Living in tropical regions means contending with mosquitoes, making mosquito repellents a necessity, particularly with the looming threat of diseases like dengue fever.

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Dengue is a grave illness, sometimes fatal. Shockingly, the number of reported cases has surged, with over 5,000 instances in the first quarter of 2024, surpassing last year’s count of 2,360. Tragically, seven deaths have already been attributed to local dengue infections as of March 25, 2024.

Given these alarming statistics, the quest for effective mosquito repellents has intensified, especially among parents seeking child-safe options.

Below are some tried-and-tested mosquito repellents favoured by mothers in Singapore.

1. Tiger Balm Mosquito Repellent Aerosol

Tiger Balm Mosquito Repellent AerosolImage: Shopee

An essential for outdoor adventures, Tiger Balm Mosquito Repellent Aerosol offers reliable protection against mosquitoes. Its plant-based formula, free from DEET and non-greasy, ensures effective coverage on both skin and clothing. With a fine mist spray, application is effortless and provides hours of defense against pesky insects. Each 120ml bottle is a must-have for families on the move.

Available at: Watson, Guardian and Unity pharmacies and many other retailers, supermarkets island-wide and Shopee


2. Badger Company Anti-Bug / After-bug Balm / Spray

Badger Anti-Bug After-bug Balm SprayImage: Shopee

Badger Company presents a range of insect repellent products, including balms, sprays, and sticks, all designed to keep mosquitoes at bay. Laboratory-tested and certified organic, these formulations harness the power of essential oils like Castor Oil, Citronella Oil, Cedarwood Oil, and more to effectively repel insects while being gentle on the skin. With a commitment to clean, organic ingredients and sustainable packaging, Badger Company offers peace of mind for families seeking safe and effective mosquito protection.

Available at:, Metro department stores and Unity pharmacies Shopee


3. Children’s Repella Mosquito Repellent Cream

Children's Repella Mosquito Repellent CreamImage: Shopee

Protect your children from mosquito bites with Children’s Repella Mosquito Repellent Cream, specially formulated with natural herbal oil extracts like Lemongrass, Soybean, Coconut, and Eucalyptus oils. Clinically tested to be hypoallergenic and safe for delicate skin, this cream is free from harmful chemicals like DEET and Camphor, making it a safe choice for kids. With four mosquito-repelling herbal oils, it ensures comprehensive protection against various species of mosquitoes without any irritation.

Available at: Shopee


4. Tiger Balm Mosquito Repellent Patch

Tiger Balm Mosquito Repellent PatchImage: Shopee

Tiger Balm Mosquito Repellent Patch is a trusted companion for your little ones, whether they’re exploring the outdoors or staying in. Crafted with a unique blend of natural ingredients, including 10% Citronella Oil, these patches provide long-lasting protection against mosquitoes and other insect bites. Chemical-free and DEET-free, each box contains 10 individually-sealed patches, ensuring convenience and peace of mind for parents.

Available at: Watson, Guardian and Unity pharmacies and many other retailers, supermarkets island-wide and Shopee


5. PB SHIELD Insect Repellent Spray

PB SHIELD Insect Repellent SprayImage: Watsons

PB SHIELD Insect Repellent Spray is a Thailand-made organic solution, specially formulated to safeguard babies from mosquito bites. Enriched with Organic Lemon and Citronella Essential Oils, this spray offers up to 4 hours of protection without the use of DEET or harmful chemicals. Safe for direct contact with baby’s skin from 6 months onward, it’s the ideal choice for parents looking for a gentle yet effective repellent for their little ones.

Available at: Watsons


6. Jorubi Insect Repellent

Jorubi Insect RepellentImage: Jorubi

Jorubi’s Nature-Inspired Insect Repellent provides long-lasting protection against bugs and insects, thanks to its innovative STAYTECâ„¢ technology and IR3535® active ingredient. Derived from natural sources like seaweed and mushrooms, this repellent is safe for the entire family, including pregnant women and infants aged two months and older. Resistant to water, sweat, and rubbing, it offers up to 13 hours of defense, making it perfect for outdoor activities and active lifestyles.

Available at: Jorubi


7. Combi Herbal Insect Repellent


Combi Herbal Insect Repellent offers a natural and pleasant solution to keep mosquitoes away. Formulated with a combination of Citronella and Lavender oils, it emits a special scent that deters mosquitoes effectively. Suitable for children and babies, this repellent provides peace of mind for parents, knowing that their little ones are protected from mosquito bites without exposure to harsh chemicals.

Available at: All leading department, baby stores and Shopee.


DIY essential oil blend

Rather than a single product, these are homemade mixtures of essential oils. Various recipes can be found online, usually consisting of several drops of two or more essential oils in a base of oil or liquid-like witch hazel. Often, therapeutic grade oils are recommended for real efficacy, with citronella, lemongrass, eucalyptus, and tea tree among the more popular ones.

Amy Kuo uses lemongrass and citronella with witch hazel, as a spray. She says, “I apply once before we go outdoors. We hardly get bitten after we apply.” Sahliana Sahruddin likes to use a single oil, lemongrass, on her 4-year-old daughter who is prone to mosquito bites. “I dilute lemongrass in v6 (a carrier oil from Young Living) and spread all over her. It really helps, especially when she is going to places where she is sure to get bitten.”

Active ingredient(s): Multiple
Available at: Individual ingredients at essential oil retailers


By Sara Rognstad.

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