SAFE Natural Insect Repellent - 80ml

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80ml spray bottle.

Described as the “complete game changer” at Lainey LifeStyle.

Zika virus message: The active ingredient in SAFE is the only natural repellent approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for complete protection against mosquitoes carrying the zika virus.  SAFE has been specifically tested to show long-lasting effectiveness against the aedes aegypti mosquito - the main mosquito vector for the zika virus. 

SAFE: The World's most effective natural insect repellent.   You cannot buy a more effective natural repellent.

  • SAFE from mosquitoes, sandflies and all other biting insects.
  • SAFE from nasty chemicals.
  • SAFE to use.
  • SAFE for the environment.

SAFE ticks all the boxes:

  • Highly effective (over 8 hours protection by independent laboratory testing).  
  • Completely natural.
  • Pleasant light aroma, non-greasy and non-irritating.  

Highly effective (over 8 hours protection)
SAFE is nature's most effective long-lasting insect repellent.  Over 8 hours protection against mosquitoes, sandflies, ticks, leeches, midges and other biting insects.

Use in any country for complete protection. Two testimonials:  "As part of our travels we spent five days in the lowlands (jungle area) close by Trinadad/Santa Cruz in southern Bolivia. The trip involved an excursion down two rivers described as the Bolivian Amazon by way of Flo-tel (floating hotel or river boat). This area is notorious for mosquito bites. We are pleased to advise that all four members of the family were suitably impressed with the quality of the spray product on hand. We confirm it lasted for at least seven-eight hours in what we would describe as relatively hostile territory. Kind regards, Lincoln & Shelley."


The scent is lovely (vanilla, so gender neutral), the effectiveness against mosquitos is beyond compare, the ingredients are allergy friendly and gentle on your skin. Simply the best insect repellent! My fiance and I used this bug spray day in and day out in the tropics where mosquitos are everywhere and the only time we were bit up was when we did not use the bug spray.  I have allergies to gluten, wheat, and corn.  This is the first allergy free product I have found.  What's amazing is that it is more pleasant to use and just as if not more effective than the citronella smelling and DEET containing products from other brands. Rachel (USA)

See further testimonials below.

More effective than deet repellents!

Independent studies by i2L research (Figure1, see Study code 13/396 for more details of the study) have found SAFE to have long lasting effectiveness against New Zealand's nasty biting mosquito Culex quinquefasciatus (the one whining around you in your house in the evening). SAFE gave 100% complete protection from mosquitoes landing for all subjects for the entire duration of the 8 hour study! SAFE provided longer protection time than a 20% deet repellent, and also longer protection time than Repel tropical strength repellent (containing both 30% deet repellent and 3.75% of the synthetic repellent IR3535).  So now you can have a completely natural repellent that works better than synthetic repellents.


SAFE provides long-lasting effectiveness against the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti. Aedes aegypti is also the main mosquito vector for the zika virus.  An independent study using the arm-in-cage test (Study code 13/378) concluded that SAFE repellent spray was "highly effective against mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti, offering complete protection for almost 6.5 hours post application."   

SAFE effectively repels all New Zealand biting mosquitoes (12 species) and biting sandflies (2 species: the New Zealand blackfly and the Westcoast blackfly).

Independent scientific studies have found the active ingredient in SAFE to have long-lasting effectiveness against all mosquitoes tested, including: Aedes aegypti (Yellow fever mosquito), Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito), Aedes cantans (Brown saltmarsh mosquito), Aedes increpitus (Woodland mosquito), Aedes melanimon, Aedes taeniorhynchus (Black saltmarsh mosquito),  Aedes vexans, Anopheles albimanus (New world malaria mosquito), Anopheles arabiensis (Southern African malaria mosquito), Anopheles darling (American malaria mosquito), Anopheles freeborni (Western malaria mosquito), Anopheles funestus, Anopheles gambiae (African malaria mosquito), Anopheles quadrimaculatu (Common malaria mosquito), Anopheles stephensii, Anopheles sundaicus, Culex quinquefasciatus (Southern house mosquito), and Culex sitiens.

An insect repellent should have independent studies to demonstrate how effective it is. We don’t just field test our SAFE repellent, we have it independently tested under the most rigorous and demanding laboratory conditions. This testing follows the EPA Product Performance Test Guidelines and the WHO Guidelines for efficacy testing of mosquito repellents.

The testing protocol:

  • Put your arm in a cage full of 100 starved blood-hungry mosquitoes.  
  • Use aggressive biters that can be difficult to repel, for example the yellow fever mosquito (aedes aegypti).
  • See how many land on your arm - that’s right, forget about biting, we use the ultimate test of not even landing on your arm.

Under these rigorous testing conditions SAFE gives over 8 hours of protection as measured by Complete Protection Time (CPT) against any landings.  If a mosquito doesn’t land on your arm in a small cage it’s definitely not going to find you when you’re standing around the BBQ!

SAFE is completely natural.  
SAFE is made from the leaves of the lemon eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptus citriodora). A renewable and sustainable resource.

It has long been known that the lemon eucalyptus tree has insect repellent properties. Unfortunately it is not particularly effective as the main active repellent in the leaves, p-menthane 3,8, diol (PMD), normally occurs only at low concentrations.  

