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  1. What does it take to make a natural sandfly repellent?

    What does it take to make a natural sandfly repellent?
    When Natural Wonders first started, we were just a small market stall based out of the Mindil markets up in Darwin. Every season we'd see thousands of tourists pass through and one consistently common topic of conversation was about how bad the sandflies were. It became clear very quickly that there was a strong need for a natural sandfly repellent...
  2. Why is Good Riddance a cream and not a spray?

    Why is Good Riddance a cream and not a spray?
    We often get asked why Good Riddance is a cream and not a spray… well we’re going to give you some insight into some of the science and formulation considerations we went through to arrive at the Good Riddance you know and love today! Why is Good Riddance a cream and not a spray? It might seem like we're being different...
  3. Should you apply sunscreen or insect repellent first?

    Should you apply sunscreen or insect repellent first?
    There is a lot to consider when it comes to protecting ourselves and our children from the sun and those pesky bites. It's important to understand how to correctly apply sunscreen and insect repellent together for maximum protection on both fronts. When using the two products, there are some dos and don'ts to keep in mind. Can you use a...
  4. What is Picaridin and is it safe to use on kids?

    What is Picaridin and is it safe to use on kids?
    There’s a new kid on the insect repellent block! Picaridin is popping up in plenty of insect repellent formulations here in Australia, but what is Picaridin and is it safe? What is Picaridin? Picaridin is a synthetic chemical compound that was developed by Bayer in the 1980s as an alternative to DEET in insect repellent formulations. While it is often...
  5. Essential Oil Safety with Good Riddance Tropical Essential Oil

    Essential Oil Safety with Good Riddance Tropical Essential Oil
    We get asked a lot about the best (and safest) way to use the Good Riddance Tropical Essential Oil. The Tropical essential oil is the same blend of essential oils we use in our Tropical Insect Repellent range. We actually started selling it because some of our customers loved the smell of our cream so much that they wanted to...
  6. Why do mosquitoes love me? This is what the science says

    Why do mosquitoes love me? This is what the science says
    "Why do mosquitoes love me? Why does it have to be ME in particular?" If you're a true mozzie magnet, you'll have muttered that under your breath at least once. You've probably said it when you were out with friends and everyone else seems fine but somehow the entire population of mosquitoes in your area have managed to find you...
  7. Is DEET safe for children?

    Is DEET safe for children?
    The only thing worse than seeing your kids itch and scratch at mozzie bites is knowing that every bite is a gamble. This summer has been a bumper season for Ross River virus carrying mozzies here in Australia so it is incredibly important to make sure your little ones are protected as best as possible. Your most effective line of...
  8. Is DEET safe during pregnancy?

    Is DEET safe during pregnancy?
    When you think about mozzies, you probably think more about the annoying itch than you do about the risk of disease! But mosquitoes are a carrier for a number of nasty viruses here in Australia and it’s important to protect yourself, especially during pregnancy. The Australian Department of Health advises that DEET-based repellents, if used according to the directions on the...
  9. Alternatives to DEET Insect Repellents

    Alternatives to DEET Insect Repellents
    DEET is a really common active ingredient in most commercial insect repellents. It stands for N,N-Diethyl-3-methylbenzamide and despite being commercially available since the late 50s, there is a growing number of people looking for alternatives to DEET-based repellents, especially if they’re a real mozzie magnet and needing to apply an insect repellent multiple times a day.  So why are people...

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