Your New Packing Essential: Bug Spray That Actually Smells Pretty Good
Want to head on a summer adventure without reeking of ‘Off’? Try this new alternative.
Summer travel is glorious in all ways but one: those pesky mosquitoes. But there's a new way to fend them off—without smelling like a chemistry project. Aromaflage, a natural repellent hand-mixed by a coop of Burmese artisans, uses extracts such as vanillin, cedar wood, and lemongrass as a repellent for all things buggy.
Both scents currently available are woodsy and warm, with the so-called “wild” variety taking on a spicier profile (you can buy either here for $30). More like perfume than bug spray, it comes a thin glass bottle, wrapped in a velvet sleeve for easy packing—spray it liberally on your wrists, arms, neck, and legs, and you'll be bite free all day. The proof? Going unscathed after a full four days in the Costa Rica rainforest.
Nikki Ekstein is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.