Gear Review: Bug Drug by SKINourishment, Inc.

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Lately, I’ve been using a lot of products that SKINourishment, Inc. has sent me, but the product I’ve been most impressed with is the Bug Drug. In other words, it’s their version of bug spray. Seeing that a few weeks ago, I mentioned in a review that their lotion and sunscreen seemed to attract unwanted fruit flies, I was extremely skeptical and brought my go-to all-natural (synthetic) bug spray…you know, just in case. Lucky enough for me, I never ended up actually needing it.Bug Drug by SKINourishment Inc.

In El Salvador I sprayed myself down with the Bug Drug one night because the wind was calm and the bugs were crazy. They were all over the place and wouldn’t stay out of my face! I spritzed some of the Bug Drug on me and voila, no more bugs in my face. Instead, they started attacking my friends and they started asking me for some bug spray.

Kentucky was the biggest test. You see, Alison is a major bug magnet. When I’m not getting bit, she’s getting annihilated by bugs. The Bug Drug came with me to Kentucky to climb in the bug infested backwoods, also known as The Red River Gorge. It’s a beautiful climbing destination, but like most of the southeast, it’s littered with bugs. Alison used this stuff when we got there Friday morning and didn’t get a bite. Heck, the only bite I got the whole trip was late one night after my shower, since I forgot to reapply. By the end of the weekend, most of my friend were interested in trying this strong smelling product and fell in  love with it as well.

Some of the things I like about it is that it’s synthetic-free, like all of the products SKINourishment, Inc. offers. Being that it’s synthetic-free, it’s good for your skin, doesn’t harm the environment, and I’d even feel comfortable putting some on my dog, knowing that it probably wouldn’t irritate his skin. The bottle it comes in has a really nice spray handle that’s a pump action. No aerosols getting into the air and polluting the environment even more. The sprayer also has a locking mechanism, making it safe to transport and giving me peace of mind knowing that it won’t be getting sprayed all over the place. The biggest plus about this product to me is that I had no clue that I was wearing bug spray. You know what I’m talking about. You spray some bug spray on and it feels like there’s a sticky layer annoyingness on your skin and you just want to scrape it off. When I sprayed the Bug Drug on me, within a few seconds it didn’t feel like anything was on me and that’s a HUGE plus in my book.

Like most great things, there’s a couple of downsides to it. Even though deet is harmful to the environment, it does give off a strong pheromone to repel bugs. In non-nerd terms, that means when you spray on bug spray with deet, bugs will stay away from that area and then some. The Bug Drug doesn’t have deet in it, so you have to make sure to spray it on and then rub it all over yourself before it dries and absorbs into your skin. It also has a very potent smell that some like and others don’t. Personally, I don’t mind it. I’m guessing it’s the essential cat nip oil I’m smelling and the best I can explain the smell is something very acidic. A few other folks in our group didn’t mind it, but a few others were a little skeptical at first because they weren’t too fond of the smell. It’s only strong for a couple minutes and after a bit, the smell deteriorates and you’re back to smelling your “normal” again.

Overall I’d give the Bug Drug two thumbs way up. It’s taken me years to find a bug spray, a hot commodity in Florida, but I’ve finally found my forever go-to bug spray. Not only does this stuff work great, but it’s also great for your skin and it doesn’t do any unnecessary harm to the environment. Before your next outdoor bug infested adventure, make sure you pick yourself up a few bottles of the Bug Drug.

*I was provided with a complimentary product, but the thoughts above expressed are always my own


  1. Heidi Henry says

    I’ve been a fan of all SKINourishment products but must admit I was a bit skeptical about the possibility of this stuff actually working. Now I think I have to try it. Great review!

    • says

      We welcome the skeptics to try. Justin was one when he first tried the climbOn Bar. I know you already love many of our products. We understand not every product is for everyone. You just simply can’t like everything. We are always happy to offer your money back if for some reason you don’t.

      We want you love everything we make as much as we do!

  2. says

    I always use the Bug Drug around our event tents! It really does keep the bugger off.

    While Cat Nip essential oil is the main ingredient oils of Lemon, and Eucalyptus which have also been proven to be effective at repelling insects. The important thing about our Cat Nip Essential Oil which is hard enough to find is we use Canadian Cat Nip which contains a higher amount of nepetalactone, (80%) than other catnip essential ols (25-35%).

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