The Facts on DEET

What You Need to Know About DEET

As scary as it sounds? N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, also known as DEET is a commonly recognized mosquito repellent. Have you ever wondered then, why all the fuss for DEET-Free products? If it keeps mosquitos at bay wouldn’t we want DEET in our repellent products? Eh possibly not, we’ll lay out a few basic facts to help you decide. 

Derived from coal tar, DEET is a synthetic chemical and powerful solvent. If you’ve been around the outdoor hiking/hunting/fishing world you may have heard in particular to stay away from products with this ingredient. It’s ability to melt plastic and damage paint and synthetic materials doesn’t make it an ideal substance to use near outdoor gear and equipment. Understandably, this doesn't leave very many people feeling keen about applying it to their skin. 

The debate is then, whether we’re worse off getting bit or using products containing DEET. Add to the equation, mosquitos that carry dangerous viruses like Zika, malaria, dengue fever, West Nile virus.

This was the dilemma Murphy’s Naturals set out to address. We wanted to offer a product folks could feel good about using. A natural product that was effective, safe, and okay to get on outdoor gear and equipment. 

Lemon Eucalyptus Oil, also know as Citriodiol, is the active ingredient found in our Murphy’s Naturals Insect Repellent Spray. Sourced entirely from essential oils, Lemon Eucalyptus Oil is derived from the Eucalyptus Citriodora Plant, grown on small plantations in western Australia. Recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lemon Eucalyptus Oil repels Mosquitos for up to 6 hours. The fact that it’s biodegradable means that it’s also environmentally friendly. Sounds like a win-win for everyone. Except for mosquitos, but hey, we’re not too worried about them.