The Soap

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Our mosquito repellent soap is composed of all natural ingredients including olive, sunflower and neem oils. Neem oil, which comprises 3.5% of our recipe, repels mosquitoes and other insects for up to 8 hours, making it an incredibly efficient and effective resource.

Neem oil repels mosquitos by both its pungent smell and one of its chemical compounds, azadirachtin. Azadirachtin modifies the hormonal system of mosquitos, preventing them from mating, laying eggs and growing. Because neem oil acts on hormones, insects cannot develop resistance to it, making it an effective and sustainable way to repel mosquitoes and bugs (Marini, 2017).

“DEAR DOCTOR – I’m going on holiday to Scotland and worry about being bitten by midges. Are there any natural ways to deter them?

One of the newest natural insect repellents in the UK is based on neem oil extracted from the Indian neem tree (Azadirachta indica). Neem oil is used in Ayurvedic medicine and widely burned in India to repel insects. It was recently tested in Scotland where there are 37 species of biting midge, although the Highland midge is responsible for 90 per cent of attacks. Midges were shown to detect the presence of neem oil at concentrations of just 0.01 per cent, and to be repelled and stop biting completely at a concentration of one per cent.”

– Dr. Sarah Brewer in The Telegraph

 

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Each bar of soap is handmade and packaged by our beneficiaries, and sold at 250MwK (£0.25) in their local communities and surrounding areas.

 


 

A. Marini (2017). ‘Does Neem Oil Repel Mosquitoes – How to Use Neem Oil as Mosquito Repellent’. OneHowTo. Date Accessed [12 August, 2018] https://home.onehowto.com/article/does-neem-oil-repel-mosquitoes-how-to-use-neem-oil-as-mosquito-repellent-12084.html

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/wellbeing/healthadvice/4707909/Put-the-bite-on-midges.html