We acidify and fractionally vacuum distill lemon eucalyptus essential oil to increase and concentrate the PMD content.  The final result is pure PMD for maximum effectiveness.  PMD is related to menthol, the 'minty' component in peppermint.  It is the only plant-based active ingredient recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

You can read "Mosquito repellents: Lemon Eucalyptus Oil is not Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus." in my Consumer Information section for more information about PMD.

SAFE is completely natural. The other ingredients in SAFE are deionised water, our own organic alcohol which we make and distil here on site, and a touch of natural vanillin and sandalwood essential oil. No synthetic repellents like deet, picaridin or IR3535.  No citronella, or other smelly essential oils.  No preservatives.

Full ingredient list: p-menthane 3-8-diol (PMD)*, deionised water, organic alcohol, vanillin, santalum album (sandalwood) oil.  * obtained from lemon eucalytus.

Deet free.
The synthetic insect repellent deet has a number of known problems. It dissolves plastics, synthetic fabrics and materials, and painted and varnished surfaces. So it may make a mess of your sunglasses, clothing, handbag or nail varnish!  Deet also easily passes through the skin barrier into the body, taking with it any other chemicals present. Finally, mosquitoes are building up a resistance to deet, requiring the application of increasingly heavier doses for it to work. 

Essential oils do not have long-lasting effectiveness.
Many insect repellents use essential oils such as citronella, geranium, lemongrass, clove or tea tree.  Unfortunately these oils are often smelly, are readily absorbed through the skin into the body, and are potentially irritating at the concentrations needed to repel insects. Most importantly, no matter what combination you use, they do not have long–lasting effectiveness.  Due to their low efficacy these essential oil products typically have no independent testing to back any claims. What do you do when these essential oils stop working after an hour or two, or even much less?  It is simply not convenient, or safe, to keep re-applying them.

These essential oils also typically vary tremendously in their effectiveness for different people. For many people the protection may be less than 30 minutes, or even no protection at all. An effective insect repellent must be reliable, it should work for all people at all times (against any species of mosquito no matter how hungry they are, or how attractive you are to them).  

SAFE has a pleasant light aroma, and it is non-greasy and non-irritating.
Unlike many insect repellents SAFE is pleasant smelling, with just a very light minty-vanilla aroma. No citronella or other smelly essential oils. SAFE is kind to your skin. It is non-irritating and is not a skin sensitizer.  It is not oily or greasy.


  • Lightly spray with a sweeping motion. Or, to avoid over-spray and waste, spray into hand and spread over body. As with any insect repellent be sure to cover all exposed areas.
  • Do not spray directly onto the face. Spray into hand and then spread on face.
  • Avoid eyes and mouth.
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women can use SAFE.

As with any insect repellent please keep out of reach of children.  Do not let children apply this product to themselves as it can cause eye irritation.

Do not apply to infants under 6 months. Infants and young children should be protected by other means as much as possible, such as suitable clothing, to minimize repellent use.   

Avoid eyes and mouth. SAFE causes moderate eye irritation.  
First Aid (if in eyes) Hold eye open and rinse gently with water for 10 minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present, after the first 5 minutes, then continue rinsing eye.  

Discontinue use if any skin irritation appears (this would be extremely rare).  Do not apply over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.

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  • 5

    Posted by Jan Bates on 8th Feb 2024

    An amazing product , not only for myself but have bought a few of these for family and friends . Great for travellers too

  • 5
    Safe Insect Repellent

    Posted by Diane on 15th Jan 2024

    This is my second bottle. It is the absolute best & truely lasts. All our family are now using this. Thank you Hebe

  • 5

    Posted by Ilse on 29th Nov 2023

    We have so many mozzies at home and this product keeps them away from me all natural

  • 5
    Brilliant insect repellent! It REALLY works!

    Posted by Liza on 31st Oct 2023

    The only insect repellent I have ever used that stops me being bitten to bits ! It smells good and lasts a long time. Excellent product! Thank you!

  • 5
    Insect Spray

    Posted by William on 31st Aug 2023

    An excellent natural insect repellent that really works very well. I use it on surfing trips in tropical locations. Pleasant smell and not sticky. An excellent product, would highly recommend.

  • 5
    The best bug repellant

    Posted by Jamie on 4th Jan 2023

    This stuff is about a hundred times more effective than the essential oil based products on the market, but without the nasty ingredients of the other alternatives. I have regularly tested this product in the sandfly infested campsites of the craigieburn and ruataniwha areas and am very happy with its performance. Not sure if it's strictly meant for use on dogs but I wipe a little bit on my thin-skinned staffy (mainly areas she can't lick) and it helps her have a better time too. Wouldn't waste my money on anything else.

  • 5
    Safe insect repellent

    Posted by Sonya on 19th Dec 2022

    This is the 2nd time i have brought this product. I highly recommend it as it works, particularly on the west coast!

  • 5
    Hebe SAFE Natural Insect Repellent

    Posted by Ken Minty on 25th Nov 2022

    An inoffensive smell and 100% effective against mozzies, flies and march flies.

  • 5
    Insect repellent

    Posted by Penny Walker on 3rd Nov 2022

    I have been using this for about 5 years and think it is the best and safest insect repellent .