We had to stop a walk with our dogs this morning and return to our car, tails between our legs. The bugs had won. Our usual routine is to drop off our daughter at summer camp, and then hubs and I take the two dogs for a hike through our local forest.
That didn'??t happen. Take a heavy rain, add some humid temps in the 90s and you have a recipe for mosquitoes. And they love me. I'??m a magnet. I had fun in Jamaica once, counting my 83 mosquito bites while my travel companion laughed off his two.
If I were to put bug spray on every time I thought that I was going to get eaten by bugs (our backyard while gardening, walking the dogs, hiking with our daughter on a warm sunny morning, walking from car to grocery store), I would be in a coma from all the chemicals.
Which is why being introduced to the new clothing line NosiLife was a savior for me. This new line of insect repellent clothing from Craghoppers, the UK's largest outdoor apparel retailer, gives me the opportunity to enjoy the summer without running inside when I see my first blood-sucker (Twilight fans, I'??m not talking to you).
They have everything from headbands to hooded tops, shorts to dresses...all with this amazing ability to repel mosquitoes with an active ingredient in the fabric that gives a significant drop (80-90%) in bug bites. It also has an anti-bacterial effect that combats odor (good for stinky camping adventures).
NosiLife is completely safe to us but toxic to all insects. As soon as they touch the fabric, insects either flee (pun intended) or die. It works on all of them, from mosquitoes to sand flies (perfect for our North Shore trips that are usually annoying with all the sand dune pests).
The active ingredients used are completely non-toxic and were originally developed for use against dust mites. They're so safe that they're even found worldwide in hospitals. And it's permanent. Thank goodness, because things that work for a while but then wash away...bug me.
Of course, in my need to not sacrifice fashion for function, I loved the skirt (seen directly above) with its cute little kick in style. Another popular one is the Flores Atoll+ Jersey Dress (see at the top of the post in all its glory). If you don't think a dress belongs in the forest, they also have a cute top with the same knotted front design in an on-trend bright peach or pale aqua. Let's not forget all the pants and shorts available.
For men, they have shirts, shorts, pants and socks. They even have underwear because really...no one likes getting bitten in the butt. Kids love the hooded tops and trousers.
Now everyone can enjoy a bug-free summer this year. And if someone asks you why you don't have any bites, tell them they're being nosy. Then tell them being Nosi is a good thing.
NosiLife apparel is available at us.craghoppers.com.
Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own EasyPeasyBlog.com.'?¨
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