A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Shop Natural Bug Spray Bulk Refills

Natural Bug Spray

3 reviews
Regular price$20.00

Bug bites are the WORST. But our all-natural, Tacoma-made bug spray is the best. It decreases your skin’s CO2 emission and masks the scent of cholesterol—the two main skin components that attract mosquitoes. Get outdoors without bothersome bug bites.


Price per 4 ounces.


Witch Hazel; Castor Oil; Soybean Oil; Essential Oils of Cedarwood, Clove, Rosemary, and Geranium

All ingredients are locally-sourced and sustainably harvested in the South Sound Region.

To Use

Shake well before use. Spray and massage directly onto skin. Reapply every 2-4 hours for best results.

Packaging + End of Life

Ships in an aluminum bottle with plastic mister pump. When you’re running low, order a new bottle here, but select “Refill.” We’ll ship your new bottle with a return label for your old one so you can send it back at no cost. Simply pack the empty bottle in the box and send it back to us. We’ll sanitize and reuse the bottle.


Handmade right here in Tacoma, Washington. Get to know the face behind this product: KV Apothecary.

Ethical Guarantees

Made in the USA
Palm Oil Free
Washington Local

Customer Reviews
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Park Ranger Approved!

I’m a park ranger working in Utah trying to reduce my waste. I went for this bug spray on a whim while searching for sustainable products to help my dry skin. I wore it to give an evening program at dusk in my park’s campground tonight. It’s mid-June, the day after a huge rainfall, no wind, and I was 30 feet from a river — perfect mosquito habitat. Shook the bottle and sprayed a bit on my arms and swiped some of the spray over my neck. I could see skeeters and no-see-ums flying all around me but none of them landed or bit me! It works, and smells so much better than the OFF Deep Woods I normally have to use at work. I’m so thankful to have found this shop!

I recommend this product

It works!

Wore this bug spray on a hike that's notorious for bugs, didn't get a single bite! Really happy to have natural, locally made product to use that's better for the environment. I can feel confident I'm not putting chemicals in any Alpine lakes with this bug spray and the natural sunscreen!

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I recommend this product

Perfect outdoor companion!

I was inspired to write this review while sitting at the park watching mosquitos fly several feet above me without coming near. I'm SUPER prone to mosquito bites. Even if you think there isn't a bug around, I'll end up with a minimum of 4 bites. I'm thrilled with how well this product works, and it also smells amazing! Another winner from ADItOS

refills to your doorstep

Refill > Landfill

It's easy to get your everyday essentials refilled, no matter where you live.

Here's how it works...

1. On your first order of a new product, choose the “New Bottle” or “New Jar” option.
This tells us it’s your first time purchasing this product from our online shop.

2. We’ll ship (or deliver) it to you!
If you’ve ordered something liquid (maybe shampoo or body lotion), we will include a plastic pump in your order.

3. When you’re running low, order the same product, but choose the “Refill” option.
We’ll send you another bottle or jar of your chosen product, and will include a return label in the box for your empty container. If you’ve ordered something liquid, the refill order will not include a pump.

If we're delivering your order instead of shipping, just leave your empties on your porch on delivery day (Tuesday) and we'll pick them up when we drop off your new items.

4. If you’ve ordered something liquid, transfer the pump from the old bottle to the new one.
Then place the cap from the new bottle onto the old one.

5. Pack the empty container(s) into the same box the new ones arrived in, put the return label on the box, and hand it off to USPS.
When we receive the empty containers, we will wash and sanitize them, and get them back into circulation to be used again and again.

I stumbled across A Drop in the Ocean on my quest to reduce our family's plastic use. I have a small family and live in a rural area with only a few big box stores and zero plastic recycling options. Finding plastic free items locally can be a challenge. I was thrilled to find a shop in my home state that would reuse returned glass and aluminum bottles. I'm a repeat customer as the products are excellent and the shop owner makes it super simple to return our used bottles by mail.

sustainable packaging

We ship ugly boxes

Our commitment to sustainability doesn't end when you press that checkout button.

We pack all of our orders in reused boxes and envelopes, with reused paper packaging, post-consumer recycled paper labels, and even paper tape.

You may not get an IG-worthy unboxing, but you will get the most sustainable packaging we can possibly find.

Oh and did we mention our shipping is always carbon negative?

Learn more about zero waste shipping + delivery

Don't take our word for it...

Let's go to the real winner in my eyes. Honestly, I could have purchased this exact razor many other places, but the packaging A Drop in the Ocean uses to ship will have me coming back time and time gain.

My first purchase from them was some floss a while ago and it arrived in a reused tea box with a hand written note that was written on scrap paper. I was blown away.

I had never seen a company who claimed to be sustainable ACTUALLY prove to be sustainable through and through. The fact that every piece of the packaging was reused and minimal will have me come back over and over again. If I can purchase it here, I will purchase it here.

your purchase gives back

1% for the Ocean

We're on a mission to use business as a force for good. That's why we donate at least 1% of your purchase to our ocean conservation partner, Vermilion Sea Institute.

In 2021, we donated $1,304 to VSI.

Learn more about VSI

You've got questions. We've got answers.

We ship worldwide!

If you're in the Tacoma, Washington region, we probably deliver to your doorstep. Check out the Delivery FAQ below!

Shipping costs are determined by weight and travel distance, and automatically calculated at checkout.

If you're in the continental US, we offer free shipping for all orders over $50.

If you're in Alaska, Hawaii, or any of the US territories, we offer free shipping for all orders over $75.

Nope! We cover the cost of getting your empty bottles and jars back to us.

Even if you don't need a refill, you can always send us an email to request a return label and we'll get you one asap. We want to keep the containers in circulation!

A Drop in the Ocean is an online zero waste and sustainable living boutique based out of Tacoma, Washington. We do not have a brick-and-mortar shop, but we do offer local delivery around the South Sound region, including refills of your household essentials.

We do all of our deliveries on Tuesdays. Orders must be placed by 5pm on Monday for guaranteed Tuesday delivery. At checkout, select the "South Sound Local Delivery (Tuesdays)" shipping option, and we'll add you to our route.

Note that we do have a $20 order minimum for delivery, and a $5 delivery fee for orders under $50.

For full details on our delivery system, check out our Local Delivery page.

We do not, and that decision is highly intentional for the planet. Check out our post on the impacts of online shopping and why we don't have a local pickup option for the full details!

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