We like to think it’s because we’re irresistible to man, beast and insects, but the truth is that we one of the unlucky types who react badly to all sorts of biting creatures.
We usually hit holiday hot spots armed with citronella candles and a rolled-up magazine to whack the blighters with because the last thing we want to do is spray ourselves with nasty chemicals or DEET.
So three cheers for incognito anti-insect products.
They’re completely natural, mostly organic, safe and chemical free and work on all small insects, not just mosquitoes.
Instead of repelling insects – including ticks, bees and even fleas – the formula, which includes organic citronella, organic lemon eucalyptus and organic tea tree, simply makes you invisible to them.
As well as the essential incognito spray, the range includes a soap, an after-sun moisturiser, citronella incense sticks, impregnated mosquito nets and shampoos.
On a recent jaunt, Green Living tested both the soap and the spray in Bodrum, Turkey, where the proportion of mozzies to human is about 100 to 1.
The result? Zero insect bites after a five day holiday – an unprecedented success rate for this oft-bitten traveller.
incognito works by masking human kairomones (similar to pheromones) making you as invisible as Harry Potter in his magic cloak.
It’s been tested by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, certified by the Vegan Society and is safe to use even on babies and pets.
It’s also the only anti-insect product of choice for Davina McCall, Elle McPherson and tropical travellers Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, who used incognito during their Long Way Down adventure.
Keep an eye out for it in the autumn series of Dragon’s Den too!
incognito is a small, ethically-minded London-based company, run by husband and wife team, Howard and Patricia Carter. They trade fairly and take pride in running a business which makes a positive contribution to everyone’s lives.
The full range is available on line at www.lessmosquito.com but you can buy the 100ml spray (handily – it fits into the see-through bags you have to take through airport security) from Holland & Barrett stores across the province at £8.99.