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I'm rather fortunate in that mosquitoes do not exactly feast on my flesh and when I do get bitten the bite is only mildly irritating, I have a friend though who gets bitten to death if they do not take the necessary steps to prevent bites and when they do get bitten they suffer quite a bit of swelling and irritation, it was they who recommended Mosiguard as being the most effective protection and so I followed their advice and gave it a try and I must say it was very effective and not as harmful as Deet can be to your clothing and personal items particularly any plastic items and the environment, plus I have not found Deet to be particularly effective on my skin.
I have used it both as a spray and a cream, I must say I prefer the spray version as you can get better coveridge without having to rely on someone else to do areas that are hard to reach like your back while a spray can give these areas protection, also I have found the smell of the cream to be very strong to the extent where people really notice you are wearing it and the smell is not very nice at all.
Mosiguard contains Citrodol which when you use the spray has a lemony smell to it, the cream is meant to have the same smell but the one I had was very pungent, given that I bought it while abroad in a market I did wonder whether I had been sold a knock off brand or one that was well past it's sell by date especially as it was not that effective however since that bad experience I have gone back to the spray version as that is the one that I know works.
The spray is easy to apply and it soaks into your skin reaklly easily without making it shiny or wet looking and more improtantly I get very few bites it any while wearing this product which provides excellent protection from mosquito bites, it is also supposed to protect against sand flies and ticks as well. The last spray can I bought cost around the £6.50 mark from memory as a can easily lasts a couple of holidays as a minimum so it is not a product I have to buy on a very regular basis these days now we have started a family and do not get to travel as much.
Unlike many mosquito repellents on the market, Mosi-Guard Natural has the advantage of actually working! I cannot tell you how many sprays, lotions, plug-ins I have used over the years when traveling around Asia and Africa and, I have to say, the majority of the time I've come to the conclusion that there is literally no point in even wearing mosquito repellent and sometimes I have even felt that it attracted the mosquito's! I have always looked for products containing DEET - since that's what all of the experts say is the important ingredient - but, to be honest, the presence of DEET really doesn't seem to make any difference to whether I get bitten to death or not!
So, unlike most other repellents on the market, Mosi-Guard actually contains an active ingredient called Citrodol, which is extracted from ecalyptus oil. The fact that it comes from eucalyptus oil means that it has the advantage of being "natural" and so I actually like it for that reason alone. I usually manage to pick one up from Superdrug for around £5 and very often you can find this product on offer.
I have only actually tried the pump action spray (100mls) although it does come in other forms. However, I like the pump action spray since the solution is delivered in a fine non-oily mist that is easy to rub in evenly and to ensure an adequate covering all over my body. It is easily adsorbed and does not leave a greasy residue that I have found is common to creams. In addition to this, I have fairly sensitive skin and I tend to react to a lot of products, but this must be really gentle because I have no adverse reaction whatsoever.
Over the last few years I have worn this in Kenya, South Africa, Egypt, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina etc. and, when wearing it, I have received the grand total of 3 mosquito bites - which really isn't bad going. For this reason, I can't say it is 100% effective, but its certainly the most effective product I'm yet to come across.
The only negative thing I can say about the product is the smell. In fairness, it probably smells better than DEET products, but it is also probably a more overpowering smell also. It smells very lemony....not unlike toilet cleaner(!!) and its impossible to mask the aroma with anything else. Although the smell is not unpleasant, its the fact that it is so strong that makes it undesirable.
Overall, I would recommend this product to anyone traveling to countries where mosquitos are a problem.
It was an easy decision to review Mosi-Guard Natural next on my list, as I have endless good things to say about it, and with so many inferior products I'd love to raise awareness for this one.
I'm lucky enough to have spent a lot of time working and travelling in Africa and Asia, and one of the things that can really wear you down in these places is a plethora of itchy bites. From mosquitoes to sandflies to ticks there is an array of nasties that can, and will, make my life a misery and this product can repel them all!
The reason I chose this Mosi-Guard Natural initially was because it is specifically a natural alternative to Deet. Although people sing the praises of Deet, in my experience the mozzies must be getting immune to it, because it doesn't always stop them from biting. Oh and it also melted my flip flops - because a rather unwanted side effect of Deet is to melt plastic (you've got to wonder what it's doing to your skin if it can do that to solid objects!). So I stumbled upon this product in a shop in Cape Town, and I have never looked back.
It's now available in most UK chemists, as well as online and you can buy it in many versions, including a liquid roll on, a pump spray, or a cream. I always go for the pump spray. It's really quick to apply and goes on very easily, coming out of the bottle in a nice mist. I have used the cream and roll on version but they never seem to go as far or last as long so I'd recommend the spray. They all use the same main ingredients so it's just a matter of personal preference which method suits you best.
