will feature some of our favorite people and companies here in the Triangle. We want to celebrate other companies in Oak City whose mission is just as good as their product!

Good Dirt is a Locally Made Gardening Company here in Raleigh that we know and love! They produce quality products that are simple, successful and sustainable. One of our favorite things about them is that they are committed to doing good for the planet. Every quality company has a secret to their success, so here's the Dirt. Good Dirt uses Bogbits which are comprised of partially petrified peat from North American peat bogs. In years past, this by-product of peat moss harvest would have simply been discarded. Good Dirt reuses these bits to create their Soil Conditioner and Potting Mix.

They're cultivating more than just pants. Check them out here!

Enjoying Life Outdoors With: Kelsey Sanders

Emily Bennett

Meet Murphy's Team Member Kelsey Sanders

Our mission at Murphy's Naturals is to celebrate nature and inspire good through quality natural products so you can Enjoy Life Outdoors. It's not only our mission, but the entire Murphy's family eats, breathes, and sleeps this philosophy in their everyday lives.

Meet Kelsey Sanders! She's been working for Murphy’s for a over a year now, as Office Administrator & Customer Service Representative.

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What is your favorite way to Enjoy Life Outdoors?


Where do you go when you want to take a break from the fast pace of life/work?

As much as I enjoy traveling, I typically stay around Raleigh in order to save up for a bigger adventure. On a more frequent basis I look forward to cooking and eating together with friends as a way to slow down between busy work schedules. 

Where is your favorite place to take a vacation?

I grew up in Orange County California, so I love going back to visit friends, family and of course, the local beaches. Next time I visit I'd also like to hop up North to see the Redwoods, San Francisco and maybe some of Oregon.

What does “Doing Others Good” mean to you?

Going out of your way to be thoughtful, compassionate and helpful, perhaps even sacrificing your own needs and desires in the process of trying to achieve good for others.

What is your favorite part about Murphy’s Naturals?

The practicality of insect repellent is certainly a plus, but I also really appreciate that Murphy's Naturals gives back to the community and environment by participating in 1% for the planet.

Locally Made Market at Dock 1053

Emily Bennett

Unique Local Artisans Onsite at Loading Dock Raleigh 

Join us for Locally Made Market's first evening summer market on Friday, July 14th from 5-8pm. 25+ talented and unique local artisans will be onsite at Loading Dock Raleigh selling their locally made items.

We are super excited for our first summer market this Friday, July 14th at Dock 1053! The market runs 5-8pm and will showcase over 25 of the most talented local artisans. Pinetop Distillery will be offering complementary tours and tastings of their Carolina Moonshine and newly released Carolina Gin until 8pm. We also have a great giveaway from contemporary artist @susiesilverart! The first 5 shoppers to check in at our table at 7:30pm with a proof of purchase from one of our vendors (show us the goods :) will receive a signed and matted original mini painting!

For more info and a list of vendors, visit Locally Made Market's Facebook Event.

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Rock 'N Ride Raleigh Recap

Emily Bennett

The rain couldn't hold us back -- the inaugural Rock 'n Ride Raleigh was a hit!  In case you were unable to join the fun, here are a few exciting highlights:

12 Teams Competed
114 Individuals Rode
3,129 Laps Completed
$24,092 raised for Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities!

Thank YOU for making a difference in our community!

Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities provides educational, residential, and community support services to nearly 400 children and adults with special needs each year, all made possible with the generosity and support of people like you.

Find out more here:

4 Ways To Reuse Your Murphy's Naturals Balm Tin

Emily Bennett

Beyond the Balm, Our Tins are Lifesavers

Our brand new balms aren't only good for keeping the mosquitos away, the tins are reusable and great for keeping things tucked away and organized.  So, if you've gotten your palms on our balms and already used it all, get excited because you can reuse it!  The containers are great to store any knick knacks, spare change, thumb tacks, fly fishing flies and even your own mini First Aid Kit.  Leave them in your car or carry-on, these tins are the "balm!" 💣 (see what we did there??)

Think again before you throw one in the trash, reuse it!  Do something good for the planet!  Have a unique way you're using our tin?  Share your story below!

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Introducing: Mosquito Repellent Balm & Bite Relief Soothing Balm

Emily Bennett

New Products to the Murphy's Naturals Family

We’re excited to announce our newest members to the Murphy’s Naturals Family -- our Fiercely Effective Mosquito Repellent Balm and Seriously Soothing Bite Relief Soothing Balm.  The perfect alternative to spray, our balms are essential because of their portability -- it's the perfect travel companion!  Throw it in your pocket, purse, or carry it with you on the plane to your next adventure.

Prevention & Treatment.  Bite-Free & Bite-Relief.  Repellent & Relief.  Our new products provide the best of both worlds -- you gotta get your palms on these new balms!

