- ▼Why $18 for a repellent?
Safari Oil contains natural oils in quantities equivalent to that used during laboratory repellency analysis.
Because we offer such potency, we can't compete with the heavily diluted $8 brands on price. We compete on efficacy. Fundamentally, when an insect bites, it inserts its mouth parts and digestive juices into your skin. How much is preventing that disgusting intrusion worth to you?
We also found that, while many repellents will generally reduce bites at least somewhat, insects still hover around trying to decide whether or not to land. That buzzzzz-ing drove us crazy. With Safari Oil you'll enjoy the sounds of the outdoors.
Bottom line: you've entrusted us to guard you against bites. If you're bit while using our repellent, then ethically we might as well be the ones who bit you. We'd rather not offer a repellent at all than betray your trust.
- ◄What inspired you to create Safari Oil?
We live in Florida, so you might assume the answer is mosquitoes, and while Safari Oil is supremely effective against mosquitoes, the real reason is the yellow fly - a hyper-aggressive biter that declares war on wetland Floridians every summer.
Yellow fly bites leave large, itchy welts that take days to heal. They chase their victims (even if you're on bicycle) and ignore most repellents the way aggressive dogs will ignore an electric fence. Yellow flies will stubbornly seek out even the smallest section of exposed skin, such as a the top of your foot when wearing sandals, and land undetected.
We had a "doctor, heal thyself" moment and decided that if we as a skin care company couldn't find an effective natural repellent for these diabolical pests, we would design our own. And that's exactly what we did.
Safari Oil will effectively keep all flying bugs out of sight (and sound) for many hours, to include species of: mosquitoes, yellow flies, horse flies, sand flies (aka sand fleas or no-see-ums), gnats, common black flies and many others. It will also repel crawling biters such as ticks and mites.
- ◄Catnip Oil - Did you know?
Interesting fact: Catnip oil's nepetelactone (included in our formula) has demonstrated ten times the repellency of DEET which is why DuPont is planning to create a catnip-based repellent.
While other repellents use ineffective ingredients in trace or haphazard quantities, Safari Oil contains proven ingredients in the quantities used during laboratory repellency analysis. We've based its all-natural, DEET-free formulation on dozens of peer-reviewed studies.
- ◄Smell and other details.
Safari Oil's delicate aroma includes primary notes of vanilla, clove, rose, coconut, and basil. The scent is far more pleasant than your typical eucalyptus-based repellent (which we've found to repel quite poorly).
Interestingly, our customers have reported to us that Safari Oil is ideal for a day at the beach in order to keep sand flies away while laying out in the sun. Because it's an oil, it will tend to persist even after a swim, so this makes perfect sense. Additionally, as an oil it will self-spread on the skin, assisting to ensure complete coverage in a way that most repellents do not.
What it won't do: leave you stinking like a citronella candle.
Dispensing type: Spray
Net Contents: 2.6 fl oz