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Natural Bug Spray Review: doTERRA TerraShield

doTERRA TerraShield
  • Clean Ingredients
  • Ease of Application
  • Scent
  • Kid-Safe
  • Effective


doTERRA TerraShield review Price: $13-$17.33 for 15 mL (~$26+/ounce)

Where to Purchase: doTERRA or check pricing on Amazon

Active Ingredients: proprietary blend of 15 essential oils including at least lemon eucalyptus, citronella, and lemongrass

Safety Notes: Since we don’t know what’s in it, I wouldn’t use it around kids. Plus, I don’t know the dilution percentage if at all. Too much of a gamble to bother.

Other Ingredients: fractionated coconut oil

Easy to use? Not at all. The oils come in a regular oil bottle, so you either have to get just a few drops out and put on the skin or put a spray attachment on, in which case you end up using wayyyy too much for the price, and it doesn’t mist very well. This was the only bottle that leaked all over.

Sticky? Yes (sort of oily, really)

How does it smell? Smells like candy

Did it prevent mosquito bites? No. Not at all. In fact, the instructions say that TerraShield can be used aromatically as well, which would be great, except that when I opened the bottle all the way to try to form a cloud of protection around my face, hungry mosquitoes landed right on the bottle.

KS recommends? No. Besides the fact that it’s uber expensive, enigmatic, and doesn’t really stretch farther than other formulas, it didn’t work and most likely stains clothing.

Additional Notes: I don’t like “proprietary blends” anyway. What if someone was allergic to an ingredient, like my aunt’s violent reaction to eucalyptus oil?

2022 Update: TerraShield now comes in both the 15mL bottle and a 30mL spray bottle. The website does now give all the ingredients: sesame oil, citronella oil, lemongrass oil, thyme oil, cedarwood oil, geranium oil, and peppermint oil.


  • None


  • Expensive
  • Difficult to apply
  • Oil likely stains clothing
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