Murphy's Naturals repellent and relief provide a one-two punch: Mosquito Repellent Balm to keep biting mosquitoes away so that you can Enjoy Life Outdoors!™, and if you forget to bring your repellent along with you, a natural Bite Relief Soothing Balm remedy that will provide relief after you've already received a bite. 

They're packed full of all-natural ingredients including: Olive Oil, Beeswax, Cocoa Seed Butter, Eucalyptus Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint Oil, Glycerin, Chamomile, Caster Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Rosemary Oil, and Cedars Wood Oil.  We are committed to providing you with quality products that are good for people and the planet -- made right here in the USA our balm is DEET free.

Ditch the DEET and do yourself some good, buy our new Balm today and go Enjoy Life Outdoors!

2017 Father's Day Gift Guide For Outdoor Dads

Emily Bennett

Dads.  You gotta love em.  They're the ones who pushed you to go out of your comfort zone, seek adventure, and shaped you into who you are today.  Whether it's grilling outside, boating on the river, or hiking in the mountains, your dad is constantly on the go.  Give him some credit.  He has done a lot with you and for you.  It's time to celebrate him.  Here are our top 5 outdoor gifts to help celebrate your dad this Father's Day!

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5 Ways To Mosquito-Proof Your Campsite

Hart Roberts

Tips to Keep Your Summer Camping Trip Bite-Free

Summer camping season is right around the corner and we're ecstatic to escape the city, put down the phone, and Enjoy Life Outdoors!  Whether it's camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Pisgah National Forest is our go-to), along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, or in your secret home away from home spot, getting off the grid comes with its fair share of pesky pests and mosquitoes.  Here are some tips on setting up a bite-free basecamp this summer!

1. Use Lemon Eucalyptus Spray

Never leave home without it!  Before you even leave the car to hike in, be proactive about protecting yourself along the trail--the last thing you want is to be itchy before the fun even starts.  Murphy's Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Oil goes on easy with a cool, refreshing scent and isn't greasy or sticky after it dries.  This highly effective and powerful stuff will help repel mosquitoes and insects for up to 6 hours.  Hopefully your hike isn't that long or you're going to need a lot s'mores at the finish line ;)

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2. Wear The Right Clothing

Rumor has it mosquitoes are attracted to darker-colored clothes, so be sure to pack accordingly. Wear lightweight long-sleeved shirts and apply Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Spray directly to your clothing for an extra layer of protection.  It's DEET-free, so it won't harm or deteriorate any of your gear (clothing, tents, fishing line, etc.) like most other chemical-based repellents.  Good for the Family, Good for the Planet...Good for your Gear!

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3. Use Tent Etiquette

First things first, double check your tent for rips and holes before you leave the house.  Lay down a tent footprint or ground cover to protect the floor of your tent from wear and tear.  Double walled tents offer the best protection--an inner tent layer with breathable nylon, and an outer layer or a "fly" that's wind and water resistant.  When setting up your tent at basecamp, keep the windows and doors zipped close and always zip it up quickly after you enter and leave.  If you're getting swarmed, spray Lemon Eucalyptus Oil on the outer layer for maximum protection.

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4. Setup Somewhere High & Dry

Scope out a basecamp spot that is flat, dry, and offers a good breeze to keep the bugs at bay.  Also, steer clear of locations adjacent to standing bodies of water -- lakes, creeks, puddles, etc. -- because these tend to be prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes.  You never know when some rainy weather might roll through (we're not trying to jinx it!), so be sure to setup camp in a spot that gets plenty of sunshine to dry out over the course of the day.

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5. Start a Campfire + Use Mosquito Sticks

As much as bugs love light, they aren't big fans of fire and smoke.  Build a fire a safe distance from your tent to stay warm, cook and provide smoke for the surrounding area.  Next, grab a couple Mosquito Sticks and place those closer to your surrounding area -- tents, chairs, picnic table, etc.  Each stick offers a slow burn (2+ hours) with a powerful mosquito & flying insect repellent punch.

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Time for the S'mores

You've earned it.  Now that basecamp is setup, kick back, relax and Enjoy Life Outdoors! 


Brumley Nature Preserve Grand Opening

Hart Roberts

Earth Day 2017 Celebration

On Earth Day, the Triangle Land Conservancy will have its Grand Opening of the Brumley Forest Nature Preserve, celebrating its 7th nature preserve to the public!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 22nd from 9am to 5pm for a fun (and free) day of hikes, runs, mountain biking tutorials, guided trail rides, nature adventures, kids activities, yoga and more! Enjoy ice cream, food trucks, local beer, raffles, contests and much more! Registration is not required for this event and you're encouraged to bring friends!

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2017 Bug Barometer

Hart Roberts

Irregular Winter Patterns Increase Spring & Summer Pest Pressure

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recently released its annual Bug Barometer -- a guide for 2017's buggy Spring and Summer forecast, coast-to-coast. Due to an exceptionally milder winter temperatures across the county + heavy precipitation, Americans can expect those pesky pests to be out in full force this spring and summer. 

