Has a very good fragrance, which lingers long all night. Just 4 small applications on shoulders and knees are good enough. However, the mosquitoes in our area were not repelled as effectively as the 1st day, so am not sure if its effect will wear off with time and usage. :( Quanity and bottle are very handy and can be carried anywhere, very travel friendly bottle.
Bought this Good knight Fabric roll on for my kid as this cab be applied on clothes and easy to use, can carry while travelling as size of bottles is small easily fit in pocket or purse. Works well for me, used while evening walks at home too. Apply on clothes or if you want can apply near bedding where baby sleeps
I dont know about its efficacy but the sweet bugglegum smell which lingers on your fabric (after the eucalyptus oil vapourises) really is sickening. Hard to wash off too. Bottle is really small by the way, contains about 5-10ml only.
Whenever the rainy season starts, parents get desperate to get the best protection for their kids from deadly mosquitos. When inside the house you can still use mats or sprays etc but how to protect our kids when they are outdoor playing in grounds. A number of options are available & Each one is tried out. Some products are tried out through advertisements others on feedbacks & chit chats. I got to know about this Good Knight roll-on from my wife through ladies chit chats. At first sight , the product coupled with the reliable brand image of Good knight seemed reliable but after application and use, I decided to dig deeper into the ingredient properties & the harmless “ All natural” claim.
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Let’s discuss about the chemical properties of the two main ingredients of this roll-on to have an insight to the “mosquito repellant “claims offered by the brand :
1. CITRONELLA OIL ( 0.25 ml per 1 ml) : ************************************************** This is probably the major ingredient to the good knight formula. Citronella oil is one of the essential oils obtained from the leaves and stems of different species of Cymbopogon (lemongrass).
The oil is used extensively as a source of perfumery chemicals such as citronellal, citronellol, and geraniol. These chemicals find extensive use in soap, candles and incense, perfumery, cosmetic, and flavouring industries throughout the world. Citronella oil is also a plant-based insect repellent and has been registered for this use in the United States since 1948.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency considers oil of citronella as a biopesticide with a non-toxic mode of action. Citronella oil is popular as a natural insect repellent. Its mosquito repellent qualities have been verified by research, including effectiveness in repelling Aedes aegypti (dengue fever mosquito).
To be continually effective, most citronella repellent formulas need to be reapplied to the skin every 30–60 minutes. The US Environmental Protection Agency states that citronella oil has little or no toxicity when used as a topical insect repellent, with no reports of adverse effects of concern over a 60-year period.
2. Eucalyptus oil ( 0.25 ml per 1 ml): *********************************************** Eucalyptus oil is the generic name for distilled oil from the leaf of Eucalyptus, native to Australia and cultivated worldwide. Eucalyptus oil has a history of wide application, as a pharmaceutical, antiseptic, repellent, flavouring, fragrance and industrial uses.
The leaves of selected Eucalyptusspecies are steam distilled to extract eucalyptus oil. Significant producers of true eucalyptus oil include South Africa, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Australia, Chile, and Swaziland
Apart from its medicinal uses where it is used to relieve the symptoms of influenza and colds, in products like cough sweets, lozenges, ointments and inhalants , Cineole-based eucalyptus oil is used as an insect repellent and biopesticide.
In the U.S., eucalyptus oil was first registered in 1948 as an insecticide and miticide..
Toxicity : ****************** The probable lethal dose of pure eucalyptus oil for an adult is in the range of 0.05 mL to 0.5 mL/per kg of body weight ie, around 3 mL to 30 mL for a person weighing 60 kgs.
Because of their high body surface area to mass ratio, children are more vulnerable to poisons absorbed trans dermally.
Severe poisoning has occurred in children after ingestion of 4 mL to 5 mL of eucalyptus oil.
** Our product here has 2 ml citronella oil & 2 ml of Eucalyptus oil in a total of 8 ml of product which looks safer in quantity but for infants - avoid & at least ,don’t let small kids play with it for sure, to prevent accidental ingestion.
So you see, Being 100% natural doesn’t always mean 100 % safe.
USAGE : As instructed over the pack 4 coin sized cirles have to be created .Two on fabric over shoulders & 2 on fabric over legs.
Avoid direct skin contact with kids or even adults.
PERFORMANCE : ***************************** # As per the data over the pack, a single time application of the roll on must stay good & repel mosquitoes for around 8 hours however in my view depending upon humid or dry environment ,inside or outside,practically It is good for just 5-6 hours which is good for me.
# It produces a strong smell even when rolled on to fabric but do not worry it’s the strong fragrance of citronella & eucalyptus oil that helps to keep the insects away. Use a small patch of roll on over fabric for infants. FINAL VERDICT : xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
As I mentioned above, both of the two main ingredients of our product - citronella & eucalyptus oil exhibit insect repellant properties for sure and is much better than going just bare, w/o any protection.
Note : Since Pure eucalyptus oil may be toxic too, exercise special care to store the bottle away from kids approach . So to say “A 100% natural product” doesn’t necessarily means a 100% safe product.