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Bug Off

Body+Soul, July/August 2007

This season, keep the bugs at bay without covering yourself in DEET by trying pesticide- and chemical-free insect repellents that use nature to fight nature.

Buzz Away Extreme (quantumhealth.com, $9 for 4 oz.) claims to offer an up-to-eight-hour mosquito barrier thanks to its potent combination of essential oils -- citronella, cedarwood, peppermint, and wintergreen -- as well as geranium and coconut oils.

Burt's Bees Herbal Insect Repellent (burtsbees.com, $7.50 for 4 oz.) incorporates just three ingredients into its basic formula: soybean, lemongrass, and eucalyptus oils. Here's to a sweet smelling (and itch-free) summer.