“With growing concern over infectious diseases spread by pests such as West Nile virus, Zika virus, Lyme disease and more, diligent prevention and awareness is especially necessary given the high pest populations that are projected for the warmer seasons ahead," said Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., chief entomologist and vice president of technical and regulatory affairs for the NPMA.

To develop the Bug Barometer, the NPMA’s staff entomologists combine pests’ biological behaviors with careful examination of previous weather conditions and forecasted weather patterns to predict how pest pressure will be impacted across the country.

Why Murphy’s Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Repellent?

Kelsey Sanders

Adios Mosquitoes

As summertime approaches, you might be asking yourself: "which mosquito repellents really work best?" From sticks to sprays, everybody has his or her own bug repellent remedy. At Murphy's Naturals, our motto has always been centered around helping people Enjoy Life Outdoors, that's why we wanted to shed some light on the benefits of our Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Insect Repellent Spray before you head out on your next adventure.

  1. CDC Approved - This is big. All-natural oil of Lemon Eucalyptus is the only plant-based ingredient recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  2. DEET Free - For decades people used DEET until high toxicity concerns and health hazards began to surface. Sometimes you just don't need the power and toxicity of DEET -- you need something clean, powerful and refreshing. Also, ingredients in DEET can eat away at your gear...not ideal for Enjoying Life Outdoors!
  3. Refreshing Smell - How many times have you put on normal bug spray and wish you hadn't? Lemon Eucalyptus Oil has a fresh scent that goes on cool and doesn't leave you stinky in your tent for the rest of the night. We'd use it as a car air refresher if could. (Hmm, another product idea?!)
  4. Non-Greasy - This is #1 in our hearts. If you're in a tent, around a camp fire or grilling in your backyard, the last thing you want is to feel greasy when you spray on some bug repellent. Instead, you want to feel refreshed, clean and protected. Murphy's Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Oil sprays on dry and helps fight off those pesky pests so you can keep on enjoying life outdoors.
  5. Long-Lasting - Lemon Eucalyptus Oil sticks by your side through thick and thin. It's long-lasting with just a single application.
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Keeping The Outdoors Bee Friendly

Kelsey Sanders

As a natural products brand we're all about helping people enjoy life outdoors. Intrinsic to this mission includes being good stewards of the outdoors so that we can help preserve it for others to enjoy! As an extension of this we wanted to share a few Bee facts, and spread a few tips on what can be done to help save our pollinator friends.

It's already well know that Honeybees provide us with a natural sweet treat, but did you know that their honey also offers several health benefits? Cough suppressant, digestive aid and allergy protection are all ways that a spoonful of honey can do you some good!

Additionally, the work of pollination done by bees is extremely important to both humans and animals. Without bee pollination, there would be a variety of foods that would cease to exist, as bees are responsible for almost 80% of crop pollination. Asparagus, broccoli, cucumbers, cantaloupe, pumpkin, watermelon and almonds are all foods that we'd no longer be able to enjoy without the bees.

Unfortunately, the world has seen a decline in honeybee populations in recent years. Colonies have dropped from 4 to 2.5 million since 1970.

So what can we do to protect the bees? Plant bee friendly plants, eliminate pesticides and buy local honey. We can also support companies that are actively working to help save the bees. Check out a few that we've listed below!

Folks out there working to save the bees.

The Good of the Hive

  • Hand paints honeybee murals to raise awareness about the current struggle and population decline of honeybees

Act for Bees

  • Provides education, they recently helped create a children's curriculum called 'Love Food? Love Bees!'

Bee Project Apiaries

  • Offers an Urban Pollination Project which allows opportunities to observe and learn about honeybee hives and beekeeping

Planet Bee Foundation

  • Offers a variety of programs and resources including a corporate beekeeping program that helps companies install hives on their roofs

The Xerces Society

  • Pollinators conservation organization, launched bumble bee watch to track and conserve North American Bumble Bees

Bee Downtown

  • Installs and maintains hives, and promotes honeybee awareness and education. We love that they were able to help us install hives on our roof here at Loading Dock Raleigh! Our hives were installed last April of 2016, and we're excited to watch them thrive. Check our this snapshot of the hives progress that Bee Downtown put together last Fall.
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Introducing the Backyard Bundle

Hart Roberts

Bundle & Save On Your Favorite Repellent Products

Summer is right around the corner and we all know what that means: Mosquitoes and flying insects will wake from hibernation and thrive in the outdoors. We want to help our outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the warmer weather more than those pesky pests. That's why we're happy to announce the Backyard Bundle -- an exclusive online deal consisting of your favorite Murphy's Naturals repellent products!

The perfect gift for a friend who loves camping out under the stars, a Dad who loves grilling in the backyard (P.s. Father's Day is Sunday, June 18th!), or hook yourself up so you can enjoy the outdoors bite-free on your next adventure...the Backyard Bundle packs a big punch all while saving $.

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Stock up for the summer season with a brand new Backyard Bundle!