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Natural insect repellents (for personal use)
Selling natural insect repellents
The APVMA is seeing a growing number of personal-use natural insect repellents being sold on the Australian market that are not APVMA registered and may not be safe or effective to use.
All insect repellents for human use, including chemical-based products and ‘natural’ plant-based alternatives, are required by law to be registered with the APVMA before they can be sold in Australia.
With around 9000 Australians falling sick from mosquito bites in 2017, it’s important that when choosing a natural insect repellent, customers are buying a product that works.
By checking the registration of any natural insect repellents you supply or stock—including lotions, wrist bands, body sprays, candles, coils, wipes, wear-on stickers and roll-ons—you can avoid regulatory action such as heavy fines and risking the safety of your customers.
Communication resources – for suppliers
Buying a safe and effective insect repellent – information for consumers
While plant-based repellents may seem safer than traditional ‘chemical’ products, this is not always the case, and they may not provide the required level of protection from insects and the diseases they carry.
If you’re buying a natural insect repellent – whether it’s a lotion, wrist band, body spray, candles, coils, wipes, wear-on stickers or a roll-on – make sure it has been approved by APVMA. Buying an APVMA approved product will help keep you and your family safe.
Products approved by the APVMA have been scientifically assessed as safe and effective when used according to the label instructions.
Search our registered chemicals database to find approved insect repellents containing only plant-based ingredients such as lemon eucalyptus oil extract, rosemary oil, melaleuca oil, lavender oil and citronella oil.