Why Choose 2B
- It really works!
- Lasts up to 8 hours
- 100% natural
- Water resistant
- Smells great
Yes it really works. 2B has been tried and tested in some of New Zealand’s most bug-infested spots, as well as around the world.
A thorough application of 2B in the morning can last most of the day, expect up to 8 hours. This makes it one of the world’s longest-lasting natural repellents. 2B’s unique formula means the action of the essential oils is maximised to give far longer effectiveness than a single essence can provide in a candle or ointment form.
With 2B you’ll end up smelling a little like lemon cake, delicious to people but not to bugs!
2B’s coconut oil base gives great coverage without leaving a greasy film on the skin. 2B is water-resistant so doesn’t wash off when you sweat or swim in natural water in the same way that products containing solvents and alcohols do. 2B also doesn’t react with your suncreams like chemical repellents often do.
Chemical repellents used to be the only products that could give lasting protection and most contained DEET. This is a pretty strong chemical that should not be used for extended periods for health reasons (most bottles say not for more than 30 days, so not all summer long). DEET can also attack nylons and plastics like camera, sunglasses, gortex or fishing line. As a result many people (including us!) chose not to use it, and we certainly would never use it on our children. There really is no need to use these old repellents now that Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus has been proven to give the same performance as the most effective chemical repellents.
2B bottles are #1 Plastic. We chose this over glass or aluminium bottles after much consideration of practicalities and reuse/recylable factors. 2B is not a single use item, each bottle contains over 300 sprays and it’s concentrated formula means a single bottle lasts much longer than repellents with far less active ingredients or water-based formulas. A lightweight but tough plastic bottle with a strong gasket means 2B bottles are safe to transport and not easily broken if dropped on your adventures. The bottles are strong and can be refilled with your own blends of water and essential oils and used as spritzers for room fresheners or travel antisecptic/antibacterial sprays (use your imagination!). When you are done with your bottle, #1 Plastic are recyclable here in NZ, where they are turned into food packaging by Flight Recyclables in the Wellington area – the best thing is that food packaging they make is totally recyclable too. Flight hope to close the loop here in NZ for RPET, recycling the same stuff again and again – pretty cool eh! So there’s no need for it to end up in landfill or to be shipped overseas to process.
- Shake bottle before use
- Spray into hands & rub on
- Be thorough! Don’t miss bits!
- Patch testing advised.
As 2B lasts so long, we find here in New Zealand the best time to put your 2B on is first thing in the morning. Then we can pretty much forget about the bugs until we reapply it ahead of fishing time in the late afternoon. Reapplying it then means we are protected around the cooking fire right up until bedtime.
How Much do you need?
This depends what you are up to.
We generally say one bottle lasts one person for a NZ summer season when applying primarily to ankles/lower legs/hands for occasional BBQs and weekend trips. That seems to be the norm for most of our local buyers. Men tend to use more than woman as a rule, especially if they have very hairy legs.
If you are travelling around Southland or on the West Coast and putting 2B on twice a day every day you should still get 3-5 weeks from a single bottle.
Overseas in hot humid climates where bugs can carry nasty diseases we would put our 2B on every four hours. 2B is part of a regime of ‘good practice’, covering up, using bed nets and so on. Here a single person would get 2-3 weeks from a bottle using it on ankles/lower legs/hands/neck/head – make sure you don’t run short!
If you are not going to be covering up in long pants and sleeves you will need a bottle a week. The safe-travel advice is to cover as much skin as possible in areas where mosquitoes carry serious diseases, but if you are in a safer area where there are biting bugs about you may be in shorts and short sleeves. Using 2B four times a day every day, a single bottle should last one person one week.
Here’s how we usually do it
- start with bare feet
- Shake the bottle
- squirt 2 or 3 sprays of 2B into one hand then rub your hands together
- Apply to feet, ankles and legs (between toes, up the achilles and to the backs of knees)
- Apply to hands, wrists and arms, and finally rub around the neck line and that about does it.
- As a guide two sprays in hands should cover one lady leg from the knee down thoroughly….. hairy men legs generally need more
- You can touch your hands around your hairline and ears but keep it away from your eyes (strong plant oils can sting)
If you are half dressed on a beach somewhere or sipping a glass of wine in a skimpy cocktail dress, then you will want to apply 2B more widely before you sit down for a long evening.
You don’t have to do it very often so do it properly, take the time and don’t miss bits.….. you don’t need to use much, just as long as you spread it well.
Don’t spray 2B around like an aerosol and hope for the best, you are just wasting it although it does smell lovely.
