Keep Bugs At Bay — Naturally — With These Mosquito Repellent Bracelets


With the arrival of warm weather comes annoying insects. The worst culprit? Mosquitoes. While it's inevitable they'll be hanging around when it's hot, the best mosquito repellent bracelets are infused with a blend of essential oils that last for several hours or days and promise to help keep these pests far, far away.

Sure, you could reach for the DEET, but if you prefer to avoid potentially harmful chemicals, an essential oil bracelet is a natural bug-deterring option. Natural repellents are not regulated in the same manner as chemicals, which means they're probably not going to be effective if you are in a mosquito-heavy area like the woods. But bracelets are easier to apply than sprays, several are waterproof and designed for outdoor activities, and bug-repelling oils like citronella, lemongrass, and lavender smell better than chemicals. Just be sure that you enjoy the scent and aren't allergic or sensitive to whichever option you go with.

Another thing to keep in mind is how often you plan on using your bracelet. While stretchy bug repellent bracelets are great for a couple of uses, the oils will eventually get weaker and less effective. If you go with stretchy bracelets, be sure they come in resealable bags to preserve them for longer. And if you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors, it may be worth it to go with a reusable bug repellent bracelet that you can refill.

If you aren't sure where to start, I've got you. Here are some excellent bracelets that will help keep mosquitos at bay.

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Best Overall, All Things Considered

Reviewers rave about these coiled mosquito repellent bracelets, vowing they are truly effective at keeping bugs at bay, and they're really affordable. For less than the price of lunch, you get 10 bracelets, all of which come in resealable bags so you can keep them fresh for multiple uses. They're also completely chemical-free. Each bracelet is infused with geraniol, lemongrass, and citronella essential oils. The bands are waterproof and each bracelet lasts up to 250 hours (10 days).

More than 475 reviewers gave this product five stars. One reviewer writes, "Effective, easy to use and fun colors. I wear a few at once (both wrists and ankles) because I'm super sensitive to bug bites. Literally saw a bug flying towards my wrist and turned around after smelling the bracelet from a few inches away. Have not been bitten since I started wearing theses about 8 days ago."


These Adjustable Bracelets That Last For 720 Hours

This 6-pack of mosquito repellent bracelets is a great eco-friendly option for your whole family. Each bracelet is made from EVA material that's both waterproof and safe to wear, even for sensitive skin. They also feature an adjustable band, which comes in handy to keep these bracelets from sliding off kids' wrists while they play. Each bracelet comes in a resealable bag, and is pre-filled with a non-toxic cartridge. The cartridge is soaked with a mega blend of mosquito-busting oils, including citronella, lemongrass, lavender, mint, and more. Each band lasts up to 720 hours (about 17 days), making this the longest lasting option on the list. Although they are refillable and reusable, reviewers mentioned that it was difficult to find replacement cartridges on Amazon.

Reviewers agree that these bracelets are super effective and fun to wear. One reviewer writes, "Very cool bracelets are colorful and waterproof. These are perfect for when we are kayaking in the river. The replacement cartridges are fun and easy to pop in. The ingredients are all natural and proven effective."


A Kid-Friendly Budget Pack

You can't beat this value pack of bug repellent bracelets for kids, which are safe for children over three years old. The stretchy, DEET-free bands are infused with citronella, lemongrass, and geraniol oils and are completely chemical-free. Plus, they come in a pack of 20, so when your kid inevitably loses one, you'll always have more on hand. Reviewers say each band lasts several hours before it loses its effectiveness.

Reviewers can't say enough good things about these bracelets in general. One reviewer writes, "I purchased these repellent bands for my kids to take to summer camp and they loved them! Kids liked the fact that they didn't get annoyed by bugs while out by the lake."


Also Nice: This Repellent Clip

If you'd rather not wear something on your wrist, this mosquito repellent clip is the perfect solution. It comes with a sturdy metal ring that you can snap onto a carseat, purse, or hiking pack, and features a mesh holder. Just slip an essential oil cartridge into the mesh pocket and you're good to go. Each cartridge lasts for up to 15 days before it needs to be replaced. Two replaceable pellets are included and additional pellets can be purchased).

Reviewers insist this clip works just as well as the wearable options, with one reviewer writing, "Used it for the 4th of July in an area which is riddled with mosquitoes every evening. I never even saw one come near me. The smell of the natural herbs & such is still going 3 days later. I recommend this product."