Wednesday 19 November 2014

Keep the Bugs Away with Alfresco

Now I know that summer has passed us by and we are well and truly into Autumn / Winter now, however many people jet off to sunnier climes at this time of year to get a rest bite from the more changeable, cold weather we are blessed with here.

If that’s you, then you may wish to take something to ward off those pesky biting bugs that just love to have a nibble when you’re dining out at night. My husband is one of them and if mosquitos head for anyone it’s him. He obviously tastes too good!

Alfresco kindly sent me one of their Anti Bug Bite Moisturisers and one of their Insect Repellent Fine Fragrance Sprays, Acqua D’Alfresco to try out. Both products were developed by Sarah-Lou Morris who describes herself as “a 5 star meal to insects”! After spending many years experimenting with essential oils and lotions she finally came up with a fragrance blend which she loved and bugs hated.

Sarah-Lou excitedly took this formula to an apothecary and formed an alliance with a very old established English family run factory who produced the quality Sarah-Lou wanted to sell to the world. And Alfresco was born.

With a fragrance spray and body lotion to choose from these products are made as naturally as possible and can be used on children right up to adults. The fragrance is floral and spicy and described by Alfresco as Floriental.

The fragrance spray can be used as a perfume in its own right as well as an insect repellent spray and will certainly appeal to those who like a strong scent. For me it was just too strong, however I don’t wear perfumes much and when I do they tend to be more citrusy blends than floral, musky, spicy ones. I wasn’t expecting the fragrance to be quite so strong however there are a lot of people that this type of product would really appeal to.

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Aqua (water), Parfum (fragrance), Diisopropyl Adipate, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Cinnamal, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Evernia Prunastri (oakmoss) extract. Includes: Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (orange) oil, Cinnamomum Zeylancium Bark Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patachouli) Oil, Melissa Officinalls Leaf Oil.

The anti-bug bite moisturiser is more subtle in its fragrance so would suit those who weren’t looking for a long lasting fragrance spray but wanting the same bug preventing effect. With Cinnamon Leaf, Patchouli, Cedarwood oils to repel insects, this moisturiser when reapplied every 3 hours should keep you bite free on your next holiday .

Ingredients:  Aqua (water), Isopropyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric, Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Parfum (Fragrance), Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon) leaf oil, Pogostermon cablin (Patchouli) oil, Juniperus virginiana (cedarwood) oil, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Benzophenone-3, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Ceteareth-20, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Linalool.

We go camping every year and in the evenings mozzies and midgies are rife so although I’m not sure I’m in love with the fragrance I may well be packing these 2 products to try out particularly on my feet. Here’s hoping they end up bite free.

If you’d like to find out more about Alfresco’s range of natural anti-bug products, then pop across to their website for a browse. You will also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Have any of you tried the Alfresco range? Let me know in the comments if you have.

Until next time x


Disclaimer: I was sent an Alfresco Acqua D’Alfresco Insect Repellent Fine Fragrance Spray and a Anti Bug Bite Moisturiser to try out. All opinions are my own honest thoughts and feeling on the products I tried.



  1. Not heArd of this brand before! but sounds really promising. Pretty packaging too. :)

    1. Hi Ale x It is cute packaging isn't it? I think these products will appeal to a lot of people. Just a shame for me that the fragrance was a tad too strong. Thanks for popping by :)

  2. Definitely in need of a new Anti Bug Bite Moisturiser! Going to try this one, guess it smells so good :)

    1. Hi Jess. Thanks for popping by. Let me know how you get on if you do try it. I like the fact that the fragrance spray can be used as a perfume in it's own right. Very clever x


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