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Making Scents of Bug Bites

Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.

Mosquitos remind me of knotted strands of hair waving around in the wind on a sultry summer night. Pretty benign, right? But when one of those buggers bites (Tangent: Do mosquitos even bite? Do they sting? ), it leaves behind the itchiest, reddest welt ever. Or even worse—this season, the West Nile virus, which spreads via mosquitos, has sickened hundreds of people nationwide. Read on for my best tips for putting the kibosh on bug bites without smelling like a citronella candle.

Choose Your Perfume Wisely

Researchers at Ohio State University recently found that mosquitos are particularly attracted to the sweet, musky fragrance of milkweed. While there aren’t many eau de parfums infused with milkweed, it is reminiscent of tuberose. Bottom line: be wary of dousing yourself in any scent before hitting the woods.

Find an Insect Repellent You Wouldn’t Mind Bathing In

Mosquitos aren’t fans of citronella, and neither am I. Try Jao Patio Oil and Jao Outscent, a lovely essential oil bug repellent made with 20 percent lemon-eucalyptus oil. In addition to being zesty, the blend is the only plant-based ingredient that the Center for Disease Control confirms repels mosquitos.

Now go off and enjoy the waning days of summer!

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Should you get an unattractive bug bite, cover it up with Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20.

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