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Dealing with Summer’s Not-so-welcome Bugs

A Review of Vermont Soapworks’ Camping and Gardening Products

By N.R. Mallery

I am a gardening fanatic – and spend long hours in the evenings when the bugs are out. I was very excited to learn about Vermont Soap’s Citronella Camp and Garden Lotion. It is formulated to keep you and your skin comfortable in the great outdoors. It is safe, nontoxic, long lasting and certified to USDA organic food standards by Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF). I like using it instead of the spray – with the added benefits to my dry skin. It is working to keep the bugs at bay, too!

MosquitoThe lotion is made from organic coconut and neem oils, natural citronella, citriodora, lavendin, and eucalyptus essential oils. It smoothes and moisturizes skin and hands and has a pleasant long lasting lemon-peppery scent that lasts up to four hours.

As I mentioned, I often find myself in the garden long after dinner time, and used to end up becoming the dinner, as a consequence — with the bugs usually winning and driving me inside. Citronella Camping Spray to the rescue! An herbal perfume to help keep your campsite or garden site comfortable, it’s made with a blend of citronella, catnip and citrodoria essential oils, and NO toxic chemicals or pesticides. It might help to keep the unwanted bugs off the plants, too.  I am planning to try it on the obnoxious Rose Chafers that demolish my plum and fruit trees. It’s a perfect accompaniment to the lotion or as a double-whammy safeguard!

I prefer to go backpacking over camping and have taken castile peppermint soap, and use sand to scour the soot from pans. I also like to coat the bottom of pans with soap before cooking. I am excited to find Vermont Soap Organics Camp and Garden Soap. This 100% Natural liquid soap is safe and nontoxic and of course biodegradable. The ingredients include Saponified Organic Oils of Coconut, Olive and Jojoba, Natural Citrus Essential Oil Blend with Organic Orange Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, and Organic Rosemary Extract. It’s going to be a staple in my backpack and camping supplies now.

It’s also a gardening soap, so knowing I can trust Vermont Soap products, I am sure that it will also work well as a fruit and veggie wash, as well as getting my dirty hands and knees clean. After weeding, pruning and picking off or squishing the unwanted bad bugs, I need a good garden soap.

Summer is here, and so are the bugs, so if we are to enjoy the outdoors, one has to take measures. Let’s keep ourselves safe with more healthful options. Thanks ‘Soapman’ for caring and sharing!

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