So, onto the ingredients, the main repellent is Citrodol (not to be confused with Citronella), which is a lemon eucalyptus oil. It smells absolutely divine (very lemony) and fellow travellers have even asked to borrow a squirt of this as a substitute for perfume! Deet smells appalling as anyone who has used it will know, so this is a real plus. It's also invisible when you put it on, no greasy shine or white smear.
Mosi-Guard Natural claims to repel mosquitoes, sandflies, ticks and leeches. The first three I can definitely vouch for, but my only leech experience occurred when I wasn't using this so I can't guarantee it stops those. I've never used a mozzie repellent that can effectively stop sandflies from biting so this is truly amazing. I've sat out in the evening in a T-shirt and shorts when sandflies are swarming and my friends are clothed from top to toe, and emerged without a single bite because of Mosi-Guard Natural. Needless to say my Deet covered friends emerge with itchy bites galore. And I know it's not just that the sandflies don't find me tasty because there have been occasions when I've forgotten to apply this and ended up with a week of sleepless nights and irritation over all the tiny bites I've got as a result. It's not just the irritation of bites that this product will prevent, but also malaria, dengue fever and tick fever...three horrid illnesses that will ruin anyone's holiday.
I'm not sure if there are any other products out there now which use Citrodol as their main ingredient. Either way I hope it catches on as people become more aware of the benefits of natural skin products.
It costs around £7 a bottle but if you buy in bulk from online chemists it is cheaper. I get it for around £3 a bottle and keep a stockpile of the stuff in my bathroom cupboard in anticipation for the next tropical trip, or for friends who fancy trying it. It's not exclusively for people travelling to tropical climes either. This summer I've been bitten by huge mozzies in the garden at dusk, so I use this if I know I'm going to be doing a spot of gardening then and it stops any of that. Yes that's right, giant mozzies in the UK - I guess global warming is happening faster than we think!
(This review is also posted on Ciao under my username sbeach000)
Mosquitos, midges and other annoying bitting bugs, can ruin a long awaited for holiday or even just a day out. I live in a country, Tanzania, where the mosquito's are not just an annoyance but also, in severe cases, a killer. In my family, we have tried many different types of mosquito sprays, lotions and creams. Some are excellent, but extremely potent and others useless. Mosquitos are tough little critters and have learnt to 'drink' through various chemicals, completely immune to some of the repellents!
Mosi-guard comes in various forms, including a pump action spray, an aerosol, a cream, a roll on and a stick. I use the 100 ml spray which is meant to give 10 hours of protection. The reason I bought Mosi-guard is because it can be used on children from 3 months and up. I am very wary about putting too many chemicals on my children's skin. It can be a real problem, chemicals versus potential malaria. It claims to be a 'natural' insect repellent which I was immediately attracted to. Although it is called 'Mosi-guard', it also repels other biting insects, ticks and leeches.
The actually container is predominately white with blue and green writing. It also has a picture of a mosquito in a red circle with a red line going through it. The pump is small enough to put into your bag, without taking up too much room. It has a green lid, which helps to prevent any accidental sprays. It is recyclable.
The natural active ingredient in Mosi-guard is Citriodiol. This ingredient originally comes from the eucalyptus citriodora trees. These trees are a natural and renewable resource. To complete the ingredients, alcohol has been added, so the repellant is flammable. No leaving it next to the camp fire!
When I first used the spray I was completely overcome with the smell. It is strong, and extreme. No wonder mosquitos don't bite! It smells of citronella, and when it claims to last for 10 hours, so does the smell. There is absolutely no point in wearing perfume, the repellent is the 'new' eau de citronella. If you are going out for a nice meal, then to be truthful the smell can be off putting for other diners.
The spray works nicely, and pumps mists of repellent onto your exposed areas. As with most sprays, it does not really give an even coverage, so a good rub of the sprayed area is required. I don't put repellent on faces, and never have, mosquitos don't seem to bite there. If you feel more comfortable with your face protected then spray onto your hands and then rub it in. Do not spray directly onto your face, it will hurt like crazy if it gets into your eyes. Another pointer, always wash your hands after, it certainly does not taste good and it burns.
I only use the spray at night, mainly when we are going out. As we all sleep under mosquito nets, I tend not to use it at home. My spray has lasted for just over two months, and that is not using it every day.
Mosi-guard does work. I am the type of person who mosquitos love. As soon as the sun sets, I am being nibbled. They seem to steer away from me, along with everything else, when I have sprayed. I feel comfortable wearing it knowing I am safe, but I don't like the smell. My kids are completely unaware of the smell and never complain. Even with the strong smell, I would recommend this product, as it is natural, it does work, and it will make sure you have a great holiday free of biting bugs!
Mosi-guard 100 ml spray is available at Amazon for £5.37.