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Natural Bug Spray Review: MadeOn Bug Block

MadeOn Bug Block
  • Clean Ingredients
  • Ease of Application
  • Scent
  • Kid-Safe
  • Effective


MadeOn Bug Block stickPrice: $15-$25 depending on size

Where to Purchase: MadeOn Hard Lotion

Safety Notes: Base lotion ingredients rated “0” at EWG (very safe!), but rosemary (a new ingredient as of 2016) is not rated safe for kids. 🙁

Active Ingredients: citronella essential oil, cedarwood essential oil, rosemary essential oil
Updated ingredient list as of summer 2016.

Other Ingredients: beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter

Easy to use? So so. Nothing beats the speed of a spray, but the bar isn’t difficult, it just takes longer to apply.

Sticky? Sort of, like a good lotion. If you’ve ever used MadeOn’s hard lotion bars, it just feels like that. A little bit greasy.

How does it smell? I like it; the citronella is very strong. I’ve only tested the old formula; in the new formula, the citronella was decreased and cedarwood increased. 

Did it prevent mosquito bites? Yes. I lent the bar to my son’s day camp last year, and the kids overall loved it and thought it worked great. A colleague of mine also allowed mosquitoes to land on him if they wanted, and although some landed on the arm with the MadeOn Bug Bar, they never bit.

KS recommends? Well…I used to love this one, but with the caveat that a bar is very different than a spray. With the new formula, it now includes rosemary EO which is not generally seen as safe for kids. Bummer.

Additional Notes: Bonus on using the bar – you’re also moisturizing at the same time, so at least you get a benefit for the bit of extra time it takes to apply (vs. a spray).


  • Moisturizes and prevents bites!
  • Very effective


  • Bar is harder to use than a spray
  • Rosemary oil not safe for small children
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