Which is the best mosquito repellent

At the Ammersee one speaks of a plague, at the Wörthsee a somewhat less annoying situation, and at the Starnberger See one tries to overlook it in a cool way: the mosquitoes are there! Anyone who goes to the lake after a sunny, hot day to hang their feet in the water, enjoy a cool beer after work and enjoy nature, usually remembers that evening days later. Not only because the atmosphere was so uniquely beautiful, but also because individual parts of the body itch penetratively.

Mosquito bites are to blame. But not all people are equally attracted to insects, horseflies and mosquitoes. On the one hand, the carbon dioxide in the exhaled air plays a role, on the other hand, the composition of the sweat on the skin. If you want to be on the safe side, use mosquito repellent sprays as a preventive measure. The only question is which product is the best.

Sure, it should reliably protect against mosquitoes and ideally also against ticks. However, good skin tolerance is just as important and a penetrating chemical smell is the last thing that should spoil an evening at the lake. The best-known active ingredients include DEET (diethyltoluamide) and the similarly acting Icaridin. But for children and toddlers, these substances are the subject of criticism.

The dermatologist Monique Stengel tested ten mosquito sprays to find the ideal product for the whole family. She works and lives with her family on Lake Starnberg and has the test area right in front of her nose every day.

The mosquito repellent sprays in the test:

Not for children: Organic Personal Outdoor Spray from Eco by Sonya

"The spray is so well absorbed that it becomes invisible immediately after application. And the scent is pleasantly subtle. My husband and I tested it while walking and mowing the lawn. Even if it is made of vegetable oils and reliably protects against mosquito bites , it should not be used by children under the age of three. The reason: The formulation contains peppermint oil, which can lead to spasms of the larynx in small children and thus to breathing difficulties and attacks of suffocation. Unfortunately, this notice is completely missing on the packaging. In fact, the opposite is the case It says: Suitable for children. I think that's negligent. I also missed the information about how long the protective effect lasts and whether the product is also effective against ticks. In addition, the product is quite expensive at 18 euros for 100 milliliters . "

Price: 17.95 euros for 100 ml

Rating: 4 out of 10 points

Can burn and dry out: Stichfrei mosquito repellent from Ballistol

"We tested the spray at a picnic on Lake Starnberg and while we were working in the garden. It was easy to apply, the texture was quickly absorbed and the smell is pleasantly fresh. In the four hours at the lake, it was reliable against mosquitoes, horseflies and ticks The spray contains icaridin, which, like DEET, is considered an active ingredient suitable for use in the tropics, but is classified as more skin-friendly and does not attack plastics. It was initially well tolerated by us too, but when my husband started sweating while working in the garden, it burned up I would recommend a different product for children under two years of age in Germany. For trips to the tropics, however, I would prefer DEET products. Unfortunately, I have to complain that the texture is harmful to aquatic organisms and that it contains alcohol that stings the skin and can have a drying effect. "

Price: 7.26 euros for 125 ml (5.80 euros / 100 ml)

Rating: 6 out of 10 points

With an extra service: Anti Brumm Naturel Spray from Hermes Arzneimittel

"The mosquito spray is even caring, does not stick and absorbs surprisingly well. Only the smell did not please our doctor's assistant. I also think that this product smells a bit too intensely of essential vegetable oils. Our assistant has the spray in for four to five hours Tested in the garden and on a walk through the forest and was not attacked by a mosquito during this time. She tolerated the product as well as my children in the test. Unfortunately, it contains the active ingredient citral. This is a potent contact allergen, in my opinion should be avoided by people prone to eczema and children with neurodermatitis. The positive thing is that the packaging contains detailed instructions for use, plus first aid information, hazard warnings and the ingredients. That is a great extra service. "

Price: 17.25 euros for 125 ml (11.50 euros / 100 ml)

Rating: 7 out of 10 points

Unfortunately contains alcohol: Protection Plus from Autan

"This mosquito spray barely smells and is therefore positively noticed. It also absorbs well. When I went into the garden with it in the morning, it was a good start to the day. In the four-hour test, I had peace from mosquitoes, horseflies and Ticks. My skin did not react to the spray with icaridin. For toddlers under two years of age, however, I would use a different product. As already mentioned, in my opinion the active ingredient is not the active ingredient of first choice in Germany, especially not for Children. And for the tropics I would prefer Mosquito Protect because it is the only Icaridin product that does not contain alcohol. Unfortunately, it does not say that Autan contains alcohol, you only find out when you do research. that the spray is highly flammable. It seems like a cover-up tactic to me. "

Price: 8.99 euros for 100 ml

Rating: 5 out of 10 points

Good for the tropics: Mosquito Protect mosquito repellent spray from Wepa Apothekenbedarf

