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Natural Bug Spray Review: Mexitan Skedattle DEET-Free Anti-Bug Spray

Mexitan Skedattle DEET-Free Anti-Bug Spray
  • Clean Ingredients
  • Ease of Application
  • Scent
  • Kid-Safe


Skedattle Anti-Bug Spray Review Price: $7 for 8 ounces ($.87/oz.) or save by buying a multi-pack

Where to Purchase: Mexitan or Amazon (prices vary)

Safety Notes: Potassium Sorbate is rated “3” at EWG; vanillin is a “0” but many don’t like to use it in food products. Peppermint is not safe for children.

Active Ingredients: Citronella Oil (4%), Lemongrass Oil (4%), Peppermint Oil (2%)

Other Ingredients: Vanillin, Purified Water, and Potassium Sorbate

Easy to use? Yes, simple spray – can even be sprayed upside down!

Sticky? No

How does it smell? Mmm, really good. The vanilla scent is heavenly.

Did it prevent mosquito bites? Maybe? We only had one test, and no one got bitten, but maybe they wouldn’t have anyway.

KS recommends? Jury is out. I don’t love the preservative included, but the price is nice, and if these active ingredients work for you – and especially if anyone doesn’t love the smell of the essential oils – Mexitan is a well-sourced brand. Also, Skedattle is one of the more inexpensive brands.

Additional Notes: After 8 hours of swimming and sprinkler play, you could still smell the bug spray on my kids. It has staying power! Note: That test was obviously before I understood that I shouldn’t use peppermint on my little ones. 


  • Gorgous smell
  • Staying power
  • Less expensive than many brands


  • Uses preservative
  • Peppermint oil not safe for kids
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