June 6, 2023

It’s an unfortunate side effect of the warmer months: mosquitoes are everywhere. With that comes the risk of bites – along with maddening itchy bumps and, in the worst cases, serious illness. If you’re a mosquito magnet, it only makes sense to want to do what you can to reduce the risk of prey. Well, recent research has shown that Native Body Wash can help keep the blood-sucking critters away. Inspirational – and it’s now available on Amazon.


This pack of three includes some of Native’s most popular scents: Coconut & Vanilla, Lavender & Rose, and Cucumber & Mint.

$35 at Amazon

A new study published this week in the journal iScience found that of all the soaps tested, Native was the most likely to repel mosquitoes. The study involved four volunteers, and each had a distinctive body odor that the researchers identified before asking them to lather up with four soap brands: Dial, Dove, Simple Truth, and Native.

The researchers then took substances worn by the volunteers and exposed woman Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to them, keeping an eye out for which odors the bugs were most likely to attract and repel. There was some variation in the results as everyone’s body odor is different and can create a unique scent when interacting with different soaps. However, the researchers found that the mosquitoes were more likely to be attracted to people using Dove and Simple Truth, and were most likely to be repelled by Native-brand soaps.

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This popular soap was NOT a hit with mosquitoes in a recent study. On the other hand, you have to listen to the buzz and grab some. (Photo: Amazon)

“Overall, the native soap influenced mosquito responses in a way that was significantly different from all other treatments,” the researchers wrote in the study.

Another thing worth noting: A coconut scent seems to repel mosquitoes the most, according to the findings.

The researchers carefully pointed out that the smell you give off after showering with soap is unique — meaning it’s hard to say for sure that native soap will repel mosquitoes for everyone. But in the experiment it also became clear that they were mosquitoes not in the brand… which means maybe you should be.

Native’s Coconut & Vanilla fragrance is one of the most popular options, and it’s (unsurprisingly) hard to find right now. However, there are a few packages available from Amazon that contain the Coconut & Vanilla fragrance.


More of a citrus fan? This particular twin-pack has the Coconut & Vanilla scent along with the brand’s Citrus & Herbal Musk variety.

$30 at Amazon

What’s the deal with Native body washes? Here’s a few things we like: They’re made with natural, clean ingredients that are free of phthalates, sulfates, parabens, and dyes. They also have fresh scents that aren’t overpowering and contain coconut oil, which helps moisturize your skin and gives it a slightly beachy feel. It’s also worth noting that they are vegan and cruelty-free.

Native soap operas have gathered a large following at Amazon. “I love this soap. I use it every day,” exulted a satisfied sudser. “The scent is amazing. It literally makes my whole house smell good.”

A fellow fan shared, “I absolutely love this body wash. Smells great and lathers great!” Many satisfied customers say a little goes a long way with this wash. “Smells really good and doesn’t break down my sensitive skin,” added one.

As the weather gets hotter, so will these washes. So if you’re a mosquito magnet, you might want to bite into one of these deals before they sell out!

Of course, if you have Amazon Prime, you get free shipping. not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your 30-day free trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

Originally published