Mosquito Repellents for Samoa That are Also Better for You and the Environment
The downside to tropical getaways is the associated bugs and mosquitos. However, spraying yourself with smelly and unhealthy chemicals to avoid itchy bites puts more of a downer on the said downside! Keep yourself, your loved ones, and the beautiful environment of Samoa safe by using more sustainable and natural mosquito repellents. In this list of the best insect repellents for Samoa, we not only list the plant-based DEET-free insect repellent sprays that actually work but a whole range of products so you can find something to suit your tastes.
Are There Mosquitoes in Samoa?
Yes, there are mosquitoes in Samoa and they are present all year round. Learn about mosquito-borne diseases to be aware of in the 10 Ways to Avoid Mosquito Bites in Samoa.
1. Badger Anti-Bug Balm
Keeps mosquitos at bay, check! No nasty chemicals, check! Plastic-free, check! Badger Anti-Bug Balm is a good all-rounder for protecting yourself against mosquitoes in Samoa. The organic and natural mosquito repellent is based on citronella, cedar and lemongrass. Badger also offers sprays in aluminium bottles (although have plastic lids) and balm sticks.
Check out Badger Anti-Bug Balm on Amazon.
2. REPEL Insect Repellent Spray
One of the leaders of the DEET-free insect repellent market is REPEL and for good reason. The environmentally-friendly spray with lemon and eucalyptus extract not only effectively keeps mosquitos at bay, but smells pretty good too. Plus, the formula is non-greasy meaning no stains on your holiday clothes – which, by the way, if you don’t know what to pack, see our Full Samoa Packing List.
Learn more about REPEL Insect Repellent Spray on Amazon.
3. “No-Bite-Me” Insect Repellent and After-Bite Cream by SallyeAnder
Swap spray for a natural cream with this “No-Bite-Me” Insect Repellent Cream by SallyeAnder. No nasties are in the ingredients of this eco-friendly mosquito repellent, with active ingredients including eugenol, cedar oil, rosemary oil, lemongrass oil and more. The repellent free from paraben, DEET and alcohol is safe for kids and infants. You might also want to match this with the 5 Best Sunscreens for Kids and Babies.
Check out the SallyeAnder No-Bite-MeCream on Amazon.
4. Outdoor Essential Oil
Compact to use when travelling and useful to diffuse at your Samoan beach fale, the Outdoor Essential Oil by TerraShield is a natural repellent for unwanted bugs including mosquitos. The essential oil uses natural ingredients, such as ylang-ylang, cedarwood, catnip, lemon eucalyptus, vanilla bean absolute and more. A few drops on your arms, legs and enough is usually enough to keep the bugs at bay for a few hours.
Find out more about TerraShield Outdoor Essential Oil on Amazon.
5. Insect Repellent Soap
As easy as taking your morning or evening shower, Insect Repellent Soap is well worth considering. Just replace your normal soap or body wash with a soap bar made with citronella and lemongrass.
We recommend the Insect Repellent Bar from Blue Moon Elise, available on Amazon.
6. Insect Repellent Clothing
Ok, so any clothing protects the covered parts of your body from mosquito bites, but what about repelling mosquitoes away from your body altogether to spare your exposed hands and ears? Meet clothing made with insect-repellent technology! Combining UV and insect protection, clothing with patented technologies like “No Fly Zone” and “Bug’s Away”. The clothes typically keep their bug-repellent capabilities for around 50-60 washes.
7. Natural Mosquito Repellent Sticker
A good one for the kids, natural mosquito repellent stickers are as easy to use as simply sticking one of the stickers to the little one’s T-shirt, shorts or bag. The active ingredients in these clever stickers include citronella and lemon. Of course, the stickers are DEET-free.
Check out Natural Mosquito Repellent Stickers from Mosquito Guard on Amazon.
8. Mosquito Repellent Bracelets
Each bracelet, on top of being colourfully fashionable, provides 15 continuous days of protection. Infused with powerful citronella, rosemary, geranium, mint and more, these Para’Kito Bracelets only require you to change the active pellets once every 15 days. As soon as your bracelet stop smelling, just pop in a new pellet and you’re back protected. Keep in mind that once opened, the 15 days kick in, so using the bracelet for a few days now and a few days later won’t work…
Check out the Para’Kito Bracelets on Amazon.
9. Insect Repellent Wipes
Using natural ingredients like geranium oil, these insect repellent wipes are not our top choice because of all of the packaging but at least they are an alternative option for natural mosquito repellent for Samoa should you need it. Each wipe is individually sealed to lock in the active ingredients until opened when all you need to do is wipe the areas you want to protect. Wipes typically give around six hours of protection. For more health products to pack for Samoa, see What Medication to Pack in Your First Aid Kit for Samoa.
Check out La Fresh Mosquito Repellent Wipes on Amazon.
10. Mailelani Samoa Insect Repellent
If you find yourself in Samoa either without insect repellent or having not packed enough, there’s a local natural repellent that’s easy to pick up from most resort gift shops, Apia pharmacies or direct from Mailetani’s gift shop in Apia. Mailelani Natural Insect Repellent is made with organic coconut oil and is scented with lemongrass and peppermint essential oils.
See pharmacies at Information, Shops & Services on Upolu. Mailelani’s Gift Shop is signposted off the Cross Island Road, Papauta, Apia.
Alternative Ways to Avoid Insect Bites in Samoa
Finally, there are alternative ways to avoid mosquito bites without relying on insect repellents and similar products. Wearing long-sleeved clothing and choosing accommodation with mosquito nets are all alternative precautions to take. It’s worth checking out our 10 Ways to Avoid Mosquito Bites in Samoa for more options!
More About Health, Safety and Sustainability in Samoa
That’s it for our guides on how to prevent mosquito bites in Samoa as well as some of our recommended insect repellents for Samoa. Check out some of the other health and safety guides:
- What Medication to Pack in Your First Aid Kit for Samoa
- 10 Best Reef-Safe Sunscreens for Samoa
- Is the Water Safe to Drink in Samoa?
Finally, make more sustainable choices by following our 31 Ways to Travel More Sustainably in Samoa.