We hate being bothered by insects, but even more than that we hate using Deet-based products. That’s why we were so excited to test out WIlma's Natural Insect Repellent. The good news is: it actually works!
Since the middle of the last century Scandinavians have used Beckolja (wood tar) as a natural repellent against mosquitos and gnats. As a natural alternative to Deet, it can't be beaten. Deet is a toxin, and over-application leads to some unpleasant side-effects – it can cause irritation or allergic reactions and in some extreme cases has even been linked with fatal seizures.
Beckolja is non-toxic, it has a rich, organic pine scent and it doesn't leave the skin feeling burnt or dry. The 25ml bottles last for a long time as only a small amount is needed, and they can be diluted with a base oil or mixed with other essential oils.
Just one note of caution, wood tar can stain, so when using Beckolja you need to make sure you don't use it next to white materials or clothing.