"You spray the product on - it also works practically if you hold the bottle upside down - and then spread it with your hands. What is immediately noticeable is the non-existent odor. An absolute plus point compared to the other products in the Test. We tested the mosquito repellent spray at the lake, where an unbelievable number of mosquitoes were present. The protection was guaranteed for five hours without gaps. The active ingredient composition is great: instead of DEET it contains the more skin-friendly active ingredient Icaridin, and in comparison to the products from Ballistol and Autan it does not contain alcohol. I would not use it on toddlers under two years of age for a summer in Germany, but for the tropics it is the best product in the test. The price-performance ratio is absolutely top for a tropical mosquito spray. "

Price: 8.75 euros for 100 ml

Rating: 8 out of 10 points

Top for the whole family: Soventol Protect from Medice Arzneimittel

"The 360-degree spray system is super practical, it feels very pleasant on the skin and, thanks to the aloe vera it contains, also nice and cooling. On summer days, a welcome side effect that goes perfectly with the fresh, subtle smell. My family and I have this one Spray subjected to the endurance test and tested it in the evening at dusk, where it was teeming with mosquitoes. In the five hours of the test, we were completely spared from mosquitoes, ticks and other blood-sucking insects. According to the manufacturer, the spray should also protect against tropical mosquitoes, such as The tiger mosquito. No side effects were observed on the skin, but in principle the plant-based active ingredients can trigger allergies in sensitive skin. Sensitive types should test the formulation in advance on a small area of ​​skin. The recommendation to use the spray on children from the first year of life I can support it. Only you should use a little less spray here. For me it is the best product t for the whole family. "

Price: 10.23 euros for 100 ml

Rating: 10 out of 10 points

Protects and cools: Insect repellent spray from S-quitofree

"The insect repellent spray is great to apply because it can also be sprayed overhead and thus gets to tricky areas like the back better. It is absorbed well and, thanks to its cooling effect, is particularly pleasant on hot days. The lemon smell is perfect, But it was a bit too intense for me. My husband and our two children also tested it. Sometimes while cycling and sometimes in the garden. Insects, mosquitoes, horseflies and ticks had no chance during this time. We all tolerated the spray well . But that doesn't have to be the case for everyone, because the active ingredient citronellol has a certain sensitization potential and can cause allergic reactions. If you have a tendency to eczema, you should use a different mosquito spray. I have to complain that not all ingredients are specified - but unfortunately this is mostly the case with the other products as well. In addition, the writing on the packaging is relatively small rice, on the other hand, is unbeatable. "

Price: 2.95 euros for 100 ml

Rating: 9 out of 10 points

Not for oily skin: Outdoor Body Oil from Eco Cosmetics

"This is an oil that is much more difficult to apply compared to the sprays. The texture is very fluid, so that it ran straight from my feet onto the floor. After applying it, you should definitely wash your hands, if you don't want to leave traces of fat everywhere. In any case, an oily film remains on the skin because the texture is poorly absorbed. It is certainly the wrong product for oily skin that is prone to blemishes. That is why I would not use it for children and teenagers either recommend, as they can quickly develop Mallorca acne in combination with UV radiation. The smell is reminiscent of a Ricola candy, only my husband praised the fresh lemon smell. I was bothered by the fact that no information on the duration of action is given on the packaging. And also not about whether the oil also protects against ticks. In the test, we had peace of mind from mosquitoes during a two-hour walk. I don't think the active ingredient coumarin is optimal ith UV light, the skin can react with photodermatitis. "

Price: 7.95 euros for 50 ml (15.90 euros / 100 ml)

Rating: 3 out of 10 points

For adults only: Insect repellent DEET Spray 50% by Care Plus

"When I applied it, my husband accidentally got a small splash on his lower lip. It immediately began to burn and a feeling of numbness developed. The manufacturer says that you should avoid contact with the mucous membranes, but of course it can quickly happen that you with the back of the hand sprayed over it - and the reaction is too extreme for that. I would describe the smell as stinking. We felt very uncomfortable with it. In addition, the product irritates the airways, we had coughing fits. That that in 50 Percentage of DEET spray is only permitted from the age of 18. The packaging also says that the empty container must not simply be thrown in the garbage, but must be disposed of as small chemical waste. Otherwise aquatic organisms could be harmed it works: the spray was able to reliably repel mosquitoes and ticks when working in the garden and even at dusk. "

Price: 19.95 euros for 200 ml (9.98 euros / 100 ml)

Rating: 2 out of 10 points

Irritating to the respiratory tract: Nobite 50% DEET from Tropical Concept Sarl