Consumer Reports laboratory tests revealed that products claiming to be more natural usually don't do as well. However, products with one particular ingredient proved to be "consistently most effective."
To keep ticks off and mosquitoes away, there are lotions, wipes and sprays. But levels of protection can vary with ingredients and application methods when it comes to keeping biting bugs at bay.
“This year, we did try to test a lot of products that had more of the so-called natural active ingredients, the so-called essential oils,” said Catherine Roberts, Consumer Reports’ associate editor for health.
Natural bug repellents good enough to be recommended by Consumer Reports have 20% picaridin and 30% oil of lemon eucalyptus. Although with picaridin, lotion versions and wipe versions did not perform as well as sprays do.