Kids, New Mums & sensitivities
Kids, New Mums & sensitivities
Plant Oils are powerful, and that is why they have so many great applications. It is also why they can be unsuitable for a few people and for very young children. Treating infected bites can lead to a lot more problems than using a good repellent so it is important to do your homework and choose well.
We don’t recommend 2B is used on babies under six months old.
For under three’s, the best thing you can do is avoid going to places that they will get bitten of course, but where that is not practical you will want to use a repellent rather than risk them getting bites, secondary infections, and perhaps insect-borne diseases. The best you can do is to patch test first and then use sparingly *
If you do use a repellent on a very young child then cover what skin you can, and then apply repellent aiming for minimal body coverage focusing on the legs, arms and neck only. Finally wash off any skin product when not needed. If you have any particular concerns about your child’s skin or possible allergies please do consult a pharmacist or a doctor that can take into account your child’d particular medical history.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding women can have unusual responses to all sorts of smells, body products and foods. We recommend the same advice as for young children so that you can decide what product is suitable for you and how best to use it.
Most people with allergies are excellent at self-management and know what works for them and what doesn’t. If you haven’t used any of the ingredients before then patch testing is an easy way to ensure that 2B is right for you.
Adding repellent to bedding or clothes is not recommended as it is not particularly effective. Using non-chemical bed netting is recommended instead.
Other information about 2B
- Read our advice for Kids, New Mums & sensitivities
- 2B is water-resistant (unless you rub it off hard or swim in chemical pools)
- For external use only
- Keep away from eyes
- Keep out of reach of young children
Any questions? Please contact us
*Patch testing means putting a little spot of a product on your inner elbow and wait at least 20 minutes. It is best if you can wait overnight to be sure, but most skin allergies show up pretty quick as an itchy or red patch, usually within just a few minutes – if this happens you can simply wash the product off the area straight away and the symptoms should reduce very quickly. If you get any persistant or extreme symptoms seek medical advice.
A Little Information about Sandflies & Mosquitoes
Living happily with The New Zealand Bugs – 2B & a Sarong
OK, so there’s no denying the ‘Lyell’ factor exists in New Zealand – in certain places, at certain times, the bugs can be a real trial! But the right clothes and a bottle of 2B really is all you need in 99.9% of places. 2B has been to the heart of Fiordland and taken on New Zealand’s worst.
Let’s face it Sandflies are less scary than wasps and they are pretty rubbish at the Insect Olympics – they can’t cope with wind or rain, they can’t see in the dark, they rarely come indoors, they don’t fly very high and they move very slowly. You can also feel it when they are biting you, so they are easy to squash, and if you are walking or kayaking you outpace them easily. However when you are ready for a well-earned rest out of the sun, fishing or fixing a fence on the farm, that is when they can descend in swarms.
Mosquitoes are a bit smarter, searching you out in the night wherever you are. You rarely feel them bite so are less squashable than sandflies. They are not invincible through and you can hear them coming in a quiet room at 3am if you happen to be awake.
Covering the skin is the best way to keep the bites at bay – long sleeves and long pants – but that isn’t always practical and it doesn’t keep bugs from biting the baby skin between your fingers and toes or finding some other delicious uncovered fleshy morsel. Carrying a sarong when you are tramping to wrap your legs up when you stop is a good idea and can double up as head protection and a swim-towel.
Sandflies and mosquitoes are variously attracted to carbon dioxide, smell, sweat, colour, movement and reflected light. We certainly don’t recommend sitting huffing and puffing near water, in the shade, with lots of jewellery on, wearing black, whilst sweating and eating a banana. We do recommend doing lots of other stuff in the great outdoors ;o)
Don’t be put off some of the most special places in Aotearoa by other people’s scare stories or a single bad experience. In most places, the right clothes and a bottle of 2B really is all you need. Some of our favourite holiday spots are along the Buller and on the West Coast – 2B has been forged on family trips to these paradise places.
So here’s our two golden rules to keep….
- Don’t Complain About Sandflies – don’t get obsessed by them and let them ruin your fun – they are attracted to negativity and the smell of fear. Put your thickest long socks on and be unfashionably safe.
- Don’t Scratch if you do get bitten – scratching amplifies itching, which leads to complaining which causes negativity and increased deliciousness to sandflies. Get a bottle of calamine lotion or a Click-that-Itch (don’t ask us how they work but they sure do!) or rub the bite with the inside of some banana skin (that someone else has eaten) and your worries will disappear (almost).
And just in case you forget the 2B Repellent, 2B Afterbite is coming in 2019!