A couple weeks ago I had the honor of receiving a package of sample gear from Insect Shield! Over the past month I have put their gear to the test, from camping, hiking, and outdoor festivals I've used it all!  Watch this quick video to learn more about who they are and how their products are made.

What is Insect Shield ?  
The Insect Shield process binds a proprietary permethrin formula tightly to fabric fibers—resulting in effective, odorless insect protection that lasts the expected lifetime of apparel (70 washes). Permethrin has been successfully used in the United States as an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered product since 1977, with an excellent safety record. It is used in lice shampoos for children, flea dips for dogs, and various other products, some of which are regulated by the FDA.

Insect Shield® Repellent Apparel has been proven and registered to repel mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges

Does it really work? 


I put it to the test in multiple environments and this is what I have to say:

Camping: Featured in picture #2 you can see me decked out from head to toe. Leggings, T-Shirt, Scarf, and Socks! This was mid June, our first camping trip of the season. As many of you know April through early June in New England is mud season, which creates fertile breeding grounds for pesky may flies and mosquitos. 

When we got to our campground it was dusk... a mosquito's favorite time of day, so while my boyfriend got eaten alive as we pitched our tent... much to my surprise I finished the evening with a whopping 1 mosquito bite on my ankle where my skin had been exposed.

I'll admit the leggings are cotton and a little itchy, but they, along with everything else did a fantastic job of keeping me happy in the midst of swarming bugs.

Backcountry Hiking: I tend to be one of those lucky people that doesn't get bothered by bugs... so, knowing I wasn't exactly the best person to determine the success of the product...I decided to test this gear out with some of my clients on our first overnight retreat of the season. While practicing yoga outside our cabin in the Carter Notch I noticed two individuals battling with the bugs more than others. So I gave one person an insect shield blanket, and one person an insect shield scarf to lay on their mats.

It was incredible. From the moment I laid down the materials... the two girls stopped swatting at the air... and were actually able to enjoy the remaining moments of our yoga practice. 

Photo shoot with Athena Elizabeth Photography: ( photo #3) Athena and I had been trying to get a natural photoshoot in for a while to display some new tank tops I had just got designed. So we decided to meet at a local reservation that neither one of had been to before, but that looked beautiful. As we started to venture into the woods, we realized due to the rain this gorgeous forest had become pretty swampy... and the deeper we walked the more our bodies were flocked with mosquitos. And I mean bug net status flocked... For the first time in my life I had probably 20 mosquitos on each extremity. 

So I took out both insect shield scarfs... and we tied them around our hips like sarongs... and just like that the mosquitoes stopped bothering us! We got out of the woods and chose a different location with a more productive atmosphere ;) But we got out mostly bug bite free!

From there on I've continued to bring my Insect Shield gear with me to festivals and outdoor yoga classes and am amazed over and over by the effectiveness of their technology

My favorite piece of apparel is definitely the versatile wrap/scarf! It's not only cute, but functional, super lightweight and easy to pack. 

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