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Enjoy the Outdoors (Not Bugs!) With Guardian Insect Repellent

I love the outdoors—but, growing up, I wouldn’t have called myself “outdoorsy.” My parents have a pool in their backyard which we used (and still do!) daily, but my family rarely went to the nearby beach or park. As a child, I shied away from physical activities—hiking, biking, horseback riding, and sports. To this day, I’ve never gone camping!


As an adult, I’ve really tried to embrace nature. I want to try everything—and if I hate it, well, at least I gave it my best. To this account, my husband and I spent part of our honeymoon at a luxury dude ranch, learning to ride horses and corral cattle. (For the record, I loved it.) I’ve hiked Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, and gone kayaking at midnight in Mexico. Stand-up paddle boarding might be one of my all-time favorite activities. And the beach—well, we’re regulars now. It feels great to be connected with the outdoors, and I want my children to grow up with a sense of adventure.

Nevertheless, there’s still one thing I don’t like about the great outdoors… Bugs. Little, big, harmless, or blood-sucking—you name it, I hate it. I hate them. And so does my young son—who seems to attract mosquitoes like honey to a bee. But as a conscious mom, who studiously reads labels and researches ingredients, I’ve always been reluctant to ward off critters with bug spray (the chemicals! the smell! the icky texture!)

That’s because, until recently, the primary insect repellent available to protect families has been the synthetic chemical DEET. In fact, 80% of insect repellents on the market are DEET-based. Fortunately, effective alternatives that rely on plant-based ingredients are now emerging.


Enter Guardian insect repellent! Safe, non-toxic, and incredibly effective, Guardian insect repellent is 100% DEET-free. The first major innovation in over 60 years in the fight against mosquitoes and ticks, it’s now an outdoor essential at our home (and in our bags!).


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Guardian’s patented technology, using the plant-based essential oil Geraniol (the active ingredient derived from plants like geraniums and roses), is scientifically proven to perform as well or better than DEET-based products. Currently, there are two options available:

Guardian Wilderness is an eight-hour formula especially useful in heavily infested areas. It’s ideal for camping, fishing, kayaking, backpacking, etc. It delivers repellency without compromising efficacy, and it and won’t harm your plastics and gear.

Guardian Backyard is a four-hour formula designed for activities such as backyard BBQs, trips to the playground, and time spent enjoying outdoor sporting events.) Guardian Backyard lets you delight in warm weather bite-free with a lighter scent and feel than Guardian Wilderness.

This summer, my family and I will be heading outside to soak up the sunshine and fresh air—to play and be active. I feel good knowing we can enjoy our outdoor adventures without worry (and without bugs!) thanks to Guardian… Heck, we might finally have to try camping!

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