Wondercide Insect Repellent Review

Wondercide Insect Repellent bottles
Wondercide Insect Repellent

Wondercide Insect Repellent Review

Wondercide Insect Repellent
Grade: A
Teacher’s Comments: Works on Michigan mosquitos. It doesn’t bother my skin.

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Wondercide recently sent a selection of their DEET-Free insect repellents, and I’ve been testing them against the notorious Northern Michigan mosquitos.

Long story short: It seems to work.

All of Wondercide’s products are plant-based and are free of the kind of harsh chemicals that make my somewhat sensitive skin burn on use. There’s no DEET, for example.

Instead, Wondercide uses things like Cedarwood Oil, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate from Coconut/Palm Oil, Sesame Oil, Peppermint Oil, Lemongrass Oil and Rosemary Oil.

Cedarwood Oil seems to me to be the principal ingredient. Ultimately, all of the the various “scents” offered have an underlying base of cedarwood. The Lemongrass version, for example, smells of lemongrass on application, but it is cedarwood that lingers.

That’s not a bad thing. I love the scent of cedarwood. It’s one of those “manly” scents like leather, scotch, wood, rosemary (Wondercide has this one), black pepper and Hoppe’s No. 9 (IFKYK).

Wondercide says that its tests show it is nearly as effective against mosquitoes as DEET formulations (95 – 98% vs 100%).

On a recent Northern Michigan round on the buggiest course I know (I won’t embarrass the course by naming it), the Wondercide Insect Repellent absolutely kept the bugs at bay. Not only did I not need to swat any mosquitos on my arms or legs, I wasn’t bothered by those annoying black flies that inhabit the course.

Better, yet, at the end of the round, my skin wasn’t complaining. It occurs to me that applying a bunch of different oils might actually be good for my skin.

Tommy The Corgi

I have tried the flea and tick Wondercide Insect Repellent on my dog, but honestly, I’m not sure if it has had any effect. Tommy is a Corgi and has a double layer of very thick fur. He also takes monthly meds against ticks and fleas.

My one complaint about the Wondercide Insect Repellent is that the spray bottles are not the best. Indeed, I find them a bit tough to get going. I have to pump the top a bunch of times to get the spray to start.

Still, I’m going to put one of these in each of my golf bags. I find they work just as well as the name brand insect repellents without any of the negatives.

Plus, Mrs. GolfBlogger likes the way they smell.

I’d like to try the Wondercide yard products to see if they control the mosquitoes in my back yard.


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